Dijon Balsamic Flank Steak over Spinach, Pear and Walnut Salad

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I was at the food store on yet another sweltering summer day trying to figure out what to make for dinner.  All I knew was that I wanted something light but satisfying.  So I just started grabbing ingredients that I thought would go well together and viola! Say hello to one of the tastiest salads ever.  The best part is you can top this baby with pretty much any protein you like.  This time it was flank steak but next time i may get a little crazy and add some lime grilled shrimp!  The possibilities are endless!

 

Dijon Balsamic Marinade 

1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

2 1/2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar

Salt and Pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients and marinade flank steak for at least and hour.

 

Spinach Salad

8oz Fresh Spinach

3 Small Scallions

1/2 Small Fennel (sliced thin)

1 Bosc Pear (sliced thin)

Half a cup of Raw Chopped Walnuts

Handful of Grape Tomatoes 

 

White Balsamic Dressing

1 1/2 Tablespoons White Balsamic Vinegar

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

 

Combine all ingredients in a mason jar, close the lid and shake shake shake.

Grill flank steak to desired donees, I usually do 6 minutes per side and let the steak rest for 5 minutes.   Slice steak against the grain.

Combine all your salad ingredients together in a big mixing bowl.  Pour the dressing over the salad, season with salt and pepper and give it a toss.  Move salad to a serving dish, add the steak on top and enjoy!!

*Optional add in some feta cheese or shredded parmesan 🙂

I hope you guys enjoy this summer salad!

xo,

Ash

Balsamic Pork Chops with Peach Mango Salsa

 

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The summer heat continues here in New Jersey and so does the grilling.  These balsamic pork chops with peach mango salsa are the perfect quick and easy summer dinner!  I really love any kind of fresh fruit salsa.  They are so refreshing, especially when added over fish or meat.  This peach mango salsa is perfect to add on top of a dish or stand alone with some tortilla chips.   So grab a glass of white and start grilling because this is what’s on the menu tonight!

Balsamic Marinade

3 Table Spoons Balsamic Vinegar

2/3 cup olive oil

3 Garlic cloves crushed

Salt and Pepper to taste

Whisk vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper together.  Add crushed garlic.  Pour over pork chops and marinade for at least and hour.

Peach Mango Salsa 

1 Peach

1 Mango

1 Bunch of cilantro (add amount to your preference)

Juice of one lime

1 Jalapeno Pepper

Chop and combine all ingredients.  Set aside.

Instructions: 

Grill pork chops for about 5 minutes per side depending on thickness.

Top pork chops directly with salsa or add some arugula for crunch.  Serve over almond couscous or brown rice. Drizzle with white truffle oil and enjoy!!

Thanks for stopping by!

xo,

Ashli

Feta, Spinach Chicken Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce & Almond Garlic Couscous 

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Hello July in North Jersey and hello humid, extremely hot weather!  We have had somewhat of a mini heat wave over here which means I have no desire to turn on my oven.   I really love to utilize my grill in the summer time and these chicken burgers are a great alternative to beef burgers.  Topping them with fresh veggies and some tzatziki sauce gives them a little something extra.  Below you will find my recipe for the chicken burgers, tzatziki sauce and couscous.  So fire up that grill and enjoy!

 

Spinach Feta Chicken Burgers

2 Lbs Ground Chicken

3 Ounces Feta (crumble to your desired texture)

10 Ounces Frozen Spinach, Thawed and Drained.

4 Garlic Cloves Minced

2 Eggs, Beaten

Salt & Pepper to taste

1/2 a Lemon, squeezed into mixture

Combine all ingredients and form into patties.  Enjoy! Serve on Grilled pita bread.  Top with fresh arugula, red onion and a Jersey tomato!

 

Tzatziki Sauce

17 Ounces Plain Fat Free Yogurt (I prefer Fage)

1 Large Cucumber

4 Garlic Cloves

1 Bunch of Dill, chopped

1/3 Cup Olive Oil

1-2 Table Spoon Red Wine Vinegar

Salt and Pepper to taste

Add yogurt to a bowl.  Clean, grate and strain the cucumber using a cheese cloth.  Use a garlic press to add the garlic, if you don’t have one grate or mince garlic.  Add dill and give the mixture a few stirs.  Add the olive oil, vinegar and salt and pepper.  Combine and enjoy!

 

Almond Garlic Couscous

Prepare couscous as directed on the box.  My favorite is Rice Select and I like to substitute the water for vegetable stock.

