Posts Tagged ‘Recipes’

Amy’s Notebook 11.15.18

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

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Oh, I am loving all this holiday styling inspiration.

I loved these smart tips for getting ahead of the holiday stress this year.

Looking for a fun holiday album? I can’t stop listening to this one.

I do love a good lipstick and thought this piece was just beautiful.

This was your top purchase this week. #luckyducks

How to extend the life of your Christmas wreaths and garlands.

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How cute is this donut wall display for the holidays?

I’m reading this book and absolutely loving it.

This is such a beautiful beauty uniform interview and so inspiring.

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This Rudolph cake is an adorable addition to the holiday table.

I’m loving this trend of mixing generations in groups. We all can learn so much from each other.

I love this encouragement to do what inspired you when you were a girl.

What happens if you quit drinking for one year. Really good insight in this one!

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I love this idea for throwing a gift wrapping party with friends.

I always loving seeing how people embrace a minimal wardrobe.

15 Instant Pot recipes for Thanksgiving. Bookmarking!

12 simple frugal challenges you could try this week.

Adding this delicious chicken dish to our menu planner this week.

Do you struggle with patience too? Here are some helpful tips!

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Amy’s Notebook 11.08.18

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

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I think I need to commit to one of these seasonal retreats.

One month inside L.A.’s cult of betterness.

I do love a good cup of tea. These additions to your tea cup sound delicious!

I don’t like this.

An easy way to eliminate drama from your life.

Here are three exercises to try to reduce your anxiety.

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This chai-spiced pecan granola looks like a delicious fall addition to our yogurt bowls.

8 short books to help you reach your reading goals.

Reading and adoring this incredible memoir. Add it to your stack!

How buying into fast fashion affects our brains.

This sounds like a Thanksgiving cocktail a girl could get behind.

These printable desk calendars would make such a great inexpensive gift.

Love these tips for helping your Christmas tree look more pro.

I love that these were your favorite purchase this week.

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A sweetly simple evergreen wreath to make for a corner in your home.

The first affordable one that I’ve seen. What a great price!

Here are some wonderful tips for caring for your sweaters.

How to help your body adjust to the cold weather.

17 Thanksgiving games for the whole family to play.

How successful women start their days.

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I’m digging this pom-pom tree topper.

I finally stopped doing this. If you are on the hunt for a replacement, I LOVE this one.

Looking for a new journaling technique? I loved this idea.

Some great tips for raising grateful children– I always love the comments section too.

This is wonderful news for this budget-friendly makeup brand.

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Best Taco Meat in the World

Saturday, September 15th, 2018

This taco meat is what I like to call, “the world’s best,” thanks to its unique flavors. This is a MomAdvice Pinterest favorite and, after you try this, you will see why!

I love to make tacos for the kids, but I am not a big fan of taco seasoning or just plain ground beef.

I was looking for a balance between the two when I happened upon this little recipe that will make my taco nights complete!

This taco meat is the best taco meat in the world- truly!

The mixture of tomato sauce and chicken broth take away the beefy taste and give it just the right hint of flavoring.

Since my kids can’t handle the heavy spices, we modified the chili powder to 1 teaspoon and skipped the cayenne pepper.

You could top this meat on top of a big stack of tortilla chips or stuff your tacos with this meat.

The recipe is yet another recipe that comes from one of the most invaluable cookbooks on my kitchen shelf, “The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook” Pairing this with their homemade chicken enchiladas & homemade enchilada sauce would take a Mexican-themed dining experience to a whole new level!

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I swear by this taco recipe
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced (I use a tablespoon of the bottled minced garlic)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder (adjust to your personal taste)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt
  • 1 pound (90 percent lean) ground beef (or use a higher fat beef and rinse the meat)
  • ½ cup smooth canned tomato sauce
  • ½ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • 8 taco shells
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat until shimmering.
  2. Add the onion and cook until softened, about five minutes.
  3. Stir in the garlic, spices, and 1 teaspoon salt and cook until fragrant about thirty seconds.
  4. Stir in the ground beef and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon until no longer pink, about five minutes.
  5. Stir in the tomato sauce, broth, vinegar, and sugar until thickened, about ten minutes.
  6. Season with salt to taste.
  7. Divide the filling evenly among the taco shells and serve passing any desired accompaniments separately.
  8. Make-Ahead Version: The filling can be fully prepared, cooled, covered tightly and refrigerated for up to three days. Reheat over medium-low heat, adding additional water to adjust the consistency.

