Homemade Chicken Wrap

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Every other weekend Sophia, my mom and I go to Sam’s Club to fulfill some of our groceries in bulk, which happen to be more paper products more than anything. Nonetheless, Sophia recognizes Sam’s Club for their samples on Saturdays.

We stop at literally every sample station along the way.

So, this past Saturday, we were at Sams Club and this little old woman hands me a sample of their Chicken Wrap. My first reaction was it wasn’t poor tasting by any means it was just missing something.

…..FLAVOR!

So I created my own tonight for dinner, but you can certainly make this for lunch as well!!

Ingredients:

1 Wheat Tortilla Shell (or more)

Chicken Breasts-  If you are making this for a family then 4 Chicken Breasts will be fine.

Buttermilk- enough to cover your chicken

2 to 3 Tbsp. of Mrs. Dash Original Blend Seasoning Blend- Salt Free, and some extra before grilling chicken

1 Tomato (sliced)

2 strips of Bacon- Per Person

Spinach (handful)- desired amount

1 to 2 Tbsp. of Shredded Cheddar Cheese Per desired amount

1 tsp. of Mayo

Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions

  1. A couple of hours before cooking pour a good amount of Buttermilk in a bowl, add the Mrs. Dash Original Blend to the Buttermilk. Whisk until incorporated. Add Chicken Break, Buttermilk needs to be completely covering the Chicken Breast. Cover with foil and allow to marinate for at least 4 hours.
  2. Once you are ready to prepare dinner, heat up your grill, add some extra Mrs. Dash Original Blend onto the Chicken Breast. Throw Chicken Breast onto the grill and cook until done. *Tip: You don’t need to wipe off the Buttermilk.* 
  3. Fry your bacon up in a pan, to your desired crunchiness. Once it’s cooked place on a plate with a paper towel to soak up the rest of the grease.
  4. Slice up your tomato. Get all your other ingredients ready.
  5. Heat your tortilla shell in the microwave for about 20 seconds. Put your Mayo on, add your Spinach, then tomato, Cheese, Chicken(sliced), Salt & Pepper to taste and roll up!

 

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When it came to assembling my wrap, I added about 1/4 Chicken Breast, 2 pieces of Bacon, 3 slices of Tomatoes and a bunch of Spinach.

I made this for dinner the other night. I was in the mood for something different, the best part was everyone seemed to have enjoyed it. This wrap was very filling and did not disappoint!

So, if your looking into trying something new for lunch or dinner why don’t you give this wrap a go….you can customize it anyway your want! Be creative!

Avocado would have been really good too!!!

Bon Appetit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Unplugged Weekend

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A week ago today my family and I spent a long weekend down in West Virginia to visit Grandma Carol. This is a trip that I have been trying to do for several years ever since Sophia was born, but life has gotten in the way of many things.  This long weekend trip just fell onto my lap at the very last minute possible.

Thankfully, there was boarding at Jimmy’s camp so I was able to send him for a long weekend with his buddies. Jimmy loves camp so it’s definitely a win-win situation.

While we were driving down we all made bets whether or not Grandma Carol had wifi. I was the only one that said that should would have it.

But…

I was WRONG.

I honestly thought it was going to be tough to not be connected to wifi, but it actually ended up being a blessing in disguise.

My phone spent more time in my purse than in my hands, I just felt more connected…

You know what I mean?

If you follow my Instagram account you made have noticed that I only updated with a few photos and a few Instagram stories..here and there.

I think we should all go unplugged once in a while…it’s good for the soul.

A look into my weekend getaway…..

 

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This is Grandma Carol’s house. There are so many memories here and they all started back when I was around three and a half. This was a very nostalgic getaway. Everything and I mean everything about his house is exactly the way I remember it, even down to the photos on the mantle and my favorite bagel magnet; that I always….and I mean always….observe when I am there.

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Meet Grace! This is Grandma’s Carol’s dog, she only weighs six pound and is so sweet. I loved cuddling with her. Grace is the reason why we didn’t take Jimmy with us…Gracie would never be the same!

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Growing up this was my favorite room in the house! This is every little girls dream for playing Tea Party. When my brother was a baby and would take naps Grandma Carol and I would have a Tea Parties…even though the food is fake and the goblets were empty that never mattered. To me it was just as fun, and to this day it is still one of my fondest memories.

