Friday, February 18, 2011

carbs. carbs. carbs. yum!

I am not going to lie... I am an amazing cook!
Mostly because I can follow a recipe to a T.
Because I was lacking a Valentine this year, I was craving all sorts of food [well, I guess I do that everyday]... But mostly craving Italian and my all time favorites, sun dried tomato pasta and chicken Parmesan! So I made a Valentine's dinner for the whole family plus Nanny and Pop and our friends Roger and Liliane Gondelmann who came this week to visit us all the way from France!
It was probably one of my favorite dinners I have cooked in a long time so I had seconds and thirds... skipped the chocolate and went for the carbs this year.
[where did my neck go?]
Here are my recipes if you would like to make this too.
It's seriously to die for!
Baked Chicken Parmesan
Serves 6
6 chicken breast halves or 10 chicken tenders
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
spaghetti sauce
mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare by cracking eggs into large bowl or pan and mixing with milk.
And in another bowl or pan mixing bread crumbs and Parm. cheese.
Dip chicken in egg-milk mixture and then into the bread crumb-cheese mixture.
Lay flat on a baking sheet.
Bake for 15-30 min. depending on chicken size.
Five min. before taking out of oven spoon spaghetti sauce on top of each chicken piece and then add Mozzarella cheese on top.
Bake for another five min. or until cheese is melted.
Serve and Enjoy!Penne with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce
Serves 6

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 small onion , chopped fine
2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes , rinsed, patted dry, and minced
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes
1 cup heavy cream
1 pound ziti or penne
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
Ground black pepper

Bring 4 quarts water to boil in large pot.
Meanwhile, melt butter in large skillet over medium heat.
Cook onion until soft and lightly browned, about 8 minutes.
Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Stir in sun-dried tomatoes, diced tomatoes, and cream.
Increase heat to medium-high and simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
Add 1 tablespoon salt and pasta to boiling water and cook until al dente.
Drain pasta, and return to pot.
Add sauce and basil to pot and toss to combine
Season with salt and pepper.
Serve and Enjoy!

Monday, February 14, 2011


Alone once again on the big day of love... shoot me.
Looks like Daddy has Mom... and his three girls to buy chocolates for.
I am not kidding I have had seven friends in the past three weeks get engaged, seven!
If that's not pathetic then I don't know what is.
This is pretty much all I do...
me and my empty ring finger, whatever though I'm kind of a fan of being alone until that perfect person comes along to sweep me off my feet.

until then...
Dear Future Husband and Valentine,
I hope you have a wonderful day of love because I will be hating it without you. I hope the only person you kiss today is your mom and you think of me often. Because whoever you are, you are always on my mind and I am constantly striving to be better, just for you. I will wait for you as long as you need me too... but we're not getting any younger here. Hope to see you sometime in the next few Valentine's days.
Love, Your Future Wife.
Goodnight Blog.
Promise to fill you with pictures very soon.
Less than a week and I will be in Tahoe loving the snow once again. :)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

consequences of an afternoon nap.

I have the munches and a bad case of boredom.
I was getting extremely exhausted at work this afternoon on account that I consumed NyQuil last night and that stuff messes me up for a few days. So I came home and took a nap around 4:30. The next thing I remember is waking u around 8:30 to a text from my best friend, Erin asking me if I am alive. My naps are usually blissful, and mine today was. But I am always left, as I am now awake, bored and hungry in the late night hours. Boo.
I just ate spoon full of Nutella, two spoons of Cool Whip, a piece of beef jerky, a handful of cheesits, a root beer, a pickle and a slice of bologna. I am disgusted with myself and all i want still is spinach dip with sourdough bread. I hate late night munchies and can you say random to that list of food... ew, who am I?
Well it's February already, the second to be exact and Jonny's birthday, Happy Birthday Jonny, wish I were with you [even though you will never read this]. Anyways Monday... the 31st was my half birthday! Six months until my real birthday and then I am finally 21! No idea why I am so excited for that age as I don't drink, but I think it means that I am limitless! I can go anywhere I want to, even a bar... though there is no reason to. When someone checks my ID they can't tell me no and for some reason that makes me happy, and maybe a little pathetic...
I am very bored and a cure would be to watch Eat, Pray, Love [just ate and prayed...wheres the love?]which I have rented on iTunes. It would just keep me awake until three, but hey that still gives me six hours of sleep and I thrive on six hours of sleep. Okay that just made up my mind. So off I go to watch a movie that I, opposed to most of it's viewers, actually enjoy.
so Goodnight!
p.s. I am awaiting a lovely package from Forever21 right now and when it arrives I will have to do a picture-fashion show.
Now off to a meeting with my toothbrush so I don't smell like beef jerky in the morning :)