2 Table Spoons Olive Oil

4 Cloves Garlic Minced

1/2 Cup Sliced Almonds

After couscous is finished cooking add olive oil to a pan then add the garlic and sauté until soft toss the almonds in the mixture and remove from heat.  Add the olive mixture to the couscous and add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

I hope you enjoy these delicious burgers as much as me and my family did!  Now get grilling!

 
Thanks for stopping by!

xo,

Ashli

New Baby Must Have’s

 

 

Welcoming a bundle of joy soon? There are SO many baby products out there it can be pretty overwhelming on what to purchase.  Being a mom of 3 kids under 3 I consider myself somewhat of an expert in the baby gear department.  I can’t tell you how many products we have purchased and never used or didn’t work out!  So i’m saving you guys some time and rounding up some of my favorite baby gear that will hopefully make your life as a new parent a little bit easier.

 

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4Moms Breeze Play Yard

I am such an advocate for pack and plays.  I will look at photos of when I was younger and I was usually in a playpen surrounded by tons of toys while my mom was cooking dinner.  I wouldn’t be able to get anything done in my home without one.  Pack and plays allow me to cook dinner, clean the house and have my morning coffee.  I love this one because it’s so easy to pack up and take with you.  Ours has been on many family vacations and is currently on our third child so you know it’s durable!

 

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Portable Swing

By the third kid you have tried almost every gadget there is out there.  This portable swing is everything during the first few months.  It’s compact enough to fit on my center island so it allows the baby to be near me but out of reach to my tiny little helpers.  Plus it folds up for easy travel.

 

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DockAtot

I really can’t say enough about this product.  Our first son was not a sleeper AT ALL.  So when I found out I was pregnant for the second time I was not messing around! I did my research and am so glad that I cam across this gem.  It’s a bit pricy but totally worth it.  Our second son sleeps in the bigger version and our newborn sleeps in the smaller one.

 

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Tote Savvy

Anyone else a neat freak? This amazing invention allows you to keep all of your diaper bag essentials in an orderly fashion while fitting into your favorite bag.  I am able to fit all 3 kids stuff in here.

 

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Finn and Emma Play Gym

Love this bar.  I can move it anywhere in my home or the yard.  So convenient! Especially when you have other small children to chase after!  No one has time to set things up plus this play gym is so sturdy and the wonderfully made frame is finished with non-toxic stains and lacquers.

 

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Lil Helpers Bottle Holder

Just get it and thank me later…

 

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Halo Bassinet

All three of my babies slept in our room for the first few months.  This bassinet was a lifesaver for the late night feedings.  It swivels, so you are able to get it very close to your bedside.  Plus the sides are mesh which allows you to see baby easily.

 

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Nuna Leaf

This is another item that I was able to use with all three kids.  It’s noise-free design swings with just a gentle push.  The seat also grows with the baby, so all of my kids take a swing!

 

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Bare Beaded Pacifier Clip

I love products that are multi functional.  This pacifier clip is made with natural beads so it’s safe for your little one to chew on while he’s teething.

 

Hoping these help you all out!  Thanks for stopping by!

 

xo,

 

Ashli

Gabriel’s 1st Birthday

mile·stone – an action or event marking a significant change or stage in development.

Before I had children this word meant very little to me.   I mean of course I understood the meaning and importance of a milestone.  I graduated high school, college and got married.  So I thought I hit some pretty important ones in my life.  Let me tell you, nothing compares to having and raising baby and then watching that tiny human (who you grew in your body, which is a miracle in itself) hit their milestones!  So when it came time to celebrate our sweet baby boy Gabriel’s first birthday we couldn’t believe how fast that milestone came!  When I found out I was having another boy I was uneasy.  Not only was I having another child, but a boy.  I was worried about how I was going to love another baby let alone another boy.  But let me tell you, as soon as I saw my second baby boy my heart grew bigger and knew to make room for this special little person.   Gabriel is by far the sweetest baby, you look into is eyes and they just melt your heart.  Maybe it’s because he’s a scorpio.  Being a scorpio myself I have a soft spot for them ; )

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I love planning any kind of celebration.  I take such joy in planning every little detail and nothing is more special then planning events for my children.  When I found out I was pregnant the second time around and started to brainstorm nursery themes I knew immediately regardless of the gender that I wanted to do a black and white theme.  I am not a boy is for blue and girl is for pink kind of person.   Gabriel’s nursery came out wonderful and I just loved it.  So when it came time to picking a first birthday theme I already knew what I wanted!  When choosing a venue I knew I wanted something that had character but was still bare enough to allow me creative freedom.   We chose a florist that moonlights as an event venue.  It was perfect and smelled amazing from all the fresh flowers which was an added bonus.

