Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Stuffed Chicken Breasts

So last night I decided to cook something that was a little outside my comfort zone. It was outside my cooking comfort zone not my that-looks-yummy comfort level.

I adapted the recipe I found at . The recipe is this one specifically,

I made a few changes. I had no bacon so I skipped that part. I also used shredded mozzarella cheese instead of feta cheese. I also added in some grated Parmesan cheese. I also covered the tops and bottoms of the chicken breasts with a mix of bread crumbs, garlic, black pepper, basil, oregano and white pepper. I also drizzled the bottom of the pan with olive oil and also drizzled the tops of the breaded breasts with it as well. The leftover mixture I had I just placed on the tops of the breasts. I also only used three breasts. And I did not measure out the ingredients so it was all just eyeballed.

The chicken breasts after they had been cut. I cut through them being careful to not cut all  the way through so there would be a pocket to stuff.

This is the spinach, mozzarella cheese and mayo mixture before it got stuffed into the chicken breasts.

Here are the chicken breasts after they had been dredged into the breadcrumb/seasoning mixture, stuffed and laid in the pan.

Here is the chicken breasts topped with the spinach and cheese mixture. Yes that is olive oil from 7-11. We had just moved in and needed some and there is no grocery store near our apartment.

That is the finished product. Yes, I know there should be three breasts there but I got ahead of myself in my excitement to try this new dish.

The verdict seemed to be it was very yummy!! This is something that I never would have thought of attempting to make just a few months ago.

Yes I know the pictures need some improvement. There is very little natural light in my apartment and the rainy weather yesterday did not help the situation at all.

Getting Back on Track

So it has been a little bit over two weeks of living with the Man. I have to say it is an interesting adjustment. So far it has been a lot of making the apartment feel like a home and working on getting used to each other's schedules. This has not been a huge shock since the Man and I had three day weekends together at my old apartment for practically the past year.

However, there are a few things I have noticed. The first is that since I am home all day, I can be all excited and want his attention when he comes home from work. This does not always work out to the best. So we are working on that. I am making a daily schedule so I can have a consistent laid out day ahead of me and accomplish a lot. That way I am getting out of the apartment and being active. It will make me less likely to want to be in his face.

I am also hopeful a set schedule will increase the productivity levels greatly. I hope to be able to get back into a full day schedule of job hunting, exercising and reviewing for a return to school. Oh and add in the standard domestic chores that typically fall to the stay-at-home partner.

It has been a pretty great time so far. And the apartment is great. Once it is settled I will post some pics.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

A Quick Update and a New Home!!!

                So, it has been a long time since I posted here. I am sorry for that but there has been a lot of changes going on.
                After some disagreements and hurtful words with certain family members, the Man and I decided to move in together. There was less than a week from when we got the okay from the landlord in the new apartment (so cute!!) to when we moved in. YIKES! That certainly is a giant whirlwind if you ask me!!
                I am in love with the apartment! My previous apartment had a kitchen which was the size of a bathroom (and I have seen tiny apartment bathrooms that were bigger). The sink was the size of a bathroom sink. It had literally NO counter space. If I wanted to do anything besides throw something in a pot, I had to do the cutting/mixing/prep work in the living at the coffee table. So not conducive to cooking or baking. This new apartment has a room that serves as the kitchen/living room/ dining room (although the Man and I could not make it be all three and sacrificed the dining room aspect). But the kitchen is what I want to talk about! The stove is a real size stove. The previous one I needed to get smaller than normal cookie sheets and only one fit in the oven. Here, I can fit three cookie sheets in there without breaking a sweat. I have counter space to spare!! And the sink is a normal kitchen sink size. Oh, and so is the fridge!!  I also have more than double the cabinet space (and that is only the top cabinets). Looking at bottom cabinets it would be more than triple!!!  The bedroom is also awesome! It managed to fit our two wide dressers, my three narrow dressers, a queen bed- and we have room left over!! (Okay, not much when you add in the laundry basket! But I will take it!)
                The apartment is wonderful!! Although moving was not so fun at all!! The Man and I have decided we have zero intention of doing that anytime soon! I am actually in love with this apartment and it feels so good to have a place that is “ours”. 
                That is the quick update. I will have another one soon about the conversations and the realities of moving in with a significant other. Especially, since the Man and I did not follow just about ANY of my rules for living with a partner!! Oops!