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Easy Cajun Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo {Red Lobster Copycat}

I’m always on a quest to discover new and delicious options for quick weeknight dinners. We are so busy these days that I don’t have time for extensive and time consuming prep work. I need fast and I need yummy or these little creatures won’t eat. One of my absolute favorite things to eat is the Cajun Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo from Red Lobster. When I was pregnant with Zoey I consumed it by the pound. Seriously. The hostess at the front desk knew me by name. That was embarrassing. I’ve never found a recipe that was as good as Red Lobster, affordable to make at home, and easy enough to do on a weeknight. After experimenting and trying different ingredients I have finally done it. I have made a Cajun Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo that is delicious and rivals Red Lobster. 

 

No seriously, I mean it. I served it at a large family function and was reprimanded by my mother-in-law for spending too much money on take out from Red Lobster. I took great delight in telling her it was home made. It’s the little things, y’all. Of course it helped that I found the Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit mix at Wal*Mart. Those biscuits….they were sooooo good! They tasted just like the real ones from the restaurant. I will never serve this pasta dish without the biscuits ever again.

 

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Ingredients:

 

3-4 boneless chicken breasts, cooked & diced*

Zatarains Blackened Seasoning, to taste*

1 lb Fettuccine noodles

2 jars Prego Homestyle Alfredo sauce

1 pint grape tomatoes, halved

 

*I chose to use 2 packs of the refrigerated Tyson’s Southwestern Style Chicken strips instead to save time.

*I found the Zatarains Blackened Seasoning at Wal*Mart

 

Directions:

 

1. Cook noodles as directed on package. 

2. Meanwhile, combine diced chicken and Zatarains blackened seasoning in pot. The Zatarains blackened seasoning has some serious kick to it so start out with a little bit and increase it as you go. 

3. Heat chicken over low to medium heat until blackened seasoning coats heated chicken, about 4-5 minutes stirring frequently.

4. Once chicken is heated through, add halved grape tomatoes and stir frequently until they soften, about 2-3 minutes.

5. Add both jars of Alfredo sauce to chicken and tomatoes and continue to heat over low to medium heat.

6. Serve sauce mixture over hot fettuccine noodles with Cheddar Bay Biscuits.

 

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Doesn’t that look amazing? The taste is even more amazing, especially for a dish that used no time intensive, home made ingredients. From prep to table, this dinner took me 15 minutes- and that includes making the biscuits!  

 

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Cajun Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo
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Ingredients
  1. 3-4 boneless chicken breasts, cooked & diced OR
  2. 2 pkg Tyson's Southwester Style Chicken strips
  3. Zatarains Blackened Seasoning, to taste
  4. 1 lb Fettuccine noodles
  5. 2 jars Prego Homestyle Alfredo sauce
  6. 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
Instructions
  1. Cook noodles as directed on package.
  2. Meanwhile, combine diced chicken and Zatarains blackened seasoning in pot. The Zatarains blackened seasoning has some serious kick to it so start out with a little bit and increase it as you go.
  3. Heat chicken over low to medium heat until blackened seasoning coats heated chicken, about 4-5 minutes stirring frequently.
  4. Once chicken is heated through, add halved grape tomatoes and stir frequently until they soften, about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add both jars of Alfredo sauce to chicken and tomatoes and continue to heat over low to medium heat.
  6. Serve sauce mixture over hot fettuccine noodles with Cheddar Bay Biscuits.
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Some Fabulous Offers From Blurb For Christmas

 

Hey y’all. I don’t post steals and deals very often anymore but I have to share this one. I love making Blurb books as holiday gifts for family members and I bet some of y’all do too. Today I have 2 coupon codes for you and some information on the Blurb Gift Center. All the links in this post are affiliate links which means if you click and purchase something then I make a few pennies to help pay for Christmas. 

 

Coupon Code #1:

 

Save 20% when you spend $40 or more on print books at Blurb
When you use the coupon code: MORESAVINGS

 

**Offer valid through November 11, 2013 (11:59 p.m. local time). Valid for printed books only. A 20% discount is applied toward your product total with a minimum order of $40. Maximum discount is USD $100 or CAD $100 off product total. This offer is good for one-time use, and cannot be combined with volume discounts, other promotional codes, gift cards, or used for adjustments on previous orders.

 

Coupon Code #2:

 

Save $25 when you spend $100 or more on print books at Blurb
When you use the coupon code: EARLYSAVINGS

 

**Offer valid through November 11, 2013 (11:59 p.m. local time). Valid for printed books only. A $25 discount is applied toward your product total with a minimum order of $100. This offer is good for one-time use, and cannot be combined with volume discounts, other promotional codes, gift cards, or used for adjustments on previous orders. 

 

Getting inspired with the Blurb Gift Center:

 

There are a lot of gifts you could give this holiday season, but when it comes to something really meaningful, there’s nothing quite like the gift of a book you’ve made yourself. But before you start having visions of gluing and sewing together pages, check out the Blurb Gift Center.

 

Blurb lets you make seriously beautiful books using their free tools. Just add photos and text, choose your options (like paper and cover type), and then order. Of course, you do have to decide just what kind of book you want to make. But relax, because they have put together the cool Blurb Gift Center to give you lots of ideas.

