Dressing Up Plain Alfredo

Usually when you're on a budget, pasta is to go-to dish. Alfredo is our favorite but sometimes it's just not up to par with the delicious Chicken Alfredo we get from our favorite Italian restaurants. But in order to save money, it's time to dress it up!



The secret? Pre-marinated chicken breasts from your butcher/deli/grocery store! There's something about freshly cooked chicken sitting atop a pile of pasta and sauce that sounds better than refridgerated or frozen chicken or meatballs. I like the Italian marinated whereas Chhally prefers the Lemon Pepper.









Secondly, steam up some broccoli! After steaming, liberally season with salt and pepper and mix it in.







Last, top it off with some freshly grated cheese and enjoy!

Healthy Foodie Find!

I normally don't succumb to impulse buys or fall into the trap of buying cheesy infomercial products that promise a healthier lifestyle but I found this set of reusable lunch containers for $13! Too cheap to pass up! With removable ice packs that fit snugly into the caps of the containers. I don't know how effective these will be but I definitely am excited to use them. Plus, they're portioned! There's a 1 cup snack container, a two cup snack container, a sandwich/square container, and a salad container with a built in sauce compartment. These containers are perfect for my daily eats!



Easy Flatbread Brunch



Store bought flatbread is easily heated if you have a gas stove top. I pretty much just throw it onto the stove and light up the flame to toast it. I was hoping to just make a wrap with it but then decided to fry up some egg whites and make a brunch-ish flatbread pizza. I topped the egg whites with provolone cheese, added some lunch meat turkey, and spinach. Flatbread is so versatile. I need to buy more or possibly explore how to make it myself.





Quick, simple, healthy.

Happy Eating!

Toasted Honey Butter Pound Cake + Strawberry Compote

I adapted this recipe from Giada de Laurentiis' recipe and only used her toasted pound cake. Then we used a simple recipe for strawberry compote. We sliced the strawberries and added about a cup of sugar. Then we cooked it slowly over the stove top for about 8 minutes until the sugar melted and the sauce thickened. We composed this dessert as a simple strawberry shortcake. With extra whipped cream!



















Ingredients

Pound Cake:

  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 1 (10.75-ounce) frozen pound cake, thawed and cut into 9 (1-inch) slices
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup honey, for drizzling

Directions

For the pound cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a baking pan with cooking spray. Arrange the pound cake in a single layer on the prepared pan. Brush with the melted butter and drizzle with honey. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes or until lightly golden. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

A Day at Swan's Pumpkin Farm

On Saturday, we visited Swan's Pumpkin Farm in Caledonia, WI to pick pumpkins. The purpose of the visit was to do just that but we found ourselves exploring the whole farm and enjoying so much more.

There were so many rides; a mini barrel train ride, hay rides, and pedal go-karts. As well as a petting zoo, multiple corn mazes, haunted attractions, and a store that sold a lot of different items ranging from country foods to toys. A small booth near the entrance sold homemade Apple Cider Donuts and they were so good, Chhally went back to buy a dozen more.

I expected the place to be very crowded and although there were lots of people, it wasn't crowded at all. The farm is huge but cozy at the same time.

There were rows of pumpkins placed everywhere just waiting to be picked. We grabbed a wheelbarrow and searched for a pumpkin. Chhally helped Nolan pick a small pumpkin. I found a medium-sized one. Then we headed to the petting zoo.











Next, Nolan wanted to ride the barrel train.





Then we found our way into one of the mazes. Where Nolan got excited when he picked up a corn cob he found on the ground.







And we met some characters along the way.



The end of the maze path lead us to the pumpkin patch!







To end our day at the farm at dusk, we hopped on the hay ride trail and, as one of the last groups to go, had the hay ride to ourselves.





Back at home, we carved our pumpkins and had a blast.













October has been great to us so far! Halloween is one of my favorite holiday themes and I can't wait to do more Halloweenish stuff.

Happy October!

TGIF #11

Favorite Food Remix: Pizza Grilled Cheese! Good Lord!


Favorite Drool-Worthy Dessert of the Week: Chocolate chip cookie stuffed with s'mores!


Favorite Giggle of the Week
: It's even more funnier because I LOVE The Script!


Favorite Outfit of the Week: It's been getting colder and colder in Wisconsin, but that's no reason to not look CUTE!

Favorite Workout Motivation of the Week: You can feel sore tomorrow or you can feel sorry tomorrow. You choose.


Favorite Cheat Sheet of the Week: 40 Ways to Tie a Scarf! Time to say hello to October!


Dream Home Idea of the Week: Smart!


Favorite Getaway of the Week: One day, I will honeymoon here. Sigh.

Or here.. :)




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