Who would have guessed that Lemurs are so sweet, funny, and snugly. 🀷‍♀️⠀


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Can I just start out by saying that Jay and I paid nearly $300 per person at a different zoo for an "animal encounter" and didn't even get to pet any animals πŸ€”. I cannot say enough good things about the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. We paid $10 per person to snuggle with lemurs that have been rescued and cannot be released back into the wild. I really didn't know anything about these animals until we we sat down and the zoo keeper was telling us that they can make 40 different sounds! He showed us their "comb" like teeth and exactly where each one likes to be scratched. When you hit the right spot they just go totally limp and lay there like a relaxed cat. I'm definitely going to look more into how to help these wonderful endangered creatures.


πŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒ My turn to start posting pumpkin pics!! πŸ™‹πŸ™‹πŸ™‹ 

Living for this Target shirt because it's sleeveless so I'm not too hot if I wear a jacket and if I get too hot I can take it off and still feel festive for fall! It also has a cat on it 😻which is always a plus 😺 Go buy this shirt before it sells out!! I am wearing an XL for size reference! 


Seasonal sickness has taken over the house.. so sneaking in the Freezer for a Caulipower pizza because yes sometimes we eat frozen pizza πŸ• and it's awesome. πŸ€—



Out of the cauliflower pizzas on the market this one is my fave. It does have a hint of cauliflower taste but it actually makes the pizza taste even better! I love this margarita pizza and I top it with a ton of fresh basil! 🌱 yum! Angie Knows the Truth approved! 
Caulipower is hosting a nominate your school give away. You can go to their website to nominate your school. For every entry received caulipower will donate $1 towards school nutrition programs. 

To Nominate your school: http://eatcaulipower.com/GrowYourSchool

Why cauliflower? The short answer is OMG, cauliflower is awesome! But chances are, you’re hungry (sorry) for more info than that.

The longer version is that cauliflower delivers some heavy-hitting nutrients. It's full of antioxidants like vitamin C and manganese, and even has phytonutrients, vitamin K, and omega-3.





I put on this dress today knowing that today has to be better than yesterday and it was! ☀️ So giving a big shout out to this floral print dress πŸ™Œ 

Dress/shoes/sunglasses available on my-- 
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I'm claiming the title- Queen of Happy Hour - πŸ‘ΈπŸ»πŸ’πŸ»πŸ‘‘



Cooper's Hawk is one of my favorite restaurants especially for Happy Hour. They have discounted apps and wine until 6 PM making it about $5 per app/glass of wine. Last night I had the September wine of the month which was a CuvΓ©e Chardonnay collab with @raymondvineyard(one of my favorite wineries in St. Helena/Napa Valley) For my dinner I had an order of the Chicken Potstickers- they are my go to even if it's not Happy Hour!! They are that good! 

This is one of those restaurants that rarely disappoints. The food is always hot and fresh and the wine is fairly priced for what you get. I also love the Cooper's Hawk wine club! This runs you about $40 a month which includes 2 bottles of wine to take home or drink in the restaurant (no corkage). In addition to this you get to build up points towards coupons off your meals and 2 free tastings per month to try the new ones or revisit ones you already love! They also include little extras throughout the year like one month they offered us an extra bottle of wine and who can say no to that!! LOL 

Who else loves Cooper's Hawk? Am I the only one?

PM me on instagram @angieknowsthetruth to get more details on my dress! It's like a fake suede material and a great transition from Summer to Fall you see me wearing this with boots in the coming weeks! It's from this super cute boutique I found in Downtown Napa Valley! 




This recipe for Stir Fried Teriyaki Chicken is perfection! Also it is very easy to throw together. It took me about an hour from start to finish (not including marinating time). The flavor was great. This was the first time I have used sake and mirin in a sauce and it really made a difference. I love the recipes from Kroger.com so wanted to share this one!




Ingredients:
¾ cup low-sodium soy sauce
¾ cup water
1 Tbsp. mirin
1 Tbsp. sake
3 Tbsp. light brown sugar
2 tsp. granulated sugar
¾ Tbsp. minced garlic
4 scallions, chopped, white and green parts divided
¼ cup minced ginger
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips approximately 1¼–2" long
2 Tbsp. peanut oil - I used sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
¼ tsp. crushed red pepper
3 cups cooked white rice


Directions:

-In a large bowl, combine soy sauce, water, mirin, sake, brown sugar, granulated sugar, garlic, scallion whites, and ginger. Store half the teriyaki sauce mixture in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Combine chicken in bowl with the remainder of the teriyaki sauce mixture and marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

-Heat a wok or medium skillet on medium-high heat until it is almost smoking. Add oil. When oil is hot, add garlic and crushed red pepper. Stir-fry for 30 seconds.

