Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Chia Seed Cups

Have you seen the Chia Pod from The Chia Company? They come in a few different flavors and with only a few ingredients. I found them at Whole Foods and thought I'd give them a go. We love chia seeds because of the health benefits- Omega 3, Fiber, balances blood sugar, keeps you full so you snack less, just to name a few. 

The first flavor I tried was mango. Mango is probably my favorite fruit and food in general so I will eat anything that has mango in it! Although the Chia Pod taste is amazing, the price is not! I can easily see paying three dollars if I'm trying to eat healthy while on the go playing tourist here in D.C. but I'm craving these things all day, every day! That adds up so, I decided to make my own.

 Behold the Chia Seed Cup! A few ingredients I already had on hand makes this recipe super easy. If you're not a fan of coconut water, feel free to use regular drinking water or even fruit juice. If you don't like mango, use any fruit of your choice. Banana would be lovely. Pineapple-Coconut would be delicious...maybe some persimmon? Use what you love!

This recipe will make about six servings or so. I portioned them out into individual cups for quick lunch packing but do what's easiest for you. I love having them for breakfast or an after-workout snack. These differ slightly from the Chia Pods in way of texture. I thinned them out slightly as I didn't like the thickness of the Chia Pod version. I'll continue to play with the thickness but it's easily adjustable to your liking. Simply add more fruit, less coconut milk, etc. 

Chia Seed Cups

1 small container coconut water
6 scoops chia seeds
1 c coconut milk
1 1/2 c mango, fresh or frozen (thaw frozen before blending)

In a tall glass, combine chia seeds and coconut water. Allow to sit 10-15 minutes so chia seeds form gelee. Meanwhile, blend coconut milk and mango until desired consistency. Mix chia mixture and mango milk and ensure to blend well. Portion out into individual servings, cover with lids or plastic wrap, and chill well before serving. Chia Seed Cups will keep for about a week in refrigerator.

Share with me which flavors you come up with on Instagram or leave a comment below

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Finding Frenchie Giveaway at Perfectly Coutured

Hey there! Head over to Perfectly Coutured today to win a Finding Frenchie necklace of your choice! The lovely Bethany styled my Crimson Double Strand and it looks amazing- perfect outfit for any fall day! 

Just for stopping by, I'll give my readers 15% off any purchase from my store. Use code PERFECT15 at checkout in my Etsy shop, Finding Frenchie

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Moving Monday- Part 1

Moving is never easy. We're a military family and move every 2-3 years so you would think by now that I would be more than novice at this...but I'm not. Usually our moves are short notice and we don't have enough time to fully purge our home. I vowed that I would be prepared this move and started several months ago with planning, purging, and looking for new ways to organize things long term so another move won't sneak up on me! We'll see how this goes. Moving Monday will be a series to help those of you who are moving or just looking for easy ways to maximize your space. 

This week, I started with our dvd collection. We had 50 dvds left after I purged any older ones we no longer wanted or outgrew. For some reason I had 3 copies of A Good Year with Russell Crowe. Obviously, I liked that one! 

The dvds started nicely in pretty stacks as I began pulling them from their cases. I used the Atlantic Movie Sleeves you see below. I ordered them from Amazon but they're also available from Target. Amazon is a bit cheaper and if you have Prime, you also get free 2 day shipping. I love Amazon!  

There are several options for these type of sleeves from smaller paper ones to hardened plastic cases. I chose these for a couple reasons. I like the clear view where I can keep and display the dvd cover for easy selection and these have pockets for 2 dvds in each sleeve. This is especially nice as most movies come with special feature disks or if you wanted to forgo those, you could pair titles like Spiderman 1 & 2 in the same sheet to save even more space!   

Here you can see the finished sleeve with the movie. Ginger Rodgers in State Fair- one of my favorites!  And here you have the back side with both dvds from this title. 

Once I finished pulling the dvds and their covers, I was left with this huge pile of cases that took up a quarter of a closet upstairs. Bonus points for you if you can find a way to re-purpose these. I recycled them and got points I use towards gift cards and magazine subscriptions from Recycle Bank.

Just to give you an idea of how much space you'll be saving, each dvd equals 7 of these filled sleeves. Crazy, right! I can't believe I didn't do this sooner. Now you're thinking where to put all these sleeves, right?

I found a couple boxes that I liked from a few different stores. Target, TJMaxx, Walmart, the BX- they all have great options. Find whatever matches your decor or makes you happy. I think I paid $7 for this one at TJMaxx but all the ones I found were less than $10. 

I then made dividers from card stock and my handy label maker. There are tons of options for making these so I won't go into that here but I did semi alphabetize the titles to find them easily. This part may change later as we add more dvds but for now, it works great. 

This little gem will now take up only a small spot on a shelf rather than an entire shelf or two! You can also throw the whole box in your car for the big move or just take a few sleeves on vacation for the kiddos. This would even be great for videogames or a classroom.