During many conversations between Grandma Carol and I..I had to ask how the fake food came about. I was curious to see if it was planned or just sort of happened.

She told me she had no intention of this room being the fake food room, but over time family members started giving her fake food and odd items…so this room just kind of created itself over the course of many years.

 

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Now, it is Sophia’s turn to start making Tea Party memories! She loved making soup with all the veggies! And I believe I “ate,” about a thousand carrots!

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At night we took a stroll through the neighborhood.

Yes….Sophia is pulling her Unicorn Suitcase filled with her Peppa Pig gear…

Sometimes you have to pick you battles…ya know!

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One of the neighbors a couple doors down owns several ducks….Sophia tried sneaking up on them very gingerly…but it didn’t work out in her favor at all.

They immediately flew away….Sophia’s reaction was priceless..I believe they spooked her a bit.

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Meet Bob! He is one of many stray cats in the neighborhood…but this one especially loves Grandma Carol. He sleeps in her flowers and she feeds him premium cat food…I’d say he makes out really well.

The funny thing about Bob is, he appears from out of nowhere. Literally.

Here we were one night taking a very leisurely walk…then all of a sudden Bob comes out from behind some random bushes in one of the yards.

He’s a cutie…but terrified of Sophia. She growled at him really loudly the one day and he freaked and ran away. Now, he won’t go anywhere near her!

Imagine that.

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We call this the “Big Fat None Greek Wedding House”….does it not remind you of it?

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This happens to be one of my favorite houses in the neighborhood. If I owned it, I definitely would add a ton more flowers!

The funny thing about where Grandma Carol lives…it’s like Prozac takes a vacation…everyone is generally really happy. I mean everyone.

So different from Pittsburgh.

I absolutely adore Southern Hospitality. Just so sweet to be around!

 

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When we were kids, we would always end up swimming in their indoor pool. It was a massive inclosed pool. Now I believe it is a green room for their plants.

Plus, this was always my brothers favorite house.

 

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Meet Gilbert! This dog is massive and or course he didn’t scare Sophia. She tries to make friends with all animals she comes in contact with. I just love that about her, she is hands down an animal lover.

I’m pretty sure you can saddle Gilbert up and ride him….I wish I was exaggerating.

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This was our last morning together, actually minutes before we were heading back to Pittsburgh. I was coming down with a terrible summer cold at this point; that became worse as the day progressed.

Yes, this photo did take several times, but I definitely can’t complain.

You know how hard it is to take group photos with toddlers….they look at everything except at the camera; and if they actually look at the camera it’s a goofy face and not a smile.

I wish I would have taken more photos over the weekend but I was definitely disconnected with electronics all weekend. And I didn’t care at all.

My goal is to go down and visit Grandma Carol a couple times a year!

Here is my one Instagram Story from last weekend:

A Bittersweet Day

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Today is a very bittersweet day. Not only am I sick with a wicked summer cold; thanks to allergies, but today my divorce is final.

Before he left to make a new life in another state; he stopped by…signed the paperwork and left.

I am heart-broken; not for myself but for Sophia. It saddens me that just three years ago my life was so different. I was completely head-over-heels in love, expecting our first baby. And never have I ever thought I would marry someone that would turn out to be such a disappointment as a husband and father. Not once.

Without hesitation he left today. He left his little girl without hesitation. I sat back watched and cried not knowing how he could just drive away after he signed the final divorce papers. I instantly thought of the movie Hope Floats when Sandra Bullock husband drives away when their little girl is begging and crying for him to take her along.

I watched him pull out of my street for probably the very last time ever. Over the last three years I have watched him leave more times than I ever wanted too or thought that he would. I have watched in the rearview mirror as distance came between us after I dropped him off at a greyhound station for him to move back down to NC; without any indication that he would be returning. I have watched him leave when he decided to go home after spending an hour of time with Sophia. I watched him leave a parking lot after he told me he loved me, but went home to his new girlfriend. I have watched him turn his back a way away as Sophia would cry and reach for him. Watching his leave is more promising than him staying.

Not once, did I think he would put a new girlfriend in front of his own flesh and blood.  This is not the man I married. Absolutely not. The man I married was kind, loving, just an all around great guy. He wasn’t supposed to be a cliche…a statistic…he wasn’t supposed to be my worst fear as a father for Sophia. Someone that could just leave her, without wanting to know her and develop a better relationship with her.

