Corpus Christi, Texas

I recently spent some time in Corpus Christi, it was a great week, filled with meeting new people and catching up with old friends. While most of the trip was all work, I was able to check out a few activites and eat at some amazing restaurants. 

Most people with kids traveling to Corpus make it to the aquarium and the USS Lexington. If your kids love water and animals, I recommend hitting those spots too. We explored something different and went on the Pirate Adventure Cruise – The Red Dragon. While this is located in Port Aransas, it is a fairly short drive or you can always ride the ferry. This cruise was definetely a highlight for me. The crew was phenominal. They dressed like pirates, had accents like pirates, and told hilarious jokes. They also made it very enticing for the kids! All the kids on the cruise got to participate in a treasure hunt, sword fighting challenge, and a water gun fight. They do have a bar on the ship for adults interested in adult beverages. We went at sunset and the weather was perfect! You can’t beat watching a sun set on open water. The dolphins we saw just made the cruise that much better. 

My co-worker, Taylor and I, got to try some of the local restaurants in the area. Shout out to my friend who came in clutch with the best restaurant recommendations!

B&J’s Pizza Restaurant, this place makes the best pizza. Granted, most people that go to Corpus want seafood, but if you are looking for something different. This is the place to be. This restaurant served craft beer before craft beer became a thing. I will admit, I was a little hestitant walking up to this place, but don’t let the looks deceive you. The pizza is tasty. 

Water Street Oyster Bar – honestly, there are no words to describe how great this place is. We arrived around 5:30, the restaurant was already on a wait, and the bar was hopping. They had half price oysters and sushi rolls during happy hour. The spinach artichoke dip was exquisite. I am not the biggest seafood eater, so I went with the Ribeye special with bacon wrapped shrimp. Simply divine. 

Executive Surf Club – this is a must see spot. You can’t beat a surf board for a table and an open mic night. Every night they have something different going on ranging from game night to live music. The vibes and atmosphere were exactly what I needed for my last night in Corpus plus, the food was really good too. 

While I am sure there are a lot of other great places in Corpus to eat, these are definitely going to be on my list to revisit next time.

Share some love, we could all use a little more love

XOXOXO

Casey 

Cheesy Bacon and Broccoli Chicken Recipe

I got back in the kitchen this past week and it felt so good. Now, if you know me you might have just laughed out loud. I am by no way shape or form a cook but I have gotten this itch to cook more lately, so I have decided to try and start scratching it, at least once a week anyway.

We try to cook low-carb meals, which I am all about. Last week, I ordered two new keto-friendly cookbooks and got busy picking out recipes when they came in. My mom and I decided to make it even more interesting, we were going to cook together, along with some quality bonding time!

Our first recipe was from – “The Easy 5-Ingredient Ketogenic Diet Cookbook” page 107. “Cheesy Bacon & Broccoli Chicken.”

Ingredients include:

  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 2 boneless chicken breasts
  • Pink Himalayan salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 bacon slices
  • 6 ounces cream cheese – room temperature
  • 2 cups frozen broccoli florets, thawed
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Coat your baking dish with ghee.
  3. Season your chicken breasts with pink Himalayan salt and pepper.
  4. Place the chicken breasts and the bacon slices in the baking dish and cook for 25 minutes.
  5. Once complete, take the chicken breasts to a cutting board and use two forks to shred them. Be sure to season it some more with Himalayan salt and pepper.
  6. Place the bacon on a paper towel-lined plate so that it will crisp up.
  7. In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese, shredded chicken, broccoli, and half of the bacon (be sure to crumble it up). (Instead of frozen broccoli, we chopped the florets off raw broccoli and cooked it while the chicken was cooking.)
  8. Transfer the chicken mixture into the baking dish and top with Cheddar and the remaining bacon. (I did not measure out our cheese, just covered the top layer.
  9. Bake until the cheese is bubbling and browned for roughly 35 minutes.

This dish was so good and was super easy to make! I felt almost like a chef! It reminded me a lot of Broccoli Rice Casserole. If you aren’t a broccoli fan you could always swap it out with cauliflower. What are some of your great low-carb recipes I can try?

I found joy in that kitchen this past week and for that, I am thankful!

As always share some love, we could all use a little more love

XOXOXO

Casey