-Add chicken. Let brown briefly, then stir-fry, moving the chicken around the pan until it turns white and is nearly cooked—about 3–4 minutes.

-Add reserved marinade into pan. Reduce heat and cook, stirring occasionally for an additional 2 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked and nicely glazed with sauce. Serve hot over rice, garnishing with scallion greens.


YUM!!! Share photos and comments below!



Link to recipe ---> https://www.kroger.com/r/stir-fried-teriyaki-chicken-recipe/173374
😻Cat Alert Post! Because I can't forget about my first born baby girl 😹I mean rescue kitty 😽





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So I was 6 months pregnant shopping at the maternity store in the mall. Now you would think that folks working at a maternity store would be overly nice to pregnant ladies right? Wrong!
I bet you want to know what happened now right?
This lady told me that I couldn't try on a dress because she just hung them all up and didn't think it would fit me or look good on me! I'm sitting in the changing room crying because I am pregnant, I feel fat already, and do not have time for haters! Then I hear this lady on the phone telling someone over the phone that she's probably not going to make any sales today because no one wants to buy anything. After I heard that I had enough!

Have you ever seen the movie Pretty Women?
It was time for my moment!






I waddled across the walkway of the mall to Anthropologie and was in pure heaven on earth! I told the ladies what happened to me at the maternity store and they rallied behind me and swooned me with clothes! It was a true story book moment I will never forget. This was one of the dresses they insisted I should try on. Instantly I fell in love with this print. When it comes to prints you just know when you know right? To be honest this fabric is perfectly stretchy and would be suitable for any pregnant or non pregnant woman! It covers any baby or food belly pooch you may have so I can vouch for that! You can definitely dress it up and dress it down! I wear it all the time from the grocery store to date nights to everything in between.

So what happened to the Pretty Woman reference?
After my purchase of the dress and a few other items at Anthro I waddled back over to the Maternity store and held my bags up in the air and went "BIG MISTAKE! HUGE!!" (I've always wanted to do that.. :P )


I am wearing and XL and NOT pregnant in photo but did wear it up to 8 months pregnant!


Best part is you can still find it here for sale on ebay in a variety of sizes!
Manzanita Watercolor Print Maxi Dress by Weston - Size L












Is there such a thing as too much wine?
YES
There is.

After 3 years of being pregnant I had forgot that the Casino in Downtown Cincinnati even still existed. We were invited for a dinner there and long story short #mamahadtoomuchwine and did not win a dime on the Willy Wonka slot machine which did not help the cause!




Luckily I had this worn in looking easy going dress to fall to when dinner time came around the next day because you know sometimes take out is king. Looking in the mirror I thought you know what? This is the perfect hangover chic look. I think it looks so effortless and easy going which is totally my vibe when I'm rolling through the Mcdonald's drive thru or picking up some BBQ to go.

Dress: n:PHILANTHROPY
Shoes: Paul Green
Purse: Rebecca Minkoff
Earrings: Urban Outfitters


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You know what I always say.. "Summer time and the livin's easy!" That means if I can get away with eating a refrigerated salad for 2-4 meals I will. Summer time is for being lazy, having fun, and chillin' out. I love to make a big batch of this salad and for dinner or lunch I just spoon out as much as I need and serve! Super easy! Super Delish!! And the best part was there's no mess!

I am one of those people who likes a lot of "stuff" in their salad. When traveling in Greece you'll notice that when you order a salad there is no lettuce. It's just all the good stuff dressed with oil and vinegar and that's exactly how I like it. So I came up with this wonderful Greek Chick Pea Salad Recipe. It is one of my staples! Even the kids eat it!

This recipe is so great because you can leave it marinate in the fridge for a few days and eat off it. You can also portion it out into single serving containers if you need to take it to work. Like I stated above we like to just make a big batch in our large tupperware bowl and spoon out what we need until it's gone.




Tips: 
-Serve over a bed of lettuce or arugula
-Drain every day if you like your salad more dry
-Serve with a grilled chicken breast
-Dice up grilled chicken and add to salad
-Add crushed red pepper flakes if you like spicy
-Add two cans of chick peas and up the veggies for a bigger batch
-Great for a cookout or potluck!

Greek Chick Pea Salad Ingredients: 

- 1 Can of Chick Peas drained and rinsed (with skins removed)
- 1 English or Regular cucumber seeded and diced
- 1-2 cups of Cherry/Grape Tomatoes halved
- 1/4-1/2 cup of kalamata olives
- 1/4-1/2 cup of green olives
- 1/2 red onion diced and rinsed in water
- 1/2 cup or more of crumbled feta cheese (get the brick of feta and crumble with hands)
- 1/4 cup of fresh chopped dill
- 1/2 chopped red bell pepper
- 1/2 chopped green bell pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped pepperoncinis

Place everything into a mixing bowl and mix with dressing. Serve or refrigerate for up to 5 days.

