Sunday.

Today was a good day. Lately I have been just trying to get through each day. Can’t wait for the day to be over. Counting the minutes until I can go to bed but then not able to fall asleep.

Trying to figure all my shit out all at once. Not being true to myself. Wanting everything to be everything I want it to be right this minute.

But I need to remind myself to stop and live and breathe. Enjoy this journey. The good and the bad. It makes us who we are. It is the stories my family will tell long after I am gone. I need to feel my life.

I am not going to figure it all out all at one. And in the end all that really matters are the small moments in my life.

Like today.

Cooking with Kevin.
Laundry.
Hanging out with Chloe.
Catching up on work I love.

Laughing with a friend for hours on the phone while watching and tweeting the Golden Globes and the Red Carpet interviews.

My many glamorous faces for the Golden Globes.

My many glamorous faces for the Golden Globes.

These are the moments that are important.

Cheers to starting a new week.

cheryl
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What we are eating this week!

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I am trying to get back on track with my meal planning. I completely fell off the wagon when I started working full time and now I am finally ready to get back to it. It’s funny to me that I stopped meal planning at the exact time I needed it the most. With my crazy busy schedule, I really need to be more organized and stick to a plan when it come to what the heck we are having for dinner. It truly makes my life easier. I find that the kids like having a plan and knowing what to expect. And they don’t bug me with the “what’s for dinner?” question everyday when I get home.

I have been a fan of emeals for a while, and will probably sign back up with them. It helps to get me out of my dinner ruts and we end up trying new things.

This weekend I made a HUGE batch of sauce and meatballs. I thought it was an easy way to get back into my groove. We had spaghetti and meatballs for Sunday dinner, and are having meatball grinders and salad tonight. I will also use the sauce for the Chicken Parmesan later in the week. I wanted to keep it simple this first week back in the swing of things. It’s only Monday, but so far so good! Haha!

Do you meal plan? Have any good tips for me? I’d love to hear how you are making your dinner routine a little easier!

cheryl
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My #SoGood Tuesday with the Dogs!

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My Tuesdays are usually nothing to write home about. Dishes, laundry, work and kid stuff. So, as you can imagine, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to attend a fun IAMS event with Chef Art Smith at the W Union Square in NYC. It was the launch of IAMS SO Good the newest line of IAMS dog food. IAMS So Good is made with 100% wholesome ingredients and no added sugars, dyes or artificial preservatives. I don’t know about you, but I think that is what I want to feed my dog.

Chef Art Smith was amazing. I loved listening to him talk about his love for animals. I could listen to his stories all day. What a nice guy! His passion for healthy dog food is insane. It is something he believes in wholeheartedly.

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I hate to say it, but I have not really spent a lot of time thinking about what goes into my dog Henry’s food. I thought I was feeding him healthy food, but in reality there is more in there than I thought. Wondering what’s in your dogs food? Check out whatsreallyinyourbowl.com. The food I was feeding Henry had added sugar, dyes, and artificial preservatives. And it is one of the so called “healthier” brands. I am looking forward to seeing how Henry likes the IAMS So Good. He is an important member of our family, and I want to feed him the best food out there.

Well it’s not ALL about the dogs! I have a fantastic recipe to share with you.
I have tasted it, and you will love it!

Chef Art Smith’s Chicken and Apples
with Blue Cheese-Yogurt Dressing

For the dressing:
1/4 cup nonfat Greek Yogurt
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
2 tablespoons chopped chives
Freshly ground black pepper

For the chicken:
2 skinless and boneless chicken breasts
2 cups buttermilk
1 Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
1 celery stalk, peeled sliced thin on the bias
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt

Method – To prepare the dressing: In
a medium mixing bowl, combine the
Greek yogurt, olive oil, and lemon
juice. Stir with a wooden spoon until
all the ingredients are incorporated.
Fold in the blue cheese and chives
and season with freshly ground black pepper. Refrigerate
the dressing until ready to use. (This dressing can be made 3
days in advance.)

To prepare the chicken: Place the chicken breasts and
buttermilk in a medium sauté pan and bring to a simmer. The
buttermilk will appear to curdle or break—this is okay, as the
milk will be discarded once the chicken is cooked, simmer the
chicken in the milk for 20 minutes or until the chicken is just
cooked through. Remove from heat and lift the chicken from
the buttermilk. Refrigerate the chicken for 30 minutes.
Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces and place in a large
mixing bowl. Add the apple, dried apricots, red onion, celery,
and lemon juice to the bowl and mix together until combined.
Fold in the dressing until fully incorporated and season with
salt if desired.

Assembly – Divide the chicken salad among 4 plates.

