Thursday Things

1. Check out this little craft I did yesterday that cost only $5 and took about 5 minutes to complete:

Each of those 81/2×11″ frames were 25 cents and the scrapbook paper was 99cents a sheet!

I have two other christmas craft projects that I might wait to complete over the weekend (it includes paint and candles and glitter and glue and all that jazz)

2. Last night’s dinner was FANTASTIC. I took the recipe from SkinnyTaste, and only tweaked it a bit. <—because I am terrible at converting ounces to grams and then usually halving the recipe for just the two of us. Yes, pretty much everything here is in grams which drives me freaking batty.

Chicken and Broccoli Noodle Casserole

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 large boneless chicken breasts
  • 3 cups no yolk noodles
  • 1 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large crown of broccoli
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/8 cup minced onion
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar
  • 3 tbsp parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp bread crumbs

Here’s what you do:

1. Put the chicken in the crock pot on high for roughly 4 hours and shred with two forks when it’s done. (submerge the chicken in chicken broth, enough to cover the meat- this is not included in the list of ingredients0

2. Cook the noodles until they are almost al dente. Strain and set aside.

3. Preheat oven to 375, spray 8×8 with cooking spray.

4. Put the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and allow it to simmer for about a minute. Then add the broccoli florets. Turn the heat to low and cover the skillet to allow the broccoli to steam.

5. In a large pot, add the butter. Once it’s melted, throw in the onion and allow the onion to soften for a few minutes. Add the flour until incorporated. Then add the chicken broth and whisk thoroughly. Add the milk and bring the mixture to a boil (stirring occasionally). Once brought to a boil, turn it back down to medium heat and allow 6-7 minutes for mixture to thicken. Remove from heat, and add the cheddar cheese and 1 tbsp parmesan. Mix well.

6. Add shredded chicken, noodles, and broccoli to the cream mixture in pot.

7. Pour the mixture into the 8×8 dish. Top with remaining 2 tbsp parmesan cheese and bread crumbs.

8. Bake for 20 minutes, then allow it to sit under the broil for a couple minutes to allow the top to brown.

9. Eat! (We added some sriracha to our portions. yum!)

 

(I always use the smaller plates for my meals, and leave the big plates for Tyler. Perception of having the plate full can really deceive your eating habits!)

3. I worked out at home yesterday and did the strength workout B from Best Body Bootcamp. It was an interesting workout, and I adjusted a few moves to accommodate the equipment I have. The toughest one was what I substituted for hamstring curls- I actually used my gliding discs for these. Yikes, my hammies were screaming after that set. There were cardio intervals within the supersets and I finished it off with some kickboxing. Check out this super flattering picture.

(Notice that my HEAD is wider than my entire body. Oy)

4. It was during my workout (in ‘my’ room) that I noticed it’s been a while since I updated my calendar.

Just a few months off. No biggie. But July is my favorite. 4th of July, my birthday, summer= all happy things.

5. A lot of people do throwback thursday pics. Since I am now 3000 miles from home, I couldn’t really bring any of my stuff with me, so I don’t really have any of my childhood pictures. But I do have this gem that my mom somehow brought this summer.

It was my understanding that in 5th grade, prescription sunglasses were HOT. Looking at it now: NO THEY’RE NOT.

6. I got shout outs on both Leigh AND Alison’s blogs today (ladies, I am totally stealing that post soon!) Woo hoo!

7. It’s not a new song, but it’s been a huge player this week in my workouts. Love me some hip hop/electro mixes (mostly the hip hop part though). The best part:

Ugly girls be quiet, quiet, pretty girls clap, clap like this
Ugly girls be quiet, quiet, pretty girls clap, clap like this

(I obviously clap)

Pretty Girls (Benny Benassi remix)

What song (new or old) do you have on heavy rotation lately?

Sweet-n-Sour Crockpot Chicken

Happy Friday, Folks!

Dinner last night turned out, so I’m going to share the recipe with all y’all.

Sweet-n-Sour Crockpot Chicken

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Chicken (I used two breasts, so adjust accordingly)
  • Sweet-n-sour BBQ sauce
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 10 oz pineapple chunks
  • Rice

Here’s what you do:

1. Pam (or grease) your crockpot.

2. Throw the chicken in (you can use thawed or frozen, just adjust the cook times accordingly. 2-3 hours thawed, 4-6 frozen)

3. Coat the chicken with sweet-n-sour sauce. (for two breasts [tee hee hee] i used 1/2 bottle)

4. Throw in chopped pepper, onion and pineapple (keep them in large pieces).

5. When that’s all ready, make rice. Take two forks and pull apart the chicken, while it’s still in the crock so it can absorb more juices. Then throw your crockpot crap over the rice. Then eat it.

It’s really really good. It gets the rice all saucy-like. It’s practically like chinese takeout, except there’s no MSG. And you can control the amount of sauce. Add in more veggies if you want to be SUPER healthy!

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Yesterday’s workout:

25 minutes kickboxing

10 min quick run with the dog

lots of combo moves with my gliding discs (like lunges with lateral raises and such)

upper body combo (bicep curls/overhead press, hammer curls/tricep kickbacks, yadda yadda yadda)

100 stability ball situps.

Today’s workout:

Running around the house like a maniac because I couldn’t solve the last problem of one of my homework assignments.

 

Walk the dog.

40 minutes Spin

30 minutes full body strength moves

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Tonight I have yet another new-to-me recipe to try out, some Apricot Ales (Shout out to Kysha, WHAT WHAT!) and a boozy/awesome concoction to try.

G2G (that’s ‘gotta go’ in teenage text talk)