Recipe: Crack Chicken

This week Tom and I made a recipe we found on Pinterest called Crack Chicken. You slow cook it in the Crock Pot and the best part is it’s keto friendly and low carb. But you don’t have to follow a low carb lifestyle to enjoy it. The whole family will love this creamy, cheesy chicken dish!

Ingredients:

• 1/2 cup chicken broth

• 1 Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning packet

• 2 pounds of defrosted chicken breasts

• 8 oz package of Philadelphia Cream Cheese cut into chunks

• 8 slices cooked and crumbled bacon

• 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions:

1) Add chicken broth to the slow cooker and stir in a Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning packet. Then add defrosted chicken breasts to the crock pot.

2) Cook and cover for 4 hours on HIGH or 8 hours on LOW.

3)After the cook time has ended, shred the chicken with two forks.

When you shred the chicken, it will absorb any leftover liquid.

4)Add in the chunks of cut up Philadelphia Cream Cheese, bacon and shredded cheddar cheese. Stir all of the ingredients together

5)Cover the crock pot again and leave in for an additional 5-10 minutes until the cream cheese has melted.

While you can serve this Keto Crack Chicken in the Crock Pot on it’s own or with a side salad, I think it would be wonderful served over a portobello mushroom or a pepper stuffed pepper style. If you’re feeling up for it you can also serve this chicken in lettuce wraps for a low carb meal. It’s so versatile the possibilities are endless!

Tom and I ate ours on its own, and not only was it charmingly delicious BUT super filling! You can see the nutrition facts below and see it clicks in at only 1 gram of carb.

What’s your favorite low carb recipe you’d like me to try? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy 4th of July

In honor of the 4th of July this coming week I’d like to dedicate and wish a very happy Independence Day to all of my readers both here and abroad. I thank God every day to live in a country where I can chase my dreams and have my entrepreneurism encouraged and supported. Also, I would love to give a shoutout to those who’ve served and those who continue to serve in the military. We’re truly the land of the free because of the brave men and women like you who selflessly protect our freedom.

While we all have different backgrounds, religions, racial ethnicities and YES even different political beliefs we must always remember how lucky we are to voice our differences because we live here in America.

Happy 4th of July, God bless you all!

Inside Brittany’s Makeup Bag

Hello!

With June approaching to a near close as well as my friend’s wedding weeks away. I wanted to share with you all my favorite “go to” lip products since I’m obsessed with bold, sexy, red lips. It’s very flattering for all types of skin tones and is a timeless classic look that paired with a smokey eye is perfect for a night out or a paired with a neutral eye is perfect for a mid morning brunch. The great thing about red lip is that you can dress it up OR dress it down depending on the rest of your makeup.

Red lips look AMAZING on real dark hair and light eyes; as well as dark eyes and light hair it creates the popping effect that photographs really well and makes your teeth and skin look brighter. 

So without further ado I give you my top 3 red lip choices:

1. Rimmel Exaggerate full color lip liner (022 Rapture) I use this in all my pictures as my lip liner because it’s really a bold but not overpowering lip liner that sets the tone for dramatic lips.

2. Revlon color stay ultimate liquid lipstick (040 Brilliant Bordeaux) 

3. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks (Outlaw)

In the picture I posted earlier I used the Rimmel liner and Revlon color stay lipstick first. Then I waited till the latter dried before adding the Revlon lipstick on top. It gives my lips the rustic rose lip look that’s in my photos. Don’t be afraid to mix lipsticks to get a color that screams you and your style. I really love Revlon and Kat Von D liquid lipsticks because they literally last forever. I usually have to scrub them off with my nutragena makeup remover towelettes so if you’re going to a wedding or even to work you can count on these lipsticks to go the distance with you.

How do I grade the quality of these 3 products?: A+ their color is spectacular and they last at least 12 hours which makes them worth every dime!

How do I grade the price of these 3 products?:  B- $34.14 (for all three) sure there are plenty of more productive things you can buy with $34.00 and change, however, you’ll be hard pressed to find the quality and any quantity at the level of these three products. Each product has lasted me 6-8 months per product so if you switch them up and out you’ll be hard pressed to need to go shopping anytime soon.

