Skinny Chicken Parm Recipe

Skinny Chicken Parm Recipe

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I absolutely love Italian food! I also love hosting dinner parties and an Italian dish is always one of my go-to recipes when planning for a larger crowd. However, Italian meals don’t always fit into my healthy eating plan, so I’m always looking for a healthier, but still delicious recipe! I love swapping recipes with my friends! We decided to do a recipe swap for one of our Saturday brunch sessions. One friend shared this delicious skinny chicken parm recipe that she found on Pinterest from Two Purple Figs and I have been hooked ever since! It is so easy to make and it definitely cuts down on the calories!

This recipe teaches you how to make homemade marinara sauce and the chicken cooks perfectly! This is another recipe I LOVE to cook in my Copper Chef! I promise this will become a family favorite and will be an instant go-to for dinner! Here is what you need to get started!

Skinny Chicken Parm Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 tsp. pesto sauce
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 1 batch of homemade marinara sauce
  • 1 box of whole wheat spaghetti

Homemade Marinara Sauce Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ tsp. dried oregano
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves, finely minced (dried basil will also work)
  • 1 32 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
  • ¾ tsp. salt (or to taste)
  • ½ tsp. pepper (or to taste)
  • 2 Tbsp. grated parmesan cheese

Let’s Get Cooking!

Homemade Marinara Sauce

  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. 
  2. Sauté the garlic and the scallions for 30 seconds. Season with salt and add half of the oregano. Sauté until fragrant.
  3. Add half of the basil to the garlic mixture and sauté for another 30 seconds.
  4. Stir in the crushed tomatoes and season with salt, pepper, and remaining oregano.
  5. Bring the sauce to a boil.
  6. Cover the sauce and simmer for 15 minutes.
  7. Turn off the heat and add the parmesan cheese and remaining fresh basil. I’ll be honest, I have made this recipe plenty of times with dried basil and it was delicious! 

Skinny Chicken Parm

Skinny Chicken Parm Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Pour half of the marinara sauce in 9×13 baking dish. If you are using a Copper Chef, skip this step!
  3. Season both sides of the chicken with salt, pepper, and oregano.
  4. Heat your pan to medium heat and add the olive oil.
  5. Sear the chicken for 3 minutes on each side.
  6. Lower the heat to medium-low and cook the chicken for another 2-3 minutes.
  7. Remove the chicken from the pan and pour in half of the homemade marinara sauce. Place the chicken on top of the marinara sauce. If you are not using a Copper Chef pan, add the chicken to the baking dish you set aside earlier with the marinara sauce.
  8. Spread the pesto on top of each piece of chicken.
  9. Spread the marinara sauce on top of each piece of chicken, making sure the sauce covers the entire piece of chicken.
  10. Sprinkle the cheese on top of each piece of chicken.
  11. Place the Copper Chef or baking dish in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes.
  12. Cook the spaghetti while the chicken is baking.
  13. Plate as photographed and enjoy with a delicious salad and bread!

Do you have a favorite go-to dinner recipe? I’m always looking for new recipes to add to our menu!

Skinny Chicken Parm
Serves 4
This skinny take on Chicken Parmesean is easy to make and will definitely be a family fave!
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Ingredients
  1. Skinny Chicken Parm Ingredients
  2. • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  3. • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  4. • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  5. • 4 tsp. basil pesto
  6. • ½ cup grated paremesan cheese
  7. • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  8. • ½ tsp. salt
  9. • ¼ tsp. pepper
  10. • 1 batch of homemade marinara sauce
  11. • 1 box of whole wheat spaghetti
  12. Homemade Marinara Sauce Ingredients
  13. • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  14. • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  15. • 1 ½ tsp. dried oregano
  16. • ½ cup fresh basil leaves, finely minced (dried basil will also work)
  17. • 1 32 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
  18. • ¾ tsp. salt (or to taste)
  19. • ½ tsp. pepper (or to taste)
  20. • 2 Tbsp. grated parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Homemade Marinara Sauce
  2. 1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  3. 2. Sauté the garlic and the scallions for 30 seconds. Season with a pinch of salt and add half of the oregano. Sauté until fragrant.
  4. 3. Add half of the basil to the garlic mixture and sauté for another 30 seconds.
  5. 4. Stir in the crushed tomatoes and season with salt, pepper, and remaining oregano.
  6. 5. Bring the sauce to a boil.
  7. 6. Cover the sauce and simmer for 15 minutes.
  8. 7. Turn off the heat and add the parmesan cheese and remaining fresh basil.
  9. Skinny Chicken Parm
  10. 1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  11. 2. Pour half of the marinara sauce in 9x13 baking dish. If you are using a Copper Chef, skip this step!
  12. 3. Season both sides of the chicken with salt, pepper, and oregano.
  13. 4. Heat your pan to medium heat and add the olive oil.
  14. 5. Sear the chicken for 3 minutes on each side.
  15. 6. Lower the heat to medium low and cook the chicken for another 2-3 minutes.
  16. 7. Remove the chicken from the pan and pour in half of the homemade marinara sauce. Place the chicken on top of the marinara sauce. If you are not using a Copper Chef pan, add the chicken to the baking dish you set aside earlier with the marinara sauce.
  17. 8. Spread 1 tsp. of the basil pesto on top of each piece of chicken.
  18. 9. Place 2 Tbsp. of marinara sauce on top of each piece of chicken, making sure the sauce covers the entire piece of chicken.
  19. 10. Sprinkle the cheese on top of each piece of chicken.
  20. 11. Place the Copper Chef or baking dish in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes.
  21. 12. Cook the spaghetti while the chicken is baking.
  22. 13. Plate as photographed and enjoy with a delicious salad and bread!
Adapted from Two Purple Figs
Adapted from Two Purple Figs
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Floral Baby Shower Party Décor

