Italian Chicken Burgers

Hello!

Don’t you love when something you’re cooking turns out so much better than you expected?! We were shopping at Costco last weekend and I almost bought a pack of chicken-kale-mozzarella burgers when Garrett reminded me we can make ground chicken with the meat grinder attachment for our stand mixer (I had completely forgotten about it! Saved us $10 right there!).

I figured chicken burgers would be a healthy lunch option that would be easy to make ahead of time on prep day, but I was pleasantly surprised when they also turned out juicy and flavorful! I had goat cheese on hand and I built the recipe around that because I knew it would add a little moisture to the chicken (which is naturally drier/more crumbly than beef). I used one pack of chicken thighs from Costco (a little over a pound) and that made 5 burgers.

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(I’m loving the huge windows in our new house! So much light for picture-taking!)

Ingredients

1 1/4 lb. ground chicken

1 egg, scrambled

2 T. goat cheese

3/4 t. salt

1/4 t. oregano

1/8 t. garlic powder

1/4 t. basil

 

Directions

Mix all ingredients well in a bowl. Form into 5 patties and cook at 350 degrees until edges are done, flip and cook for a few more minutes. I just fried them in a pan with a little coconut oil.

Roasted red peppers, sautéed kale, or a little mashed sweet potato would taste great inside the burgers too!

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Essential Oil Rockstar: Wild Orange

Some essential oils are polarizing, like Vetiver, or Patchouli, or Geranium. People either love them or hate them! But one essential oil everyone loves is Wild Orange. Diffusing it instantly brings a smile to my face (and so does it’s low price tag). It’s a favorite of my daughter’s, too.

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When I want a bunch of citrus happiness all at once, I put 2 drops of Wild Orange with 2 drops of Grapefruit in my diffuser (sometimes with a drop of Peppermint) and it smells like I’m walking through a citrus orchard!

Wild Orange is my favorite oil to cook with, because it’s so versatile – it can enhance anything from chocolate treats (think cacao oat bites, chocolate ice cream shell, chocolate hearts, mmm!) to meats or savory dishes, to smoothies, to lattes (just add a drop to your favorite latte and stir well).

Here are a few of Wild Orange’s health benefits:

    • Contains powerful antioxidants.
    • Add a drop to your water for a burst of flavor and to promote overall health.
    • During colder temperatures, take one to two drops of Wild Orange in a capsule to support a healthy immune system.
    • During clean up, use Wild Orange to cleanse and purify countertops, tables and other surfaces.
    • To improve your home’s scent and to purify the air, place a few drops on your air filter.
    • Place one drop Wild Orange, Peppermint, and Frankincense in your hand. Rub hands together and inhale deeply for an energizing aroma (I keep these three in a roller bottle for easy application, any time of the day).
    • Powerful cleanser and purifying agent.
    • Before a stress filled day, diffuse for an energizing and revitalizing aroma.

I’ve found it blends nicely with some of those “heartier” oils I mentioned above, like Vetiver and Patchouli, to lighten them up and make them smell better.

How do you like to use Wild Orange?

Potato Leek Soup

Hello friends! Last week we picked up a basket of organic produce from a little market called Lakeland Organic. It was $20 for the basket, and we got TONS of veggies for the price. Other than me forgetting to pick up the potatoes that were part of this week’s basket (#fail), it worked out great! We’ve had more variety in our meals and veggies this week as a result.

Since I saw “1 lb. potatoes” and “leeks” on the list of basket items this week, my mind  immediately went to SOUP! (Since I missed the potatoes in this week’s basket, our friends picked them up on the way over for dinner. They saved our dinner since I didn’t notice I missed the potatoes until I started to make dinner!) I’ll take soup any day of the year, no matter the weather. I pretty much winged it for this recipe, although it’s loosely based on the Bacon Potato Soup recipe that comes in the Vitamix Create cookbook. I wanted to use the Vitamix to make this soup, since it’s so easy and heats the soup too, so I didn’t want to wing it so much that my soup didn’t fit in the Vitamix container 😉

It turned out really good, so I had to share the recipe with you! Everyone at dinner loved it too. If not for them I’d have been left with the entire batch to eat myself since Garrett hates soup in all forms, haha!

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Ingredients

(serves 6)

2 large or 3 medium potatoes, diced

2 c. chicken broth

1/2 leek, sliced in half-moons

1 T. butter for pan

Salt & pepper to taste

3 oz. plain Greek yogurt (I used half of one of those single-serving Fage cups)

2/3 c. shredded cheddar cheese

Directions
Boil potatoes in chicken broth until soft, about 10 mins. Heat pan to medium-high, add butter and leeks and sauté until leeks are soft. Salt and pepper to taste.

After potatoes are cooked, drain (reserve liquid!) and add 1/2 the potatoes to blender, along with reserved chicken broth, yogurt, cheese, and about 1/3 of the leeks. I used the soup setting on my Vitamix, but if you don’t have that, blend on high until smooth and creamy. Pour into bowls and top with remaining leeks. Croutons and cheese would be some other good toppings. Comment if you try it and let me know what you think!

 

801 E. Main Street

Hello all! Last weekend we moved to Lakeland (only 35 miles from Tampa, where we lived before) and it has been a great week! I’ve been laser-focused on unpacking and a little decorating from the moment I wake up until bedtime, and I have to say I didn’t mind the moving experience at all! (It’s a lot of work, don’t get me wrong, but this move will be the last one for us for a long time, and it’s made my life significantly easier by giving Garrett his own office, which means I don’t have to keep a toddler from making loud noises or running past the webcam all day anymore, so I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it.)