STILL while the Rimmel and Revlon products are very cost efficient, the Kat Von D product is a little pricey ($20.00) but they are worth spending the money so that’s why I gave it an overall B-. 

Happy Product Playing! If you do try these please take a pic and use the hashtag 

#insidebrittanysmakeupbag so I can check it out on your gorgeous self😁

Happy Father’s Dad!

This picture is brought to by 2001…I’d like to wish all the Fathers, Grandfathers, Stepfathers, and even you Mothers who wear both hats, a very Happy Father’s Day!

There a few things in life more precious then the bond between parents and children. I was very blessed to have grown up with such an amazing set of parents but since it’s Father’s Day I’m only going to discuss one. My Dad, and I’d like to tell you all a little about him (if ya’ll don’t mind).

My Dad is a man of many hobbies: he’s an avid hunter, proud member of a gun club, he’s golfed, scuba dived, built and flew model airplanes and still fishes to this day but if you asked my Dad what his favorite hobby is-it’s spending time with his family and that’s been the most consistent hobby he’s had.

My Dad passed on his work ethic, his morals and values to my brother and I. He taught us the value of working hard and believing in our dreams. He often went without and worked overtime to provide my brother and I with the nicest/newest things and he helped us achieve the very best opportunities in life. My Dad has a wonderful sense of humor, he’s a loyal friend, and would give anyone the shirt off his own back.

As a child, you groan sometimes when people tell you that you look or act just like your parents. I have the same shape eyes as my Dad, his smile, his ears, his forehead and eyebrows not to mention a ton of his mannerisms. I am often told I resemble my Mom the most but my at my deepest nature, I am my Father’s daughter. From his love of football (not the Jets for me, sorry not sorry Dad), hockey (you were successful in making me a die hard Devils fan), to his sense of humor and love for travel and adventure. Mostly my Dad gave us something irreplaceable and invaluable: his time, work ethic, values & unconditional love.

Happy Fathers Day to all of the Fathers, Grandfathers, Stepfathers, Uncles who are Father/Grandfather Figures, Godfathers, and even you wonder women who wear both hats of Mom and Dad. Your role in your kids’ lives is truly irreplaceable, your love is unending, your sacrifices are appreciated, and you make more of a difference then you’ll ever know!

Lore Olympus: A Review

Hello and Happy Friday Loves!

I’m feeling refreshed and I’m also feeling really excited to give you a review of the website I came across called Webtoons. If you are a comic nerd like myself you are really going to enjoy the review that I have for you today! I’ve been noticing a lot on Facebook and Instagram this comic Lore Olympus being advertised. Anyone who truly knows me knows that I’m totally obsessed with Greek culture, if past lives actually exist I’m pretty sure I was Greek in at least one of them. I particularly enjoyed the story of Persephone and Hades so of course when I saw this advertised it peaked my interest. Naturally, I had to check it out and boy am I glad I did!

Lore Olympus is a modern take on the story of Hades (Lord of the Underworld) and Persephone (Goddess of Spring) by Rachel Smythe. What I really love about this comic is it tells the story in a way that totally adapts it to today’s society and culture.

Having read Superman, Wonder Woman and yes, even the Labyrinth Coronation (the back story of Jareth from the Labyrinth) I will admit that when it comes to comics, I’m super judgmental and picky about the art. It is probably the only time you can get. However, the artist (and writer!) Rachel Smythe really captures her reader’s attention by using colors very deliberately in every panel. Color schemes actually become their own characters and reflect the tone of the story in a way that’s so simple somehow it conveys complexity. 

Keeping with the pattern of contradiction, the art is simultaneously unfinished while being refined. Loose lines bleed into line-less colors which is very unique & creative. What I love about the art is the way it fits the way the story ebbs and flows. It, too, bleeds from loose lines into line-less, whimsical memories of the past. 

