Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Pasta Salad :)

Seems like my blog is more of recipes... hey I didn't get fat by not eating! ;)
Anyways, here's what you'll need:

1/2 box of macaroni noodles (you can use any kind of pasta you like)
Ranch Dressing (approx. 2 cups)
Small Can of Sliced black olives (drain very well in paper towel)
Bacon bits
1lb of grilled chicken
Ranch Seasoning packets
2 ribs of celery, diced finely
Salt and Pepper

1. Boil macaroni according to box.

2. Cubed and season chicken with ranch dressing packet, and cooking in pan with cooking spray until done.

3. Mix your dressing, celery, olives, bacon bits in the bottom of a medium sized bowl. (Use one with lid for easy access later, this makes enough for leftovers!)

4. Add your cooked noodles to the mix, and stir together.

5. Add grilled chicken to the top, and stir that in as well!

6. Let chill for about 15 minutes in the fridge and then enjoy with bread, or fresh celery. =)

You can add anything you want into this salad to make it what you like. You can add sliced carrots, peas, scallions, green olives, chopped onion, green pepper, etc. I just used what I had in the cabinet. :P You can also use whatever dressing you like, I just prefer a creamy base dressing for a salad. You could technically use anything from miracle whip to catalina.

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Buffalo Chicken Saturday! :)

So, it's another recipe!! I had to try this one since Aaron and I looove buffalo chicken. :)

What you need:
1 pound chicken (I used breasts and cubed up.)
1 can stewed tomatoes, or 1 can of diced tomatoes plain
2 cups white rice cooked (as per directions.)
Montery Jack Cheese
1/2 cup of buffalo sauce ( I used Red Hot's this time, but I'm having a special bottle of Wicker's coming from my father in law in Memphis for the next time!!)
Small Amount of Veggie/Canola Oil
Cajun Seasoning
Blue Cheese Dressing/Ranch Dressing (your preference)

1. Cube thawed chicken and cook in pan with oil until pink is gone, and edges get browned. I also added some seasoning in at this point as well to flavor the chicken.
2. Cook 2 cups of white rice according to your directions. (To make this really fast, buy the 5 minute quick cook rice.) After cooking and fluffing add some cajun seasoning to your rice. (I could eat this alone!) I used a plastic fork because I feel with metal it gives the rice a metal flavor- I know I'm weird but oh well!
3. Add your can of stewed tomatoes to your cooked cubed chicken! (I am going to used diced tomatoes next time because I did not like the big hunks of tomatoes in the dish. This is your preference.
4. Add your Buffalo Sauce, I used Red Hot's- but I really prefer Wicker's. I had Wicker's the first time down at my inlaws over the winter break and I lovvved it! But, here's the kind I substituted.
5. Put in a 11x13 pan, dark metal or glass- doesn't really matter. Sprinkle with your montery cheese. Bake for about 15 minutes on about 375 until the cheese is bubbly.
6. Let cool for a few minutes, add you some ranch or blue cheese on the top.... and ENJOY! We did!:)
 Have a good Sunday, yall.
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Friday, March 18, 2011

Good News!

Hey guys!! I am feeling much, much better this evening! Things are turning around for me this week, even though it started terribly. I was sick with the stomach bug last sat-wednesday. It hung around FOREVER it seemed. And for those wondering, NO, I am not pregnant. I took tests, because my mom swore I was (she wants a grandbaby I believe...)lol. I was just down and out sick. But, I did find out that I got a fulltime job, with benefits! :) It's wonderful news to Aaron and I! I will be making really decent money, and will be able to take paid time off! Sooo exciting! I start in April, and I am going to stay at my second job because my boss begged me to stay so she could have good help in the store still. And hey, I still get my discount ;). It's no lie... I love clothes! Speaking of, Aaron and I are going to FL in July and I bought the CUTEST bathing suit!! It's a little swimdress, with zebra print on the top and black slimmer bottom part. It's so cute on, hides all the rolls. :) Anyways---   Jaina our puppy is growing up fast!! She's gotten the cutest little personality on her! I love her so much, but Lily is my sweet baby. For those who are pet owners, do you have problems with your pet when they are in heat? I'd like to know! Anyways, just wanted to write a short note to all your guys this evening. :) Love you all!
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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Yucky =(

Yeah I'm sick. Feeling hit about 9:00 pm Saturday night. Nausea, headache, throwing up, sleeping, etc. I should be back around later this week- but for now, I'm gonna just laze around and try to feel better. The pepto bismal is not working at ALL. =( See yall.
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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Peanut Butter Fudge. :)

Okay, sorry it's taken me so long to post- but here it is!!!!!

2 indigrients= Love <3
What you will need:
Regular Jar Creamy Peanut Butter ( I bought off brand and it tasted the same!)
Regular Jar of Creamy White Frosting. (Make sure you use white and not vanilla!)

1. Take the lids off your jars and put them in the microwave for 30 seconds... the peanut butter will look oily as some of the oil will move to the top and look gross, but it's okay!!   The icing will look like condensed milk almost, although it's opaque.

2. Pour your peanut butter and icing once they've been heated in a mixing bowl. Stir together with a spoon, until all the icing disappears.

