Weekend Roundup and Smelly Stuff :)

December 3, 2018

We have been BUSY here at The Daily Soul Sessions, ’tis the season, right?  Kate spent the weekend in New York, on a trip she has been dreaming of since she was a little girl. A weekend filled with Christmas Magic…..FAO Schwartz piano playing, an afternoon with The Rockettes, Rockafeller Center Tree and the broadway musical The Lion King! A dream come true and she got to bring Sloane, her oldest daughter, along for the fun!

Plaza Hotel

Kacey spent a busy weekend singing with their band Three Daughters (and missed Kate tremendously!) at a TED conference, what an opportunity! She then had Kate’s youngest babe and her dog, while they were out of town for the weekend, and you know how adding a kid or two to the mix can be-can anyone say chaos?! lol

Three Daugters

I (Kara) started the weekend with an ornament exchange party (a tradition that a good friend hosts), followed by celebrating a dear friend’s 40th birthday, a surprise that was a complete success, and then decorating my house with the family (with a small headache along for the ride-I’m too old to be celebrating past 10pm-lol-not great at a 5 year old’s basketball game-ha). So needless to say it was busy weekends all around! What fun, holiday adventures did you experience this weekend?

ornament exchange

We wanted to share one of our favorite little things we do make our homes feel cozy during the holiday season-we like to call it Mom’s Smelly Stuff-haha. But seriously it’s amazing and makes your whole house smell so festive and fun.

Holiday Smelly Stuff

  • The peel of one large orange (or 3 small cuties)
  • about a tablespoon of cloves
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks

Place all ingredients into a pot filled 3/4 of the way with water and turn on to high, bring to a boil.  Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and enjoy the most delicious smell filling your house with cheer.

Happy Monday Mamas!

xoxo

Buffalo Chicken Salad

December 2, 2018

I can’t tell you how many days of the week lunch rolls around, and I am at a loss for what to eat.  I’m usually in a rush for preschool pick up or fitting my workout into the nap time window, so I end up grabbing something fast or skipping lunch and snacking…..never a good option!

Since starting Keto I’ve been much better about my lunchtime options and this buffalo chicken salad does NOT disappoint. It’s quick and easy and you can have it ready in about 15 mins or less!

Buffalo Chicken Salad

Ingredients

•Lettuce-your choice of what kind!
•Spinach
•Diced Red Bell Pepper
•Two Chicken Breasts (you can also buy precooked chicken which cuts the cook time down to nothing!)
•Frank’s Red Hot Original Sauce
•Ranch Dressing
•Shredded Cheese
•salt and pepper
•EVOO

Instructions

1. Dice chicken in small chunks
2. Drizzle EVOO in pan, turn heat to medium/high
3. Place chicken in to pan and salt and pepper generously
4. Sauté chicken until cooked through about ten mins or so
5. As chicken is cooking put lettuce, spinach and red peppers together on plate/bowl
6. Place cooked chicken on top of salad
7. Drizzle with Frank’s Red Hot and Ranch Dressing-I don’t use much ranch, just enough for flavor.
8. Sprinkle with cheese if desired.
*note* you can make up a bunch of cooked chicken for the week and this salad will take less than 5 mins to make!

DONE-enjoy!