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This week’s mason jar salad is one of my favorite ever! I love the taste of fruit with salad greens–it’s so refreshing. This dressing is also really amazing, and with blueberries, mandarin oranges, red onion, and feta cheese, this one will have you super excited to eat your lunch every day!
If you’re not into the green smoothie or green juice thing, but you want a healthy, make-ahead breakfast–this one’s for you! Make-ahead oatmeal in mason jars takes about 10 minutes to prep for a whole week, and no time at all every morning. It’s my secret weapon to get The Husband on the healthy eating train!
Chia seeds are an amazing addition to your diet–they bring all kinds of essential nutrients with them. I love added them to my water as a way of keeping myself fuller throughout the day, and this Chia Fresa with Lime is the ultimate plain water replacement. A little lime, chia, and maple syrup make an absolutely delicious and refreshing way to stay hydrated during the day!
These soba noodle bowls have quickly become a go-to dinner for us on busy work nights. Keeping cooked chicken breasts on hand and “theme-ing” our weeks has helped us out a LOT. Today I’m sharing tips on getting healthy meals on the table quickly and easily without a whole lot of planning or fuss!
Be still my taco-loving heart! I live in the LA area and have heard about Korean BBQ Tacos on the food trucks all the time, but I haven’t had the chance to taste them yet. I found this recipe a couple of week’s ago, and my mind was completely blown. Not only are these tacos amazingly delicious–they’re healthy too! Eat two of these puppies with some veggie slaw for less than 300 calories–that’s my kind of meal!
Each week I pack up a set of mason jar salads for my lunches for the week, and each week I try to vary this recipe. This week’s is inspired by one of my favorite salads on the Whole Foods salad bar. This one is packed with berries, greens, and some toasted almonds for crunch, and is topped with a zingy blood orange vinaigrette!
My go-to winter meal is chili! This chili is easy and healthy and takes just minutes to get on the stove. A big bowl of this just screams comfort–your stomach will thank you! Your waistline will thank you too, because with lean ground turkey and black beans for added protein and fiber, this chili is good FOR you too.
Heat things up Hawaiian style this Valentine’s Day with an island-themed stay-at-home date night, complete with Island Popcorn, Not-so-Mundane Mai Tais, and No Bake Pina Colada Bars!
If you’re looking for a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day, look no further! These lemon sandwich cookies are delicious and easy. The raspberry jam buttercream sandwiched between these cookies is quite possibly my new favorite frosting. Tart and sweet–what more could you ask for??
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Looking for a quick weeknight dinner to warm up with? This super easy Pork Tortilla Soup definitely fits the bill. It’s a great way to use up leftover meat from earlier in the week (see my Chipotle Honey BBQ Pulled Pork Tacos recipe for the crockpot pork I used to create this soup). It’s delicious, homey, and perfect for chilly winter weather.
Looking for something creative to do with your pork roast leftovers? Try these Pulled Pork and Caramelized Onion Quesadillas. They are amazing! I love the slow-cooked, sweet and smoky flavor for caramelized onions–they pair perfectly with slow-cooked pulled pork. Trust me on this one!
If you’re on the go a lot like I am, this is the perfect meal for you. It’s as easy as tossing the ingredients in the crockpot and letting it cook all day, then chopping up a few fresh ingredients for a killer and unique peach salsa. This one has quickly become a favorite in our house!
Mason jar salads are my new obsession, and I’ve got a brand new recipe for you, based on my favorite Trader Joe’s salad–the Pasadena Salad! This salad features baked chicken, mandarin oranges, crispy rice sticks, toasted almonds, and an Asian Vinaigrette dressing that I just love. I know you’ll love it too!
Happy National Appetizer Day, everyone! With the Super Bowl coming up, and today’s national food holiday, what better excuse to make these delicious potato skins? Even better, these skins are healthy too, made with Greek yogurt, spinach, and boneless & skinless chicken breasts. Perfect for keeping your New Year’s Resolutions while enjoying the big game!
