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Second week of classes has now come and gone…

Can I just say that my Latin America Prof. is HOTTTTTT! Hahaha ok but seriously, the man is easy on the eyes 😉 Love you babe!

So I prepped for the week on Sunday, but that doesn’t mean I’m out of the woods for dinner meals. Since I am hyper organized I wrote out the week’s meal plans on the fridge calendar. Monday was leftover from the yummy one pot caprese pasta salad we had on Sunday. Since I had class until ten I made sure to eat a later lunch and bring a sandwich to have during the break.

Because I had class again tonight I made a crock pot meal for us to have for dinner. It’s a cream of chicken and brown rice soup. Since I get home so late from class, at 10:30, I prefer not to eat that late I’ll have to wait until tomorrow to try it, but the boyfriend said it was delicious so woo! I made Kristi and I a huge Mexican kale salad to eat during our break tonight. It was so easy to put together and I had everything here at the house already! I also attempted to make cauliflower bread sticks-it was my first try, but they didn’t come out too bad. I think if I make a few adjustments the next time will be spot on!

I’m really enjoying cooking new things…and pinterest has become my addiction! Not only because I am finding so many yummy things, but because it leads me to some really awesome blogs written by people who are trying to do the same thing as I am. Technology is a wonder.

To bed I go!

Here are the recipes for what I made today:

Slow cooker cream of chicken and rice soup-

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup long grain brown rice (this is not the quick type of rice)
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 large potato, cut into 1″ cubes
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 yellow or sweet onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher or sea salt, more or less to taste
  • 2 fresh sprigs thyme, stems removed
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast….about two breast filets, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 4 cups chicken broth, low sodium, fat free
  • 1 cup milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1 tablespoons cornstarch

Add all ingredients, except milk and cornstarch, to slow cooker and stir to combine. Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours, or until chicken is cooked and carrots and rice are tender.

Before turning off the slow cooker, whisk together milk and cornstarch in a small mixing bowl, add to slow cooker and stir. Cover, and continue cooking until soup has thickened, about 10 minutes.

My boyfriend have Chrons disease so I skipped on the celery and onions and it tasted just fine, so if you don’t like something skip it! It makes about eight servings, which is 1 cup for a serving at 180 calories. It’s so simple to get together and it really hits the spot with these cold winter nights!

Mexican Kale salad:

Ingredients for the Salad:

  • 4 cups baby or full-grown kale (stalks removed & coarsely chopped), packed
  • 14 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed (I used my cooked beans)
  • 1 cup corn (thaw if using frozen)
  • 2 large bell peppers (any colour), finely chopped
  • 1 + 1/2 large avocado, finely chopped
  • 1 large tomato, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp jalapeño peppers, seeded & minced

Dressing:

  • 1/2 large avocado
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 lime, juice of
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

For the dressing I used my magic bullet to blend it up, but a regular blender would also do the trick or a food processor if you have one.

As for the cauliflower bread sticks, I’ll post the link here since I wasn’t one hundred percent happy with mine this time around. Hopefully next time I’ll get them perfected!

http://ifoodreal.com/cauliflower-breadsticks-recipe/

Cauliflower Bread Sticks

Need to be better.

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Ok. I’m really going to try and be better about posting to this blog. I solemnly swear. Ok so I have a few things on my mind that I would like to address…

One: I am on a journey to a healthier lifestyle. Meal prepping and working out. I feel better and I love the food i am eating. So yay that’s a win. And to keep me honest… I took pictures of myself the last 2 weeks… and they are not cute. I lost 3 pounds this week so I’m feeling good.

Second: I am so sick and tired of this “deflatgate” crap. I am a HUGE Patriots fan, and i believe them and I cannot be more excited to cheer for MY BOYS on sunday. Anyone else can S a big fat D!!!!

And finally: I was just reading on some blogs “how to ask your boyfriend for kink” and I have not found anything super useful. OK so I should clarify… I am interested in some more ‘different’ things in the bedroom and I’m not really sure my partner is going to be into it. I guess I’m not really comfortable with my body right now. I should just say that…. thus the weight loss journey.

However, I have been with my lover for seven years…. and I have been vocal a little about feeling more kink… but it’s not really what I wanted. Ugh. The struggle, I swear….

Ok. signing out,

umtil next rant.

-KAt

#housewifestatus

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Golly gee have I been incredibly productive today. My mom is coming to stay the night tomorrow night and I had to make sure that our apartment was spotless…the woman will literally do a finger swipe dust test. So I went a little Suzy homemaker and cleaned, did Marshall and my own laundry and then made my famous mint chocolate chip cookies for the mister for when he comes home. I made a grocery shopping list, have dinner cooking in the oven and oh did I mention that I have not really accomplished any of the homework that I promised yesterday to do?

 

Yep…. I am the Procrastination Master!!!!!

 

So just to throw this out there my mint chocolate chip cookies are amazing. I’m going to post this really simple recipe that I found on pinterest and trust me if you make them everyone will go nuts.

 

1 pouch of sugar cookie mix, or like I sometimes do make your own sugar cookie dough

1/2 cup of butter or margarine, softened

1/4-1/2 teaspoon mint extract

6-8 drops of green food color

1 egg

1 cup of creme de mente baking chips, Andes

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

So preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and while it’s heating up mix the first 5 ingredients together to make a dough. After that add the mint chips and the chocolate chips into the dough. I usually do them one at a time so that they are better mixed in. The put them onto an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Now how long you bake them is a kind of up to the baker. I prefer softer cookies that aren’t one hundred percent cooked through. So for me it’s about 10 minutes. And voila! super yummy cookies 🙂

 

And there you have it folks.

like I said…

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Did I mention I am lazy? Haha. Took me a little while to realize that I had not posted anything on here other than the first post. oops…

I am so so so very exhausted. My first semester in Graduate school started three weeks ago…oh my hell. I am overwhelmed. I guess since I took the last year off from school I have lost my mojo. I am not in the swing of things yet, and I really need to be. SO I am making this promise to myself: after a good nights sleep tonight I solemnly swear to get my sh*** together tomorrow. Day off= homework/catch up day.

Having said that tonight will be filled with hard apple ciders, laying in my amazing bed and continuing to catch up on Bones. I am finally on the season where they get together! Amen!!! This sexual tension is beginning to get on my last nerves. Who is in love with someone for like six years and has to work with them everyday and they don’t jump each other?!

Watching Bones has been giving me some pretty weird dreams. Although I don’t recall any of them, my mister tells me that I sit up in bed and grab his arm or hands and try to examine his bones. Hah even in sleep I am funny.

 

later gater.

-K

First Post!

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Well, here it is my first post on my very first blog. Man I have been wanting to do this for a very long time, but let’s face it I’m sort of lazy. I guess basically I will be rambling about nothingness, perhaps sharing a few crafty ideas/projects, maybe some recipes? and just anything and everything that floats its way through my silly little head.

So I recently relocated from California to Texas to attend Grad school… so I’ve been mostly just getting acquainted with the city and putting together my new apartment. I was obsessed with pinterest prior to the move, but since I am full-blown addicted! So I have this idea for a gallery wall in my living room that I’m really excited about! I just picked out the pictures that I want up and I’ve sent them to be printed out. Now it’s all about finding the perfect frames. I’m going to take a trip to the Goodwill and Hobby Lobby later this afternoon so hopefully I will find some luck there.

 

sayonara!