I had a really fun day with IAMS and Chef Art Smith. I learned a bunch about feeding my dog healthy food, saw some fabulous blogging friends and their dogs, and heard inspiring stories.

I call that a fantastic Tuesday.

Are you going to check out what’s in your dog food? Let me know what you find out!

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks. As always, all opinions are my own.

cheryl
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Do you #GiveACup?

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HA! You guys all know how much I love coffee. It’s actually kind of obscene how much I love it. I mean, I really take my coffee seriously. I love a good dark roast. The smell of great coffee can bring me to my knees. My Keurig is one of the most important things in my life. COULD. NOT. LIVE. WITHOUT. IT. I even bring one camping with me.

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I can not wait to try this Peet’s Coffee! When I read the description of the French Roast, I knew it was right up my alley.

French Roast – Single Cups

Our darkest roast is not for the cautious. But these rich, glistening beans are a favorite of Peet’s roasters.
It’s the same French Roast you love, roasted by the same roasters, and treated with the same craft and care as the rest of our coffees… now available in convenient Single Cups.

Intensely bold and flavorful. Pronounced smoky overtones with a pleasant bite.

Oh! A coffee dream come true for me! I am picking up a box of the French Roast Single Cups this weekend. I’m sure I’ll be Instagramming all about it on Sunday. I know, I know, I have an Instagram problem.

So, tell me. What is your morning drink of choice? Are you totally obsessed with coffee or tea? Or could you take it or leave it? We all already know where I stand.

Stay tuned for some over filtered Instagram pics!

This is a sponsored post for Peet’s Coffee. All opinions are my own.

cheryl
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New ice cream alert! #meetharvey

I scream, you scream, we all scream for new HOOD ice cream! WooHoo!

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Okay, I know that seems a little over the top, but I LOVE ice cream. If you follow me over on Instagram (cherylbudge) you know that I eat lots of ice cream. When my friend Julie from A Year With Mom and Dad invited me to her Hood play date I might have jumped for joy. I might have even did a little happy dance at my desk when I saw the invite. Not only was I going to see a bunch of my local blogging friends, I was going to taste the new Harvey Bar from Hood. What a perfect day!

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It was neat to hear fun Hood facts. Did you know that the Harvey Bar was named after Harvey Perley Hood who started his company in 1846 in Charlestown, Massachusetts? Well now you know! After we all chatted about the new Harvey Bar, the kids played with bubbles and we all had some ice cream. YUM. We were so happy that we were in a nice shady spot at Wickham Park. It was about 100 degrees outside. A great day for ice cream!

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I am now a fan of the new Harvey Bar. I tried the Vanilla Crisp and was thrilled I could actually taste all the crispy things. Usually when something says “crisp” it is hardly noticeable. Not the case with this bar. I loved it. Chloe loved it. We bought a few packages with the coupons they gave us. I was already a Hood chocolate chip ice cream fan and now I have a new favorite!

Thanks Julie and Hood for the fun afternoon!

Oh, and let’s keep the ice cream happy dance just between us okay?

cheryl
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Wordless Wednesday

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For more Wordless Wednesday fun check out:

Better in Bulk 5 Minutes for Mom

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Rustic Crust and American Flat Bread Perfect for the big game or a busy Wednesday night #BigGameParty

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We LOVE pizza. We are a pizza family. My husband makes fantastic homemade pizza. To say we are picky about our pizza is an understatement. We had a couple of go to brands of frozen pizza that we can put up with on a busy weeknight when there is no time to cook. Right now, I don’t think we will be needing those anymore. We tried the Rustic Crust Ciabatta Flatbread the other night and it was fabulous. We had the basil and sea salt flatbread and we topped it with tomatoes, mozzarella and fresh basil. SO GOOD.

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So on those nights where you just have a hankering for a frozen pizza, try the American Flatbread Frozen Pizza. It tastes like fresh homemade pizza. Not frozen cardboard. I do not have pictures of our cooked pizza. I realized I forgot to take pictures after we ate! Some blogger I am huh? But seriously, we really loved this frozen pizza. My kids usually complain when they see me take out a box of frozen pizza for lunch or dinner. They asked for this! Right there I know that we have a winner!

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Just for fun I scanned the code on the back of the box and it brought me to a YouTube video from American Flatbread Pizza. It made me hungry! I am a dork and I love when I can scan something and get more information. Try it!

Scan the code and watch a video!

Scan the code and watch a video!

Check out Rustic Crust on Facebook HERE and American Flatbread Frozen Pizza on Facebook HERE

Have you tried either the Rustic Crust Flatbread or The American Flatbread Frozen Pizza? What did you think?

This post is part of a campaign with The Blogger Connection.
Although I did receive free pizza for this campaign, all opinions are my own.

cheryl
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