Monday, September 26, 2011

The Last Monday . . .

It's the last Monday of the month, which means one thing . . .

JC's Loft

  JC's Loft is where I'm at!  Check me out over there!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Quickie Friday: Sour Cream Bacon-Wrapped Chicken

This crockpot recipe is so easy and so tasty.  And bacon makes everything better.

Wrap chicken breasts in bacon (1 slice per chicken breast is sufficient) and place them in a crock pot.  In a separate bowl, mix 1 can cream of mushroom soup with 1 cup low fat sour cream, garlic salt, and onion powder, to taste.  Throw that mixture in the crockpot over the chicken breasts and cook on low for about 8 hours.  That's it!  So easy and SO GOOD.  This is awesome served with rice, biscuits, or pasta.

Did anybody manage to make an Missoni for Target purchases last week?  I managed to log on in between website crashes to pick up a cardigan and a milk crate.  I did not, however, get my hands on these:

Had these shoes been available, they would've made it in my cart, as well.  With the amount of black I wear, these would've made a great patterned addition to my wardrobe.  Maybe they'll come back in stock . . .

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Chicken with Grape Tomatoes and Red Peppers

This recipe was just a quick, easy pasta recipe as published in my favorite cookbook (previously discussed here, here, and here  . . .  as well as a lot of other places). 

Halve some grape tomatoes and saute them with a little olive oil and garlic.  Then add jarred, roasted red peppers and spinach (until it wilts).

In the meantime, cook up some whole wheat penne (drain it when it's done and put it back in the pot).  Pour the spinach/red pepper/tomato mixture over the pasta and add some parmesan (just a little).

I topped the pasta with an Italian-seasoned chicken breast and it was DELICIOUS.  Perfectly well-rounded, with lots of great vegetable flavor.  And it was so filling. 

Despite the fact that it's still 90 degrees outside, these boots are calling my name.  Loudly.

Manolo Blahnik via Bergdorf Goodman

These are, in my opinion, the perfect Florida boot.  White, peep-toed, high-wedged.  Also known as the boot that I could never wear if it were actually "boot weather."

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Trying to Win

This minted giveaway!

Lovin' all of the great stuff on Merci and Minted, and would LOVE to win this giveaway!

Which Minted invites do you like, peeps?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Chile-Topped Chicken

Another day, another recipe from my favorite cookbook: Cooking Light Fresh Food Fast: Over 280 Incredibly Flavorful 5-Ingredient 15-Minute Recipes.  This one is chicken topped with DELICIOUS chiles that is spicy and wonderful.

Top the chicken with low-sodium taco seasoning and canned green chiles, whole, then split in half.  Cover and bake for about half an hour.

Remove the cover, top with a little mozzarella, and pop the whole thing back in the oven for about 5 minutes.  TA DA!  Delicious.  I served this with Spanish rice (more on that in a later post).

With NYFW in full swing (and having participated in Tampa's FNO last Thursday) I have shoe (clothing/bag/etc) fever even more than normal.  And these are not helping the fever, either:

B Brian Atwood via Saks

And they're in my price range (sort of).  That spells TROUBLE, peeps.  Do you think they're appropriate for a newly-engaged librarian?

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Nothing's the Same (but Everything's Awesome)

Holy sh*t moly, peeps, do I have news.  News which will both affect the blog greatly, and which doesn't affect it at all.  Let's start with the news that does affect the blog:


This is great news for me, obviously, but not so good for the blog because I'll be working nights, thereby DRASTICALLY reducing my cooking time.  (Lucky for all of you, football season has started (thank you, Notre Dame, for almost ruining the Saturday in which my next bit of exciting news occurred) and snacks will be in order, all of which will be on the blog).

Now for the second bit of news, that doesn't affect the blog:  the BF is no longer the BF.

But don't despair like our little monkey friend, peeps!  The BF is no longer the BF because now he's just the F!  We're gettin' hitched!

It's not happening for awhile, but calling the BF the BF going forward would seem strange.  So he'll be the F from here on out.  Also excited about the recent goings-on:

That's her excited face.  I swear.

So bear with me as the blog goes through an adjustment period, peeps.  Rest assured that even if I disappear for awhile, I won't be gone forever.  And maybe I'll even share wedding food details with you along the way.

Monday, September 5, 2011

A Labor Free Labor Day

Today, the BF and I are driving back from this place:

I did no fishing, but a lot of relaxing.  I hope you had a labor-free Labor Day like I did, peeps!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Quickie Friday: Greek Salad

Hey peeps!  Just wanted to do a quick quickie Friday before I head out for the weekend (more on that later)!  Here we have a tasty (and filling!) Greek salad. 

Chicken (grilled with a Greek seasoning), romaine, grape tomatoes, kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, and voila!  Toss it with a store-bought, light Greek dressing, and you're good to go.

Minus the goofy rhinestone jewel things, I'd also take these to go:

I guess what I'm saying is that I just like the feathers.

Happy weekend!