 

For instance, if you’ve got a genealogical bent, there’s the Blurb Family History Book.

 

For those with newborns (or those that know someone with a newborn), a Blurb Baby Book might be just the thing.

 

And if you’re the kind of person who keeps getting asked for copies of your recipes, think about making a Blurb Food Book.

 

This holiday season, make your gift recipients feel really special by making them something special. There really is a book for everyone

 

 If you’re looking for a great gift for family, you should consider Blurb books! I’ve personally used them in the past and was impressed with the quality, the customer service, and the fast shipping! 

 

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The Books On My Kindle

It’s not a secret that I love to read but I don’t think I’ve ever done a full post on the books I love to read. How is that possible? Last year I bought the Kindle Fire HD when it was newly released to replace my old first generation Nook reader. I love the Kindle Fire HD. Love it. I love it so much that I plan to upgrade to the new Kindle Fire HDX sometime around Christmas time. I use my Kindle every day and I’ve accumulated quite a collection of books in the last year. Today I wanted to share some of the books I’ve enjoyed reading and some of the book series that I love. I freely admit to be a romance book junkie- but I also enjoy other genres too. I like mysteries, humor, paranormal….I just love to read. 

 

Series I Love:

 

Christine Feehan’s Carpathian Series– this is probably one of my most loved series of books. It’s paranormal vampire with a twist. I have every book in this series and I re-read them frequently. Dark Prince is the first book and sets up the rest of the series. 

 

J.D. Robb’s In Death Series– another one of my most favorite series. I have been reading these since the very first one was published back in 1995! There’s 38 books in the series, I think, and every one of them is fantastic! It’s futuristic but done so well that it doesn’t seem outlandish. The romance is hot and the action is fast-paced. Naked in Death is the first in the series and sets up the rest of the series. 

 

Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum Series– I love books that make me laugh out loud while I’m reading them and I laugh at every one of the books in this series. Stephanie Plum is a bounty hunter- a really bad bounty hunter whose car gets bombed on a regular basis. The supporting cast of characters in this series are hysterical and the main love interests are HOT! One for the Money is the first book in the series. You don’t have to read them in order but I recommend you do. 

 

Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress Series– another series that I own every book released. I pre-order her books because they are just so good! It’s paranormal vampire but with a twist again. The main character, Cat, is a bad ass and you know how I love a good bad ass chick. This series is full of action and romance. Halfway to the Grave in the first book in the series and this series does need to be read in order. 

 

Those are the main series that I read- the ones that I buy every single book on the day it’s released and stay up way too late to finish reading each one.  I have some other favorite author’s that I will read just about anything they release.

 

Dee Henderson- she is a Christian author and I fell in love with her O’Malley series and then her Uncommon Heroes series after that. Her last few books have not technically been part of either series but they tie in with them and they are soooo good. I love her writing style. If you love romance books but don’t want to read the smutty ones you should check out Dee Henderson. She quotes some scripture in her books but it’s seamlessly woven into the story lines and every story has an element of faith in it. Her O’Malley series is probably one of my favorite series of books of all time. 

 

Kathleen Brooks- I have really enjoyed her Bluegrass series. They are super cheap on Kindle ($2.99-3.99 each) and really good for the price. The stories are romance with some suspense and action mixed in. The first one is Bluegrass State of Mind and it’s free on Kindle. This series revolves around a town and a family so you should read them in order. 

 

Dianne Duvall- I discovered her Immortal Guardian series by accident and they are really good books! Again, paranormal vampire with a twist. They are heavy on the action and romance and I’ve read all of them. Darkness Dawns is the first in the series and they should be read in order. 

 

Kristen Proby- Her With Me In Seattle series is another one I found accidentally and fell in love with. Again- the prices are great (around $3.99 each) and each book gets better and better. Great romance, hot alpha males, and some drama. I highly recommend them! Come Away With Me is the first book and you should read them in order. The series is about a family and it has some really hysterical scenes that had me laughing out loud. 

 

Lila Felix- I adore her Love & Skate series. It’s more new adult and I was hooked from the very first chapter of the first book. The storylines revolve around one family and they are just fantastic! Again- very reasonably priced in the Kindle store- the first one is even free!  You should read these in order. 

 

Quinn Loftis- Her first book in The Grey Wolves series was one of the first freebie’s I downloaded to my new Kindle and I was hooked. It’s definitely a young adult series and the main female characters are a little ditzy but the books are good. It’s a wolf shifter series and I love me some wolf shifters….The first book is Prince of Wolves and is still free. You should definitely read these in order. 

 

Shelly Crane- Her Significance series is another one that I found because the first book was a freebie. And it’s soooo good. It’s another young adult series. It’s paranormal romance but no wolves/vampires. It’s a soul mate book and I loved it. The first book is Significance and it’s still free on Kindle. You should definitely read them in order. 

