Tuesday, February 15, 2011

When Ashley loves it... I think it is worth sharing!

As I was trying to figure out what to make for dinner this evening a friend suggested a chicken recipe her family loves.  Here is her version:

Baked Chicken-pour italian dressing on top and put it in the oven for about 45 min....then top it with Parmesan cheese and bake for another 15 minutes.

Well I went to start cooking and you guessed it... no Italian dressing.  

So here is my version:

I took 5 boneless skinless chicken breast and seasoned well with Tony's, onion powder and garlic powder.  Then I placed them in a skillet with hot oil and seared until golden brown on both sides.  While they were cooking I mixed together in a bowl 1/2 cup Honey BBQ Sauce, 1/2 cup Ranch Dressing, 2 tsps.  Worcestershire Sauce and about 2 tbsp. of water and mixed well.  Once chicken was brown I placed them in a casserole dish and poured the sauce on top, covered and baked at 350 for 45 minutes.  Then I topped with Parmesan cheese, uncovered and baked an additional 15 minutes.

Wow!  So delicious!  The kids both LOVED it!  Well Brendan is a little Mikey, he will eat just about anything.  But for Ashley to say she loved it... then it is worth sharing!

Picture does not do it justice!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Does the drama EVER end? What is drama really? Let's talk about it!

So I had a a-hem "friend" tell me once that she didn't know how to be my friend because I had to much drama.

Never mind the daily phone calls that I would get from this same person complaining about her marriage day in and day out.


Who doesn't?  And what is your definition of drama?

My definition of drama is someone that is always trying to start things with other people, stirring the pot you might say.  I REALLY try not to create this type of drama!  Really I don't, I just want to live my life surrounded with my family and friends and have a good time.  Because you know what?  Life is too short not to enjoy it.

Now, if your definition of drama is listening to others complain about certain issues that may be going on in their life then I disagree.  To me, that is a FRIEND!

If you can't depend on your friends listening and giving their input on certain things then what are friends for?  To go out with have drinks, laugh, play and call it a day?  Well actually if we all got drunk then maybe we wouldn't care about the other issues in life, or what some may call drama.  Yes, we should have fun with our friends and not be serious all the time but you should be able to talk as well.  Maybe they have gone through something similar and can offer you advice since they have "been there done that".

I have problems with my kids, who doesn't?  I have problems with people from my past that just can't seem to leave me or my family alone.  Some people have problems with their jobs.  And when things happen I tend to find myself "venting" to my friends.  I would hope that you felt like you could vent to me if you were dealing with something and you just needed someone to listen.

I will be the first to tell you I get so tired of hearing from people that ONLY call when there are issues in their life.  I have gone to pick up the phone before and Matt will ask who it is and when I tell him he will say "wonder what's wrong now?!?!"

I am NOT that person!  I will call you to see how you are doing, send you a nice letter, a quick phone call or text but not only call when something is wrong.  If I am "that" person to you then PLEASE send me a nice message and tell me so I will be sure to correct myself.

See this post is a "vent" not drama.  Do you agree?  :)

Thanks Melissa!

So being a stay at home mom is not what it is cracked up to be.  Seriously if I had tons of money and could go out and shop and play all day then maybe it would be a different story.  But I don't so I can't.  Do not get me wrong I have PLENTY of things that I could do to keep me busy.  I own a photography company and I am always trying to think of ways to expand that and get my name out there but that is where my thinking stops.

For instance I have been THINKING about cleaning my office for about 2 weeks now because seriously it looks like a tornado ripped through here.  I HATE with a capitol H to file, it is my weakness.  Therefore I have papers all over the place, the good thing is if you were to ask me which pile something was in I could probably tell you.  I told myself today "Self you REALLY need to just get motivated and clean the office today"  Self hasn't listened so far because all I have managed to do is pick up a pile of papers off the floor straighten them and set them in a chair.  Hey, that is progress right?

I had EVERY intention of going to see a movie today while hubby is out of town.  Not that I couldn't go while he is in town but I thought I would "treat" myself this week while the kids are at school.  Guess what?  I TOTALLY forgot I was going to go until about 12:15 and by that point it was too late.  sigh  I should have marked it in the planner.  Who am I kidding, I didn't even look at my planner until 15 minutes ago.

A friend seriously just sent me this message:

 "Have you cleaned yet?"  

Ha Ha just wait until you read my blog working on it now.

See I will blog also, ANYTHING to get out of cleaning.  These papers are just glaring at me in the face!  QUIT LOOKING AT ME!

This is not even what this blog was supposed to be about so let's quickly get on that subject.  Thanks to my  dear sweet pretty friend Melissa I want to cry.  I suppose that maybe she waited 20+ (a-hem) years to get me back because my monkey shit on her.  Melissa I am really sorry that he did that, seriously thought all would have been forgiven by now!  Wow you can hold a grudge sista!

Another friend posted on my fb page today "Did Cain die today on Y&R"

Now if you know me you know this is the ONE thing I look forward to every single day during the week.  Crawling up in the bed with my hubby, because he is sucked in just as bad as I am, and we watch Y&R.  We can't miss it and God forbid if we can't watch it we double up the next night or we will have a marathon on the weekend.  I responded to her and said I had not watched it yet today.  And that is when Melissa chimed in and said "yes! he did!".

GASP OMG you just made me want to cry!  First of all Cain CAN'T be dead, he is one of the very few actors on that show that can actually ACT!  And let's face it girls.. he is major eye candy!

No honey I have never thought about him while getting it on with you.  Well, maybe just once.

I am so sad that Lily and the "twins", as she likes to call them, will be without this hot stud forever!  That is just not fair!  Now I will have to start crushing on Billy Abbot instead.  If they get rid of Billy, I will go with Nick and God forbid they both get cut who would that leave???  Jack always has this look as if the actor standing next to him farted and he can't breath so it wouldn't be him.  Victor ... nah too old for me.  Divon?  EWWWW we fast forward through most of his scenes as it is so no thanks.  Daniel, maybe if he got a haircut?  Kevin, nah.  Ooh Michael is pretty hot.

Anyway, we will worry about that if and when the time comes.

Now will you guys please sign a petition if I draw up one so we can get the writers to let Phylis just beat the shit out of Sharon?  That girl just gets on my last nerve!