Shutters and Honey and the Liebster Award!

I’m super stoked to announce my nomination for the Liebster Award by Unbreakable Joy Intuition Tales!

I can’t even begin to express how excited I am! The Liebster Award is awarded to brand new blogs and centers around their impact on the blogging community! I began Shutters and Honey on the notion of having more resources available for people who are allergy afflicted and to preserve my interest in fine arts. I eventually added on the motivational and travel sections of the blog to contain some of my recreational activities. I hoped that having all these things in one place would be relatable and fun for readers!

In order to be able to receive this award, I am obligated (and thrilled!)to nominate five fellow bloggers. My nominations are as follows:

  1. Simply Saidy – This blog is full of beautiful, rich travel photos and experiences, fun fashion lines, and intriguing product suggestions!
  2. Happily Hopeful – This calming blog contains not only fun lifestyle moments in Disney, but also tons of yummy recipes and some fun fashion posts!
  3. Nesting Nut – This is a wonderful blog containing not only fun adventures that are family based, but also DIY’s that are very easy to follow!
  4. Beauty for Ashes – This an beautiful blog centering around interior design, tips for the home, and creative DIY’s!
  5. Cassidy’s Adventures – This blog is a traveler’s dream! Wonderful photos! Wonderful variety of places! I hope to be as adventurous as Cassidy!

**NOMINATED BLOGS: Check below for your requirements and questions!

Additionally, the awarded blogs are required to answer a few get-to-know you questions!

  • What is your most meaningful blogging moment?

I am one of those people who meaningful is more often, than not small moments. My most meaningful blogging moment was when I received an unexpected comment from a friend commenting on how she found the blog to be very relatable. In that moment, I realized that maybe my content was coming across to my audience as useful and genuine, exactly what I wanted.

  • What do you feel when push publish?

Usually when I push publish, I feel rather nervous. I always fret about whether my content is useful, relatable, or boring to my viewers. Some posts are just documenting my life, so I hope they bring joy to others like they do to me.

  • What would you like to write about that you haven’t written yet?

Honestly, I’d like to expand my writings to include more sensitive diets, diseases, and their adaptations. I’d like everyone to find a resource within Shutters and Honey.

  • If you had a thousand dollars to give away, what would you do with it? Why?

I would like to use the money to help children who need protheses. Children deserve the chance to run, explore, and touch. When limbs are missing, it limits their ability to achieve this, I’d love to help them recover that ability.

  • What are three of the best things about yourself?

Hmm… Three things about myself would probably be….

1. I’m overly compassionate. I can’t stand for anyone to feel negative emotions or be in a tough situation.

2. I am very, very honest. In more situations than I can count, my intentions have been interpreted as rude or demanding. I just don’t feel like it’s fair to any individual to be anything but honest with them.

3. I’m a work-a-holic. I spend an enormous amount of time perfecting my work and making sure every corner is covered. I often go overboard.

 

I deep appreciate the recognition of this award. I cannot thank Unbreakable Joy Intuition Tales enough for this opportunity! I hope to reach a grander audience, connect more with my peers, and write some bomb content!

RULES FOR THE NOMINATED

Write a blog post in acceptance of your award. Link the blog post back to Shutters and Honey. Answer the questions below.

  1. Nominate at least 5 other startup bloggers with a following of 1,000 or less!
  2. Include a list of questions you’d like them to answer!
  3. Notify your nominees!
  4. Answer your questions below!

1. What is your biggest dream for your blog?

2. If you could visit any place, what would your day itinerary be? Would you document it for your blog?

3. What is your one item you can’t go without? Why?

4. What is your favorite blog post you’ve posted so far? Why?

5. What is your favorite thing about your current living arrangements?

Spicy BBQ Chicken, Sausage & Herb Wrap

Quick. Easy. Savory.

Three words that describe this lunch perfectly.

In my house, quick and easy don’t often go together. Lately, I’ve been rather lucky with my lunch finds and I’ve been able to keep them rather simple too! This recipe is loaded with fresh herbs, some fresh veggies, and tons of protein! It’s got a good kick to the taste, and a nice savory finish that will stick to your tongue. It’s definitely worth a try if you love a hearty, full belly recipe!

I kept the recipe similar to the last one and included cilantro, parsley, and spinach. I also chopped up a little bit of onion to add the bit of crunch to the wrap. I like to sneak in a bit of veggie for my family when I can, so there’s a small amount of chopped tomato as well. We had some left over sausage that I chopped up because, who doesn’t love a chicken and sausage combination?

