Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Finished Project

I finished having everything framed to hang in my office in July and finally got around to hanging them last month.  It took me until last week to realize that one of them is a little crooked.  Can you figure out which one?  And no I am not going to be fixing it anytime soon.  



The perfect place for the diploma is over a desk.  Or at least in my office.


Colonel Reb and the Square.  



Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Pimento Cheese Muffins

I was wanting something different to have with the chili I made last month.  This is one I pulled out of Delta Magazine in 2012.


Pimento Cheese Muffins


2 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
8 oz extra sharp cheer cheese, grated
1 (4 oz) jar pimentos, drained and patted dry and diced
3 shakes tabasco sauce
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 c. buttermilk
1/4 c. olive oil
1 large egg

Preheat oven to 375º and position oven rack in the center.  Lightly oat a muffin tin with cooking spray.
Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.  In a medium bow, stir together grated cheese, pimentos, tabasco sauce and garlic powder.
Pour buttermilk into a 2 c. measuring cu.  Add olive oil and egg and whisk until well blended.  Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.  Pour buttermilk mixture into the well and stir gently.  Mix only until there are no more streaks of flour.  Gently fold in pimento cheese mixture until evenly distributed.  Spoon in muffin cups.  Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Transfer to a rack and let stand for 5 minutes.  Genlty run a thin knife around each muffin to lift from pan.  Serve warm.


Makes 12 muffins



Monday, December 21, 2015

Happy Centennial!!!!

I have been a terrible blogger in recent months.  But I can't let 2015 end without writing a post about one of my favorite places on earth, Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium.    It is the home of the Ole Miss Rebels football team and celebrated its centennial this year.



The stadium opened on October 1, 1915 and was named for Judge William Hemmingway who was a professor.  In 1982 Vaught was added to the name to honor long time beloved Coach Johnny Vaught. 


I have had many wonderful times cheering on my Rebels.  I even enjoyed being there during our losses.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Chipotle Pepper and Chicken Soup

I decided with the temperatures dropping this weekend a soup sounded good.  I went through my cookbooks and found one in the standard Betty Crocker red plaid or in my case pink plaid cookbook.  


Chipotle Pepper and Chicken Soup


1 c. chopped onion (1 large)
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp. olive oil or cooking oil
12 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into bite size pieces
1 (14 oz) can chicken broth
2 tsp. chopped canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1/2 tsp. sugar
2 c. chopped tomatoes (2 large) or one (14.5 oz) can low sodium diced tomatoes, undrained
1/4 c. snipped fresh cilantro


In a dutch oven cook onion and garlic in hot oil over medium-high heat about 4 minutes or until tender.  Add chicken; cook and stir for 2 minutes more.  Stir in broth, chipotle peppers, sugar and 1/4 tsp. salt.  Bring to boiling; reduce heat.  Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in tomatoes and cilantro.




Sadly this sounded so good but it was pretty bland.  



Monday, October 19, 2015

Pork Chops with Blue Cheese Gravy

I was looking for a new pork recipe to try and this one caught my eye on Pinterest.  I like blue cheese which I realize is a little strange for a picky eater but hey it is what it is.   The link on Pinterest lead to All Recipes.




2 tbsp. butter
4 thick cut pork chops
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 c. whipping cream
1 oz. blue cheese, crumbled


Melt butter in a large skillet, over medium heat.  Season the pork chops with black pepper and garlic powder.  Fry the chops in butter until no longer pink and the juices run clear, about 20 to 25 minutes. Turn occasionally to brown evenly.
Remove chops to a plate and keep warm.  Stir the whipping cream into the skillet, loosening any bits of meat stuck to the bottom.  Stir in the blue cheese.  Cook, stirring constantly until sauce thickens, about 5 minutes.  Pour sauce over warm pork chops.




It turned out great.  But sadly it was not so good warmed up as leftovers tonight.  



Thursday, October 1, 2015

October Goals

September flew by.  Where is the year going?  The best part is football is back.  Oh and of course Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha.  I went on vacation with my Grandmother to Pigeon Forge last week and took no pictures.  Oh and I had an interview.  


October Goals


**   Workout five days a week.

**  Two morning workouts a week.

**  Read Three books.

**  One thing for myself a week.  

** Work on my cross stitch projects.



And last month results.

September Goals

**  Five workouts a week.

Yeah for completing this one.

**  Read three books
I did this one too.

Brides of Amish Country Book #1-8


** Hang pictures.  (Yes I still have not done it).

Nope still not done.

