Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Savoury Breaded Chicken


Let's talk about chicken and the fact that 99% of the time, it's my go-to for dinners. My husband and I aren't too big on seafood or red meat and I only cook pork every once in awhile. There's a handful of ways I prepare chicken throughout the week, but this has got to be one of my favorites. It isn't the healthiest recipe, but I've gotten nothing but good feedback each time I've made it.

INGREDIENTS:
4 thin sliced chicken breasts
¼ cup of mayonnaise
1 tbsp of dijon mustard
1 tbsp Annie's green goddess dressing
¾ cup of bread crumbs
(I use ½ regular + ½ panko )
½ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp onion powder
¼ tsp turmeric   
salt + pepper

First things first, line a baking sheet with tinfoil and preheat your oven to 350°. In a shallow bowl, mix up the bread crumbs and all of your spices. In a separate shallow bowl, mix the mayonnaise, dijon mustard and green goddess dressing. Make sure the ingredients in each bowl are combined well. Now, you're going to coat each chicken breast with the mayo/mustard/dressing mixture and then with the bread crumbs, placing each piece onto your baking sheet afterwards. Keep these in the oven for about 18-20 minutes and make sure to flip them halfway through the cooking process. Can't get much easier than that!


What's your favorite chicken recipe? I'd love to know!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Snap 365 | Week 34

So, I actually feel good about the photos that I snapped this week. Ever since I bought the prime lens a few days ago, I've been enjoying photography again. It's like a breath of fresh air, really. Can't wait to see what I can capture in the weeks to come!


231/365 — Kiwi.


232/365 — Stare.


233/365 — Butterscotch bliss.


234/365 — Movie night.


235/365 — Blue-eyed boy.


236/365 — Foam.


237/365 — Orion.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Weekend Rundown


I'm pretty sure I discovered the perfect work to play ratio over the weekend. Friday was technically my first day off from what seemed like the longest work week, ever. But, the day was filled with catching up on laundry, grocery shopping and running a few errands. I felt like I didn't have enough time to truly recoup before having to jump back into the world of red and khaki on Saturday morning. Come that evening, I was ready to knock out and I did after watching a few episodes of The Office with G.

Yesterday morning I rolled out of bed around 7:30 feeling fully refreshed. Once G woke up, I fixed breakfast and we snuggled in to watch the season 8 premiere of Doctor Who that we'd recorded the night before. I'm not quite sure how I feel about the 12th doctor (Peter Capaldi), but I have a feeling he'll grow on me. I felt the same whenever Matt Smith replaced David Tennant and he ended up being my favorite doctor, though David Tennant will always have a special place in my heart as well.

After mama-bear got back from church, we all went out to eat at Olive Garden and then indulged in a little retail therapy. G was able to get the X-Box One (since PC gaming was somewhat of a bust) and I finally purchased the prime lens for my camera that had been on my wish list for well over a year now. For once, I didn't feel bad for spoiling myself a bit. I don't purchase expensive things for myself very often, but I've been working hard and I felt like a reward was in order. You guys, this lens is a beast! For something so compact (it's the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II), it's image quality and performance is great. Great investment overall.

Here's a few of the shots that I've taken with it so far: 





I'm off today, but I have a few more errands to run and loads of laundry to do. I feel like I've gotten enough rest and I'm ready to conquer the world whatever this week throws at me! I hope you all had a nice weekend and try to enjoy the rest of your Monday.

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Highs + Lows Vol. 1


The past week has been rough, guys. Without going into too much detail, having your coworkers (and boss) constantly slander you (and your family) behind your back isn't cool. Things have gone downhill ever since my dad passed away. His replacement doesn't care about the well-being of the company and he definitely doesn't care about his employees. I feel like we are stuck between a rock and a hard place right now. But, that's life. I'm trusting God to handle the whole situation because, honestly, I'm not sure what I should do at this point. We have been praying about the whole thing and praying for him for a long time now.

After all of that, I'd really like to focus on all of the highs this week since what I just shared above was obviously a low. I need to remember that no matter how bad things may seem, there's always something to be thankful for. Am I right?

Ξ THE HIGHS Ξ

+ I'm finally over that awful cold that I had been battling the past couple weeks, thank God. I've been feelin' good lately.

+ Getting pizza from our favorite little pizzeria, Cristino's, on our way home from work on Sunday evening. Sundays are normally our cheat days and, boy, was it worth every calorie after pulling a hard 12 hour shift.

+ Having a chance to catch up with my good friend, Victoria, throughout the week. We don't get to see each other very often, so being able to work with her is always a treat. She certainly helps keep me sane when I feel like pulling my hair out.

+ Getting together with a few of my Target coworkers on Tuesday afternoon. I'm 100% convinced that wine, good food and laughter are good for the soul. If it weren't for the people that I work with, I would have bowed out from retail a long time ago.

+ Finding out that we have a lot more work opportunities heading our way in the next 2 months. Some may consider that a low, especially since we've been busy enough as it is, but I couldn't be happier. We'll finally be able to pay some things off!

+ Stocking up on Bath & Body Works fall scented candles. Just FYI, vanilla chai and bourbon butterscotch smell aaa-mazing.

Ξ THE LOWS Ξ

+ The whole work situation that I opened this post with. Yeah, that has had me pretty stressed out for the last few days, but I'm throwing my hands up. Like I mentioned before, God has total control over the whole thing.

+ Feeling like I should be so much farther in life than I am right now. I know I shouldn't compare my life to the lives of others around me, but sometimes that's hard to do and it makes me feel like I'm not measuring up in certain areas.

+ Not being able to go to the gym in 2 weeks! We were doing so well, but after working 6AM-6PM everyday, G and I just didn't have the strength (or motivation) to get our butts down there. I feel like a total bum!

+ Letting fear creep in after hearing about all that's going on in the world at the moment (the Ebola outbreak, everything that's happening in the middle-east and even here in the United States). I need to keep my focus on God instead of being frightened.

At least my highs outnumbered my lows! That's always a good thing.