The day was great, we celebrated this huge milestone with some of our most close friends and family.   We had delicious food and desserts, entertainment for the kids and of course vino for the adults.  I can’t believe our sweet baby Gabe is already one year old.  I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this sweet soul.  I certainly can’t wait to plan more parties 🙂   I’ve linked all of my vendor’s below in case you are in the northern New Jersey area.  They were all fantastic!

Thanks for stopping by!

xo

The venue was Caldwell Flowerland | Our caterer was Miele’s Restaurant | Gabriel’s amazing cake was from Miele’s Bakery | Cake pops were by Alexandra (message me for contact information) | Photography by Melanie Lamac Photography | Happy birthday Banner by Classic Banners | Time Capsule by Creative Kittle | Cake Topper by Pink Poppy Party Shoppe | Donut party favors by Beignets (So delicious)

 

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask 🙂

Cozy Gifts for Her

 

Hey everyone!  Getting dressed up is great but nothing beats being cozy!  and with Christmas just 5 days away I put together a last minute cozy gift guide for her.  All of the items will make it to you by Christmas Eve if purchased today or tomorrow!!! Happy shopping! ❤

Thanks for stopping by!

 

xo!

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Probably my all time favorite UGG style.  They are so easy to slip on and off.  They keep your feet warm and are SO cute on! 

 

cozyhat

I’m very into big pom pom hats these days and this Aqua one is perfect.  Warm and stylish and not to mention it’s 25% off.  Score! 

 

comfysocks

Because you can’t have enough pairs of comfy socks…

 

cozyrob

I love a good robe, the problem is I couldn’t find one that wasn’t too heavy or too light.  Until now!  This robe is the perfect material.  Layer it over pj’s or wear it out of the shower while relaxing in bed.  Super cozy! 

cozythrow

The perfect neutral throw at the perfect price.  

cozyjog

Ah joggers, one of my wardrobe staples.  Lounge in the house or pair with sneakers.  I love joggers and I’m not afraid to admit it. 

comytunic

This tunic is so soft and comfortable.  I wear it off one shoulder.  Dress it up or down.  Either way you will be comfortable. 

cozycocoa

When I think of being warm and cozy I think hot cocoa and Godiva is my absolute favorite 🙂 

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And if hot cocoa isn’t your thing I have linked my favorite cabernet 🙂 

 

The Perfect PJ’s for The Holidays!

 

So yesterday was a snow day here in Jersey.  My husband plows so I am usually home alone with the kids on snow days.   Which means that I have to think of activities to occupy my 1 and 2 year old’s.  The day was filled with sugar cookie baking and gingerbread house making.  Probably not the best idea now that I think about it, what a mess! But Maximus had fun 🙂  We also watched some holiday movies and drank hot chocolate (mommy’s current favorite)  I also finished decorating the tree.  We had a little Christmas tree drama over here.  We usually get a real tree but decided to get an artificial flocked tree this year because they are so pretty and we figured we can put it up earlier every year.  Well the original tree we ordered was beautiful however we were only sent the bottom half of the tree!  After going back and forth with the company (who will not be named!) it turned out they had no idea where the top part of our tree was and the tree was out of stock 😦 I was so sad because here we were 11 days before Christmas without a tree!  Which made me feel like a horrible mom! Damn pregnancy hormones!  Well i’m super thankful for Target because I ordered this tree on Wednesday evening and it arrived Friday afternoon! Plus it’s not too shabby looking! I just wish it were a foot taller!  Anyway, I have linked this beautiful tree as well!  The day was a pretty great all around with only one or two minor tantrums! That’s a win to me!   One of my favorite things about snow days is staying in pajama’s ALL DAY and at almost 9 months pregnant well that’s just simply heavenly.   I have linked some of my favorite holiday pajama’s for the whole family that will be perfect to wake up in on Christmas morning! I have also linked a recipe for red wine hot cocoa!  I have been told it’s amazing and I can’t wait to try it once this baby is born! Stay cozy and warm ❤

Thanks for stopping by! 

The pajama’s that i’m wearing are currently 30% off! | My slippers are under $13.00 | Max’s pajama’s | Gabriel’s pajama’s are sold out but he has these as well | Our flocked tree which is under $130.00 |

 

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