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February 27, 2013

Soup’s On!

Holy moly… has there been a lot going on since I have last checked in with you! All in a weekend’s (and beginning of the week’s) work in entertainment, I guess.

Scott had a handful of buddies in town to celebrate the Detroit Piston’s Mascot HOOPER’s Birthday on Saturday, and we had the lovely task of entertaining them all for a few days.

When I say task, I really do mean it.  Picture a group of guys full of constant energy all together in the same place to perform and cause havoc among unsuspecting Pistons fans.

Hooper birthday crew 2013

That is the best way I can describe it!

The madness continued on Monday with another home game, which was fun, but then I woke up yesterday with extreme stomach pain.  I felt better as the day went on, but did not have much of an appetite for anything besides chocolate.  Perfect.

Perhaps my stomach spasms are resurfacing?

To be honest, I did not really feel like doing much of anything, but forced myself to go out and get groceries and supplies for the upcoming week.  There was talk of a blizzard coming in on the radio, and I wanted to be prepared.

First stop = Starbucks.

new vanilla latte starbucks

I tried the new Vanilla Spice Latte with skim milk and no whip, which came to exactly 200 calories.  It was the perfect pick me up to get me goin’ and about my day.

Five Below Fitness

Second stop = Five Below.

I had never heard about this store until we moved up north, mainly because they do not exist in Florida (boo!).  There are currently eighteen locations throughout the United States, with more stores opening very soon.

If you happen to live near one, I encourage you check it out!  I have already stumbled upon a TON of great finds there on my two trips into the store.

My first time in, I noticed they have a pretty impressive fitness equipment corner, and made a mental note to revisit it soon.  Thinking I might be stuck indoors for a few days because of the weather, I figured yesterday was a great time to invest in a few fitness staples and ended up leaving with a cart full of goodies!

fitness equipment for cheap

Everything you see above cost less than $40! That includes a fitness ball (that I usually see going for about $25) for $4 and a yoga mat (usually $25+) for $5!  Also in my cart was a massage ball (which Roadie will tell you is actually his new toy), resistance bands, a stretching band, a set of 5 pound dumbbell weights, and a weighted jump rope.

When the lady checking me out gave me my total of $39.98 you would have thought I won the lottery, and I might have actually squealed.  I was so excited!

Italian Chicken Sausage Tortellini Soup

Third stop = Target.

With talks of a blizzard, I wanted to stock up with paper products, canned foods, drinks, bread, and other items that could get us through a few days without power.  Growing up in Florida, I know a thing or two about preparing for a storm, so I felt pretty confident in what I walked out with.

I also picked up enough ingredients to make a few different soups for the week.  First up was an Italian Chicken Sausage Tortellini Soup.

Italian chicken sausage tortellini soup

I had been eyeing this Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup recipe for a while, and finally decided to go for it.  I got all of the ingredients (after a fourth stop to Meijer), and substituted the Italian turkey sausage for Italian chicken sausage.  Right when I was putting everything away at home, my stomach started acting up again.  Not being able to eat much during the day did not help with my weak knees, so I decided to rest for a little while until Scott got home.

Eventually, I got up and moving again and together we made dinner together.  When I say “together,” I really mean he made it while I cleaned up and kept him company. ;)

We sided the soup with a quick cucumber, tomato and onion salad.

cucumber tomato salad

It was very refreshing and includes the ingredients I just listed (diced), a little bit of lettuce, and fresh dill seasoning all tossed together in a little bit of balsamic vinegar and a few drops of grape seed oil.

It was very light and delicious, and I enjoyed the leftovers of both for lunch today.

As for the blizzard, I can not really say we have experienced one this time.  I woke up to a beautiful white blanket of snow, which just a few inches covering the ground.

snowfall

Even a few inches seems like a lot to this southerner, but I have to admit that I am loving it.  (On days when I get to stay inside and enjoy it!)

winter snow

I plan to spend the rest of the evening catching up on some work, then lounging with the husband.  We have a few more soups on deck cook for the week, and might even venture out to another new recipe tonight.

Soup’s onnnnnn!

I am hoping that by tomorrow my stomach starts liking me again, and I can get back into a normal fitness routine.  Talk to you guys then, and have a great night!

February 25, 2013

Pulled Chicken BBQ Sandwich

Barbequing is very popular to do outside during the warmer months, but can be just as easy to cook inside on your stove top during the colder ones.

Now that we are living up north and have experienced a true winter season, I am having to come up with alternate ways of cooking some of our favorite dinners I usually hand off to my husband to cook on the grill.

I have always enjoyed pulled chicken barbeque, and this is an extremely simple recipe you can start and serve in just over a half hour’s time.

Served with the traditional baked bean side, I also like to enjoy my barbeque with a lean side of sauteed or steamed vegetables.  Served on a whole wheat bun, half of one, or bun-less, this recipe could be considered part of the “healthier” side of the barbeque category.

Let’s get to it!

pulled bbq chicken sandwich

Ingredients

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

salt and pepper (to taste)

14 Tbsp. (a little less than 1 cup) KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce

6 hamburger buns (I used whole wheat)

barbeque sandwich ingredient

prep time: 5 minutes

cook time: 30 minutes

servings: 4-6

Directions

1. Fill a large pot with water and bring to boil.  Add chicken breasts, salt and pepper to boiling water and let cook for about 30 minutes.

(Time will vary depending on chicken size, so make sure it is thoroughly cooked all the way through.)

2. Once chicken is cooked, use a fork to pull meat apart and shred.

(Try to shred into thick pieces to avoid it from turning mushy.)

3. Place pulled chicken in a large bowl.  Add just under 1 cup or about 14 Tbsp. of BBQ sauce.  Toss until chicken is coated.

4. Serve alone, or on top of buns.  You may choose to toast buns and adorn with pickles, lettuce, tomato, onion, and/or other sandwich sides.

Breakdown

Cook chicken breasts by dropping them into boiling water and let cook for about 30 minutes.

While waiting for chicken, start preparing your sides.

sautee zuchinni squash

(I like to enjoy barbeque with a side of baked beans and sauteed vegetables.)

Once chicken is cooked, use a fork to pull meat apart and shred.

shredding chicken

(Try to shred into thick pieces to avoid it from turning mushy.)

Place pulled chicken in a large bowl.

shredded chicken

Add just under 1 cup or about 14 Tbsp. of BBQ sauce.

Toss until chicken is coated.

shredded chicken in barbeque sauce

Toast hamburger buns, if desired.

toasted hamburger buns

Serve alone, or on top of buns.

pulled chicken bbq sandwich

You may choose to adorn with pickles, lettuce, tomato, onion, and/or other sandwich sides.

sliced pickles

Enjoy accompanied by your sides of choice!

pulled chicken barbeque sandwich

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