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I Feel Like Chicken Tonight

9 Nov

The rest of my day off was enjoyable. Why can’t every day be a day off? I feel so much more productive getting stuff done around the house than when at work. That being said, operation win the lottery or find a sugar daddy is in full effect. I could really get used to not doing the 40 hours of work thing but wouldn’t mind it if I could do something I loved and didn’t have to worry about money. Sigh, let’s see this operation takes me…….

After Panera yesterday,  I had to pick up a few things at Wal Mart and found some Halloween items on 90% off clearance!

I have no clue what I am going to make with black frosting but for $.17 I will try it out! Then the sprinkles were only $.30, I should have stocked up some more. Thankfully they didn’t have any Halloween candy because that is the last thing I need. Want? Hell to the yes. But need, not so much.

I had leftover chili that I made on Friday for lunch with Food Should Taste Good Olive Chips.

These babies have been sitting in my cupboard for a couple of months but to be honest, I was kinda scared to open them up. I figured they would either be really good or really bad. The verdict? I think these may be my new favorite flavor. I love all things olive but recently started liking black olives but I would say I tasted kalamata more than anything.

Since the chili was more thick than anything (that’s what she said), I used the chips to scoop. I originally thought the chili was a fail but it was more of a thick, hot dip this time around. I made it with fresh peppers, onions, corn, cannellini beans and Morningstar Veggie Crumbles but not enough stock or diced tomatoes. I wish I would’ve saved more instead of throwing out some of the remains since I thought it would taste horrible.

Inspired by Devon’s Buffalo Chicken Tacos, I put some chicken in the crockpot with hot sauce and water and set on high.

 I didn’t have any of the ingredients for tacos but by making them in the crock, I could have chicken on hand to make a few versatile dishes this week. I will be feeling like chicken each night

Does anyone else remember that commercial or once again, am I aging myself?

The first thing on the list was a simple dinner of pulled chicken, green beans and brown rice sprinkled with chile powder. I’ve been craving canned french cut green beans this past week. I can’t do frozen green beans for some reason, only fresh or canned.I’m a condiment girl so the honey mustard on the side was essential.

A couple of hours later, I was craving something warm and sweet. I had phyllo dough defrosting in the fridge with an apple that only had a few more days left to enjoy so I decided to make  a few apple tarts. I cut up an apple, sprinkled cinnamon and agave nectar on it then microwaved for two minutes then scooped into the phyllo in a muffin tin

Covered with the remainder of the phyllo, sprinkled with more cinnamon and agave nectar then baked at 400 degrees for 17 minutes

These were absolutely delicious and hit the spot! They were so easy to make along with a quick fix when something sweet was needed. The only thing that would have made it better was some Cool Whip (said the same way Stewie says it of course)

Contemplating what I could make with the crockpot buffalo chicken, my mind naturally wondered to quesadillas. I’ve made the traditional quesadillas and even pizza quesadillas but I never thought to make buffalo chicken quesadillas. Once I thought of that while entering DOS codes into our with the times computer program at work, it was so on.

I took the shredded chicken and added chopped onions, fotina and shredded mozzarella cheese

Then I remembered I had an unopened bottle of this stuff in the cupboard, if you haven’t tried it—go out and buy some, it’s fabulous!

Added some to the chicken mix and spread on a whole wheat tortilla then topped with another and let cook for about 10 minutes

I mixed a couple of teaspoons of the wing sauce with a spoonful of ranch to make a zesty dipping sauce. The day I get sick of condiments is the day I die.

If you like buffalo chicken and like quesadillas–make these, like now. They turned out wonderful and I was a bit skeptical about using fontina but it melted beautifully with the mozzarella. I can’t wait to make these again!!

In other big news, my bestie just created a blog! She is writing about her training for her first half marathon in January, PF Changs Half Marathon no less so it will be rocking time (pun intended). She’s ran a few races in her day but never attempted a half and I am so happy for her! If I train, maybe I will meet her in Phoenix for it, you never know! I can’t wait to read about her progress and other fun, random happenings! Anywho, check it out—Thirteen.Point.One

Today, I took a beating mentally. It was my first day back at work after a three-day wknd (and that means I have a three-day workweek with Veterans Day on Thursday!) plus we got our credits assigned to us yesterday so jumping into that was interesting. The first part of the day, I was overloaded but soon found my groove into how much workflow would go. I also spoke with HR and my paycheck will be coming to me on Friday (grrrr) but it is more than I expected plus I will get my normal paycheck the following Monday. I can hold out until then and budget money, bring leftovers for lunch, etc. AND, I spoke with my mom today and she found a job! She worked at a newspaper in South Florida for 10 years then due to lack of sales, they laid her off last year. She has been depressed about not being able to find anything and been looking anywhere she can. Not only did she get a job, she got a sweet ass job at William Sonoma as a gift wrapper so let’s hope they hire her full-time or keep her on part-time. And let’s hope she takes that 40% discount and buys me a useful gift for Christmas and birthday!

