Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A List

Here are some things that have been on my mind.

1. It's getting hot here in TX. It's really hard for me believe that on a day like today when it hits 96 degrees here that it could even possibly still be snowing somewhere.

2. I think if it was still snowing where I lived I would probably be constantly in tears.

3. Because it's getting hot I think I might have to join a gym. I don't really like the gym, it always seems overpriced, but at the same time I'm finding if I don't go running/exercise when I have the opportunity (like right after work) I don't make time for it later. And when it's 96 degrees it's not really possibly to go running at 4 or 5'oclock in the evening.

4. I was thinking about starting another blog where I discussed some of the Healthy things in Fort Worth, it's not totally out of the question but I might start smaller and just add a "Good Health" section to this blog. (get it, Good Health, cause my last name is Good hee hee I think I'm so funny)

5. My friend just asked me to be in her wedding this fall, I'm really excited.

6. We're back on the hunt for a new house to rent. I think we're just ready to move on.

I think that's all I've got today.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Perspective and the Price of Gas

Sunday Morning Jake and I were making waffles for breakfast, and we pulled out a real maple syrup. This is a new thing for us. In our attempt to continue to eat healthier, and purchase foods with fewer ingredients.

After we began eating Jake made a comment about how we'd used about $2 worth of syrup on just our two waffles. The maple syrup was about $10 for a 10oz bottle, so we figured we'd used about an ounce each. I honestly thought for one second, eek that's a lot of money. But then I happen to look at the liquor cabinet and realized that we spend more than that for a bottle of bourbon and don't think twice about it, or how much it is per ounce.

We started talking about perspective and how because we were used to paying $3 for big bottle of syrup, it just seemed so much more expensive, but since we were already used to pay more money for the bourbon we'd never thing about getting the less expensive one, why would you go down in quality??

This issue just came up again when I told Jake I'd paid $40 for gas in our Honda Civic. We were both like WOW that is so much money!! And then I got to thinking again. We spend $40 for a dinner out, which may or may not even be that good, and again don't think twice about it. So what's the big deal with gas, why do we think it's SO much money. We don't drive far, either of us, we only have one car, and we fill up about once a week. Why we do we think a 10 cent increase is so crazy.

Food for thought.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Delectable Delights- Buffalo Chicken Panini

Yet another winner from Cooking Light Magazine. In all honesty you could probably get all of these recipes yourself, but then you'd miss out on my witty comments so stick around. We made these tonight and they were fantastic. I stink at the picture thing. Mostly because it seems like I want to make sure it taste good before I take the picture, but by the time I realize it tastes good there is already a bite out of it. Catch 22 if I ever heard one!! This is so easy, it should hardly count as a recipe. My favorite kind.

Buffalo Chicken Panini

1/4 cup hot pepper sauce, divided (we used Franks Red Hot, it has like zero calories and actually not that much sodium so I'm not even sure why you need to measure it, just pour some on)

1 lbs chicken tenders (you could easily use regular chicken breasts to save a few bucks but the tenders do make it easy)

1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese

6 tablespoons mayo (technically the recipe called for canola mayo but I didn't want to buy it for just one recipe. Has anyone every used it? How does it taste)

8 slices sourdough bread

Preheat broiler

Mix some of the sauce with the uncooked chicken tenders, and throw them on a tinfoil lined baking pan ( trust me it will make for easier clean up)

Broil the chicken 4 minutes on each side

Toss cooked chicken with more sauce.

Combine Mayo and blue cheese and spread on the bread slices ( this ends up being a lot thicker than blue cheese dressing, so I would suggest substituting blue cheese dressing, but it would work in a pinch) Top with chicken

Put the sandwich on a grill pan, a regular pan would easily work too, you just wouldn't get the pretty grill marks, put something heavy on top. We do have a panini press too so we used that, but another pot would work, or in all honesty just cook it like a grilled cheese at this point. Cook for about 3 minutes on each side to get some of the blue cheese to melt.


I meant to serve it with Sweet Potato Fries, but I forgot that until it was 7:15 and we were pretty hungry, so we skipped the fries and went with some pineapple instead.