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Hutchins BBQ

Since we moved to McKinney we had been told by multiple people to try Hutchins BBQ. So we headed that way on a Saturday night and I am so glad we did. We went at a great time and the line was hardly anything. (We have heard it can get pretty long) The smell was so inviting and as you are ordering they slice the meat fresh in front of you and you can see all the different cuts and types to choose from. You then walk through a bar of side dishes and meet the cashier. They run this line very smoothly and efficiently so you aren’t waiting long. However make sure to plan ahead you don’t want to get there and they are out of your favorite type of meat.

I was so excited to sit down and eat. I had pulled pork and brisket with macaroni & cheese with coleslaw. The meat was tender and melted in my mouth. The macaroni and coleslaw were delicious compliments to the meat, they weren’t too saucy and runny or over dressed. It was for sure the best bbq I had ever had. I would go back everyday if it wouldn’t go strait to my waste line. 🙂

The atmosphere was great. Very casual with lots of seating, tons of condiments and great desert choices. The desert is no extra charge just enjoy, if you can after all of that bbq! Make sure to head over if you haven’t yet and if you are visiting it is a must go for lunch or dinner. You can even get family meals to take home for the whole fam.

Link for their menu and locations

https://hutchinsbbq.com/ 

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Grocery Shopping

I took a poll on Instagram recently wondering how many people went to more than one grocery store for their shopping needs. I was surprised at the response but it appears that 60% do! The other 40% thought it was too much work.

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I recently have been going to two different stores because it has been saving a lot of money on our shopping. I will most likely be upping it to three because getting all the cleaning supplies and such I have found another place to go for even less. It does take more time but all the stores are fairly close and the savings is significant enough to make it worth it to me. Some areas or small towns this may be more difficult.

The way I break down our shopping:

  1. Produce & Meat
  2. Snacks, Boxed items, non perishable items
  3. Cleaning Supplies/Personal Care Items

In the past I have used a lot of coupons but that didn’t really make a difference, I now only use coupons on the food items we buy. Trying new brands or products never worked out for us, but it may for you. Using the stores rewards cards and apps actually seem to save us more money. The apps give you coupons you may not otherwise find and special discounts in the specific store.

We tend to go grocery shopping twice a month and cook a lot at home. Especially with me working from home now our shopping needs have slightly changed so going once a month just isn’t enough with perishable foods and produce.

Do you go to more than one store? What are your grocery shopping tips?

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Benefits of Cinnamon

I love the taste of cinnamon and lately I have been adding it to my toast, coffee and smoothies. Why? The benefits are wonderful!

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  • Loaded with Antioxidants
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Studies show that people who added 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon per day to their diet had lower risk for heart disease
  • Lowers bad LDL and increases good HDL
  • Can Improve sensitivity to the hormone insulin – insulin is part of regulating your metabolism and energy use, Cinnamon can reduce the insulin resistance many people have
  • Lowers Blood Sugar Levels
  • Studies link Cinnamon to inhibit the buildup of tau in the brain which is a trademark of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Studies link cinnamon to help protect neurons and improve motor function
  • Helps fight bacterial and fungal infections
  • Optimizes Oral Health
  • Skin Health
  • Natural Sweetener
  • Contains small amounts of protein, fiber, maganese, calcium, iron, vitamin K, vitamin E, niacin, vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, zinc & copper

Make sure you are using Ceylon Cinnamon, this is “true” cinnamon there are other varieties that have coumarin in them which is not believed to be good for us.

Add this to your diet and share how you are doing it with us.

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Benefits of Honey

Liquid Gold, literally, I had forgotten how beneficial Honey in your diet was until reading EatingWell Magazine the other day. Since then I have been putting it into my smoothies and the natural sweetener is subtle and the benefits huge.

