Chick-fil-A’s new side item

IMG_1982Chick-fil-a’s new Superfood Side Salad is so delicious!  I had a sample of it last weekend at the Spring Bridal Gathering so when I took the kids there today for lunch I had to add it to my order — along with the must have nuggets, lemonade and I stole a couple of fries from the kids.

So, I guess it is pretty healthy. It has Chopped Broccolini® which I had never heard of. It’s like broccoli but a little softer and lighter — so good, and a yummy kale blend. The best part  though was the dried sour cherries and roasted nut blend. I normally don’t like dressing on my salad but the sweet and tangy maple vinaigrette dressing actually made this the perfect side to an already great meal.

 

Next time you are at Chick-fil-A try it out! Just writing about it makes me want to go back for more.

Northern Living becomes Wasatch View

Fun and exciting changes coming to Northern Living! We are now part of the Standard Examiner’s lifestyle magazine Wasatch View. We have wanted to be part of this awesome magazine since the beginning of our show and it finally happened! Yay! We will still be doing our show, but will be doing more video and even writing articles for the magazine.

On this week’s show Joan and I talk about some of our favorite things for the month of January. We also have some tips for saving money at the grocery store and selling your home in the winter.

Watch the show here: http://www.standard.net/Lifestyle/2016/01/25/Northern-Living-Advice-for-selling-homes-in-the-winter-and-couponing-like-a-pro.html

Planning your 2016 family pictures

We have had a really cold winter this year in Utah. The month of December was FREEZING! I did quite a few “last minute” family photo sessions in these freezing temps and even snow because families had realized how fast the year had gone by and now they needed a family picture for their Christmas card (me included).

This is my family photo taken two weeks before Christmas on a freezing cold, snowy day. The kids were done after 5 minutes and this is the only family shot we got.

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Now, unless you love the cold and snowy winter pics, it really isn’t the best time to schedule your family photos.

Why?

  • The kids are freezing and last about 10 minutes.
  • Cheeks are rosy red.
  • You aren’t as relaxed because you’re trying to stay warm.
  • You have to be bundled up.
  • Everything is wet and muddy.

So, my suggestion would be to take an hour or so in the next month and plan your 2016 family pictures.  As your organizing and planning out the new year, set aside a date for family pictures. Schedule with a photographer and get the confirmed date on your calendar.

Maybe you want pictures in the spring, when the orchards are in bloom. Spring is such a pretty time, but comes and goes really quick. If you want spring pictures start thinking now — outfits, date, photographer, etc.IMG_1514

How about in the summer when everything is green, the flowers are in bloom and it is warm outside. There are so many options in the summer.

My favorite are fall photos. Such a pretty time of year and the colors make such a beautiful backdrop for any photo.IMG_2762

 

 

Another benefit of getting your pictures done before winter is you can also score some great deals on Christmas cards and have them done and sent out right after Thanksgiving.

Saving $$ in 2016

I’ve never really been a couponer. I’ve tried, believe me I’ve tried but it always seems like so much work, clutter and I end up at the grocery store frustrated and just want to get out of there — $150 later! This week on Northern Living (which name is changing next week to Wasatch View) we interviewed Jenny Layton with The Happy Gal blog. She talked about meal planning and how you need to take a day a week, make an appointment with yourself and sit down and do it. I was inspired. I am horrible at doing this and won’t even admit to the amount of money we spend eating out because of my lack of planning.

{This is Joan with Jenny — I was video girl}

Then this week we drove up to the darling town of Brigham to talk with Utah Deal Diva about saving money at the grocery store. {She will have all her tips on next week show or check out her blog.} Now I am REALLY inspired. We spent the morning at her house interviewing her. Once a week she goes out and finds the best deals then posts them on her website for all of us to benefit from. Yesterday I followed her around Smiths and learned so much. She has so many tips and ideas and it is so exciting when you can find those deals that you can get for free or actually make money off of. Even just getting pasta for .49 or cereal for $1.00 was a thrill. It was so much fun. I now see how couponing can be addicting because it is so exciting — who knows maybe you’ll see me on Extreme Couponing in the future — haha just kidding.

Today I am planning my meals around what is on sale and I’m so excited to do it! Lee’s Marketplace has chicken on sale for $1.49 a pound – today only! So I’m heading there. Now the key will be to just buy the chicken and not a zillion other things (I know I can’t get out of there without a donut). Wish me luck! I need it!

St. George Parade of Homes

It’s almost here! In exactly one month I will be heading south to one of my most favorite events — the St. George Parade of Homes. Just yesterday they posted the link to all the homes on their Facebook page.  Time to start planning and mapping out our route. You can see them all here.  I am excited to see all of them, but there are two that I am really excited to see because they are kind of the look I am going for with my new home and K. Welch builder always does a fantastic job.

 

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Senior

This is my darling niece. She just turned 18 last week. So crazy she will be graduating this year. We have been documenting her senior year with photo shoots of each season. We haven’t done winter yet because it has been so darn cold around here, but we have fun plans for the winter session. Isn’t she beautiful?

Pork Carnitas

I have to admit I am not very good in the kitchen, so when I make something that everyone loves I have to document it. The pork carnitas were so easy to make and EVERYONE at them.

Recipe:

1 boneless pork roast

1 1/2 cup water

2 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

3 tsp. ground cumin

1 sliced onion

1 lime

1 orange

Preheat oven to 300. Put the roast in a baking dish. Combine all other ingredients on the stove and bring to boil. Squeeze in lime juice and orange juice. Save orange halves. Pour over roast and cook in oven for 2.5-3 hours till falls apart.

Remove from oven and shred. Pour the leftover juice liquid mixture over the shredded meat for extra flavor.

Serve on tortillas.

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Build or Buy?

When we sold our home last April our plan was to build a new home. We have struggled to find a lot that we love and started focusing on finding a home that we love. There has always been this one house in our old neighborhood that we have just adored. It is timeless, however it was built in the 80s and is in need of major updating. It came on the market right after we sold our home.

My two favorite shows are Fixer Upper and Property Brothers. I think that is why I’m leaning toward a home I love that I can make my own. I really wish the Property Brothers would come here and give me some advice — haha! I worry that my remodel would be more like the show Renovation Realities and would be a complete disaster.

I’m currently putting together two Pinterest boards. One for the build and one for the remodel. What advice do you have? Build or buy?

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