Saturday, April 19, 2014

Kindle

I don't know how or when or why I took this picture but I am so glad I did. Because on Friday April 11 somehow, somewhere I lost my Kindle. I know I went out of lunch that day and read while eating on a bench on Campus. I am pretty sure I also read later that night when I was on the bike at the gym. But Campus hasn't had anything turned in and neither has the gym. And so it was lost.
I do know I made it to Thursday April 17 before I couldn't handle not having a book on me. I did read the Squawking Chicken in between that. But I was/am currently reading the most interesting tale and I haven't been able to finish it. PLUS I just got access to one of Jojo Moyes new books and those are too die for reads! So Thursday I dragged Kevin to Staples and we bought this beauty
It's black and that's about the only difference. In the end it is cheaper for me to buy a new kindle than to go without. The kindle costs 83 bucks (I always get the cheapest version), the second I read four books it's more than worth my time. In 2014 alone I read 32 books on my lost kindle, which I bought for Christmas 2011 and received on January 4th 2012. It lasted me just over two years. I think I made money on that little gray kindle.

I am so happy to be reading again! And so that is what I am off to do! Happy Saturday!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Twitter Pictures

Thanks Mom! They turned out much better - Feb 2
Driving a smart car... - Feb 3
I don't know... Where this to my interview? - Feb 11 (love that spelling error!)
I think my clients trying to bribe me or make me fat... - Feb 13
Kevin and Scott got a heart shaped pizza - Feb 14
First time at Dickens. Pretty nice place. Definitely enjoyed the show! (and after "party") - Feb 22
Best breakfast ever! Waffles, pudding, and chocolates - Feb 23
I am freaking awesome! - Feb 24
My book arrived! So awesome! Can't wait for book number two to get here! - Mar 11
My pretty new scarf - Mar 17
Awww look at me all important number three on the list - Mar 21
Kevin removed the vibration from my XBox controller! Best day ever! - Mar 22


And last but not least
Some Random Images for Competitions Kevin has been in.

First is from 2013 They got 5th out of 33

Second is from this year they got 13 out of 38 (apparently they would have had 5 again but the program they were using to submit stopped working half ways though and you had to manually do it, feel bad for the people running the event, could you image that big on an issue happening!!)
Anyways I am proud!!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Chicken Teriyaki Rice Bowl

Write Yourself Happy
Definitely not bible verses in here, but here is a mix of my favorites
There's more than five there but I have a rotating collage of pictures for my desktop background and these are just a small few of those images. 

NOW I was craving Stir-Fry and Kevin happened to be at the grocery when I found this recipe online. So he grabbed the ingredients and we whipped it up.
Ingredients
1/2 cup Kikkoman Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce 
2 tablespoons sugar 
1-1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 
cut crosswise into 1/2-inch thick slices 
2 teaspoons cornstarch 
2 tablespoons vegetable oil 
Hot cooked rice 
Steamed vegetables

Steps
Combine teriyaki sauce and sugar in measuring cup, stirring until sugar dissolves.
Remove 3 Tbsp. of mixture and pour over chicken in large plastic food storage bag. Press air out of bag; close top securely. Turn bag over several times to coat pieces well. Marinate 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, add enough water to remaining teriyaki sauce mixture to measure 2/3 cup; blend in cornstarch.
Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat; add chicken and sauté 5 minutes.
Add teriyaki sauce mixture; cook, stirring, about 1 minute, or until sauce boils and thickens slightly.
Spoon chicken and sauce over rice in large individual serving bowls. Serve vegetables on top of rice or on the side, as desired.
Super yummy! We had allot of veggies with it - broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, red peppers, mushrooms, corn. It's not exactly a Stir-Fry but it did satisfy my craving and it's pretty healthy!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Butternut Squash Soup

I booked marked this recipe probably 4 years ago when I first bought the recipe book Bikini Bootcamp. It's a good workout book with lots of healthy recipes. I have never hard Butternut Squash. So going to the grocery store and figuring out which was right was definitely. This guy ended up over hearing me talking to Sham about it and pointed out the right one! Thank goodness!! 
Ignore the November note... That's for when I remember I wanted to make this!!
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (how can something be extra virgin...)
1/2 large onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced (used paste, it's easier)
1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, peeled and minced (again used paste)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into chunks
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
toasted pumpkin seeds, for garnish (allergic to pumpkin so I used basil instead!
Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and ginger, and sauté, stirring frequently, for 6 to 8 minutes, until the onion is soft but not browned. Stir in the brown sugar. Set aside.
Cook the squash in a large pot with the broth until tender, 25 to 30 minutes.
Remove the squash from the heat, but do not drain. Let cool for 10 minutes. Add the garlic-ginger mixture (I forgot to cool it... oops!)
Working in batches, transfer the soup to a food processor or a blender and process until smooth.
Return the soup to the pot and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes longer. Season with salt and pepper.
Top each serving with a sprinkle of toasted pumpkin seeds (or basil) and serve immediately.
Kevin enjoyed it. I did too except that I wasn't feeling the best when I ate it and ended up tossing my cookies a few minutes later. I think I would like to try it again but have something to dip in it at the same time.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Window

We were house cleaning the other day and I pulled out my old journals. Year 2000 for example and in there I found an old adventure.
I drove down our old drive way (it was a 1/4 mile long) to get the mail. I pulled the letters out and as I was putting letters to send back the van started to roll and smashed the drivers middle window. I still happened to be thinking enough to pull the wheel and not smash the last window.

There goes my perfect driving record. Maybe it doesn't count because I didn't have my license at that time???

Have a fabulous Tuesday!!
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