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Penne Rigate with pulled Chicken

Ingredients

Chicken (2 leg quarters)
Penne Rigate (16 oz package)
Dice tomatoes (14.5 oz can)
1 teaspoon of basil
1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
1 medium onion, sliced
1 medium green bell pepper
1 teaspoon of ginger
2 teaspoons of salt
2 tablespoons of oil
parsley flakes
1 tablespoon of butter

Directions
Boil pasta with 1 tablespoon of oil for about 10 minutes.

pasta

Bake chicken leg quarters and then remove the skin and pull apart. I baked my chicken in advance to save cooking time.

Slice the pepper and onion and set aside.

Heat a skillet with remaining oil and sauté the onion and pepper. Add ginger, black pepper, salt, basil and diced tomatoes and cook to your liking.

food

Drain cooked pasta and add the tablespoon of butter, the pulled chicken then the onion and pepper sauce. Garnish with parsley flakes and serve.

pasta and chicken combo

This was a last minute dinner idea that I came up with after baking the chicken leg quarters. I was able to cook dinner and go on a nice 3 mile run with a friend. everyone loved how this turned out and I can’t wait to come up with another recipe that the whole family is going to love.

final product

Sick day runs are awful and exciting

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Sick day runs are awful and exciting

Waking up in total pain after a sleepless night was not how I pictured my Sunday morning but that is how my day began. I had a hard choice to make because I had not gone on a run since Thursday evening and I was feeling very lazy. The decision to get out of bed was made for me by my little Jasmine flower. She crawled in bed and demanded that I get up and get her an orange. I tried ignoring her but she was very persuasive and I got up.
I crawled out of bed and got her the orange she wanted. I warmed up a slice of banana bread (which I made with coconut flour). The rest of the family got up and we all had breakfast in the living room. I let the kids eat in the living room because I also wanted to watch “The Muppets” movie with them. FYI, my favorite Muppet is Animal.
Halfway through the movie I realized that I had no choice but to out and run. Heck, the race is in May and I can’t turn back now. After the movie I changed, stretched and drank my energy drink to help me get pumped. I drove to the park with the intension of running at least 5 miles.
The park was not as busy it usually is and that was great. My playlist was on point and that made the run much better than I expected it to be. There are several down sides to running when you are sick. The first being that you can’t breathe that well, the runny nose and of course the achy muscles but I fought through all of that and ran 7.52 miles in 1:27:28 with an average pace of 11 minutes 38 seconds. The pace was definitely slower than I want but it’s okay because I now know what has to be done before the big day and it is going to hurt a lot.
Well I better get going, I have homework to do, a hot shower to take and of course I have to stretch since it is one of the major running rules to never break.

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My Non-Date: Scandal and Popcorn on a Friday night.

So this past week was kind of blah, I was sick and I am still sick. I decided to take it easy and do something low key instead. I can’t remember all the details right now since it is past 10 pm and my brain is on auto pilot.
I do remember coming home Friday evening and thinking that I needed to get caught up on some “Scandal”. I don’t have cable (by choice- I wasted too much time when I did have it). I am one of those people who generally tries to avoid facebook every Thursday night because most of my friends tend to do a play-by-play of the episode.
The house was quiet because my loves were spending the night at their father’s place. So I got some popcorn and changed into some comfy pajamas (head wrap included- it is a must or I will wake up with mufasa hair).
I curled up under my toasty blankets and watched episode 3 of season 3 on my computer and boy it was worth staying up late for. I love the writing, my goodness Shonda Rhimes is a talented writer. Oh, by the way I am so happy that they brought Jake back. I am a big fan of Scott Foley :-). I would work for Shonda Rhimes for free if I didn’t have all these bills to pay. Well, that was my non-date. I do hope to do something much more adventurous once I start feeling better.

P.S. I would love some great suggestions if anyone wants to share some ideas.

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Muffin Top No More: Update

Okay, so I was feeling really good about my recent challenge and I was very determined to see it through. Sadly I had to take a break and deal with some very weird medical issues. I am revamping my plan because I hate giving up on anything.
I am looking at low impact workouts that should hopefully give me the results I am looking for. I will hopefully have a new workout plan by tomorrow.

Pictures from last week’s “me date”

Pictures from last week’s “me date”

I pulled out a new dress, a new pair of shoes, pearls, and one of my favorite shawls
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Red grape juice cocktail

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Store bought salad

Salad

Tilapia topped with sautéed scallions, mashed potatoes ( parsnips, carrots and russet potatoes, garnished with black pepper., green beans seasoned with apple cider vinegar and black pepper

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Dinner for One

Dinner for One

Coming up with a second me date idea wasn’t very difficult for several reasons. You will see why I say that it wasn’t difficult to come up with this idea as you read about it.

As most moms will tell you, eating any meal with our children can be very challenging. I am one of those moms, I rarely sit through a meal without having to remind with my kids to please eat their meal.

I decided to do something nice for myself this weekend, while the kids were visiting their dad. I planned out and cooked a yummy meal, got dressed up and enjoyed a quiet meal alone. The thought of eating alone might seem odd to some but to me it was nice being able to actually eat my meal without interruptions.

I even took pictures of the food I had because I loved how it all came out. I even made a dessert and drank some non-alcoholic grape juice (I gave up alcohol years ago). I was kind of worried about the whole not having anyone to talk to during dinner, so I turned on my Josh Groban radio station on Pandora to cover the lack of sound in the dining room.

So, what did I learn from this experience? I actually learned a few things about myself, the first being that I am starting to like the idea of treating myself better. In the past, I would feel guilty for taking some time just for me. The best part of the dinner for me was that I successfully made an apple soufflé and it came out great :-).

After dinner, I went upstairs and changed into my cowboys pajamas (preparing for tonight’s game against the dead-skins). I pulled out three Hugh Grant movies to watch, and they were “Love Actually”, Notting Hill” and Bridget Jones Diary 2″. The decision was very difficult since I am a big fan of Hugh Grant but I had to go with “Love Actually” because it also has Andrew Lincoln in it.

I didn’t finish watching the movie though because a friend called and we had one of those nice long conversations that was really needed and then I went to bed without cleaning the sink. The OCD side of me was very mad about the dishes but the rebel side of me was like, screw it go to bed they will be there when you wake up.

I will post recipes from my “epic” dinner for one date later during the week.

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