**  Do something once a week for myself.

Only twice.  

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Motivation Tuesday

After a long weekend I need some motivation to get back in gear.  Though I will admit this was my third long weekend in a row.



Monday, September 7, 2015

September Goals

I did better in August but still didn't hit all my goals.  My ankle was still giving me fits so I didn't workout as much as I had planned.  I know people talk about dreading the treadmill but for me it is the bike and that is all I could still do.   I did about half the workouts I had planned for each week but it was for the best my ankle is feeling good again.  


September Goals

**  Five workouts a week.

**  Read three books

** Hang pictures.  (Yes I still have not done it).

**  Do something once a week for myself.



August Goals


**  Hit the gym three days a week.

I did this once or twice a week. 

**  Do three workout videos a week.

I got in two or three a week.  

**  Hang pictures in my office.

I am so terrible this has been on my list for two months and I have not done it yet.  

** Read three books.

Katie's Redemption (Brides of Amish Country #1)

A Sister's Secret (Sisters of Holmes County #1)

A Sister's Hope (Sisters of Holmes County #2)

Monday, August 31, 2015

Teriyaki Chicken, Pineapple and Red Pepper Kabobs

I was looking for a new recipe to grill and since I love grilled pineapple I went with this one I found on Pinterest.  The link led me to the Betty Crocker Website.


Teriyaki Chicken Pineapple and Red Pepper Kabobs

1 pound skinless chicken breast tenders (not breaded)
1 c. Teriyaki sauce or marinade
1 can (8 oz) pineapple chunks, drained
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1 inch chunks

Cut chicken into 1 inch pieces; place in resealable food-storage plastic bag or container.  Add teriyaki sauce; seal bag and shake gently to mix.  Refrigerate at least 30 minutes to marinate.
Heat gas or charcoal grill.  Drain chicken, discarding marinade.  Thread chicken, pineapple chunks and red pepper pieces onto skewered in whatever order you wish, dividing evenly amount skewers.
Place kabobs on grill over medium heat.  Cover grill; cook 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until chicken is no longer pink in center.  Serve immediately.


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sausage Cheese Muffins

I have had to urge to back for a couple of weeks.  I finally gave into it.  I went through and found an this easy muffin recipe from Southern Living.  I tried one tonight and it was good.  I was to lazy to make them this morning so my coworkers will hopefully be helping me finish them off tomorrow morning.  




1 pound package ground pork sausage
3 c. all purpose baking mix
1 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1 (10 3/4 oz) can condensed cheese soup
3/4 c. water


Cook sausage in a large skillet, stirring until ti crumbles and is no longer pink.  Drain and cool.  
Combine sausage, baking mix, and shredded cheese in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture.
Stir together soup and 3/4 c. water; add to sausage mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.  Spoon into lightly greased muffin pans, filling to top of cups.  
Bake at 375º for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned.




Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Cherry Bourbon Ice Cream

I love finding some new ice cream recipes to try, especially during the summer.


Cherry-Bourbon Ice Cream


1/2 c. sugar
2 tbsp. cornstarch
1/8 tsp. salt
2 c. milk
1 c. half and half
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla bean paste or extract

Whisk together the first 3 ingredients in a large heavy saucepan.  Gradually whisk in milk and half and half.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 8 to 10 minutes or until mixture thickens slightly.  Remove from heat.
Whisk egg yolk until slightly thickened.  Gradually whisk about 1 c. hot cream mixture into yolk.  Add yolk mixture to the remaining cream mixture, whisking constantly.  Whisk in vanilla.
Pour mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl, discarding solids.  Cool 1 hour, stirring occasionally.  Place plastic wrap directly on the cream mixture; chill 8 to 24 hours.
Pour mixture into freezer container of 1 1/2 quart electric ice cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions.  Let stand at room temperature 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
Sitr in 1/2 c. drained and coarsely chopped canned, pitted cherries in heavy syrup and 3 tbsp. bourbon halfway through freezing.






Or you could be a little lazy like me and use a no cook vanilla ice cream recipe.


Monday, August 10, 2015

Motivation Monday




Anyone else now want to watch the movie?

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Chipotle- Lime Marinated Grilled Pork Chops

I let July slip by without trying a new recipe.  So this week I am trying two so I can go ahead and knock this goal out for two months.   I found this recipe on the Fresh Market website a few years ago.

