19. 08. 2014

In blog-land, your style of writing and/or what you write about sort of defines you. I guess the same could be said about life in general {whoa, she just got deep for a Tuesday} with what career paths we choose, right?

 

[who am I as a blogger?]

My blog started with a simple post about my new life as a wife in 2011. I shared struggles we had as a newly married couple, how to merge our monies, how we learned to comprimse {still learning}, and recipes {with quite awful photos from my Blackberry. I digress}. Sometimes, I even shared the parties I threw for friends.

country wedding at cross creek ranch

[naive newlyweds!]

I made new blog friends. I found myself wanting to spend more time emailing new blog friends, and seeing the local ones in person, than not. I used to hide the fact that I blogged, and now people know I do. My “hobby” really became so much more. If I had a down day whilst unemployed, or after my husband went to law school, and I was bored and lonely and needed to find myself, it was this  blog that allowed me to let “it” out without actually saying it. It was YOU who consoled me during my down times.

I occasionally make a little bit of side money. Not a lot {do you know I have had friends who do not blog think I quit my job to blog and work my side business? Ohhh, how I wish. But no.}, and not enough to make this blog into a branding business. Sometimes I think about it though; like wouldn’t it be rad to make legit money on here? Yes, yes it would. Also, no it wouldn’t… the “work” would lose the genuineness that I try so hard to maintain on my site.

[at home entertaining - diy lemonade bar]

Can I continue to blog as a lifestyle blogger, with a little bit of this and a little bit of that? Or as my friends/readers, would you prefer I cleaned this site up a bit and were more polished in my posts, and what I shared with you all?

chicken and zucchini meatballs #sundaysupper

[ a recent recipe - chicken + zucchini meatballs]

Do you like my recipes, weight loss journey updates, parties, new homeowner tales, and rants? What makes you visit me, and visit me {I hope} often?

Tell me friends, because as I tend to do, I put myself out there on here, and pretty much here alone.

Thanks, as always

xoxo

 

17. 08. 2014

 

chicken and zucchini meatballs #sundaysupper
Today’s #SundaySupper is all about back to school meals; easy, quick, and of course, kid-friendly. As you know we do not  have little ones yet, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want or need a quick dinner or lunch idea. You all know I love a good make-ahead meal. A few weeks ago I made a batch of  Turkey Burgers with Zucchini  from Skinnytaste, modified. The only problem was that I didn’t bring a knife, and after eating lunch with a coworker, I didn’t know how to graciously eat my patty o’ meat. I actually find myself in silly situations like that quite often; forgetting a prominent utensil, napkin, or the like. I am one heck of a meal-planner but in the morning, I just forget the other necessities. Mornings, aren’t really my thang.

chicken and zucchini meatballs #sundaysupper

So I decided to make meatballs! I actually prefer ground chicken over beef for meatballs at lunch. They’re lighter in taste, and calories. I omit breadcrumbs; a common ingredient used for binding in these recipes. I have learned that egg works just as well at not only holding my balls (I couldn’t help it. I’m sorry), but keeping the chicken moist, which is super important when you’re cooking with a lean meat. If you have kiddos going back to school this recipe is perfect for them, as well! I like to think this recipe is perfect for “kids” of all ages, really. It’s a good way to also hide a bit of veggie without truly detecting it, if you have picky eaters at home :).

chicken and zucchini meatballs #sundaysupper

Feel free to add these chicken and zucchini meatballs to pasta, “zoodles”, wraps, or simply by themselves! I also love to dip them in homemade tzatziki [8 oz Greek yogurt + 1 lemon for juice/zest + 1/2 seeded cucumber diced + dill + garlic. Mix well and chill].

chicken + zucchini meatballs for #sundaysupper

Ingredients

  • 1lb ground chicken breast
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup red onion, minced
  • 1 medium zucchini, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 egg, whisked well

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper (or foil, and non-stick spray)
  3. Combine all ingredients
  4. Form mixture into approx 1 inch balls
  5. Arrange meatballs on baking sheet
  6. Cook 20 minutes
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For more back to school meal inspiration for anyone, check out all of the recipes below. Enjoy!

Back to School Beginnings

Back to School Lunches and Simple Suppers

Back to School Sips

Back to School Super Snacks

Back to School Sweets and Treats

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14. 08. 2014

 

 

+ Homeownership is definitely…something. The same day this week Lowe’s came to install our fence, the AC died. $700.00 later, and we have air again. How not fun. At least the fence installation is on schedule. It is just a very expensive week!

+ I had to try on and purchase a bridesmaid dress for a wedding I am in this year. I am also helping coordinate it (duh). The shop where I had to purchase said dress was also where I ordered my wedding dress. Four years ago, I told everyone about this place; great customer service, and fast shipping! Yesterday’s experience was terrible, awful, and not good. I plan to email corporate. That got me to thinking about a lot of bad customer service experiences I have had lately. I know I sound old saying this, but what IS wrong with people?! Do you not care about your job at all? Or other people? Or do I care too much? Then again, how often do you truly remember the good experiences over the bad?

+I have two giveaways going on right now! I am celebrating my blog’s birthday week with some fabulous prizes if I say so myself (and I do). Check them out here, and here

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+Lastly, a guy I work with is in the running for a Lego contest. I told him ages ago I’d blog it. I forgot. Then he gave me a hard time because he thought I didn’t want to do it. Ummmm, FBP I just got busy thankyouverymuch. So anyways, can you go and vote for his amazing creation? I have never seen Frozen, but I can tell you that when I play legos with my niece and nephew, they always ask me what I made and laugh, because the “garage” I built for their toy cars doesn’t even look like a fake Lego garage to a five, and six year old. The talent, time, and creativity that went into this palace is truly impressive. Vote here, and tell your friends! He needs at least 10,000 to get to the next round. Plus, how cool would it be for his little girl if her dad won?! I’m just sayin’.

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Make it a good one!

xoxo

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13. 08. 2014

This week really is a celebration for Casa de Crews! I’m keeping the par-tay going with yet another giveaway! Don’t forget to keep tweeting daily for a chance to win Monday‘s prize {giveaway ends next week} from Melissa Creates.

Today, we’re channeling our inner hostess(es) with fun decor from The Flair Exchange. I first met Carmen, the owner at TFE, during Blog Fete last year. I went solo to my first ever blog conference and met so many sweet girls that weekend. I’ve been lucky enough to stay in touch with a handful of them, as well. I am so glad I took the plunge, stepped out of my comfort zone and went, ya’ll. I can’t wait for this year’s Blog Fete!

So it makes complete sense that today’s giveaway up for grabs would be adorable goodies from Carmen’s shop, yes? She was kind enough to offer one winner a tassel garland kit, and balloons!

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 You know the drill, enter below for a chance to win

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Good Luck!!