Recipes from my Kitchen

Chicken & Waffles 

Hello Fam and Friends! 

It has been such a sweet minute since I’ve been on here! We all know I’m all about creating easy meals that are delish and delightful! I also absolutely love finding things and using things already here in the house. So today after church I stopped by good ol’ Publix! And I picked up some chicken tenders that are already pre-made, hot and ready to devour and some strawberry syrup! I already did some grocery shopping earlier last week so I had frozen waffles…I don’t own a waffle maker…but one day I will. So I put the waffles in the toaster oven and cut up some tenders. I spread a little butter on each waffle and put the chicken on top of one waffle and poured some syrup on top and put the other waffle on top. Made a sandwich out of it. 


Let’s be honest! Doesn’t it look so adorable placed on this Mickey Mouse plate?? 😍

Oh and that syrup…it’s local from Georgia and only has 3 whole ingredients! That’s right! 3 ingredients from the creators at Blackberry Patch! Look em’ up! You won’t be disappointed! 


And this is what it looks like with syrup on it. Y’all! Praise God for the South! 

Feel free to adapt this to the way you want! Use all from scratch ingredients if you want and please let me know all about your experiences! 
Have a good rest of the weekend y’all!

-Katie 

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Color Run 2017 🌈

Crushing goals in a big way! 🙋🏼💪🏻🤜🏻





DON’T STOP DREAMING! •||• DON’T STOP MOVING! 

Howdy Folks! 

I’m so happy to share this post with everyone! On Saturday I completed my first 5k!! I ran the Color Run which took place in Osceola County at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee!! It was incredible! I have to be honest, I was extremely nervous and fearful to do this. I haven’t always maintained my athletic abilities since I became a teenager. However, since December of 2016, I’ve made conscious effort to begin being healthy again. My weight has continually fluctuated since my parents divorce and it doesn’t help that I have a tendency to be overly emotional about specific situations I go trough in life. With the effort to stay healthy, I think I’ve mentioned this in previous posts, that for maybe six months prior to investing in physical exercise, Gared and I made a decision to begin buying organic as much as possible. That included our foods and our chemical products for cleaning as well. 

That was not an easy transition to make, but we are so glad that we did! We’ve seen such amazing physical changes in our bodies as far as feeling more of the natural energy our body creates. Now don’t misunderstand we still eat out every now and again, and we still have days where we falter and we are okay with that. We don’t shame ourselves if we falter, we just accept it and move ahead. Sorry for my rabbit trail, but I thought some background info would be helpful! 

So anyway, the week leading up to this event was extremely busy for me and I had only exercised a few times. I even doubted myself that I would be able to keep up with my team. Especially since they both were and are extremely active. But I made the decision to enjoy this regardless of it I can or cannot keep up with the team. 


So we took off! I began to jog my way out of the starting lineup and I did well for about 3 minutes, then I started to feel it. My legs began to tighten up and tire out, my lungs were not pumping oxygen as well and I was becoming short of breath. So I slowed down to a walk. I felt shame. I felt bad for my team. But I snapped out of it and told myself to keep going! Shortly I began walking at a fast pace and made it to the first color 💛! We ran through yellow because they throw chalk at you and it sucks to breath it in! Then I fast walked and kind of jogged to the next color, purple 💜! My favorite as pictured above! Then the mile one marker was in sight! And a sense of overwhelming happiness flooded my mind and heart! That sight was just what I needed to keep going! So we continued the run and began to walk and run through various parts of the path! Soon enough, we saw the foam zone and were over halfway finished with the race! 

The joy of running through the foam zone was real life! As you can see our shoes enjoyed a nice bubble bath! Haha! 
Then this image happened!!! We saw the finish line! And we agreed to run through the finish line no matter what! 

So I did! I took a second and then I ran! I ran as fast and as hard as my body would take me and I crossed the finish line running! 