Baby Shower Paper Flower Decor

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Pink and White Floral Baby Shower Decor

I love planning baby showers. There are so many creative décor themes and I love finding new DIY crafts to conquer. When I’m asked to host a baby shower, the first thing I like to do is ask the mommy-to-be if she has a certain vision for the shower. This is such a big day for the mommy-to-be and daddy-to-be, so I always want to make sure that it is what they want. If they don’t have something in mind, I will usually suggest three themes that I am envisioning and we will go from there.

The Baby Shower Theme

Floral Baby Shower Decor Crafts

For today’s featured baby shower, the floral baby shower décor was not difficult to select. This sweet shower was for precious baby Lily. I talked with the mommy-to-be and asked what colors she was doing for the nursery. I wanted to make sure that she could incorporate any of the décor that she wanted to keep into the nursery. Since she was doing pinks and whites for the nursery, I used those colors for the majority of the décor.

The Invitations, Thank You Notes, and Guess The Date Calendar

Designed by Forever Your Prints

Baby Shower INvitations by Forever Your Prints

I had so much fun searching for the perfect invitation! The invitation for a party sets the entire scene, so it is important to make sure it is absolutely stunning! I found so many beautiful invitations on Etsy! I decided to narrow it down to three and let the mommy-to-be choose! She finally decided on this gorgeous design by Forever Your Prints on Etsy!

I also love diaper raffles! When you order the invitations, make sure to also order diaper raffle cards! Include the diaper raffle card in the invitation. If guests would like to participate in the raffle, ask them to bring a pack of diapers to the shower and their name written on the raffle card. As they arrive, collect the diapers and drop all diaper raffle cards in a jar. During the game portion of the shower, draw a raffle winner and award them with a really fun prize! Just remember to make the prize extra special since the guests are bringing an additional gift! I love diaper raffles because guests don’t feel obligated to participate and it is a great way to collect a nice stash of diapers for the mommy and daddy-to-be!

I also ordered thank you notes in the same design! I had a station at the party next to the guest book and I asked the guests to please fill out their address on an envelope. This saves the mommy and daddy-to-be a lot of time and makes thank you notes a breeze! Also, don’t forget to keep track of who gives what during presents! That list will be very helpful when it comes time to send thank you notes! 

Guess The Date Calendar

This adorable shop also makes Guess The Date calendars! For those who are not familiar, a guess the date calendar is for guests to guess what date they think the baby will arrive! I purchased a butterfly stamp with pink ink and had all of the guests guess their date!

The Baby Shower Décor

Baby Shower Paper Flower Decor

I wanted everything to be covered in flowers with a show-stopping backdrop for the mommy-to-be to sit in front of during the shower activities. I found these beautiful paper flower templates on Etsy by Paper Flora. They are SO EASY to make and you can make multiple sizes from the same design. I chose my two favorite designs and purchased stock paper in the colors I wanted for the shower.

Paper Flower Baby Shower Decor

I made multiple sizes so that I could create a floral arch on the wall and I used fake leaves that I had left over from a Tropical Themed Baby Shower that I hosted to add a pop of green to the flowers! I purchased the Hangman Products PCR5 Poster & Craft Tape, 5′, Roll, White from Amazon to hold the flowers to the wall and it worked beautifully! This is the same tape I like to use when I make a balloon arch!

Floral DIY Wooden Block Letters

I purchased these adorable wooden block letters from Hobby Lobby and painted them white. I then glued small fake flowers to the bottom and up the sides of the letters. I LOVED how they turned out and so did the mommy-to-be! She has these in sweet baby Lily’s nursery now! 

DIY Floral Craft Letter Initial

I really love monograms and initials, so I purchased this giant cardboard L from Hobby Lobby and stuck fake flowers all over the L. I cut the flower off of the stem and just left a small part of the stem to stab into the cardboard. It worked perfectly and looked so pretty!

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Floral Balloon String

I LOVE these gorgeous 36” balloons! They make such a statement when you walk in the room! For this floral themed baby shower, I decided to add flowers to the balloon string to give it a little extra glam! I took small flowers and leaves and hot glued them down a balloon string. The morning of the shower, I tied the floral string around the balloon and cut the actual balloon string off of the balloon. It turned out so cute and the shower guests were asking where I bought it! Purchase your own pack of 36″ Balloons on Amazon! 

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Hot Air Balloon Floral Centerpiece

I wanted something extra special for the floral centerpieces on the buffet table! I saw this adorable hot air balloon flower box craft on Pinterest and I had to make it! It was so easy and looked amazing on the table! Here is what I used to make it:

Diaper Cake

Diaper Cake Floral Baby Shower

While diaper cakes don’t sound at all appealing, they make for fabulous baby shower décor and it is a great hidden gift for mom and dad! For this diaper cake, I decided to go with a black and white striped fabric and then use giant pink peonies to make it pop! Check out my blog on how to make a diaper cake here!

