Balsamic Mushroom Chicken

This dish has quickly become a favorite with our family! Something about all the flavor combinations just REALLY hits the spot! I have so many recipes pinned on my Food Board via Pinterest and I love trying new things out. That is where I found this next recipe. The original recipe comes from THIS BLOG.

With no further ado, I present….BALSAMIC MUSHROOM CHICKEN!
 (Aka, one of the best dinner dishes ever.)

1 Medium Onion – Thinly sliced
1 1/2 lb. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
5 Tbs. Butter – Divided
½ Cup Chicken Broth
1 Cup Heavy Cream
2 Tbs. Balsamic Vinegar
8 oz. Baby Bella Mushrooms – Halved
½ Cup Parmesan Cheese
Salt and Pepper – To Taste

Lightly season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides.

In a large sauté pan over low-medium heat, add 2 Tbs. butter, onions and salt and pepper. Cook until onions are nice and caramelized – About 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.

In a separate pan, over medium-high heat, pan-sear the chicken breasts in remaining 3 Tbs. of butter. Brown on both sides – Remove from pan and set aside. (Chicken will not be fully cooking during this stage)

De-glaze the pan with chicken broth. Using a rubber spatula, scrape the pan and mix in any remaining bits of chicken. Let simmer 5 minutes.

Reduce heat to low, add heavy cream, balsamic vinegar, mushrooms and a little salt and pepper. Let simmer 10 minutes.

Add chicken breasts back to the sauce pan, and simmer until the chicken is cooked all the way through. About 10-15 minutes

Remove chicken breasts from the pan and plate. Add the Parmesan cheese and caramelized onions to the sauce and stir until the cheese is melted in to the sauce. Pour sauce over top of chicken.

Prep Time – 20 Minutes
Cook Time – 40 Minutes

Seriously people, TRY THIS! We have had this with a combination of side dishes including rice and asparagus. Both were delicious! 
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Our Weekend!

Fall is seriously one of the most beautiful seasons ever! Who agrees?!

I love fall for so many reasons. Including dressing in sweaters and hats and scarves, OH MY! If you follow me on instagram, you’ve already seen this picture. But I can’t help it! How cute is she?!
This weekend we took a drive to try and catch some of the leaves still changing. Although the majority of them had already fallen, it was a fun drive and we got to shoot some guns. How can you go wrong with that?! 😉 

How awesome are these targets?! Want to check them out? Head over HERE to look at all of the ones they offer! 

Did you do anything fun this weekend?
Do you enjoy the fall or another season more?

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Post 9: How you hope your future will be like.

Fame, fortune, and nice things. Isn’t that what everyone hopes for?! 😉
Oh chill, i’m kidding! Halfway

I like to think of myself as an entrepreneurial type of person and the man i’m going to marry is definitely that type of person. I remember the first night we met and we each talked about having our own businesses someday. We both want to be financially stable from our own money. We don’t want to work for other people. Above everything, I think we each want to set a good example for our kids on how to build things up and how to make things truly your own. I would say at least once a week M and I talk about new business ideas or new product ideas. I love that about our relationship. We feed off each other in such a unique way that I truly haven’t had in any other relationship. 

Obviously in the future I want more kiddies. I grew up in a big family and I could never imagine having just one child. Baby girl is going to be SUCH an amazing big sister and I can’t wait for the day we get to tell her the news that we are having a baby! 

A home is a big part of my “future”, or my right now I guess. I want a place to be OURS. I don’t care where it is, or how big it is, I just want a place we call HOME. I want a place our kids get excited to come home to. I want a place our kids make memories in. I want a place we share holidays in. THAT is what’s important to me. 

I like to think my future will be fun. M and I always say to each other “THIS is our life”. Like neither of us can believe that our life is this great, or this fun, or this amazing. We love to talk about crazy and wild ideas we might do one day and I think that’s what keeps things exciting.
The future used to scare me. Not knowing what was to come. But now I am beyond excited about it. I’m excited I get to spend each passing day with my best friend. I’m excited we are making all these dreams of ours happen. I’m excited that each day I get to look at things and decide how our FUTURE will be. Truly our life is beautiful. I’m not naive to think the future might be hard, but i’m also hopeful that we are the type of people to make anything happen. We want so badly for our dreams to come true for ourselves and for our kids. That makes me happy. There is truly no greater joy than knowing I am trying my best for my family. 

Do you have any plans for the future?
Long or short term goals?

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Post 8: A moment you felt most satisfied with your life.

