grilled chicken

Garlic Lime Chicken

Marinated and grilled chicken just screams summer to me. Now that summer has finally arrived in Pittsburgh, I’ve been grilling up a storm, and garlic lime chicken is one of my favorite dishes to make lately.

With a tiny bit of prep work, this chicken comes together easily. It goes great with a side of rice, and would also be delicious in a wrap with hummus and grilled vegetables!

Garlic Lime Chicken

1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried parsley
3 limes
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 lb chicken breast tenders
2 tablespoons canola oil

1. In a small bowl, combine the pepper, salt, paprika, garlic powder, and parsley. Rub spices onto the chicken tenders and place in a large bowl.
2. Juice and zest two of the limes. Add the juice, zest, and minced garlic to the chicken and stir until the chicken is evenly coated. Place in refrigerator for one to three hours.
3. Preheat grill to medium high and brush with canola oil. Cut up remaining lime into wedges.
4. Add chicken breasts to grill and cook until completely done, about five to seven minutes on each side.
5. Turn grill heat to low and grill the lime wedges for about one minute on each side.
6. Serve chicken with lime wedges and enjoy.

Visiting the broski

Sunday was amazing. I spent the whole day with my whole family.

That’s my family…

My older brother, Billy, lives  and works just minutes from the main campus at Penn State and the rest of my family (mom, dad, me, & Hannah) live in Pittsburgh. I hate living 2 hours away from my brother because we have always been close growing up, with about 4 years age difference between us. I just miss him so bad sometimes.

My parents, sister, and I all woke up at the crack of dawn on Sunday morning and drove out to PSU to visit my brother. With one stop at Dunkin’ Donuts we arrived at his apartment around 9:45AM.

What my family did on Sunday:

  • Attended the church that my brother worships at, Penn State Church of Christ.
  • Had lunch at an Italian pizza pub (so, so good).
  • Checked out Wegman’s for the first time. It was pretty amazing! I got some pumpkin granola and had a soy vanilla latte.
  • Walked around the PSU campus and shopped in the little stores that sell clothing & such.
  • Visited the famous Penn State Creamery for ice cream.
  • Walked around the alumni gardens
  • Hung out at my brother’s tiny apartment with his cats.
  • Had dinner at Cracker Barrel (<— one of my favorite restaurants.. one word… CORNBREAD!).

Pictures from Sunday:

Portabella pesto salad from the Italian pub. I asked for chicken on top too 😉

The homemade herb bread that came with the salad and balsamic dressing.

I was so excited after this picture was taken because I realized that squash was growing from the “ceiling”

How do these not fall on people’s heads?!

Hannah playing with one of Billy’s cats, Simba.

Dinner at Cracker Barrel. Two fillets of rainbow trout, baby carrots, mustard greens, pinto beans, and (unpictured) corn muffins. I ate everything. It was amazing.


  • It was so nice to spend a whole day with my whole family.
  • I haven’t smiled so much or laughed as hard as I did on Sunday in a while. Seriously, I couldn’t stop laughing sometimes.
  • I miss my brother so much. I really wish he didn’t live two hours away. I also feel bad that his apartment is so small. I know everyone has to start out somewhere and that he’s happy, but I know it must be hard to pay his bills month to month at a new job without any financial help.
  • I’m going to make a trip up to PSU by myself to visit my brother soon. We are going to get into so many shenanigans. He wants to show me his favorite running trails, have lunch (or every meal..) at Wegmans, and cook together like we used to when he lived at home.

I had a really special day with my family and I’m so happy that I could see my brother and just hang out with the family that God has blessed me with. No, we’re not the perfect family, but we all love each other so much and I’m so grateful for them.


Bible verse of the day: Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Psalm 127:3