april crushes.

 

 

Spring has FINALLY come to Minnesota! As I write this, this time last week we got 21 inches of snow. GULP. But today the sun is shining and I am giddy about the promise of warmer weather coming our way. Sit back and enjoy all of my April Crushes!

  1. Starbucks Cold Foam Cascara Cold Brew: My local Starbucks crew knew I would love this and gave me a sneak peek at their new cold foam last week and OH MY GOSH IS IT AMAZING. The cold foam is frothed cold instead of hot and creates the smoothest, creamiest texture ever. Bonus, you can get the cold foam on ANY drink. Just be warned if it’s a cold drink, they will serve it in a special strawless lid so you can enjoy the cold foam fully. Try it, it’s delicious. (My fave is either the iced cappuccino or the cold brew.)
  2. Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet with Jesus: I recently started this devotional (by Proverbs 31 Ministries) and LOVE IT. It’s s imple but meaty, has a reflection question or two and a few short lines to engage. Totally Bible-centered and totally doable for a busy mom. This would make an AWESOME Mother’s Day gift for someone or a special investment in yourself! For those not quite in the motherhood season yet, I highly recommend Encouragement for Todaywhich is a similar book for women in any season of life.
  3. Absolute New York Nano Eyeliner: I love liquid liners, but don’t love how thick they can be, especially for daytime wear. I LOVE this eyeliner because its ULTRA-THIN which means I get to control how it goes on. It’s super easy to apply seamlessly and stays put all day. Even better, it’s only $8.
  4. Ipsy: Every year for my birthday, my mom gets me another year subscription to Ipsy. My mom and sister also have a subscription and every month, we get together and go around in a circle and open our bags together. What’s Ipsy? Well, its a subscription service where for $10 a month (less if you prepay a year), you get 5 travel or full size beauty products to try. You can review them online afterwards for extra points and get freebies from your points. It’s been one way I have found some of my favorite hair, nail, and beauty products. It’s super fun and a great way to try new things and also, pamper yourself or a friend a bit! Use my link above if you sign up and then pass along your own referral link to get some bonus points!
  5. This Creamy Chicken Basil Thighs recipe: This is a low carb dream! Josh and I ate it the other night and he said he was trying to decide if he wanted to eat it faster and continue to burn his mouth, or wait a little longer. He burnt his mouth haha! It is rich however, served over some streamed broccoli or zucchini noodles really cuts it down. SO GOOD and SO easy!
  • 2-3 Pounds Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs or chicken breasts
  • 1 8 ounce Block of Cream Cheese softened
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/4 Cup grated Parmesan cheese (think the green can kind)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon mineral salt (or kosher salt)
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Chopped Basil lightly packed (our store was sold out, so I did the basil in a tube kind and it was perfect. Equal amount to fresh)
  • Garlic Powder to taste (I used about 1/2 tsp)
  1. Season chicken on both sides with garlic powder. We used chicken thigh because they were on sale and we love them!
  2. In a dutch oven or oven-safe skillet, brown chicken with a small amount of oil. Don’t worry about cooking it through, just get a little golden color on each side! Don’t over crowd the pan, do 2 batches if you need to. Think 2-3 minutes per side while the pan is on high.
  3. After the thighs come out, drain off an remaining oil and then in the same pot, melt softened cream cheese and butter. Whisk with a whisk until smooth.
  4. Add chicken broth, whipping cream, Parmesan, and salt to cream cheese mixture. Add chopped fresh basil to sauce and stir until combined.
  5. Add the chicken back to the sauce pan and throw in a 400 degree oven for about 40-45 minutes.
  6. When done, enjoy! Always check your chicken is at least 165 degrees.

Optional – if you would rather do this all on the stove, simply fully cook your chicken first before making the sauce.

Now, here are the kiddos favorite things this month! (11 month olds)

  1. Indestructibles books: We love to read books. And we also love to chew, rip, and gnaw on books. These books are super reasonable (a bunch are under $5) and completely 100 percent baby-proof, chew-proof, rip-proof, and drool-proof. They can be wiped down, thrown in the dishwasher or washing machine and chewed on and won’t be damaged! We love them! I linked this to the Baby Faces one, as the kids think this one is funny (I have no idea why, but whenever I say stinky on one of the pages, they laugh. How do they know what stinky means already!?) But we have about 5-6 of them and they all are SO cute.
  2. Gund Baby Noah’s Ark: The kids got this to share for Easter and love it! We have so much fun opening the ark and pulling out 5 different animals. It’s great because each of the animals “does” something (crinkle, squeak, make a sound) and then we put them all back in and close the door … and then open the door and do it all over again. They are soft and it’s great for working on coordination!
  3. Dry Scalp Brush and Comb:Logan gets a dry scalp from time to time and I am so glad I was introduced to this bush and comb set. It’s a couple of bucks and when I wash his hair in the tub, I gently massage his scalp with the brush side and then after I rinse his hair, I use the comb side. He doesn’t mind whatsoever and it has really helped!

And now, time for some FUNNIES! Have a great weekend friends!

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One thought on “april crushes.

  1. Amie P says:

    I LOVE my ipsy subscription! Such a fun treat for a very low price. I didn’t know it was cheaper if you paid for a full year though, I will have to check that out! I am also going to have to check out those indestructible books!

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