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Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken

Today was a rest day.  It was much needed after yesterday’s 22 miler!  I also realized today after reading Skinny Runner‘s post that we totally ran past her yesterday.  Not that I’m a creeper or anything.


I gorged on cereal and also had coffee.  Nothing unusual.



During breakfast the cat posed for me.  Also not unusual.

cat 2

cat 1


Tonight’s dinner was delicious and oh so easy.

dinner 1

It was yet again a crock pot recipe.  If you want some good teriyaki chicken that takes about 5 minutes to prep, make this recipe.

chicken 1


Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken


4 frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 cup Trader Joe’s Soyaki Sauce

1 20-oz can pineapple chunks

dash ground ginger


1. Put chicken in crock pot.  Cover with remaining 3 ingredients.

2. Cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 6-8 hours.  Serve over rice.

crock pot teriyaki chicken


We served it with steamed zucchini that I covered in Parmesan cheese.  Obviously.



And finished the evening off with some ice cream while catching the end of the Oscars.

ice cream



Did you watch the Oscars? What did you think of the winners?


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The Recipe for The Husband’s Chicken Piccata

On Saturday night, Mat made chicken piccata for dinner.  In that post, I promised the recipe, and I don’t take back a promise, especially when it comes to food!  So no more waiting, here it is!

Chicken Piccata

4 servings


4 brined chicken breasts

garlic powder



2 tbsp organic coconut oil

2 cups dry white wine

2 cups chicken broth

juice from 2 lemons

2 tbsp capers

1 can artichoke hearts, cut in half

16 oz angel hair pasta


1. Butterfly each chicken breast and sprinkle both sides with garlic powder, pepper, and flour.  Heat 1 tbsp coconut oil in large pan on medium-high heat.  Cook chicken for approximately 7-10 minutes per side or until juices run clear.

2. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.  Melt 1 tbsp coconut oil in pan and add 2 tbsp flour to make a roux.  Cook until roux is golden brown in color.

3. Once the roux is golden brown, add 2 cups white wine, 2 cups chicken broth, and lemon juice.  Scrape remaining chicken pieces from pan into the sauce and whisk everything together.  Add halved artichoke hearts and capers and let the sauce thicken until the liquid is reduced by half.

4. While roux is thickening, heat a large pot of salted water to boiling.  Cook pasta as directed on package. (Note: angel hair pasta cooks much faster than spaghetti or fettucine).

5. Ladle sauce onto pasta and chicken.  Serve with a side of roasted asparagus.  Enjoy!

chicken piccata



Edited to add: I’m sharing this recipe on the Pantry Party.  Go check it out!

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Brined Chicken

A lot of the chicken recipes we make in this house are made with brined chicken.  Brining chicken helps it retain moisture, stay tender, and also reduces cooking time.  This simple extra step will make any chicken dish taste infinitely better.  Here’s how we do it.

Brined Chicken


1/4 cup kosher salt

3-4 tbsp honey

cold water


1. Pour salt and honey into a gallon-size ziploc bag.  Place defrosted chicken breasts in bag and fill with cold water.  Let sit in the fridge for approximately 30 minutes.

2. When ready to cook chicken, do not rinse.  Instead, pat dry.  Discard brine and bag.



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Super Commercial Game

Yesterday for the Super Bowl, Steph came over to hang out.  We were really interested in it for the commercials and the excuse to eat junk.  To us (as a friend put it), it’s the Super Commercial Game.  Even then we didn’t pay attention to every single commercial.  But it was still good times.

Mat made his guacamole and we also had salsa and cheddar/sour cream chips.  Delicious.

super bowl snacks


I also made chicken tenders, but I forgot to snap a picture.  Dang it!  I always realize when it’s way too late.

But it’s ok, because I made sure to take a picture of dessert.  I had some lava cookies in the freezer that I warmed up and topped with very Super Bowl appropriate ice cream.

ice cream




I think we enjoyed the halftime show and the power outage the most.  It amused us.  🙂

Oakley wasn’t very interested in the game either and decided to plop on the floor in odd positions.



Thank you Steph for getting this picture when my phone decided it didn’t have enough storage space left.  🙂

And now it’s Monday again.  Honestly, where do the weekends go?

What did you do for the Super Bowl?


