Saturday, January 31, 2009

Taking a great big SIGH.

So... has your Saturday been successful? Have you treated yourself? Have you accomplished something that you set out to? I sure hope so. 

Today, well more so until this moment - I have been full of 'sighs'. Things are on the up - and the rest of the day will be fabulous. 
I woke this morning, nice and early - not really by choice. More b/c Magnum was growling and needed out to take care of 'bidnid'. Miraculously, Chris didn't hear him. Hmm?  7:05 - came quick and I couldn't sleep after that. Sigh. Chris got up slightly later and then headed to SB's for a coffee and a London Fog* for me. *If you are heading to SB's (Starbucks) for a London Fog, be sure to ask for a Vanilla Tea Misto (not sure the spelling) b/c it is over a dollar less than the London Fog. Before I used to ask for a Grande non-fat, extra hot, London Fog and they would say 'Do you mean a grande, non-fat, extra hot, earl grey vanilla tea misto' - to which I would say 'uh, I guess'. So about a month ago, I went to SB's and asked for a ' grande, non-fat, extra hot, earl grey vanilla tea misto' and she said 'Do you mean a London Fog' so I said 'sure' and then she tried to charge me an extra $1.50ish for the same drink. She was surprised when I said, 'no, I want the vanilla tea misto' - good times. So just in case... 
After that Chris, went to Kung Fu - visit him HERE if you like. He left around 9:30 and should hopefully be home around 2. Sigh. 
I had a great walk with the pups - we went for a nice and long one. The sun was shining - it was brisk, and there were many other pups out walking - so there was some good socialization for Joz and Mags. We met a great couple and their little 1 year old who is in love with dogs and kept running after them saying 'da' - so cute. Then I felt sorry for myself b/c I am walking with pups, and would love to be walking with a little one as well. Sigh. 
God, snap out of it! (don't worry, I have, just thinking back to that moment).
Then home to where I have been cleaning. Sigh. Magnum - thanks for the help scrubbing the toilet, but next time it will be easier if you stay out from under me the entire time. And thanks Magnum for when I kept you in the bedroom while I swept and vacuumed so that you didn't eat all the swept bits - and you cried loudly at the top of your lungs until I came and got you. Sigh - but pretty cute.

Right now I have some chicken breasts cooking in the oven - and I am going to make chicken salad sandwiches for a late lunch. Similar to the recipe I saw on tv today - but I didn't write it down, so I'll have to wing it. Tonight we are heading to Maegan's to watch UFC - go GSP! I am planning my menu for tomorrow's SuperBowl - we aren't have a party - just my sister and nephews and maybe mom - I will be serving each quarter: chicken wings (spicy and then breaded with mozzarella cheese), then mini turkey burgers with brie, mini hotdogs (from M&M - a treat for the kids), then Chicken Chili and if there is room for dessert, I'll see what I can whip up.

Chicken Salad Sandwiches - Sims Style
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts - cooked seasoned with Kosher
1/2 cup of light mayo
2 tbsp of dijon mustard
Dried oregano
Smoked Paprika 
2 stalks of celery - chopped into small bits
Juice of half a lemon
1 cup of toasted chopped walnuts - I am going to use whole walnuts, then chop them and put them in a pan for about 8-10 minutes
8 slices of brie or havarti
4 slices of Pumpernickel bread - toasted

Shred the chicken with two forks, while the chicken is still warm. Sit aside. Mix together the mustard and mayo, lemon and add the spices (whatever you like really) and then the celery and toasted walnuts.
Once your bread is toasted, top each with the chicken salad and one 2 pieces of cheese. Place them on a baking sheet and bake for about 5 minutes at 350, or until cheese is melted.
I have a feeling that these will be delicious - and there will be leftovers for Chris' lunch tomorrow.

This week has been dedicated to my grandma - and it has been a wonderful week of memories and great recipes. I miss her so, but know that I am so blessed to have had such a wonderful relationship with her. 

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be ever at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields.
And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Loves all around. Love all and be loved.

Enjoy!

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