Saturday, March 30, 2019

French Toast cups, banana muffins, chicken cordon bleu and meal planning

I am mentally and physically stuck in huge ruts right now.  My house is cluttered and unorganized and none of my good intention projects have been started.  I am GAINING weight, I feel like this is something I need to focus on here soon as I just can't seem to find long lasting motivation for that either.

Winter has done me in, I think, even though up until the end of January it was not a particularly hard one, but I am done.  I need blue skies and warm air and green grass.

I need happiness and gentle talk and encouragement and I can't find any of that in me lately.

ANYWAY, here are 3 recipes that I made in the past bit that turned out quite well.

French Toast Cups from Chrissy Teigen -

SO good.  Croissants instead of bread mixed with beaten egg and milk and sugar and such and then nestled into a little ham nest for baking.

I made these best ever banana muffins (added some chocolate chips!!!)  and everyone loved them.
They were super easy and good.  My family mowed through them in no time and requested more.

We all really loved Skillet Chicken Cordon Bleu  it was an easy weeknight dinner and very delicious.
The idea of just laying the ham and cheese on the chicken is so smart and saves so much time and headaches.  And the sauce was deeeelish.


I'm heading into the kitchen to start menu planning for the week so I can get groceries today.

I'm considering the following - 

Crock Pot Gyros - The Mister is particularly excited about this one.

Slow Cooker Cajun Fettuccini   - with probably all the spice left out for the kids.

Curried Lentil Tomato and Coconut Soup - no one will eat this but me.

Pina Colada Cake - I really wanted to make this for work but one of the ladies hates coconut so I might make this for Sunday Dinner.
What's on your meal plan this week?

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Book Club - Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris


My dad was like the Marine Corps, only instead of tearing you to pieces and then putting you back together, he just did the first part and called it a day.  

If you don't want to marry a homosexual, then don't.  But what gives you the right to weigh in on your neighbour's options?  It's like voting on whether or not redheads should be allowed to celebrate Christmas.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Churro Brownies

There is a small group of us at work that have been taking turns bringing in weekly treats to get us through these last gross weeks of winter. We've had cheesecake, and cheesecake topped brownies, and apple pie, and cinnamon buns and cupcakes and ice cream and none of this is doing my bod any good but it's been fun to have something to look forward to, and to take a break and have a few laughs over a delicious snack.

For my first contribution I made Churro Brownies from The Homesick Texan.

It isn't really a brownie as there is no chocolate.  But it is sweet and salty and so delicious.

Everyone was impressed and loved it as much as I did.  This is a make again for sure.

My next week to contribute is coming up and I'm stuck trying to think of something.  I found an old recipe of my mom's for fudge and I'm thinking about giving that a try.  I don't ever remember my mom making fudge, so I'm a bit worried about how it will turn out.  But that is part of the fun, isn't it?

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Christchurch 3-15-19

Hate has no place here.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Book Club - Unbound by Steph Jagger

2019 - 12 

"What I saw from the little window of my plane was more dramatic than I had even imagined.  My welcome to the country was big and bold, as if ruby-red peacocks had been let loose to dance all over the place, streaking everything in sight with their color."

"Who are you?" he asked "And what kind of woman do you want to become?"

"Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain."

"Imagine what's possible now."


I'm currently stuck in a funk/wallowing in self pity in a bunch of aspects of my life and can't seem to get anywhere with anything.
But now at least my reading list is up to date, so that's something, right?

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Book Club - Guess Who by Chris McGeorge

2019 - 11

"Everyone's a liar - to the world, to other people, to themselves."

"Sometimes all we want is to be seen."

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Book Club - A Few Feet Short

2019 - 10

"The hardest part of finding an authentic path is not the effort involved in following through but missing the friends you leave behind."

"I am here, and here is all that matters."

"We don't fly through clouds, because in Nepal the clouds have rocks in them."

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Monday, March 11, 2019

Book Club - The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith


"The dead could only speak through the mouths of those left behind, and through the signs they left scattered behind them."

"How easy it was to capitalize on a person's own bent for self destruction; how simple to nudge them into non-being, then to stand back and shrug and agree that it had been the inevitable result of a chaotic, catastrophic life."

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Book Club - Andrea Martin's Lady Parts


"I hope I have been able to stop the cycle of secrets in my family."

"I was alone, in my head, with no distractions.  And that is not a pretty place to be."

"Miracles do occur.  You can tell her that you are going to cherish the present time together, while waiting for a miracle."