I’ve been talking a lot lately about ways I’m preparing ahead in order to eat healthy, and today I’m sharing yet another idea: mason jar salads! They’re all over Pinterest and Facebook lately and I’ve finally broken down and tried them. Guess what? They’re amazing and delicious! I love this Southwestern Black Bean and Corn version, with avocado, monterey jack cheese, cilantro, and chopped romaine lettuce.
Have you heard of Darby Smart? This new company is taking DIY to a new level. With the help of amazing designers, Darby Smart creates project kits–everything you’ve loved on Pinterest and craft and design blogs is now at your fingertips. I tried their “Animal Canisters” kit and created these Golden Dinosaur Jars in minutes.
I’m working on eating healthier this year, and one of my big steps is to eat a healthy breakfast! These Frozen Green Smoothie Packets do the trick: I just pop them into the blender, pour it in a mason jar, and I’m out the door. Perfect for eating healthy when you’re in a hurry!
Get ready for the Big Game with the help of Nestle #GameTimeGoodies! You don’t want to miss one second of the big football game, so get out of the kitchen! My easy party ideas will make you look like a million bucks, without all the effort.
Take a little peek inside my daily routine and see some of my all-time beauty favorites! I’m sharing both my department store and drugstore must-haves, the ones I return to over and over again–are your favorites on my list??
I tend to get obsessive over things… So much so that I drive the people around me a little crazy. Today, I’d like to share five of my most recent obsessions with you–so you can have them in YOUR life, too!
Being Filipino is something like I am so proud of–it is one of the things that makes me, well, ME. It’s always been strange to explain to people that NO, I am not adopted (you can be blonde and Filipino), but I love it at the same time. Growing up with my Filipino family has made me who I am. One of our favorite dishes is Pancit, which I’m sharing here today. I make it a LOT! And each time I think of my grandmother, and how I wouldn’t be who I am today without her.
My friend Angel is celebrating her bloggy birthday! To celebrate, a bunch of us bloggers got together and we’re giving away $850 in PayPal cash! Don’t miss out on your chance to win.
The Golden Globe Awards are this Sunday, January 12th! Why not make it a special occasion with a couple of quick and easy party ideas? From a DIY Tassel Garland to Golden Dipped Champagne Flutes to a Sparkling Cider Jello Shots to a Popcorn Bar with all the fixings, this is a golden soiree you won’t want to miss!
This recipe is brought to you by cold medicine and comfort food cravings. When I’m sick, I always crave my southern Grandma’s cooking. She was the best when you weren’t feeling well. This time, I’m updating mac n cheese (a southern staple), with goat’s milk cheddar and a crunchy panko and herb topping. Super delicious!
Looking for a fun project to do while you’re stuck indoors with all this cold? I had a lot of fun making these Granny Square Slippers–they’re made from six small granny squares stitched together. You can make them in all kinds of fun color combinations with different kinds of yarn. Link to the pattern and tutorial inside!
This is my gift to all of you suffering through the freezing cold temperatures! This soup is a sure-fire way to heat things up. It is delicious, and best of all, this batch will go a LONG way. Stay safe out there, friends!
Getting a little serious and introspective here on the blog for a minute, as I reveal my focus word for 2014: FORWARD! Onward and upward, and definitely moving forward. Also, I’ve got three super cute motivational printables for you–check ‘em out!
Hope your new year is going fantastically, dear reader! I made up this little focus word printable to keep myself focused for the year, and I thought I’d share it with you! Just print it, fill it out, and hang it somewhere to keep you going towards your goals all year long.
It’s my one year anniversary here on Ya Gotta Have a Hobby! I can’t believe a year has gone by so fast. To celebrate, I’m counting down the Top 5 Most Popular posts from last year. Come check it out + see if your favorite is on the list!
This year I’m making a commitment to eat REAL food–to power my body with the best food I can find. NatureRaised Farms chicken fits the bill, with its No Antibiotics Ever standards! This delicious recipe combines their all natural chicken with spinach, cheese, and panko for an amazing, baked, super easy meal.
Be the best at hostess gifting with ChocolatRouge Red Wines and my free chalkboard wine tag printable! A fine bottle of red wine plus chocolate makes THE best hostess gift this holiday season. Click through to get your hands on an adorable chalkboard printable to dress up your ChocolatRouge Red Wine hostess gift!
