Weekend Recipe: Rosemary Chicken With Arugula and White Beans

rosemary-chicken-arugula_gal Taken from RealSimple.com. This recipe is listed under “Easy Weeknight Dinners for April”, but who wouldn’t love an easy dinner on the weekend?

Serves 4| Hands-On Time: 15m| Total Time: 50m


2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary

2 cloves garlic, chopped

5 tablespoons olive oil kosher salt and black pepper

4 6-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1 15.5-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed

4 cups baby arugula (about 3 ounces)

1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced


In a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, whisk together the vinegar, rosemary, garlic, 2 tablespoons of the oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Add the chicken and turn to coat. Refrigerate, covered, for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the mustard, 2 tablespoons of the remaining oil, and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Add the beans, arugula, and onion and toss to combine.

Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Remove the chicken from the marinade (discard the marinade) and cook until cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes per side. Serve the chicken with the arugula and beans.


Hello My Name is Nivia… and I’m an Addict

My addiction ETSY!!!!!

It is amazing how many awesome things you can find on Etsy.  I can only compare it to Amazon my second love.  Mostly everything I buy these days are between these two sites. They even have an iPhone app so I can take my addiction on the road.

I also love the fact that the site has a wide selection of indie designers and artisans who are providing nice products at reasonable prices.  And if you to are interested in selling something you like setup is easy and cheap to have your own e-commerce site.

But seeing how I am working hard to keep a budget I window shop Etsy everyday just for home decor inspiration and to see all the other lovely things the site has to offer.

Here are some of the things I added to my favorites most recently.

Empress Vanilla Spice Shea Butter

Combination Bracelet

Washi Tape

Sconce Bookshelves

Wooden Stamp

Cast Iron Soap Dish/ Business Card Holder

Send-me-Your-Overalls Bag

What I’m Loving Right Now: All DIY Mason Jar Items

While doing my online inspiration views through Etsy and Pinterest, I came upon a staple item in tons of fabulous Projects.

Yes the awesome and multifunctional Mason Jar.

Here are a couple of ideas that inspired me.

After viewing multiple great ideas I have given in and have ordered my case of 1 quart mason jars.

Seeing how I will have 12 Jars to work with, I plan to make a Mason Jar Light, Snow globe, Soap dispenser and drinking cup. I will decide on other items later.  I will also use some  to store items around the house that get crazy like kids crayons, etc.

I will make sure to update with how to’s and pictures so stay tuned.

Weekend Recipe: Lemon Buckwheat Pancakes With Strawberries and Mint

This recipe is direct from the Etsy Blog.  My favorite shop right now.

Meyer Lemon Buckwheat Pancakes with Strawberries and Mint
Yield: About 15 pancakes

1 cup buckwheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Zest of two Meyer lemons
2 cups buttermilk or milk
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons butter, melted

16 ounces strawberries, stems removed, sliced lengthwise
3 tablespoons sugar
Juice of one Meyer lemon
1 tablespoon fresh mint, finely diced
Mint leaves for garnish

First, prep the strawberry topping. Combine the strawberries, sugar, lemon juice and mint. Set aside, stirring occasionally, until ready.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients and the lemon zest. Separately, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs and melted butter.

Fold the wet ingredients into the dry, stirring until just combined. Lumpy batter is okay!

 Preheat oven to 200 degrees.Warm a skillet over a medium flame. Grease the skillet with butter. Use a 1/4 cup measure to make the pancakes. Work in batches of three or four pancakes. Let them sit, undisturbed, until bubbles begin to form on the surface, about 3-4 minutes. Flip and cook another two minutes or so. Remove from heat and keep warm in oven.Regrease skillet in between batches. When all pancakes have been made, divide amongst plates and top with the strawberries and mint.

Garnish with extra mint if desired. Serve warm.


DIY Thursday: Air Plant Terrarium

As we wait for other plants to bloom in Spring, you can bring your home in to bloom with an Air Plant Terrarium.

Even though I do have a green thumb and have planted all types of plants and even have grown peppers, etc. in pots on my porch, this is a perfect project for plant friendly people and those who are not.

This interesting project is in credit of Hipster Home.

Dos and Don’ts


Do use sand or small pebbles; these are good because water drains through them easily. (Wet soil will get moldy in a confined area. You don’t want this.)

Do use Tillandsia, also known as air plants; these are a great choice for terrariums because they take all the nutrients they need from the air and a small amount of water. No roots means no wet soil which means no mold. You can buy tillandsia at garden stores or online.

Do choose preserved moss instead of live moss. Preserved moss isn’t living, but it will hold moisture; this moisture raises the humidity level in the terrarium, which makes the tillandsia happy. You can find sheet moss, reindeer moss, and other preserved mosses at garden and floral stores.

Do keep your terrarium in partial sunlight.

Do give your terrarium some water. The tillandsia is alive and will need a small amount of water to stay that way. Water it by either removing it and soaking it in water once a week or, using a spray bottle, give it a small spritz of water every week or two. Pour out any excess water.

Do feel free to use little rocks, pieces of glass, or any other bits of things to help give your terrarium character.


Don’t use soil. Again, you don’t want a soupy, moldy terrarium. That would be gross.

Don’t use live moss. Moss is really picky and isn’t likely to survive well in this environment.

