12-17-2013

Crockpot Almond Butter Chicken Recipe + Giveaway Winner

Last night, I decided to whip out the good ol’ crockpot again. I bought it last year on Black Friday for like five bucks, but only ended up using it a handful of times. I really need to use it more often.

So anyway, I decided to try a recipe inspired by Hummusapien’s Almond Butter Broccoli Stir-Fry. I googled almond butter crockpot chicken, and found a recipe by Rachel Schultz. Her pics made it look delicious, so I figured why not.

crockpot almond butter chicken

Here are her ingredients and instructions, with what I did and used in bold.

Skinny Crockpot Thai Chicken

Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 red pepper, diced (Didn’t have this)
  • 1 onion, chopped (Used garlic instead, didn’t have onions)
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter (Used almond butter)
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • ½ cup vegetable broth (Did not use this)
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ½ tablespoon cumin (Didn’t have this, used basil instead)
  • Brown rice
  • Chopped scallions (Didn’t have this)
  • Crushed peanuts (Didn’t have this)
  • Cilantro

*So basically I didn’t have anything, but whatever.

Instructions
  1. Place chicken in the base of crock pot. Top with red pepper and onion.
  2. In a bowl, mix together peanut butter, lime juice, vegetable broth, soy sauce, and cumin. Pour sauce over chicken. (Didn’t really come out as a sauce for me, so I used a brush to spread it evenly over chicken.)
  3. Cook on low for 3-4 hours. Remove from slow cooker and serve over brown rice. (I served with rice and a lot of sauteed broccoli slaw inspired by Hummusapien’s dish above! Try it!)
  4. Top with scallions, peanuts, and cilantro. (Didn’t do this)

Goes to show, even if you don’t have all the ingredients, you can still make a delicious dinner. Everyone loved it!

Giveaway Winner

The winner of a custom-made make up bag is……..

*drum roll*

Alison from The Fit Chronicles!

I used a random picker tool to pick a winner:

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You can pick from the available swatches (and that pink chevron fabric is available too). Email me once you decide and we’ll set everything up!

Thanks to everyone who entered and commented…I appreciate your support! To show my appreciation, I’m offering a 10% off discount on all items in my store  until Saturday at 12AM. Just use the code THANKYOU upon checkout.

I actually just added this new item yesterday.

large tote bag

It’s a large tote bag that’s perfect for the gym or for travel-and water resistant inside! There is only 1 available with this fabric pattern, so it will be exclusive ;)

Thank you for your support, especially in helping the children of Paraguay with each purchase. My mom and I truly appreciate it, and can’t wait to add more bags to the shop! Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions at all.

What’s your favorite pattern style?

Do you use a crockpot? Please share some recipes!

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12-10-2013

A New Venture + Giveaway!

I have some exciting news! If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram, then you already know, but I haven’t written about it here yet.

My mom and I have been working on making gym bags for a few months now. We got the idea when I said I wanted a duffel bag that was actually cute. So we started making one. Then I thought, we should make more and sell them, and also partner with a charity.

For the past few months we had wanted to figure out a way to help children in need in our native country of Paraguay. I did some research on charities and found Manitos.

Manitos helps children diagnosed with cancer in Paraguay. They donate money and supplies to the National Cancer Institute, which is the only hospital for cancer patients in the entire country. Taken from their website:

Children who are fortunate enough to be properly diagnosed have only a 50% survival rate over five years—in part because they may have to wait months or even years for treatment due to lack of funds or chemotherapy drugs. By contrast, the National Cancer Institute here estimates that pediatric cancer patients in the United States have a five-year survival rate of almost 80%.

So here we are now. We opened up our Etsy shop and hope you will consider shopping around! 10% of the proceeds of each sale will be donated back to Manitos.

At the same time, you get a custom-made, exclusive bag. We will only make 1-3 bags of each pattern, and will post new patterns monthly for you to choose from. It’s a great way to have something no one else will have!

All bags are water-resistant inside, which is perfect for sweaty clothes, sneakers and more.

Here are some pictures of our products (these patterns are no longer available, but below you will see fabric options).

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Currently working on this duffel!

Current fabric selections:

swatches

We plan on adding more fabric selections next month, and changing them up each month to maintain exclusivity.

Please let me know if you’re interested in a certain fabric/style of bag! We are working on one more type of tote bag to add as well.

You can find our online shop HERE.

Please help us spread the word! We appreciate your support, especially in helping out Manitos!

GIVEAWAY

We are giving away 1 custom-made make-up bag! Style is like the one shown in the above pictures. Choose from the above fabrics, or these 2:

makeupbagsTO ENTER:

1 Entry – Tweet this: I want to win a Lucky Stars bag from @PattyRivas13. Custom-made bags for a good cause! Enter here: http://bit.ly/JaYesc #bagsforcharity

1 Entry – Like Reach Your Peak on Facebook.

1 Entry – Comment: What type of gym bag is your favorite? Over the shoulder or duffel? What types of patterns would you like to see?

**I will choose a winner next Tuesday, December 17!

Thank you again for your support!

PS – Today is a snow day for me here in NJ…who else is getting a ton of snow?

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