The Night Before Chicken Salad

Ok, I wasn’t too sure what else to call it seeing that I did make it the night before I had to take it to a get together. And let’s face it, things made a day ahead tend to taste better! The flavors mellow and blend which helps in reducing an intense flavor. In this case, my chicken salad, it allows the seasoning mix bits to soften and be less “crunchy”. I guess I shouldn’t use the word “salad” but perhaps spread, pate fits as well! Whatever you want to call this, it’s great on potato rolls, in lettuce wraps, right out of the bowl with a spoon, with your favorite crackers or on a wrap with lettuce.

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(You can cut this recipe in half or just make enough for two people. But my recipe is enough for a crowd and great for little finger sandwiches too!)

Chicken Salad (Spread)

6 large chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
1 packet Knorr Vegetable dip seasoning
1 packet Good Seasons Italian Seasoning
2 cups your favorite mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
Salt and Black Pepper to taste

Boil the chicken breasts until half the water is boiled out. Remove and place in a food processor. I was able to get about three breasts in my food processor. Process down until mostly smooth and pour into a large mixing bowl. Repeat until all the chicken has been processed down, stir in mayonnaise and sour cream along with vegetable and Italian seasonings. Add more mayonnaise if mixture is too dry. Cover and leave in the fridge overnight. Serve as desired the next day and enjoy!

I don’t have have to tell you that this is a fairly low carb meal, it’s great wrapped up in romaine leaves with slices of fresh cucumber. This is great to have when you want to meal prep for lunch and dinner. Just be sure to eat it up within a few days.

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Don’t forget to spread awareness around this week. Love to all my Cysters around the world!

Have blessed day!!

Friday Favorite!

I haven’t done one these in quite a while, and today’s favorite(yes, only one) is a site that I signed up on just this morning! I am no way being paid to write about the following, just a teensy bit excited about today’s favorite! Hope you enjoy!!

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The site is called House Party, and the way it works is simple: you sign up(it’s free,btw!), apply to “parties” you would like to be chosen for, answer a simple questionnaire and agreeing to their terms of service. Once you’ve done that you can then share everything on your favorite social media sites and complete some easy activities to better your chances of being chosen to host! AND PRESTO!

I guess I’m the addicting type, I have already signed up for 5 parties.

  • Depraved Heart by Patricia Cornwell House Party
  • Women’s Rogaine House Party(need all the help I can possibly get!)
  • HelloFresh House Party
  • Lumination Glow Stick Markers House Party (thinking the kiddos from my Wednesday night church class are going to REALLY love these!)
  • Team Roomba for iRobot Roomba 980 House Party

Which may not look like a lot, after all I will probably not be chosen for any of them. Perchance I am picked to host one of those parties, I am going to have so much fun sharing my findings with everyone here on my blog! Pictures, testimonies, and possibly some videos(yikes,  lol)! I’ve always wanted to do product testing and hopefully NOW I’ll get the opportunity 🙂

 Go check it out, sign up, and apply for some fabulous parties! If you are chosen please ping back to this post so I can see your review, photos, testimonies and ooo and awe over your party!! 🙂 

Have a blessed day!!

Chicken Patty Croquettes (LC/GF)

I think I finally perfected my low carb/gluten free chicken patty recipe! Hope you all enjoy and feel free to try different seasonings 🙂 

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Chicken Patty Croquettes (LC/GF)

Yields: 30 patties

6 large chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
4 large eggs
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp black pepper
1–2 Tblsp Tone’s Spicy Spaghetti Seasoning
1 cup Parmesan Cheese
1 cup Almond Flour/Meal
1/4 cup coconut oil, for cooking

Rinse and pat dry thawed out chicken breasts. Place chicken into food processor and process down until it looks pasty. It took me two passes to get all the chicken ground down. Pour ground chicken into a large mixing bowl and add the remaining ingredients(minus the coconut oil). Mix until well combined.
In a large skillet, heat coconut oil (or your preferred cooking oil) over medium/high heat. Here’s the fun part, I didn’t exactly measure out the amount of chicken mixture for each patty. With a gloved hands, I grabbed about 4 fingers full of mixture and gently formed it into small patties. If you need a more accurate measurement, you could use 1/4 cup up to 1/3 cup. You can certainly make these smaller if you intend on using them for sliders!
Cook each side until lightly browned. Let drain on a paper towel lined plate.

