One Pot Creamy Tuscan Chicken

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I've always had a special craving for the flavors of Italian food. My whole life people have asked me if I was Italian, I presume because of my maiden name, Larrinaga, and dark features. We made many Italian dinners and served antipasto as an appetizer when guests would come over for dinner in our home all growing up. 

One Pot Creamy Tuscan Chicken a simple and flavorful dish to add to your weeknight menu rotation!

This love for Italian flavors only increased after I spent a summer in Italy. This dish focuses on simple yet flavorful ingredients - tomatoes, Promised Land milk for a touch of creaminess, garlic and basil. All these flavors remind me of my childhood and this sweet time spent in a beautiful country with a love of simple food. 

One Pot Creamy Tuscan Chicken a simple and flavorful dish to add to your weeknight menu rotation!

Italian flood is all about the flavor, and when it comes to milk, extraordinary flavor comes from extraordinary cows. 

Our family has been drinking Promised Land milk for years. It's one of the only brands of cow's milk at the grocery store I trust. When we buy milk from our dairy, it's from Jersey cows because it's the creamiest and sweetest out there. Of course it isn't super convenient to drive all the way to a dairy, and most people don't have access to this, so Promised Land is literally the next best thing.

One Pot Creamy Tuscan Chicken a simple and flavorful dish to add to your weeknight menu rotation!

The black and white spotted Holstein cow produces 90% of the milk we drink in the US, and the Jersey cows (from the British Isle of Jersey, not New Jersey) are much more unique and rare, making up less than 10% of the milk we drink. Because of this, their quality is tremendous. It's creamier and naturally higher in protein and calcium than other milk found at the store. Promised Land Diary doesn’t add hormones and is tested for antibiotics. We find ours at Target!

One Pot Creamy Tuscan Chicken a simple and flavorful dish to add to your weeknight menu rotation!
One Pot Creamy Tuscan Chicken a simple and flavorful dish to add to your weeknight menu rotation!
One Pot Creamy Tuscan Chicken a simple and flavorful dish to add to your weeknight menu rotation!

Ingredients

  • Cooking oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound chicken thighs
  • 1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes (about 5-6 tomato pieces with some of the oil), chopped
  • 1/2 cup white wine (we used Chardonnay)
  • 1/2 cup Promised Land Homogenized Milk 
  • 1 teaspoon basil (about 6-7 leaves), chopped

Instructions

  1. Heat a large pan over medium heat and melt some cooking oil. 
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper and brown on both sides.
  3. Remove chicken to a plate, lower the heat and saute onions and garlic. 
  4. When the onions are beginning to become translucent, add sun-dried tomatoes. 
  5. Pour in wine and bring the heat up again to medium-high. Season again with salt and pepper, and let the wine reduce by about half. 
  6. Pour in milk, stir and add chicken back to the pan, lowering heat to low. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. 
  7. Sprinkle chopped basil over the top just before serving. 
One Pot Creamy Tuscan Chicken a simple and flavorful dish to add to your weeknight menu rotation!
One Pot Creamy Tuscan Chicken a simple and flavorful dish to add to your weeknight menu rotation!

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Princess Potty Party!

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There are so many methods for potty training but we knew we wanted to take a relaxed approach. As Rae has grown, I've noticed that she gets anxious very easily. Any hint of pressure from me or daddy sends her into a tantrum, so I wanted to transition her as slowly as she needed when it came to potty training.

When I found out about the Pull-Ups® Cool & Learn® Training Pants and their Potty Training Partnership, I took their personality quiz right away. I was super impressed with all the resources based on Reaghan's individual personality. After taking the quiz, I learned Reaghan was a Puppy...and this could not be more accurate when I read all of the results!

Find out your child's potty training personality with the Pull-Ups® Quiz
Find out your child's potty training personality with the Pull-Ups® Quiz

The Potty Training Partnership has been such a great resource for me, since I needed some ideas that would work for her sensitive but excitable personality. If you want to find out your child's potty training personality you can do so here by scrolling to the bottom of the page.

