Labor Day True Confessions – Do the Work!

Labor Day True Confessions: “It’s All Good until It’s time to do the Work” – I love planning thinking & creating and so much more… I have notebooks filled with ideas on top of ideas!!! It’s so much fun to even plan every detail in my imagination… and then it’s time to put your thoughts in motion and that’s when the real work begins… and those ideas stay tucked away in the beautiful inspiring notebook that I have so many of…. Then there are days that I’m reminded.. you then have a choice is this going to be a figment of my imagination or we going to make this real by putting in the work… Here’s to Making small steps to the bigger picture!

It's All Good _ Until its time to do the work

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Books are Magic

Reading Books can most definitely change how your feeling. I love how Christina Paschal explained at the recent Pretty Girls Read Book Club Meeting how Books are magic Take a look here!

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Learn more about Pretty Girls Read Book club at http://www.prettygirlsread.com

Foodie Tuesday by Smarty Marty! – Veggie Stuffed Chicken Breast

This week Food idea from Smarty Marty is Veggie Stuffed Chicken Breast

Healthy Choice and creative idea to include in a boneless chicken breast dish.

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Veggie Stuffed Chicken Breast

4 boneless skinless chicken breast
8 oz. Feta cheese sliced
6 oz. mozzarella cheese
1 medium white onion
3 or 4 large garlic gloves
1/2 red bell pepper
2 cups of fresh chopped spinach
1 cup of chopped mushrooms
1/2 teaspoon of flaked pepper
2 tablespoons of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Slice the chicken breast in half not going all the way through and spread open, lightly tap down flat with mallet.
Salt and pepper breast on both sides to taste
Heat olive oil in a frying pan and add onion, pepper, 3 garlic cloves, mushrooms and sauté until mushrooms and onions soften.
Now add spinach until spinach softens
Remove combination from frying pan and place in a bowl to add the feta cheese, the last garlic clove, salt and pepper to taste; add flaked red pepper mix completely.
Place equal amounts of mixture on the breast and roll the breast. Secure with toothpick or string.
Lightly spray a large rimmed sheet pan with olive oil (any pan will do) lined with foil or parchment paper and place in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until stuffing reaches internal temperature of 160 degrees F. Top chicken breast with mozzarella cheese and bake a additional 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.20861821_1894623697215237_2280183038530307763_o20818909_1894617567215850_4499555024924395799_o

Image and Meal Styling By Smarty Marty!

Foodie Tuesday By Smarty Marty- Fish & chips!

This week we are excited to bring you this fun meal that is a family favorite… Hand battered Fish with potatoes Fries! Looking to put a smile on your family face this week try out this classic meal! 20989294_1904570679553872_2685828252057125287_o

FISH & CHIPS

4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into strips
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon seafood seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup sparkling water
1 quart vegetable oil for frying
1 1/2 pounds cod fillets

Place potatoes in a medium-size bowl of cold water. In a separate medium-size mixing bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, cornstarch, seafood seasoning, salt, and pepper. Stir in the sparkling water or beer stir until the mixture is smooth. Let mixture stand for 20 minutes.
Preheat the oil in a large pot or electric skillet to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Fry the potatoes in the hot oil until they are tender. Drain them on paper towels.
Dredge the fish in the batter, one piece at a time, and place them in the hot oil. Fry until the fish is golden brown. If necessary, increase the heat to maintain the 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) temperature. Drain well on paper towels.
Fry the potatoes again for 1 to 2 minutes for added crispness.

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Images & Recipes By Smarty Marty!

Portfolio & Perspectives Location Annoucement!!!

We are so excited about our up and coming Portfolio & Perspective Workshop! Over the weekend we announced our location. This perfect loft studio with amazing natural light has our mind going over board with all the creative possibilities!!! If you are photographer or event stylist looking to build your portfolio this interactive workshop is perfect for you!

Foodie Tuesday By Smarty Marty- Taco Tuesday with Turkey

This week meal is a classic Taco Tuesday… with Turkey and all the delicious fixings!!!

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 (12 ounce) package ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar20637847_1884850328192574_6970223911366555055_n
  • Directions

    Mix chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, and cayenne together in a small bowl.

    Cook turkey in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, stirring to break up clumps, until no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in chili powder mixture and water. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has been absorbed, about 10 minutes.

    Stir cider vinegar and brown sugar into the skillet. Simmer until flavors combine, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl.

    Recipe from Allrecipes.com

    Images and Styling by Smarty Marty