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Mommy Milestone Wine Crate

Mommy Milestone Custom Wine Label Basket

I always love to include this with my gift! While all of the gifts are to the mom and dad, they are really for baby! This is a creative and fun gift that mom and dad can enjoy together to celebrate after the baby is born! I found these adorable Mommy Milestone custom wine labels on Etsy by Lush Label! Each wine label celebrates a different occasion after baby is born and includes a cute poem! You can have the babies name on the bottom to make it extra special! Check out my blog post on how to make a mommy milestone wine basket here!

Hospital Door Hanger Wreath

Floral Hospital Door Hanger

Help mom and dad welcome baby into the world with a beautiful hospital door hanger! This is a great way to show off sweet baby’s name and their official birthday as the loved ones visit the hospital! This also looks amazing at the shower! Check out my blog post on how to make a hospital door hanger!

Baby Shower Guest Book

 

 Baby Shower Guest Book: Guess How Much I Love You

Special moments like a baby shower go by so quickly! I always like to include a guest book for mom and dad to look over and remember their sweet friends and family who showered them with love and support. Instead of a blank book that may end up stuffed on a shelf, I like to buy a favorite children’s book for the guests to sign and leave sweet messages. Each time mom and dad read this to sweet baby, they are reminded of the love and support from their friends and family! As baby gets older, they will be able to read the sweet messages of love and support and know how much they were loved before they were even born!

Baby Shower Games


Munchkin Bristle Bottle Brush
I love playing baby shower games where my game supplies can also act as a gift for the mommy and daddy-to-be! The Price Is Right is SO much fun and mom and dad end up with a lot of necessary items for baby! I pick out 10 necessity items listed on their registry for the game. I give each guest a piece of paper with each item numbered. I introduce each item to the guests reading them all of the necessary information. For example, if one of the items were a baby bottle cleaning brush, I would include that this particular brush is BPA free, has a suction cup base and a flexible neck for easy cleaning. Each guest would then write down their estimated guess of the price of that item. Once I go through each item, each guests adds up the total of all items and the guest with the closest estimated total to the actual total of all 10 items wins! Mom and dad take home all of the items for the game and the guest leaves with a fun prize! Target gift cards are always a popular prize!

Baby Shower Food

Baby Shower Food

For this shower I went with a brunch theme. We had a donut cake, fruit tray, veggie tray cheese, crackers, coffee cake, quiche, Danish, and pigs in a blanket! For the beverage station, I had a coffee bar, juice bar, hot tea, iced tea, and water. There were very few leftovers!

If you are still trying to select the perfect theme for you shower, check out my tropical themed baby shower décor ideas!

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FREE Printable Wine Labels

Printable Wine Label

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Happy National Drink Wine Day! As many of you already know, I love custom wine labels! They make for a very personalized and thoughtful gift and they are great for parties! One of my favorite ways to use personalized wine labels is by gifting a bride a groom a year of firsts with a wedding milestone wine basket! We received this at our wedding and we had SO much fun enjoying the different bottles of wine for each new milestone in our marriage! I also love to give a Mommy Milestones wine basket at baby showers for the mommy-to-be and daddy-to-be to enjoy after the baby is born!

Wine Bottle Labels

Printable Wine Label

Free Printable Wine Labels

While custom wine labels are perfect for these types of occasions, you might want to dress up a wine label without having to order custom labels! Well thanks to FTD by Design, you can wow your party crowd with a custom bottle of wine in just a few minutes! All you need is a printer, double-sided tape, and a bottle of wine! It was super easy and it turned out beautifully! 

Wine Label Gift Tags

Visit FTD by Design’s blog post for their super easy instructions and to download their 6 free printable wine bottle labels for special occasions! They are all so adorable, but I think my favorite label has to be the Sip Sip Hooray! It’s hard to read that and not want to cheer! You can apply them directly to the bottle, or print the hanging label that you can easily hang on the bottle! You will never want to show up to a birthday party, dinner party, or family gathering without these show-stopping wine labels dressing up your delicious bottle of wine! If you love these gorgeous Mikasa Cheers Red Wine Glasses as much as I do, they are very affordable and are perfect for a romantic dinner or a party! Cheers! 

 

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Luxury Beach Vacation at the All-Inclusive Sandals Ochi Jamaica

Beach Vacation Jamaica

I love the beach. I love vacation. When you combine the two with an all-inclusive resort in beautiful Ocho Rios, Jamaica, you pretty much have found paradise. This is not the first time we have stayed at a Sandals resort and I promise you it will not be the last! In case you missed my post about our honeymoon in the Bahamas at Sandals Royal Bahamian, check it out here! 

Sandals Jamaica Beach Vacation

Tropical Beach Resort Jamaica

We had such an amazing time with Sandals for our honeymoon; we decided there really wasn’t a better way to celebrate our first anniversary than in a different country at a different Sandals resort! Two of our friends were married a few months before us and they stayed at Sandals Ochi for their honeymoon and absolutely loved it! My parents have also vacationed in Ocho Rios on two different occasions and they absolutely loved the culture and the beautiful scenery! So, our decision to celebrate our first wedding anniversary in Jamaica was a no-brainer and we are oh so happy we did!

Sandals Ochi Beach Resort

Let me start by saying Sandals Ochi is HUGE and gives you the best of both worlds. There are two parts to the resort; the hillside, which makes you feel like you are in the middle of a beautiful rainforest, and the ocean side with crystal clear water. We decided to book a butler village suite on the hillside. It is a one-bedroom suite with a semi-private pool and a butler. Yes, a BUTLER! I’ll be honest, we were both a little hesitant at the idea, but we decided you only celebrate your 1st wedding anniversary once, so why not?