Lemon Oregano Salad Dressing Recipe: 

- 1/2 cup of good quality EVOO
- 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon of fresh or dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- 1 pressed garlic clove
- Salt and Pepper

Add all ingredients except olive oil into a separate bowl and whisk. Slowly add olive oil as your whisking to make the vinaigrette.




It all started when I sold my friend Annie a house in Reading. Our kids are close in age and we found ourselves scheduling playdates often after the sale of her home. She has been taking her daughter to pre-school classes offered at Gorman Heritage Farm. The week of the last class I found myself with a few free hours and thought I'd take her up on the offer to join for Tractor Day with JJ and Fitz. 

This farm is just the cutest 122 acre farm you ever did see and it's settled in the middle of suburbia. It's one of those places only the locals know about (hence why I never heard of it until I sold a house in this area!) 




The class started off with tractor painting, story time, petting baby chickies, and playing with the barn yard toys. Then we walked to the top of the hill and loaded up onto the tractor and went for a ride around the farm. We stopped at the top of the hill and there where chickens running around, a friendly black barnyard cat, and mules that were so large I did not even know what kind of animal they were!! 

Did you know... A female mule is called a molly or mare. A female donkey is called a jennet and can be bred with a male horse to create a hinny. (my take away from the class) 

The class ended with petting chickens, bunnies, goats, and sheep. JJ really warmed up to the barnyard cat and chicken. Fitz enjoyed the tractor ride. 

I highly recommend this farm. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The animals were happy and very active (which is an important feature when your entertaining a toddler). To the large fields of sunflowers in the fall to the colorful flower gardens in the summer. Gorman Heritage Farm is a place unlike any other. I just love how the farm is tucked away in the middle of Evendale. It's a place that everyone in your family will enjoy and learn. A true oasis of farm life. 

Scroll down to see photos from our day at the Farm:

















https://www.facebook.com/gormanfarm/

Their pre-school classes run for 8 weeks every winter. 
There are summer camps for all ages to attend. 
They offer adult cooking classes focusing on "farm to table" 
You can catch us at their upcoming event: Sunflower Festival 
The event they are most well known for is their Sunflower Festival. October 6 &7 
First of all I know Caprese salad is easy to make and you don't really need a recipe but there are a lot of variations and add in's you can include to make it your own in ways you can't even dream of!

One of my favorite things to make for lunch or an appetizer is Caprese salad. It's quick, easy and delicious. You only need a few ingredients that are fairly cheap and can add different things to change it up a bit. I just love biting into the sweet fresh ingredients it relaxes me and sometimes I just need simplicity in my life.

I cook dinner Italian style usually, meaning we will have a table full of olives, cheese, crusty bread and wine to start with while I am cooking dinner. So I can throw this together in a cinch to munch on while I make my feast. I have traveled to Capri, Italy where this whole Caprese salad originated and I've ate more fresh mozzarella than you want to hear about so I know what I'm talking about. Got it?



You know those days when your just hanging out with your kids having a good old time and your stomach starts growling? What will you make for dinner? Then you start snooping around in the fridge realizing that you let the chicken expire (again)..

This happens to me all the time!

Except this evening when I was snooping around my kitchen I found some capellini pasta and a ball of fresh mozzarella. I  thought oh yeah I can make something with this.



The Very Best Roasted Asparagus 

Want to know how I know this recipe is top notch? 

Jay and I went for dinner at our friends house and Jay actually liked the asparagus! I've never seen him eat it in 9 years. I've never really been overly obsessed with asparagus myself.
I came across these big fat spears of asparagus in the store with no intention of purchasing but the thought of lemony roasted goodness lured me in. Yes I impulse purchase produce.. that's what foodies do. Let me tell you it did NOT disappoint.



  • Preheat oven to 400 Degrees F 
  • Slice woody ends off asparagus
  • Toss asparagus with... 
  • Olive Oil 
  • Kosher Salt
  • Fresh Ground Pepper
  • Sprinkle of red pepper flake
  • Cook for 10-12 minutes (depending on thickness) less time for crunchy spears 
  • After the bake... 
  • Sprinkle Lemon zest on top and juice of 1/2 a lemon and toss. 
  • Serve! 


I like to serve with a roasted chicken breast since the oven is already pre-heated and I'll throw these in the last 10 minutes of the chicken cooking. If I am going a vegetarian route like tonight I just serve with some butter/lemon/garlic rice or noodles. Even my 2 year old eats these like candy! He calls them Green Fries!


