Meet the Sullivans: Friday Five!

February 3, 2017

Friday Five!

Hey there! Are you ready for the weekend? I know we are! Ours will consist of a basketball game for Owen, hopefully a haircut for me and the Super Bowl with friends on Sunday!

Here's my five...

| O N E | The boys and I went to a "new to us" library on Monday. Owen had been under the weather on Sunday evening so I kept him home from school on Monday. We don't go to the library enough to pick out books to borrow. This week we visited the Redwood Shores Library, which will be a regular spot for us this summer. They have a really cute children's area that the boys loved!

Owen and I picked out some great books this week: 
Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Owen's favorite of the bunch!)

| T W O | I saw this idea on Facebook last week and decided to do it for Owen. Positive affirmations really warm his heart, and after he told me earlier this week that he misses when it was just me and him, I thought I should do something special for him to give him some extra love. It was actually really hard to narrow down my list of things I love about him to just 14! I've been putting one on his door each night after he's in bed.

| T H R E E | I'm excited to share with you that I'm teaming up with Netflix this year as part of their Stream Team! I'll be sharing more about what we love and try out on Netflix and from time to time I might even have some fun and exciting tidbits or exclusives to share with you! They sent us an awesome "welcome to the team" package this week that will help us watch our favorite shows. Stay tuned!

| F O U R | I tried a new top coat (Essie Gel Setter) last week and I'm loving it. It helped my polish stay glossy and chip free through the weekend and into Monday, which for me with all the cooking, weights, cleaning etc., is a long time. Last weekend I tried it with my favorite light pink polish (OPI Infinite Shine in Indefinitely Baby), and this week with my favorite red (OPI Big Apple Red) -- we'll see how long it stays put this time!

| F I V E | I've been making this soup for years, but always followed the recipe. I've made it the last two weeks in a row just from memory of the recipe and it totally turned out better than when I follow the recipe. I'm all about winging it! Last week I made my own walnut pesto, but this week I had fresh pesto from Costco on hand. It is definitely worth it to make your own or buy some fresh, just don't use the jarred stuff -- it won't be as good.

Here is the list of ingredients and how to make it:

2 chicken breasts, diced into bite-size pieces
1/2 yellow onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 heaping spoonfuls of fresh pesto
2 cans cannelini beans, drained and rinsed 
2-3 handfuls spinach
salt and pepper to taste
2-3 cups chicken stock
olive oil

Heat a dutch oven over medium high heat and add olive oil to grease it. Sauteed the onion and garlic until the onions are translucent. Add a little salt and pepper. Add bell peppers and cook until they soften a bit. Add the chicken and cook until it is browned just a bit and cooked through. Stir in pesto and cook for a minute. Add chicken broth and beans, simmer for 15-20 minutes then add the spinach. Let the spinach wilt a bit and then serve!

I hope you have an awesome weekend! 

You can see where I'm linking up HERE!

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