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A Few Things Friday

1. Did you ever have a week that dragged and flew by at the same time? Did that just blow your mind? Am I even making sense right now? Perhaps we should start over…

2. I just realized yesterday that my watch was one day behind on the “calendar” portion of said timepiece (oh you fancy, huh), and was immediately embarrassed upon this revelation. For I have been scoffing at people for WEEKS who have (what I thought) been wrong about the date. I’m talking major attitude during a restaurant reservation session that I now realize was my bad. So… sorry about that, very nice Asian lady at the sushi restaurant… keep on doin’ what you’re doin’.

3. YOU GUYS!! The Bachelor is back!! *squeal* Yes, I realize this is turning my brain to mush, and yes, I realize most of it is fake and drummed up entirely by ABC, but I care not! There is nothing quite like a boozy house of hens, all clucking and pecking over a man who is undoubtedly just in this to have his Greek-god-like body plastered all over the television. (Not that I’m complaining.) But wow. So many things about this season so far.
Like for one, Tierra is the worst. REALLY, Sean? The first rose? And I thought I was done with Kacie B. And, I don’t know about you, but I for sure rewound the part when that chick tried to tumble her way out of the limo, but instead tumbled right onto her ass. You just can’t make this shit up, guys. And what’s up with 50 Shades chick? Is that still like a relevant thing? But for real, I don’t think I like any of them so far, but I’ll keep you posted as my feelings progress.

4. You know what else is back? Nashville

Yep, Nashville. Seriously… just… everything. And as much as I love this show with every fiber in my being, I just cannot take Hayden Peniteakrjea;lfkjdkal. Like… every time I look at her I just see a giant woman-child. And in those sequinned dresses it’s like an episode of toddlers and tiaras. And why is her jaw always clenched while she talks? Just stop.

5. Thanks for your recipe recommendations last week, I’ve actually stepped up my kitchen game again, and have been cooking dinners like a boss this week. I even remade one of my first blog recipes ever that I will (hopefully) be posting next week… I think this rejuvenation is partially because I finally went grocery shopping (oh, goodbye $250…), and also because I could not stomach one more frozen pizza. But it is Friday, and we all know Friday night = pizza night. God bless you, Newman’s Own Thin Crust Supreme.

6. I don’t know what it is, but I’m going through this weird retro music phase, and cannot stop listening to all the bands I used to listen to in high school on Spotify. (Goldfinger, Bouncing Souls, MxPx, and Alkaline Trio, just to name a few). I don’t know where this nostalgic urge to immerse myself in the music of my childhood is coming from, but I am thoroughly enjoying it. It also kind of makes me want to break out my gigantic-bottomed JNCO jeans and faded Salvation Army t-shirts, but then…

Yeah, not so much. Let’s just stick with the audio reminiscing.

Random question for funsies: Who was your favorite band in high school?

Ok, that’s it friends, happy weekend to you all! xxoo


Will You Accept This Chicken?

A little late to the party, I started watching The Bachelor about 3 seasons ago.  It started innocently enough- I heard some girls talking about it at work, and never one to be left out of a conversation, I ended up DVRing the next week’s episode.  And the next… and the next.

So 4 seasons later (including 2 seasons of Bachelor Pad and minus one season of the dreadful Bachelorette- Ashley) I am still watching.  It was bound to happen, given my undying affection of all things trashy reality TV.

On the bright side, I feel less embarrassed than I did when I was watching, say, Rock of Love (I, II and the Bus Tour season- FACE TIME!) and it gives me something to fill my otherwise mundane Monday evenings with.  Plus, is there anything better than a house full of catty women, all vying for the affection of one man, swiftly changing from manic highs after their “dream dates” to violent emotional breakdowns?  I think not.

So last week, I had my friends Mary and Cydney over for a little dinner and a lot of Bachelor.  I wanted to do something that represented the show… you know, girly and kind of fancy, but at the same time, the “dinner next door”.  So I ask you…

Do you accept this stuffed chicken breast?

Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken
Cook/Prep Time: about 50 minutes
Serves: 4

You’ll Need:
4 large chicken breasts
2 eggs, whisked
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups seasoned panko breadcrumbs
8 medium-sized mozzarella balls
Salt & pepper
4 oz jar of pesto, store-bought or homemade
6 oz (half a box) of whole wheat spaghetti pasta

Directions:  Preheat the oven to 350.  Place the flour, eggs, and breadcrumbs in 3 shallow bowls.  Spray a baking rack with cooking spray, and place over a baking sheet, covered in aluminum foil.  Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.  Dredge chicken breasts in flour, then egg, then cover in breadcrumbs.  Slice long ways through the side of the breast, careful not to cut through to the other side.  Place to mozzarella balls inside the chicken breasts, along with a tsp. of pesto.  Bake for 40 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.  Meanwhile, prepare pasta according to directions and toss with pesto.  Serve alongside stuffed chicken.  Garnish with tomato slices.

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This was a great dinner.  Not too difficult to make, and packed with flavor from the pesto.  Plus who doesn’t love a breaded chicken breast with a cheesy center?

I feel like me and this dinner really have awesome chemistry.  Like I might be falling… in love?  I really think this could be the one!

Oh, Bachelor humor.


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