Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Hii

Hey all, just a quick post to say that I arrived home safe and sound the other day!
 
The past few days I've been trying to acclimate back into real life, so a longer post will be forthcoming. Stay tuned...:)

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Random Fun

*Hey guys, reminder: I'm in Africa until mid-January and hopefully my posts will all auto-publish correctly. Any emails or comments will be answered when I get home!*

Embarrassing but true: I love filling out online "surveys." You know, the kind that were long lists of questions that needed to be answered and posted as a bulletin on Myspace. (Remember that? Haha.) Not only do I have fun answering the questions on my own, but it is a blast to see what everyone else writes.


1. In baseball each player gets a “walk up song” that plays on his way up to the plate. What song would you pick?
Most definitely "Crazy Train" by Ozzy.


2. What’s the best thing that happened to you last weekend?
Well, if we're talking about the weekend when I'm writing this then going to a couple of parties was pretty fun. If we're talking about the last weekend since this was posted...I'm not yet sure what I was doing other than enjoying my Africa trip! ;)


3. If you could have a starring role in any film already made, which movie would you pick?
Raoul Duke in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.


4. What actor/actress would you have play you in a movie of your life?
Jennifer Connelly.


5. What is your favorite quote?
 "Never bothered by the thorns that made me bleed." - Crashdiet 


6. What was your first concert?
It was either Moody Blues or Jethro Tull with my dad when I was like, 3 or 4. (Wanna weigh in on this, Dad?) Either way, I have loved going to shows since and go to a ton of concerts every year with my best friend.

Slipknot at this year's Mayhemfest

7. What Internet website do you visit the most?
Facebook, as much as it chagrins me to say it.


8. Which of Snow White’s 7 dwarfs describes you the best and why?
No comment - those dwarfs creep me out.

These ones are actually less creepy to me

9. If you were on death row, what would your last meal be?
This is probably one of the hardest questions ever because I like LOVE food. Definitely would have to include bacon, my favorite chicken dish, mom's potato salad, and Carvel ice cream cake with tons of those "crunchies." And lots of beer, of course.


10. What is the background of your computer?
A photo of my adorable niece! 


11. What is your favorite cartoon character and why?
Bender from Futurama...he's a jerk and hilarious!



Answer along in the comments or if you do this one on your own blog, post your link - I'd be psyched to check it out! :)


Sunday, January 6, 2013

Rock N Roll Cupcakes

*Hey guys, reminder: I'm in Africa until mid-January and hopefully my posts will all auto-publish correctly. Any emails or comments will be answered when I get home!*

My best friend and I have about a billion things in common. The short (and conveniently related to this post) list: we're both huge rock/metal fans, totally love food/eating, and enjoy traveling. 

So, it was only fitting that a few years ago, we were in Los Angeles and came across a tiny little shop: Rock N Roll Cupcakes. How's that for combining a few of our favorite interests?!


Sadly, I've learned that the shop has since closed. But I still wanted to write about it because I absolutely adore the concept.

The cupcakes were decent but truthfully, I can make better. It was really the cupcake's names that made this place. They were all a play-on-words from popular rock bands or songs. We tried the Oreo Speedwagon and Heath Richards on our trip.


Check out the other fun names...


Thankfully after some Internetting, I've found that a couple other places have done this rock theme. Rockin' Cupcakes in Michigan offer up Smashing Pumpkin and Paint It Black cupcakes, while New Jersey's Confections of a Rock$tar bakes up S'more Than a Feeling and Macaroon 5 treats. Comment below if you know of any others that I could add to this list.

What would you name your rock n roll cupcake?
Motley Blue-berry...Quince Neil...Tommy Lee-mon...Mick Marsbars...Nikki Twix?  Haha, sorry - got stuck on the (poorly-done) Crue theme.

PS Please tell me you all get the rock n roll humor here?! I think I'd cry if I have to explain. ;)

Friday, January 4, 2013

Lightened Up Cajun Chicken Pasta

*Hey guys, reminder: I'm in Africa until mid-January and hopefully my posts will all auto-publish correctly. Any emails or comments will be answered when I get home!*

Before I tried to eat mostly Paleo, I would frequently search Skinnytaste for lightened up pasta recipes. This one in particular caught my eye because of all the veggies. And, to be honest, the word 'creamy' is never a bad thing when it comes to pasta. ;)


In any event, this lightened up Cajun Chicken Pasta was a winner! I used whole wheat fettuccine, which was perfect. Chopping the vegetables is the most time-consuming part of this dish but after that it whips together very quickly. And don't worry about using the recipe's given amount of veggies - just throw em all in there because the more the merrier. 


Lightened Up Cajun Chicken Pasta

makes 5 servings

8 ounces uncooked fettuccine
1 pound chicken breast strips
1 to 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning (to your taste)
Garlic powder
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
1/2 red onion, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tomatoes, diced
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1/3 cup skim milk
1 tablespoon flour
3 tablespoons light cream cheese
2 scallions, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Cooking spray

1. Prep pasta according to package directions.
2. In a small blender, make a slurry by combining milk, flour, and cream cheese. Set aside.
3. Season chicken generously with Cajun seasoning, garlic powder, and salt. [I didn't use salt on mine because my Cajun powder included salt as an ingredient. Check yours!]
4. Spray a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Add half the chicken; saute 5 to 6 minutes or until done. Remove and set aside on a plate; repeat with remaining chicken.
5. Add olive oil to skillet and reduce to medium. Add peppers, onions, and garlic; saute 3 to 4 minutes. Add mushrooms and tomatoes; saute 3 to 4 more minutes until vegetables are tender. Season with salt, garlic powder, and black pepper.
6. Reduce heat to medium-low; add chicken broth and the slurry from step 2. Stir about 2 minutes.
7. Return chicken to skillet; adjust seasonings to taste. Cook another minute or until hot. Add fettuccine and toss well to coat. Top with scallions before eating.