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It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas!

We are preparing for two snow “storms” here in Wisconsin.  2-4″ tonight – 5-8″ on Tuesday-Wednesday.  We’ll see if the measurements actually get up that high!  I don’t mind snow storms as long as I don’t have to drive.  I actually look forward to just sitting inside and watching the snow fall.  Tomorrow, I have that luxury – well, until 5:30 pm.  I don’t have to do anything, so we’ll see what happens.

Today was relaxing.  I decided not to do anything.  Alright, maybe I didn’t decide to do nothing, but it just kind of happened that way.  I discovered a new show (not a good thing).  Showtime has “Dexter” on demand.  I got hooked.  I think I watched four episodes this morning.  For breakfast – while watching “Dexter” it was some toast and eggs.

For lunch – well, I forgot to each lunch.  I didn’t do it on purpose, I just wasn’t hungry.  And, I left for Kenosha and realized that I hadn’t eaten anything.  Oh well.  (I know it’s bad….)

Kenosha was very enjoyable.  We went to the Carthage Christmas concert.  Who knew that I would be spending my weekend at Carthage?  It was an amazing show.  Bands, choirs, dancing and audience participation.  It really started the Christmas season.  🙂

I got home and it was time to make the engagement chicken.  And, I was hungry, so I had a glass of chocolate milk to hold me over.  I loooooooooove chocolate milk.  Mmmm.  🙂

Here’s the recipe for Engagement Chicken – straight from Glamour.com.

Engagement Chicken

  • 1 whole chicken (approx. 3 lb.)
  • 2 medium lemons
  • Fresh lemon juice (1/2 cup)
  • Kosher or sea salt
  • Ground black pepper

Place rack in upper third of oven and preheat to 400 degrees. Wash chicken inside and out with cold water, remove the giblets, then let the chicken drain, cavity down, in a colander until it reaches room temp (about 15 minutes). Pat dry with paper towels. Pour lemon juice all over the chicken (inside and outside). Season with salt and pepper. Prick the whole lemons three times with a fork and place deep inside the cavity. (Tip: If lemons are hard, roll on countertop with your palm to get juices flowing.) Place the bird breast-side down on a rack in a roasting pan, lower heat to 350 degrees and bake uncovered for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and turn it breast-side up (use wooden spoons!); return it to oven for 35 minutes more. Test for doneness—a meat thermometer inserted in the thigh should read 180 degrees, or juices should run clear when chicken is pricked with a fork. Continue baking if necessary. Let chicken cool for a few minutes before carving. Serve with juices.

Overall, the chicken went well.  I made a few modification.  First of all, I didn’t have a roasting pan.  So, I just put some carrots and onions on the bottom of my Rachael Ray cast iron dutch oven and placed the chicken on top of it.  (I added a little chicken broth for some added flavor and to prevent the carrots from sticking)

I wish I had some string to tie the cavity closed.  It wasn’t a big deal, it was just more challenging to flip the bird over after 15 minutes.

Pre-cooking

Mmmm….  🙂  The most challenging part was flipping the bird over.  I used a pair of tongs to do it.  It seemed like the easiest solution.

I was cooking it blind – I say that because my digital thermometer died on me a few weeks ago.  I never realized how much I relied on it.  I pulled the chicken out, but it wasn’t done.  I figured that out after I cut into it.  Argh!  So frustrating!  I need to get a new thermometer!

I put it in for about 10 more minutes and that seemed to do the trick.

All in all, it was good.  It was pretty easy.  I timed my sides poorly, which was frustrating.  But, I’m sure if I decide to do this again (which I will), it will get easier with practice.  This was the first time I cooked it.

I think it needed more seasoning.  I wasn’t thinking too far ahead.  I don’t eat the skin, and that’s where I put the seasoning.  Next time, I’ll have to put the seasoning under the skin.

With the chicken we had yukon gold mashed potatoes, the carrots and onions and green beans with almonds.  I just saw them in the store the other day (and, they were on sale!) and thought that they would be good.