Reaghan uses Pull-Ups® that have Princess Sofia the First on the front. She calls them her "princess diapers." :) I ran with the princess theme and decided to do something special for her towards the end of our week of potty training. She was putting in a lot of hard work using the potty and deserved a fun party to celebrate! 

Encourage your daughter in potty training and throw your own Princess Potty Party!

The look on her face when she got up from her nap and saw her party was priceless! After the party she got to choose panties to wear since she was a big girl! I highly recommend throwing your little girl a party like this, since she felt really rewarded and excited to be pampered for reaching such an important milestone. This fit right along with her "puppy" personality, being super motivated by treats!

Encourage your daughter in potty training and throw your own Princess Potty Party!

If your daughter is apprehensive of new things and needs a little extra umph of encouragement, this would also be a great start to potty training, whether you want to go at it relaxed like we have, or do a 3-day method or something similar! I think as many ways as we can make the process fun and not scary for them, the better. 

Encourage your daughter in potty training and throw your own Princess Potty Party!

Pull-Ups® are a great transition since they look like big girl underwear. Potty Training for us began a couple months ago with transitioning her out of diapers and into Pull-Ups®. This showed her that she was gradually taking steps to becoming a big girl. Since the Princess Sofia Pull-Ups® are the only training pants that become cool when wet, Rae started to understand how it felt when she had to go.This gave me an opportunity to talk with her about the feeling of needing to go, and let me know she was getting close to being ready to tell me before she had to go potty. 

Encourage your daughter in potty training and throw your own Princess Potty Party!

Since she can easily pull them up or down, she has a lot more independence to try using the potty on her own. Before last week, we talked about it a lot and would encourage her to try every once in a while. They also open on the sides like traditional diapers which makes dirty diapers easy to change and throw away. 

As with the majority of our groceries these days, we get our Pull-Ups® at Walmart. They have the cheapest prices on diapers and a great selection. 

Encourage your daughter in potty training and throw your own Princess Potty Party!

Throw your own Princess Potty Party!

 

1. Gather your supplies

We went to Walmart and grabbed a few party items like pink balloons, pink straws, and a princess headband (all found in the party section!). I then headed to the toddler clothing section and picked up a couple packs of panties, and across the aisle to the diapers section for our Pull-Ups®. 

Encourage your daughter in potty training and throw your own Princess Potty Party!

2. Prep your party while she sleeps

This keeps it a special surprise! I wanted everything to be eye level with her so she could explore her party really well, so I set everything up on her toy shelf. I hung up her panties with string and mini cloths pins, and laid her snacks and headband out. 

Encourage your daughter in potty training and throw your own Princess Potty Party!

3. Prep some snacks!

Since I'm not a fan of giving kids tons of sugar, I opted for some equally fun and pink themed treats. Strawberry "popsicles", organic tart cherry juice, and strawberry milk! (recipe below) 

Encourage your daughter in potty training and throw your own Princess Potty Party!
Encourage your daughter in potty training and throw your own Princess Potty Party!
Encourage your daughter in potty training and throw your own Princess Potty Party!

Strawberry Milk Recipe

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  1. Cut green leaves off strawberries. 
  2. Let your strawberries heat up in a small saucepan over medium low heat.
  3. Mash strawberries with a potato masher until the juices are all out. 
  4. Add maple syrup (or honey) and milk, stirring well. 
  5. Strain your mixture through a fine mesh sieve and let it cool before serving. 

4. Party! 

I thought through a few quick things I wanted to tell her to really hammer in the fact that this was such a big accomplishment in her life. Here are some of the things I made sure to communicate:

  • Mommy and Daddy (and anyone else special you can think of) are SO proud of you! 
  • You're a big girl now!
  • Big girls get to wear pretty panties. 
  • You've done such a good job keeping your pretty panties clean and dry!
  • You've done a great job putting your pee pee in the potty! Hooray! 
  • I love you so much and wanted to celebrate all that you've accomplished this week.
  • You're a big girl now and not a baby anymore! 

