Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Anyway, here is the breakfast that hopefully will fuel me right up through the day. I am loving oatmeal right now. It is so filling and it makes me all warm on the inside. I spice it up with some cinnamon and today with some almond butter. I just got raisins at the store though so you know what is coming next time.
I hope it stays cool so I can continue to eat something other than smoothies. OK off to finish packing. I slacked quite a bit last night in my preparations for this trip. I have a feeling though after waking up that I might be getting a cold. I am wishing this bowl of warm oats will protect me.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
It was pretty good but completely ruined my plans to make sugar cookies. Oh well, I will save that for next weekend.
From Ellie Krieger on Food Network.com
4 skinless chicken breast halves on the bone, about 2 pounds
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 pound white mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can whole tomatoes in juice, chopped and juice reserved
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes or more to taste
Rinse the chicken and pat dry with paper towels. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
Reduce the heat to moderate. Add the onion and pepper, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook, uncovered and stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms begin to brown. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the wine and cook until reduced by half. Add the tomatoes and juice, oregano, red pepper flakes and 1/4 teaspoon of salt and simmer the mixture covered for 10 minutes.
Return the chicken breasts to the pan and simmer, covered, until the chicken is just done, about 20 minutes longer.
It was pretty good. The sauce was a bit spicy but that is how I make all of my sauces. I used 3/4LB of chicken tenders so I think it was lacking a bit of the substance. I also used diced tomatoes instead of whole. I didn't have any canned whole tomatoes and it seemed like an unnecessary step to have to cut up the whole tomatoes. Overall I was happy with how it came out. I wonder if it would not have seemed so Italian if I served it with polenta. Maybe next time....
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
I don't know what I was thinking really when I got this. Jordan was in heaven. I just had a belly ache. I have had some form of pizza every day at least once for the last week or two. I am ready to move on.
Tonight I attempted to be healthy and made this ham and brie sandwich, lots of veggies and some hummus.
This weekend however, I am going to try two new recipes for dinner. I got a lot done this past week and hopefully I will a bit less busy.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
That was the tour guide showing what the perspective of the rider is like. He actually had way more fun than me. It was an alright experience but let me tell you it was HIGH up. I am not scared of heights but I do certainly feel much better with two feet on the ground. I know the whole point is to enjoy the scenery and nature but when even I went for a ride I was looking straight ahead to the destination. This couldn't be more deeper as normally I look to the end goal rather than enjoying the ride for most things in life.
This was Jordan and I together. All of the other rides we were separate but the guide insisted that we try one together. Basically I said yes to this so he would stop asking me to go upside down. Forgive our appearances. It was so so so hot and humid that day even though we were in the shade it felt like 100 degrees. The real temperature was pretty close to that.
Monday, September 20, 2010
We are stuck in a rut. The food we make is good. That is never a problem with me and Jordan. However, I am getting kind of sick of it. We haven't been able to sit down and experiment with something new in a long time. Its the same old, same old nowadays.
Its starting to get cool out and I am looking forward to baking and soup making. What is your favorite meal for the fall?
I am going to be looking over my cookbooks when I am back in the apartment and come up with some new and exciting dishes to whip up.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
We took a big step in married life and got a joint bank account. Yikes is all I have to say.
Then we went to the Guilford Fair. Since we live here now we want to experience everything Guilford has to offer. Well here you go...
I thought the tail was absolutely adorable.
It belonged to one of these little fellows.
We saw some mighty big pumpkins. And a lot of other produce with ribbons. It kind of ruin the mystique of the winning though when Bishop's Orchard won most of the blue ribbons. I like to think things like this come from someone's backyard.
My favorite was the poultry. They were all locked up in cages just like they should be when I am around. This guy was super tired I guess from all of the competitions.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Want to know how we came to eat it?
I knew I married him for good reason....he can catch us some dinner. Unfortunately it was red tide so the bigger fish were no where to be found. We did a lot of bottom fishing which were smaller fish. We caught a whole bucket full of snapper and grouper.
Work those muscles.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Again I will go back to happier times. This is Jordan and I in the hot springs. We are in the steam somewhere. It was so hot in that water. I felt like I was one of the lobsters we ate at the wedding. I might have to rethink eating lobster again...probably not but it was at times uncomfortable.
All over the hot springs side of the resort were these little pools you could go in and out of. They were so pretty. I think I enjoyed looking at them a bit more than actually being in the hot water. We sought out the pools in the shade which were much cooler than the ones in the sun.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I am trying to speed through these as fast as possible because it this point the honeymoon seems so long ago. However, I am kind of enjoying thinking about all of the fun we had in Costa Rica. When can we go back? Every place we stayed (only 2) greet us with a pretty fruity cocktail. Clearly Jordan is covering up the pretty part but it sure was good!
At this point Jordan and I knew we were in for a treat. The entrees were beef medallions with cheese polenta and foies gras. Yum, yum, yum. Jordan's favor part was that you could order beef rare and they would actually cook it rare.
Monday, September 13, 2010
If not, I will just have to remember this day....
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
It's my birthday. About six months ago I would have never guess this day would come. The wedding always seemed like such a distance off. Even the day of I was referring to it happening tomorrow. Normally I get very excited for my birthday. I start anticipating it weeks even a month in advance. This year, I am super excited but it seems to have snuck up on me. It was a few days into September before I realized my birthday was so soon in the future. Anyway here we are, and I am not sure how much more celebrating my body can do right now. I am sure I will manage somehow.
Till the birthday plans are finalized here are some photos of the small rehearsal dinner at the Saltwater Grille. It is oh so yummy and the views of Portland Harbor are magnificent.
I had a lobster bisque and Caesar salad. It was after all the night before the wedding. The soup was super rich and creamy though. I don't think it did me any favors getting me to fit into the dress.