Chicken with Citrus-Garlic Sauce

Life is busy during the holidays, but I don’t have to tell you that.  Fortunately on my end the decorating, shopping, Christmas cards, wrapping and planning is complete.  Now it’s time for parties, baking, celebrating…

and wrestling.

{We have a 2 tourneys this weekend, 2 next week & a 3 dayer right after Christmas}

I don’t want to spend every moment cooking and cleaning if I can help it; instead I want to savor this time, even though much of it will be spent in a smelly high school gym.  At the end of the day, if I can still manage to have a flavorful and filling supper on the table in thirty minutes, I am one happy momma.

I also have happy guys as Audley & Bradley really love it when I cook!

Recently I prepared this delicious chicken dish which not only tasted fabulous and like I spent hours on it, but it looked pretty when served up as well.

{I didn’t tell the boys it was easy; I wanted them to think I actually spent hours cooking!}

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The recipe for Chicken with Citrus-Garlic Sauce is one I actually found in a Williams Sonoma cookbook, but altered to fit the ingredients that I had on hand!  What makes this recipe so awesome is you can use orange, lemon, lime… any kind of citrus that you like to cook with!

So here is my version that easily serves 4…. Gather your ingredients and make supper simple tonight!

8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

4 Tablespoons minced garlic

1/3 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

1 Tablespoon orange zest

3 Tablespoons olive oil

pink sat & black pepper

3/4 cup chicken broth

4 ounces fresh orange juice

1/2 cup of Riesling wine

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The instructions for preparing the citrusy chicken can be found by clicking Chicken with Citrus-Garlic Sauce

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By the way, Williams Sonoma carries these awesome serving dishes in a couple of sizes!  I LOVE them!

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While you are letting your chicken cook, roast some green beans and asparagus  on a cookie sheet (I put the green beans on the pan first with a little salt, pepper, orange zest and brush with olive oil; then add the asparagus about 10 minutes in to roast) which keeps the dirty dishes to a minimum.

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You can also add a salad if you want dinner on the table even faster.  If you have more time to dedicate,  sautéed brussel sprouts or roasted fingerling potatoes make great sides as well!

Do you have a favorite 30 minute meal you enjoy for your family?  I would love some more ideas!

 

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Red, White, and Blue Christmas

Welcome To Our First Annual Christmas Tree Decor Blog Hop!!

We have 47 talented bloggers joining up to share their decorated Christmas Trees with you! So grab a cup of your favorite beverage, settle in and get comfortable because you are going to love the beautiful Christmas Tree Decor shared today!


Let’s Meet The Hosts!

Michelle | Our Crafty Mom | Allison | Upright and Caffeinated

Angela | Simply Beautiful By Angela

 Annie | All Things Big and Small

Brittany | Our Home Made Easy | Chloe | Celebrate and Decorate

Cindy | County Road 407 | Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek

Denise | My Thrifty House | Eileen | Sand Dollar Lane

Erlene | My Pinterventures | Iris | Iris Nacole

Jaclyn | The Dotted Nest | Jeannee | Centsably Creative

Vicki | 2 Bees In A Pod |Jennifer | Oh Fiddle Dee Dee

 Jolene | Create Pray Love

 Kim | Day to Day Adventures

Kim | Made In A Day | Kristie | Teadoddles

Leanna | Faeries and Fauna | Maria | Simple Nature Decor

Marie | The Inspiration Vault | Mary | The Boondocks Blog

Meegan | What Meegan Makes | Meg | Green With Decor

Melissa | Welcome To The Woods | Donna | Modern On Monticello

Morgan | Charleston Crafted | Nancy | Slightly Coastal

Nicole | Madness and Method | Pam | P.S. I Love You Crafts

Sam | Raggedy BitsShirley | Intelligent Domestications

 Stephanie | Abbotts At Home Wanda | From House To Home

Yami | The Latina Next Door | Jenn | Loveland Lodge

Christene | Keys To Inspiration | Libbie | A Life Unfolding

Jaclyn | One Thousand Oaks | Jennifer | 2 Bees In A Pod | Sarah | The Project Pile

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I’m so excited to be joining in this blog hop today and wanted to tell a little story while sharing one of our Christmas trees that is quite sentimental this season.

Once upon a time I was blessed with the sweetest little boy.  He was a surprise and absolutely adored as the baby after three girls.  He was cuddly and sweet and oh-so kind.

This little boy learned his colors and numbers using his NASCAR racers, learned to read early just so he could complete the entire Harry Potter series of books, and loved his John Deere tractors and Tonka trucks.

