New Toys!

Growing up, the day after Christmas was always a day to play with all my new toys. Well, I’m happy to say that things haven’t changed. Yesterday I spent much of the day cooking and playing with my new “toys”!

New place mats and dishes! (I have a few more news ones that will be showing up in the coming weeks as well).

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Keeping myself caffeinated while admiring LC.

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Pureeing up a storm.

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Whisking things with a new whisk (my old one was rusty! now I have a nice silicone one). And by things, I mean polenta. And spritzing myself with new scents.

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Well, today was two days after Christmas so I had to take a little break from playtime. I can’t believe I’ve already had 5 days off – today is my 6th day of vacation! Scary. I really felt like I needed to start crossing some items off my to-do list today, so I ventured out on the town.

MegGoesNomNom To Do:

  • Pharmacy
  • Wash car
  • Grocery shop
  • Shop for New Year’s Eve outfit
  • Buy glow in the dark stuff
  • Organize pantry, cabinets (especially the “Spinny,” which is what I guess normal people call a “Lazy Susan” cabinet), guest bedroom closet
  • Laundry!
  • Put away Christmas gifts

I tackled all of these tasks today, but still have several items left on my to-do list before going back to work next week. However, tomorrow I will receive a brief reprieve from these duties, as the hub and I are heading out of town for a mini-getaway.

Once I got home from the mall this evening, I tried a new dinner recipe from this new cookbook, a Christmas gift from my bro-in-law, who, naturally, lives in Florida! I love flipping through cookbooks, this was a great idea. Smile

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Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Feta and Dried Tomatoes

From the “Best of the Best from Florida Cookbook”

I’ve been rather ‘heavy’ foods for the last few days, so I was in the mood for something a little lighter today, and this recipe seemed to fit the bill.

This recipe involved slicing two boneless, skinless chicken breasts in half, and then flattening them with a meat tenderizer between pieces of plastic wrap. I got to try out my new meat tenderizer tonight (another Christmas present – haha).

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Once the chicken was flattened, I spooned in a mixture of:

  • sautéed red onion and garlic
  • sundried tomatoes, sliced into thin strips
  • feta cheese
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • dried marjoram

Next I rolled up the chicken and secured it with toothpicks, and then placed the chicken ‘rolls’ into a heated skillet for a few minutes, until the outside was browned. Cooking was completed in the oven, at 350F for 20 minutes.

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While the chicken was baking, made another Pear Salad with green leaf lettuce, avocado, red onion, and candied pecans that I toasted in caramelized sugar on the stovetop, with a homemade red wine vinaigrette. On the side we had a brown rice and quinoa medley.

This chicken recipe was legit! A delicious combination of flavors.

THE Chocolate Pie

For dessert we had Chocolate Pie!!! Not just any chocolate pie; a handed-down family recipe on my mom’s side. My Aunt Becky has now taken on the tradition of making this luscious pie – and she has perfected the art. It is truly, and always has been, my very favorite dessert. It’s the crust. Mmm. And to boot, Tom and I received a WHOLE PIE for Christmas. SCORE!

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Note Currently listening to: Us and Them – Pink Floyd.

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