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Honey is:

  • Fat Free
  • Cholesterol Free
  • Sodium Free

Benefits Include:

  • Allergy Relief – anti-inflammatory effects can reduce seasonal allergy symptoms
  • Loaded with antioxidants which prevent cellular damage. Some studies show it boosts postmenopausal women’s memory
    • Antioxidants can also help lower Blood Pressure, Improve Cholesterol, Lower Triglycerides
  • Helps the body Absorb Calcium
  • Cough Suppressant
  • Sleep Aid – can cause a rise in insulin and release serotonin which the body can convert to melatonin – can help to regulate the sleep and wake cycles
  • Treats Dandruff – Honey diluted with 10% warm water and apply it to problem areas can relieve itch and reduce scalp scaling
  • Natural Antibiotic that can be used on wounds and burns to promote healing and reduce inflammation
  • Antibacterial and Antifungal properties
  • Natural Sweetener for cooking

Keep in mind having Honey one time is not going to change your life, you need to incorporate it into your diet on a daily basis. 1 Tablespoon a day has been shown to give people these benefits.

I get all natural local honey in my grocery store. Try adding it to your cooking and let me know what you think!

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Hummus Recipe

I started out the year by making my own Hummus, I have been meaning to for months. I had the day off so I read several recipes and mixed them together to make some of my own Hummus. I always read several recipes and take what sounds good from each one to make what I want. Here is the recipe for the Hummus I made.

 

Ingredients:

1 can of Garbonzo beans – rinse the beans and keep the liquid from the can

1 whole lemon

Olive Oil

Ground Cumin

Garlic

Salt

Pepper

Optional Ingredients:

Paprika

Red Pepper Flakes

  1. Put the Garbanzo beans, juice of lemon, 2 Table Spoons Olive Oil, 1 Table Spoon Ground Cumin, Garlic, Salt & Pepper to taste into your food processor or blender.
  2. Blend until you get the smooth texture you desire, add in the liquid from the Garbonzo Beans as needed to get your desired consistency.
  3. Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for 3 weeks.

This is the base of the hummus you can enjoy as is or add anything for different flavors such as sun dried tomatoes.

Enjoy on sandwiches, veggies, as a dip, whatever you like!

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Exploring Downtown McKinney

Before we relocated to McKinney I heard about the adorable down town area. So I looked it up on Instagram and began following to learn about the shops, restaurants and happenings. The photos looked so inviting and I couldn’t want to get out and walk around. What a perfect time too? The holiday season makes everything better. We went one evening and got coffee and walked around looking at the lights.

They really did a great job decorating for the holidays and all the shops had window displays. They do a contest to vote for the best and I couldn’t choose, I think I voted for like 7 of them! They all were so beautiful and creative. We read some of the menus and took note of some restaurants we want to try.

About a week later I was able to meet a friend and try one of the cute places. We went to Layered. I loved the decor and wall coverings, the textures and calm vibe was really welcoming. I had a almond milk latte and my friend and I chatted for awhile. I had to get back to work so I didn’t eat but I can’t wait to go back. The service was great and it would be a quick place to run in a grab a coffee or tea on the way to work or meeting as well.

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I can’t wait to try more places!

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House Happenings/Thanksgiving

We are officially enjoying our new house in McKinney, TX. Just after settling in we were able to celebrate our first Thanksgiving in this house. Since we just moved and scheduling with other family was too difficult, we spent the day just the two of us. It was a gorgeous day so we went on a family walk around the neighborhood before I cooked a full traditional Thanksgiving meal for us. I am big on tradition so we have turkey, mashed potatoes, rolls, corn pudding, green bean casserole and stuffing. (Minimum I should say, when more family is involved always more!)

Our new kitchen is so nice to cook in. Everything is newly remodeled so all of the little touches make is an ease to cook and clean. The kitchen has granite counter tops, under counter soft close drawers instead of cabinets with above cabinets all the way to the ceiling, eliminating the wasted space and added storage. Some of the cabinets are glass front adding a touch of brightness, double oven, cook top, stainless steel farm sink, large island and butcher block. I could go on but instead you will have to visit.

It was nice to have the day just the two of us. The rest of the weekend was spent completing some home projects, hanging things and trying some new restaurants.