Other than that we just giggled and tossed balloons around. 

Encourage your daughter in potty training and throw your own Princess Potty Party!
Encourage your daughter in potty training and throw your own Princess Potty Party!
Encourage your daughter in potty training and throw your own Princess Potty Party!
Encourage your daughter in potty training and throw your own Princess Potty Party!
Encourage your daughter in potty training and throw your own Princess Potty Party!
Encourage your daughter in potty training and throw your own Princess Potty Party!
Encourage your daughter in potty training and throw your own Princess Potty Party!
Encourage your daughter in potty training and throw your own Princess Potty Party!
Encourage your daughter in potty training and throw your own Princess Potty Party!
Encourage your daughter in potty training and throw your own Princess Potty Party!
Encourage your daughter in potty training and throw your own Princess Potty Party!

Even Everett wanted to get in on the fun! We had a blast playing with balloons for a few days after too ;) 

Encourage your daughter in potty training and throw your own Princess Potty Party!
 

Since these packages are only $8.97, I think it would a super sweet idea to give one to a friend who will be potty training soon with a few balloons and note of encouragement. :)

Encourage your daughter in potty training and throw your own Princess Potty Party!

Rae is now in panties during the day and Pull-Ups® during nap time and night, since they are so absorbent. We just told her it's all a part of the slow transition into becoming a grown up and she's completely understood. Next hurtle to tackle, night time training! :)

Use this coupon for $2 off 1 package of Pull-Ups (or GoodNites) at Walmart 8/28-10/8.

 

How did you celebrate your toddler when they began using the potty on their own?

5 Meals for New Moms (+ freezer friendly!)

In this season of life I feel like I make about 1-2 meals for new mamas each month. There are just so many new moms in our church, constantly pregnant it seems :) Feeding moms (whether the first time or the fourth...or adopting or fostering for that matter!) is a subject I'm pretty passionate about. I had a really rough initial postpartum period with Reaghan and having meals brought to us was such a huge blessing. Even when she was about 3 months old, there were nights where Jordan would walk in the door and I would have literally forgot about dinner. Like, no plan at all, nothing even in the freezer to thaw quickly and eat, hadn't even crossed my mind all day. So I fully understand how much of a blessing this is when you are so frazzled, covered in spit up, an emotional train wreck, etc. 

If there's a mom in my vicinity who is pregnant I'll most likely ask for to get on her meal calendar. It's just a hobby of mine :) I also feel like moms need more than just dinner, so at the end of the post I'm going to list a few ideas of simple add-on's to round out your meal. 

1. Chicken Tikka Masala

Find the recipe here!

How to freeze: Make the tikka masala, then let it cool fully. Transfer to a ziplock bag and freeze flat to conserve space in your freezer. Make a batch of brown rice, cool and also transfer to a ziplock and freeze flat. When reheating the rice, just add a bit of water to re-establish a smooth consistency. 

2. Texas Stuffed Peppers 

You can find this recipe in my cookbook, Nourished on page 23. Get your copy here if you haven't already!

How to freeze: Bake the first time, fill peppers with filling, cool completely, then cover with foil and freeze. When ready to deliver (or eat yourself if you're expecting!) thaw at room temperature, cover with cheese if desired and bake the remaining amount of time. 

3. Easy Black Bean and Chicken Enchiladas

Find the recipe here!

How to freeze: Make everything all the way up until stuffing the tortillas. Make sure the filling cools completely, then stuff the tortillas and place them in your baking dish. Top with sauce and cheese, cover with foil and freeze. Thaw at room temperature and bake as directed. 

4. Slow Cooker Pork Ragu

Find the recipe here!

How to freeze: Make the ragu, let cool and transfer to a ziplock bag, freezing flat. Thaw and reheat on the stove until hot. 

5. Veggie Packed Meat Sauce

Find the recipe here!

I like serving this over steamed broccoli, which you can easily do if you are bringing a warm meal to a mom to eat right away, OR you could add a frozen bag of broccoli that just steams in the bag for ease of the family you're serving. 