 

Sandals Ochi Hillside
Hillside at Sandals
Sandals Ochi Ocean Side
Sandals Ochi Ocean Side

When we booked, they had us fill out a questionnaire with our preferences for our stay; our favorite food, drinks, allergies, etc. The closest airport is in Montego Bay, so it was about a 2-hour drive from the airport, but it is totally worth it and Sandals makes sure you are comfortable from the moment you get through customs! We immediately stepped into a Sandals lounge where they take your luggage and offer you a drink and snack while you wait to leave. From there, you take a Sandals chartered bus to the resort. It was so organized and we felt instantly taken care of.

Once we arrived at the resort, we were greeted with a cool towel and a delicious cocktail! One of our butlers, (we had 2!) met us in the butlers’ lounge and drove us on a private golf cart to our beautiful suite! We were given a cell phone to call our butlers at any time and they had already chilled a bottle of champagne, prepared a snack plate, and covered our bed in rose petals with a beautiful anniversary card. The view from our pool and back patio was absolutely stunning! As much as I loved the view, I did really wish we were on the beach.

Room Suite at Sandals Ocho Rios

Sandals Beach Resort Jamaica

Sandals Ocho Rios Resort

When I booked, I didn’t realize how far the butler villas were from the beach. Like I mentioned before, there is the hillside of the resort and the ocean side. While it is still one resort, you do either have to have your butler drive you from hillside to ocean side or take one of their very convenient shuttles that runs every 10 minutes. While I LOVED the beauty of hillside, I really wanted to be on the beach. As much as I hated to cause any issues, I thought, it never hurts to ask! So, we asked our sweet butlers if there was ANY way we could move to the ocean side. Amazingly enough, our butlers and Sandals made it happen instantly! They told us to go to the pool, have a drink, and they would come and get us when our stuff was settled in on the ocean side. We were STUNNED! They were so accommodating and completely understood the confusion when we were booking. This was hands down the best customer service experience EVER!

The Rooms

Sandals Ocho Rios

The rooms are beautiful and have every convenience and want you could possibly think of; including a full mini bar with alcohol that is stocked daily. The bed was so comfortable and there was plenty of room to store all of your belongings. The room also had an AMAZING air conditioner. Trust me, you will be so thankful for this! Room service was absolutely delicious and our butlers always had a sweet note, flowers, and new towel animal on our bed when we came back to the room each night. The resort also offers a daily newspaper called Footprints that gives you a full itinerary of events for that day and specific information on all of the restaurants including dress code and their hours for the day.

The Sweetest Butlers in the World

Beach Vacation Sandals Jamaica

We LOVED our butlers. They were so so thoughtful and quickly learned our favorite things. We would come back to our room with a hot bubble bath with rose petals and champagne, a fresh fruit and cheese plate to enjoy before our dinner reservations, and the sweetest notes! One morning, we had an excursion booked, so one of our butlers brought us smoothies and breakfast in bed before our excursion to make sure we had plenty of energy! They made all of our dinner reservations for us, escorted us to dinner, and would always have the best tables reserved covered in candles and flowers. They really made our week perfect. If we were out on the beach, they would call and ask if they could bring us lunch or a cocktail. We seriously lived like kings and queens.

Sandals Jamaica Beach Resort

The Food and Drinks

Sandals Resort

Kimonos Restaurant at Sandals Ochi

There are a total of 16 restaurants and 11 bars throughout the resort and they are all amazing! I will admit, there were a couple of occasions where we had our first dinner at 5 and then a second dinner at 9. One night, the hubs couldn’t decide which entre he wanted for dinner, so our waiter suggested he order both. We both laughed and he said, I’m serious! So we ordered both. There are so many snack shacks, pizza parlors, and bars all over for a quick snack or cocktail. One of the pools has a brick oven pizza place by the bar. We would order a pizza, hop in the pool and grab a drink at the swim-up bar while we waited for our pizza. Once it was ready, they would deliver it to us in the pool and we could just eat it on a pool float! Oh, I would also like to recommend you order a Bob Marley and a Miami Vice during your visit. Oh, and a Blue Hawaiian! Those are all oh so yummy!

Jamaica Sandals Ocho Rios

Sushi at Sandals Ocho Rios

The Excursions

Dunn's River Falls Jamaica
We hiked up Dunn’s River Falls!

While we were in Jamaica we booked two excursions through Sandals, Blue Hole and Dunn’s River Falls. Sandals has an excursions desk and the staff is wonderful with helping you arrange the perfect excursion. They just add it to your room and you pay at the end of your trip. My parents had done the Dunn’s River Falls excursion on their last trip to Jamaica and said it was a once in a lifetime opportunity and it really was! Basically, you along with a group and your guide hike up a waterfall! It was absolutely amazing! While it was challenging, these guides know what they are doing! We saw kids as young as 5 to grandmas and grandpas hiking up. It was absolutely amazing! I HIGHLY recommend!

Dunn's River Falls
Dunn’s river Falls

We also did the Blue Hole excursion and went tubing down the river through the beautiful jungle. There really is no possible way to describe Blue Hole and give it complete justice. You start the journey by hiking up little waterfalls and jumping into Jamaica’s beautiful blue holes in the Jamaican jungle! The water is crystal clear and the views are just breathtaking. I believe the highest jump we did was 20 feet, but that was optional. However, we did the jump and it was AMAZING and I highly recommend it!

