Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Mema's Chicken Chowder

Let me start off by saying I'm not sure how chowdery this recipe actually is but just go with it.  The women in my family have been making Chicken Chowder for as long as I can remember.  My Mema makes it best but that's a given-aren't grandmothers always the best cooks!  It never truly feels like winter until a batch of this has been made and since Thanksgiving is next week I figured it was time!

Mema's Chicken Chowder
What you'll need:
2 boxes of chicken broth
3 stalks of celery
2 large carrots
1 small potato
1 handful frozen or fresh corn
1 can of creamed corn
1 small can of tomato sauce
1 can of diced tomatoes
2 chicken breasts
Fajita seasoning
Garlic powder
Salt and pepper

What you do:
Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper, garlic powder and fajita seasoning and cook in skillet until done. Shred chicken and throw into your crockpot.
Chop veggies and add them to the crockpot.
Empty both boxes of chicken broth, can of cream corn, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes into crockpot and stir.  Season with salt, pepper and garlic (you'll need more salt than you think). Let cook on low heat for 4-6 hours.  You'll know it's done when your potatoes and carrots are cooked completely.  Enjoy with a side of cornbread!
























Such an easy meal to throw together and it makes a ton.  I usually eat half the batch and freeze the rest for later.

Last week my sweet friend Katie nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award.  I'm supposed to tell you 7 random things about myself so here we go!

1. I danced for the Oklahoma City AFL dance team in college and I loved every second of it.



















2. I am an only child and an only grandchild on one side of my family.

3. I've never seen any of the Star Wars movies.

4. Senior year of college Allison and I drove from OKC to Gruene Hall in Texas to see some girl named Miranda Lambert in concert (this was before she was really well known). We were walking through the parking lot and ran into Miranda getting off of her tour bus.  We were able to walk right up to her and chat for a bit.  Unfortunately I can't find the one and only picture from this day!

5. My favorite sound in the world is the sound of a theatre curtain opening.  It still gives me a rush just like it did every time I would perform.
Performing on the stage where the Academy Awards are held

























6. I miss working for Disney everyday.  Time of my life.





















7. I've technically been blogging for 4 years but wasn't active with it until 2014.  Sadly I never celebrated my 1st blogiversary but I may cheat and do one for when I actually started writing consistently.

I now nominate 7 of my favorite bloggers:

Biana @ B Loved Boston
Kristen @ See You In a Porridge
Gina @ On the Daily Express
Pamela @ Sequins and Sea Breezes
Jaclyn @ Love and Bellinis
Meagan @ Because of Jackie
Sarah @ Venus Trapped In Mars


Monday, November 24, 2014

Weekending: Dallas Margarita Ball

Linking up with Biana because, duh, it's Monday!

Friday started with another amazing workout from Beyond 500 even though I swear our instructor Elissa was trying to kill me!  Holy lower body workout.  Friday night was pretty low key, just a couple of drinks with friends and I took 0 pictures. #bloggerfail

I spent most of Saturday being a bum until it was time to get ready for the big night.  With my new job I was given the opportunity to attend the 38th annual Margarita Ball downtown.  I have heard about this event for years and always wanted to go so I was very excited.  Basically it's like adult prom on steroids.  The ball takes over 3 floors of a hotel and there are bands and DJs playing all kinds of different music.  As much as I wanted to walk around and see it all it was way too crowded.  I found my way into the VIP room and enjoyed free drinks and the most entertaining people watching for most of the night.  I did manage to get a few pictures but unfortunately I didn't get a full length one of my dress.
















































The ball was a blast and being that it was a "networking event" for me, it's safe to say I think I'm really going to love this job!

Sunday I finally got to use my new Kitchen-aid mixer but unfortunately it wasn't for anything super exciting.  I needed to shred chicken and remembered reading that it was super easy to do if you threw it in the mixer with the flat attachment.  It totally worked!
























What was the shredded chicken for you ask?  I'll be back tomorrow to share an old family recipe!

I ended the night going to see Mockingjay and I loved every single second!  I was so excited to see where they would end this first movie and I loved how they did it.  If you haven't read the books I don't know how you'll wait until the next movie comes out!

All in all I'd say it was a pretty fantastic weekend!

Friday, November 21, 2014

May Your Friday Sparkle!

























Just like every Friday, linking up with Amanda!

Favorite Read
Tinder Guys Unknowingly Answer Questions From Sex and the City
So I got talked into signing up for Tinder (thanks Sheana) and so far it's been pretty harmless. Entertaining but harmless.  However, I may start using this tactic with some of the guys that just can't seem to take a hint and go away.

Favorite Song 
I've been on a big Texas Country kick since I've been back home and I am LOVIN' this Josh Abbot Band song!

Favorite Recipe
I have to admit I have not put my kitchen to good use yet.  I have got to get some major food prep done this weekend because my eating and drinking habits have gotten out of control.  I'm going to have to eat out a lot with this job since my territory is 45 minutes away so I need to make sure that the things I am eating at home are the healthiest foods I can put in my body!  I could make these little salmon cakes ahead of time and just reheat them when I get home from work.
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Favorite Workout
I've mentioned in the past how obsessed I am with Beyond 500 and their workouts.  I went to a couple of classes this week and every time I go, I love it even more.  One of the exercises we did this week was on the side lunges on the pilates chair.



















Basically you put one foot on the seat and the other foot on the bar. You push the bar to the floor in a side lunge position and then squeeze your inner thighs to bring the bar back up.  Holy moly my legs are still shaking but I loved every minute of it!

Favorite Weekend Plans
I get to go to my first event for work called the Margarita Ball.  Sounds fun huh?  I don't know much about it but I promise to have a full report Monday.  While I am definitely excited about this I also can't wait for Sunday because I have tickets to go see
























I am so excited to see how they tell this story!  I may just re-watch the first 2 movies to catch up!

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!  


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Stealing/Borrowing...Tomato/TomAhto

Ok I know that I've been slacking on my blog posts lately but with the whole moving thing and now the new job thing, my brain is completely fried!  I promise to get back to normal soon (finger crossed)!  Anyways what's a girl to do when she can't think of a good blog post on her own?  She steals borrows an idea from one of her bloggy friends.  In this case, I stole borrowed from the beautiful Kerri who you all need to go check out right now.  
Drinking:
Water per usual even though I REALLY wanted a glass of red wine but I was NOT going out in the cold!
Watching:
These words appear on the screen.....
Wishing:
That all of my laundry was magically done when I got home from work.
Listening:
To a Gilmore Girls episode on Netflix
Wanting:
Pay day to get here (that whole unemployed thing REALLY killed my bank account yall)
Hoping:
That I can learn all of the products in my liquor portfolio for work soon.
Reading:
My liquor portfolio over and over again.
Eating:
I may have just had a spoon in some Cocoa and Cookie Butter from Trader Joes.
Feeling:
Sleepy
If you stuck with me through this post then I know you truly love me!