Happy organizing! If you have any tips or tricks to help with a big move, leave a comment below! 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Sundried Tomato & Spinach Quinoa Bites

Quinoa is relatively new to my repertoire. I wasn't sure I liked it at first but given how healthy it is for me, I've tried several recipes looking for something I'd enjoy with the benefits. These quinoa bites are feel-good food!

 With they're perfect two-bite size, it's easy to serve them as an appetizer at a party. Especially to help balance other heavy dishes in the upcoming holiday season. The bright green and red from the spinach and sundried tomatoes make then even more festive. 

With only a few ingredients that you probably already have on hand, these are a breeze to whip up for a power breakfast. I make my quinoa the night before and then warm what I need for the recipe in the morning- just 30 seconds in the microwave and we're ready to go! These bites are made in a mini muffin tin but you could easily make them regular muffin size and serve with a salad for brunch.  

I used sundried tomato and spinach since I had a lot on hand but feel free to play with other flavors. Maybe a little ham & cheese or caramelized onion. Try a sweet version of raisins and cinnamon for a healthier "rice pudding" option.  

Sundried Tomato & Spinach Quinoa

1 c cooked quinoa, warm
1/3 c spinach, chopped
1/4 c sundried tomatoes, chopped 
1 clove garlic, minced 
1/2 c mozzarella (or whatever you have on hand)
2 egg whites
dash of salt & pepper

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. In a mini muffin tin, spray nonstick cooking spray and fill 12 of the slots completely full as these quinoa bites will not spread much. Bake for 20 minutes and remove from oven, allowing to cool for another 10 minutes.  Serve warm. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Colgate Slim Soft Toothbrush

From time to time I'll do a product review about a product that you might be interested in. I'm a brand ambassador for Influenster and get these products for free in exchange for my honest opinion. Good or bad.

I received the new Colgate Slim Soft Toothbrush a few weeks ago and just wanted to pass on what I think about it so far.

I love the super-slim Floss Tip bristles that are 17 times slimmer than a regular toothbrush. It also boats 6 times a deeper reach along the gum line and 1.5 times deeper reach between teeth. Does this mean I can floss less? Probably not but it does mean my teeth feel so much cleaner! 

As for my old toothbrush, he'll get a second life cleaning jewelry or the shower tile!

It's a great brush and I'll keep using it. If you'd like more info, visit Colgate's website here. For more info about Influenster and how to join, visit their website here

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Garlicky Shrimp Scampi

I love a large, comforting bowl of shrimp scampi! I crave the sweetness of the shrimp enveloped with butter and tangy lemon juice atop a mound of hearty pasta. That pretty much sums up this easy, delicious dish.

I start with fresh or frozen shrimp but I already had this in the freezer for today. I also like to use the jumbo (25-30 count) but you can use whatever size you like. You'll also need butter, parsley, garlic, red pepper flakes, and lemon. 

Begin by giving your shrimp a good rinse. These are still frozen but they'll finish thawing while you make the butter and then in the oven. How easy is that?!

Then mix up your compound butter. This butter is incredible with fish or vegetables or even a baked potato. On a side note, I think I'll invest in one of those small food processors rather than my giant machine of a thing! It's a pain to clean!

I love the bright green! The parsley retains most of its color since shrimp cooks quickly and looks fantastic against the pink shrimp. 

Spread the shrimp on a baking sheet in a single layer. Excuse the ugly pan. It's well loved. 

Bake at 375 degrees until the shrimp are opaque and cooked through. Serve with pasta or rice. Don't forget to squeeze fresh lemon juice over the shrimp and pasta before serving but more importantly, pour in the leftover melted parsley butter from the pan too. You can add lemon juice to the butter but I like adding it to the end with a tablespoon or so of good olive oil. 

Garlicky Shrimp Scampi
Serves 4

1 lb shrimp, fresh or frozen
1 bunch parsley
3-4 garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 stick butter
1 lemon
1-2 TB olive oil (optional)
cooked pasta for serving

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Rinse shrimp and allow to drain. In a food processor, combine parsley, garlic, red pepper flakes, butter, and lemon. Pulse 8-10 times until the compound butter is formed. Spread the shrimp on a baking sheet and top with the compound butter. Bake shrimp until opaque and cooked through, around 15-20 minutes depending if thawed or frozen to start. Top cooked pasta or rice with shrimp and an extra squeeze of lemon and a glug of olive oil. 

Note: The next time I make this, I'll add more garlic or even saute a mound of garlic to top the finished dish. 

Bon Appètit! 

Friday, September 6, 2013

Commissary Coupon App

Ok, military wives! Our Commissary now has a coupon app! Wait...did you know that we also have a Rewards Card? If not, get to your nearest Commissary and sign up. Then link it to this FREE app and voila- no more clipping coupons, forgetting coupons or reward cards. Everything is linked to your phone number. How easy is that?!

This is what it looks like when searching "commissary" in the app search section of my phone. 

