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The easiest and most delicious Chicken and Rice dish EVER!

So there it was… Day 4 of my No Eating Out For a Week challenge. It was after 8:00 pm and after working later than I meant to I realized I never pulled out chicken to thaw for the dish I was going to make that night. Doggonit

Do I fall off the wagon and just grab Taco Casa on the way home? Suddenly, my inner voice screamed out at me, “NO! You started this challenge… Now figure something out, you big dummy!” Geez. You don’t have to be so mean. Ok. Ok. You’re right… What to do? This late? I need easy, fast and yummy; I thought.  

I began to push threw all of the jumbled up recipes in my mind that had been shared with me in the last few days. Information overload. 

Suddenly… Somewhere in the darkness I saw a tiny little lightbulb and it was getting closer and closer… Smack! It hit me right between my eyes and I suddenly knew exactly what to do!

I pushed a little harder on the gas pedal as I made my way through the barrage of soccer moms and people just getting out of late night meetings, all on their way to McD’s I’m sure. I really felt sorry for them knowing they would probably have to go back in or through the line again to fix their order that was sure to be messed up. Maybe not… Maybe I’m the only person that all restaurants and fast food places hate. 

I felt like I’d never make it in time. Eventually the sign appeared ahead of me. I felt it’s blue light shining on me from just a hundred feet away. Albertsons had never looked so sweet. 
As I got closer I saw that the parking lot was nearly empty! Aha! It was meant to be. I get a spot right up front. Wait. Why are there grocery carts blocking that door. Oh no!! Don’t tell me they are closed! I noticed a couple coming out of the Exit door so I snuck in and headed to the deli. 

The cleaning crew was no where in site but you could smell the overwhelming scent of lemon from the newly cleaned floor. As I rounded the corner my foot caught just the right slick spot and I felt the cold hard floor before my rear ever hit it. That’s what you get for sneaking in the exit, silly. 

After I picked myself up and looked around I only saw one person and he didn’t appear to be trying to hide laughter, so I didn’t think anyone saw my graceful journey to the floor. I placed my pride back in my pocket and slowly walked over to the heated kiosks. Damn. Empty. 

I took a deep breath and glided over to the young boy (We’ll call him Toby- he looked like a Toby) stocking bell pepper and onions. “Excuse me sir. I know you don’t work in that section, but do you know where they put the leftover rotisserie chickens?”  He nods and I’m pretty sure I can see a small grin that he is trying to hide. Dang it. He did see me wipeout. 

He walks me over to a glass case and there are 4 chickens left. Unfortunately, they are all cold and I don’t mean ‘not hot’, I mean like refrigerator chilled. That is not going to work. I guess Toby could see the disappointment in my face, or maybe he felt bad after watching me bust my ass on the lemony-fresh floor. He says he’ll be right back and sneaks in the deli and comes back out with 3 warm chickens – in 3 different flavors. That Toby, such a nice kid. I take the lemon pepper because it was the closest to me and give him a nod and a quiet, “Thank you very much.” He smiles, gives me a little wink and heads back to return the rest of the chickens. 

As I turn to head toward the checkout I realize I am absentmindedly rubbing my sore bum when an elderly couple turning onto the coffe isle are looking at me and snickering. I quietly take my pride out of my pocket, smack it around a bit, and tuck it deep into the bottom of my purse. Where it remained until much later. 

After I got home, I quickly got to work. The Mini-Me had already cooked the bag of frozen broccoli florets so I only had 3 things left to do. De-bone the chicken, cook the rice and cook the corn. 

I fill the pan with water and throw a couple of tablespoons of butter in to begin to melt. I open both bags of rice which looked the same on the outside:

  
But when I poured them in the pan, they were completely different. On the top you can see regular white rice with a white cheese powder and on the bottom it is more like a skinny long rice with a yellow cheese powder. Weird.

 

Anyway… Rice comes to a boil so I turn it to low and put on the lid for about 8 minutes. Which is perfect. It took about that long to de-bone the chicken. Although my niece had to leave the room during the de-boning process. She dissected a frog at school the same day and couldn’t take the sounds the bird was making as I savagely pulled it apart. (Enter evil aunt-y laugh here.)

Once the chicken was ready to go, I stirred the rice and poured the chicken in. While that was warming I emptied the corn in a bowl and added some good ol’ Country Crock and a little salt and pepper. After it spun in the microwave for 2 minutes… Dinner was done!! 

It was so yummy, easy clean up and hardly any leftovers! My family was so appreciative and so proud of me for sticking to my “No Fast Food For a Week” challenge.

Happy to say there seems to be no permanent damage to my bottom and in that moment watching my family eagerly get in line for seconds, I was so proud. 

Pride restored. 

Day 5 is Crock Pot BBQ Chicken. Wish me luck!

 

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Home made tacos for #TacoTuesdayBaby

Like I said…. How can I mess up tacos?! 

Take a little of this…

 
Add some ground beef, cheese, lettuce…. And you’ve got some pretty easy – yummy – tacos!!

I warmed up a can of refried beans with shredded cheese in the microwave and made the box of Spanish rice (above) in my microwaveable rice cooker from Avon.

I used my very handy Braum’s Ice Cream scoop to chop up avocado:

  

And my super cool new kitchen gadget:

     

 
  

I used it to slice my grape tomatoes. I can’t wait to use it for Little Mans grapes. 😊

Dinner was yummy! 

  
I even used paper plates to make cleanup a snap!

#TacoTuesdayBaby!!

