Archive for November, 2010

November 4, 2010

#1 Go To

I was asked about month back if I have a “go to” meal that I cook.  You know, that dish you pull out when you’ve had a long day and don’t have time or the energy to think about what to cook for dinner.  At that time I was barely coming out of my first trimester blues, and my response was that I didn’t think so.  Well, I was wrong.  I do, and last night I pulled out my “go to” dinner.  Do to the simple fact that I got my new camera yesterday and spent all my time playing, leaving no time to cook my planned dinner.

I thought I’d go ahead and share my “go to”

Honey Mustard Chicken with Broccoli

The Recipe is as follows:

Boneless Chicken Breast
1 Can Campbell’s  Cream of Chicken
1 Cup Mayo
2 Tbsp Spicy Brown Mustard
1 or 2 Tbsp Honey
Jasmine White Rice
Broccoli

I typically cut up the chicken while I have about a tablespoon of olive oil warming in a pan on the stove.  The reason why I cut it up is so it cooks quicker.  While the chicken is cooking, in a sauce pan I put together the Honey Mustard. Add the soup, mayo, mustard, and honey.  Stir together, adjust flavor to your liking.  Sometime I add some dijon mustard to give it a different kick.  Bring the sauce to a simmer and let cook for about 5 minutes.  Serve over rice, with some fresh broccoli.

When I first started cooking this, about 10 years ago, I use to pour the sauce over the chicken and let it cook that way, but the sauce is kind of high calorie. So I started cooking it separate so that my husband and I can be more in control about how much we put on.

Its a yummy meal, that you can fancy up if you like.  Takes about 15 minutes, which is how long the rice cooks for, and done.  This is a favorite in my home, good old stand by meal.

I have other “go to’s” I am sure.  I will post them as I go.

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November 3, 2010

who am i

Here is my first post for this blog. Blogging is new for me.  The most I have is a photography blog that I set up a year ago and am just now getting back to it. The concept of this blog is a learning experiment for me. A place where I can post my experiences and to see where it takes me.

A little about me:

I have been married for a year to a wonderful man.  I live in Northern Virginia. In a a two bedroom condo that needed and needs a lot of work.  Thank goodness my husband is a lovely little handy man.  So that means a lot of home spun projects.

I am a former “daycare” teacher.  I quit after the summer program this year.  The reason you ask? I am prego. Currently in my 22nd week. Now I know you’re thinking “been married only a year and already half way through a pregnancy?”. Well, we’ve only been married a year, but known each other for 4 years. We took our time and started off as friends. The best way to go in my opinion. Since we started off as friends there was no “best impression” stage to get over. I was who I was, and he was who he was.

Anyhow….. my first trimester was beyond belief.  I thought I was going to die.  I have never thrown up so much in my 32 years on this plant, like I did during the first 4 months of this pregnancy.  I heard so many lines that people consider encouraging. Which really isn’t. My favorite was “the worse your morning sickness is, the healthier the baby”.  Its the one I remember the most, probably cus of how sick I was it was the one I heard a lot. I hate lines that are fed to me just to “make me feel better”. Lip service! Give me info that is not useless.  I also heard so many “remedies” for the horrid morning sickness. Which by the way was all day long. None of them worked. One person gave me advice that I held on to.  I am going to share it with you.  “being pregnant isn’t easy. and sometime its miserable because you’re body is changing drastically. Just suck it up.  Its worth every moment when you see your baby.”  I know its not the nicest and kindest of words. You would think that there was no comfort in those words. But there was, the comfort was knowing that I’m not the only women that was miserable during what was suppose to be joyous. The other comfort was knowing that it would be worth it.  See I was so miserable that people would actually ask me if was happy that I was pregnant. I would always respond “ask me after I have the baby”.  Well, I am happy to report that my second trimester is much much better! I was so worried that the misery would last the whole nine months. One of the exciting parts of the second trimester is seeing the gender.  We’re having a boy!  Thats another thing I am grateful for. I am not sure if I am ready to handle the drama of a girl.  I barely can stand my mood swings, what if I had girly girl? We’re not going down that road, because we’re not having a girl so I don’t have to worry about it.

I believe that I have written quite enough today.  I am sure more will be learned about me as this blog continues.