Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Porch Updates

Wow.  This is the first post I've done in a while that wasn't about low carb food!  I've been itching to make some improvements around the house without breaking the bank.  Some items have been splurge-worthy, but others are pretty inexpensive if we utilize what we already have!   I recently located some furniture to the screened porch and I'm loving making the outdoor space feel like an indoor living area.  Here's what one side of our screened porch looks like after moving some existing furniture we already had and buying some inexpensive details: 

In Beckett's old nursery, we had a daybed that basically never got used
Once he moved across the hall to a different bedroom, the former nursery was used as just a sitting room (or catch all room).  I loved the daybed, but nobody ever sees it or uses it, so I thought it could use some new life outdoors. 
We moved the daybed down from the sitting room, along with a floor lamp,  swapped out a coffee table to the bonus room and grabbed this rattan chair from the bonus room for a new seating area. 
This rattan chair works so much better on the porch than it does downstairs.  
It was a steal when our local Nadeau Imports relocated and moved to Greenville
and I took advantage of a gigantic moving sale which meant grabbing this beauty for $35! 




Some greenery and details! 

Everything turned out pretty cute for a change and didn't cost me an arm and a leg.  The throw pillows were on clearance for $10 at tjmaxx.com (I actually have a few more coming for the opposite end of the porch).  

The throw pillows are all indoor outdoor pillows, but I sprayed the remainder of any fabric down with Thompson's Water Seal Fabric seal, which will help extend the life of the fabric.  I also used an expensive waterproof twin cover to prevent the mattress from becoming wet even though the porch is screened and covered.  


The black and white euro pillows, cabana striped fitted sheet, waterproof twin cover, and rug are all from Amazon and pretty inexpensive.  

Next up, I need to find some drapes for this end of the porch and a nice tall plant for the corner to try not to kill! 

Now I'm just waiting for some cooler weather to be able to stand it out here!  

Happy Tuesday!

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Air Fryer Roasted Cauliflower

 



I don’t know about y’all, but I’ve cooked more in the last 2 months than I ever have in my life! I’m so ready to sit down at my favorite restaurant and be served food that wasn’t prepared in a home kitchen!

However, I couldn’t have made it without my air fryer and my pressure cooker! This week we’ve been loving roasted cauliflower.

You'll Need: 
1 head of cauliflower cut into florets 
1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil 
1 Teaspoon salt (optional) 

Prep: 

In a gallon size resealable bag, add florets olive oil, Cavendars and salt and shake the sealed bag until all the oil and seasoning is distributed evenly. 

Air Fry at 390 for around 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

We love this as an app to dip in Ranch or just as a side! So easy and it’s even picky Beckett approved! 

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Air Fryer Chicken Fajitas


Air fryer chicken fajitas are one of the easiest meals we make in the air fryer and I make them almost weekly!  
You can make this a low carb option by using low carb tortillas, or you can just top with your favorite toppings in a bowl or serve over shredded lettuce for a fajita salad.  

Ingredients
* 2-3 Chicken breasts 
* Bell Peppers sliced 
*.Onions sliced 
* Packet of fajita seasoning (McCormick is my favorite) 
* 2 Tablespoons Olive oil. 

Preparation:
Preheat air fryer for 5 minutes at 390 degrees. 

Cut chicken into very small strips or chunks and place in a resealable bag.  Add peppers, onions, fajita seasoning and olive oil.  Seal bag and shake bag until all ingredients are covered evenly with oil and seasoning.  

Place chicken and vegetables in air fryer basket (I use the Ninja Foodie) and set the timer for 13-15 minutes at 390 degrees.  Make sure to stir halfway through to ensure all sides are well cooked.  

Serve with queso cheese, sour cream and your favorite salsa (Willy’s is my favorite)

Tip:  If you’re making more than 3 chicken breasts and are doing a larger amount, I recommend doing multiple batches or the chicken won’t crisp enough. 

I recently made fajitas with shrimp as well, but cooked the shrimp separately in the air fryer for 8 minutes after I shook them in a resealable bag with fajita seasoning and olive oil.  SO good!