*Note: I would highly recommend doing an excursion through Sandals. We felt safe the entire time we were in Jamaica, but we were advised to stick with the resort. They had a lot of security and our drivers always stayed with us for every excursion. Also, if you are afraid of heights, I do not recommend either excursion above. 

The Resort

Sandals Ocho Rios
White Chocolate Party

Sandals Ochi has everything in the world. Their entertainment department is absolutely amazing! They had a different show every night, themed parties like a chocolate party by their hillside pool with the most delicious chocolate bar and the coolest performances, they had movie nights on the lawn with giant beds, popcorn, drinks and a fun romantic comedy. They also have The Rabbit Hole which is a speakeasy with amazing performances and a fabulous piano bar! Their entertainment crew for the beach and the pools are so fun and constantly have games and contests for those who want something to do.

The Rabbits Hole SpeakEasy Jamaica
The Rabbit Hole
Sandals Ocho Rios
Coconut Cocktail at the Beach Party!
Events at Sandals Ocho Rios
Movie night on the lawn!

The spa is also amazing! I had a 90-minute massage and a foot scrub and massage and it was heavenly! You can also arrange private massages on the beach or in a cabana over the water. It is so relaxing. They also have an activities center where you can check out paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, snorkeling equipment, and more water excursions! They also have a shipwreck snorkeling excursion that is only $25 per person!

Things to Know Before You Go

Sandals Ocho Rios Jamaica

One of the best things about selecting an all-inclusive resort is not having to worry about spending a dime while you are there! Everything is included; well for the most part of course. They will ask for a credit card when you check-in where they will put a hold of $250. This will also be used if you decided to book any excursions, purchase things at the gift shop, or book a spa appointment during your stay. Once you arrive, I highly recommed take a tour of the resort. They will go over everything you need to know to have the best possible trip. 

Sandals Ochi

To Tip or Not to Tip

Sandals Jamaica

My husband had a hard time with this during our first Sandals visit. He kept trying to tip the gentlemen who helped us with our bags and he politely told him that he was not allowed to accept the tip. Sandals doesn’t allow tipping at all, so that is one thing you don’t need to worry about. However, if you do decide to have a butler’s package, they do allow you to tip your butler at the end of your stay since they do so much more. We tipped both of ours as we were checking out.

Sandals Ochi Jamaica

In case you couldn’t tell, we absolutely loved our entire stay with Sandals and we have already booked our next trip with Sandals in another tropical location! I can’t wait to share our next adventure with you!

Sandals

Have you been to Jamaica or stayed with Sandals before? I would love to hear about your trip!

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FREE Football Commercial Bingo Printables

Football Commercial Bingo

It’s almost Super Bowl Sunday! I absolutely love hosting a Super Bowl party each year. Well, let’s be honest, I’m pretty much always looking for a reason to host a party. But the Super Bowl is just so much fun! The food, the commercials, the halftime show, and of course, the game! While I personally love football and enjoy the game itself, I know a lot of people who attend our parties each year really don’t care about the game they just like the experience and hanging out with their friends. So this year, I thought it would be fun to have Super Bowl commercial BINGO as a fun game for our guests!

2018 Big Game Commercial Bingo

Guests can use markers or candy to keep track of their card during the commercials! I have a first and second place prize for the first two people to get a blackout or who come the closest to getting a BINGO blackout! We went with a bottle of wine and a bottle of whiskey for the prizes, but you can get really creative depending on your crowd! I used 2018 Super Bowl commercials to make these cards extra fun for this year’s game!

Football Commercial Bingo

I have created 12 different versions of the cards! Click here to download your FREE Super Bowl Commercial BINGO cards for your Super Bowl party! Is your team in the Super Bowl this year?

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Bite-Size Beef Wellington Appetizer Recipe

Beef Wellington Appetizer

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I have a very special love for Beef Wellington. The first time I ever tasted Beef Wellington was as an appetizer at my cousin’s beautiful wedding! They passed around bite-sized Beef Wellington appetizers and I was instantly hooked! Then, the chef for our wedding made us a special Beef Wellington with wedding rings and heart designs baked into the pastry dough! How cute is that?

Beef Wellington Wedding Menu

I have recently been planning out our Super Bowl party menu and I want to serve something a little different than normal. I had several steaks in the freezer and leftover pastry puff dough from the holidays. I decided to make a bite-size Beef Wellington appetizer recipe and I am so happy I did! It was absolutely delicious and so easy to make. Here is what you will need!

Bite-Size Beef Wellington Ingredients:

  • 2 12 oz. Steaks (I used 2 Ribeyes)
  • Pastry Puff Sheet (I used Pillsbury)
  • 8 oz. of cremini or baby bella mushrooms, finely chopped (Optional)
  • 1 Large Shallot, Finely Chopped (Optional)
  • Dijon Mustard
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbsp. Onion Power
  • 1 tsp. Paprika 
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Parlsey 
  • 1 tsp. Olive Oil

Let’s Get Cooking!

Heat oven to 400° F.

Cut each steak into cubes and season with the garlic powder, parsley, onion powder, salt, pepper, and paprika.

Beef Wellington Bite-Size Recipe

Sear the steak cubes for 1-2 minutes, turning each piece to make sure all sides are seared. Set aside. I used my Copper Chef to sear the steak. The Copper Chef is non-stick and has a sear button that sears each piece of steak beautifully! If you don’t own a Copper Chef, I would highly recommend you look into purchasing one.

