That’s how many shopping days you have left till my birthday. Just a friendly reminder. Also, in case you are in need of gift ideas, I did receive the majority of the items on my wishlist for Christmas, however, I still don’t own a Kate Spade bag so that’s always an option…Have you seen this one?
If there is a heaven, this is the purse I’ll carry with me there.
Oh, you’re right. There’s no way I’m getting in to heaven. Still, I think it’s a pretty versatile bag and could work for me in hell, too…
So, I took a look at my 2012 goals this week – something I figured I should do at least once before December 31, 2012 – and decided I’d get to work on a few of them. So I signed up for this:
What am I crazy?! You know I am. But don’t worry, Julia’s going to carry me across the finish line. This was, after all, her idea. I think she secretly knew I’d go to the website and see the words “beer” and “swag bag” and be sold. Well played, my friend. Well played.
I’m actually pretty excited about it. And this will be my first half marathon. I’ve run 5K’s, 8K’s, 10K’s and a marathon. But never a half. You know what a new race distance means, right? Instant PR! Awesome. I’m just checking stuff off my list like mad. Achieving all my 2012 goals? It’s in the bag.
Okay, that’s a tad overconfident. But at least I know I’ll be able to mark two of my goals off come April 1st. Which already feels awesome.
I’ve also been kicking butt with my planning/cooking goal. I’ve brought my salad in a jar lunch everyday this week and at night we’ve been cooking dinner and eating leftovers like champs. Zero take-out orders. Which is definite progress.
My favorite dinner thus far? It’s a tough choice, there’s been a lot of deliciousness created in my kitchen lately. But if I have to choose, I’ve got to go with the buffalo chicken sliders I made recently.
You may remember my first try at these, which resulted not really in a buffalo chicken sandwich, but more of a habanaro ranch chicken sandwich. Let me just say for the record, it’s definitely worth making an extra trip to get the Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Sauce. It just is. You were right, Megan.
I love this recipe, which I adapted slightly from allrecipes.com because 1) It’s super easy 2) It involves my crock pot and 3) It makes a ton of food so there’s always left-overs.Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Sliders 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves 1 bottle buffalo wing sauce, divided 1 package dry ranch salad dressing mix 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon butter 8 mini ciabatta rolls
Place the chicken breasts into a slow cooker, and pour in 3/4 of the wing sauce, Worcestershire, garlic powder, and the ranch dressing mix. Cover, and cook on Low for 6 to 7 hours.
Once the chicken has cooked, add the butter, and shred the meat finely with two forks. Pile the meat onto split ciabatta rolls, and splash with the remaining buffalo wing sauce to serve.
Spicy deliciousness. You should make these. And invite me over. Because, like I said, it makes enough to share. I’ll bring wine. What goes with buffalo chicken, red or white?
Okay, that’s it for today. Before I go though, I want to tell you guys once again how awesome you are. Not only do you put up with my awful food photos, ridiculous attempts at fitness, and gratitous stories about Roosevelt, you put up with my broke-ass website and keep trying to come back for more, despite constant error messages.
Seriously. I really appreciate all of your webhosting feedback and suggestions and plans for a switch are in motion. Until then I am trying to just keep things going as best I can!
I’ll keep you updated!