We love these little steamer bags – especially the mixes (heathy weight, immunity, etc…).  I stocked up on a bunch of them because they were on sale and they’re the perfect size for the two of us.  This one was a definite winner.  Very yummy.  The almonds were a very nice addition.  🙂

It was a perfect little meal.  I really like the carrots with the lemon juice.  I didn’t think I would.  But, it worked well.

It’s definitely a winner.  I’ll have to try it again to “perfect” it.

For dessert, it was a Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich.

This was the first time we had the “cookies n cream” flavor.  We normally stick with the mint ones.   But, I was at a larger grocery store and saw these.  They’re really good.  They may be better than the mint ones!  🙂

I hope your weekends were great.  🙂  Off to watch more “Dexter”.  The husband is already snoring and the pup is sleeping.  (They went out hunting today)  It might be time for me to go to bed soon…

Let it snow!  🙂

We’ve all got our junk…

Happy weekend, everyone!  I’m glad to say that it’s actually been productive.

I was off to Kenosha this morning to watch a friend swim at Carthage College.  It was actually my first college meet.  I had to run out of the house without breakfast because I was running behind.  Thankfully, I had a Luna bar in my purse.  (I’ve started carrying them around just in case)

This was a new flavor for me – Chocolate Peppermint Stick.  My favorite is Dulce de Leche.  I haven’t been able to find them around here.  I wonder if they stopped making them?

Anyway, I was off to Kenosha.  It’s about 50 minutes away.  I actually love driving by myself.  It gives me an excuse to listen to my music really loud and sing along (which no one wants to hear).  My album of choice?  “Spring Awakening”.

I’ll admit it – I’ve been listening to this in my car non-stop ever since I saw the show.  I’ve had the album for two years, but didn’t really appreciate it until I saw the show.  I absolutely love it.  (Some would argue that I’m obsessed)  It was my first exposure to Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff (who will be playing Ms. Michele’s love interest in upcoming episodes of “Glee”!).  I love the musical because it has everything – sex, love, hate… I’m not going to go on because I don’t want to give it away.  And, most importantly, it has songs that you can sing at the time of your lungs (“Bitch of Livin'” and “Totally F—-d”).

Yes, I am that girl you see in the car singing – and occasionally dancing.  Don’t judge me.  🙂

In short – if you have the opportunity to see the show – DO IT.  🙂

I made it to the meet to see my friend’s first event.  After that, she was in the last event.  The mile.  I never did the mile – and probably never will.  It’s like a NASCAR race.  You kind of watch it in the beginning and the middle, and all of a sudden, there’s one 50 left and they’re neck and neck.  That’s exactly what happened today.  And, my friend beat the other girl at the end.  Very exciting!

I stopped at the grocery store on my way home (we’ve been out of milk for about two days) and got back around 2.  I ate lunch which consisted of leftover turkey tomato sauce (the recipe can be found here – I just added ground turkey with the onions).  I put it over some of Dreamfield’s low-carb spaghetti and added a dollop of low-fat ricotta.

It was delicious.  🙂

After lunch, it was time to work on some homework.  I had to put together my reflection journal from observation this semester (meaning = I had to write it because I was stupid and didn’t do it throughout the semester).  It was tough because my cooperating teacher is my professor.  So, I had to reflect on her teaching.  Not fun.  But, it’s done.

Dinner was leftovers.  Nothing exciting.  (Sorry)  The husband and I just kind of hung in tonight.  We watched a few Christmas movies. It’s been a nice night.

Tomorrow – let’s hope the productiveness continues.  In the afternoon, I’m supposed to head back to Kenosha for an event with a foreign exchange student from the swim team.  Let’s hope we can make it back before the snow starts!  (I am doing a little snow dance for Tuesday at around 3 o’clock – no class please!)  🙂

And, for a special treat tomorrow, I’ll be attempting the famous “Engagement Chicken”.  I figured there’s no pressure since I’m already married. 🙂  I’ll give you a full report tomorrow.

G’night!  Enjoy your weekend!