Friday, August 29, 2008

Farmer's Marketing


Last Saturday, I went to the Farmer's Market with Megan & Amanda and picked up quite the harvest for $12... I bought a sack of basil, an orange pepper, green beans, and basil, thyme, cilantro, and chives to plant in a window box. We've already discussed my lack of gardening skills, but I'm determined to have fresh herbs through out the winter. I'm giving it another go 'round.

I made Sunday dinner for my brother and sister-in-law using a portion of my farmer's market finds (and a tomato from another family members garden). I don't mean to brag, but it was good. Real good. I can't take credit though. Kraft.com may be one of my new BFF's. Here's the recipe I used... Try it, it's DELIGHTFUL!

Grilled Bruschetta Chicken

Prep Time:
5 min
Total Time:
30 min
Makes:
4 servings

1/4 cup KRAFT Sun-Dried Tomato Dressing, divided
4 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1 lb.)
1 medium tomato, finely chopped
1/2 cup KRAFT Shredded Low-Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil or 1 tsp. dried basil leaves

PLACE large sheet of heavy-duty foil over half of grill grate; preheat grill to medium heat. Pour 2 Tbsp. of the dressing over chicken in resealable plastic bag; seal bag. Turn bag over several times to evenly coat chicken with the dressing. Refrigerate 10 min. to marinate. Remove chicken from marinade; discard bag and marinade.

GRILL chicken on uncovered side of grill 6 min. Meanwhile, combine tomatoes, cheese, basil and remaining 2 Tbsp. dressing.

TURN chicken over; place, cooked-side up, on foil on grill. Top evenly with tomato mixture. Close lid. Grill an additional 8 min. or until chicken is cooked through (165ºF).

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Today Is A Good Day...

I've had a void in my life lately... for 35 days to be exact. I've wanted it since the day I gave it up... I wished for the familiar burning in my throat for 5 long, long weeks. Only my pride kept me going for this long, but today I had enough.
I've been at work since 6:30 for the past two days, and because my desk looks like this...

I needed one of these...

The perfect mix of bubbly carbonation, caffeine, pellet ice, and limes... you can't find much better of a drink in my opinion...

Lest you think I eased myself back into it with a small, I should set the record straight. My bf, Michael Phelps (oh, you didn't know?) has taught me that in America, we go big or go home. I got the gold medal of all Diet Cokes... Sonic's Route 44. An experience I'm sure will leave my throat burning for at least a few hours.
I'm excited to say the least.

Athena kept looking at me like I was weird... I'm sorry, I know what I like.

Besides the fact that I'm a little poorer b/c I owe Shannon some Juicy jewelry, today is shaping up to be a good day.

Monday, August 11, 2008

God bless America

I love the Olympics... like, seriously LOVE them. The earliest I can remember watching was Mary Lou Retton in the 1984 olympics. I was three years old people -- how I remember, I do not know. I'm sure part of my olympic love comes from the pride I feel in my country. I consider myself lucky to be an American despite today's economy, decline in moral conduct, the war in Iraq. None of those things can take away from the freedom I experience every day. I know I'm blessed. What better of a way to show that we are the best country than the good ol' U S of A kicking some major tail in sporting events ranging from BMX to Table Tennis (who knew???), to gymnastics to basketball, to sailing and my personal favorite, swimming?!?!?

I love watching swimming... I can't get enough. Last night when the Americans won the men's 4 X 100 Free Relay I literally jumped out of my bed, and was screaming at the television. And when Jason Lezak came from behind and touched the wall .08 of a second in front of France, you'd of thought I'd just won the lottery with how much I was celebrating. I'm not going to lie, I may have shed a tear or two. These guys have some serious heart. There's not much left to say except, "God bless America."



P.S. Last night, I was pleased to find out that Coke is a proud sponsor of the U.S. Olympic team... I should totally drink one for my country. It's the least I can do.

Friday, August 8, 2008

I heart Jacob


Yes, I do think it's slightly embarrassing that I'm engrossed in reading a series about vampires. Yes, I know vampires aren't real, but I secretly sometimes doubt. Yes, I think Bella is too good for Edward, and get frustrated that she continues to go back to him. Yes, I know I could anger several of my friends for professing my love for Jacob...All that aside, I am way excited to read the new Twilight book... just looking for the time to sit down and read all it's 600+ pages of awesomeness. It's not one of those books you can read in several sittings... I need a good 3...4...5 hour chunk of time... Better get at it before school starts. I can't wait.