What’s Going On In February?

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Welcome back!  Here are some of the great things I am doing this month with Laugh Always and maybe it will give you some new ideas if you are looking to change it up in these categories!

I want to hear from you!  Read on this article and then let me know what you recommend me checking out in the month of March!

Currently Reading:
Life hasn’t slowed down QUITE yet.  I do have a longer commute now that we have moved 45 minutes to the north!  I really want to download some audio books and listen to them on the way home.  SUGGESTIONS for some motivational books is appreciated!!!

Currently Watching:
I SINCERELY HOPE you are watching the latest addition of American Crime Story on FX!  I really truly hope you are.  I am all caught up and every episode has been intense and weird and heart wrenching.  The acting is superb.  I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE Darrin Criss – the actor who plays Andrew Cunanan in the show.  Do yourself a favor and discover the gem that is Darren Criss.  If you don’t know who he is, look him up on social media.  He has a small following with his duo bank “Computer Games” (their songs are on my workout playlist!).  He was also on Glee for 5 seasons.  Just check it out!

Currently Cooking:
So I am still trying to find a new routine for myself with my shorter time in the evening.  In our new place, we have an electric stove which is a new experience for me.  Trying to figure that out and not trying to eat out every night!

Currently Eating:
To put this bluntly, I am eating everything in Chicago.  If you have followed along, my husband and I sold our house last month and we moved to Chicago.  Every weekend so far, we have gone to a different restaurant to check it out.  There is just so much that I want to check out that we will probably never go to the same restaurant twice!  One of my favorite restaurants we discovered is called Bellwether.  If you are in Chicago, it is an awesome place and not too pricey either!  We actually went twice in the same weekend; once for dinner and then brunch.  Brunch was awesome!

Currently Loving:
MY NEW PLACE!  The house that my husband and I sold was the house I have lived in since I was six years old.  It has been so hard to leave it behind but it went to a new small family which it couldn’t have been planned out better.  I am in love with the building we chose to start our new adventure in Chicago.  The view from our place never gets old.  I never want to leave!

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Currently feeling:
This month I feel like I am finally settling in to the new place!  A new routine has started – rather than working out after work like I always have, I am now getting up at 530 and working out before leaving for work.  New routine but it needed to happen to fit everything into one day!  It’s easier than expected and I don’t have to get into my car and drive to a gym.  My gym is downstairs at my building!

Currently Listening:
I am rediscovering some old Usher songs for my running playlist!  I have been listening to random songs from my iTunes library and some new awesome workout songs have been coming up!  “Scream” by Usher is such a great song to workout to!

Currently celebrating:
Month of love!  Hello!  I mean, I don’t think I am totally into Valentine’s Day and my husband spoils me just about everyday, but it is an opportunity that we go and splurge on a good dinner (not on Valentine’s day – too crazy for us).  We visited this restaurant called “Untitled Supper Club” and OMG you need to go the next time you are in Chicago.  The food was excellent, service and ambiance was excellent and the band was awesome.  We made a reservation ahead of time and had a table right in front of the stage.  You just need to go!
I am also kicking off celebrations with one of my best friends this month – she is getting marred in June of 2019 and we attended a bridal expo!  Got some awesome ideas and the six of us filled up on some free samples of course because THAT IS WHAT MATTTERS.

Currently going:
My husband and I are making an effort to check out at least one new restaurant per weekend.  We don’t want to repeat and want to use our time wisely so each week we have been taking turns on picking restaurants in Chicago to get our exploration on!  Our most recent visits so far have been to Slurping Turtle and Untitled Supper Club – check them out!

Currently crafting:
Still no cricut!  I am inching closer and closer to just purchasing one so I should just do it.  I have too many ideas to create!

I am so tired of this snow and rain and then snow again.  At least we live in a building now, and we don’t have to shovel or worry about flooding.  However, I just want warm weather!  It will make my commute less worrisome – potholes are the worst!

Until next time,

Lo

Read what I had going on in January! —> What’s Going On In January?

Veggie Packed Beef Stew – Han’s Weekly Meal Prep

Hannah's Italian Soup (2)

 

Stew and winter go together right?  Gosh, I love stew!  (I mean I even eat it in the summer so oh well!)  Here in Chicago it has been consistently in the single digits temperature wise so here is a great meal prep dish to keep you nice and warm at work or at home for lunch and dinner for the week!

Veggie Packed Beef Stew

Prep Time : 20 mins
Cook Time: 3 hours

Total time: 3 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients:
3 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
3-4 lb chuck roast (cut into 1″ cubes – I buy organic grass fed)
1 medium onion – diced
3 cloves of minced garlic
1/3 cup coconut flour
1/3 cup fresh Italian parsley – chopped
6 sprigs thyme
Pink sea salt to taste
Fresh cracked black pepper to taste
1 tbsp. smoked paprika
1 pinch red pepper flakes
1.25 qt. of water
Bag of frozen green peas
1 cup cherry tomatoes – diced
3/4 lb golden potatoes (diced)
1/2 bag of baby carrots diced
Bag of celery – diced

Directions:
Heat up a large pot on oven over medium flame.

Season the beef cubes with sea salt and black pepper.  Toss to coat well with 2 tablespoon of olive oil.  Brown cubes.  Transfer to bowl and keep warm.

Add 2 tbsp. butter and a lug of olive oil to the pot and sauté the chopped onions until translucent (about 5 mins.)

Add garlic and the red pepper flakes and cook for one more minute

Stir in flour and paprika and cook for another minute or so making sure to not burn mixture.

Deglaze the pot with the warm water whisking as you add it to break up any clumps that might form.  Bring to a simmer.

Add the beef cubes back to the pot along with parsley and thyme.  Cover with a tight lid and allow it to simmer together for 2 hours stirring occasionally.

Add the potatoes, celery and carrots to stew.  Turn the flame to medium and simmer partially covered for another 20 minutes or so until the potatoes are cooked through.  Remove from heat.

Add the tomatoes and peas and give the stew a good stir.  Cover with the lid for a few minutes until the tomatoes release their juices and the peas are just heated through.

Adjust seasonings to your taste.

Enjoy!

 

For more dinner meal prep recipes – check this one out!  Marinara Turkey/Beef Meatballs with Zoodles – Han’s Weekly Meal Prep

Buffalo Chicken Broccoli Bowls – Han’s Weekly Meal Prep

Hannah's Italian Soup

 

I am obsessed with buffalo chicken.  No matter what seasonings I use, I always tend to have some buffalo sauce on hand!  This is a perfect little craving fighter for my chicken wing addiction – a tad bit healthier I must say!

Buffalo Chicken Broccoli Bowls

8 Servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:
10 chicken breast tenderloins
2 large heads of broccoli (cut into individual pieces)
White/brown rice
Garlic powder
Crushed black pepper
Red pepper flakes
Frank’s buffalo sauce

Directions:

Cook chicken in 2 tbsp. of olive oil, generous amount of garlic powder and crushed black pepper to taste.  Once done, remove from skillet.

Toss cut broccoli into that skillet (not all broccoli).  Add more garlic, pepper and red pepper flakes to taste.

Take about half a cup of rice, cup of broccoli and slice two tenderloins into bite sized pieces.  Combine in a bowl and drizzle sauce over.

Easy and done!!

 

For more lunch meal prep recipes, check this one out!  Chicken Salad Wraps – Han’s Weekly Meal Prep

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