Beef Wellington Bite-Sized Recipe

For the mushroom mixture, add the olive oil to a skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook until they start to brown. Add the shallots and cook until the shallots are soft and the mixture is golden brown. Remove mixture from the heat and set aside.

*Note: I chose not to include the mushroom mixture for the photos I am sharing. The crowd I was cooking for that evening did not care for mushrooms, so I removed them for that particular party.

Add flour to a clean surface and lay out your pastry puff sheets. Cover the pastry puff with the Dijon mustard. I would recommend a generous coating of mustard because it really adds so much flavor. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe for Beef Wellington

If including the mushroom mixture, place a small dollop on the pastry dough and add the cubes of meat on top. I found that having three pieces of meat across the pastry dough and four pieces down created the perfect pastry to meat ratio.

Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into squares around each piece of meat.

Bite-Sized Beef Wellington

Pull opposite sides of the dough over the top of the meat diagonally and pinch together. Repeat with the other sides to make sure the pastry is completely sealed.

Beef Wellington Appetizer Bites

Beef Wellington Pastry Puff

Brush the beaten egg over each bite-size Beef Wellington.

Beef Wellington Appetizer Recipe

Place each piece on the baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the pastry dough is golden brown.

Place the bite-size Beef Wellington pieces on a serving tray and garnish with parsley. Serve with a bowl of Dijon mustard.

Bite-Sized Beef Wellington

Enjoy!

Bite-Size Beef Wellington Appetizer Recipe
A delicious bite-size beef wellington appetizer recipe that is perfect for any gathering!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 12 oz. Steaks (I used 2 Ribeyes)
  2. Pastry Puff Sheet (I used Pillsbury)
  3. 8 oz. of cremini or baby bella mushrooms, finely chopped (Optional)
  4. 1 Large Shallot, Finely Chopped (Optional)
  5. Dijon Mustard
  6. 1 egg
  7. 1 tbsp. Garlic Powder
  8. 1 tbsp. Onion Power
  9. 1 tsp. Paprika
  10. 1 tsp. Salt
  11. 1 tsp. Pepper
  12. 1 tsp. Parlsey
  13. 1 tsp. Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 400° F.
  2. Cut each steak into cubes and season with the garlic powder, parsley, onion powder, salt, pepper, and paprika.
  3. Sear the steak cubes for 1-2 minutes, turning each piece to make sure all sides are seared. Set aside.
  4. For the mushroom mixture, add the olive oil to a skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook until they start to brown. Add the shallots and cook until the shallots are soft and the mixture is golden brown. Remove mixture from the heat and set aside.
  5. Add flour to a clean surface and lay out your pastry puff sheets.
  6. Cover the pastry puff with the Dijon mustard.
  7. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. If including the mushroom mixture, place a small dollop on the pastry dough and add the cubes of meat on top.
  9. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into squares around each piece of meat.
  10. Pull opposite sides of the dough over the top of the meat diagonally and pinch together. Repeat with the other sides to make sure the pastry is completely sealed.
  11. Brush the beaten egg over each bite-size Beef Wellington.
  12. Place each piece on the baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the pastry dough is golden brown.
  13. Place the bite-size Beef Wellington pieces on a serving tray and garnish with parsley. Serve with a bowl of Dijon mustard.
  14. Enjoy!
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Taco Croissant Party Ring Recipe

Delicious Taco Ring Recipe

Happy Taco Tuesday! I am always looking for a reason to make tacos! They are so delicious and they really are so easy to make! However, they aren’t always the easiest to eat. I really end up eating a taco salad before it is all said and done!

Super Bowl Sunday will be here before we know it and I am in the process of finalizing my menu for our Super Bowl party! I of course want to incorporate tacos into my menu, but they aren’t the easiest things to eat while yelling at the TV or standing around chatting with friends. I’ve been trying a lot of different Super Bowl recipes that are oh so tasty and crowd friendly for the big game and I think I have finally found my taco recipe! 

Super Bowl Taco Ring Recipe

Pillsbury gave me this idea from one of their brilliant croissant commercials and I instantly fell in love! The recipe is simple, easy to eat, and absolutely delicious! Here is what you will need:

Taco Croissant Party Ring Ingredients:

  • 2 Packages of Croissant Dough (I used Pillsbury)
  • 1 lb. of Ground Beef
  • 2 Tbsp. Taco seasoning
  • 8 oz. Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Salsa
  • Sour Cream

Let’s Get Cooking!

Heat oven to 375 °F.

In a skillet, cook the ground beef over medium-high heat until the meat has browned and there isn’t any pink. Add the taco seasoning and half a cup of water. Stir and let simmer until slightly thickened.

Add the shredded cheese and the ground beef to a bowl and mix together.

Taco Recipe

Cover a baking sheet or pizza pan with aluminum foil. The aluminum foil will help you transfer the taco ring to a serving tray when you are ready to serve!

Unroll each croissant and place the short part of the triangle toward the center of the dish. Do this with each croissant to form a ring on the pan. The pieces will overlap a bit. This is totally okay!

Taco Croissant Recipe

Spoon the ground beef and cheese mixture towards the top of the ring on each piece of croissant dough.

Taco Ring Recipe

Fold each croissant over the ground beef mixture and toward the center of the ring. Some of my pieces of dough were longer than others, so I ended up trimming the ends on a few pieces. Tuck the ends of the dough under the ring. The filling will show some.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the full ring is golden brown. My oven tends to cook more quickly, so mine was ready after 20 minutes!