Chipotle-Lime Marinated Grilled Pork Chops


4 boneless pork chops, about 1 1/4 inch thick (or bone-in)
1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce (or 1 dried chipotle, re hydrated* and minced**)
2 tsp. oregano
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1/4 c. vegetable oil
2/3 c. lime juice
1 tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
1/2 tsp. salt

Place chops in a large self-sealing plastic bag; combine remaining ingredients in a small bowl and pour over chops.  Seal bag and refrigerate for 4-24 hours.  Remove chops from marinade (discarding marinade) and grill over medium-hot coals for a total of 12-15 minutes, turning to brown evenly.
Serve chops immediately.

* to rehydrate, cover chile with hot water for 10 minutes, let stand at room temperature.
** drain and use as directed.  Seed chile, if desired, to reduce piquancy a bit.




I was lazy and used minced garlic instead of buying some to crush.  And I used the diced chile that come in the jar.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Heirlooms


I have known since I was in high school when Nanny passed away one of the things I would receive would be her mother's china.  Nanny moved into the nursing home a couple months ago and my mother has been working on packing up and splitting out the items per her will for two months.  The parents came for their visit last week and brought me part of mine.  

I have several Rubbermaid containers with the china wrapped nicely in bubble wrap.  Now I need to find a spot to store them.  



This is my great-grandmother's china.  
I have always thought it was pretty and told Nanny one day and the next thing I knew she was saying it was mine.  I didn't know until recently that the pattern is Noritake Celtic.  
Granny and Gramps got married in the summer of 1925.  



And then I got a surprise a couple weeks ago.  Neither my mother or her siblings wanted just 3 pieces of everything in my grandmother's set of china so my mother got it all.  


My mother was already getting another set so she brought Nanny's to me too.  
Nanny has said this wasn't one she really liked but it was the best choice at the shop that sold china in Podunk.  Hers is Haviland Rosalinde.  
Nanny and Pop-Pop would have been married 66 or 67 years in October.


I mentioned to Mrs. P that I didn't know what I was going to do with all of this china and she said that it was time to start having dinner parties.  But first I think I need to find a spot to store it all.  And maybe figure out what all I have of each set.  




Sunday, August 2, 2015

August Goals

A new month a new set of goals.  I had my physical last week and I am down 14 pounds this year.  


August Goals


**  Hit the gym three days a week.


**  Do three workout videos a week.

**  Hang pictures in my office.

** Read three books.





July Goals


** Five workouts a week.

Yep this didn't happen after I hurt my ankle.  

** Two morning workouts a week.

This one either.

** Read three books

A Merry Heart (Brides of Lancaster County #1)
Rebecca's Promise (Adams County #1)
The Covenant (Abram's Daughters #1)
Mistress of Rome (The Empress of Rome #1) - I couldn't get into this one.

** Hang pictures in the office.

I didn't get this done.  I need to frame one more item.  

** Take a chalk painting class.

S and I took the class.  

Monday, July 27, 2015

Motivation Monday

I am needing some major motivation.  My ankle is finally feeling well enough to really workout.


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Motivation Tuesday.

I so want this shirt. It is what I am working towards after all.

Monday, July 13, 2015

July Goals

I am late posting my goals for the month.  I had them all written out in my planner just have not gotten around to blogging.


July Goals


** Five workouts a week.
** Two morning workouts a week.
** Read three books
** Hang pictures in the office. 
** Take a chalk painting class.




So how did last month go?


June Goals



**  Complete the 21 days arm challenge.

I did this one.  I never got past the three pound weights though.

** Complete the JessicaSmithTV 5 mile challenge.

I did this one too.  I got in 119 miles for the month.  I was slacking the last week due to a lot of overtime.

 ** Read 3 books. 

Only read two.  But I made up for that over the Fourth.

 ** Buy my diploma frame.  I want to finally hang the pictures in my office.  My crest will be ready to pick up from Michael's this weekend.

So hanging pictures didn't happens since i didn't buy the diploma frame until the end of the month and it has not arrived yet. I am so hoping it arrives by the end of July.

**  More job hunting.  

Yep did a bit of this.  I have not found a new one yet but know the right one will come along. 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Fourth of July

I hope everyone had a wonderful time celebrating America's birthday last weekend.  I had a nice quiet weekend like I had planned but a lot more quiet than I expected.  Friday afternoon I went out to hit the grocery store and liquor store.  In the rain I was rushing leaving the liquor store and didn't step off the curb.  


