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Smart Chicken® From Harps: Sweet and Spicy Apricot Jalapeño Chicken Tenders

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I watched Food Inc. and I was ruined. My heart and my stomach and conscience wouldn't let me consume another bite of meat until I knew that what I was eating was well cared for. I'd drive by chicken trucks and wince at the poor featherless birds. I discovered our local co-op and I was able to return back to my meat eating ways. My co-op offered humanely cared for animal meat. The thing is, my co-op is 45 mins away. Which means I use Harp's to fill in the gaps between my bi-weekly grocery trips. Because we are so picky about the animal products we use (we want them to be organic, all natural, and well cared for) we can't always buy meat at Harp's. Thankfully Harp's started carrying beef from our neighbor who is a natural beef farmer. Harp's has all kinds of organic and natural hidden treasures! One treasure I recently discovered was Smart Chicken®.

I found Smart Chicken® and there was much rejoicing! We have options, people! I decided to partner up with Collective Bias® to try one of the recipes from the Smart Chicken® site. Check out my path to purchase HERE

This is what I came up with



Sweet and Spicy Apricot Jalapeño Chicken Tenders


  • Smart Chicken® Chicken Tenders
  • Greek Yogurt 1.5c.
  • Red Jalapeños 2tsp.
  • Organic Apricot Jam 3TBsp.
  • Organic Ketchup 4 TBsp.
  • Gorgonzola 1TBsp.
  • Scallions (for garnish)
  • Salt & Pepper To taste


Smart Chicken® Recipe



  1. Combine yogurt, rehydrated jalapeños, jam, ketchup, salt and pepper into the food processor and combine until we incorporated.
  2. Place tenders into  a dish and allow the chicken to marinate (over night is best).
  3. Once the chicken has marinated place on a non-stick or greased baking sheet.
  4. Broil at 450 F until cooked through.
  5. Garnish with Gorgonzola and celery.
  6. ENJOY!

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Tenders


Check out Smart Chicken®'s Cafe Tecumseh to see their delicious recipes or get inspiration for your own!

Also check out Smart Chicken® on Facbook


I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias® #CBias #SocialFabric. All opinions are my own!




The Power of Awesome and Adventures in Babywearing

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Here is the deal folks: We are all awesome in our own ways. Regardless of what the bullies and mean girls have told you, you rock in a way that is uniquely you. It could be that I had homemade biscuits for breakfast and I am riding a carb high, it could be that I just chatted with a blogger whom I've quietly followed for years, or it could be the amazing support I received after announcing I was considering Biggest Loser auditions. Regardless!

I have been popping around my house with this  friggin' awesome attitude. (It MUST be the biscuits!).  The power of social media has blown my mind the last two days. Mind=Blown. While chatting with Stephanie,  I had this realization. Here I was chatting with the lady who authored a blog that inspired me to buy my first Moby. My family culture is to babywear, but I had never heard of the Moby wrap. Three little people later, here I am a babywearing parent- in large part to her influence. Which made my wheels start turning. I bet there is one person who has read my blog and been influenced.  One person who thought differently because they read something I was honest about.

That is some power.

Social media amplifies our voice to degrees we could otherwise not be able to achieve. I know people like to hate on social media, they say it creates de-personalized personas and limits authenticity since people are able to control the "them" that you see. That is true.

It is ALSO true, though, that social media gives a platform for those of us that are putting our true selves out there. Social media can connect people, educate people, and inspire people. I learned a lesson yesterday. Never doubt the power of your awesome. So read those blogs, tweet, link in, and status update. Social media isn't evil. It is a tool, and like any tool can be used to build good things or bad things.

Now... off to make  my Biggest Loser audition tape. Eek!

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Worm Compost Bin: Earth Friendly Family Projects

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I want to show you an Earth Friendly Family Project that I think anyone can do- but first, an aside* I know lately around here we've had a lot of heavy grown up discussions. The thought still lingers on how I could "one up" myself with the posts following such confessions. The reality is that this blog is as much of a reflection of my life as anything else. It is accurate in that it portrays ALL aspects of my life. From confessions about marriage struggle, subsequent panic attacks about confessing marital struggle, kids, friends, and the mundane.

So I have to give myself a pep talk when it comes to writing anything after such monumental posts. Like everything else, though, life ebb and flows with high drama, every day things, successes, and failures. I have to resign myself to the fact that not EVERYTHING can be all "woooo hey y'all time to air my dirty laundry."

*Now back to Earth Friendly Family Projects. has a really great, much better than mine, instructional post on creating your own worm compost bin. We have a medium sized garden, and we grow much of our food. Part of gardening is good soil and part of good soil is compost. We decided to try our hand at worm composting, because Isaiah is particularly a fan of creepy crawlies. To create a vermicompost bin, or a bin full of worms that eat your food scraps (for us non-nerds), DO go to Otherwise check out the picture journal below of our Earth Friendly Family Project