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MacBook Pro is All Better Now

After several weeks of having only an iPad to use for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email, blogging, etc, my MacBook Pro is now working again.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the iPad, but it’s lovely to be able to type freely and quickly.  One of the reasons you didn’t see as many posts from me lately was simply that blogging from an iPad every day was a pain in the butt.

I replaced the hard drive and RAM myself, and reinstalled the operating system and all my programs.  It was fun!

hard drive



But now, I’m back.  And I have big plans for the blog.  Oh yes indeedy.  I’ll cover that more later.  First, let’s backtrack to yesterday, shall we?


I woke up yesterday feeling pretty good considering I had just run 20 miles the day before.  Mat and I took my sister to get her first ever pair of REAL running shoes, and as I mentioned to Skinny Runner, she went with Mizuno Wave Rider 16s.  Mat and Daddy and I are all about New Balance, but Mizunos worked better for her feet.

I got some new shoes too.  About time – I’d been running on my other ones since August/September!

new shoes

We made chicken fajitas for dinner last night and ate them with salad.  Good stuff!





Today was a non-student day since the kids all had finals last week.  That meant that us teachers got to go to school and have meetings and get our grades done.  My grades were done by Saturday afternoon, so that meant that this teacher got to go to school and have meetings and then sit around.

I could have gone out to lunch, but I opted to bring it from home because I didn’t want to spend extra money and didn’t want to consume extra calories.  I’ve been consuming enough calories lately in the form of Chipotle and frozen yogurt.

We made a barley shrimp risotto recipe in the crock pot for dinner.  We accidentally bought 10 minute barley so it got a little soggy, but otherwise it was good.



Steamed Brussels sprouts on the side.  I covered my plate in parmesan cheese.

dinner with parmesan



In other news, I realize it’s now Tuesday night and I’ve only covered Sunday and Monday.  That’s because not all my pictures had re-uploaded to Google drive.  I think I mentioned it briefly last night.

In still more news, my husband went from this, which he’s had for about a month,



no beard


He went on a beard kick for a few weeks and then suddenly decided never mind.  Not gonna lie, I like the smooth-shaven better.  🙂

Hope your Tuesday was good!

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Chicken Taco Chili

Tonight’s dinner was chicken taco chili in the crock pot. We used this recipe. We’ve made it once before, but it was a long time ago and was before we cut out chicken. Now we’re back to eating chicken again. I have to say, it makes life a lot easier. Trying to menu plan on a vegetarian diet is difficult because I felt more limited. I know there are lots of good veggie recipes out there, but I haven’t had time or energy to really find them.

Plus, I think my muscles are going to like me better eventually if I feed them more animal protein.


We had salad with it, again using lettuce from Alegria Fresh.

We also finished the rest of the biscuits. I had three. Shhhh…

Mat is playing with Oakley right now. Here she’s a blur as she jumps to catch a hair elastic.

And here she’s doing the cute pre-pounce butt wiggle thing.

And then she laid down randomly during playtime. Who knows.

Now that I’ve posted way too many pictures of the cat for one night, it’s time for Big Bang Theory and then bed. 5 am wake up call for the first time in weeks. :-/

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Somehow Today Got Busy

Today was a good day, though not how I intended it. It started with a 15 miles run in which I saw Monica three times. Now we’re running friends. 🙂

It was actually a really rough run. I hadn’t run since last Saturday’s 17 miler because we were gone all week. Solvang isn’t a place you can really run in. I don’t know what’s been going on with me-running just hurts lately. I feel like my legs just can’t do it. Last weekend went surprisingly well, but that’s been a rare occurrence. I’m not sure what to do.

We then went on a tour of Alegria Fresh where they grow produce hydroponically using vertically stacked pots. It was really interesting and the lettuce and herbs were really yummy!

Then Steph came over and we made biscuits to go with our roasted broccoli and Mat’s chicken.

Betcha never seen biscuits those shapes! 😀

My plate (plus two more biscuits).

Steph loves having her picture taken. 🙂

We watched Brave on blu ray that Steph brought. I’d never seen it before and it was really cute. But then, you can’t really go wrong with Disney Pixar.

One more day of break left. I can’t believe how fast it went. I’m not ready to go back. :-/