I am sure the nice people that stopped to help me thought I was a drunk.  I am glad that I had picked up a stack of books from the library Thursday afternoon.  I spent my weekend in the above position with a book in my hand.  

I had a co-worker offered to roll me around in my chair since I was still limping Monday.






Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Esquites (Creamy Corn Salad)

I have been looking for another side dish to go with tacos besides Spanish Rice.  I finally found one to give it a try in the May issue of Cooking Light.


Esquites Creamy Corn Salad


2 tbsp. olive oil
2 (16 oz) packages frozen whole kernel corn, divided
2 tsp. sugar, divided
1/4 c. canola mayonnaise
2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 1/2 tsp. ancho chile powder
1/2 tsp. ground coriander
3/4 tsp kosher salt
2 ounces Cotija Cheese, grated (about 1/2 c)



Heat a large cast iron or there heavy skillet over medium-high heat.  Add 1 tbsp. oil to pan; swirl to coat.  Add half of corn and and 1 tsp. sugar; toss to combine.  Cook, without stirring, 3 minutes or until corn begins to brown on bottom.  Stir and cook 3 minutes or until most of the kernels are browned.
Remove from pan.  Repeat procedure with remaining tablespoon of oil, corn and sugar.
Combine mayonnaise, lime juice, chile powder, ground coriander and salt in medium bowl, stirring with whisk.  Add corn; toss to combine.  Sprinkle cheese over corn; serve warm at room temperature or chilled.




The only thing I didn't like is that it had to much lime taste to me.  So next time I will cut it a bit.  






Monday, June 22, 2015

Motivation Monday

I have talked about how much I love the JessicaSmithTV workouts on Youtube.   Her is her pup Peanut.



Sunday, June 21, 2015

To many choices

I made one of my goals for this month to finally buy a diploma frame.  Yes I took long enough but I couldn't decide what style I wanted and then a couple years ago I ran across one with a picture of the Lyceum on one side of it and fell in love with it but at the time didn't have the money to buy it.  That stinking budget.  So tonight I sat down to make the purchase online and now can't decide.  Who know there were so many choices of the picture in the frame.



















I only have a couple days to decide which one I like the best.


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Body Scrub


I ran out of the body scrub I had on hand and decided it was time to try one of the many recipes I have pinned.  I went with a brown sugar olive oil one since I had all the ingredients on hand.






How easy is a cup of brown sugar and half a cup of olive oil.

This scrubs leaves my skin so soft I don't need any lotion for a day.


Monday, June 15, 2015

Motivation Monday

I don't know about y'all but this is what I am working towards.



Monday, June 8, 2015

Motivation Monday

I don't know about the rest of y'all but this is how I feel.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Cheesy Garlic Pork Chops

I pulled some pork chops out of the freezer and had no clue what I was going to do with them and then the Skinny Mom June Supper Club email came out.  The one for tomorrow is a pork chop recipe that sounded amazing. 



4 (4 oz) boneless, thin pork chops
2 tbsp. garlic, minced
1/3 c. brown sugar
1 tbsp. butter, melted
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 c. reduced-fat, shredded Colby-jack cheese
salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Rub both sides of the pork chops with garlic and brown sugar.  Place in square baking dish.  
Drizzle butter over top.  Sprinkle with paprika, salt and pepper.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until internal temperature is 155 degrees.
Remove from oven and sprinkle with cheese.  Bake for another five minutes.  Serve immediately.



Monday, June 1, 2015

June Goals

It is hard to believe we are through five months of 2015.  Where is the year going?  I started getting myself back on track in May.  I started hitting the gym and doing videos more along with eating better.  I even got in a couple morning workouts in too.  I didn't weigh in at the beginning of the month so since April 1st I have lost another 2.2 pounds and another half inch off both my abs and hips.  



June Goals



**  Complete the 21 days arm challenge.






** Complete the JessicaSmithTV 5 mile challenge.

 ** Read 3 books. 

 ** Buy my diploma frame.  I want to finally hang the pictures in my office.  My crest will be ready to pick up from Michael's this weekend.

**  More job hunting.  




May Goals

**  Hit they gym 3 days a week.

Accomplished this.


** Do 3 videos a week.

Accomplished this one too.

** Read 3 books.  My goals for the year is 50 books on Goodreads and I am way behind.

Hit my goal and more.

** Try one new recipe.

I actually did two. 

