Good evening folks, and a happy vacation to those of you on vacation! I don’t even mind the fact that it is pouring buckets right now, just as long as I can have some time off of work I will be OK. I am heading on a road trip of sorts tomorrow. We are going up to Vermont just because we need to get away (we being Jack and me). I was excited to finally get out of school, probably more so than the kids! This afternoon I invited Amy and Maureen over for some “Yeah It’s Vacation” Festivities. Amy brought a bottle of Gnarley Head Old Vine Zinfandel. It is delicious and made for a perfect drinking-while-cooking wine!
For dinner I tried a new recipe that I found on the Food Network’s website. Upon first glance there are some sketchy ingredients that may deter you from even trying it: greek yogurt, paprika, Melba toast, scallions, and Rice Crispi’s (to name a few). To be honest, I was nervous while putting together the meal because I couldn’t imagine how it was going to even come out. In an effort to extend the variety of foods I eat I looked up healthy ways to cook chicken and got the recipe for this meal! I munched on some yellow cor Tostitos while I cooked, they were great with the wine..
After I de-goobered the chicken (took all the gross fatty parts off) I mixed it in a bowl with 1/2 cup of Chiobani non-flavored yogurt mixed with 1 teaspoon of honey. This created a nice coating that helped the Rice Crispi/Melba Toast breading stick.
I made it with mashed potatoes and broccoli, oooo, and a bit of cranberry sauce. It was so good! And a perfect recipe to prove that just because an ingredient is “weird” doesn’t mean it won’t make a delicious meal! For the full recipe check out this link: Oven-Fried Chicken.
After dinner, Amy and I walked to the Beacon Hill Wine Shop on my street to get another bottle of wine. We also picked up a box of chocolate covered pretzels for dessert. On the way home we bumped into my mom and her friend eating dinner at a restaurant by my house so we stopped in to say hi! Then we headed back to my place to drink wine, eat chocolate, and finish my laundry!
Now I am waiting for the last of my laundry to dry so I can pack for my road trip tomorrow. I am a little nervous because we do not have a place to stay for Saturday night so I am going to go with the flow and find a place when we get up there. I am also going to get a chance to see a good friend from college and finally meet her fiance! Should be a great time because it will be her first time meeting Jack! I am not one to leave packing until last-minute, though, so I am going to get on that now! I will be sure to take my computer and post during the trip, keep reading!