Thursday, May 27, 2010

Maple Dijon Chicken

This recipe was YUMMY! I found it over at A Year of Slow Cooking. Even though three out of our five family members like sweet potatoes, I think next time I’ll make this dish with red potatoes. Then again, I’m one of the three that likes sweet potatoes so maybe the two that don’t care for them need to zip it. Just sayin’. :)

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2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast

1 can chicken broth

2 large sweet potatoes (peeled and chopped)

1 onion (chopped)

1 tbsp dijon mustard

2 tbsp 100% maple syrup

6 cloves garlic (minced)

4 bay leaves

2 tsp rosemary herb seasoning

Rinse and pat dry chicken breast, cut any extra fat off. In a mixing bowl combine chicken, dijon mustard, maple syrup, garlic, and seasonings. Place the bay leaves on the bottom of your Crock Pot and then pour in your chicken mixture. Next pour in the chicken broth around the outside of the pot, trying not to rinse the coated chicken. Last, toss in the onions and sweet potatoes. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. There should be enough “sauce” left to pour over brown rice.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Tea Parties, Cookies, and Singing. Oh my!

Two kids in school, means two different Mother’s Day parties. And luckily they were on two different days! Even though I’ve gone to the preschool party with Mason the past two years, this was the first year I got to attend with Cody. Same teacher, same songs different child = A totally different experience. Cody had a grin from ear to ear the whole time of his program, he seemed to be beaming with pride. And so was I!

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Mason’s school had a Mother’s Day Tea Party and to my surprise it was actually a tea party. The kids made us Mothers Day bonnets and we were served tea out of fancy teapots into saucers. The whole works! Of course I was the mom drinking an energy drink, but whatever. :)

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Monday, May 24, 2010

It’s Been Awhile…

OMG! I can’t believe I haven’t blogged in almost 20 days! I think that’s the longest I’ve gone since I’ve started blogging. These past few weeks have been SOOO hectic with my half marathon, multiple Mother’s Day parties, baseball, field trips, and Vegas. Yes, you read right, VEGAS! I suppose I have a lot to write about. LOL. Lets see where to start….

Parkway Half Marathon did not turn out as well as I was planning. I don’t know if I didn’t train hard enough, if it was to close in between races, the weather was warm, my knee pain, or if it was just an off day for me. All I know is this, I crossed the finish line at a time I am not proud of.

Of course I’m proud that I finished, but I am the type of person that is very hard on myself if I don’t accomplish the goals I set.  And the bottom line is, I did not accomplish my goal time. I was very upset with myself after the race. And for a few days after I kept replaying the day over to try and figure out what went wrong.

Nothing ever stuck out to me on what I needed to change or needed to add. So I guess it’s just back to running and fitting in more speed work through out the week. Perhaps next race I won’t set a certain time so I don’t feel so much pressure on race day. But then again, I’m an Aries, I’m way to competitive not to do that. ;)


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Cody, what happened to your ear?

It finally happened. Our first trip to the ER with one of our children. I just knew Cody would be our first child having us make the trip and of course I was right. DUH! When I got to the ER I asked him what had happened (i was at work when i got the call from adam) and this is what he told me….

Me: Cody, what in the world happened to your ear?

Cody: Nothing. It’s just bleeding.

Me: You must have done something to make it bleed.

Cody: No, Tay Tay did it. (fyi, baby girl was napping)

Then there was this…

Me: Cody, how did your ear open up like that?

Cody: I don’t know.

Me: What do you mean you don’t know? You have a hole in your ear.

Cody: I just don’t know.

Of course there was this one…

Me: Cody, please tell me what happened.

Cody: I was feeding Tigger.

Me: Daddy said you were in your room. Bubba found you there.

Cody: I was feeding Tigger on my dresser.

Me: Why were you feeding Tigger on your dresser?

Cody: Cause he was hungry.

Me: Ok, so what happened to your ear?

Cody: I don’t think I know. ~long pause~ Tigger did it!

BUT, here is the best one…

Me: Cody, I really need to know what happened before the doctors come in.

Cody: A stranger did it.

Me: Where did the stranger come from?

Cody: The strangers house. ~UGH, smartass~

Me: How did he get into our house?

Cody: He came down through my window.

Me: But, how did you get the whole in your ear?

Cody: The stranger cut me with his knife. Then I took the knife and poked him in the belly. He died.

Me: If there was really a stranger, and if he died, where is he’s body?

Cody: I put him in the trash can and locked it up. Don’t worry mom he won’t get out. It won’t happen again.

Me: ~sigh~ Good to know. ~headshake~

And there you have it! An hour in the ER and we still don’t know what really happened. I’m starting to think he’s going to be the next Stephen King.   

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Monday, May 3, 2010

MY Top 5 Reasons to Run a Half Marathon

5. Being able to say I can run 13.1 miles (HELLO, bragging rights!):Picture_5063[5]

4. This AWESOME pink sticker going on the back of my car:Picture 5313

3. Improving my health. Not only for myself, but more importantly for these little boogers:untitled1.bmp

2. Carbohydrate overload!:highlight_pastaBowls

1. Supporting local charities and non-profit organizations:untitledlogo6logosmall1