This little boy grew quickly, finding passion in sports as he excelled in the swimming pool and on a wrestling mat.

He learned to think for himself while choosing his own path, developed a fabulous work ethic, chose to serve Jesus, and took care of his momma and sisters while his daddy traveled for work.

He adores Star Wars, Captain America, Superman and NCIS.

And he loves his country.

It’s this love of country, that compelled him to come in from school and announce he was joining the Marines.

On November 9, he took his oath and will leave for boot camp right after high school graduation.

I’ve cried.

A lot.

But my heart soars with pride for this boy of mine who is walking in his daddy’s footsteps and choosing the military.

I celebrate him.

 I celebrate all who are serving our country and this tree is a reminder of the precious freedom we have that allows us to celebrate.

 Thank you for stopping by!

Check out all the festivities on the other blogs and kick your week with a lot of inspiration!

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Holiday in the Park Presented by Six Flags Over Georgia

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas; everywhere you go…

and that includes Six Flags Over Georgia as the park now stays open select days from now until January 3 to celebrate with you and your family!  In its fourth season, Holiday in the Park is known as one of the Best Christmas Events in Georgia, and definitely something everyone in the family will enjoy.

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Just before Thanksgiving I was given the opportunity to visit Six Flags with my blogging gal pal, Tami, where we enjoyed a festive evening filled with sounds of the season, twinkling lights galore and live shows full of cheer and delight!

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So what all can you do while at Holiday in the Park?

Let me share a little glimpse !

***Enjoy the lights!  From the moment you enter the park at the Main Street entrance you are met with the first of millions of colorful LED Christmas lights that form a canopy between the buildings, then wrap around the buildings, to draped between attractions.  The 25 Ft Christmas tree and gazebo in the front of the park makes a perfect location for family photos.  Don’t miss the lighting of the tree at 6:00 each evening.

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***Take whirl on your favorite roller coaster and enjoy the different themed areas as you walk through to find it.  My favorite was the Retro Christmas area… I’m such a traditional old soul. Tami and I rode the Goliath (It’s been years since I’ve been on a roller coaster!) and then took a ride through the Monster Plantation.

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Some things you never outgrow!

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***Catch a show!  From carolers in the front of the park to stages with entertainment, you’ll find something to fit everyone in the family, and I promise you’ll be singing along.

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***Visit with Santa and other Warner Bros. characters.  You’re never too old for Bugs and Daffy!

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For someone living in the Southeast, a weekend get-away would be fabulous during the holidays.  Atlanta is full of adventures to enjoy and an evening in the park under the holiday lights is a perfect way to cap it all off!

If you have been slow in finding your holiday cheer this season, take the family to Six Flags this year and enjoy the holiday mixed with rides and entertainment all in one place!  I’m sure it’ll become a holiday tradition for you all.

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Taking a Walk Along the Christmas Tree Trail

One of the highlights of my trip to Orlando and Disney for Mickey’s Christmas Party last weekend was the afternoon Tami and I spent in Disney Springs.  If you are unfamiliar with Disney Springs, the area is a fabulous outdoor shopping,  dining, and entertainment complex near the Walt Disney Resort.  Walt Disney Imagineering designed the area and it makes for a wonderful way to continue your Disney experience when you’re away from the parks.

This particular afternoon of exploring the complex led Tami and I to the fantastic Christmas Tree Trail in the Marketplace where we strolled soaking up the detail of  many amazing trees, each based on a different Disney character as it “snowed” along the way!

 

I was completely mesmerized and loved soaking up the creativity of Disney while getting a few ideas of my own. We took our walk during the day where the sun outshone the twinkle lights, but it didn’t matter these trees are GOALS!

Put on your Mouse ears, grab your inspiration boards and take notes as I share our stroll with you, because these trees are FABULOUS!

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The Dumbo Tree was my favorite!!

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This tree topper is all I strive for at Christmas!

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I love how this tree topper completely describes Mary Poppins!

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Christmas Tree Trail wasn’t the only place to find holiday decor, the entire complex was decorated. Combined with festive holiday music you are sure to get your holiday cheer on!

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And be sure to top off your festive adventure with a holiday treat from one of the sweet shops!

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The display will be up through January 7, 2018.  If you happen to be traveling near Orlando during the holidays, definitely add Disney Springs to your list of stops.  It’s free to walk the Christmas Tree Trail and you’ll be glad you stopped!

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Which was your favorite tree?  I would love to know!

 

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