I do not hate him, but I am bitter with him. I am so very bitter with him. I hate the fact I fought hard for someone for 3 years; all for him to leave without any hesitation.

I can’t fathom the idea of not bring around Sophia. Not watch the little girl, grow up and become a young woman. Disappearing is not an option for me; because I will never walk away from her. What hurts even more are the excuses and lies I have to feed Sophia when she asks where he daddy is? Or, if she sees photo of him and asks can I see my daddy? It’s heartbreaking. I hate lying to her to save her the hurt. She should never know what it’s like to be second to anyone or anything. Or just be a matter of convenience.

Love doesn’t walk away. It just doesn’t.

In the end; what what truly matters is that I have my little girl. When she grows up I will be able to hold my head up high and know that I did the very best by her that I could. She will grow up to be an amazing person and she will never ever question my love or if she is good enough. I hope at the end of the day you can sleep well at night knowing that you walked away from the most precious person in the world. I hope it was all worth it.

Because unlike you I am going to put her first.

Kelly Clarkson Piece by Piece

** This post is all over the place with emotion. Please excuse it not being nice and ‘flowy,’ this is raw emotion. **

 

A Quick Monday Dinner

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If you are anything like me, Mondays are really busy and by the time dinner rolls around I want something really quick and easy. One thing that always seems to be eaten in my house is pizza.

I love pizza, but my favorite is Margherita Pizza. There is just something about the fresh Tomato and Mozzarella…and oh my goodness fresh basil that makes me grin from ear to ear.

So, I can up with my own Margherita Pizza that is to die for. So good!

What You Need:

2 Naan Flatbread- 1 Package

Fresh Mozzarella Cheese

Fresh Basil- about 5 to 6 leaves

Garlic Cloves- about 3

1.5 TBSP. of Olive Oil

1 TBSP. of Balsamic Vinaigrette

Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Using a Garlic press, crush the Garlic into the Olive Oil, allow to sit while preparing everything else. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Slice about 3 pieces of Mozzarella Cheese per Naan Flatbread, and slice up Tomatoes about 2 slices per flatbread. I like mine thin. Then chop up your Basil.
  3. Using a pastry brush, brush on the Garlic Olive Oil onto each Flatbread. Lay down your Tomato and top with your fresh Mozzarella. Sprinkle a couple of Fresh Basil leaves on top of the cheese. Pop it into the oven for about 15 minutes, until the edges of the Flatbread are golden brown.
  4. Once your pizza is baked, take the left over Olive Oil and Garlic and add the Balsamic Vinaigrette and mix it up. Drizzle on top of your pizza to your liking.
  5. Cut, serve and enjoy!!

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This is right before I the pizza’s into the oven.

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I slightly drizzled the Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinaigrette, I didn’t want it to be overpowering!

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I did add a little bit more fresh Basil on top of the pizza’s before serving!

This was the best Margherita Pizza I have had in a really long time! It was so flavorful that I would make this before I would buy one at a pizza shop. I didn’t even have to add any salt or pepper to it!

I would recommend tasting it before you add any salt or pepper to it!

This Margherita Pizza would pair really well with a salad that has apples in it or any other kind of fruit you may like.

Be Creative!!!

You have to try this pizza, it will not disappoint!

What Netflix Shows to Watch on Your Lazy Sunday

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Sundays happen to be one of my favorite days of the week. It’s a day of relaxation in my mind, sometimes it doesn’t always feel like it…but it’s something that I aim for on a weekly basis.

Right now, I am currently in West Virginia visiting my grandma, but Sophia’s great-grandma. I haven’t saw Grandma Carol in 8 years, it’s been a really long time. A well overdue visit!

Anyways, if you are relaxing…..and you feel like watching Netflix; here are some of my favorite shows that are must see in my eyes!

My Favorite Netflix Shows:

The Killing– It’s a couple seasons long, but it’s so worth the watch. If you like crime shows how I do, you’ll like this one! If you are a parent or a big softie like me then this will pull at your emotions a bit.

Gypsy- Naomi Watts does a fantastic job in this movie. She is a therapist that gets involved in her patients lives behind their backs. So good! First season on Netflix, I watched this in about a week and a half. Don’t watch with kids, you need to pay attention plus there are scenes you don’t want them to watch.