** Finish the last ornament from last year and the one from last month.

I still need to finish the one from last year.  

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Watermelon Sherbet

What is a girl to do when she can't eat all of the baby watermelon she bought?  Why she goes looking for a recipe on Pinterest of course.  I decided on the one for watermelon sherbet from Baked by Rachel.  I have been craving watermelon for a week or two but couldn't bring myself to buy a container of the precut at the store so when I saw The Fresh Market had the baby seedless ones on special this week I ran out and got one during lunch.   





2 c. pure watermelon juice, chilled
1 1/2 c. heavy cream
3/4 c. granulated sugar
pinch salt
1/2 c. mini chocolate chips


In a large bowl, combine chilled pure watermelon juice with sugar and salt, stirring to dissolve sugar. Stir in heavy cream.  Churn according to manufacturer's directions.  In the last 10 minutes of churning, slowly add mini chocolate chips.  

Transfer mixture to a freezer save container.  Freeze until solid.   


** Alternatively, blend watermelon chunks until smooth and strain out the solids.





So I learned you could buy watermelon juice.  But I went with the liquefying the chunks and straining.  

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Motivation Tuesday




After a long weekend of indulgences it is time to get back into the gym.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Some Gave All






Memorial Day is to honor the men and women that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Memorial Day started off as Decoration Day after the Civil War.  There is debate over whether the tradition was started in the north or the south. President Johnson signed a proclamation in 1966 naming Waterloo, NY as the birthplace of the holiday.  The Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968 moved the holiday from the traditional May 30th celebration to the fourth Monday of May.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Motivation Monday

I prefer walking over running mainly because my knees are in terrible shape already.  So I love seeing this on Pinterest this week.






I will be getting in a lot of walking when we have Relay for Life in a couple of weeks. Starting June 1st Jessica Smith is doing a challenge with Sparkpeople to walk at least 5 miles a week. I am planning on completing that challenge as her last couple I have failed to complete.


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Ranch Pork Chops

I was looking through my cookbook for something to cook this week but everything I found needed to be grilled.  That doesn't work when the weather is predicting rain all weekend.  So where else do you go for a recipe? Pinterest of course.  I found this one from Picky Palate.  




6 pork chops
1 packet of dry ranch dressing
10 oz. can cream of chicken soup


Place pork chops, ranch dressing, and soup into a crock pot over high heat for 4 hours or low heat for 6 hours.  




The recipe has some amazing sounding mashed potatoes with it so click on the link.  I was a tad lazy and just used a packet of the Betty Crocker mix.  
I had the fiesta ranch dressing mix on hand so that is what I used.  These turned out amazing.  And is sot easy it could be thrown in before running out the door for work.







Friday, May 15, 2015

King of the Blues




B. B. King I woke up to the news that we had lost the King of the Blues last night.  While at 89 and knowing he had been put into hospice care weeks ago it was still a bit of shock or maybe that was the fact R texted me with the news 30 minutes before my alarm was set to go off.
B.B. was the undisputed king of the blues and until the fall was still touring at least 100 days a year.  He was rarely without his guitar named Lucille by his side.
B.B. was on my bucket list of artist I want to see in concert.  R & I have tried in recent years to find a way to hit one of his shows but couldn't get both of our schedules to get it in.


I know what will be playing in the background tomorrow while cleaning my house.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Motivation Monday

After weeks of slacking on working out I have started craving workouts again.  This one is so fitting.



Sunday, May 10, 2015

Lack of Sleep

I was talking to one of my grandmother's this afternoon.  She asked what had been happening and I told her and that I had not had much sleep in the last week.  Her immediate thought was because of the job situation.  I told her no it was from staying up reading.  She died out laughing but still made sure that it wasn't to distract myself.  I have picked up three good books from the library in the last week. And then I got on Pinterest to pass some time and below was in my feed.






So what have I been reading

**Split Second by David Baldacci. It is the first in the King and Maxwell series. I have read one of the later ones and decided it was way past time to go back and read where it started.  So now I need to work my way through the rest of the series in order.


** On Her Own by Wanda E. Brunstetter.  This is the second one her Brides of Webster County series.  This one is set in an Amish community in Missouri and a widowed woman finds a new love.  

**  Festive in Death by J. D. Robb.  This is the thirty-ninth in her In Death series.  I love this series.  It is interesting to see these characters evolve.  