Made it! I did it! In about 40 minutes I walked and ran the color run! Getting that medal was the most beautiful experience! It showed I completed the challenge! I pushed myself in ways I have never before and I succeeded! 

Fulfilling dreams! 

The aftermath! 


Chalk dust, unicorns 🦄, new friends and accomplished goals!

 Guys and gals around! If you are super athletic, don’t take it for granted, if you’re super skinny, it doesn’t always mean you are in shape and healthy! And being fat doesn’t mean you’re not healthy either! I am beyond blessed and so happy to have completed this challenge I set for myself! I hope this brings encouragement to others! If you’re moving, you’re doing more than you were before! Everyday I move is a victory over weight gain! Everyday I exercise when I don’t want to is a victory over my health! Trust me when I say, it was not an easy challenge! But running across that finish line was exhilarating and freeing! I found out in myself that I can accomplish goals, I don’t have to give up and my journey does NOT look like everyone else’s! And guess what?? I am okay with that! My journey is my own and I’m taking my health seriously everyday! We need to stop comparing ourselves to what we aren’t and start accepting ourselves for who we are! When we do that, we begin to change because we want to, not because someone else says we should or we see it in a magazine or social media or billboard what some people say we should look like–men and women alike! 

I hope people are encouraged by this post! Go out and change your world! Be a healthier you than yesterday and do it at your own pace! 

Xoxo,

K

Personal Thoughts on Life

Birthday Shenanigans 🎉

Hello and Happy Spring! 

It’s been a pretty busy month for us here in the Henson house! We celebrated so many birthdays, so many anniversaries and lots of life long goals! This month was my husbands birthday! So of course, I go all out! I had balloons, a banner, and the day planned away with lots of fun and surprises! Since his birthday was on a Saturday this year, I started celebrating ok Friday! I had the whole house decorated Birthday style! With fun glasses, confetti, presents, balloons and then Saturday morning breakfast! 

Then off to Orlando we went! I planned our whole day of celebrating 29 at the Coca Cola Orlando Eye! 

Y’all! These pictures seriously do not do this experience justice! It’s so large that it just puts a person in awe! Now granted, this is a new experience to Central Florida, well one of the newest attractions. Included in the experience is also Maddam Tussaud’s Wax Museum and Sea Life Aquarium. The awesome part is when you purchase your tickets online, you save tons and tons more than if you go to the counter and purchase them that way. Also, if you are a Florida resident or you have a friend / family member that’s a Florida resident they get in for adults 37$ a person for all three attractions, not sure for kiddos, we don’t have any kiddos yet. But it’s obviously cheaper. 

The entire experience of the eye, wax museum and aquarium take about 3 hours. They have additional shops and restaurants to eat at as well around the area, so all in all, if you were looking for a long experience you can definitely make one out of the day with all the things to do! 

We seriously had the best time. The best part for us was the wax museum and the eye. But the eye for sure! The aquarium just kind of made our hearts hurt. The tanks are very, very small and they just don’t have much space to be as free as they could be. 

Here are just a few pictures of the exhibits, the one above is actually a touch tank and it reminds me of Finding Dory where all the kiddos touch the sea creatures and they call it pokers cove…that’s literally what it looked like in real life. I wanted to cry. 😭

The jellies were just in a wall and had a color changing LED light blasting them all day. 


The only large tank was this one and it had the smallest fish and smallest amount of fish in it. Didn’t make much sense to me. 

Answering questions with Jimmy Fallon! 🙃

Hanging with Katy Perry cause duh! 

Daydreaming of Disney with the main man himself! 😍


Okay. These were the best! The wax museum definitely lifted our spirits after the aquarium! These are just a few fun snapshots we captured! The best photo for last! Gared answering phone calls for President Trump since they’re super close and all! 😂 We seriously had the best time! The best part about this picture is a little boy probably about 8 or 9 years old sat down for a picture and did the same pose! I wish I would have caught it on camera! 

