Sheet Pan Supper – Chicken Fajitas

Talk about easy! Let’s get cooking with a sheet pan supper.

1. Gather your ingredients.

Making dinner on a sheet pan (or large cookie sheet) is easy! Let’s start by getting all of the ingredients prepped and ready. Since I use my Tastefully Simple products you’ll see some spice jars here in place of the garlic and onions.

 

2. Slice your ingredients.

Thinly slice the peppers and onion. I cut the chicken on the short side (vs the long side – does that make sense?) to get them close in size to the peppers.

 

3. Toss well.

Toss the chicken and peppers/onions in a big bowl and add your seasonings and the oil of choice (I use avocado oil). Toss with tongs to get the oil and seasonings spread on all the pieces.

 

4. Spread in a single layer on a greased foil-lined pan.

Spread the chicken/pepper mixture onto a foil lined pan sprayed with non stick spray (not coconut oil spray – it doesn’t hold up at high temps). Make sure you get a single layer for the best roasting.

 

5. Bake and eat!

Bake at 400 for about 25 minutes until the chicken is done. I test it by taking a piece of chicken and slicing it in half to make sure it is cooked through. Then you can place the mixture in a tortilla for fajitas or on some lettuce for a salad.

 

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced thin
3 peppers, any color, sliced thin
large red onion*, sliced thin
2 cloves of crushed garlic*
2 tbsp oil
chili seasoning, salt and pepper to your taste*

Heat oven to 400. Line a sheet pan with foil and spray with nonstick spray.

Place chicken, peppers and onion in a large bowl. Drizzle with oil, sprinkle the seasonings around and toss well. Place in a single layer on the sheet pan. Bake at 400 for 25 minutes until chicken is cooked through.

*TS Swaps: use a capful of Onion Onion, 2 tsp Garlic Garlic, Fiesta Party Seasoning or Mom’s Favorite Taco Seasoning, Seasoned Salt and Garlic Pepper to your preference.

No More Back to School

It’s back to school day in my town. Not for me, my youngest is a senior year in college. While I’ve been feeling nostalgic the last few days with all the Facebook posts about little ones going back to school, I have to say there are some positive things about today for me.

2 of my 3 kids off to school oh so many years ago!

1. I didn’t have to wake up at 6 and get a grumpy kid out of bed. (I woke up at 5 for no reason, but that’s a topic for another blog post!) And, I didn’t have to create Pinterest-worthy first day of school signs!

2. I had a golf lesson, played canasta and had lunch with friends. Those are things I never imagined I would be doing one day. But with no little ones at home, and a job I can work any hours I want to, I have time to do things – new things, different things! Still, golf?!

3. I won’t be spending the afternoon at Staples with millions of other families, with a list a mile long and an exhausted teenager. Followed by a trip to Target to get what Staples didn’t have. (Who am I kidding, I will miss the trip to Target!)

4. I won’t be spending my evening filling out the ream of paper sent home on the first day of school with all the reading and signing and making you wonder if you actually have more homework than your student. I will be having dinner in a pub with friends, celebrating someone’s birthday.

But, if I’m being honest, I’ll admit to missing some of the excitement of back to school time with little ones. I’ll miss them geeking out over finding the perfect backpack with their favorite character. As an all-things-paper lover I’ll miss helping them pick out the right folders, notebooks and pens. What I’ll miss the most is the joy and chatter of excited kids coming home to tell me all about their day, their friends and their teacher.

How is back to school time for you? Are you in the thick of it with little ones, happy or sad that you don’t have little ones, or are you unfazed by the back to school mania?

Our cousins go back to school!

My New Travel Essentials

Not that you knew my old travel essentials, but these are some things I make sure I have with me now that I’m a little older and more tired!

Band-Aid Blister Guards are amazing. You want to wear the cute, new shoes and these will save your feet.

Also for the feet, these Dr. Scholl’s Pro Pain Relief Orthotics go into every pair of shoes I buy. Having had Plantar Fasciitis once, I do everything I can to avoid it coming back.

For snacks I need protein so a big bag of nuts is good for me and for sharing. I bring small zip top bags to portion them out. I’m also currently loving the Dark Chocolate BarkThins when you just need some chocolate.

I am constantly writing and taking notes and I’m a stationery supplies geek. My current favorite pens are the Ink Joy Gel Pens in .7 – they seriously write like butter. And, I love the paper in the Moleskine notebooks. There is a bit of bleed through from the pens (you could use lighter pens) but when taking notes at a conference I tend to only write on the right hand pages.

The binder clips are actually not for my papers. I use them to keep the curtains shut. I am so sensitive to light and a terrible sleeper so I need to make sure those drapes don’t have gaps.

To go along with the sleep items, I also love this eye mask.

My kids call it a mini bra. I couldn’t use traditional eye masks because it took a while for my vision to clear after having the mask press on my eyes overnight. This mask has a contoured shape so you can blink your eyes. I got it from the Container Store.

P.S. This is not a sponsored post, I’m just sharing what I’ve been packing for my conferences and travels. I hope it helps you.

What are some of your travel essentials? Are you going anywhere fun before the summer ends?

Low Key Celebrations for Major Milestones

My in laws recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Unfortunately, my father in law is not up to leaving the house, but we still wanted to celebrate this milestone in their lives.

Here are some quick tips that we used to create a low key celebration for a big life event.

We kept the guest list small – just their kids, grandkids and a few of my in law’s siblings.