The Keepers- This documentary was really interesting to watch, but it did creep me out a bit. If you watch it you’ll understand why. Maybe have a glass or wine or two while watching.

The Fall- Jamie Dornan “Christian Grey,” portrays a killer that murders only brunettes in Belfast, Ireland. You get to hear that lovely Irish accent, plus look at Jamie Dornan for a few season, come one this has lazy Sunday written all over it. But in all seriousness, Jamie Dornan’s acting was amazing and absolutely creeped me out. You were able to look past the “Christian Grey,” persona and see a whole different level of darkness from him. Many times in the scene you would physically see he was present, but his eyes and his body language made you believe he wasn’t there mentally. Just watch it!

The Walking Dead- You already know what this show is about I’m sure, but if you never saw it from the very beginning I highly recommend it! They are some of my favorite episodes! When the show first started out I was very skeptical, because normally this wouldn’t be a show I would give a second thought too. My friend Charnaye persuaded me to give it a try, so I watched it from the very beginning four years ago and I have been hooked ever since then. Let’s just say…I don’t miss an episode ever!

Late nights I love to watch Netflix, it’s what I do once Sophia is in bed. So a lot of these shows I have watched over the course of Spring and Summer.

If I had to tell you which show to watch right now, it would have to be The Fall, not because Jamie Dornan is in it. But it was just that good, it kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the series. I am actually reconsidering watching it over again. Maybe with my mom next time.

I hope you have a fantastic Sunday! Be lazy!

**If you want to see what I am doing down in West Virginia be sure to check out my Instagram Stories at: Sarah_BellaLife**

 

Links & Loves & Thoughts with a discount code!

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I love Starbucks just as much as the next person does! It can be quite addicting for me especially in the fall and winter months, but…BUT the one aspect that always makes me hold back on purchasing Starbucks is the calorie intake for one drink. Ah, I mean it just gets to me every time. So I literally cut myself to Starbucks drink maybe once a month…until I came across their Teavana Shaken Peach Citrus White Tea Infusion! I love it so much, it’s very light and just the right amount of sweetness. Plus it’s only 45 calories per 16 fl oz. You can’t beat that at Starbucks, unless you’re drinking water!

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I love that Sophia and I do little Starbucks dates on the whim, I got my Peach Citrus Iced Tea and Sophia always gets their yogurt pouches.

Now onto links:

Earlier this week I did a post on Modern Map Art, if you are interested on purchasing one please use this link and also use this code FIRST1O to get 10% off your first purchase!

I love this bracelet! I think it can go great with any outfit!

I am a really big fan of Sasha Pieterse and her blog! Her and I have very similar tastes! Maybe we could cook dinner together one day! Weird? Probably! Ha!

Aren’t these goblets beautiful? I think they would be perfect for the upcoming holidays!

I love this DoubleHood Sweatshirt!

I am going away to West Virginia and will be back on Monday! Make sure to check out my Instagram Stories at Sarah_BellaLife to follow along!

** Bold -Blue wording are links. **

My Favorite Hair Spray

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I have been using Kenra Volume 25 for several months now and I am completely in love with it. When I was going to Hawaii back in April I researched different hair sprays that hold well in humidity. After doing some research and then speaking to an Ulta employee I was pointed in the direction off Kenra Volume 25.

Initially I bought the travel size to try it out, just in case if I didn’t like it. Well, it worked wonders when I was in Hawaii. I was able to style my hair without it falling flat or loosing it’s curl. Kenya Volume 25 gives your hair a lot of hold, without making it feel sticky or really stiff. For me, nothing is worse than styling your hair and it fall flat or whatever hair product you’re using makes your hair not moveable. Cement hair…the worst! Maybe back in the 80’s that was the look, but personally speaking I hate cement, crunchy hair…it’s like nails down a chalk board for me!

Kenra Volume 25 is just perfect!

Plus, this hair spray has such a wonderful scent to it. You won’t be holding your breath as you spray your hair or gagging.

If you are curious about this brand and don’t want to plunge right into buying a full bottle, I recommend purchasing the travel size.   

Give this hair spray a whirl!! I promise it will not disappoint.

I am not a professional hair stylist by any means, but when I find a product that works well with my hair I stick to it.

If you use this product, what are your thoughts?

** This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. Bold- Blue wording are links. **