BBQ Chicken, Sausage & Herb Wrap w/ Spicy Mayo

  • 1 lb. Chicken Tenderloins, diced
  • 1 1/2 links of Sausage (Maple was what we had!)
  • GF Mission Soft Taco Tortillas
  • 1/4 Tomato, diced
  • 5-6 pieces of Cilantro, diced
  • 5-6 pieces of Parsley, diced
  • 2 tbsp. Liquid Smoke (Pecan in our case!)
  • 1/4 French’s Honey Mustard
  • 2 tbsp. BBQ sauce of your choosing
  • 1/2  Onion
  • 3 Spinach leaves, diced
  • 1 clove Garlic, diced and smashed
  • 1 tbsp. Chef Paul’s Magic! Toasted Onion and Garlic Salt Free Seasoning
  • 1/8 tsp. Salt
  • 2 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp. Arrowroot Powder
  • Tbsp. Mayo
  • Tbsp. Sriracha

Step One:

I begin this by dicing everything! Literally, everything! I love preparing things so that I can breeze through the rest and cut my time in half! I chop up the herbs, the chicken, and the sausage. I like the sausage to be in much smaller pieces than the chicken, I think that this allows the flavor of the sausage to marinate the chicken as it cooks.

Step Two:

I add the chicken, herbs, onion, tomato, Magic! Seasoning, and garlic to small skillet. Next, I toss the items in the skillet with the olive oil, evenly coating the mixture. This ensures that as the items cook, they won’t stick or burn quickly. This lets the meat cook, the onions tenderize, and the herbs infuse the skillet’s contents with flavor.

Step Three:

Halfway through the cooking process, go ahead and add your bbq sauce, honey mustard, and liquid smoke to the skillet. Allow that to marinate the chicken while it cooks all the way through. When the chicken is done cooking all the way through, mix one tablespoon of arrowroot powder with 2 tablespoons of water until dissolved. Once dissolved, add this to your skillet to make all the juices into a sauce for your wrap!

Step Four:

Now, lay out your tortilla on a plate. Next, mix the mayo and Sriracha together. This is the simplest addition to your meal, but trust me, it adds dimension to the wrap! Layer that mayo mixture on the tortilla, adding or subtracting as much mayo as you want. After adding the mayo, layer the skillet contents onto the tortilla and wrap it up! Enjoy!

This is most definitely one of my favorite lunches so far! It gives a kick, it sticks to your ribs, and it’s relatively healthy! Give it a try!

What are your favorite wrap ideas? Let me know in the comments!

[Recipe]: Tomato&Herb Infused Classic Sandwich

Long time, no see! I know, I know…But I have a lovely treat for you today!

You know those days when you have a craving for something a little savory, and you want to do minimal effort? That’s what this sandwich is perfect for! I wanted something that gave a little bit of an acidic tang, but was mostly natural in its ingredients. Plus, I didn’t want to spend an enormous amount of time in the kitchen.

I started off with several herbs that were very easy to find in my local grocery store. Herbs such as thyme, basil, and cilantro. That allowed for that well known Italian kick to come forward. I chopped up a bit of  garlic to give it a boost in the flavor department, added grape tomatoes for tang factor, and sautéed it up with a bit of olive oil! Not to mention tossing in a bit of onion and Bella mushrooms for added taste! Easy peasy!

Tomato&Herb Infused Classic Sandwich

  • Canyon Bakehouse Gluten Free Mountain White bread
  • 4 oz. grape tomatoes, cut into quarters
  • Pepper jack cheese
  • Prima della Honey Maple Cured Ham
  • 2 Basil leaves, diced
  • Cilantro leaves, diced
  • Thyme sprigs, diced
  • Pinch of Spinach leaves, diced
  • 3 Bella mushrooms, diced into small pieces
  • 1 clove of Garlic
  • 1/4 small onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Small bowl
  • Small saucepan

Step One:

The first step is to dice all the fresh vegetables and herbs you have in front of you! You should make sure you cut the tomatoes into quarters, and dice the herbs, onion, garlic, and mushrooms into small pieces. The smells will be rather intense, but your house will smell like a small garden! Which I believe is wonderful on a summer’s day!

Step Two:

Now, place all the items you just diced into a small bowl and mix the items with the 2 tbsp. of olive oil! Mix the items until they are generously covered, adding more as needed. Then, place this mixture in the small saucepan you have waiting in the wings!

Step Three:

Sauté the mixture until the tomatoes are slightly softened, the mushrooms and onions are mostly cooked, and the juices are flowing freely! This took no more than 5 minutes when I made this recipe!

Step Four:

Now, the assembly! I added a bit of butter to the bread before layering the cheese and ham, this would be something that is entirely up to you! After layering the cheese and ham, layer on the veggies and herb mixture and top with the last piece of bread. Cut your sandwich in half, and bingo! Done and delicious!

Now, some noteworthy things I noticed while making this was that even though the ham was delicious with this mixture, chicken would be a wonderful choice as well! Also, if you like a bit of a saltier sandwich, feel free to add salt and pepper as needed. I personally try to limit my salt intake. I hope this gives you a delicious, easy lunch option that not only you enjoy, but you love.

Stay tuned for more recipes to come!

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