Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Save your Summer Memories with Chatbooks!




I love everything about Summer. The lazy days, the longer nights and plenty of sunshine to enjoy. We are making so many wonderful memories and I am soaking it all in as I know these two little ones of mine will only be this little once. Can't Summer stay forever!? Luckily, I have tons of photos of their sweet smiling faces and all of the fun we are having. 

I read an article once about how photos rarely get printed these days because we just take SO MANY OF THEM. Out of the whole article, this line has always stuck with me; "don't let your photos grow up to be jpeg files". I say that in my head nearly daily as I snap photos of moments that I want to remember, both big and small. With our cameras quite literally in our back pockets at all times we are hoarding ALL THE PICTURES. Get those files off of your phones and cameras and into photo books for your family to enjoy for years to come.




A few years ago, I discovered Chatbooks and immediately fell in love. They make it so easy to get your photos printed and bound and shipped right to your door. I subscribe to my Instagram photos, which immediately get shipped to me every 60 photos, and I have made a few other custom books, too. We have quite the collection now and Will and Kate LOVE looking through them- they are perfect for tiny hands. They have become my favorite memory books to flip through.

These cute books also make great little gifts!



The Chatbooks Semi-Annual Summer Sale is live now and you can get 20% off of EVERYTHING through July 31, 2017.  The sale includes their new collaboration with Rifle Paper Company which I cannot wait to get my hands on! I am drooling over all of these gorgeous floral prints. Use code: GROW 


Download the Chatbooks app to get started. Don't let your Summer memories hibernate on your phones and cameras!

*This post is sponsored by Chatbooks. All thoughts and ideas are my own. I received free product for writing this post.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Charlotte Eats: Siano Mozzarella Demo at Zia Pia Imports!

 {image via The Charlotte Agenda}

If you are local to Charlotte and if you love good food (fresh mozzarella, anyone!?), you are going to want to check out this event tomorrow night, July 20, at one of my favorite local spots! Zia Pia Imports, located in the 7th Street Public Market uptown, is featuring a fresh mozzarella demo that is sure to be as entertaining as it is delicious.

"Watch as Siano Mozzarella demonstrates how they make their delicious, locally made mozzarella di bufala, burrata and stracciatella! For those of you who don't know stracciatella, your life is about to change. Nada's Italy will present this impressive region whose sites include Mt. Vesuvius, the Amalfi Coast, Capri, ancient Greek temples and one of the most breathtakingly picturesque coastlines in the world, with towering cliffs. Check out this amazing Nada's Italy tour to Campania. Rosa, Alfonso's mother, will perform a cooking demo with their freshly made stracciatella!"

{image via Siano Mozzarella}
Thursday, July 20, 5pm
Free to attend :: $25 to eat
Three courses include:
Antipasto featuring Siano's fresh mozzarella di bufala 
Pasta from Gragnano with Stracciatella, cherry tomato and fresh basil
Dessert of Burrata freshly made on site as you watch!

Check out each of these local Italian companies and make sure you like them on Facebook!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Summer Chicken Parmesan


I've gotten into the habit of trying at least one new recipe a week which has added a ton of new favorites to our ever expanding dinner rotation. Fast and fresh is my favorite in the Summer, so that we can maximize our time outside after naps!

This lightened up Chicken Parmesan is comforting and totally Summer-fied. The original recipe inspiration came from this Cooking Light recipe here, but I cleaned it up even more swapping out the panko for almond meal. I also added a layer of marinara on top of each chicken breast to brighten it up and, if I'm being honest,  because my kids love anything with a little sauce! Everyone in the Moore house loved this meal. Swap out milk for almond milk and leave out the cheese for a Paleo/Whole30 approved dinner.

Summer Chicken Parmesan
recipe adapted from Cooking Light

1 cup almond meal
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup milk
3 chicken breasts, filleted
salt + pepper
olive oil
1 medium zucchini, chopped
1 medium yellow squash, chopped
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
handful fresh basil, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup marinara sauce
shredded mozarella cheese

Preheat Broiler and place oven rack in the middle.

In a small bowl, beat the egg and 1/4 cup of milk. Place the almond meal in a pie dish and season with a little salt and pepper, and mix up with a fork. Season chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. 

Create a dipping station, and dredge each piece of chicken in egg, then the almond meal mixture. 

Add about 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a large skillet on medium high heat. Cook each chicken breast for about one minute on each side, transfer to a baking sheet prepped with cooking spray or parchment paper. Top each chicken breast with a layer of marinara sauce and a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese. Broil for 3-5 minutes.

In the skillet, heat a little more oil and add garlic, zucchini, tomatoes and basil. Saute for 5 minutes until the vegetables are starting to get soft. Serve chicken with veggies on top and more fresh basil if desired. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

#EatMooreDinner, Vol. 6



If you are in Charlotte, HOW GORGEOUS IS THIS WEATHER!? I left for the gym early this morning and it totally felt like FALL! It's a beautiful Monday.

It's been awhile since I shared our weekly menu, so here I am. For a long time now, I have done my meal planning and grocery shopping at the beginning of the week but I think I am switching my grocery day back to Thursday or Friday. I did this a lot when we were first married and loved it. We are trying to undo the habit of always eat out on Friday and/or Saturday, so I'm thinking grocery shopping closer to the weekend will make our weekend cooking stay exciting. I always end up making the best things on our menu towards the beginning of the week and by the end of the week, I'm honestly over it. This week's menu is planned up until the weekend. I'll do another round of meal planning/shopping before the weekend which will take us through the following week! 