I wholeheartedly believe when you’re doing what you love, and you’re with the people you love, THAT is when you should be most satisfied. 
For me, that time is right now. 
I’ve always dreamed about being a wife and a mom and those are both realities for me right now. (Well, the wife part will come in about three months!) 😉
There is no greater satisfaction than hearing the words “mommy”. If you’re a mom, you know what I mean. Being responsible for another little human is what truly makes me happy. I love taking care of her and I love making sure she’s happy. 
And going hand in hand with that, I love the man that makes this all possible for me and being with him makes me the happiest i’ve ever been. I know I talk about M a lot, but I can’t help it! 
Hello, he’s AMAZING. 😉 
But all kidding aside, my life would be nothing like it is right now without him. He makes staying home with baby girl a reality. He pushes me to chase my dreams. And above everything, he loves me just the way I need to be loved. 
This time in my life right now is something I thought wouldn’t come for another 10+ years. I can truly, TRULY say I am satisfied with life right now. My life is perfect to me and it just keeps getting better, how lucky am I?!

When are YOU most satisfied with life?
Is there a certain event that made you feel most satisfied?

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It’s finally FALL! Who wants some shoes?!

Happy Fall, y’all! The brisk Autumn weather is the perfect excuse for new fall footwear! Mal, 11 other ladies, and I are giving away a $125 Zappos gift card to one lucky winner so she can buy a new pair of boots, flats, or other shoes.
Giveaways are a great way to discover new bloggers, make friends, and possibly win a prize! Be sure to stop by and check out these pretty ladies who helped make this giveaway possible!
The giveaway will run Monday, October 21st, 2013 through Monday, October 28th, 2013.
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Fajita Bowls

Let’s be honest, trying to eat healthy is one of the hardest things i’ve done. I just love food, okay?!
I’ve been trying to cook healthier meals and we really enjoyed this one! Cutting out smalls things every day is something that has been helping me a lot. How does the saying go? “No matter how slow you’re going, you’re still lapping everyone on the couch”? That’s how I feel in my every day struggles to make healthier choices. EVEN THE LITTLE THINGS COUNT!
Like removing the tortillas from your fajitas. 😉


  • 1.5-2 lbs chicken
  • Green & Red bell pepper
  • 1 onion
  • Rice
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Garlic
  • Cilantro 
  • Lime


    1. Cook rice according to box/bag. After rice is finished cooking, toss with cilantro and lime to taste. Set aside.
    2. Heat a large skillet and add a drizzle of EVOO. (You can call me Rachel Ray for that)
    3. Cook onions for about two minuets or until slightly soft.
    4. Add bell peppers to onions and cook until desired softness. Take off heat and set aside.
    5. Place chicken in a skillet and sprinkle with crushed red pepper. Cook chicken fully. (I set the   peppers on a plate and used to same skillet, but do as you wish.)
    6. Add vegetables back in with the chicken to warm up again.
    7. Place rice in a bowl and cover with chicken and vegetable mixture.

We added salsa and El Pato on ours, but again it is just a preference thing! This was a decently fast dish and really delicious! When M goes back for seconds, I consider that a WIN. 😉

Things I might have done different?
I would have cut the peppers in bite sized pieces rather than long strips. Also, I MIGHT have done the chicken in an actual fajita seasoning packet, but it WAS really good just the way I did it. 🙂

What are some of your favorite “fast dinners”?
Do you like Mexican type foods?

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Post 7: Your zodiac sign and if you think it matches your personality

I am a leo, hear me roar! 
I kid, I kid. 
That’s about all I know about my zodiac sign. The fact that I am a leo. 
I never grew up “believing” in zodiac signs, if that’s what you want to call it. I was raised in a christian home and I remember my mom telling me horoscopes/zodiac signs were bogus. I can’t fully say if I think it “fits my personality” or not, because I simply don’t read them. I just don’t think that because you were born in a certain time of year, you are a certain type of personality. Every single person is different, no doubt about it. And on another note? Horoscopes are hilarious to me. You’re going to believe some magazine telling you what days are “best for love”, or which days you should play the lottery? Excuse me while I laugh at you. HAHAHA. Okay that was harsh. #sorrynotsorry.

Thats the gist of it, people. My take on zodiac signs!

What is your sign?
Do YOU think it fits YOUR personality? 

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Post 6: Write 30 interesting facts about yourself

Here goes nothing:
1. I was born in Hawaii. 
2. I had a massive bruise in high school from cheerleading. 

3. My favorite thing every year is Country Thunder, in Florence, Arizona. 

4. The girl in the above picture is one of my very best friends.
5. I love the color blue
6. I LOVE stormy weather. 
7. I grew up with my dad in the military. 
8. I will be married before I have my one year anniversary with M.
9. I have an addiction to gummy candy. 
10. I had my daughter at 35 weeks pregnant.
11. I’m left handed.
12. I’ve never had a bloody nose. 
13. The oldest friend I have to this day dates back to 1999.