How to freeze: Cook sauce all the way, let cool and freeze flat in a ziplock bag! Just reheat on the stove when ready to serve. 


I'm a firm believer that moms don't just need dinner, they need breakfast, lunch and snacks too! I also try to think about the other kiddos at home and what they might like. Recipes like the cheesy spinach and egg cups are easy to make and also perfect for toddlers and no-fuss for the mom who just welcomed a baby. 

Other Ideas to round out a mama meal:

 

What was most helpful to you after you brought home a baby?

 

My Thrive Market Haul

If you're like me, you love peeking into other people's refrigerators and pantries. Just me? ;) It's one of my favorite things to watch online or read blogs about. Because I love sharing fun brands and healthy food I'm loving, I thought I'd film an unboxing of what we got from Thrive Market this month. If you don't already know about Thrive Market, you need to. I have a whole post about it here and have a page dedicated to it on my site here. 

I love feeding our family healthy foods, but can't afford a lot of the stuff I'd normally want! Enter Thrive Market, and it's made shopping for healthy food that much easier and less expensive. 

Side note, please forgive my shakey camera skills and when I'm out of focus at the end...and the screaming baby ;) Haha! First try at anything is always going to be pretty choppy, right? Please leave your best video tips in the comments! ;) 

 

And because Thrive Market is so generous and I love you so much, I want you to enjoy trying it for free to see if you love it just as much as we do! 

The Pursuit of Less: An Update

It wasn't until recently that I realized just how streamlined my home has become. We have minimal toys, minimal decor, etc. and honestly even with less stuff, it still feels overrun and crowded in our home sometimes! I didn't realize it until I was in someone else's home that was much more filled than mine. It didn't feel overwhelming to me because it obviously reflected that persons style and values, but I learned something from that experience.

  1. Everyone has their own values, toys in their place and hidden might not be everyone's #1 value and that's okay.
  2. My home really is a place of respite and peace for me. As I looked around our home and assessed it with fresh eyes, I realized that it was in fact simple, as I had hoped! It wasn't but 48 hours later that two people mentioned the same thing to me - how clean and simple our home feels. That made my heart so happy because in this whole journey, that has been a big priority for me.
  3. My heart truly does lust after the things I know I don't really need. I was amazed at how quickly I began thinking I needed almost everything that I saw in the home I visited. I had to really wrestle with my heart for a couple of days after and remind myself WHY I am searching for simplicity and less in my life in a culture that practices little to no self control with wants and desires. 
     

Now that we've moved to our new home, there are so many things I want to do decor and organization wise. I've learned that it can't all be done at once and that is a good thing. The extra time to think things through gives me more confidence when I finally do purchase something because I know that it is going to serve our family long term. Some qualifiers I like to think through before purchasing something new are:

  • How will this item serve me/my family?
  • Does it serve our values or hinder them?
  • Does this item add joy and beauty to our home or life?
  • Does it simplify my systems or add more to my plate? (ie. one more thing to clean, maintenance, etc.)
  • Will it cause me anxiety or relieve me or stress? (for example, our pantry organization - total stress reliever to know everything has a place)

Here are a few pictures of some systems we have in place to make sure things look tidy and not overrun with "stuff" -- 

These boards are where we display Reaghan's art, prayer letters and our preschool curriculum. Christmas cards will go here as well. We take pictures of Reaghan's art about every two weeks then throw it away. 

We keep our journals, books and Bibles in these slots, and movies and other things in the drawers.

The other wall in our living room

We just added this 6-cube shelf and I'm in love! I'd been wanting something like this for a while and it's the perfect spot to keep books we're reading a lot lately, and fits our Montessori values which I love :) 

This used to be our entertainment center and I love the craftsmanship of this piece. 

And the inside! We get a ton of storage out of it and obviously could fill it even more if needed, which is great. The top houses all our Simply Learning supplies! 

Do you relate to any of my sentiments with keeping things simple in your home, mind, schedule, etc?