The story is very creatively told and hits on many topics such as first love, jealous, sexual assault, and even insecurities about one’s appearance in relation to one’s peers. The author and illustrator, Rachel, is not afraid to shy away from tough topics without being too graphic. She tackles them in a very respectful manner that makes it both easy to relate to and not uncomfortable to read.

This webtoon comic updates every Sunday, with paid members getting fast access to it on Saturday’s. Honestly, the only downfall about this particular comic is you have to wait a whole week until you can find out what happens next. The story is both funny, tragic and engaging it leaves readers wanting more!

You can check it out here: https://m.webtoons.com/en/romance/lore-olympus/episode-56/viewer?title_no=1320&episode_no=60&webtoon-platform-redirect=true

A Million Sentimental Reasons: A Memorial Day Open Letter Tribute to an Old Friend.

Dear Nick,

This weekend can’t go by with honorable mention to, you, old friend. I can’t believe it’s been nearly 8 years since you’ve lost your life in Afghanistan….8 Years is a long enough time to settle into a different kind of normal since you left but I live in fear of one day forgetting the sound of your voice or laughter. I try to keep my memory sharp.

While I believe there are heroes among us everyday, I was blessed to have known a real one. Looking back on it, we wouldn’t have gotten to know each other if not for the church volunteer work we did through the years at St. John’s because we were in different grades and had different friends but I’m glad we did truly get to know one another. You had such a huge heart, you cared what everyone had to say, nobody’s worries or cares were too big or too small for you to offer your thoughts and opinions on the matter. Also, you had the most contagious smile and laugh, I find myself chuckling to myself even now as I write this cause I can picture you shaking your head with a grin at “sentimental Brittany”.

I can’t help it though, I miss so many things about you, from the sound of your voice, the mirth in your bright blue eyes when you told a joke, to the way your head would tilt back and laugh heartily if I managed to tell a joke worthwhile to you. You were giving, kind, funny, compassionate and handsome on the inside and out.

You were one of the few people in my life who made me feel like it didn’t matter what caste society lumped you into: nerd or jock, drama/choir gleek (that was me) or cheerleader, honor student or delinquent you were a friend to all. Nobody was better than anybody in your eyes, you saw beauty in everyone not a label. I never got to tell you how much I loved and valued your presence (though it was brief) in my life, I don’t have a picture of us together partying it up (because we came from different social circles), but I always thought that I’d see you again, that there would be time for that, a drink and catch up at a local bar for that, after all I had memories along with those who volunteered with us.

As I watched the sunset through the cracks in my vertical blinds on August 10th 2011, I sobbed-not just because I realized I would never get to have that catch up drink with you- but because I lost a friend, all of our small Jersey Shore town did the day we lost you. We lost a friend, your family lost a son and brother, and our town lost a shining star.

Thank you Nick Ott, for your service and your ultimate sacrifice. Keep watching over us in heaven, big guy, we all miss and love you so much.

Photography Fun

I am no photographer, but I enjoy the anesthetics of a good view and the modern conveniences of having a smart phone which allows me to capture the moment at large.

I’m not someone who goes out drinking, usually when I go to bars I find myself people watching. Interactions between friends, lovers, and small families are often more fun then a hangover the next morning.

You get to see the best and the worst of people. The selfish and selfless. Often I contemplate what a casual observer thinks when they look at me: do they thing I’m alone when I’m, in fact, happily married? Do they think I’m a secret millionaire who longs for things like a large group of loud friends (which I have but cannot always make it out with)? People never cease to amuse me.

Take for instance the guy who’s telling an over the top story for the young woman watching with rapt interest at what he has to say. He’s nervous, I can read him like a book, every two seconds his hands reach up and ruffle his own hair. Or the old man sitting alone in the corner watching the two with a wary secret smile of his own. Everyone has a story to tell, everyone has habits and patterns which say more about the person then anything they could tell you about themselves. The woman who hurried past and looking down, is often self consciousness and feeling out of place. It’s amazing what we see when we stop and watch.

What is your favorite out and about activity? Leave a comment below and tell me what you think!