Best Ever Baked Chicken

  

Talk about easy and delish! This was a real hit! It couldn’t be easier! Inspired by a Pinterest recipe, but like all recipes, I use them for inspiration and tweek as I see fit! This was no exception! I do love s dump and bake recipe!! So here goes:

chicken breast boneless/skinless season with s&p, place in casserole  dish sprayed with non stick spray

1/2 cup mayo

1/2 cup sour cream 

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon dry Italian dressing mix

2 teaspoons dry Ranch powder 

Mix everything together and dump on top of chicken. Make sure chicken is covered completely with mixture.  Bake uncovered 1 hour at 350. 

I served it with roasted broccoli. YUM 

ENJOY! Mama Bird

What’s that smell?! Roses

  
  As a beauty industry veteran and self proclaimed beauty product hoarder, I gotta tell ya that I still love to try new products, I have my tried & true favorites (will do a post on that soon).

 Yesterday  I ran to the supply store to get a boars hair brush for a friend (simply the best brushes ever! Will change your hair!) Anyhoo, while shopping I asked what’s new, what are you currently loving? “Do you like the smell of Roses?” she asked. Why yes, yes I do! 

Y’all I am in heaven. The smell is perfection. Just enough to remind me of sitting and playing at my Mema’s house when I was s little girl.  

Matrix has really stepped up their game. This oil, yes oil shampoo leaves your hair feeling super luxurious without any weight what so ever! I’m amazed!! 

I’m sure your hairdresser can hook you up or you can find it at Amazon, ulta, etc. 

enjoy!! 

 

Fried Chicken 

  
I posted on Facebook last night that I was in search of some great fried chicken right here at home. In Hickory, NC who makes some tasty chicken? I mean I love the Bo and all but, Jack & I had been talking about fried chicken and decided we would add this to our search. And boy lots of my peeps shared their favorite spots. Mountain Fried Chicken, which I had never even heard of came up more than anywhere else. And after a quick Google search I was able to locate and see that they indeed were open on Sunday! So yeah we had a lunch plan after church, which can be a real issue. We are horrible at picking a place! 

We arrived about 12:40 and there was a line out the door! What? Well, it moved really fast at this no frills spot. It’s a bit shabby, plastic silverware, foam plates, packaged lemon for the tea! Hush your mouth, this is a sin in my opinion. However, for good food I’m willing to deal with the fake lemon. Once, but really in the south you gotta have good tea & real lemon. Anyhoo, you order cafeteria style, choose how many pieces of chicken along with what cut. I’m a single breast girl.  J had 2 legs, and hubs had thigh & leg. The chicken was great. Just like the tag line on the sign said, “It’s not greasy”, it wasn’t. Very moist even the breast, crunchy outside, great flavor. Very good. We all ordered different sides, my plate pictured above was by far the most monochromatic and not my typical plate! Mashed potatoes were really peppery, baked apples were not too mushy or cinnamony which was good with me! The green beans seemed to be straight out of the can. Pintos (I don’t eat them) boys said were good and both enjoyed the potato wedges. Chicken is definitely why you’re going to go here and you’ll be happy. Next time I’d probably get a box of chicken to take home and have my own sides.

Mountain Fried Chicken is open daily and the staff was very nice. They have daily specials and off 10% off on Sundays with your church bulletin (dang it I tossed mine in the recycle bin!) next time. 

What did you have for Sunday lunch? 

Perfect Lemon Chicken 

  
An all time favorite & perfectly simple dinner that’s easy enough for a week night or can be dressed up with your sides for a divine dinner party. 

I am a chicken snob, I prefer organic not pumped to the size of my head pieces! Goodness they taste so much better. Really there is no comparison. 

Slice an onion & lemon. Drizzle chicken with olive oil, sprinkle with salt & pepper. Place chicken on top of several slices of both along with some fresh herbs, thyme is my favorite, along with a few garlic cloves. Squeeze half lemon juice over chicken and roast on ribbed baking sheet or casserole dish at 350 for apx 45mis to 1 hour or until juices run clear. 

What’s on your face?

  
I’m sure I’m not telling you anything new, but the products you put on your skin are absorbed in mere seconds. I for one am sick of all the crap that is so carelessly put in the beauty products that we use on ourselves & our kids! That’s why I’m so proud to be representing LimeLight by Alcone. 

  
 The products are phenomenal. I have used zillions of products over the past 20ish years and I’m blown away by the hydration that these products have given me! I’m even further sold at how they have worked on my sons skin! Bye Bye red patches!!

  
Two regimens; 3 boosters perfection that doesn’t break the bank! 

I would love for you to give it a try! Visit my website to learn more! 

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xoxo- Kat 

Carolina Salsa

carolina salsa

Carolina Salsa is my favorite go to app for any gathering,

not to fancy just great tasting!

We (my friends) call it Carolina Salsa and I have been making it for so many years I can’t even remember where it originally came from.

My sister and her family espically love this as they are not tomato people, the horror!

You guys know I am in love with tomatoes but this is a great fresh app and

IT IS EASY ON THE WAISTLINE!!