Per 1 croquette(according to My Fitness Pal) ::

Calories: 116
Fat: 5g
Carbs: 4g
Dietary Fiber: 1g
Net Carbs: 3g

To turn these into chicken parm sliders for a football game/tailgating event:

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Dip each patty in your favorite pizza sauce and place on a foil lined baking pan. Cover each patty with mozzarella cheese and bake in a 375*F oven for 10 minutes. Just long enough for the cheese to melt. Serve on potato or Hawaiian rolls and enjoy!!

These were a huge hit and a quick dinner for the family on Wednesday night. True there is little labor involved, but these are so worth it! These freeze up well too, make the recipe as is and freeze them in packs of two. You’ll have a quick meal ready to go when you’re too busy to make a full blown dinner. Serve up with zucchini noodles, a homemade tomato sauce and you’ll have a simple filling meal in under 10 minutes! Provided that you keep homemade frozen sauce on hand that you can thaw out 😉 Prepping ahead is easy and can make your future cooking experience more enjoyable! 

Hope you all enjoy and have a blessed week!!

~Why some women don’t have enough breastmilk for baby: Important role of insulin in making breast milk identified~

Afternoon Cysters,

I saw an article on FB last week and wanted to share it in the hopes that it will help shed light on an issue that has even affected me. If PCOS has in some way affected your body to the point where you can’t even breastfeed, please speak out about it! I want your voices to be heard.
To read the original article, click Why some women don’t have enough breastmilk for baby..

Have a blessed day!

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~Sausage and Pepper Pizza with Cream Cheese Sauce~

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Tonight I just had to break all rules and make this killer pizza 😉 I found a recipe on Pinterest that called for jalapenos and the sauce called for ranch dressing. Now, I get that there are folks out there who may find that combination tasty, but my family is rather particular. 

So I made my own cream cheese sauce and it is phenominal! I hope you all give it a try, you can use any pizza dough you like…homemade or store bought, you can make this pizza with or without sausage. Just be sure to use plenty of sauce and cheese when you do! 

Cream Cheese Pizza Sauce

(Makes enough sauce for two half sheet pans of pizza)

1/2 stick butter

1 medium onion, diced

8 ounce brick of cream cheese

1/4 cup all purpose flour

1 1/2–2 cups heavy cream

salt to taste

Melt butter and saute onions until transparent. Add brick of cream cheese. Stir until the cream cheese is lumpy and stir in flour. With a whisk, whisk in the heavy cream and salt. The sauce should be thick, not soupy. 

Sausage and Pepper Pizza

1 13.5 ounce can Great Value pizza dough, or your preferred dough

1 cup cream cheese pizza sauce

6 sausage patties, cooked, crumbled, drained

1–2 cups mozzarella cheese

4–5 jalapenos, deseeded and diced

Carefully stretch pizza dough out on a parchment lined sheet pan. Spread cream cheese sauce on the dough leaving a 1–inch boarder around the edge. This will create the crust! Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on next, adding the crumbled sausage and diced peppers last. Bake in a 425 degree oven for 12–14 minutes. Edges should be lightly browned and bottom browned. 

Let it rest for a few minutes before cutting. One half sheet pan will yield 18 square slices. 

Tonight I used a Great Value Pizza Dough. It actually fits a half sheet pan nicely! The can says it can make a thick crust, but we’re thin crust lovers over here. We have also used Pizza Buddy dough, found over in the deli section of Walmart, Pilsbury pizza dough(not a fan) and our absolute favorite is my Mom’s homemade dough. This is why I say use whatever pizza dough you prefer. 

Any leftover sauce can be stored in a freezer safe container. When you reheat it, be sure to do it slowly in a pan over low heat so the dairy won’t separate. You can also dip cheesy bread in this sauce or enjoy it over your favorite pasta. This pizza is great for football parties, two sheet pans can feed a crowd easily! 

Let me know what you think, I love hearing your thoughts and what you did to make this recipe your own! 

Have a Blessed Labor Day Weekend!! 

Be a Drop…

Ok, third times a charm right?! I was originally going to do a post about how plastic containers are making us fat, it was basically going to be a long boring article. Bottom line…use glass or stainless steel containers to store your foods. Here’s a link that talks about it, it’s the 4th Health Risk if you want to know more.

I was going to then write about my issues with morbid obesity. Another long and boring post. We get it, PCOS +Weigh Gain goes hand in hand.

