I tried Yoga for the first time ever today, and got up at 5:30 to do so. I really enjoyed it, so from now on you’ll catch me on campus at 7am on Tuesdays and Thursdays finding my inner peace….or something.
Anyway, I have a new recipe to share! I am a huge chicken salad fan, and have been searching for the perfect chicken salad combination, and I have found it! Of course with something like this, it’s all about your own personal taste. I like weird, period. I like interesting food that makes you second guess what’s in it, but I swear this is kick ass chicken salad! here’s the ingredients, and as you remember, just measure it out to taste, it’s the best way to cook!

  • Boneless chicken breast (I used two)
  • Hellman’s lite mayo
  • dices green onions (love onion, I use LOTS, like…7. This is where personal taste comes in. If I fed this to Justin he would kill me)
  • honey (I know! crazy huh??)
  • Lemon juice (I found a particularly juicy lemon, I don’t recommend using the juice of more than one)
  • diced celery (What is chicken salad without celery, I ask?)
  • sesame seeds! (I know, weird, but I just happen to love love love sesame seeds)
  • Salt and pepper.

    so yeah, that’s about it. The rest is child’s play. First I cut up two boneless chicken breasts. I like my chicken salad in cube-form, but you can do whatever you like texture-wise. Then I cooked the little darlings in a skillet (with pam, no calories!) and I used sage, parsley, and garlic salt, because I have an addiction to spices. Sage? AWESOME. Might be my new favorite (sorry tarragon!) While that’s cooking I mix the rest of the ingredients together and then dump in the chicken. It’s usually best refrigerated, then spread on some nice wheat toast. YUM I’ve been eating this for like three days now, I think I’m in love.

  • But honestly? It’s not bad for you at all if you use lite mayo and it’s FILLING. Gha. Now I’m hungry.

    The holidays are coming!

    This usually isn’t a time of too much stress, but this Thanksgiving is going to be very, very different.  Justin’s family is meeting mine!

    Ok, it’s not going to be a huge blowout.  It’s going to cinsist of my family, my mom, dad, and 17 year old brother, and Justin’s mom, dad, brother and sister in law.  you know those two as John and Lori. haha.  this will all take place at my parents house.  I think my mom had a mini-panic attack at the thought of hosting dinner, but we simply just have the most room for nine people.  I know it has to be weird for all our parents, They have never met before, so technically they are strangers, although they are this close to being family.  My mom is a people pleaser too, so she’s a little worried about making a good impression…kind of like I was come to think of it 🙂  my brother and my dad are a lot more laid back.  My dad will keep my mom sane and Andrew will play video games. haha.

    So now I’m looking up something new to make this year.  I’m not coming up with anything good unfortunetly.  Justin, my mom and I will be the cooks this year.  Justin and I are going to spend the night at my parents the night before Thanksgiving so we can wake up with my mom and start cooking so she isn’t too stressed.  I think it’s probably about time that they all met, considering we’re getting married and all that now. haha.

    In any case, I will continue the search for the perfect recipe to impress all my family and hopefully we won’t burn the turkey!

    I love being legal.

    I have to say, the excitement I felt back in January when I turned 21 has died down immensely. I don’t know why, but I felt that turning 21 would make me feel different (you know, just like how you think turning 16 and 18 would make you feel like a whole new person) Well obviously I didn’t feel any different at all. Granted, I have been going to bars since I was roughly 18, I really thought like I would feel like this incredibly older person.

    Not so much.

    However, it is much more convenient for both Justin and myself that I am now of legal age to purchase adult beverages. I think he was getting tired of running to the store for random things like wine or tequila when I’m trying a new recipe. Like the one time, I was making tequila lime chicken and needed just half a cup of Jose. Justin, being the savvy shopper he is, comes how with three gallons because it was “on sale”. haha, I do love him. Justin has a hard time controlling his excitement, even at 25, when venturing into the liquor store. He usually comes out with enough alcohol for many, many good nights. Maybe that’s the reason we never fight, we’re always drunk 😉 I kid. No really, we get along very well, with or without alcohol, which I hear makes for a good marriage. Speaking of marriage, I do wish I could move up our date sometimes, but right now I think we both have the house bug so bad that even I would rather spring for a house right now over a wedding. House before wedding. I think we’re doing it wrong. haha. Well, we were living in sin before we got engaged, and since we’re already living together might as well go for the gold. And I really want a cat. Our landlord is a cat hater, so that’s on hold right now. Anyway, on to the weekend fun.

