Happy Things

Yay for Fridays!  Here are a few highlights of my week in pictures: {Last weekend we celebrated the birthday of a great friend.  We had such a good time that my dress split down the back. Luckily the birthday girl had a … Continue reading

The EASIEST Tequila Lime Salmon

Let me just tell you how EASY this dinner is.  I picked up some fresh salmon pieces from Whole Foods and asked them to add tequila lime seasoning to the salmon.  Whole Foods seasons all your seafood for free and … Continue reading

Happy Things

Happy Friday! We are still recovering from our wild weekend in Vegas. Now that I’m in my late 20’s I just don’t recover as quickly as I used to. We all came home with aching bodies, throbbing heads and exhaustion. … Continue reading

Roasted Drumsticks with Lemon, Rosemary, Sage, Balsamic Vinegar & Cherry Tomatoes

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I thought I’d give you a break from all the seafood dishes so here is a delicious, healthy chicken dish that’s bursting with flavor. It also takes minutes to throw together, like all the dishes I share on here. 🙂 Because this is a one pan dish it’s perfect for entertaining or for a quick week night dinner.

Make sure you get high quality drumsticks, like the ones Whole Foods carries. The ones from the regular grocery store are hit or miss.

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Enjoy!

Roasted Drumsticks with Lemon, Rosemary, Sage, Balsamic Vinegar & Cherry Tomatoes (Serves 2-4 depending on if serving with a side dish)

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma

Ingredients:

  • 6 1/2 tsp. olive oil
  • 5 high-quality chicken drumsticks (leave skin on so you can stuff the drumsticks with the herbs. Peel off the skin after cooking to make this more low-fat)
  • 8 oz. cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tb balsamic vinegar
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 lemon, cut into thin slices
  • 6-8 fresh rosemary springs
  • 8-10 fresh sage leaves

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400-425°F. Lightly grease a baking dish with 2 teaspoons of olive oil.
  • Place chicken in prepared baking dish. Arrange tomatoes around chicken. (If you prefer your tomatoes less roasted, add them about half-way through cooking time instead.)
  • Drizzle chicken and tomatoes with vinegar and 2 1/2 teaspoons of olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Under the skin of each drumstick stuff a lemon slice, a sage leaf and a small sprig of rosemary
  • Top each drumstick with 1-2 lemon slice.
  • Arrange rosemary and sage leaves over and around chicken. Drizzle remaining 2 teaspoons of olive oil over herbs.
  • Roast until chicken is opaque throughout and starting to brown, at least 35-45 minutes. We roasted for nearly 55 minutes to get the desired cooking.
  • Plate the chicken and drizzle with some pan juices and lemon juice. Sprinkle with sea salt. Serve right away.

New Beauty Find! Organic Virgin Unrefined Coconut Oil

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I’ve heard from a few celebrities recently that they are using coconut oil as a body moisturizer.  I went out immediately and picked up a bottle from Whole Foods and I’m completely hooked.  It has become my daily body moisturizer.  Coconut oil is solid until it reaches 76 degrees so it’s not messy to apply at all.  It absorbs right into your skin without a  greasy feeling.  Besides being a super healthy oil to cook with (it boosts your metabolism!), it has a ton of beauty benefits:

  • Contains natural UV protection (don’t skimp on sunscreen, though!  It’s just a bonus, not a replacement!)
  • Full of antioxidants that help slow down the aging process by protecting against fine lines, crows feet, etc.
  • It reduces breakouts and liver spots
  • Can be used on both face and body
  • It makes an amazing, nongreasy lip balm
  • Contains antibacterial properties
  • Can be used on hair to promote growth and shine (apply a few hours before shampooing for best results)
  • Ultra hydrating and smells heavenly
  • Miranda Kerr swears by it–reason enough for me!  Have you SEEN her?!
  • You can read more about the diet and beauty benefits of coconut oil here

Have you tried coconut oil as a beauty product yet?