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Recipe Review: Skinnytaste Lemon Chicken and Brown Rice Pilaf

I'm always on the lookout for new and easy family friendly recipes and I really hit the jackpot when I bought copies of The Skinnytaste Air Fryer Cookbook and Skinnytaste One & Done....you can check them out on her website here (no I'm not an affiliate, calm down). I've tried a few things from the air fryer book, but hadn't really dug in to the other one so last night I tried her "Lemon Chicken and Brown Rice Pilaf" recipe. OMG. It was so tasty. This one was made in a skillet on the stove and the ingredients were all things I (mostly) had at home.  I say mostly because I had to substitute a few items. I left out the vermicelli, swapped peas for chopped carrots, and didn't have brown rice so I used white parboiled rice, and lastly, no fresh garlic so I used garlic powder and hoped for the best. Sometimes swapping out ingredients can really kill the whole vibe of the recipe, but in this case, I found it worked and I didn't feel like it was missing an

Costco Fashion Finds: Is That Even a Thing?

Did I mention I'm not really a selfie taking pro yet? 

When I was a kid, I used to HATE getting dragged to Costco. No idea why. I just hated going. I was also ultra mortified if my parents even THOUGHT about buying my clothes there. Sooo uncool mom. So uncool. 

Now, fast forward like 100 years later, I'm OBSESSED with Costco. I follow every "Costco Find" Instagram account and am like a top commenter/over sharer in my local Costco finds Facebook group.

Last Friday night, I was psyched. My hubby took the kids tobogganing and I, decked out with a mask and hand sanitizer went to Costco to pick up groceries for the week. I prewarned my husband not to look at any online banking or credit card statements later that night. I was a mom on the loose. We are under strict COVID-19 lockdown measures and I hadn't left the house in weeks. My mission was simple. I was going to spend as much time looking at every single item in that store...even if it killed me. And even if I didn't need said items.

Look don't judge me. YOU DON'T KNOW!!! Every store is closed. No Winners. No Home Sense. No DSW. No Sephora or MAC, or .... no MALLS!!!!! All I had in my life were the staples: the grocery store, Walmart, and the LCBO. I needed to get the hell out of this house. Costco was my ticket. And baby...I cashed that sucker in so hard.

I walked every aisle. I gazed at the pots and pans, examined every towel, and cried a little at the thought of no more taste testing stations (I totally could have gotten a free dinner out of this trip). I had a great time. 

I can't pretend I saved so much money (I may have passed out when I saw the total...just kidding) or bought some really amazingly tasty treats (my groceries were pretty basic that day) but I did pick up a few sweaters and leggings for myself and sweaters for the kids. All I want are comfy clothes that look cute but are loose and amazing, and won't break the bank, and these fashion finds definitely delivered on that front. Everything was between $12.99 and $14.99. I didn't take any pics of the leggings. I mean, they're black, made of cotton, have a comfy waistband and came folded in a package of two for $12.99. Does it get more tragic than that? If only my 12 year old self could see me now!

Here's a peek at the two sweaters I bought though...both from Buffalo Jeans...both super soft, lose, covers my mom butt, and looks good with those cotton leggings I splurged on. HA!

Buffalo Jeans Sweaters from Costco (black with stars, red with hearts)

Do you have Costco weakness? How do you get out of there without spending $300+? Is that even a thing? If so...please share your secrets!

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