Thursday, May 28, 2015

Recipe Club

Today I'm sharing one of my favorite new recipes! I try to cook for Ty and I three days a week. We usually have leftovers and munch on those, eat out, or eat with family the other days. Many Sunday nights have become breakfast for dinner nights which I love! 

I am still learning in the kitchen and everyone I've talked to said that the only way to learn is to get in there and try so I'm trying to experiment with different flavors and new recipes. Ty and I have very different pallets and where I like things pretty simple and bland, he likes spice and lots of ingredients. Sometimes I see him putting some paprika or siracha sauce on my meals after I give him his plate which is fine with me! ;)  I usually ask him if he wants the meal that night to go into rotation and if so then I'll write it down and put it into my recipe book! 

I usually get my recipes from Pinterest or my mom. Most recipes from Pinterest are hits but sometimes they aren't but Ty is pretty good about eating them even when they're a "swing and a miss" as we like to call them. :) 

Today I'm sharing Chicken Caprese! I've seen several different ways to cook this including leaving the breasts whole or making it into a salad. So versatile! We loved how healthy and simple it was. And so yummy!!!! 

I got this recipe off of Pinterest and the original site is -

Sorry I am updating from my phone so I  couldn't make it a link but wanted to give credit to the original post.

My mouth is watering just looking at that picture! 

Here's the recipe:

Chicken Caprese

-2 chicken breasts, cubed
-2 TBS olive oil
-1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
-Grape or Cherry tomatoes
-Mozzarella cheese, cut into cubes or torn into pieces 
1. Trim the fat off of 2 chicken breasts and cut into cubes.

2. Heat 2 Tablespoons of olive oil in skillet and add in chicken. Cook chicken until no longer pink.

3. Remove chicken and set aside.

4. Balsamic glaze - pour 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar into saucepan and heat over medium-high heat until boiling. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10-15 min until it is reduced by half. 

5. Plate chicken and top with cherry tomatoes (I cut mine in half but Ty likes them cut in fourths), cubed mozzerella cheese, dried basil (or fresh basil) and drizzle balsamic glaze on top! 

And that's it! Super simple!!!! And super delish!!!

Link up with Andrea and share your favorite recipe! I can't wait to read some of these and try some new things in the kitchen! 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

What's Up Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday, friends!!!! Today I'm linking up with some of my favorite bloggers for What's Up Wednesday!!

Here's what we're chatting about today...

So let's dive right in!!!

What we're eating this week - 
Monday night we had pizza for dinner after a traditional BBQ lunch for Memorial Day! For my local friends, our favorite pizza place is Marco's! If you haven't had their pizza before, go try it! I'm a Pizza Hut girl through and through but Marco's is SO good!!

Tuesday night we had mozzarella burgers for dinner - um, YUM! (Super easy - mix 1 lb ground beef with 1/2 cup shredded mozzerella, 1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs and 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce then form into patties and grill or use a griddler like I did!) I made mine with a sweet potato and kale salad and Ty said it was an "A+ meal" - ha! Seriously though, best burger I've ever made! 

Tonight we are having Chicken Cesar Wraps from the crockpot! I have never made these before so I'm hoping they will be yummy!

Thursday night we are having Parmesan Chicken Bake which is a favorite in our house! 

What I'm reminiscing about -
My weekend trip with my cousin to New Orleans & Baton Rouge to see Taylor Swift!!!! We had such a blast and of course tswift was AH-MAZING! 

What I'm loving -
My sweet husband! I've been thinking the last few days about how fabulous he is. I left him the past 2 weekends for girl trips and he never said a word. I love that he knows I need my girls to help me through life. He respects my friendships and understands that they are important to me. Do I miss him like crazy when I leave him? Absolutely. I can't wait to be back with him. Did I feel bad for leaving him 2 weekends in a row? Yes. But it just makes me appreciate him so much more that he never complained or tried to talk me out of going or anything. Marriage is hard, but so fun at the same time. I love loving him more each day! 

What we've been up to - 
It's officially summer so we've been celebrating by staying up late and sleeping in! We are both night owls & I fall back into a stay up late/sleep late routine in the summer! 

