Keto Recipe – Cheesy Bacon Chicken

About a week ago, I decided to start following the Keto diet. The Keto diet is a high fat, moderate protein and low carb diet. I do all of my tracking on My Fitness Pal. Making the decision to switch to this way of eating was a real difficult one for me. I kept going back and forth. Finally I got a book that was recommended to me (Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It) and began reading. Every single thing I grew up knowing about food or thought I knew, completely went out the window. I decided to give this diet a try. Now I thought I felt good after eliminating gluten. My goodness…I feel like a million dollars eating on this new plan. I am no longer craving sugar, I have an infinite number of things to eat when I am hungry, and most importantly, I feel light. I don’t know if that makes sense, the feeling light part, but that’s the only way I can think of to describe it. You really have to give this a try to know what I mean. Before you get started, read, read, and read some more about the Keto diet. There is a TON of info out there. You can also feel free to ask. If I don’t know the answer, I will definitely try to point you in the right direction where you can get the answer!

The other night was my FIRST attempt at making a total Keto dinner. Here’s what I came up with:

Cheesy Bacon Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Thin Sliced Chicken Breasts
  • 1 TBS Unsalted Butter
  • 6 slices Fully Cooked Bacon
  • 1/2 cup Mild Cheddar Cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Lightly butter the bottom of your glass baking dish (I used the butter wrapper). You can probably skip this part, if you wanted too.
  2. Place your thin sliced chicken breasts in the glass baking dish.
  3. Cut your butter into thin slices and place over top of the chicken.
  4. Place the bacon on top of the chicken. Sprinkle the half a cup of cheese on top.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes covered. Uncover and bake for about 10 minutes more (or until the chicken is done).

keto cheesy bacon chicken

One piece of advice…use a wide spatula to help you get the chicken out of the baking dish or it will end up looking like that piece on the far right! We devoured the chicken! It was so delicious! I debated about putting the butter on it, but I think it was a good call. It prevented the chicken from sticking to the bottom of the pan and it also kept the chicken nice and moist. Ugh. I hate that word, but it’s true. The chicken was very moist. There’s that word again…

Pick up Why We Get Fat HERE!!

Captive – a Movie About Faith Over Fear

On the weekends my husband and I like to watch movies. We don’t go out all that often so, more times than not, we wait for those blockbuster hits to get to Redbox or Family Video (yes there are still movie rental places). I like a wide variety of movies, but my favorite are those that are based off true events. I like seeing the updates at the end. Sometimes they make me very happy to read and other times I get upset with how life turned out for some people. So when I was asked if I wanted to review the movie Captive, I knew right away it was a big fat yes. Captive is based on an inspiring true story.

*I receive a copy of the movie Captive for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% my own*

movie captive

About Captive

Based on a miraculous true story about the power of faith, Captive is an “amazing, inspiring” drama about the spiritual collision of two lost souls. Brian Nichols, on the run from police and desperate to make contact with his newborn son, takes recently widowed mother Ashley Smith hostage in her own apartment. Fearing for her life and desperately hoping to see her daughter again, she turns to Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life for guidance. Ashley and her captor face a crossroads where they discover hope and light in the midst of despair in the moving film that Dick Rolfe, CEO, Dove Foundation has hailed as “powerful”.

I really enjoyed the movie. I felt that they did a really great job portraying the events of Ashley Smith being taken hostage and the roadblocks that popped up along the way. In case you are like me and had never heard of this story before, I don’t want to give too much away. However, Captive is an amazing story of faith and hope and one that I think everyone should take the time to watch. For more information about the movie, you can visit their official website, Facebook page and Twitter page. The movie is rated PG-13 (for mature thematic elements and substance abuse).

Citrus Marinated Turkey Breast Recipe

I am forever looking for new recipes to make for dinner that are delicious, healthy and something my kids will eat. You will not see me making two meals unless I am making something that I know there is no way my kids would eat or that I would expect them to eat (something really spicy, for example). Often times if I hear the “I don’t like this” comments, I show them where the bread and peanut butter is at and tell them to have at it. This Citrus Marinated Turkey Breast from Chef Anthony Stewart, Executive Chef at Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa not only looks amazing, but it is definitely something my kids will eat!