Lastly, the eye! This had such incredible views! The ride only lasts about 23 minutes but it’s amazing! We are definitely going back down to Orlando to experience this at sunset! But for now, enjoy these! 

Finally, I just want to say a Happy Birthday to the best husband a girl could ask for! I am so honored to be able to do life with you and to celebrate your life! I hope you know that this year and every year you are loved by so many! I can’t wait to celebrate the big 30 next year! I love you with my whole heart! 

Until Next Year!

Xoxo! K

Recipes from my Kitchen

Packaged Dinners???

Yep! You read correctly! I used packaged dinners two nights in a row! Why?? Because Sunday, the hubs and and I napped almost all day long! We got up just in time to eat dinner, watch a movie and go back to sleep. Because let’s face it, Monday comes every week without hesitation! On Monday, we finally got our car back from the shop, that process was lengthy, I was able to complete all my Monday errands and that includes the grocery. Well wouldn’t ya know I did all this grocery shopping and planned on making steaks and salad with some veggies, but I totally forgot the marinade for the steak. So we settled on pasta! 

I’m sure there’s a part of you still saying yuck to packaged dinners. Especially when I almost always post the opposite. However, a lot of companies are making the shift to using organically based and natural food products even in their dozen packaged meals. 

This brand happens to be one and can be found in most grocery stores. They do not state that they are organic or USDA inspected for organic based food product, but they do use all natural. And to clarify: Gared and I have made the switch to organic food products and even regular products for cleaning and such. However, sometimes we falter because we’ve created such poor habits in the past. So although Bertolli is not USDA Organic, they use natural products and are one of the best we’ve seen so far as far as frozen food meals are. If there are others please by all means comment below and let us know! We’d love to try! 

Got a little distracted, back to reality! This was a super easy meal to make, the first night on Sunday I made a spinach and alfredo bow tie pasta which had a few chicken pieces in it. The only picture I have is: 


It was actually pretty delicious! Cannot lie! But, beware! It had so much spinach in it, so if you are not a spinach person, you should forego this meal. This is also Bertolli brand.

On Monday night, I had Gared all to myself! Y’all. This was a big dang deal! He’s usually in class on Monday night’s where he is in the process of completing his associates degree and will be graduating in May!!! I’m so proud of him! Needless to say, we usually don’t get Monday nights together. Like I said, my intention was to make steak, but we settled for a quick made meal and quality time at the dinner table! 

This was my tablescape! Super simple and yes those are pretend flowers! But so gorgeous! Guys, I cannot stress the importance of having a meal at the table! Like it’s incredible how much we miss out on if we don’t! Especially if you are a married couple! 

This is a closer look to what’s inside. The piece on my spoon is actually a chuck on cheese. The cheese melts and the steam from the veggies helps melt the noodles and softens them up so there’s no need for water. 

Just another look.

And another…hahaha!

Key note: the package says “pour ingredients into a non-stick skillet and cook until hot and tender.” Well I don’t own a non-stick skillet. So I use a few tablespoons of butter and that’s that! 

All in all, it was quick, tasted delish, the veggies were soft enough to bite through but solid enough to get that good snap. I would absolutely recommend this if you are needing a quick meal, it says it’s a meal for 2, but it could easily be a meal for 4. And it’s so affordable! It was only 8$. I know it sounds like a lot, but if you plan, if you live on a budget, you could make this stretch into leftovers. 


I leave you with this! The view I had from my side of the table! I was so glad to share dinner with him! He will always be my favorite person to share a meal with! ❣️❣️❣️

If you try other flavors or find any brands that are USDA organic, by all means please comment below and let me know, we would love to know what’s going on and let you know what we think! 
Happy Cooking Y’all!