On Tuesday Judith and I stopped by our first local coffee shop – The Poor Porker – only to find out it is closed Mon-Wed. So we tried again Thursday night and had a fabulous time! I mean, what could go wrong with beignets and campfire coffee? I loved the eclectic/rustic/hipster decor, and Judith thought the “tent” (a huge tipi with seating for 5-6, and a table made from an old piano bench and mismatched belts) was so cool. So we had to return with the “real camera” to take lots of pics that do the place justice! My family came over to visit, and we all went together.

But first – a birthday cake photo! It seems like every year around Garrett’s birthday something major happens (our wedding & his new job were in the same year days before and after his birthday) and this year continued that “tradition” with us moving in less than a week before his birthday.

He likes vanilla cakes…but he only eats one small piece, so this year I made chocolate 😉

(Minor catastrophe on one side of the cake, but icing covered my tracks.)

Judith was very helpful 🙂 She even started posing for pictures again!

All right, here’s our visit to the Poor Porker.

It’s set up as a courtyard with multiple “stations.” The whole thing is called “801 E. Main Street” and The Poor Porker is the coffee & beignet truck (one of the stations). The Corner Store is like a mini grocery store, and there’s also a boutique, bar, and large seating area. There are smaller seating areas all over the courtyard. We started in an old camper and ended up in the tipi.

 

Seriously there is so much fun furniture and decor there! It was hard to narrow down the pictures to post.

Make sure to visit on your birthday – they’ll give you a free order of their original beignets!

Until next time,

Gina

How I Build my Essential Oil Business in 3 hrs a Day (or less!)

Hello! Today’s topic is mostly for my business partners, but instead of only posting it in our Facebook support groups, I figured I’d share it here so network marketing professionals in other companies can benefit from it.

So, building a business in 3 hours a day – sounds too good to be true? The truth is, most network marketers build their businesses on extremely part time hours around their full times jobs and family time, usually working during those dead hours of the week most people spend watching TV or scrolling through social media (I haven’t been a TV person for years, so that part’s easy for me. But if it’s not easy for you to give up, don’t worry, the time you “lost” watching TV – aka invested in your future – will be well worth it).

As a stay a home mom without a daily babysitter, I sometimes barely have a chance to make food to eat (much less to eat it). But my income more than doubled last year, and that’s typical of moms in my company. How do we do it? We make our plan, and stick to it. Here’s mine, for a typical workday. Keep in mind you can do this 5 days a week, or 1 day a week, as long as you’re consistent, it will work. I’ve pared it down to the essentials – the revenue producing activities – that really count.

Hour 1 (before kids wake up):

30 mins personal development (read a book like Go Pro by Eric Worre, The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson, or the like)

30 mins in your back office (checking numbers and planning who you will call today, praying over your customers and business partners, reviewing scripts, and planning what you’ll say when you call them).

Hour 2 (naptime and/or while pushing baby in the stroller – sometimes this is split between naptime and stroller for me):

On the phone following up with customers, contacts, and/or business partners, or

Teaching a class/product experience or

1-on-1 meeting with potential customer

Hour 3 (after dinner):

Prep for upcoming classes/product experiences/events you’re involved in

Answering emails

Teach webinars/online product experiences

Attend webinars for company-specific training or further product education

Schedule social media posts (try to schedule 2-3 days’ worth at a time)

Blog (if you have one)

That’s it!

But what if you only have 2 hrs a day? Then perform the Hour 3 tasks either a) only on days you do have a 3rd hour, or b) reduce each hour to 40 minutes and spend a little less time on each task. That’s the beauty of network marketing – you go at your own pace, and as long as you keep moving, you’ll be successful!

*I only have one child, so make adjustments if you have multiple kids. Also, this schedule works with my daughter’s current age (1.5 yrs) but will have to be adjusted as she grows up and does different activities/drops a nap/etc.

**This schedule is assuming you will prep meals, plan errands all for one day, and other time-saving habits to ensure you’re using the minimal time you have wisely. I’d plan for a babysitter (or husband or sister or friend) to take the kids for 2 hrs, once a week, so you can meal prep and write out your schedule for the next week. Then, you can pull homemade pancakes out of the freezer in the morning to feed the kids, and put dinner the slow cooker in just a few minutes time, to save huge amounts of time during the weekdays.

Was that helpful? Would you add anything to the key tasks I listed? Let me know in the comments!

6 Naptime Workouts

Quiet, quick workouts don’t have to be boring or ineffective. In fact, short, high intensity workouts can be very effective (think HIIT–it’s super for leaning out and strengthening muscles in the entire body + cardiovascular fitness!). Here’s a roundup of workouts that are perfect for naptime.

24 Minute Dumbbells Only Home HIIT Workout – Blonde Ponytail

Upper Body Superset Workout – PB Fingers

Full Body HIIT Workout – Fit Bottomed Girls

Six Pack in a Sweater Ab Burner – Fitnessista

Kettlebell Pyramid – Carrots N Cake

The 20-minute Hotel Room Workout – Nerd Fitness

 

Bonus for fun: The Playground Workout – Nerd Fitness (this one looks super tough!)

Let me know if you try any of these! It can be so hard as a new mom to get back in the swing of things, but anything is possible if you get creative and persevere through tough times. Many of my workouts turn into breastfeeding sessions or toddler meltdowns or snack time. If you can’t get it all done at one time, it’s OK to split your workout up. Keep in mind, higher intensity workouts like the ones in this post will get you more results in less time.

Thanks to all the fabulous fitness bloggers who created these workouts ❤