Once it's quickly downloaded, I was able to set up my account with my already registered Rewards Card. Again, if you don't have one, go pick one up today! Once you're all set up and on the main screen of the app, click coupons to begin "clipping". 

This is just another shot of a menu within the app. It's completely user friendly and I can't believe we've gone this long without it!

The coupons are organized by items such as baby, frozen, dairy, etc. This easy to read view makes shopping a breeze!

After you're finished clipping coupons, go to the "my coupon" section to see what you have. I love the way the app organizes the products by type and shows a small picture. This makes it so much easier to find the products I enjoy that I have a coupon for. It even shows the amount you'll save per section.

When in the "clipping" area, it looks similar to the "clipped" area above. Simply tap on the item you'd like a coupon for and then hit add. This area also gives you the fine print. The coupon is now in your "my coupons" section and ready to be used upon purchase. 

When checking out at the register, simply slide your Rewards Card or type in your phone number that is linked to the account and watch your savings add up! I'm not a crazy coupon lady by any means but this saves me so much time and money, it would be a shame to not take advantage of it. Whenever I have a few minutes, I open up my app and clip away! Now, if someone would come up with an app to make PCSing a little easier! 

P.S. If you don't have a smartphone, don't fear! Still get a Rewards Card and upload coupons from the Commissary website. The same coupons are linked to the Rewards Card there as well.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Gran's Famous Tuna Salad

Hubby is on a work trip this week so it's my opportunity to eat all the things he doesn't share enthusiasm for! Most of the time, he tolerates my experiments in the kitchen but as soon as I say the words mushrooms or tuna...forget about it! I secretly hide mushrooms in recipes though he doesn't recognize them because I make a beautiful duxelle. Anyway, all week I've eaten mushroom laden dinners so to mix it up, I made a large batch of tuna salad.

This is a simple "recipe" that I tweaked from my Gran's. She made the best cold salads and I always think of her when trying to replicate her famous tuna or macaroni salad. Lot's of celery, of course!

Gran's Famous Tuna Salad
(click the title for printable recipe)

1 6oz can tuna, I use Bumble Bee Albacore White Tuna in water
1 celery stalk, minced fine (Gran would double that, at least)
1 carrot, minced fine
1/4 red onion, minced fine
1 T parsley, minced
2 T mayo, I use Hellman's made with Olive Oil
1 tsp celery salt
Salt & pepper, to taste
Sliced tomatoes and toasted bread for serving

Drain tuna thoroughly and place in a medium sized bowl. Using a fork, separate the large chunks of tuna until desired consistency. Add celery, carrots, onions, parsley, mayo, s&p, and celery salt. Mix well and refrigerate at least 1 hour for flavors to meld. To serve, layer tomatoes and tuna salad on toasted bread. Feel free to add pickles, boiled eggs, or anything else your heart desires. 

I also served this with spicy pickled okra on the side. I'm Southern like that!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Favorite Foodie Blogs

Photo: Southern Living
The weather is starting to cool here in Colorado and I'm already working on fall recipes. Fall is my very favorite season- but what's not to love? Sweaters and boots, pumpkin patches and apple picking, fall recipes of comfort food (hence the need for sweaters), the colors of the leaves changing, and so much more!

I love reading other foodie blogs this time of year too. It's great to see other uses for an ingredient that you may not have thought of. For instance, I love cauliflower but I almost always roast it with garlic, olive oil, and salt & pepper. It's delicious that way yet the recipe gets a little stale by the end of the season. I found a lovely recipe for Cauliflower Gratin that adds a little nutty flavor with Gruyere & Parmesan. My boys will love that for sure!
Photo: Southern Living

I thought I'd share a few of my {new} favorite food blogs for you to pour into. The pictures alone are worth a look but here are a few recipes I'd like to try.

Napa Farmhouse 1885: Eggplant Fritter Burgers w/ Siracha Mayo

Feed Me Phoebe: Chicken Paillard w/ Chopped Salad Nicoise

Hello Luvvy: Preserving the Harvest

Do you have a favorite blog you'd like to share, maybe even your own? Leave a comment with the link!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Finding Frenchie Jewelry Giveaway!

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And the WINNER is...Bethany! Bethany, send me an email at findingfrenchie@yahoo(dot)com with your item of choice and address. Congrats!

Who doesn't love a giveaway?! Hello, free stuff! This week I'm giving away a beautiful necklace and earring set (your choice of design and colors) from my Etsy shop!  That's over a $50 value!

I love the royal purple paired with gold. It's probably my favorite color to work with. It complements pretty much everyone. The chain materials are gold plated.

I also really love the seafoam green. It's delicate yet still makes a bold statement. 

It's hard to pick just one color!  

Don't forget to follow me on Instagram at @findingfrenchie for sneak peeks of my designs.

The winner will be announced on Wednesday afternoon! Good luck!!
Open to U.S. residents only.