Recipes from my Kitchen

Strawberry Honey Butter

Hey Y’all! I found another recipe I wanted to share with y’all! Now, its quite obvious because I did not edit the pictures I have, so you can see it’s from Facebook! But that does not negate that this is still a fabulous recipe! And SO STINKIN DELICIOUS!!! When I first found this recipe it was probably within our first year of marriage before our first anniversary. I was searching for amazing recipes to make my new hubs! Because that’s what all good new wives do right?? YEP! Off I went searching for something breakfast-y. That’s when I came across this, and wouldn’t you know, I had all the ingredients right there in the fridge. What I did not have was a blender or a Ninja to give the strawberries that puree style. When it’s all said and done, this picture below is what the final result should look like! But if you don’t have those awesome fancy jelly style mason jars, you can honestly use whatever you like.

For the sake of not having to re-type the recipe, I wanted to just share the photo of the how-to. Now what is not shared is that this will only last about 3 weeks in the fridge. I’ve never tried to freeze it and see how that works, I know regular jelly can be frozen and unthawed and re-frozen as many times as you want, and I only know that because my Mama and Grama canned jelly my whole life. But, with butter already incorporated into the recipe and having pretty average size chunks of butter, it may not unthaw the way one would want it to. Regardless, whatever you do, if you decide to freeze it and it unthaws awesomely, then tell me all about it in the comments section so I can update this! Oh, and please feel free to use any fruit or fruit combination you like. They are amazing as gifts and taste just fabulous! Like a summer time party for your taste buds! Enjoy and happy cooking as always!

K

Recipes from my Kitchen

Spinach and Cheese Tortellini 

Hey Y’all! It’s me again! I have not posted this much in one weekend much less, ever! I am so happy to have such amazing time off! Well when I say time off, I mean nothing to really do because I’m happily in a season of being a housewife/homemaker and counsel my clients part time! So it has been an amazing blessing being able to take care of our small home and finish my master’s degree! 

But let’s be honest, finding recipes can be tough! There’s so much effort that goes into finding the right recipes that your family will eat. Then if you are like Gared and I, over the past 8 months or so, we’ve made a huge transition into eating organic foods and non gmo foods. So buying storebought things can just be flat out tough simply because not all brands have made the verified organic non gmo transition. So your eating habits have to sort of make a drastic change. But we’ve found so many things we enjoy now. 
I know I post a lot of recipes that a person with a busy schedule may look at and be like what the crazy?! But it’s not impossible. Dinner time doesn’t have to be crazy tough to make or stress you out! In fact, dinner time shouldn’t stress you out at all. That’s why I found this! And no it was not from Pinterest! Bahahaha! 


And guess what?? It’s a non gmo product! Yay for store bought! Mostly because I do not know how to make pasta, and this would be way too time consuming and I have so many more things to do than roll pasta and fill it. 

So basically I just followed the package directions! It takes 8 minutes to boil until the pasta is soft and ready for consumption! This brand is Butoni and they have a lot of choices, we chose the spinach and three cheese obviously. 


After it cooks, you drain the pasta water 💦! I used s glass bowl because glass tends to keep things hotter longer than other types of bowls like plastic. Really, you could eat the pasta with pasta sauce and forget additional toppings because it’s just absolutely delish! However, I added cheese 🧀 to the top of each bowl! I had a little bit of mozzarella left from a previous recipe and bought som parmesan also. But if you have Public where you are, they sell a three cheese combo of parmesan, asiago and romano. I think that would’ve been good as well. Lastly, my favorite sauce is Vodka Sauce! To me it has a creamier, tame taste. 


After I drained the pasta, I poured a small amount of sauce in the bottom of the bowl so it would be easier to toss and coat the pasta. Oh, not pictured is when I sprinkled a little bit of mozzarella and parmesan on the top while in the big bowl. And tossed it to coat the pasta.


So here’s the final result! This is with the flash on, and below is without the flash. 


We had enough left over for each of us to have another full bowl! It was so filling and so amazing! From start to finish, including boiling the water was about 20 minutes! The pasta package was 7$ and the pasta sauce was $1.89! A less than ten dollar meal and 20 minutes to make! Don’t make dinner stressful! Enjoy your family dinners y’all! 
Happy Cooking! 