Citrus Marinated Turkey Breast

Ingredients

Marinade for Tukey

  • 1 whole Pineapple, peeled and chopped
  • 2 medium Onions, peeled and chopped
  • 2 whole Oranges, washed and chopped (peel and all)
  • 1/4 cup Garlic, chopped
  • 1 TBS Lemon Pepper, salt free
  • 3 TBS Oregano, dried
  • 3 TBS Thyme Leaves, fresh
  • 3 TBS Rosemary, fresh and minced
  • 3 TBS Sage, fresh and chopped
  • 1 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Molasses, optional

Mirepoix (roasted vegetables)

  • 2 medium Carrots, chopped into large pieces
  • 3 medium Onions, chopped into large pieces
  • 1 head Celery, chopped into large pieces
  • 2 heads Garlic, chopped

Turkey

  • 10-12 lbs Turkey Breast

Instructions

  1. Remove skin from the turkey breasts.
  2. For marinade: in a food processor, combine all ingredients (pineapple through molasses) and puree. Use mixture to marinate the turkey breasts in refrigerator for at least 3 hours.
  3. Remove turkey breasts from marinade and drain.
  4. Place mirepoix ingredients in a large roasting pan and place marinated turkey breasts on top.
  5. Cover with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 2 1/2 hours.
  6. Remove cover and bake at 450 degrees for 1 hour or until done (the juice from the breast should be clear). For nicely moist turkey breasts, a meat thermometer should register no more than 175 degrees F.
  7. Use drippings from pan to make gravy. First, skim off any fat. Then puree vegetables and juice.

citrus marinated turkey

Doesn’t that citrus marinated turkey breast look delicious! I know what I’m making this weekend! If you make this, you will want to use my favorite brand of molasses…Grandma’s Original Molasses. Best there is! Check out the “buy here” link below for more details and to purchase!

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LensCrafters New AccuExam Eye Exam

I’ve worn glasses since I was in 4th grade. Getting glasses as a 4th grader in the 80’s was horrible. There was nothing stylish about the 80’s glasses. Mine were huge, mauve colored glasses. I tried to find a picture, but those glasses were so hideous, I took them off for every picture! Seriously. I will admit, when I found out my daughter did not pass the eye exam given by the state at school a few years ago, I panicked. I felt like Josie Gellar in Never Been Kissed when all of her childhood memories came flooding back to her. However, I quickly realized…no need to panic! Glasses have come a long way since the 80’s!

kids glasses

Despite my aversion to my first pair of glasses, I’ve always enjoyed getting eye exams, purchasing glasses and wearing contacts. Is that weird? When I was in high school, and before I had this lovely astigmatism, I used to get colored contacts. Now my eyes are naturally very dark blue. Add blue colored contacts and I literally looked like I had marbles for eyes. I also tried green contacts and violet colored contacts. So when I was asked if I would like to head over to my local LensCrafters in Twelve Oaks mall in Novi, Mi and try out the new AccuExam eye exam. To thank you for my time, I was given a new pair of glasses. I, of course, said yes!

*I was asked to attend a local LensCrafters store where I received an eye exam and a complimentary pair of glasses to thank me for my time. All opinions are 100% my own, as always!

lenscrafters eye exam

To be honest, I haven’t been in a LensCrafters in quite awhile. No real reason other than I had an eye doctor that I saw and just ordered my glasses there. From the moment I walked into the store, I felt welcomed. I was greeted almost immediately (so were other people that walked in behind me…I wasn’t getting special treatment just because they knew I would be writing about it) and only had to wait a few moments before I was taken back to begin the AccuExam.

What is the AccuExam Eye Exam?