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I’m going to give you all a challenge. Instead of focusing on personal struggles, which I know we all have our fair share of them, I challenge you all to be a drop in someone’s life today. A drop creates a ripple effect, how can you be a drop in someone’s life?

  • Share kind word
  • Send an encouraging text
  • Surprise someone with a cup of coffee and spend time catching up with them
  • Do something that is going to make someone else smile.
  • Pay it forward to someone behind you in the grocery store or the drive thru
  • Randomly offer a hug to a stranger who is standing next to you at a crosswalk.
  • Stand in the middle of the park and with everything inside you begin singing Amazing Grace.
  • Bring someone a flower, card, or favorite candy.
  • Surprise someone with a gift card to their favorite store.
  • Make weekend plans(and keep them).
  • Get together for dinner and bring a surprise dessert or pick up the check!

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Because by doing something for someone else it will help you as well! The days when I can send a message out to a friend and it makes them laugh or smile it actually boosts my mood as well! It’s so easy to let depression take over, to feel sorry for ourselves and think everything is out to work against us.
When we take our eyes off of ourselves and focus on loving our neighbor(s) we will receive a bigger blessing than we could ever begin to imagine!

  • Who can you bless today?
  • Who can you make smile?
  • Who can you share a laugh with?
  • Who needs a hug?

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Have a blessed day!

~PCOS Awareness Month Starts Today~

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Hey everyone! Hope you all are enjoying this first day of September 🙂 I’m buzzing with excitement because this is the month where we usher in the fall season, consume numerous pumpkin and cinnamon delights, and most importantly talk A LOT about PCOS Awareness!!

I know I’ve gained some new peeps here and you may be wondering what PCOS is…the letters stand for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. It’s a misnomer for a much bigger issue that involves not just the ovaries, it affects the entire body. The actual name of this disorder is Stein-Leventhal Syndrome. It’s an endocrine disorder and there is cure for it. The internet is notorious for giving this false hope that there is a cure, science hasn’t come up with a way to replace or reboot the endocrine system. Until such a time comes, all we can do is treat the symptoms and there are many ways to do so. But first, here’s my story…

I was 18 when I was diagnosed with PCOS and at the time I didn’t really understand what it all meant. The explained what it was, but the shock of such a diagnosis kept me from computing what she was telling me. A couple of years later I decided to look deeper into the symptoms and boy is the list long!

  • Hirsutism
  • Hair Loss
  • Infertility
  • Infrequent or Absent Periods
  • Obesity
  • Acne
  • Insulin Resistance(a biggie)
  • Skin Tags
  • Sleep Apnea

…and the list goes on. Do I have any of the symptoms listed above? You betcha and then some, I didn’t ask for this, it’s not contagious, but it can be hereditary. I’m the only one in the family with this particular syndrome, although my Dad’s side of the family is riddled with reproductive issues so it could very well stem from that. 

The goal for this month is not to overload everyone on the science of PCOS, but rather to encourage everyone to come together and spread the word. If you or someone you know has insulin resistance, suffers from infertility issues, unwanted hair growth in places that most women don’t have it, don’t just pass it off as “well, I’m getting older and my body is just acting weird.” Please make an appointment with your GYN and/or an endocrinologist and get yourself checked out. 1 in 4 women have PCOS, so it’s more common than you’d think.

I am also going to be sharing tasty recipes, do some giveaways, and since this is a brand new month for Jamberry there are a lot of new things to check out!!! If you are curious about what’s new, go visit my store Jonesin’ For Wraps. On the left hand side you will see things such as:

Stylebox(which a fun box you can sign up for monthly and get exclusive items that are not available on the website)

Buy All(if you are a “I gotta have it all” kind of gal, then this option is perfect! You will get all the new wrap designs including the Junior sizes)

TruShine Gel Enamel(this is Jamberry’s brand new product starting this month. You can buy individual gel enamel colors OR you can buy the kit. Jamberry gel enamels do not use UV light, instead they use an LED light which is safer for your nails and hardens the gel enamel in half the time)

and my absolute favorite…

Holiday wraps!!! There is so much to see, ooo and ahh over, start making those wishlists, get the word out to your girlfriends, and hey feel free to ask me any questions!

You can click on any of the links above, Jamberry offers a Buy 3 Get 1 Free for only wraps. This offer excludes the Collegiate, Sorority, Nail Art Studio Custom Made wraps and other Licensed nail wraps. But hey, that’s an awesome deal and great way to get some Christmas shopping done!

Hope you all have a blessed day!!