14. I had more than one “boy haircut” in my lifetime.
15. I like to bake cupcakes.

16. I have a love/hate relationship with my state.
17. I am border lined obsessed with instagram.
18. My parents are divorced and both remarried. Therefore, I have lots of brothers and sisters.
19. Im allergic to dairy.
20. My soon-to-be husband is five years older than me.
22. I am a middle child. 
23. I hate jello, chili cheese fritos, mayo, celery, and tuna.
24. I’m terrified of surgery and public speaking.
25. I worked at a movie theatre for way too long of a time.
26. I love Disney movies.
27. I’m also terrified of the dark.
28. I love country music.
29. I hate loud chewers.
30. I take way too many selfies.

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Post 5: A time you thought about ending your own life.

My blunt, honest opinion about this? Suicide is the most selfish thing any one human can do. I strongly believe in the saying “don’t do a permanent action for a temporary situation.” I understand people go through rough patches, but to end your LIFE?! It’s not fair to your family. It’s not fair to your friends. It’s not fair for the person ending their life. There is always help out there. ALWAYS. I feel like suicide is the cowardly way out of things. Is that a little harsh? Maybe. But it’s how I feel. If you or anyone who know have even thought about ending your/their life, please get help. IT IS OUT THERE!

National Suicide Hotline:
1-800-784-2433 (1-800-SUICIDE)

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Choosing to stay home

Nothing breaks your heart more than your three-year old looking at you and saying “mommy, please stay home for just one day and play with me.”

I know a lot of people out there don’t agree with what i’m about to talk about, but I ask that you respect my opinion, and I will respect yours. 

Being a mom is my number one priority, no questions asked. I would do anything for that little girl and I strive to be the best role model possible. 

For the most part, I’ve always had a job. Since I was 17 anyway. “Not working” was never a real thing for me. Supporting baby girl on my own I knew being a stay at home mom was never an option. When I moved away from home to be with M, I had surprisingly landed my dream job. I was so eager for this new step in life and I was beyond excited. I loved the company I was going to be working for and honestly saw myself staying for quite some time. Little did I know what I was in for…
Typical day in the life of me?
-Alarm off at 3:35 AM
-Leave @ 4 AM
-Work from 4:30 AM – 2 or 3 PM
-Pick baby girl up from the sitter (one of my awesome sisters)
-Get home and take a nap
-Dinner @ 5 or 6 PM
-Baby girl in bath and bedtime @ 7
-Bed time for momma bear
If you add all that up, ya my life sucked a little bit when it came to time. I felt like I was never seeing my family. Sure I saw baby girl when I picked her up and we rode home and at dinner. But is that how families should work? I literally felt like the worst mother and fiancé ever. Should I even start on how cranky I was, ALL. THE. TIME? Poor M. He’s a trooper to put up with me. I was miserable. It was a game of cat and mouse because I was doing what I LOVED, but was it worth jeopardizing family time for? 
M looked at me one day and said “quit your job.” I really thought he was kidding. We talked about it and he just told me “you’re miserable, we can make things work without you working.”
He understood. He understood I needed to be home with our daughter and make FAMILY work right now, not a career. 
I honestly never thought I would find this in a man and let me tell you, I am SO beyond thankful for him. (I love you, baby.)

I was hesitant to give my work my notice. I had brought up my department from what seemed to be catastrophe and I was REALLY proud of that. I was nervous to leave it in the hands of someone else. 
With many nerves on my end, I finally had a sit down with my manager to tell her I would be giving my notice. And I cried. Go figure, right? I was happy I was going to be doing what was best for my family, but so sad I would be leaving this place. 

I finally had my last day and it was different than I excepted. I was EXCITED to be done when I first walked into that place. I was excited to not have to be up so early, or stress about work anymore. When I left however, everyone was so sweet and it genuinely made me sad. 

Current emotions i’m feeling? Nervous. Scared. Excited. Uneasiness. Joy. 
I am beyond thrilled to actually be a mom to my three-year old. I’m excited to make a life with M. I’m excited to start new business ventures with him. I’m excited to do all the things i’ve only ever dreamed about. However, I think being a stay at home mom takes a lot from someone. Whether you agree or not, I feel like it does. I am fully putting my trust in someone else to financially support our family, and that’s hard for me. Being a stay at home mom isn’t just sitting at home playing with your kids, it takes work. I know people will argue women have careers and still do both, and I think that’s GREAT! Right now though? That’s not for ME or OUR family. It will work best for everything and everyone if i’m at home. 

Again, i’m so thankful for M and all he does for us. We both are really excited for this step and change in our lives. We are excited to see where this will take us! 

Are you a stay at home mom?
What are your favorite activities to do with your kids?

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