What I'm dreading - 
We are moving (don't ask me where because I don't know (ha)) in a few weeks and I DESPISE moving. I hate it! I hate packing and unpacking and moving in the Alabama Summer heat is even worse. Blah!

What I'm working on - 
Relaxing!!!! Last summer I feel like I didn't get a summer with my sister's wedding, one of my best friend's weddings, my wedding, getting ready for my wedding, etc! I remember school starting back and thinking I needed a break to relax from my insanely busy summer! Ha! I am so excited to just relax this summer! 

What I'm excited about - 
Trying to find us a house! We got in a bidding war a few weeks ago on a house and even though it didn't end in our favor, I'm glad we finally made an offer on a house. We've been looking for a long time but never made an offer so I feel like it's happening and hopefully sooner rather than later! I'm hoping to be in a house and settled before school starts again! 

What I'm watching/reading -
Watching - When we finished Dexter on Netflix we never started a new series so I'm excited to start one for the summer! We've been watching a lot of Shark Tank and The Profit together and I love to watch my cooking shows (Pioneer Woman & Trisha Yearwood), as well as Fixer Upper & Flip or Flop on HGTV! 

Reading - I need a new book! I finished Ree Drummond's book and it was fabulous! 

What I'm listening to -
My radio is always on a country station. I'm soley a country music listener with some tswift added in there ;) 

What I'm wearing -
Umm its summer - that means I'm in Nike shorts & a tank top with my hair up and no makeup on. That's the only way to get through the Alabama heat! 

Speaking of clothes  - I haven't done an ALB favorites post in a few weeks & I need to! So many new cute items!!! Go check them out at and use my code KATHLEENREP for 10% off! 

Aren't those necklaces adorable!?! Only $15!!

What I'm doing this weekend -
The only plan we have is my niece's 3rd birthday!!! I can't believe our baby Kate is 3! 

What I'm looking forward to next month -
Ty's 30th birthday is at the end of July and I need to start planning something fun! I am hoping we will be in a house by then and we can have a cookout or something! Anyone have any great ideas for a 30th birthday?? 

So that's what we've been up to lately! It still hasn't really hit me yet that it's summer break!! Of course it's supposed to rain all week but I'm hoping for lots of pool and lake days in my near future!! 

Even Emma is ready for the lake! ;)

Yall go link up and share what you've been up to!!!!  

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Life Lately

I was doing so good and then life got busy and this got neglected so I thought today would be a perfect day for a little picture update!

Here's what we've been up to lately...

We've been enjoying mom & dads new yard!!! It's huge and gorgeous and the past 2 Saturdays we have sat in chairs watching the kids play for hours and hours! 

Looks like we need some more Bama shakers! Too much orange and blue in this picture! For the record, they were yelling roll tide! Poor kids, they are always so confused.

Notice anything in all of those pictures? Emma is quite the little protector.

 My cousin got married & we enjoyed our last Alfano wedding for awhile. Five of us cousins have gotten married in the last year and it has been SO much fun! Congrats to Tommy & Michelle! The wedding was beautiful and I am so happy for yall!

My forever wedding date - He's pretty cute :)

We often look down off the couch to find this. Emma really struggles to get comfy in the apt....NOT! (Please excuse the dirty clothes on the floor, I promise we aren't slobs!!!!!)

Christen and I often text each other last minute for an afternoon Steel City Pops date & Friday was one of those days! It was SO needed and oh my goodness if you live in Birmingham, go there NOW. I've shared my love for them before and now that they introduced their cookie pops, my love grew deeper. They are out of this world!

I couldn't resist. She is just too cute. We had a rough week last week (more on that later) and we all felt a little emotionally drained when Friday rolled around...even this girl.

Emma playing at mom & dads again on Saturday! This time in the kids' baby pool. :)

Can you say melt my heart??? They sure do love their Uncle Ty! 

Ty's cousin brought his new puppy to our Mothers Day lunch and I had a fit over her! Isn't she the cutest?? Emma loved her too! 

That's about all we've been up to lately! There are only S I X more days of school and then my 6th year of teaching is over. I can't believe it! The end of the year is so bittersweet because summer is SO needed but those are my babies. And I don't want them to leave me! Cue all the tears.