Monthly Archives: June 2015

Smoky Tomatillo Chicken Recipe

It’s another rainy day here in Decatur, but I really don’t mind. Now that I have to water a real, grown-up garden, front and back, I LOVE the rain :)


Once the rain stopped, Ryan and I went for a 5 mile walk on the Cherokee trail in Stone Mountain. This place is really underrated. Sure there’s a goofy theme park with strange “Western” shows, but the natural areas, which dominate most of the park, are absolutely beautiful!

Here are a few pictures of the Cherokee Trail:


We didn’t expect the hike to be so pretty! For half of the hike, the trails follow two lakes. For about a quarter of the hike, you’re hiking along the edge of Stone Mountain. You cross the one mile walk up trail that climbs 825 feet in that one mile, so if you’re looking for more of a challenge you can finish your hike with a climb to the top!

After this beautiful hike, Ryan and I were pretty hungry. Tonight’s dinner was a Smoky Tomatillo Chicken recipe that is simple and full of flavor!


smoky tomatillo chicken recipe

Smoky Tomatillo Chicken Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6 servings


  • 2 lbs chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 16 oz jars salsa verde
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 5-6 drops of Chalula hot sauce
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional Ingredients
  • salsa
  • cabbage leaves
  • tortillas


  1. Heat a large skillet with coconut oil over medium heat.
  2. Cut chicken into large chunks (optional, makes cooking and shredding easier).
  3. Cook chicken for 5 minutes on one side. Flip over, cover skillet, and cook for 10 more minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
  4. Set chicken aside to cool.
  5. Combine salsa and remaining ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
  6. Shred chicken and add to salsa mixture.
  7. Add all ingredients into a large sauce pan, and warm over low heat for 5 minutes.
  8. Serve over cabbage leaves (for Paleo) or tortillas (for everyone else!). Add more salsa, if desired.

It’s simple to prepare, smoky, a little spicy, and very yummy!

Question: What’s your favorite easy chicken recipe?

Paleo Watermelon Grapefruit Margarita Recipe


I’ve only stopped following the Paleo diet twice since I began this fun journey a year and a half ago. The first time was a three week period that included my wedding, my honeymoon, and a trip to another friend’s wedding, all one right after the other.

It’s funny how exactly one year later I took my next three week break. Ryan and I celebrated our anniversary, I moved a car-load of boxes to Georgia, discovered a little bit of Decatur with my friend Sarah, went to a friend’s wedding, and continued to drive back and forth between Georgia and Texas until the final move last week. Even then, I wasn’t able to go right back to the diet because hunger trumps all things in most situations! Pizza and sandwiches were consumed and enjoyed.


I went for my first regular grocery shopping trip today, so I think my three week hiatus has finally come to an end! Three weeks is a long time, enough to break my good habits. I need to get back into an exercise routine and back into the weekly meal planning and grocery shopping routine. The key (I believe) is to take it slowly and be very forgiving of yourself!

Now let’s talk about margarita recipes!


watermelon grapefruit margarita recipe

It’s officially summer, and there’s nothing like a cold margarita made with fresh ingredients! What exactly makes a margarita recipe Paleo? Well, it’s all in the quality of tequila! If you use 100% agave tequila, you might be doing yourself a lot of favors!

100% agave tequila:

  • Will save you from hangovers
  • Has properties that lower cholesterol
  • Has properties that lower blood pressure

Of course this doesn’t mean we can go ahead and replace water bottles with agave tequila, but it’s nice to know that not all forms of alcohol are out to get us!

watermelon grapefruit margarita


This recipe includes fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, fresh squeezed lime juice, pureed watermelon, agave syrup (which can easily be left out), and 100% agave tequila.

This margarita recipe is one of three recipes that I have contributed to the blog It Is A Keeper; this means I can’t post the recipe here, but follow this link for the exact measurements :)

When you try it, let me know how it goes!

Tomorrow I will have a delicious recipe for Smoky Tomatilla Chicken Tacos! Come back tomorrow for the details :)


  • What do you do to get back on track?
  • What are your favorite fresh fruits to put in margaritas?

We Are Georgia People

I think it’s been a solid two weeks since I’ve posted. That’s by far the longest I’ve gone…I beat my last no-post record by a whole week. I really enjoy blogging, but the last couple of weeks have been WAY too busy to even open a computer.

First of all,


We are living in Decatur, GA, in this cute little yellow house we bought two months ago.  Ryan’s parents helped us move up here and get on our feet. We are so grateful for all of their help!

new house


Second of all…


I started my summer semester June 4th, and I feel like I’ve been playing catch up since then. There were too many things going on when the classes began, but I think I’m finally making headway on all of the assingments. The classes themselves aren’t so bad. I’m taking an Action Research class and a Social and Emotional Characteristics of Gifted/Talented Students class. Both are relatively interesting :)


Now that we’re in Georgia, Ryan and I went straight to Stone Mountain! For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, it’s an enormous monolith with a  hike to the top that climbs 825 feet in one mile. There’s also a loop trail called the Cherokee Trail that loops around the park for 5 miles. That trail is next on our agenda. Today we just hiked to the top!

stone mountain 6.27.15


Even though there’s a lot of gimmicky stuff around Stone Mountain, the hike to the top is a good challenge and the surrounding scenery is beautiful! We’re outdoorsy people, and Stone Mountain is only 15 minutes away. We’re super excited about it!

stone mountain 6.27.15 (2)


stone mountain cherokee trail 6.27.15


Question for my Georgia Readers: What outdoorsy and touristy things are there for us to do in Georgia??? We can’t wait to explore!

Pesto Shrimp and Pepperoni Summer Salad Recipe

It’s been a whole week since I’ve posted! I hate when that happens, but sometimes life gets in the way and posting falls to the wayside. I’m currently in my new home in GEORGIA! We’re in the process of moving from Houston to Decatur, GA. My friend, Sarah, is here with me helping me get settled and handle a few things around the city.

6.8.15 first day in house (2)

Sarah snapped this picture of me moving boxes into the kitchen :)

6.8.15 first day in house

She also took this one of me trying to sort through a month of mail!

6.8.15 Sarah on the trail near willivee


We went for a walk to a nearby park along this awesome raised pathway!

We don’t yet have furniture (it’s still in Houston with Ryan), but we’re enjoying our camping chairs and air mattresses  :)

Today, I have a fun summer salad recipe to share with you! A while ago, I contributed a post to It is a Keeper blog called Pesto Shrimp and Pepperoni Summer Salad Recipe. If you click the picture below, it will take you to the recipe!

Pesto Shrimp and Pepperoni Summer Salad Recipe

pesto shrimp and pepperoni summer salad recipe


This recipe is loaded with delicious pesto, shrimp, toasted pepperoni, and veggies! The recipe also includes a lemon garlic vinaigrette salad dressing that goes fabulously with this salad. If you try it out, be sure to let me know how it turns out :)

pesto shrimp and pepperoni summer salad recipe (2)

If this recipe sounds good to you, then you should also think about trying my Toasted Rosemary Almond and Bacon Salad! It’s another great summer salad recipe that’s meant to keep you full for hours.

Question: Are there any summer salad recipe go-to’s that you can share? What about general summer recipes?