My newest obsession is to make a big salad with grilled chicken, a big scoop of this yummy Carolina Salas, avacado slices and Tomatillo Ranch

(recipe to follow and I will link)

This recipe makes a ton, apx 2 quarts, feel free to half it but, you’ll wish you hadn’t, it’s that good!

Everywhere I have taken it everyone loves it!

I hope YOU do too!!

Carolina Salsa

2 cans black beans, drained & rinsed
2 cans mexicorn, drained & rinsed
1 large cucumber, seeded and chopped fine
1/2 red onion, chopped fine
1 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
Just mix everything together and as always I must say, it is BEST if you make it the night before or the morning of serving it.

It just gets better as all the flavors meld.
Serve with tortilla chips.

Or with your favorite salad, on top of tacos, possibilities are endless!

ENJOY!

Roasted Beet Salad

beet salad

Visiting the Farmer’s Market is my favorite Saturday morning ritual

and last Saturday these beets were calling my name!

What to do with them? I pondered.

And remembered a yummy salad I had ages ago and thought…

Roasted Beet Salad

sounded like a winner!

Fresh beets, like anything in my opinion, fresh and local just taste better than what you find in the grocery.

These, did not disappoint!

Getting started…

First, BEETS WILL STAIN THE HECK OUT OF EVERYTHING!

Your hands included. I was a lovely magenta color until about Monday!

Start by washing and I mean scrub the beets well, trim the ends, dry with paper towel and wrap individually in foil.

Line baking sheet or dish with foil as well, just in case they leak.

Place in a 400 degree oven and roast for 1 hour. *

(*if they are tiny adjust the time by about 15 mins)

while they roast make your vinaigrette

Mustard Vinaigrette

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup olive oil

1 tablespoon your fav mustard*

salt & pepper

pour all in jar and shake!

Arugula Salad

Prepare greens, nuts and cheese; set to the side

arugula & baby spinach (I love mixing the two!)

1/3 cup roasted nuts (pecans, walnuts whatever you enjoy)

crumbled goat cheese

when the beets are done roasting, allow to cool about 30 mins so you can handle them, unwrap (over foil) and cut on parchment or foil to avoid magenta hands (like myself!) place cut beets in bowl and add dressing to the warm beets, they will absorb the flavor and you can even do this a day ahead. The beets were amazing the next day! SO MUCH FLAVOR!

Add beets to salad and toss! Enjoy! This is an impressive and yummy salad, even the Hubs who HATES beets said it was great!

My secret ingredient!

mustard

This mustard from Braswell’s  is just amazing and adds so much flavor to everything!

I highly recommend! Found it on a grocery tour a few months back and have added it to all sorts of stuff!

LOVE

Honey Lime Slaw

honey lime slaw

The other night I was making some quesadillas and instead of the typical starch for a side I wanted something new.

I had a half a head of cabbage in the fridge and thought I would try a Mexican version of cole slaw!

And volia HONEY LIME SLAW was created, it started out all wrong!

But by the end, this recipe is a real keeper!

It’s light and fresh, contains NO MAYO or any dairy for that fact so it’s PERFECT for your next SUMMER PICNIC!

This is very mild, don’t let the chili powder throw you, it adds lots of flavor, not heat!

And an added hint, if you have a strong onion, slice it very thin and then squeeze the acid (lime juice in this case) on the onion and

allow to sit for 15 mins or so and it will mellow the flavor dramatically! You’ll be shocked if you have never tried it!

HONEY LIME SLAW

1 small cabbage, shredded or sliced, whatever texture you prefer

1 small red onion, sliced very thin

1 lime, juice & zest

1-2 tablespoons chili powder

2-4 tablespoons honey

1-2 tablespoon olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Shred or slice your cabbage super thin, (or grab a bag from the produce dept and save a step), zest lime,  slice onion very fine and squeeze half the lime juice on the onion, allow to sit for a few mins and mellow.  Add onion to cabbage and use the bowl you had onions in to add remaining lime juice, chili powder, salt, pepper & honey, mix well, pour over cabbage and onion mix and drizzle with olive oil, mix, taste and adjust for seasoning.

Please note, my small cabbage and your small cabbage could be and probably in all likely hood will be totally different in size, just as my lime my produce tons of liquid and then again may not, so with ALL recipes of mine, please feel free to adjust your seasoning! Sometimes when I make it I need 2 limes because they are crappy and have no juice! So start with a little and you can always add more honey for sweetness, more lime for zing, more salt for flavor. Don’t be afraid to play with it and tweak it to you and your families taste!

ENJOY!

Allow to chill for at least 15 mins it gets better the longer it sits!

Apple Lime Basil Juice

apple lime

Apple Lime Basil Juice, yep you read it right, I know I was leary myself,

but if the amazing Kris Carr shares then it’s got to be worth a shot!

The recipe she shared actually came from  Just Glowing with Health and her site is great! I can’t wait to try some of her other recipes!!

So, you know me and of course,I had to use what I had on hand.

So, I tweeked it just a tad and as always my recipe is for 1 serving.

Apple Lime Basil

2 large granny smith apples

1 whole lime, peeled

5-6 fresh basil leaves

1 leafy stalk of celery

Toss it all in the juicer and guzzle!