With that, I plan on snuggling with this little man tonight. We got some Netflix to catch up 🙂

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I got a feeling

6 Jun

That if I hear “I Got a Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas, I am going to scream and possibly hit someone. I heard it at least nine times last night and am officially over it! Besides that-oh-hi–hope everyone had a lovely weekend. Personally, I feel like mine just flew by and I really didn’t have a weekend. Between going to the wedding yesterday, packing up, dropping Lincoln off to be watched and getting back home today, I am pooped. And I just noticed it”s 9P and I still haven’t had coffee today. No wonder I feel so funkalicious, I have been meh all day and don’t feel too hungover but more meh.

I started yesterday with scrambled eggs and turkey bacon

Packed my bag and pakced Lincoln up and was ready to go!

I stopped at Harris Teeter and got a six inch ham sub with lettuce, tomato, black olives and banana peppers for a quick lunch since I knew I would be eating and drinking a lot later on

I finally broke into my FSTG Buffalo Chips as well, these have been sitting in my pantry for two months which is just uncalled for. Why didn’t I have these before? I absolutely loved them.

Pooltime soon followed after! I was super excited to check out the pool b/c it’s a roof pool with a gorgeous view of the city.

We hung out there for a few hours then walked over to the supermarket for food and beer…..mostly beer though.

We picked up some Bud Light Golden Wheat and Dynamite Roll to split.

The beer-fabulous. The sushi? Not so much. I hate imitation crab meat and I believe a dynamite roll is supposed to be spicy or have some flavor that pops but this was just nill of any kind of taste.

Soon it was wedding time—the theme was Hollywood Night so they had a red carpet, Oscar replicas, Walk of Fame stars, etc. Plus the colors were red and black which I absolutely love.

The food

 

They had a photo booth there so my friend and I got every accessory possible on us and went to take some pics

Oh yeah—look at the lobby of the hotel we were staying at! Yeah, it’s a Holiday Inn. Who knew they were so chic? I so want the zebra print chairs in the background.

We changed and headed to a couple of bars afterwards. Personally, I wasn’t feeling it since it seemed like everyone who was out was 23 y.o and just a d-bag. Nothing wrong with the 23 y.o.’s but I did the whole bar thing was I was that age and am kinda over it. I kept yelling at my friends because the music was so loud and I couldn’t hear anything. And I typically don’t like to go to bars where girls dance on the bars. If it were guys dancing, that might be a different opinion though.

We stopped at another bar after that and I was done by that point. It was 1230A, which is super late for me. Sad, I know but waking up early and drinking for eight hours kinda took a toll on me. I ordered a small Woodchuck but didn’t even finish it. I did help finish some of my friends nachos because drunk me like greasy drunk food.

I recall singing Beautiful Nachos to Madonna’s “Beautiful Stranger”. Nice. Ok so after that, I was done. I walked back to the hotel since it was only 1.5 blocks away but still didn’t feel safe which is just horrible. Um, I live in Charlotte. Not so huge city where I should worry about walking by myself but Charlotte actually has a huge crime rate and I really don’t feel safe walking around uptown at night alone. Thankfully, there were a lot of people out so the walk back wasn’t bad but I just didn’t feel safe and felt like I was about to pass out so told my friends I was going alone.

This morning, we went to The Penguin Drive In. The Penguin has been around for years, is constantly on Food Network and just an all around good place. They have great burgers, hot dogs, fries and more. I’ve only been a few times since the place is totally addictive but when I go, I go all out!

Fried Pickles (with ranch dressing on the side)

Small Block Burger

And I’m not a huge sweet tea person but had three glasses because theirs is that good! Soon after, I headed back home and picked up Lincoln from my friend’s house. He was totally happy to see me and me as well. I miss him after a day, I am whipped for this dog. We came home and he looked depressed though and I have no clue why. Lincoln- I know you have a rough life of playing with your babies, running around, eating and taking naps but what’s with the depressed look? Not diggin it.

Speaking of cute dogs, I love this Citibank ad

The rest of the afternoon was spent on the couch since I was A) hungover and B) it was stifling hot and humid outside. I hate when it gets so sticky outside you don’t even want to move. I napped on the sofa and watched Mystery Diagnosis. I love Discovery Health and can watch it 24/7, it just amazes me with all the true stories. I snacked on a Jokerz Candy Bar (can you tell it’s my day off from calorie counting??) 🙂

 Dinner was Trader Joe’s Spinach and Artichoke Dip with their Organic Baked Nacho Tortillas Chips. This spin dip is one of my favorite items because it only takes 5 minutes to make and you can use on pasta and sandwiches as well.

Sigh, back to work tomorrow. If you’re still ready after this mega long post—thanks for sticking through this and reading. Hope y’all have a great start to the week!