Thursday, July 31, 2014

Pan Fried Cabbage with Pancetta Recipe

I've been seeing pictures all over Facebook the last few days of everyone's garden cabbage, so I thought this recipe would be a perfect one to share right now! I just love cabbage, any way possible! My siblings and I loved anything with vinegar growing up, and still do! One of our favorites was soaking shredded cabbage in vinegar until it tasted good, which was usually a few hours! It was a quick pickled cabbage, but oh so good. I really need to make that again and reminisce a little!

This recipe for Pan Fried Cabbage with Pancetta is wonderful! We topped it off with some parmesan cheese, which adds a great touch of flavor. It's a simple and quick side dish, which gets all it's flavor from the pancetta and of course, garlic! My daughter devoured it, which was great, since she's super picky right now! We can't wait to make it again! I hope you enjoy!


Pan Fried Cabbage with Pancetta (click here to print recipe)

What you need:
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 ounce package finely diced Pancetta
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups finely chopped cabbage
shredded parmesan for topping
salt and pepper, as needed

In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add Pancetta and cook for about 5 minutes until it starts to caramelize. Add garlic, saute for another 1-2 minutes then add the cabbage. Season with salt and pepper, as needed. Cook until cabbage is tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and top with shredded parmesan. 

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$120.00 Amazon Gift Card Instagram Giveaway! July 31st- August 6th!

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Baked Chicken Tenderloins with Orzo and Peas Recipe

I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend! It was pretty low key at our house! We visited with some friends at the amazing Munsinger Gardens and relaxed the rest of the weekend. It was perfect!

Today's recipe is total comfort food, but yet still fresh and summery! It's perfect with garden fresh peas and basil, but you can also use frozen peas, if fresh aren't available. The orzo has great flavor from the chicken and veggies, and everything cooks up nicely in a baking dish. You can also change up the basil if you have other fresh herbs on hand. It's so versatile, and so satisfying! Enjoy!


Baked Chicken Tenderloins with Orzo and Peas (click here to print recipe)

What you need:
4 tablespoons butter, divided
2 pounds chicken tenderloins
1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound box orzo
2 cups fresh or frozen peas 
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
32 ounces chicken broth
salt and pepper, as needed

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large saute pan, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium high heat. Season tenderloins with salt and pepper, and cook in the butter until each side is browned, about 3 minutes each side. Remove from pan and set aside.

Add remaining 2 tablespoons butter to the saute pan, melt and add the onion and garlic. Saute for 1-2 minutes then add the orzo. Saute for another 3-4 minutes until orzo starts to brown. Add peas, basil and chicken broth and stir to combine. Add salt and pepper if needed. Pour orzo mixture into a 9x13 glass baking dish. Place tenderloins on top of orzo. Bake for 45 minutes. 

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

My 5 Favorite Summertime Reads and Giveaway! #LittleMercies

This post is sponsored by Harlequin. All opinions are my own.

I love reading in the summertime! There's nothing like curling up in a chair on the porch, laying on a blanket in the grass, or outside at the cabin with a great book like Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf. It was just released on June 24th and it's a wonderful summer read! I was hooked from the very beginning, and it didn't take long to finish! It's included in my 5 favorite list below! Make sure you stop and enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post for a chance to win a Heather Gudenkauf book bundle! 

Some of my favorite books are books about families and the things they go through. It makes you cherish the time you have with your amazing family. My daughter and I love reading and our most cherished moments are when we sit outside and take turns reading her chapter books. We just love discovering new reads and I hope you discover some today, too!

Here are my 5 favorites! Click each book title for more info!

1. The Escape Artist by Diane Chamberlain

2. Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf

In her latest ripped-from-the-headlines tour de force, New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf shows how one small mistake can have life-altering consequences… 

Veteran social worker Ellen Moore has seen the worst side of humanity—the vilest acts one person can commit against another. She is a fiercely dedicated children's advocate and a devoted mother and wife. But one blistering summer day, a simple moment of distraction will have repercussions that Ellen could never have imagined, threatening to shatter everything she holds dear, and trapping her between the gears of the system she works for. 

Meanwhile, ten-year-old Jenny Briard has been living with her well-meaning but irresponsible father since her mother left them, sleeping on friends' couches and moving in and out of cheap motels. When Jenny suddenly finds herself on her own, she is forced to survive with nothing but a few dollars and her street smarts. The last thing she wants is a social worker, but when Ellen's and Jenny's lives collide, little do they know just how much they can help one another. 

A powerful and emotionally charged tale about motherhood and justice, Little Mercies is a searing portrait of the tenuous grasp we have on the things we love the most, and of the ties that unexpectedly bring us together.

3. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle : A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver

4. Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah

5. Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Have you read any of these? They are all wonderful books! Make sure to put them on your to-read list!

On to the giveaway! You can enter to win a Heather Gudenkauf Book Bundle!

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