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Healthy Garlic Chicken Soup

It’s that time of year again y’all. Holiday season! While it’s the most wonderful time of year, it’s not the most wonderful time of year for our waistline.  I don’t know about your office or school or place you work, but here at mine, this time of year is when people start shoveling in the doughnuts, chocolates, cakes, caramel covered popcorn, cookies…the list could go on and on!

This time of year you must find different foods to combat all of these evil lovable treats. Start eating more vegetables and fruits to keep you full! Find different recipes that will excite your tummy– for example, this garlic chicken soup!  I just wanted to share a delish recipe that my friend Jessie from Fashion Life of Marlowe shared with me! ( Thanks Jessie! :D)

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Here’s what you’ll need:

3 medium ripe tomatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
2 chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
8 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 whole onion chopped
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup parsley
4 cups water
2 eggs, slightly beaten

Here’s what you’ll do:

Step 1: Place the tomatoes in boiling water for about 1- 2 minutes. Remove from boiling water and start to peel the tomatoes. (Watch out, will be hot so place under cold water for a second, if you must.) Chop the tomatoes and set aside.

Step 2: Chop the onions and set aside.

Step 3: Mince Garlic and set aside.

Step 4: Heat the oil in a large pot. Add pieces of chicken, onions and garlic into pot and heat until chicken is lightly browned.

Step 5: Add parmesan cheese and cook over medium for 2 minutes.

Step 6: Add chopped tomatoes, spices and water and bring to a boil.

Step 7: After you have brought to a boil, lower the temperature a tad and let cook for 15 minutes.

Step 8: After 15 minutes, bring the temperature to medium and add eggs slowly.

Step 9: Cook over low heat for 5 minutes.

When I say you’ll love this soup, I mean it! It’s now a staple in our house!

Happy Tuesday!

XoXo!

Sig

Low Cal Banana Muffins

Sometimes I let food go to waste. There, I said it. I don’t mean to and I hate it but with traveling and being on the go, every once in a while, my banana’s will get a little too ripe. When this happens I don’t get TOO upset because that means that I get to make one of my favorites, BANANA MUFFINS! YAY!

While I love banana muffins, they can be loaded down with a lot of fat and too much sugar! One way to lower fat while baking is to not use butter. NOT USE BUTTER?! (I know that’s going through your head right now) Replacing applesauce for butter or oil in sweet recipes is a great alternative!

Getting hungry for some banana muffins?

Low Cal Muffins

 Here is what you’ll need:

  •  1 ½ cup mashed bananas (typically 3-4 ripe bananas)
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup applesauce

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Here’s what you’ll do:

1st: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2nd: Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

3rd:  In another bowl, beat together banana, applesauce, sugar, egg and vanilla.

4th: Mix all ingredients together.

5th: Pour mix into muffin cups and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.  If you don’t have muffin liners, make sure you spray with pam or something similar.

{Makes approximately yummy 12 muffins.}

{P.S– In my opinion they taste better if you let them sit in a bag or container overnight in the refrigerator.}

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Happy Monday!

XOXO!

Sig

Summer Lovin’

It’s that time of year again! I have a love/ hate relationship with bathing suit season. I love when I feel comfortable in my skin.  Loving what I am wearing helps me feel a lot better.  I have included suits that will fit  all body types.  Get outside and have some fun in the sun!
xoxo!
Sig

Ondademar
barneys.com

Bikini swimwear
$99 – nelly.com

Jessica simpson
lordandtaylor.com

Scrunch bikini
target.com

Navy bikini
$24 – fashionunion.com

Summmaaa Timeee

“Summertime and the livin’s easy”……Well for most people.  For those of us involved in the homeowner’s association industry, pool season is in full effect. Be sure and make time for fun this summer! Take a dive into the many events going on and plunge into the incredible summer “hot” spots thatNorth Carolina has to offer!

Barbeques, fireworks and red, white and blue all come to mind when thinking of the 4th of July. Celebrating our day of independence is the epitome of summer and finding the perfect spot to watch fireworks is crucial. One of the most unique spots in NC is the 15th annual Battleship Blast, which can be viewed primarily in downtown Wilmington. Noted as Coastal Living’s 10 Spots to Celebrate the Fourth and recent recipient of Southeast Tourism Society’s award of Top 20 things to due in July, this fireworks show surely wont disappoint. Visit http://www.battleshipnc.com for details!

From the coast to the mountains there is always something happening around the state. Go share the fun at the 33rd annual Bele Chere Festival in downtown Asheville on July 29-31. Bele Chere is known as the largest free street festival in the southeast and is perfect for all ages.  Enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery while listening to live original music. Also be sure and stop by the numerous arts and craft vendors that travel from all over the country to bring their unique, one of kind pieces of art to take home and make your own. To find out more information about the Bele Chere Festival, visit www. http://www.belecherefestival.com.

Here’s some juicy news…The 26th annual Watermelon Festival which is held in Fair Bluff, NC is going to be taking place July 16-24! “Simple to grow. Simple to Buy. Simple to Eat. Watermelon” is their motto.  So, being there is just that simple!  All things watermelon is the theme, from the watermelon eating contest to spiting seed contest, this festival will be some sweet fun. The festival will include a parade, car show and also Teen Miss and Queen Pageants. It all began in 1986, when two best friends, Monroe Enzor, Sr. and A.J. Worley, wanted a new hobby and they picked growing watermelons. This festival has been going ever since! Visit http://www.ncwatermelonfestival.com for more information. Don’t miss this mouth-watering event!

On a sweltering summer day, we all need the perfect spot to cool off. Whether it is in a pool, lake or on the beach, by the water is where we all want to be! A remarkable place to be is on the Dan River in StokesCounty.  Float down the river in an inner tube, canoe or kayak, whichever you chose is surely to be a relaxing enjoyable ride. A fun and affordable adventure, floating the Dan Riveris the perfect way to unwind and cool down on Saturday after a long week in the office. Visit http://www.danriveradventures.com to find out directions and information.

With so many events and festivals going on in the summer in the incredible state of NC, there is sure to be something going on for every individual’s interest. Go to VistingNC.com for a complete listing of everything going on around the state as well as your hometown.