Personal Thoughts on Life, Recipes from my Kitchen

Valentine’s Day Weekend 💘

Such a late post, but I wanted to share some Valentine’s Day awesomeness with y’all! My sweet hubs and I don’t usually celebrate big on Valentine’s, not because we don’t love each other by any stretch, but we just don’t make a big stink about it. However this year I decided to make a wonderful dinner and continue with our 14 days of Valentine’s cards tradition! (Can see that in a former post) 

We are obviously plant people because I got him this 👆🏻 and he brought me home these 👇🏻😍

Mostly I wanted to share my dessert recipe with you! I was so proud of myself for this creativity! 


I used store bought, pre-packaged dessert shells which is just a sponge cake. I used a pound of strawberries, but that can really be to your discretion. Lastly I used limes. I cut the strawberries into slices and put them into a saucepan added a couple tablespoons of water and sugar to sweeten them. And that was my mistake, I should have just left the strawberries solid instead of becoming mushy in the saucepan. Oh well, but then I added the berries into each shell, drizzled the syrup onto the top and squeezed a little lime juice onto each dessert shell. It was tart, but very delish! 

Happy Cooking Y’all! 

Oh and the day after my sweet hubs bought me a brand new vacuum cleaner and I was so overjoyed! I can certainly say I am getting old because I got excited about a new appliance! 🙈😂

Recipes from my Kitchen

Oven Baked Shrimp 🍤 Fajitas 

Howdy Y’all! 

I’m so very excited to share a new recipe I’ve been wanting to make for quite a while! I’m not very big on fish naturally, however I do enjoy shrimp! I’ve seen so many Instagram posts and Pinterest ideas of shrimp tacos! I thought I’d create a little something different. I found a recipe on Pinterest for Shrimp Fajitas! I love chicken and steak fajitas, so why not try Shrimp! 

I started by slicing my veggies! I used a red onion and two bell peppers. I sliced each veggie thinly and kept them long! Then I added the Shrimp to my mixing bowl after I washed them off. Next I added my spices. I used paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder and cumin. And of course salt and pepper. Then so that the spices would stick to the veggies and shrimp I added olive oil. 


Next I placed them on a sheet pan that’s been sprayed with Pam butter spray. Bake them for 8 minutes then broil them for 2 minutes. Then you will need to bake the fajita tortillas so they are warm. After the shrimp are finished squeeze fresh lime juice over them. 


Recipe: 

– 1 1/2 pounds of Shrimp 

– 1 package of fajita seasoning or you can use 1/2 a teaspoon of the spices in the pic.

– 1 red medium red onion

– 2 bell peppers of any color

– 2 tablespoons of olive oil

Then follow the directions listed above! I hope y’all enjoy! 

Recipes from my Kitchen

Honey Mustard Chicken Salad 

Happy New Year Y’all! Yay for being 2017! 

Most of you know I’m a substitute teacher during the school year and full time grad student during the rest. Well, being a wife also has its “duties.” But it’s best not to look at them as duties or it’ll be hard to do things with a joyful heart. I’ve been on break from both grad school and subbing for like 2 weeks now, so I’ve had nothing but time to clean, sleep,  research new recipes and enjoy life and the holidays! 

Tonight for dinner I made honey mustard chicken salad. This is probably one of the quickest and easiest things I’ve ever made! From start to finish it was about 30 minutes! I felt like I made a Rachel Ray 30-minute meal! Haha! But this isn’t from Rachel Ray. I found this via Pinterest, like all good things to try! The link is here which leads to Pinterest Honey Mustard Chicken Salad. I clicked on the link from Pinterest but it just leads to a failed website. I’m assuming the blogger moved to another site or something. So all the ingredients are listed on the link. 