Summer Hair don't care! 

This was potentially the last time getting my hair done by Chelsea. She has been doing my hair for the last 9 years! I basically have virgin hair at this point because no one has touched it except this wonderful angel of a hair stylist. 

I've been rocking the baylage/ombre for awhile now. I'm still not bored of it.. yet.. If your a brunette the question is always light vs. dark? Usually you go light for summer in dark for winter. For summer I am staying with the theme! Lot's of fun summery blonde going on here which is only going to get lighter with time. Hopefully longer too because I've been taking this Sugar Bear Hair Care Vitamins like a saint! If you are on the fence about your next hair appointment I highly recommend going lighter! 




Nail Color: OPI You've Got Nata on me
Dress: Target
Sunglasses ---> Michael Kors Aviators



One evening in 2012 Jay and I were watching Anthony Bourdain in Istanbul, Turkey on TV. Jay said "There's a really good air-fare deal to Istanbul right now want to go?"

I must have watched that episode 3 times before we went. I tracked down Ihsan Aknur who was Bourdain's taxi driver in the episode.

We had the BEST time. Seriously. He took us to all the places he took Bourdain and told us what a good man Bourdain was to him. It started a career for Ihsan Aknur as being "The Best Taxi Driver -ever!!"

Jay and I had such a good time we thought... Let's travel the world! 

So we did.


I woke up this morning to hear the sad news that Bourdain committed suicide. This truly saddens me. He was so rich in experience and had a soothing way of story telling on his shows and in his books.

I just wanted to share our memories (wish it was on better terms) and that watching his show and reading his books really inspired us to travel and not only "travel" but really meet people, have true local experiences, and learn about culture. He will truly be missed by Jay and I.

"It seems that the more places I see and experience, the bigger I realize the world to be. The more I become aware of, the more I realize how relatively little I know of it, how many places I have still to go, how much more there is to learn. Maybe that’s enlightenment enough - to know that there is no final resting place of the mind, no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom, at least for me, means realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go."







Suicide is a growing problem in the US. If you need help call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

So since having baby JJ I have had to simplify my life and my recipes a bit. I know it's sad. Sometimes simple is best though. The simple life of cooking lets you enjoy your life a little more while your still eating good. The crockpot has been my best friend but let's be honest. We all get burnt out on crock pot meals and there's really nothing better in life than a good piece of baked chicken. I have not always been a big fan of making my chicken in the oven. I always worry it's not cooked enough. Then I end up over cooking the chicken. It will be dry, chewy, and just all around awful. I was surfing around on allrecipes.com* and came across this gem. Of course you already know I can't fully follow directions and doctored it up a bit so here it goes... 

You'll need- 
-Boneless skinless chicken breast
-Eggs
-Ritz Crackers
-Butter
-Lemon
-Fresh Garlic
-S&P
(For a delicious side veg I love asparagus or a quick mashed potato!)

Here is the trick to getting your breading to stick on the chicken- 
Dry it very well with paper towels. I mean really pat it down well so it's almost sticking to the towels. 

Prepping- 
Preheat to 375
Set out your dried chicken breasts and season them with S&P
Crack and egg or two and beat it real good in a bowl. Sometimes a couple drops of water helps beat it nicely.
Crush about 15-20 Ritz crackers on a large plate. Paper plates are great because hey! One less dish you'll have to do!
Spray a glass baking dish with pam. You'll want a dish large enough so the chicken breasts have a small amount of space in between them.

Here's the fun and messy part! 
Dip the chicken in the egg and shake off the excess.
Roll it around in the crumbs and press the chicken into the crumbs or press them onto the chicken. Shake off excess and place in baking dish.
Once you're finished...
Cut up a good amount of butter in cubes using 1/2-1 stick worth. Place them around the chicken in the pan. Zest a little lemon on top and cut a garlic clove into quarters and toss that in there.
Set your timer for 15 mins.
Every 15 mins you will baste the chicken with the melted butter mixture. I baste the chicken until there is no juice left then I put it back in the oven for 40-50 minutes. Serve with a lemon wedge!

I really like to make asparagus with this recipe because you already have the oven preheated and asparagus comes out great in the oven! All I do is line a cookie sheet with tin foil (easy clean up.) Cut my asparagus and roll it in some S&P and olive oil. Sometimes I put some lemon zest on it if I feel like it or soy sauce. Squeezing lemon juice on it after it comes out of the oven is good too! I cook them for 8-10 minutes. Comes out great every time!
















**http://allrecipes.com/recipe/24002/famous-butter-chicken/