Monday, May 4, 2015

May Goals

I didn't bother to weigh in or take my measurements this month.  I was so terrible with eating and working out I don't think I want to know.  On the plus side my cloths are not getting tight and are still a little loose.  


May Goals

**  Hit they gym 3 days a week.

** Do 3 videos a week.

** Read 3 books.  My goals for the year is 50 books on Goodreads and I am way behind.

** Try one new recipe.

** Finish the last ornament from last year and the one from last month.


Sunday, May 3, 2015

April Bombed


I totally bombed on my April goals.  I let myself get caught up in being miserable over the news that the company is closing our office at the end of the year.  I came home most nights and crashed especially during the two weeks I was training the  people from corporate who will be taking our jobs.  I am one of the lucky ones as my last day is scheduled for 12/31 so that gives me time to find the right job but it is still a scary feeling.  I started looking for two weeks ago.  Say some prayers the right thing comes along soon.


April Goals


** Hit the gym three days a week.

I hit it maybe once a week.

** Do three videos a week. 

I got in maybe two a week.  

**  Apply for at least one job a week. (more on this later)

I didn't start until 2 weeks ago and applied for a couple.

**  Pick one healthy recipe to try.  

This one I fully completed.  

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Creamy Salsa Chicken Tenders

I couldn't decide on a recipe from my cookbooks so I hit up my boards on Pinterest.  I found a chicken recipe that sounded good and lower in calories.  The link led me to the Reluctant Entertainer blog.  



4 tbsp. olive oil
2.5 - 3 pounds chicken tenders
favorite seasoning (I used Tony's)
salt and pepper
2 c. salsa
1/2 c. creme fraiche (or sour cream)
1/2 c. chopped cilantro
lime wedges

In a large nonstick skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
Season the chicken.  Cook it on both sides until golden for about 3 minutes; transfer to plate.
Add the salsa to the skillet and cook on medium heat, stirring for 2 minutes.
Turn the heat down to low; stir in creme fraiche.
Return the chicken to pan, cover and simmer over low heat, 4-5 minutes.
Sprinkle with cilantro; serve with chips, rice and lime




I thought I had some rice in the pantry but sadly when I went to fix dinner tonight found out I was wrong so it was just chicken for me tonight.  I used low fat sour cream instead of the creme fraiche.  
This was really yummy and the salsa and sour cream mixture was great with some tortilla chips.


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Pink Lemonade Ice Cream

The temps in hit the low 80s for a couple days last week so I was beginning to think of making ice cream.  I went through my pins and found one that sounded interesting.  And I was happy that the link worked to the recipe.  It took me to the Let's Dish blog.



Pink Lemonade Ice Cream

1 c. whole milk
3/4 granulated sugar
2 c. heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt
1/3 c. pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
zest of one lemon
a few drops of pink or red fool coloring (optional)



In a medium bowl, whisk together all the ingredients until smooth.
Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour, or as long as overnight.
Turn on the ice cream maker and add the milk/cream mixture to the bowl.
Mix for 15-20 minutes (according to manufacturers instructions) or until ice cream reaches a soft serve consistency.
Transfer ice cream to an air tight container and freeze for at least 2 hours, or until firm.



I couldn't wait to try it so I scooped out a bowl as soon as it finished.




Wednesday, April 8, 2015

April Goals

I am a little behind on posing my goals for April mainly because I have been struggling coming up with what I want them to be this month.  So many other things have happened at the end of last month that seemed to have overshadowed thoughts of goals.
I can say that I weighed in over the weekend.  Yes, I am late with that too.  And I lost back the 3.1 pounds I gained in February and another half inch off my waist.  My clothes are fitting loser and I have gotten back into a couple shirts.  But I thought there would be some off my hips too since my pants are getting loser.


April Goals


** Hit the gym three days a week.


** Do three videos a week.

**  Apply for at least one job a week. (more on this later)

**  Pick one healthy recipe to try.  





So last month went like this:


March Goals

**  Hit the gym 3 times a week.

This I did.  It felt so great to get back on the treadmill and elliptical.  While I have loved the videos I have been doing it was nice to have some straight cardio.

**  Do three videos a week.  

This has become an easy one to complete but much needed because it is the main way I get in any strength workouts.

**  Eat out once a week or less.

I was worried that I would get out of control with this once January was over and am glad I am keeping it in control.  

**  Finish an ornament I didn't finish last year.

I did this one.  I have one more to finish from last year.

**  Clean out my dresser.  

I finished this one.  Now to get all the items donated.