Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Dress Me, Drape Me, Anyway you Please Me

Sorry to do this to you, but this will be two posts in a row where I'm showcasing a newly discovered clothing line.  Check Esther out.  And don't do what I did and go to esther.com because all I saw was a black screen, an asian woman with a load of makeup and the word "Menu".  Lets not all jump to conclusions, but I dont think its advertising delivery for General Tso.  See how pretty?




Happiness Means...
1.  I survived the ski trip!  Despite the bear attack, avalanche and and severed lift chair.  Just kidding.  Obviously, it was too warm for an avalanche this weekend.  Also, those scenarios were all circling my brain prior to Saturday afternoon when I discovered skiing is actually fun and less dangerous than my final destination 5 brain was interpreting it to be.  Boy stayed with me the entire day on the beginner slopes and intermediates, and I even knocked him out of the chair lift accidentally (which i think is a real testament to true love that he did not return the favor or hold it against me as you sure as hell bet I would have).  Actually, I don't think I've even seen him more proud of me.  And I was so grateful that he stuck with me on every run, even though he snowboards on black diamonds (aka suicide).  I was ready to call it a day after three runs on the beginner trails, but he pushed me to keep going, and I learned I could handle the intermediate ones too.  Thats whats good about us- I prevent him from suicide missions and he pushes me to do things most 5 year olds have mastered.  In a word, Saturday was- perfect. 
2.  Chicken Parm.  Home made.  Another post on a home made meal!  My pet peeve with a lot of blogger recipes is that they're all to feed families, or a couple will make london broil to feed a family of 6.  I'm actually a huge fan of leftovers, but only the kind you can freeze and use later.  Who wants to eat 8 leftover enchiladas in the next 4 days?  I sort of made up my own recipe for two people. I have a kind of obsession over revamping classic recipes with healthier and cleaner ingredients. I dare you to give me a recipe I can't make over and make just as delicious. Seriously ask me.  Here's my "Healthy" variation:
Healthy Chicken Parmesan for 2
2 Chicken breasts (I used these)
1/4 cup egg whites (I used this)
1/4 cup of whole wheat flour
1 tsp oregano
pinch of salt and pepper
However much pasta sauce you like
However much low fat mozzarella cheese you like
However much fresh parmesan cheese you like

1.  Preheat oven to 450.  Place three bowls of equal size in front of you each with the flour, egg white, and panko crumbs.  Add oregano, salt and pepper to flour mixture.
2.  Trim fat off chicken breasts, and pound lightly to flatten.  Pat chicken breasts with paper towels to remove moisture.
3.  Dip Each chicken breast in the whole wheat flour mixture, then the egg white, then the panko crumbs.
4.  Pour some sauce in the bottom of a square glass baking dish, and lay chicken breasts on top.  pour more sauce (if you wish) over the chicken and sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top.  Bake for 15 minutes*
5.  Shave fresh parmesan on top, and serve with a side salad.
*Baking time may vary- I loosely followed a recipe that said 5 minutes which was NO way close, so I had to cut the center a few times before deciding it was done.  I also didn't originally pour sauce on top, but to the horror of my boyfriend.  We also added an insane amount of cheese.
3.  I got boy his bday present and I'm really excited!  Hopefully it works out...
4.  An awesome workout yesterday of running, elliptical and weights. 
5.  A Sunday afternoon hike to Swallow Falls with just boy.  This was our second time going and its truly breathtaking...

 These were taken November 2010, but it was just as pretty and bright this time- just more ice

Goal:  Watch boy's squash game and meet for drinks.  Happy Tuesday!

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