Mexican is one of my favorite things to get take-out for so I am hoping that my new recipes will replace my cravings for take-out.

Looking for more fun MomAdvice dinner favorites? How about these!

slow cooker carnitas

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how to make brown rice in your slow cooker

mexican quinoa stuffed peppers

pressure cooker korean street tacos

 

10-minute fish tacos

chicken enchiladas with homemade enchilada sauce

 

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Amy’s Notebook 09.12.18

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

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I just got a Cricut (SQUEAL) and can’t wait to make this mug for myself! #earlyriser

I always love and am inspired by her home tours.

Teachers are moonlighting as Instagram influencers to make ends meet.

Joyfully declutter these 5 things from your life to boost happiness. AMEN!

A Fall movie marathon printable– so cute.

10 brilliant ways to reduce your food waste.

I loved this show so much and hearing her reflections on it.

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An easy 1-minute homemade mayo recipe.

7 delicious things you can make with cauliflower rice.

I want one in every color.

10 little-known facts about Target.

Was pretty pumped to see that this service is now available in our town. Have you tried it?

Here is what I’m reading this week.

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Completely wowed by this store display!

I finally gave into the peer pressure on how awesome these are for my fall wardrobe. That’s my only splurge though, I promise!

How to jog.

On the keto diet? These ten sheet pan meals might be an easy weeknight ticket.

I may or may not be able to relate to this piece– hahaha!

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How cute are these free Harry Potter printables.

I’ve switched to at-home workouts so I’m bookmarking these podcasts for my neighborhood loops.

Wowed by this gorgeous painted desk top.

Struggling to secure a mortgage? This piece offered some great advice.

A little painted pumpkin inspiration.

Need new workout playlists? Check out this account! Wow!

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Amy’s Notebook 09.06.18

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

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I can’t wait to use this smoothie planner to make some fresh smoothie combos for our mornings.

This post really hit home, kids are so busy these days.

Want to learn the secret to aging more gracefully?  Looks like this might be it.

7 books to read before they become movies.

13 reasons why libraries are holding us together.

Remember, negativity is contagious.

Ten style tips for September.

Trust me, buy these.

And these.

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Give me all the hummus. Holy heck, this recipe looks fabulous!

I can’t recommend this fun audiobook enough. I have been, truly, laughing out loud.

We don’t talk enough about anxiety after happiness.

Oh, how I loved this piece on the un-celebrity President– cried my eyes out at how sweet this was. Such a treat that he was in our town on a project here too!

Speaking of my little town, this piece on our amazing mayor was so compelling.

Do these 5 things for a great school morning routine. Loved the intention idea!

Adding this to my fall wish list.

Yo, who knew Missy had a sister? This made me laugh SO HARD. (not for kids!)

Dreaming about the fall capsule wardrobe and love this advice on creating your own wardrobe and this inspiration for a french capsule wardrobe.

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Adding this matcha mint pie to our dessert rotation.

Have you ever been ghosted by a friend? This post was such a good read.

This is going to be me someday– hahaha!

These were your favorites this week. I don’t blame you one bit.

An exquisitely designed home made wheelchair accessible.

Reading and adoring this book this week.

Your kids don’t just learn diversity, they live in diversity. So much yes. This is why we made our school choices that we did.

I signed up for this social media challenge this month.

When a friend is diagnosed with cancer. This is such beautiful advice.

Did you know when your self-esteem peaks? So much fun to look forward to!

Maybe your sleep problem isn’t a problem.

Love this idea to do a chore audit with your partner.

52 best true crime podcasts to listen to. What a list!

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links in this post- thank you! xoxo

Amy’s Notebook 08.30.18

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

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I love a good red lipstick and this is a great guide to nailing the perfect hue.

What women didn’t post on Instagram.

5 books for improving your money mindset.

This is MY FAVORITE sweater to look polished for fall.

Speaking of that money mindset, this is a great reminder of how those little expenses add up.

I couldn’t stop laughing at this. Make Canada great ALWAYS- hahaha!

Now this is REALLY cool, isn’t it?

What growing up “poor” taught me about minimalism.

I’m wrapping up this book this week. Looking forward to sharing my reviews with you on Monday!

Madly in love with these. Oh, and these!! (heart eye emojis all day!)

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Bookmarking these awesome tips for cleaning my home.

Looking forward to indulging in a few of these new podcasts on my morning walk.

This was your top purchase this month (by a landslide!!)