 

I have so many books on my Kindle y’all. I have well over 1500 books and out of those I have about 400 that I haven’t even read yet! I buy them when they go on sale for $0.99-$2 and save them to read later. It’s an addiction.  I finally made a Favorites collection on my iPhone Kindle app to keep track of my favorite books that I want to re-read. If you’re looking for a single book instead of a series- here are a few I recommend.

 

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton.  I laughed the whole way through this book. It was hysterical but definitely not a young/new adult book. Lots of sex and lots of adult humor. Not for the faint of heart prudish types. 

 

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. This book is all kinds of messed up and full of drama- which is exactly why I loved it so much. Sometimes you just need a drama filled angsty book that makes you scream. This was that book for me!

 

Chasing McCree by J.C. Isabella. This is a young adult book with some adult themes in it. The main characters were really easy for me to relate to and I was sucked right into their story. It’s a great read for only $0.99. 

 

Fallen Crest High by Tijan. Something about the way this author writes her main male characters just speaks to me. I don’t know why, maybe because I see a sliver of them in some of the men in my own life. I don’t know. But I love her books. Fallen Crest High is the first in a series with Fallen Crest Family following it and Fallen Crest Public due out in December. I also really loved her newest book, Carter Reed. I love me some alpha males, clearly.

 

Wait For You by J.Lynn. Oh my gosh. This was one of those books that I devoured from cover to cover in a few hours. I could not put it down. Having been through some similar issues in my own life I really related to the main character. The second book is out now and I just bought it yesterday. The third one comes out in February, I think. 

 

So now that you know what kinds of books I love to read, do you have any suggestions for me? What have you read lately that you enjoyed?

 

**None of the links in this post are affiliate nor am I being compensated for any of them in any way**

 

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He Said, She Said: Horse Face

 
 
 
 
{You know all those funny and/or stupid little moments that happen in every marriage but nobody ever talks about? Well welcome to He Said, She Said: True Stories where I give you an unprecedented glimpse inside the marital dysfunction. You are welcome.}
 
 
Setting the Scene: Matt and I were fully engrossed in watching a marathon of Sunday Football. The screen showed an extreme close up of the Seattle Seahawks coach. The following conversation took place as we watched the coach screaming and yelling over a bad call.
 
 
He Said: Wow, check out the vein in his forehead.
 
 
She Said: That thing is gonna blow at some point.
 
 
He Said: With calls like that one it will be sooner rather than later.
 
 
She Said: Oh goody, something to look forward to for the 4th quarter.
 
 
He Said: That coach looks like something. I can’t figure it out though. 
 
 
She Said: Like another person?
 
 
He Said: No, not a person. Give me a minute, I’ll figure it out.
 
 
**30 Minutes Later**
 
 
He Said: I got it! He looks like a horse. His face looks like a horse’s face.
 
 
She Said: Well. That’s unfortunate. 
 
 
He Said: Why?
 
 
She Said: There’s only one part of man’s body that a woman wants to resemble a horse. And it’s sure not his face.
 
 
He Said: Nothing….he was too busy choking on his beer.
 
 
**10 Minutes Later**
 
 
He Said: He also kind of looks like a bobblehead.
 
 
She Said: Well. Now you’re just being cruel. (for those non-regular readers, I have a very unhealthy fear of bobbleheads)
 
 
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Fall Festival Family Fun

Have I mentioned how much I love our neighborhood? Because I really really do. Last weekend we had our annual neighborhood Fall Festival and it was a blast. The kids look forward to the festival every year and so do I! This year there was a petting zoo, face painting, a rock climbing wall, arts and crafts, and lots of yummy snacks. 

 

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The very first thing the little kids wanted to do was see all the animals. I think we spent most of our time in the petting zoo area. They had a horse, goats, and bunnies. Good news- the kids had so much fun. Bad news- now they want a bunny…and a horse. 

 

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Once they got the rock climbing wall set up the kids decided to venture out of the petting zoo for awhile to try their luck at climbing to the top of the tower. This is the first year Mase has been big enough to try the climbing wall and he was super stoked! Maia isn’t a huge fan of heights but she gave it a go too this year. 

 

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It didn’t take long before Ty saw the little kids climbing the wall and wandered over with his friends to give it a try too. He and his friends took turns racing to the top of the tower. 

 

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After cheering on Ty in his races the other kids were ready to head back to the petting zoo area where the horse was ready to give some rides. They had been waiting patiently for their turn on the horse.  This would be about when they started begging Matt to buy them a horse for Christmas. I’m pretty sure he said no. I hope he said no. I don’t think the HOA will let us have a horse in the back yard. At least that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it. 

 

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The horse fell in love with Mase. Everywhere Mase walked the horse followed him. It was so funny. The horse kept sniffing and snorting at Mase’s hair and trying to lick his face. Matt and I couldn’t stop laughing at the expressions on Mase’s face. 

 

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After peeling Mase away from his new best buddy we headed over to let the kids have their faces painted and do some arts and crafts before the festival ended.

 

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It was a fun family day. The kids saw all their friends from the neighborhood and so did Matt and I. It’s fun seeing the same families year after year and seeing how much their kids grow. I can’t wait for the Christmas party- spiked eggnog….yum!

 

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