I think the title of this post says it all–what are you waiting for? Get in on this amazing giveaway for your chance to win $400 to Sephora from myself, Hairspray and High Heels, and a host of other fabulous bloggers!
The big day is almost here–Christmas is less than 10 days away! Do you know what you’re getting the game lover in your life? Make it easy with Forza Motorsport 5 and M&Ms! It’s the perfect present for The Husband, who just loves his XBox games at Christmas. Come checkout the Buy, Snap, and Redeem promotion too, which will help you get a little something for yourself, thanks to a $10 eGift from Wal-Mart!
My favorite part of the holidays is belting out my favorite Christmas tunes at the top of my lungs. Singing loud for all to hear (name that film!) just got easier with Carbon Audio’s Pocket Speaker–small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, but loud enough to get the party started. Check out my three favorite Christmas Playlists as I get into the holiday spirit!
This recipe is near and dear to my heart, and it comes to you from my southern Gramma! It’s an Italian twist on classic chicken noodle soup, with delicious veggies, chicken, tomatoes, and lots and lots of parsley! As soon as I taste this, I’m transported to my childhood. It’s perfect to chase away cold, blustery weather.
Looking for some Christmas gift inspiration? I’ve got 15 unique ideas for you for the women in your life–I’m sure you’ll find something perfect for your mother, sister, aunt, BFF, whoever you’re shopping for!
Cook once and eat twice with two great recipes made with these delicious roasted winter veggies! Starting with an array of carrots, turnips, parsnips, butternut squash, sweet potato, mushrooms, and onions, you’ll have a deliciously creamy veggie soup AND an amazing veggie and goat cheese pasta in no time at all! Make both at once and don’t worry about dinner for a couple of days!
It’s almost been a full year here at Ya Gotta Have a Hobby, and I’m beyond thankful for every blessing this little blog adventure of mine has brought to me! That’s including YOU, dear reader.
This post is brought to you by a horrible Pinterest fail that resulted in a frantic search around town for apparently non-existent Thanksgiving decor, drowned in a sea of too-early Christmas decorations. Oh yeah, and there’s music. You’re welcome.
For those of you who, like me, have waited until the last minute to plan your Thanksgiving menu, I’ve waded through pages and pages of Thanksgiving side dishes to narrow it down to my 25 favorites. These aren’t your mama’s side dishes though–they’re classic dishes with a twist, just different enough to add a little excitement to your Thanksgiving table.
Give the gum lover in your life an “Extra” special gift with my Modern Metallic Wreath, made from minty and refreshing Extra Spearmint Gum! It’s two gifts in one–a fun and festive piece of decor, and later–a great supply of Extra Gum! Check out my tutorial to make your own.
Coffee is an essential part of my daily routine, but up until recently, I never gave any thought about how coffee might impact the world. Thanks to Green Mountain Coffee, I’ve learned all about the benefits of Fair Trade Certified Coffee, and I’m sharing a fantastic recipe using their Fair Trade Certified Three Continent Blend–an Apple Pie Spice Latte, a fabulous fall-flavored drink that’s perfect for chilly weather.
Tis the season of holiday get-togethers! Be the best guest this holiday season, and give the gift of a gingerbread decorating party with all the trimmings with my Gingerbread in a Jar Hostess Gift! Give your host everything they need to make a killer batch of gingerbread cookies, including sprinkles, icing, and new Gingerbread M&Ms, available only at Wal-Mart!
Eyeliner is one of my must-have beauty products–I rarely go without it! Whether its a winged out cat eye with liquid liner, or a subtle tightlined eye with cake liner, I really do love my liner. Check out my list of favorites–there’s something for everyone!
I love spending time with The Husband–at home, at a romantic restaurant, or at the movies. This past weekend, we had a gaming night–not my strength for sure!–fueled by a delicious M&M snack: Cake Batter Pretzel Popcorn. Check out the fun we had getting ready for XBOX’s new Forza 5 Motosport racing game!