    So last night we enjoyed a Saturday night out in Hilliards, PA. It’s about a 20 minute drive from our place to check out a new bar called the Just Inn (haha, very punny) and to see a band called The Huckin’ Fillbilly’s. That’s them on the left, in case you were wondering. They were really great! There was a lot of energy and contrary to the name, they played all classic rock. If you’re in the eastern Ohio or Western PA area I would highly recommend catching a show. Justin and I ducked out a little early, but I do plan on seeing them again for a whole show. This was also the first time we ventured to this bar, and I have to say the Just Inn is pretty awesome. I don’t like super-huge bars, nor do I really care for hole in the walls. This place was a great size, great service, good food, and the people that went there seem like normal people. haha. It’s also in a great location- the middle of nowhere. It’s a nice calm drive back home on all back roads, which is something I severely miss since moving to Butler. We both want to live basically in the middle of nowhere, where you cannot see your neighbors. That’s pretty pricey, but you never know what you may come across. Who knows, maybe out dream house is nothing of what we were expecting. I would really like to go back soon, sometime next month I hope.

    Today is Sunday, obviously. I work 10-4 on Sundays, and although I hate working on the weekend, I like the shift. I can’t wait to have that 9-5 or whatever day job once I’m done with school. I can’t wait to come home and be able to actually cook a dinner for Justin and myself (and future kids) and not have to pack it up in Tupperware because we are at work during dinnertime. That would be great. Until then, however, I will just have to deal.
    And I have to say, I can pull off a dinner pretty well 😉 This was for Justin because he started having major cravings for ham. I have to say it was pretty amazing, and only lasted maybe…3 days. I discovered my future husband is a serious picker with ham. I’ll probably make another one for around the holidays. Maybe we’ll have our own private holiday dinner before we are running around like mad people as we try to hit all the family dinners. That’s the part I actually don’t care much for for the holidays. I wish both our families would just be in one place! Tonight is going to be pizza night, and in my new money-conscious mind set, Justin and I are going to make pizza from scratch together =) I discovered yet another blog that’s quickly becoming a daily read, and she has a great looking recipe for a pizza crust from scratch. I’m pretty excited to try it. I’ll take some pictures and share the struggle or triumph of my first attempt at pizza-from-scratch.

    That’s all for now. Back to Monday again, unfortunately. Hopefully next week Justin and I will start squaring away some details for the upcoming Halloween festivities. I’d love to find a place to go out for Halloween, maybe we’ll hit that bar again. I do love Halloween. Maybe I’ll even share some pictures of Halloween past. wee!

    I think I mentioned before, I looove to cook. Last night after work I opened up the fridge to try to figure out what I wanted to make for dinner for tonight. Something easy, as I just got off work and just wanted to veg out on the couch. sooo…
    I came up with this. A tasty stir fry made not with soy sauce, but Ken’s Steakhouse Asian Sesame with Ginger & Soy. Credit should be given to Bree, who introduced me to this delicious dressing. I call it Asian Sesame Chicken Stir Fry. Anyway, in keeping with the tradition I have of not supplying measurements, the ingredients are: rice (minute), boneless chicken breast, marinaded (I’ll tell you the marinade in a jiffy), about half a bag of frozen broccoli, (but feel free to use fresh, of course) a whole bag of mixed veggies, including carrots, corn, and green beans, and then a tiny bit of dried tarragon leaves. Emphasis on the tiny, tarragon be strooonngg. For the chicken marinade, I used quite a big of that dressing I mentioned earlier, a couple drops of soy sauce, oriental chili sauce, (love the spice!) and sesame seed oil. I simmered the chicken on low in a frying pan (Justin’s pretty particular about his wok, so I don’t touch it 😉 Once the chicken was cooked through I added the rice and veggies and dumped more sesame dressing over it all to coat it, then just let everything simmer together. It’s fiance approved, and I love it, so I highly suggest trying it simply on the basis of how simple it is. We’ll be eating that for dinner here come break time, yum!

    I was actually in a hardcore cooking mood last night. On top of having the chicken cooking I was boiling water for tea and baking muffins. haha. I was on a roll. Today for lunch I made another favorite dish of mine that you may or may not be familiar with… Cucumber Salad, made my way of course 😉 This is actually a weird comfort food for me. My mom tells me when she was pregnant with me she always craved onions and vinegar, and would eat this type of stuff all the time. Now I love really strong-tasting food, so I love this salad. Justin went to his parents house today and came back with a lovely bag full of produce, so in this salad I put cucumber, onions (usually red, but this time yellow from the garden), tomatoes (my personal favorite veggie), along with that Salad Supreme seasoning I told you about in my previous cooking post (seriously, I swear by it), dried basil leaves, and then a mix of white wine vinegar, distilled white vinegar, and red wine vinegar. Told you I like it strong! I just cut up the veggies and mix the rest of the ingredients into a Tupperware container so I can seal it up and shake it. I’ll warn you, this really isn’t for everyone, and with the amount of vinegar I like in mine you may want to be cautious, but that’s one reason I don’t care about giving measurements. The definition of good food is vastly different for different people. I love just about all food, but like I mentioned before, I like very strong, flavorful food. The spicier the better, too.

    Anywho, just thought I’d share my latest culinary endeavor..I’ll be doing grilled chicken or kabobs next 😉