ENJOY!

xoxo, Mama Bird

Summer Fun Guide 2015

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Summer is here and I have got a Summer Fun Guide to keep ALL your kids entertained, all summer!
You’ll want to keep this list handy!
YOU’RE WELCOME!
{Local} Summer Fun
place is great! They change out the exhibits often and have a great little aquarium and Fridays are FREE
Great pool and waterslide, can take your own picnic. Half price after 3pm , and they have night swims, check website for dates
Haven’t been yet but Discovery Channel LOVES it. Great loco for a play date!
FUN!! We went last year and had a great time. They also have a carousel and play area
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Haven’t been here yet, just an FYI it is a waterpark in the lake, not a pool!
Tough Enough Rodeo
a good old fashioned rodeo right in Caldwell County! Talk about family fun! This place is a hoot! My son LOVED it. Just a tidbit of info. It doesn’t get really rolling until almost 8 so be warned it might be a late evening but, it was worth it. EAT before you go, all they have is cotten candy and a few muchies.Carmike Movies
talk about a deal and an EASY & COOL way to spend a morning…
Carmike does 2nd run movies on Thursday mornings for $4 includes the movie, drink, and popcorn
discount 2nd run theater in downtown Hickory, we love the Carolina and there are great places to grab lunch!
3 FREE games of bowling a day all summer long! Now you still have to “rent” your shoes and buy snacks but, it’s a great day out ofthe sun or rain without sticking them in front of technology! Go to the site and register your kids now!
$5 (really $7) unless your people have their own skates, gets you skating Tues-Thurs from 10-3 a slice of pizza and a drink!
this place is the best people watching EVER and for added fun go to the Crash O Rama on July 25th
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Day Trips {all around NC/SC}

Tryon Equestrian Center

Horse Racing under the lights! In the mountains, yes please!

Catawba Queen
Summer Storytime & Pirate Landing Mini Golf
this is the coolest thing!
EVERY Tues & Thurs morning a 1 hr ride around the lake while hearing a story with milk & cookies!

Zootastic Park, Statesville/Troutman area
I had never even heard of this place until Groupon! Yipee got a 4pk for cheep! Fun day trip!! WE LOVED IT! Took a picnic,  a guide takes you around and tells you all about the anmials. Great place!

Lazy 5 Ranch, Mooresville

the coolest zoo, you can drive thru it or pay the extra and ride the wagon thru! You really are up close and personal with the animals!

Also found this place from Groupon they had  2 for 1 special!! It is a TRUE campground. A little rough around the edges but, the kids LOVED it. Take a picnic, they have a huge pool, huge waterslide, putt-putt, paddle boats, canoes, horse shoes, all kinds of goodies!Tweetsie, Blowing RockYou can take your own picnic, great fun rides that younger kids can enjoy!
Sliding Rock, Brevard, NC 
This is a place where I spent ALOT of time!! It is absolutely beautiful and I am soooooo excited to get a group of my best college friends together to take our families to enjoy the wonder of the Water Falls!! My best tip is go LATE in the summer the water is really, really COLD!! I think we will wait until July!
cause we are in the South, check out the history of Nascar!
oh! So much to do in the water!! Check website for all the options!
this is a beautiful spot! Check out Lake Lure and the Dirty Dancing Festival while you are there! Make a whole weekend out of it! You’ll fall in love!
they have a campground here too! Check it out so beautiful
New to me and appears to be fantab!! Hope to take a day trip with friends! Looks soooo fun!!
Tanglewood Park, Winston Salem
went here tons as a kid. Can’t wait to take Jack!
Heard fantab things about this place and look forward to meeting our friends here!!
NC Zoo, Asheboro
the zoo is great, Jack loves it and we will be going to visit j’s great gma this summer and will go again!
Had to include this as I have been told this is a great place.
Not sure when we will work it in as it is a tish far about 2.5 hrs but I just love a zoo!
going to a wedding in 2 weeks in Raleigh, thought we would check this place out!!
Discovery Place KIDS & Discovery Place Charlotte
This place is so cool! Kids: Gets super crowded but a great learning space for Pre-K through 2nd grade

Discovery Place is much bigger and located in uptown Charlotte and is geared to older kids. A new history of the GUITAR opens today and I think my boy would dig it! Also a SHARK movie!

Carowinds, Charlotte
Amusement Park, need I say more?

Sky Zone, Charlotte

trampoline park, check groupon for deals

High Gravity Adventures

brand new! Beside Tweetsie and looks crazy!

Beanstalk Journey, Morganton

zipline tours and all sorts of outdoor activities, check groupon they usually offer a discount

Grandfather Mountain, Linville
I am so excited to take Jack. I will highlight a few events they are doing for kids!

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
July 9-12, 2015
Highland Games, Celtic music & dancing, turkey leg, lots of kids actvities what more could you ask for?

15 NC Swimming Holes

there are a few I had never heard of! Sliding Rock and Looking Glass Falls are among some of my favs! Great list!

How are you keeping your  people busy this summer?
xoxo, mama bird