The AccuExam utilizes state of the art technology to read the shape of your eyes to determine the best prescription for you, as well as, help detect health issues. You start out by having your eyes scanned (it’s painless…I promise!) by different machines. This will provide your doctor with enough information about your eye health to quickly narrow down your prescription. And by quickly, I do mean quickly. Most of use are so used to answering the “which is better 1 or 2” over and over again so our eye doctor can manually pinpoint the prescription. With the AccuExam eye exam, the “which is better…” is significantly cut down.

The fact that all the different diagnostic scans I had done were able to pinpoint my prescription was shocking to me. I will admit, I sat in the chair waiting for Dr. Olswing and I was pretty skeptical about this entire process. But…when I say this was the best eye exam I’ve ever had, I’m not joking! It was quick and accurate. You can’t ask for much more than that!

accuexam eye exam

Picking out glasses was a lot of fun! While I was in with Dr. Olswing, one of the employees was gathering a bunch of different frames that he thought would look good on me and that I would like. He did a really great job! we tried each of them on, grabbed others and when I had it narrowed down to a few different choices, he took pictures of me with his iPad so we could compare. Once I narrowed down the frames, we went to the back for a semi-private fitting done digitally. Unfortunately when I went to pick my new frames up, one of the coatings on the lenses was cracked so they needed to send my frames back out to be fixed. But as soon as I get them back, I will share the picture on Instagram!

My Thoughts

The AccuExam was pretty darn amazing! I’ve never had an eye exam where I walked out of the exam feeling confident with my results. It’s not that my current eye doctor has ever given me a poor exam. Quite the opposite, but when your results rely on how well you answer “is 1 or 2 better” and after doing that several times they all look the same, you start to second guess if you answered correctly. There is no second guessing with the AccuExam.

Have you had an eye exam using the AccuExam technology?

Appetizers for Your Super Bowl Party

I look forward to any opportunity to get together with friends and family and eat my weight in yummy appetizers. There’s the obvious reason…spending quality time with my friends and family, but let’s face it…it’s fun to have a smorgasbord of little foods to eat. You can have all of your appetizers fit a theme, like tailgating food or Mexican themed, it really doesn’t matter. But have cute plates and napkins. Trust me. Everyone likes cute plates and napkins! While I have a delicious meatball recipe that would be perfect for your Super Bowl party (I’m serious…make these…everyone loves them), I did scour the internet looking for appetizers that would be a perfect addition to my meatball recipe! You’re welcome!

super bowl appetizers

Super Bowl Appetizers

jalapenocheeseball

No party is complete without a cheeseball. This Jalapeno Bacon Cheeseball recipe looks (and probably tastes) delicious. For the recipe, please head on over to Mommy Musings! While you’re there, be sure to look up her Kings Hawaiian French Toast recipe too. It looks yummy!

Thai-Wonton-Cups-Appetizer

These Thai Chicken Mini Wonton Cups look so good! Shoot…anything with the word Thai it in usually is! For the recipe and directions on how to whip this delicious appetizer up, please visit Mommy Gaga. Be sure to check out her tab on different DIY projects and crafts!

Kicked-Up-Snack-Mix-Recipe

A party without a snack mix is not a party at all! When you make this Kicked Up Snack Mix recipe from ThriftyJinxy.com has, you will want to double or triple the recipe. People like their snack mix. OK…I don’t know about every person, but I love snack mixes and, well…remember, I said I eat my weight in appetizers and it’s usually snack mix!

Spicy-Buffalo-Wings-Appetizer

Chicken wings are the ultimate party food! A Cowboys Wife has a delicious recipe for Spicy Buffalo Wings that is super easy to make and would be a great addition to your Super Bowl party! While you’re at her site, check out her other recipes. Everything always looks so good!

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Have you ever made your own crackers? They’re so easy! These Jalapeno Cheddar Crackers are perfect for your Super Bowl party! Check out Oh My Veggies for the recipe!

What’s your favorite appetizer?

And remember…you HAVE to have these adorable Super Bowl plates and napkins!