Someone said something about getting on top of their Christmas shopping – I freaked. Someone posted the number of weekends between now and Christmas – I freaked. My bestie added a gift idea to her son’s Amazon list – I freaked. Everyone is so on top of these things and I’m over here trying not to pull the trigger on a new set of ear buds for myself.
BECAUSE…my run yesterday (in 68 degree SUN!) was done with one ear bud. Because they’re generic and cheap and broken. Yet, I know my outdoor running days are numbered and by Christmas, I’ll have less need for them. I’m not one to head out when the snow is flying or my lungs are on fire from the cold. And before you think it – hockey is just different! It’s not THAT cold inside a hockey rink.
P.S. Totally bought myself ear buds today.
Anyway, this week has been stunning and the weekend looks just as nice (!) and I’m struggling to think about the holidays. It seems unwise to get overly excited for the holidays as we know them. This pandemic is ramping up like whoa and there’s a good chance the holidays will be lonely and uneventful this year. A really good chance of it, I’d say. I’m setting the bar low.
That said, shipping times are supposed to slow down big time. So I’d better not be a 9th inning kind of gal when it comes to any gift giving this year. The girls just informed me that they would like a hamster for Christmas. I think I swayed them towards a ferret, but I welcome all rodent advice. I had hamster growing up and they stink and bite and get lost in the house.
But enough about Christmas and winter and all of those things. I’m very happy with soaking up fall. The chili, the football, the leaves, the pumpkin everything, and of course, the apples. The ½ bushel we picked was inadequate. They long gone and I’ve actually purchased store-bought apples in recent weeks. Good thing they’re local and still fabulous!
One of my favorite go-to fall dinners is this one. It’s chicken and apple and goat cheese goodness. Simple ingredients, big flavor, fun texture…and so perfectly fall! We’ve been making this recipe for years and my mother-in-law has, too. I’ll always remember this recipe as one she loves and makes on repeat. Enjoy!
Goat Cheese and Apple Chicken
Sweet and savory, this is a fall staple in my kitchen!
- 2 (8 oz) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, halved to thin
- black pepper, to season
- 30 saltine crackers
- 2 tsp garlic salt
- 1 egg
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 4 oz goat cheese, at room temperature
- 1 apple, peeled, cored, and diced
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a baking dish with parchment paper and set side. Season chicken with pepper.
- Food process, blend, or smash the saltines into crumbs; transfer to a shallow bowl and whisk in the garlic salt until well-combined. In another shallow bowl, whisk the egg with a fork. Dip the seasoned chicken into the egg and then the cracker mixture.
- Heat olive oil in a large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the chicken and cook until browned; transfer to the prepared baking sheet.
- In another small bowl combine the goat cheese and the apples. Spread mixture evenly over the chicken breasts.
- Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until cheese is warm and browned. Remove from oven and serve hot.
Recipe slightly adapted from Confessions of a City Eater
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 381Total Fat: 19.0gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 782mgCarbohydrates: 22.3gFiber: 1.3gSugar: 4.5gProtein: 31.0g
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I’ve been reading your blog for a while, really enjoy it! As a veterinarian I can assure you ferrets are all these things ‘They stink and bite and get lost in the house” and they need a lot of interaction, exercise and like to get into everything. They’re super cute but can be a lot of work 🙂
Samantha, thanks so much for reading along and for your comment! Cracking up! So, I grew up with hamsters and when they started eating their babies I was like “nope, this animal isn’t for me!” and then Shea’s classroom had a pet ferret named Snowball and he waddled around the classroom and went into his cage to use the bathroom. He was great with all the kids in the pre-school. But…I’m hearing you say Snowball was an anomaly! 🙂 Any advice if we were to consider a small animal?!
I had 2 hamsters (at 2 different times) growing up and both were male… so that would eliminate the baby eating. They maybe sort of smell? But that is more up to you and how often you clean their cage/bedding. We had an exercise ball they rolled around in out of their cage, but you can put that wherever – a screened in porch, the basement, garage, etc… just keep in mind they WILL poop/pee in it and it will go through the air holes 🙂 But it was SO much fun and at 36 years old I still remember all of it 🙂 My one large piece of advice would be to keep the cage away from all bedrooms since they are nocturnal and will run their little wheels until the cows come home.
Yes, would have to get a male! I remember the all night exercising – yes!! So funny!! We had one of those exercise balls, too. Memories, for sure, like you said! 🙂