My First Attempt at Thanksgiving Dinner

Well… I am super behind on keeping you guys up to date on all things HappyGirl… It’s been a month!

Today I thought I’d share with y’all something I am super proud of. Yep, that’s right a little brag post here.

This year, before I went home to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family, I made my very first Thanksgiving dinner. To be honest, I wasn’t so sure it would all work out… So of course there was a backup lasagna in the freezer. But with a little help from my mom and my boyfriend’s mom, the dinner turned out to be perfect!

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Happy November | White Chicken Chili

November is here! I love fall. Cooler weather. Colorful leaves. Crisp air.

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Roo seems to be having a great first fall. I couldn’t be happier to have this little nugget in my life. She has been such a blessing this past year.

This weekend, I made some delicious white chicken chili and that is what I’ll be sharing with y’all today! Enjoy :)

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A Chocolate Lover’s Dream Breakfast

And then there are those days when chocolate is all you need | This is the breakfast for those days.  When I was in NYC, there were SO many delicious bakeries and restaurants at my constant disposal. It was wonderful. As a result, I didn’t do any cooking or baking the entire 3 weeks. Pretty impressive right? (Not really, I missed my kitchen!) But, it was fun to run to a different market, store, or bakery for every meal. This breakfast was a staple of mine for the first week | And it was a complete accident! 10614100_2648610097383_5175359949312687846_n The Bread: A bakery on the street where I stayed had fresh baked bread, so of course, I decided to buy a loaf. I asked for walnut raisin (my favorite) and instead I got chocolate bread with chocolate chips! Imagine my surprise when I took it out of the bag at home.  The Yogurt: Do you see those little black chips in my yogurt? Yes… those are chocolate chunks. Apparently I bought chocolate chip yogurt. (It looks extremely similar to the vanilla flavor – just sayin’) It’s greek though, so yay for protein! P.S. It’s Chobani Greek Yogurt | So good. With all that chocolate, I knew I had to throw in something healthy! So mixed berries were the perfect addition. Let me tell you, this breakfast is delicious! For a little healthy tweak, I would switch the chocolate yogurt out for plain greek yogurt with a little drizzle of agave for sweetness.

Fall Means Chili

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Something about cool weather, the changing leaves and the process of switching out all those summer dresses for sweaters and boots just gets me in the fall spirit.

With it, comes my long awaited comfort food kick. First thing I always make… Chili.

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Oatmeal Protein Pancakes

Oatmeal Protein PancakesEver have one of those mornings where you wake up hungry? You know, the mornings when you can’t even get dressed without your stomach yelling “feed me now!”

For me, this doesn’t happen often. I’m more of a sip on my coffee & watch the Today Show for a while and then think about having breakfast kind of girl.

But for some reason this morning… I woke up dreaming about what my first meal of the day was going to be. When this happens, I usually try not to be impulsive by grabbing the biggest bowl I can find in my kitchen and filling it with cereal… That’s my sister, Kelli’s specialty.

I usually whip up my favorite go-to protein pancakes for a healthy, filling breakfast.

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