Don’t keep your terrarium in the dark.

Don’t keep your terrarium in full sunlight, either.

How To:

You’ll need a few tools to make a tiny terrarium but nothing complicated to get started.

Glass Vessel


Preserved sheet moss, Reindeer moss, and Tillandsia

We’ll use sand as a substrate for the terrarium.


Take a sheet of the preserved moss and put in the vessel. Tear off a pieces of reindeer moss and add this, as well.

Put a tillandsia in the vessel, pushing the smaller end in first. Position the different elements to look nice together and add more moss or rocks if you’d like. Be patient and experiment with different arrangements.

Any other found objects, like rocks, sticks, marbles, etc., would also be fun.

And voilà! You have a lovely terrarium.

Weekend Recipe: Fish Tacos

For all you home-cooked meal lovers, let’s try something new this weekend.

This delicious recipe is courtesy Bobby Flay @ Foodnetwork.com

Prep Time:  35 min
Inactive Prep Time:  25 min
Cook Time:  45 min
Level:  Intermediate
Serves:  4 servings



  • 1 pound white flaky fish, such as mahi mahi or orata
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoons ancho chili powder
  • 1 jalapeno, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 8 flour tortillas


  • Shredded white cabbage
  • Hot sauce
  • Crema or sour cream
  • Thinly sliced red onion
  • Thinly sliced green onion
  • Chopped cilantro leaves
  • Pureed Tomato Salsa, recipe follows


Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Place fish in a medium size dish. Whisk together the oil, lime juice, ancho, jalapeno, and cilantro and pour over the fish. Let marinate for 15 to 20 minutes.

Remove the fish from the marinade place onto a hot grill, flesh side down. Grill the fish for 4 minutes on the first side and then flip for 30 seconds and remove. Let rest for 5 minutes then flake the fish with a fork.

Place the tortillas on the grill and grill for 20 seconds. Divide the fish among the tortillas and garnish with any or all of the garnishes.

Pureed Tomato Salsa:

  • 2 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 1 small red onion, coarsely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 4 large ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 serrano chile
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Mexican oregano
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • Salt and pepper

Preheat grill or use side burners of the grill. Heat oil in medium saucepan, add onions and garlic and cook until soft. Add tomatoes, serrano and jalapeno and cook until tomatoes are soft, about 15 to 20 minutes. Puree the mixture with a hand-held immersion blender until smooth and cook for an additional 10 to 15 minutes. Add the hot sauce, oregano, cilantro and lime juice and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

I have an App for that: Nike Training Club

If you are like me and are in need of a personal trainer but it’s just not in the budget…

Nike as an app for that! And it’s FREE

I saw a lot of my friends posting their stats on Instagram and I had to find out what was going on.

No more excuses of why you can’t go to the gym.  You can get a full body training with workouts in strength, cardio and core-training on your iPhone. They even have videos for you to watch.

Description: Nike Training Club gives you your own personal trainer, anytime, anywhere. Get lean, toned and strong with more than 85 custom-built workouts. Unlock exclusive extra workouts from celebrities like Lea Michele, professional athletes like Shawn Johnson, and Rihanna’s personal trainer, Ary Nuñez.

Start your day with your workout and keep your New Years resolution of having that Sexy Summer Body.

On the Menu: Secret Sauce

Very rarely do I go out to eat because 1, I have kids and it makes no sense financially and 2, I really love my cooking. lol

I do find I tend to make the same things over and over.  It really doesn’t bother me because I am not bored but sometimes I would like to add a little pep in the pot.

While shopping in Whole Foods I passed the seafood department and they were giving out samples of freshly cooked fish that they were trying to promote.  On the fish they used a sauce to top it and I soon forgot about the fish.

The sauce so was delicious I had to find out where to get it immediately.

The staff member said the sauce can not only be used on fish but any other type of meat.  I was sold.

So now I have added the Schlotterbeck & Foss Rasberry Chipotle Chef Sauce to my cooking arsenal.

The label reads: Sweet meets heat in this bold blend of raspberries, apples, roasted red peppers and smoked jalapeños. BTW, the ingredients are all natural.

I love spicy food and this was a perfect mix of sweet and hot without being overwhelming.  I used it on some chicken cutlets I prepared and it was a great addition.

Their website shows that they are only sold at Whole Foods. I encourage you to go and check it out.  They have a full line of sauces, condiments, toppings and dressings. So try some secret sauce with your next home cooked meal.

Little Things You Can do to Bring Happiness

I have my good days and bad days like anyone else but how can I make my good days out number the bad?

I do little things that take my mind off stressers and I will highlight them from time to time.

One of my favorite things to do is create inspiration books on things that I find enjoyment in.

I subscribe and read tons of magazines and having all those magazines around drives my family crazy.

So in order to have some type of sanity I made a change to not keep the magazine but keep the items I really love in the magazine.

Although I live in an apartment I always dream about my house and how I would decorate it. Therefore I buy magazines that focus on design and cut out the images that I like.

I do the same with fashion and focus on the styles I like, as well as various apparel and accessories I would like to have in my closet or may someday purchase.

On those days when I just can’t be bothered with the outside world, I sit back and take some me time and look through my old books or paste my new pics into collages and enjoy.

I am sometimes surprised at how my mood changes and how relaxed I am after.