Hoping to get my office organized this month so I found these tips for office organization really helpful.

We already got our first round of germs over here so I’m bookmarking this hand sanitizer recipe to make.

The bootcut look is back and here are 12 ways to wear them.

15 make-ahead dinners to get you through the work week.

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How cute are these lunchbox love notes?

I’m off to see this today and can’t wait! I enjoyed seeing this about it too.

How gorgeous is this Airstream? Wow!

This was your most visited post this month. I bet your doors look fab!

My favorite sweatshirt is back- yay!!

Have you hit a minimalist plateau? Curate your life like you would a museum.

This back-to-school bash photo backdrop is amazing!

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Katie’s Notebook 08.23.18

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

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I’m so excited to have Katie, from Good Life Eats, sharing a few of her favorite finds this week! You are in for a treat!

School starts next week, so it’s time to break out the easy weeknight meals since we’ll be dealing with homework (ugh!) and after school sports. This Crock Pot Mexican Chicken is always a time saver when I want to make tacos or enchiladas.

If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the world of wine, you should definitely give Cork Dork, by Bianca Bosker, a read. I just finished it and it has been so interesting!

Here is an interesting and quick interview with the author that I recently read – Here’s How to Pick A Good Bottle of Wine (Even If You Know Nothing About Wine)

I definitely think it is time for me to host another wine and cheese party. I’ve been meaning to ever since we moved into our new house nearly 2 years ago.

Never hosted a cheese tasting before? Check out these tips here: How to Plan a Cheese Tasting Party.

I really want to spend some time getting organized with lunch meal prep when the kids go back to school. This will be so nice to have ready made, yummy lunches for myself to eat at home while I’m working. I started a Pinterest Board to save some of my ideas.

We just got back from a week in Destin, and I totally wish I had had one of these Corkcicle 12 oz Triple-Insulated Stemless Glass to keep drinks cold. Next summer for sure!

Speaking of Destin, This Is Why Everyone Should Plan A Trip To Destin. I completely agree!

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Have you ever made No Churn Ice Cream? It is super easy! Two of our favorites lately are these recipes for No Churn Vanilla Frozen Yogurt with Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Rhubarb and No Churn Brownie Chunk Ice Cream with Vanilla Bourbon Caramel

All of these Homesick Candles sound like they smell amazing! I’ve bookmarked these to keep in mind for gifting.

We are getting ready to put up Board and Batten in our master bedroom. I found this tutorial incredibly informative and helpful as Kevin and I prepare for our project.

I like the way these monkeys think! Spa day, anyone?

I have been really curious about these jade rollers. Reading about the benefits of jade rollers is interesting for sure. Has anyone tried them?

I definitely have a mental stack of “thank you” notes in need of sending, some from months ago. The science of why you should actually send those notes.

This piece on Weezer’s cover of Toto’s Africa was interesting to read after all 4 of our kids expressed the unanimous opinion that they really prefer the original. Every time we get in the car someone requests to listen to it.

Another interesting music read: math proves which Beatle actually wrote In My Life.

I love these Chocolate Coconut Macadamia Energy Balls for a guilt-free sweet treat!

This sounds like a dream.

I am the worst at taking things personally.

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On that topic: 8 Things to Let Go of Right Now.

Would you schedule your free time if it helped you make the most of it?

I’ve mostly been wearing gloss all summer (this is my current fave), but I bookmarked this post on Best Drugstore Lipstick for Fall to keep in mind.

I have recently renewed my obsession with all things Stitch Fix thanks to their Style Pass. $49 gets you: Unlimited Fixes for the next 12 months, No styling fees, Your membership fee is applied toward any purchase. It has been great to refresh my wardrobe without the pressure of keeping something I don’t really like since I’m not charged a styling fee.

This post about habits (including their downside) was an interesting read. I’m looking forward to school starting and having some quiet alone time during the day to focus on things like this.

If you’re looking for a new podcast to add to your list, my friend Bekah recently launched The Distillery Podcast, an approachable podcast full of tips to help you live an intentional life that you’re proud of (check out the extra resources on her website).

I want to read a few of these Amazing Books That Will Actually Motivate You To Do Shit.

One of the kids recently pointed out that I seemed super grumpy. It’s a good thing I came across these good mood strategies and tricks.

The books I currently have on my Kindle are: The One, Almost Sisters, Gold Dust Woman, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking, and The Bookshop of Yesterdays. What are you reading?