**(You can add nuts, berries, chocolate chips, coconut to the top, or in the batter if you want! I used pecans on half.)**

3. Pour into a parchment paper lined baking dish and cover with saran wrap, or paper towels. Put in the fridge overnight or for at least 4-6 hours to harden together. 

4. Cut small squares out and place in paper towel lined glad ware containers and enjoy as you want! 

We loved how creamy and smooth it was. I was also thinking, for the health conscious... you could use no sugar added peanut butter, and sugar free icing and it would be just as good! We've tried it and like it just as well too!! 

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I want your opinion!!

Not that I usually ask, or normally care what other people think... today is a rare day that I do care!

Please help me out by answering the poll on the top right of this page. It's about the death penalty. I would also love any comments you have about it (you can leave it in the comments.) Please, if you comment as a guest, leave your name! I'd like to know what other's think about this. I am writing a paper for school and would interested to know what my peers think!

Thanks so much!
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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

It was MINE first! ;)

This is MY BLOG- I've had it for OVER a year now, and I will say WHAT I WANT, when I WANT, and HOW I want to..... and I owe NOTHING to you as an explaination of how, why, when, or where things go down in my life. If you would like to discuss anything I have to say, step to me and say it. I am one of those most honest people ever, and I don't care to hurt your feelings- I don't have much of a damper for sheltering how I feel- I lay it out there, and let it be. It may be a flaw, but I'm comfortable in my body, and I have the freedom to speak as I want to!  

Wow, I've been so busy- to busy to blog. I started a second job last week, on top of wrapping up another semester in school and working my other job has been hectic. Not to mention, being a housewife, cooking dinner- washing clothes, tending to my man, etc. But I love to come here to vent.

I'd like to say I'm suprised at how catty some people in my life are, but to be honest, I don't expect anything less from them. You know, I maintain a pretty busy life, and live peacefully because I choose to. I don't understand how people thrive on drama. I really just can not grasp it. There was a time when I was all about the drama, the he said she said, the "omg she is so....." but I grew up and I realized that it's all childish. But to hear from a good and dear friend to me, that they are having to live in this- it's udderly ridcilious. I guess this brings me to my next point. That's why I don't have many friends, because you can't trust them. Heck, you can't trust MOST of your family. For someone as sweet as my friend is, they do not deserve the treatment they get. For anyone to point thier finger, and place blame, or to even talk rudely about- you deserve every bad thing you get in life. No, I'm not going to say names because I've learned people like to nose about my stuff, when I don't even know you, but you sure act like you really know me, what I've been through, and how I am. Puuuuuuhhhlease. I would just like to say for all who is reading, please pray for my friend, because they do not deserve any of the things they are going through. They deserve SO much better.

Onto my next thing. School. I am near my witt's end with school. I know I see the light at the end of the tunnel being in school 14 years is enough to make your head spin. I am so ready for my career, I can reach out and touch it, it's that close- but why do I feel more behind than ever. I'm not jealous of anyone- but I see all these people having children, buying new cars, houses, having jobs that pay good, etc.. and I wonder, did I take a wrong road somewhere. I mean, Aaron and I have been together 8 years- we married young, and we are building our life. Is it wrong we choose to live within our means, and not carry more debt than we can afford? Is it wrong that I am 21 and I am just now ready to have children? Is it wrong that I am enjoying being husband and wife, and being able to do what I want? I have many influences, and I see what everyone around me is doing- but I'm not a sucker for peer pressure, so does that make me the sore thumb sticking out? I bullshitted around the first year outta high school, I know that- but does that mean I am wrong? I dont know, its a question I constantly ask myself.

Last but not least.. Dieting/Weight/etc.
Everyone knows I am overweight. Trust me, I hear it everyday from Granny, or Pop...etc. I have a mirror, I see the flab rolls, I put a shirt and pants over it everyday. Trust me, I know it's there. I have began making life changes though. I have completely cut out regular coke- I only drink diet now! (Whooo Hoo!) I am also scaling back how I eat, when I eat, and what I eat. I have begun exercising again! (Double WHOOO HOO!) I am doing Zumba- it's a lot of fun, and I almost forget I'm workin' out. I am down 18 pounds so far with a ultimate weight goal of about 165-175. I have quite a bit to go, but I have come over my major hump! To me, I can't tell a bit that I've lost weight... BUT I feel better. I don't constantly feel exhausted, drained, depressed, etc. (It's only 1/2 the time now!!) This is a long journey, but I know that with the right willpower, and support I can get to where I wanna be!

Before I sign out for the night (hubby is due home anytime)...I want to clarify a few things. I in no way mean to hurt anyone's feelings, or make them feel like I am singling them out, that is not what I am trying to accomplish. I just will not tolerate people thinking they can say whatever they want, whenever they want, about me like I am not gonna know. I use this blog as a place to lay out all my feelings, and for my friends to be able to connect with me on a personal level.I have nothing to hide, so I lay it all out there. Hehe. I know I have some readers who don't have blogs that come and check out my posts, and I appreciate that. Much love! :)

I will post the peanut butter fudge recipe I made earlier last week after Aaron and I grab some dinner! :)

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