Thursday, January 22, 2009

I am a lucky girl...[fixed posting error-sorry]

I just never got started yesterday...I did exercise (more on my "personal trainer" later) and the kids stayed alive, but that was about it. My case of the blahs was pretty severe and I was tired, so tired. Superman was off his game, the kids were cranky, my sister had the mother of all headaches, and even my dad called to say he'd had his worst day ever in the history of all bad days. That is pretty depressing. Maybe I was fighting something, I don't know, but I finally gave up, called it a day, and went to bed at 7:30, figuring I'd start over today.

Oh, what a difference a day makes! Superman headed off to work and I fell back asleep, but not for long. Superman called to say he'd forgotten something at home and, since he had to come all the way back home, would I like an Egg McMuffin and a Diet Coke? What?! Hooray! I bounded out of bed, told the kids to get up, "Daddy's coming home to have breakfast with us and he's bringing McDonald's!". I got my workout clothes on, made the bed, ran downstairs to do all the things I didn't do last night (put the dishes away, put the clean laundry away, clear off the counters...the usual!), brushed my hair, brushed my teeth and was ready for Superman when he walked through the door! It was a terrific breakfast...that man is my hero, truly!

But, wait, the gifts weren't over yet. I turned on my computer, and there were ELEVEN emails from Kate...ten were sending me mp3's of her favorite songs because I said I didn't know them and another one about maybe I needed bright colors around me to combat the winter blahs (yeah, I probably do!)...she sent me all of that while she had a blazing headache. That was sooo nice!

Finally, my sweet SIL took the time to send me an email during her trip to visit her family in Indonesia. (She somehow managed to plan a surprise visit for her mother's birthday...and pulled it off!) Anyway, I saw this amazing salt on Tastespotting and immediately asked her if it was for real. Even though she'd never seen it, she asked around an confirmed its legitimacy. Isn't that cool?

I feel so loved and cared for and have been reminded of my many batteries feel recharged...I'm good to go! [I've already worked-out today!]

Tonight we're having this amazing Garlic Cheddar Chicken posted by Lisa Ann at Blissfully Domestic in April '08 (the chicken breasts are thawing as I type)...

Garlic Cheddar Chicken

1/2 cup butter
4 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt

8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - pounded thin

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat, and cook the garlic until tender, about 5 minutes. In a shallow bowl, mix the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, Cheddar cheese, parsley, oregano, pepper, and salt. Dip each chicken breast in the garlic butter to coat, then press into the bread crumb mixture. Arrange the coated chicken breasts in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Drizzle with any remaining butter and top with any remaining bread crumb mixture. Bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.

Talk with you later...I'll have a few things to show you! (P.S. This picture is already two years old...where does the time go?)


Melissa Henning said...

Sorry about your blah day. Makes you appreciate the not-so-blah days even more. Wow! That recipe sounds extremely evil. I think I might have to make it >:D. Every time you talk about Egg McMuffins, my mouth waters *eats another mini carrot* umm...what am I supposed to say here? that's right... yum?(????)

Erin said... sins go, my Egg McMuffin addiction is pretty benign...The chicken recipe is really, really good...I serve it with vegetables (corn, broccoli, etc.) and figure it balances all out. Mini carrots are great ranch dressing delivery systems!