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Amy’s Notebook 08.16.18

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

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5 tips for nailing this year’s scarf trends.

This self-care bucket list is something a girl can get behind!

Speaking of self-care, here are 30 things you should do for yourself.

The biggest question producers ask themselves while making a true crime podcast.

Can a girl have too many pairs of these? I think not.

7 romantic reads that you won’t be embarrassed to admit reading.

Also, 16 books you need to know about this week. Noted!

Want to learn more about ethical fashion choices? I found this post to be really helpful.

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Who knew making your own nut butter was so easy? I can’t wait to try this with our food processor!

Why do we hate people who try so hard?

I needed to read this- you don’t owe ANYONE an INTERACTION. Can I put this on a sign by my desk?

The kiddos head to school this week and I have plans with this book.

15 chicken recipes you can add to your menu plan!

These are some great tips on how to have better family meals.

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I can’t get over how beautiful these diy macrame feathers are. This is definitely on my craft bucket list now.

Looking to expand your podcast listening? This list might help!

6 tips for drinking responsibly and keeping your liver happy. A good read after all those summer cocktails!

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Amy’s Notebook 08.02.18

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

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Adding this bruschetta chicken recipe to my meal plan next week.

This recipe is just one more sheet pan meal I’d like to try.

Love these tips for hosting a gathering at your home with minimal clean-up.

15 Whole30 breakfast ideas I’d love to try at our house.

Looking for the secret to productivity? Follow your energy!

Speaking of energy, here are some kind people doing good things on the internet.

My hold just came through on this read.  So excited to dig in!

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I’m in love with this simple and stylish herb drying rack made from a few craft materials.

Remember, email is not your job! Great strategies for email productivity on this list.

Speaking of reads, catch my review on 13 books I read in July.

A beautiful inclusive blessing for all.

These diy mini bouquets would be fun to share with friends.

I loved this piece on the changing face of romance novels.

It’s the last week and everyone can finally shut up about it- hahaha!

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How to make frose in your ice cream maker. Can’t wait to try this for a fun end-of-summer entertaining treat.

Thinking about visiting some national parks? Check out this post on the best ones to see.

7 things super healthy people do at home, but you don’t. Lots of good points on some switches I could make!

Having a terrible day? Bookmark this list of 30 things to do when everything goes to sh*t.

I ordered this print and I just can’t wait to frame it for our home.

I have been thinking a lot about this since I read it.

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I’m looking at thrift store purses in a whole new light after seeing this gorgeous purse makeover.

Speaking of gorgeous, these were your top purchase this week. Quickly followed by these– hahaha! #youaremypeople

Bookmarking these tips for recycling your old clothing (even your ratty undies- hahaha!).

Could you remove plastic from your life? Fascinating piece!

This is such exciting news for fans of the book.

Since I have a habit, I did end up buying one of these to cut down on my landfill additions.

Do you love scary reads too? Be sure to bookmark this list of scary books that terrified authors.

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Amy’s Notebook 07.26.18

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

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These crocheted popsicle holders are such a useful and smart way to stash bust that yarn.

I talk a lot about my tiny house dreams so this article opened my eyes to tiny house living that I would not have thought of.

Wowed by this home makeover. It’s amazing how paint can transform the interior of a home.

Trying to get more out of your hydration routines? This post has me dreaming of some new ingredient additions.

How did I not realize that they were doing this? What a fun way to try a few new things and add some new additions for my next vaca.

I’m enjoying this delicious summer thriller right now.

The problem with relying upon our possessions to save us. Yes.

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Love this easy tutorial for adding a bra to all those summer strappy jumpsuits and dresses this year.

I’m bookmarking these sleep apps for my next night of insomnia.

This was your top purchase this month and this was your favorite purchase this week. #smartladies

This is a beautiful piece on making peace with one’s body as it changes (no matter where we are at).

This book is in my earbuds this week. It’s beautiful and heartbreaking.

I love learning about what it is like to parent in other countries.

Working your digital habits? I’m loving this list of tips to be more intentional.

A simple wake-up call for the real you.

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What an adorable baby shower cake topper? I’m in love!

This is going on my menu plan for the week. Can summer never end?

Struggling with assigning responsibilities to your teens? I love this chore list as a great starting place.

To get your kid moving, walk out the door. Boom.

Looking add more skirts to your wardrobe? I think you will find these skirt styling tips helpful.

The ancient rite of complaining about how busy you are at work. Hahaha!

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