Delicious Taco Ring Recipe

Move the taco ring to your serving dish and add lettuce, tomatoes, and a bowl of salsa to the center of the ring! We also added a bowl of sour cream next to our serving dish for those who like sour cream with their tacos!

Tip: I found it was easiest to transfer the taco ring to my serving tray by picking up the aluminum foil and placing it on the serving tray. I then slid the aluminum foil out from under the taco ring.

 

Slice the taco ring into individual pieces! If you are hosting a party, this will make it easy for your guests to grab a slice! Enjoy!

Taco Croissant Party Ring
A delicious taco croissant ring that is perfect for Taco Tuesday or a tasty appetizer at your next party!
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Ingredients
  1. • 2 Packages of Croissant Dough (I used Pillsbury)
  2. • 1 lb. of Ground Beef
  3. • 2 Tbsp. of Taco seasoning
  4. • 8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
  5. • Lettuce
  6. • Tomatoes
  7. • Salsa
  8. • Sour Cream
Instructions
  1. In a skillet, cook the ground beef on medium-high heat until the meat has browned and there isn’t any pink. Add the taco seasoning and half a cup of water. Stir and let simmer until slightly thickened.
  2. Add the shredded cheese and the ground beef to a bowl and mix together.
  3. Cover a baking sheet or pizza pan with aluminum foil.
  4. Unroll each croissant and place the short part of the triangle toward the center of the dish. Do this with each croissant to form a ring on the pan. The pieces will overlap a bit.
  5. Spoon the ground beef and cheese mixture towards the top of the ring on each piece of croissant dough.
  6. Fold each croissant over the ground beef mixture and toward the center of the ring. Some of my pieces of dough were longer than others, so I ended up trimming the ends on a few pieces. Tuck the ends of the dough under the ring. The filling will show some.
  7. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the full ring is golden brown. My oven tends to cook more quickly, so mine was ready after 20 minutes!
  8. Move the taco ring to your serving dish and add lettuce, tomatoes, and a bowl of salsa to the center of the ring! We also added a bowl of sour cream next to our serving dish for those who like sour cream with their tacos!
  9. Slice the taco ring into individual pieces! If you are hosting a party, this will make it easy for your guests to grab a slice! Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Tip: I found it was easiest to transfer the taco ring to my serving tray by picking up the aluminum foil and placing it on the serving tray. I then slid the aluminum foil out from under the taco ring.
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The BEST Chex Mix You Will Ever Eat

The Best Chex Mix

Who doesn’t love Chex Mix? Can we all admit that at one point in our lives, we have easily eaten close to an entire batch of Chex Mix in one sitting? I’m raising my hand. My mom has always made Chex Mix around the holidays and her recipe is hands down the BEST Chex Mix in the world! I promise I’m not biased. People tell her all the time. I understand if you are questioning this since I am her daughter, so I would recommend you just try it for yourself!

The Best Chex Mix

While my mom doesn’t have one specific special ingredient that puts this over the top, she keeps the recipe super simple and in this case, less is more! Instead of adding some of the traditional Chex Mix ingredients like pretzels and bagel chips, she sticks to the Chex cereal, peanuts, and seasoning. There is something about the simplicity of ingredients that just really makes everything blend beautifully! Here is what you will need! 

Chex Mix Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of Whole Wheat Chex Cereal
  • 3 Cups of Corn Chex Cereal
  • 3 Cups of Rice Chex Cereal
  • 2 Cups of Peanuts
  • 1 Stick of Butter
  • 5 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce — and a little more 
  • 1 Tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tsp. Onion Powder
  • 2 Tsp. Lawry’s Seasoning

Let’s Get Cooking!

Heat the oven to 225°F.

Add the cereal and peanuts to a large bowl.

Chex Mix Ingredients

Melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl and add the Worcestershire sauce, Lawry’s, seasoning garlic powder, and onion powder. Stir.

Add the seasoning mixture to the cereal and stir well.

The Best Chex Mix Recipe

Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Pour the Chex Mix onto the baking pan. I really love Worcestershire sauce, so I like to drizzle a little bit more on top of the mixture before I pop it into the over. My mom always does this and I think it really puts it over the top! 

Chex Mix Recipe

Bake the Chex Mix for an hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Some recipes call for the microwave, but baking it really helps seal the flavors into each piece of cereal and it is so crispy and delicious!  

Chex Mix

Let cool and add to a decorative baking tin!

Chex Mix Homemad Gift

This is perfect for holiday parties or to give as a homemade gift. We also love to have it for our holiday snack corner! If you are looking for something sweet to make with this savory snack mix, check out my Christmas Crunch candy recipe! I hope you enjoy!

The Best Chex Mix Recipe
My mom makes the most delicious and simple Chex Mix recipe! I look forward to this tasty snack every holiday. Enjoy!
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Cook Time
1 hr
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 Cups of Whole Wheat Chex Cereal
  2. 3 Cups of Corn Chex Cereal
  3. 3 Cups of Rice Chex Cereal
  4. 2 Cups of Peanuts
  5. 1 Stick of Butter
  6. 5 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
  7. 1 Tsp. Garlic Powder
  8. 1 Tsp. Onion Powder
  9. 2 Tsp. Lawry’s Seasoning
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 225°F.
  2. Add the cereal and peanuts to a large bowl.
  3. Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl and add the Worcestershire sauce, Lawry’s, seasoning garlic powder, and onion powder. Stir.
  4. Add the seasoning mixture to the cereal and stir well.
  5. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Pour the Chex Mix onto the baking pan.
  6. For extra flavor, dash a little extra Worcestershire Sauce on top of the mixture.
  7. Bake the Chex Mix for an hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!
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Delicious Strawberry Bread Recipe

Strawberry Bread Loaf Recipe

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One of my dear friends would always make homemade strawberry bread around Christmas time. She would have a day of baking and then wrap them in beautiful paper and deliver them to all of her friends and family. She was kind enough to share the recipe with me so that I could start making this delicious holiday treat for my friends and family!