We made the food simple – ordering platters from a deli so guests could eat seated or standing. We brought folding tables so we could set everything up without my mother in law having to worry about clearing off counters or tables. We also set up tables in the room where my father in law has his favorite recliner – we brought the party to him.

We wanted to make it special so I picked up a wrist corsage for her and a boutonniere for him. Because of the medication he is on we didn’t want to use a pin, so we used some washi tape to stick it to his shirt and eventually just tucked it in his pocket. I also got a beautiful white centerpiece. Since the 60th anniversary is a diamond anniversary, we needed to find a solution for the flowers – after all, there are no diamond flowers! After a quick google search with the florist we found a nice idea to have a different white flower for each decade they were married.

Then we all had a great time viewing their wedding photos. Their photos were on slides that had to be looked at through a device much like the ViewMaster I loved as a kid. They were beautiful, vibrant, 3D images. There were some tears shed over who was no longer here but also delight in seeing these pictures, some of us for the first time.

Then my millennials had fun using their iPhones to capture the pictures inside the view finder. The old pictures were brought to life and shared on everyone’s iPhones and printed out to be scrapbooked.

  

Reaching 60 years is a huge accomplishment and we were so happy to share a special day with them!

Pumpkin Spice Fever

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By now, you’ve probably had your first PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte) of the season. I don’t even drink coffee but I had to get one to see what the craze was all about. It was good (I imagine much better if you actually like coffee) as was the Pumpkin Loaf. This was at Starbucks of course – didn’t they invite the whole PSL trend?

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Many smart marketers have caught on to Pumpkin Spice fever. There are pumpkin sections everywhere. Target had one. My local supermarket had quite a vast pumpkin section. I’m familiar with pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie filling. I wasn’t even surprised with pumpkin syrup or pumpkin spice Nestle morsels.

But, when did pumpkin jello become a thing? Or pumpkin tortilla chips?

And, then this happened…

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Really? Oh, how I laughed at that.

But then I kept thinking of them. I had to have them. The PSL fever had taken over. There was such a huge display of them a couple weeks ago, but don’t you know, when I went back to get my pack they were gone. (I think my Minnesota accent just came back – did you read that as “dontcha know”?) Apparently many people needed pumpkin cups – not orange cups from the party store, mind you, but pumpkin cups!

I scored the last bag. They were actually in a laundry basket tilted over on the very top shelf over the “regular” party cups in the paper goods aisle. I felt like I found a unicorn.

I had all these ideas about how I would use the pumpkin cups and I felt the need to share them with you. (Good luck finding them by the way, you may want to settle for orange cups from the party store.)

You can use them to play a fun Minute to Win It cup stacking game. You can let your party guests decorate them with jack-o-lantern faces. Or you can use them for a holiday version of a game you may have played in college.

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So, I’m curious, what pumpkin things have found their way into your home this season? Do you have Pumpkin Spice Fever?

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

A first for me.

I now have the kit. Do you have one?

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During a routine eyebrow and lip wax my girl started plucking my neck and chin. I said, “wow, I thought I had those under control.” She replied, “you didn’t think I’d let you out of here with those, did you?” My gosh, I thought, how many were there?!

While I knew I was growing random hairs on my neck and chin (you know that saying about menopause and losing hair where you want it and finding it where you don’t?) I thought I had a pretty good maintenance system going. I sat in my front bedroom window with the good light, magnifying makeup mirror and my tweezers, hoping my neighbors weren’t looking out their front windows and wondering what the heck I was doing.

She said, “Keep tweezers in your car, it’s really the best place. You know like when you’re stopped at a light and you can check.”  I had heard that tip before (although not at a traffic light!) but I didn’t realize I was at “that stage.”

Apparently I am. I went to the drug store and got myself a compact magnifying mirror and a pair of tweezers. I keep them in the glove box of my car. Then I bought new shoes, because new shoes always make you feel better, right?

Do you have the kit? Or a sure-fire way of not having a rogue chin hair sneak up on you? I’d love to hear about it.

This Is Why I Can’t Shop at HomeGoods

It was my second attempt at getting a tablecloth for my kitchen table. The first one I got at Home Goods was too small. Of course I realized this after washing it. So now I have a very nice, slightly oversized tablecloth for a card table, should that need ever arise.

On this trip I was focused on one thing and not all the shiny objects that get my attention walking through HomeGoods. I was focused on getting the right size kitchen tablecloth. I was hoping to find a bigger version of the first tablecloth, but with this being the holiday weekend the endcap was nearly wiped out of summery tablecloths. I had even written down the size (figured out by the packaging on the first tablecloth) before leaving for the store! And, there it was. An acceptable tablecloth in the size I needed.

I got home, and feeling confident I got the right size, threw it in the washing machine. Then I proudly pulled it out of the dryer, placed it on the table and this…

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WTH?! I dig the packaging out of the garbage and read that it is an indoor/outdoor tablecloth. Hmmm…are people putting umbrellas in their kitchen tables these days? Or is there some other use for a hole in the middle of your kitchen table, maybe a topiary tree or elaborate light fixture?

Friends, this is why I shop at Target. At my beloved Target, house tablecloths are in the kitchen section. Patio tablecloths are in the seasonal section in the back corner of the store. Your brain doesn’t have to work as hard.

There is a bit of a saving grace – While I was at HomeGoods for the first tablecloth I got this great bowl on clearance for $9.99. I shall fill it with lemons.

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Tell me – are you a great HomeGoods shopper? Do you have any tips for me?