Blackberry Syrup Recipe and Multiple Uses For It!

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Adding sugar to the blackberries and water

This post seems perfectly fitting for a Friday. I love making my own syrups to have around the house, especially fruity ones! This blackberry syrup I created before kids and I would make delicious Blackberry gin drinks with it. Now that I have kids, I still make my gin drinks (you could change it up and use vodka or your drink of choice), but it’s also great for the kiddos pancakes, or just to mix with club soda for a tasty virgin drink.

This is a very simple recipe, as you are making just a blackberry simple syrup- yum! You can also use this with other fruit if you want to make a different flavor syrup (strawberries, rasberries, etc.)

Ingredients

  • 2 containers blackberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. Place blackberries in a pot.
  2. Add 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar.
  3. Bring mixture to a simmer and stir until sugar is completely dissolved (5-10 minutes). I let mine simmer 10 minutes to get as much blackberry flavor as possible.
  4. Remove blackberries from the pot using a slotted spoon. Store in an airtight container. (These can be used in a drink or on top of a mountain of pancakes!)
  5. Transfer syrup to a container that is easy to pour (I use an old syrup container or a salad dressing container with an easy pour).
  6. Store in fridge and use on pancakes, in a club soda, or mix with gin and club soda for a tasty adult beverage 😛
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A delicious adult concoction!

Cheers to a good weekend!

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie

 

Chocolate Chip Pizookie

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Chocolate Chip Pizookie! My favorite dessert by far.

Are you looking for an easy make-ahead dessert? I am obsessed with the pizza cookie, or ‘Pizookie.’ My obsession with these began in college at CU Boulder thanks to BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse.

I found these cute mini cast iron skillets from World Market, but they carry them at Target and Bed Bath and Beyond also.

I found a great recipe for pizookies from Martha Stewart that doesn’t require an electric mixer. You can make any flavor cookie you like! Don’t forget to serve with a scoop of ice cream (or 2) and for those of you with kiddos, maybe a few sprinkles!

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie

Tasty Chicken Pesto- Quick and Easy

Hello everyone!

I wanted to share with you all the easiest recipe if you are needing a quick and simple meal to make this week. It only requires 4 ingredients and was a fam favorite!

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Servings: 4-6

Prep time: 10-15 minutes

Cook time: 20-24 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs. chicken, cut into 1/2″ cubes
  • 4-5 Tbs. pesto
  • 2 Zucchini, sliced into 1/4-1/2″ slices
  • 1 container cherry tomatoes

Instructions:

  1. Place the cut chicken into a large baggie with 2-2.5 Tbs pesto. Use enough to cover the chicken, then season with salt and pepper.
  2. Let the chicken marinate for 3-4 hours.
  3. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  4. Line a sheet pan with foil for easy cleanup and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  5. Add zucchini and tomatoes to sheet pan and add the remaining 2-2.5 Tbs pesto and stir until coated.
  6. Add the chicken to the veggies and add some salt and pepper (red pepper flakes if you like a little spice!).
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Stir the chicken and veggies.
  8. Bake an additional 10-12 minutes.
  9. Serve immediately.

Enjoy!

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie

 

Cute and Comfy Sweater

Because being comfy and cozy is a priority to me (maybe a few of you too?) I have been living in this soft and cute sweater from Evereve. Rarely do I get ready, but when I have an occasion, this top is the perfect option.

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White cords with flats makes for a casual look

Black and white is easy to pair with just about anything, but this is how I got my pop of color! Very versatile — easy to dress up or down.

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One way to get that splash of color- or with jewelry, pants, shoes!

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie

2018, thats a wrap! Word of 2019

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Celebrating a family wedding in Bozeman

Wrapping up 2018 was definitely bittersweet, to say the least. It will forever be one of the most memorable years of my life with the birth of my second daughter and moving to a new home, but it has also been one of the hardest years. Change can be a tough pill to swallow and I am very proud of how far my family has come in 2018. The transition from one to two kids can be very tough. I thankfully have the help of my husband, but when he is working and providing for our family, I am outnumbered to my two crazy girls! Finding a balance has been the toughest part of my year, on top of trying to get used to a new home. Comfort was something that I felt I lost this year. I was extremely emotional moving from the first house my husband and I bought. The house we bought thinking we would ‘start’ a family in, not necessarily live there and grow a family for 5 years. We built a family there, we built community and relationships with our neighbors and friends, we built a life and a loving home. Leaving that behind left me feeling sad and empty when we moved. Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE our new house, but leaving that home felt like we were leaving behind a big piece of our family and our life. Luckily I have come to learn that leaving a home is just that- you leave the home. All of your memories come with you, they don’t live in the house. The memories of us bringing our girls home from the hospital to that house is a memory I will forever have in my heart. I will drive past that house when my girls are older and be able to show them where they began their lives and how many memories were created there. After living in our new home now for just over four months, it is finally becoming home and not just a house. We have created memories here; celebrated holidays, fought illness, laughed, loved, cried, hugged, smiled, danced, sung, played games, entertained, praised, snuggled, and lived. I am incredibly grateful for the people I get to call my family and friends who have helped us share these memories and helped make this house a home.

Two big life changes in 2018 made for an emotional year with a lot of ups and downs. I have thought long and hard to come up with a word for 2019 in addition to a couple of resolutions (which I think may not even really be a thing anymore). I couldn’t settle on just one word as I have lots I can work on and strive for in 2019 which is why my word(s) of the year are going to be: BALANCE and CAREFREE.

For those of you that know me, you know that these are great words for me. Balance is always tough to achieve when you have families, friends, kids, a hubby, all the while trying to also squeeze in some ‘you’ time. I am going to find a balance that works best for me this year and brings an abundance of happiness. I am going to surround myself with the people and things that bring me the most joy. 

Carefree is also going to be a challenging word. Unfortunately, I am a very high-strung person who internalizes a lot and stresses even more. I am going to take leaps and bounds towards being more carefree this year and enjoy and live in the moment. Be present 🙂

I am excited to embark on a new year and journey with all of you!

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo

Jamie