Strawberry Bread Slices

I have been making this recipe for several years and it is something I always look forward to! It makes for a delicious and beautiful homemade gift, but it is also perfect to have for breakfast on Christmas morning! It is so easy to make and it makes your home smell absolutely delicious! Happy baking!

Strawberry Loaf Bread Recipe

 Strawberry Bread Ingredients:

  • 3  Cups Flour
  • 2  Cups Sugar
  • 1  tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1  tsp. Salt
  • 3  tsp. Cinnamon
  • 2  10 oz. Packages of thawed Strawberries
  • 4  eggs
  • 1 ½  Cups Oil

Let’s Get Baking!

Heat the oven to 325° F.

Mix the dry ingredients together and make a hole in the center.

Strawberry Bread Ingredients

Add eggs and oil to a separate bowl. Beat well. Add the strawberries. You can use fresh strawberries, but frozen strawberries work well too and they are usually less expensive! I like to purchase the frozen bags of whole strawberries. This is really helpful especially if you are making multiple batches. I just thaw the strawberries in a glass bowl in the microwave and throw them in my Ninja Chop! It is so much cheaper than purchasing the sliced strawberries! 

Strawberry Bread Loaf Ingredients

Pour the liquid ingredients into the mixture and mix with a spoon.

Ingredients for Strawberry Bread

Fill a greased loaf pan a little over halfway with the batter. This mixture will fill two loaf pans.

Strawberry Bread Recipe Instructions

Bake @ 325 for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Strawberry Bread Breakfast Loaf Recipe

Allow the loaf to cool before slicing or wrapping!

Strawberry Bread Loaf Recipe

If I’m taking this to a party or serving it for breakfast, I like to slice it and store it in a fun Christmas tin! If I’m giving the bread as a gift, I like to wrap it in plastic wrap and decorative cellophane. I hope you enjoy!

 
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Christmas Crunch Candy Recipe

Christmas Party Recipe Christmas Crunch

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One of my favorite things about the holiday season is baking delicious treats! I love putting on a Christmas movie and just baking away! I make more treats than the hubs and I should ever eat, so I package them together to give out as gifts and take to Christmas parties. It is something I look forward to every year. One of my go-to staples is making Christmas Crunch candy!

My aunt has made this delicious treat since I was little and it is absolutely amazing! She has this amazing treat corner in her kitchen and every year at Christmas, it is filled with the most delicious Christmas treats! I still feel like a little kid every time a make a beeline for that corner. She taught me how to make this several years ago and I am still amazed at how easy it is! This is the perfect treat to take to Christmas parties or to just make for a tasty Christmas treat!

Christmas Crunch Candy Ingredients:

  • Golden Grahams
  • Peanut Butter Captain Crunch
  • Peanuts
  • Vanilla Almond Bark or White Chocolate
  • Christmas Sprinkles

Christmas Treats Recipe

Let’s Get Baking!

Add the almond bark to a pan and stir continuously until completely melted. I personally love using my Copper Chef because it is evenly heated, so it melts the almond bark more quickly and it doesn’t stick to the pan! You will be so thankful for this when it comes time to clean up! If you don’t have a copper chef, you can use a big pot or double boiler. Just make sure you keep the heat on low.

Christmas Candy Recipe

Christmas Candy Recipe

Once the almond bark is completely melted, gradually stir in the cereal and peanuts. I didn’t put an exact amount because this is completely up to you! I like to gradually add the mix-ins until all of the almond bark is covering the cereal and peanuts. You don’t want the coating to be too thick because it will cause the candy to be too sweet.

Christmas Crunch Recipe

Christmas Crunch Candy Recipe

Cover a baking pan with wax paper. Spread the mixture out onto the wax paper and add the sprinkles. I just do a few sprinkles for decoration. Allow the candy to dry completely and then break apart and add to your serving dish or storage tin.

Christmas Candy Crunch Recipe and Ingredients

Christmas Candy Crunch

Enjoy!

How is easy is that? I promise you will want to make plenty of this because it will be gone in a second! Merry Christmas, friends!

Christmas Crunch Candy Mix
A delicious holiday candy recipe that is super easy to make and will be the hot of every Christmas party!
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Ingredients
  1. Golden Grahams
  2. Peanut Butter Captain Crunch
  3. Peanuts
  4. Vanilla Almond Bark or White Chocolate
  5. Christmas Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Add the almond bark to a melting pot and stir continuously with the heat on low until completely melted.
  2. Once the almond bark is completely melted, gradually stir in the cereal and peanuts.
  3. Keep adding cereal until all of the almond bark is covering the cereal mixture.
  4. Cover a baking pan with wax paper.
  5. Spread the mixture out onto the wax paper and add the sprinkles.
  6. Allow the candy to dry completely and then break apart and add to your serving dish or storage tin.
  7. Enjoy!
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