But here’s what I did:


[obviously I first posted this on my Instagram story 😂]

But, you can see in the blue bowl, I chopped a regular head of lettuce and placed it in the base of the bowl. Then I cut 3 Roma tomatoes 🍅 and layered them on top of the lettuce. I sliced a red onion into this sliced circles and cut the sliced circles into quarters. I chopped the onions that way because I wanted to see the onions and also so my husband could take them off his salad if he wanted to. Lastly I added croutons. Just a simple seasoned crouton. I replaced the crunchy wontons with croutons. Same effect. Lastly I took 5 chicken tenders, because they were so skinny and little, I seasoned them with salt and pepper on both sides and drizzled extra virgin olive oil (evoo) on them. I put a skillet on the stove poured evoo into it, maybe 2 tablespoons worth, enough to create the smallest layer on the bottom of the pan. Turned the heat to medium. My stove goes by numbers, so if it helps, mine was at 6. Once it was hot enough I laid the chicken in the pan. It cooked maybe 10-12 minutes. ••Side Note•• Your chicken should not have any pink in it when you slice it! If it does put it back in the pan and cook for an additional 2 minutes until pink color is gone.•• I let it get a nice sear and golden layer on each side. Honestly it doesn’t matter how you do your chicken. I wanted to try something different so that’s why I chose pan seared chicken style.

••Side Note••  Usually however, I would’ve probably grilled it on the George Foreman using the same seasoning. You can also do a bread crumb instead. I use a mixture of plain or panko bread crumbs and add a handful of hemp seeds, first dip it in all purpose flour, then egg wash, then bread crumb mix. Then you can bake that for about 20-30 minutes depending on the size of your chickens–whether it’s chicken boobs or tenders. It doesn’t matter how you cook the chicken, it’s whatever you and whomever your cooking for likes! 

Alright so ingredients, cause that’s definitely helpful! 

1 head of iceberg lettuce or romaine 

3 Roma tomatoes

Handful of croutons or more depending on your liking 

1 red onion using only a quarter of it to make slices. 

Feta cheese for sprinkling on top

2 chicken breasts or 4 chicken tenders 

Salt, pepper, evoo 

Honey Mustard dressing
Final Result: 

I mixed the ingredients in the salad bowl, sprinkled some feta cheese on top, added my sliced up chicken that ended up cut into cubes, and drizzled the honey mustard dressing on top! I cannot tell you enough how amazing it was! Definitely will be added on the continued go to list for quick and easy dinners! Also, feel free to make your own homemade honey mustard dressing if you desire…I didn’t because I don’t trust myself on many homemade dressings. Another adventure for a different time! Hah! 

Happy cooking from my kitchen to yours! 

Katie 💜

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Apple Challah Bread 

Hey Y’all! It has been so long since I last shared a food post! I have been so busy finishing up my degree the past two semesters! These accelerated semesters are tough! But January brings great joy as I embark on the journey of practicing counseling and beginning practicum! 🙌🏻

When I’m not studying or home taking care of the house and cooking for my husband and the dogs, and enjoying the little free time we have together, I’m a substitute teacher. So I get the normal breaks like my students! This is only day 2 of Christmas break and I was so bored it was unbelievable! I did some DIY blanket scarfs and went to the gym! But then I was still bored! So I decided to make Apple Challah Bread! Challah is a traditional Jewish recipe that usually doesn’t have any added ingredients like apples, but lots of people have ventured out to make Challah a little different in their own way! 

So, like always, I forget to take step by step pictures of the process! But I’m making this again for Christmas dinner, so I’ll update my pictures! 


This is my Instagram video I created, you can see most of the ingredients: yeast, sugar, canola oil, Granny Smith Apple, self-rising flour, and eggs! This is after the one hour rise before it became a loaf! 


Just like the caption says: oven ready! I was supposed to add an apple slice between each cut of the loaf, but I added them all in the bread and forgot, but it is totally okay if you forget like me! This baked for 40 minutes total. 


Final product! And yes oh yes, it tasted just as good as it looks! 

When I make it again, I will add more of the step by step pictures! And the full recipe! 

Enjoy Y’all!