The holidays are right around the corner, and if you’re like me, you’re in need of some easy ideas that you can put together for your guests that will please everyone without keeping you in the kitchen for hours upon hours. Enter my Chicken Nugget Dipping Station! It saves the day with four different sauces–everyone is sure to find a favorite–and now, thanks to Tyson’s new Spicy Chicken Nuggets and Cheesy Chicken Nuggets, holiday entertaining couldn’t be any simpler.
My life had some MAJOR roadblocks this week, but that won’t stop me from counting my blessings. Let’s move right along, shall we?
I’ts no secret that I am a huge, huge Disney fan–so of course I was excited to hear that they’re releasing the Disney Classics Boxed set, just in time for Christmas! What’s your favorite Disney tune? What memories does Disney music hold for you? Read on to find out my answers!
This meme had me seething a bit this week–Shouldn’t we be THANKFUL that people are thankful at all, even if it is only once in awhile? I mean, at least they’re bothering. I’m sharing what I’m thankful for each week this month (even if it IS just a cup of Starbucks).
I love nothing more than to spend weekend mornings in my sweats, hanging out at the kitchen counter or on the couch with The Husband, catching up on the important happenings of the week. Coffemate Pumpkin Spice is there for our little moments of connection–one of the reasons that I just love my coffee!
We live in a world where everyone is busy, busy, busy. Sometimes we’re in such a rush we forget how to treat each other with kindness. One woman is on a mission to help us change that–check out Dina Creiger’s “Choose to Be Nice” campaign and pledge to join.
Looking for a quick dinner? Look no further–Land O’Lakes has got the best new product for all you busy people on the go! Just add some chicken, turkey, fish, or pork to their Saute Starter, and you’re ready in no time! Check out my recipe for Lemon Pepper Chicken Tortellini using their Lemon Pepper Saute Express Saute Starter.
Get ready for a night on the town in a flash with these six steps! I’ve spent years perfecting my can’t-miss formula, and now I’m sharing it with you. You’ll never have to stress again about your makeup, hair, shoes, or accessories! (You’re welcome.)
One of my favorite foods of fall is butternut squash. The way most people feel about pumpkin is the way I feel about butternut. This pasta is absolutely amazing: roasting the butternut brings out its flavor, and adding a little sage reminds me of one of my favorite dishes we ate in Italy. You’ll love it–promise!
Football tailgating is one of the best parts of fall. These Buffalo Ranch Chicken Nachos , smothered in Cheddar Blue Cheese Cream Sauce, and layered with Buffalo Ranch Chicken Sauce, make it even better. Your football fans will be cheering for YOU with this one. Tailgating has never been easier with the help of Tyson!
If the fall weather has got you craving some comfort food, I’ve got just the recipe for you. This Creamy Parmesan Ricotta Pasta is based off what every Italian kid learns to love first–pasta with butter and cheese! This is my semi-adult take on a kid-pleasing dish.. Buon Apetito!
I am such a tea fan, I want to incorporate it into everything these days! These Earl Grey Tea Cookies are not only super delicious–they’re super easy. Just pulse the ingredients together in a food processor, chill, and bake. Yum!
I’ve banished soda from my diet and replaced it with the healthy effects of tea! Today I’m sharing how to make our Perfect Sweet Tea recipe–with a super secret ingredient that makes it top notch delicious!
I love everything about fall–especially the colors! I’m sharing a fall-inspired smokey eye look that’s made super easy using BA Star Makeup’s Chocolate Stardust: a super shimmery bronze loose powder with a gold shimmer finish. Click on through for a step-by-step breakdown!
After hours in the hot summer sun, days spent at the beach, and afternoons in the swimming pool full of chlorine, I’m sure you’ll agree that your hair could use a little end-of-summer TLC. Why not treat it to some of my best-loved healthy hair products? I promise your hair will be smooth and silky soft in no time!
After months of planning and discussion and hemming and hawing, I finally got around to setting up our Etsy shop! BellaLoveGrace Designs is open and offering handmade gifts and accessories. My favorite item right now are our hipster bowties, which come in tons of really awesome patterns. You’ll love them. Promise.
I’m new on the blogging block. I’m on a mission. Check it, yo.