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Garlic-Herb Whole Roasted Chicken

I always debate about making a whole chicken, because there are certain parts of the chicken, like the legs that I won’t eat.  And I hate wasting chicken, so I usually only make a whole one when I have someone lined up to take the legs off my hands. This flavorful chicken recipe is the perfect choice for a nice Sunday dinner with friends and family. Plus, you can use the leftovers to make a delicious homemade chicken stock or shred the remaining meat to use in a quick soup or salad recipe the next day.  The onion in this recipe serves two purposes: It raises the chicken out of the juices while it cooks and it imparts a lovely flavor to the pan sauce. After cooking, the onion is discarded, rather than eaten, to keep the overall carb count low. If you would like to omit the onion completely, you can replace…

Homemade Chicken Broth

Having homemade chicken broth in your freezer is super important if you cook a lot. I can never seem to keep enough chicken broth in my house. As soon as I make it, I am using it. Thankfully, it’s super easy to make and it is a great way to use up all those fresh herbs and vegetables you didn’t get around to using. Simply freeze whatever portion you don’t use right away, and then pull it out whenever you want to make a quick soup, stew, or slow cooker meal. Tip: As you cook throughout the week, freeze leftover edible vegetable and herb stems and scraps in a freezer-safe bag. Use these scraps whenever you make a new batch of stock. Homemade Chicken Broth 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil2 large onions, roughly chopped4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed3 stalks celery, roughly chopped 1 (5-6 lbs) leftover roasted chicken carcasss8…

The Perfect Travel Dress

When traveling, I always like to be cute and stylish, but comfort is KEY. So that means, most times when I travel, I am in leggings or a jumpsuit. However, every once in a while I like to dress up on the plane, so as soon as I land, I can hit the ground running. And the first time I put on a Karina  Dress, I knew I had found the perfect travel dress. Karina  Dress has several patterns and colors, but I decided to go with a simple black printed dress called the Ruby Dress – in Black Pearl. I also love the way it hugs my curves and is flowy and the way the dress is cut, it will look good on any shape. Here’s why this is the perfect travel dress, not only is it comfortable, but its also WRINKLE FREE. So whether you wear it on the…

She Believed She Could

A couple of years ago, I added a long cape coat to my wardrobe. I love the long cape coat, but it seems a little bit more dramatic, so I was on the hunt for a shorter version that I could wear more often.  And guess who came through with a short cape? My great friends at Shein. Once I saw their Shawl Collar Cape Blazer, I instantly added it to my cart. I love everything about this blazer, so I decided to pair it with a tee featuring one of my favorite quotes, “She Believed She Could, so She Did”, plaid pants and red boots for a pop of color. And you will definitely see this blazer in the future paired jeans or a jumpsuit. I ordered this cape blazer in a 1X and it fits perfectly. and since the arms are open, I don’t have to worry about the…

New England Clam Chowder

New England Clam Chowder is hands down one of my favorite soups. Being that is one of my faves, I am very picky about the color, texture, and flavor of the soup. If it doesn’t look right or is the wrong color, I won’t eat it. Since I don’t get to visit my hometown in Connecticut too much, I decided to try and find the perfect recipe so I could enjoy the soup as often as I wanted. The first time I tried, I wasn’t happy with the flavor. Something was missing, so I tried again a few more times and finally, I was able to develop something I was proud to share. New England Clam Chowder 6 slices thick-cut bacon, diced 1 small red onion, diced2 large carrots, finely chopped2 cloves garlic, minced2 tbsp flour 1/2 cup clam juice2 cup whole milk1/2 cup heavy cream1 lb Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled…