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Soaking Up Summer

Have you ever been doing something and thought there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing right now? I felt that way a few times the other day.

Family with baby girl in swimming pool

I was outside in our yard playing fetch with Mavis and thought, man I just love this very moment of watching her play and enjoy life. Later on, I was pushing Sadie in her swing and thought, this is the absolute best. After playing, we harvested the first zucchini of the season from our garden.

That evening, Jimmy and I took Sadie swimming in our neighbor’s pool and it was so. much. fun. Afterwards, Sadie went down for a late nap and Jimmy and I ate dinner outside on our bistro table… alone! What a treat.

Baby girl smiling after swimming with hooded towel

I’ve been trying to be very present and conscious during this sweet season. It’s such a blessing to be right where I am each and every day. I am so thankful to God for the many gifts He has generously given me.

How are you soaking up this season?

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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

Ingredients
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

Directions
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.