Inspire

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“We need to remember that circumstances don’t make a person, they reveal a person.” – Emma Jameson

“We are all unique and have our own special place in the puzzle of the universe.” – Rod Williams

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” – Booker T. Washington

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Baking with Becca – Vegan Carrot Cake with Lemon Buttercream Frosting

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This looks amazing & is a MUST try!

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Carrot cake, one of the most loved yet strange cakes to find in a cafe.

Who ever first thought of putting carrots into a cake? It’s beyond me but my goodness, it works so well.

As I’m recently trying to eat more and more vegan things, desserts is the place of my downfall – I want cake, I want chocolate and I want creamy pastries. Due to this, I’m trying my absolute best to research and find new desserts to try – cake being my first venture.

If you haven’t read it already, I recently started my venture with this amazing lemon cake – The Most Perfect Lemon Cake – & it’s Vegan!

Next on my list – Carrot Cake – I found the base of my recipe on Loving It Vegan and make a couple of subtle changes to suit what I had in the house, along with my…

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One Pan Lemon Parmesan Chicken & Asparagus

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Tonight’s dinner!

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Need:
Ingredients

1 & 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts or tenders
1/3 cup flour
1 cup panko*
1 cup parmesan cheese
1 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp garlic powder
3-4 lemons
1 tbsp minced garlic
8 tbsps melted butter
1 tbsp lemon pepper seasoning
1 pound asparagus
3 tbsps olive oil
1 sliced lemon & fresh parsley for topping

Do:
Preheat oven to 400° F. Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper/foil & set aside.

Grab three bowls & add the flour to one bowl.

Combine the panko, 1/2 cup of the freshly grated parmesan cheese, dried parsley, garlic powder, & about 1/2 teaspoon each of salt & pepper. Stir. Set aside.

In the final bowl, add 1-2 teaspoons lemon zest, 4-5 tablespoons lemon juice (depending on lemon flavor intensity desired), minced garlic, & 5 tablespoons melted butter. Stir. Remove 4 tablespoons of this mixture & set aside…

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Honey Citrus Grilled Chicken with Basil Butter

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Honey Citrus Grilled Chicken with Basil Butter

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Need:

Chicken

Juice of 2 lemons
Juice of 2 limes
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
2 cloves minced garlic
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Basil Butter

½ cup butter, room temperature
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ cup minced fresh basil leaves
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper, optional

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Do:

Chicken

Whisk all marinade ingredients together. Place chicken in a zip-top bag and pour marinade on top. Marinate for at least 3 hours.

Basil Butter

Combine all the butter ingredients in a small bowl and using a fork combine evenly. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
When ready remove chicken from the refrigerator. Preheat your grill to medium high heat. Grill chicken for 6-7 minutes on each side, depending on the thickness of your chicken.
Remove from grill and serve with a pat of basil butter on each chicken breast.

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Pip Kills Me!

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KILLS ME with the cuteness!

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Sometimes

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Sometimes, things are just too hard.
Sometimes, I have to remind myself of what I’m fighting for.
Sometimes, those silver linings are blurry.
Sometimes, I feel lost.
Sometimes…

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Twenty Randoms

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February 20, 2017

Twenty Randoms

1. I haven’t always had a relationship with God. But now, He & I are BFF.
2. There is no such thing as too much lemon.
3. I have NEVER worn contacts OR fake eyelashes!
4. I’m severely challenged regarding directions. I always figure north is relative to which way I’m facing…😂🙈
5. I don’t like comic books, but I like the movies based off of them.
6. I still find making houses out of big cardboard boxes fun.
7. I can always find a reference to “Harry Potter,” &/or “Jersey Shore.”
8. I have enough socks for a small country.
9. I’ve never had the chicken pox.
10. “Chrisley Knows Best,” ALWAYS cracks me up!
11. I used to be addicted to salt & fruit snacks. Kicked the habits though.
12. I think golf has got to be THE MOST BORING “sport,” ever. EVER.
13. <— My favorite number! I don’t believe in superstitions.
14. Onion rings are the perfect canvas for ketchup.
15. I always need craft materials. I can’t get enough.
16. The fact that I am not “allowed” the even TRY to have children hurts like WHOA even though I try to laugh it off. I’ve never really WANTED children, but not having the option hurts. I should be able to choose.
17. I miss eating spicy hot stuff SO BADLY.
18. I have dozens of tubes of Chapstick.
19. I love candles.
20. Silver linings of procedures…anesthesia. I LOVE being knocked out, honestly. 😂