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Italian chicken, green beans and roasted potatoes

Okay, so I tried the Italian chicken thing last night… 

This is what it look like before it went in the oven:

  
I really have a tough time cooking chicken. I’m always afraid it’s going to be raw and I’m going to make my whole family sick or I’m afraid I’ll cook it too long and it will be to dry. Last night after cooking my chicken 45 minutes it was still very raw so I put it on for another 30 minutes and that was my mistake. 20 minutes probably would’ve been fine but it was so wrong I was so worried if I didn’t cook it long enough it would make everybody sick. 

This is what it look like when it came out of the oven after I cut up the big chicken pieces so they would cook faster:

  
All in all I felt like everything tasted pretty good although I did add some Italian salad dressing to my chicken because it was a little bland for me. The kids seem to like it and everyone had their favorite. The big kid like the chicken, the mini me like the potatoes, the little guy wouldn’t even try it… He is so picky! I really like the green beans and the Mister. didn’t try it either…

   
 

Day three will be taco Tuesday… How can I messed that up?! Wish me luck…

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I fell off the wagon…

So it was day one of my “No eating fast food” week.   After a very long grocery trip I didn’t get home until almost 9 PM so we just had frozen dinners for dinner. I didn’t break the rule, we did not eat out… we did save money… but I’m not sure that a frozen pot pie is any more nutritious then something from Taco Bell or McDonald’s. 

For day number two I am going to try and Italian chicken dish. Wish me luck…

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Just me… just Cat.

Just me... just Cat.

White lace tank
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FOSSIL pink gold bracelet
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Lipsy pink stretch bracelet
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Valentino nude sunglasses
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I know the lingo!



Conversation between me and the Mini Me:

Mini Me: My nails are so pretty. They are just Tumblr.

Me (being a Tumblr user myself): Does Tumblr mean pretty?

Mini Me: Yeah….sure.

Me (Trying to prove how cool I am): Does Tumblr mean blog worthy?

Mini Me (laughing): yes

Me (smiling – cause I’m so cool): See! I’m cool. I know the lingo. 

Mini Me (no longer laughing – just staring): Yeah. Because lingo is still used…as a word…by kids…like me. 

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The Grandma Tag!!

Hi Guys!

I have been so sick since the beginning of December, but I am going to caught up on my Social Media Challenge.  I am finally starting to feel better and thing I have a good plan in place to get all caught up. :)  So here I go….

This is the 42nd day of #365smc!!  If you don’t know what that is – check out THIS LINK – which will tell you all about it and how to play along if you wanna. :)

Today I am thankful for something that everyone has at least 2 of….well, biologically speaking.  I’m talking about grandmothers!!  Some of us have foster grandmas (I mean that both literally and figuratively), adoptive grandmas, bonus grandmas, etc. I have 2 grandmas and decided to create a grandma tag.

Grandma #1 – Mamaw.  She is my father’s mother.  She passed away on February 11, 1979.  I was three years old.  I don’t remember much about her, but she did pass her red hair down to be and I am super grateful for that. :)  I remember the date she passed, because unfortunately it was also my fathers birthday. :(  I feel like I have some kind of connection with her though… even know that she is gone… must be the red hair.  We redheads tend to stick together like that.   However, because I don’t know a ton about her or have really any memories with her, I can’t do the grandma tag on her, but felt like she absolutely deserved telling you about. :)

Grandma #2 – Granny.  Man do I miss my granny.  She is my mother’s mother.  She passed away on May 5, 2011…I remember that date for a whole other – kind of comical reason.  My granny lived in the Northside of our town for most of my life.  They Northside was predominantly Hispanic.  My granny wasn’t prejudice at all, but she complained a lot about her neighbors that were not so nice and usually spoke little or no English.  So the fact that she passed on Cinco de Mayo is just kind of funny to us.  We think it was her way of sending us one more little haha.  Also, I had my son in 2011 and I was prego when she passed.  So… her passing date is pretty easy to remember.  I sure do miss my granny.  I think about her all the time and try and talk to my mom as much as possible.  My granny had a long life and we had lots of laughs, I was very lucky to have known her. :)

THE GRANDMA TAG

1. What do you call your grandma and why?

I call my grandma: Granny.  Not sure why!  My cousin (one of my very best friends now) calls her Nanny… I don’t know where that came from either!

2. What does your grandmas house smell like?

My granny’s house always smelled like food!!  She was always cooking something!!  She would find the best recipes in magazines and make new things all the time!!  I LOVED her skillet meatloaf!!  I can’t share that one with you.  Family secret. ;-)

3.  Can you name something specific or interesting that your grandma always wears?

Scrubs!!  My granny loved to wear scrubs! Mostly scrub tops with cute little animals. :)  I love that I get to wear scrubs to work now.  When I shop for scrubs it reminds me of my granny. :)

4. What is something you enjoy doing with your grandma?

I loved to go thrift shopping with my granny when she was still alive.   I remember one time we were shopping in one of our favorite thrift stores and my granny wanted some new flip flops…  She kept scooting along in her wheel chair – pushing herself around from isle to isle yelling out: ” I sure do need some new thongs!  Do you see any thongs over there that will fit me?  I nearly peed my pants from laughing so hard. And she just thought I was nuts. 

5. What is something that your grandma has or passed on to you?

That’s easy!  Her love of Avon and a good book!…and a good bargain!!…and her love for food!!! :)  And hopefully if I’m lucky in my old age… her sweet sweet spirit.

Take a second to hop over and check out my VLOG this weekend.  I’ll be posting a video called “The Grandma Tag”.  It’ll have a little clip of my granny in it, just a few weeks before she passed away.  It is a memory I will chericsh and it makes me so thankful for the technology we have today.

That’s it for me guys!  Sweet dreams and I’ll see ya’ll tomorrow!

Love, Cat