Here's what we're eating:

Summer Chicken Parmesan, inspired by this recipe from Cooking Light

Curried Chicken Salad + Roasted Asparagus

Asian Turkey Meatballs + Cold Cucumber Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing (from the Skinnytaste cookbook)

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Sausage + Roasted Veggie Kale Bowls


Thursday, June 22, 2017

SlimeTime


We are a few weeks into Summer here and our days have been carefree and easy. Will's favorite thing to ask me when I tuck him in at night is "what are we doing tomorrow", and it's been fun planning our days together. He gets so excited about the little things and is always up for an adventure, whatever it may be. I have a huge list of indoor activities I want to do with Will and Kate this Summer and the first on our list!? SLIME TIME!



WE HAVE ARRIVED and we are becoming slime making experts around here. Perhaps we have a future selling this stuff on YouTube like the cool kids!? We made our first batches last week and Will is loving this stuff. I'm not going to lie, I was a little nervous about the mess but we have had zero slime hair disasters so far so I'm calling it a success.



Mixing it up has been the most fun for Will. He likes to pour the glue, add his coloring and dump in the baking soda. When that's all mixed up, I add the contact solution a little at a time. This is a great rainy day activity for your little ones. We've had our slime in ziploc freezer bags for a week now and it's still just as good as the day we made it! This is the recipe from Elmer's Glue and I followed it exactly the first time. It came out a little too hard so I added less contact lens solution- the most random ingredient of all- and the result was much better. 



Elmer's Glue Slime

12 oz. Elmer's glue
1.5 Tbsp. baking soda
food coloring
3 Tbsp. contact lens solution

In a large plastic bowl, dump glue. Stir in baking soda and food coloring until combined.
Add contact solution, one Tablespoon at a time, making sure to mix quickly. The mixture will become hard to stir and this is when the slime forms. I have found that about 2.5 tablespoons of contact solution is just the right amount. Slime will form into a ball- remove from the bowl and knead a few minutes to get it to the right consistency. Store in an airtight container or ziploc bag. 

For more recipes, it's Slime Central over on the Elmer's website

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Cherry Tomato + Hearts of Palm Salad



I'm allllllll about Summer salads. When everything is so fresh and colorful, they really are hard to beat. All you need is some ripe produce, good olive oil and vinegar with a little salt and pepper and everything kind of just falls into place. Grill some chicken or fish and serve a little Summer salad on the side- this is my kind of eating right here.  

Hearts of Palm are one of my favorite salad ingredients. They add an interesting texture and take on the flavor of a simple vinaigrette beautifully. We grew up eating these with a little olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper. So simple and so good. This is the perfect little Summer side. Cherry tomatoes are my favorite and I love adding both the red and the yellow for that bright Summer color. I'll be making this one again and again!

Cherry Tomato + Hearts of Palm Salad

1/2 pint red cherry tomatoes
1/2 pint yellow cherry tomatoes
1 can hearts of palm, drained and sliced 
1 handful flat leaf parsley, chopped
1/4 red onion, sliced thin
olive oil
red wine vinegar

In a small/medium bowl, combine cherry tomatoes, hearts of palm, parsley and red onion. Drizzle with a little olive oil and vinegar, and toss. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve at room temperature or cold. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Mountain Weekend Getaway



Last weekend in the mountains was just SO GOOD. On Saturday morning, some girlfriends and I drove up to the Boone/Banner Elk area and had the best 36 hours. No kids, no agenda and the most gorgeous weather. There is just something about that fresh mountain air that always does wonders to the soul. We stayed at my friend Allie's mountain house which was a little slice of heaven! 


We arrived around lunchtime and made a pit stop for lunch at The Cardinal, which came highly recommended by a friend. We sat on the back deck of the restaurant and kicked off our girls weekend with gourmet burgers and local beers. PERFECT! This is where I discovered Boonshine Brewing (which we hit up for lunch the next day!) The Farm Burger was everything. 






Our next stop- Grandfather Vineyard Winery. This spot was so quaint and perfect for an afternoon with the girls. You also cannot beat the backdrop. The view of Grandfather Mountain from the patio was beautiful. The wine was so, so good. We shared two bottles from the tasting room- The Pinot Gris (my favorite-perfect for summer), and the Cabernet. 




Dinner was a treat and we had all been waiting for this meal for months! We had reservations at Artisanal, a restaurant in Banner Elk that is open seasonally. I cannot express how much we all LOVED it. The restaurant itself is so stunning. It's elegant but rustic and still has that homey mountain feel. The back deck area of the restaurant was a lovely spot to enjoy our pre-dinner cocktails. I could have sat out there all night in front of the fire! The food, the service, the company- everything about our dinner that night was just wonderful and I want to go back!! If you are local to NC this place is a must. 


Before we headed out of town and down the mountain on Sunday, we had lunch at Basil's Fresh Pasta + Deli/Booneshine Brewing. This was such a cute spot! I had the most delicious BLAT and left with a full belly AND a four pack of their IPA. 

Clearly, we ate and drank our way through the weekend, but I couldn't have asked for anything more! So thankful for these friendships! (and the dads that held down the forts at home to make this moms weekend away possible)