Family, Fun & Fashion

I’m switching gears today.  Rather than focusing solely on style & outfit inspiration, or what local event I’m heading to, I’m incorporating the most important part of my life, my family.  This past weekend the hubs & I took our little man to Oglebay, a family friendly resort in West Virginia.  Creating holiday traditions as a threesome is important to us which is what made this trip so special.

After we arrived at the resort & got settled into our rustic-inspired room we stopped by the lodge’s bar & grille for a quick bite, and a glass of vino for this mamma bear 😉 It didn’t take long before little man saw the pool & insisted we go for a swim.  This boy loves to swim & we love to relax in the hot tub, so it was a win-win!

At dusk we hopped into the car & headed to the Winter Carnival that consisted of a hay maze, hot chocolate & a wagon ride through beautifully lit Christmas lights.  We were graced with an unseasonably warm evening which only required lightweight layering pieces like this pink bomber jacket I snagged from TJ Maxx & little man’s new fleece from Target.

Afterwards, we went on to enjoy the Festival of Lights which is a 6 mile driving tour of light displays.  Unfortunately, due to poor planning on our part, the trolley tour was completely booked so we had to drive through the park ourselves.  We also wanted to take little man to meet Santa’s reindeer, but again reservations were booked – there’s always next year!

Overall, we had a great time & cannot wait to go back next year.  Of course, little man said his favorite part was the pool but if you ask me it was playing board games by the fire while listening to a live blue grass band & sipping vino.  Making memories & creating new traditions with my boys makes my heart so full!

The cozy cardigan I’m wearing above is from Stitch Fix & is by far my favorite cold weather layering piece.  It’s from two winters ago but we have similar styles at great prices right now! If you haven’t booked your Fix yet, be sure to do so; I’ve included a link for $25 off your 1st Fix too.

As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx

Advertisements

It’s dinner time…

My husband & I like to go out to eat – correction, we love to go out to eat!  We love the experience and the meal selections, plus sometimes grabbing dinner (and drinks) is just easier than the process of making dinner.

However, now that we have a son I think it’s important to spend quality time around the dinner table.  Going out to eat has so many distractions that prevent us from having conversations and truly enjoying each other’s company.  We want to instill good values in our son and making family dinner at home a priority is a good way to start.

I’ve made dinner every night this week & I love the interest my son has taken to the kitchen.  He pays attention to my every move, eager to help and learn.  Since he can’t fully assist with making meals yet (he’s only 15 months) I let him play with the pots & pans and even dabble at mixing flour with his own bowl & whisk.

Last night I conjured up a new family favorite, Cinnamon Pecan Chicken!  Fall is my favorite season & I love baking and cooking fall-appropriate meals. This recipe was easy & turned out better than I had anticipated. Try it for yourself and let me know your thoughts!

Cinnamon Pecan Chicken – Prep time 10 Minutes – Cook time 30 Minutes

Ingredients:

1 lb. Chicken tenderloin or boneless, skinless breast

1 Tsp. salt

½ Cup all-purpose flour

2 Eggs, beaten

 1½ Cups chopped pecans

1 Tbsp. cinnamon

Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees and grease a large baking sheet with non-stick spray.  Clean and trim your chicken as needed and sprinkle with salt.

Place the flour, eggs and chopped pecans in three separate bowls/containers.  Whisk the eggs and then add the cinnamon into the chopped pecans, mix until fully coated; I used Fisher Pecan Chips.

20151007_160728

One by one, place each chicken tenderloin into the flour ensuring the chicken is fully covered before shaking off any excess.  Dip the flour-coated chicken into the beaten eggs, again having the excess drip off.  Finally, roll the chicken into the cinnamon pecan mixture pressing the pecans into the chicken.  I didn’t want our son to have the pecan chips so I coated his chicken in Italian breadcrumbs instead.

20151007_162239

Bake the chicken for 15 minutes.  Flip and bake for another 10-15 minutes until fully cooked.  I paired the chicken with corn & parmesan tomato pasta.  I love the combination of salty & sweet so I think next time I’ll caramelize the pecans for a sweeter finish!

20151007_170810