Mr. Prevention is a really great gift-giver. Not only is he thoughtful and generous, but he’s also really creative. I mean, this psychedelic bulldog canvas truly completes my home. Every home needs such a conversation piece occupying real estate on their walls. At least one wall. Really.
He also got me tennis lessons for Christmas (!!). I’ve only been saying I want to play since high school gym class. At a not-so-spry 28, this tennis dream is becoming a reality. You won’t see me at Wimbledon in 2014, but I’m shooting for 2015. It’s good to have goals, realistic or not. As soon as I can serve the ball, return anything on my forehand in decent fashion, keep the ball -in- the court, or quit holding the racquet like a hockey stick, you just never know what greatness could come to be. Just sayin’.
I was also gifted with new Rachel Ray cookware. My baking sheet, loaf pans, and 8×8 were in dire need of replacement, but I had become very accustomed to just layering everything with parchment paper. No one had to know that my cookware was…used, abused, and turning rusty from my refusal to hand wash anything. With my cookware came a new knife block and set of knives. It’s never good when you can justly refer to every knife in your kitchen as a “butter knife”.
But it didn’t end there. The man who complains on a daily basis about my over-stuffed kitchen, got me new kitchen utensils…just because they were fun colors. Do I need a white, red, purple, and red spatula? This is debatable, but I sure as heck am not complaining. He’s just enabling an addict, but that can be our little secret…
While a rainbow of colored spatulas isn’t “necessary”, a new crock pot would’ve been, perhaps a bit more…practical? Mine has seen better days, and I don’t know that I can attribute that to the lack of hand-washing (you betcha that thing gets cleaned in the dish washer!). It’s just…old.
Sundays are hockey days and seeing as I leave at 4:45 to make it to hockey by 5:45, play until 6:45 and walk in the door sometime between 7:45 and 8pm, hockey interferes with my beloved dinner time. So, I’ve decided Sundays are going to be crock pot nights. And late dinner nights, but lord knows I’m ready for dinner after hockey. My sister-in-law found this gem of a recipe on Pinterest and after she and the in-laws gave it 2 thumbs up, it was next on my Sunday crock pot rotation. Delicious!
- 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
- ¼ cup whole wheat flour
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 2 Tbsp ketchup
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar
- 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes
- ½ cup whole cashews
- Cut chicken into large, 1½-inch pieces. Combine flour and pepper in ziplock bag, add chicken, and shake to coat with flour mixture.
- Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken to skillet and brown chicken about 2 minutes on each side (note: do not cook chicken completely); transfer chicken in slow cooker.
- Combine soy sauce, vinegar, ketchup, sugar, garlic, ginger, and pepper flakes in small bowl; pour over chicken.
- Cook on low for 3 to 4 hours. Add cashews and stir. Serve over rice, if desired.
Weekly Menu: January 12th – 16th
- Sunday: The Best BBQ Chicken Salad
- Monday: Buffalo Chicken Lasagna
- Tuesday: Slow Cooker Tikka Masala
- Wednesday: Black Bean & Quinoa Veggie Burgers (from the freezer)
- Thursday: Hoisin Pork with Rice Noodles
As much fun as tennis was this morning, I’m very much so looking forward to no alarm tomorrow morning 🙂