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May 29, 2020

Explore Watkins Glen, New York while Social Distancing

“It is life, I think, to watch the water. A man can learn so many things.” – Nicholas Sparks
This past weekend we ventured to Watkins Glen, New York, and realized there is a TON to do while still Social Distancing. It is located in the western part of the state accommodating thousands of people every season for Camping, Hiking and Racing.

May 27, 2020

Copycat King's Hawaiian Roll Recipe

 Being home, during quarantine, I never realized how easy it was to whip up some rolls, for dinner, verses heading to the store. We LOVE the King's version Hawaiian rolls and this recipe is a pretty darn good replica!
 What you will need:
1 packet of Active dry yeast ( I buy mine from Aldi)
1/2 cup milk ( we use Almond milk)
3/4 cup pineapple juice ( I usually just drain from a pineapple chunk can)
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup grape seed oil ( you can use vegetable oil if preferred)
1 egg beaten
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups flour
4 tablespoon of honey
 In a bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk. Let stand 5 minutes then whisk in pineapple juice, sugar, oil, egg, 2 tablespoons of honey and salt until combined.

 I had stir until it starts to become dough by adding the flour gradually. If the dough seems too sticky, add more flour until dough is smooth and tacky.
Place dough in a large greased bowl ( I like to grease mine with coconut oil I feel it works the best). Cover bowl and let rise in a warm place for about 2 hours. 

Roll dough into round balls and place in a greased baking pan (makes about 12). Make the rolls on the small side because they like to rise and fluff up when baking! Cover pan and let rise another 15 minutes or until doubled. 
Melt 1 teaspoon of butter and remaining 2 tablespoons of honey. Lightly brush on top of the rolls before placing in the oven to bake. 

Bake rolls at 375F for 25-30 minutes or until golden-brown. I like to serve them with my Brown Sugar Crock pot Ham!

May 26, 2020

Say Yes to a Healthier Lifestyle: Always Eat After 7 PM Book Challenge

**This is a sponsored post with "Always Eat After 7 PM" . The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
At the start of the year I decided to "Set Intentions not Resolutions ( taken from a post Carrie Underwood made)". In starting this process I looked at my personal health and started my research to a healthier lifestyle. I found the book: Always Eat after 7PM by Joel Marion. Learn more about the book and how to purchase hereAlways Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight. Joel Marion is a fitness expert and nutritionist debunking the myths underlying traditional dieting and offers a simple, highly effective weight loss program!
The book, Always Eat After 7 PM debunks popular diet myths and offers an easy-to-follow diet that accelerates fat-burning and allows you to indulge in your most intense food cravings: Eating the majority of your calories at night. We’ve been traditionally taught to avoid carbs, have an early dinner, and never eat before bed. 

May 20, 2020

Our Visit to the Chapman State Park in Pennsylvania

"Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine."⁣ ~ Anthony J. D'Angelo⁣
We decided in this new “normal” we are going to start exploring more “Off the Beaten Paths” Hiking trails, kayaking streams and exploring State Parks. ⁣I never realized how many State Parks were near us, until I made it a conscious decision to visit as many as we could.
 This past weekend we explored the Chapman State Park in Pennsylvania. The park is a 862-acre Pennsylvania state park in Pleasant Township, Warren County, Pennsylvania near Clarendon, in the United States. 
 While we practiced Social distancing (wearing masks, keeping 6 feet apart) I was happy to report the bathroom facilities were open. Things like the beaches to swim were not. It is a catch and release if you are interested in fishing (excluding trout). We don't have a PA license but if we rent a cabin in the future I might look into getting one.
Fun fact: I spotted this tunnel next to a Dollar General, on our way to Chapman State Park coming from Warren, PA. It's tucked away barely visible if you are cruising down the road. It’s a fully functional NARROW road! Some of the BEST places or captures end up being things I pull over to photograph.
I hope to add our "hiking" explorations of the Outdoors weekly. Since we can't do much else given New York is still pretty "closed down". Send any State park/Hiking area suggestions you might recommend.
What is your favorite place to hike?? ⁣
Favorite State Park?? ⁣

May 4, 2020

Garlic-Thyme Roasted Chicken with roasted green beans and apples

  I have been really trying to open my horizons when it comes to our nightly dinners. I need some new dishes to try out and enjoy. I like creating new dishes and being challenged in my kitchen. This dish was inspired by a meal we had thanks to Home ChefGarlic-Thyme Roasted Chicken with green beans and apples. 
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What you will need:
13 oz. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
2 tsp. Chicken Demi-Glace
2 Garlic Cloves
3 Thyme Sprigs, mince
4 oz. Light Cream
8 oz. Green Beans, chop
1 onion, slice
1 Fuji Apple, slice
Place a large non-stick pan over medium heat and add 2 tsp. olive oil. Add green beans, apples, and shallots to hot pan and stir occasionally until lightly charred. Remove vegetables to one half of prepared baking sheet and season with ¼ tsp. salt and a pinch of pepper.
Return pan used to cook vegetables to medium-high heat and add olive oil. Add chicken breasts to hot pan and cook until browned. Transfer chicken, seared side up, to empty side of baking sheet.
Roast in hot oven until vegetables are tender and chicken reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees, 10-12 minutes.
   When chicken and vegetables have 5 minutes remaining to roast, return pan used to sear chicken to medium heat and add 1 tsp. olive oil. Add garlic and thyme to hot pan, cook for about 30-60 seconds. Add cream, demi-glace, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer. Once simmering, stir constantly until slightly thickened. Remove from burner.
The sauce is delicious and we place it over top the chicken breasts. 
Serve & Enjoy!
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