A Simple Dish

I have had the in laws visiting recently and I needed to cook dinner at least some of the time. I needed to make something filling, not complicated, and I couldn’t use fish or pork. Ok. Lets go to the cabinet and see what I’ve got. Chicken breasts, but only two to feed four. That means I have to go with a comfort food to make it work. After a look at what I keep in the cabinet, here is what I came up with.

 

French Onion Chicken

1 small can cream of chicken (I used cream of chicken with herbs)

1 packet of french onion soup mix

2 large chicken breasts

 

Directions

1- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees (F)

2- Line a dish for baking (think pyrex, corningware, etc) with aluminum foil (I do this for cleaning purposes but if you prefer not to, its up to you)

3- Spoon 3-4 spoonfuls of the condensed soup in the bottom of the dish

4- Lay the breasts on top of the condensed soup, and spoon the rest of the can on top.

5- Sift the French Onion packet to separate the powder from the dried onion. Use half the powder (only half or your chicken will be extremely salty) and sprinkle over top of the chicken.

6- Bake the chicken for 30 minutes. After this time, cut them in half and spoon the soup over the chicken. Sprinkle the dried onion on top

7- Return to the oven and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes. Internal temperature of the chicken should be 165 degrees (F)

 

Serve with the soup/sauce in the bottom of the pan like a gravy. I served with green beans and corn to keep it healthy but it would have been good with mashed potatoes and the sauce acting as a gravy.

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A Painting Flop

I love painting. I stink at it, but I like it. I became somewhat better when I was in college because I was taking a scenic painting class. I learned dry brushing, scumble, and several other techniques. I was able to do a few things at that point, and could generally be satisfied with what I could do.

Recently I have been trying to paint a box in galaxy pattern, but that is a pattern best done with watercolor. Then problem is that the box was not finished enough that is wouldn’t have absorbed the the paint. I decided to try to do a scumble, but I didn’t have latex paint with me. I had acrylic so I tried that instead.

Y’all, it flopped. I couldn’t scumble it because the paint dried so fast, and the little parts I could looked nothing like a galaxy pattern at all. The box is now done, and it looks vaguely of a galaxy print. It was meh. Anyway, I suppose I should have included a picture, but I wanted to post about a hobby I’d been actively doing because it probably seems like I don’t have any hobbies. To honest, I don’t much have time for hobbies.

HOW MANY DAYS?

Ok folks, DragonCon is closing in and I’m all like AHH. Even though I’ve known what cosplays I’m doing for months I am so behind. Yikes! I’m doing a Rey cosplay, via the Force Awakens, and I’m waiting on a few things to come in, but others I haven’t even thought of! The staff needs work, I don’t have the drape, I’m waiting on pants and a bag to come in, and I’m not sure what shirt I’ll wear.

Another I’m doing is copying my pokemon go avatar. I need a magikarp hat though, and my sewing skills have gone weak. Anyone out there want to take it?! Also, I hope to get a plush for the bag. That one is closer I guess.

Another day I have reserved for a nerdy shirt, finding Francis.

Last is one I haven’t even been able to figure out. I have a beautiful Venetian mask, it is glittery, blue and silver, and I can’t come up with anything to do with it. I want to do something, but I can’t come up with anything besides a pokemon, and I don’t want to do two from that fandom. Any ideas please comment! Pic below is similar to mine, but mine has no feathers

 

Pale Lady’s Guide to the Sun

I was recently on my Facebook and saw a friend concerned because she is having to have a spot on her skin removed. I have had that happen multiple times, and as such have gotten quite good at the whole skin in the sun thing. I’ve decided to share in case there is anyone out there who could use the help.

 

  1. Limit Time in the Sun

I’m not saying that you should hide from the sun all the time, but when I work outside I do it in the early morning or evening. When I am in the Sun, I make sure to go in and out of the shade to prevent burning. That is one of the best things you can do.

2. Use the Right Sunscreen

All sunscreen is not created equal. I learned this the hard way when I found myself getting burned even though I knew I was putting on sunscreen as often as I was supposed to. I started switching brands. The best two that I have found are Neutrogena and Sun Bum. I came across Sun Bum because I decided that if I was getting burned I needed to think like those who lived in the Sun, surfers. When in doubt, think that way (not to mention, its better for the environment).

 

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3. You aren’t Prudish for Covering Up

We get the idea that if you cover up at the beach or pool you are a prude. Not true. I had to get over that concept or else miss out on time with the family outside. What I found that I liked was an under armor or similar material shirt when I know I’m going to be in the pool awhile. Or, use a towel to cover to cover your back.

4. The Shade Counts

Yes, you can get burned in the shade and on overcast days. There is no exception for being in the shade.

5. Use Extra Protection

So,  you probably already use sunscreen, great. Hats are lifesavers, even in the water. I like baseball caps for that because they stay on and dry out well. Also, I found out from my doctor that you can get harmful UV through your eyes, particularly if you have light colored eyes, so use the sunglasses.

6. Don’t Tan

Tan skin is dying or dead skin, if its not natural. There are some folks out there who have it, and trust me, you gorgeous. If you’re naturally pale, just be pale, or whatever sun kissed shade you get. Intentional tanning causes wrinkles.

7. Last One- Don’t Wait

If you have a freckle/mole that looks a little irregular, so that might meant dark, funny shaped, or raised, go to the dermatologist early. Do not wait.

 

A Review: Antman and the Wasp

Warning, spoilers may be ahead. You have been warned.

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Confession of Bias: Antman is possibly my favorite. It’s hard to choose just one, but I like him a lot. So, the plot on this one is logical, and picks up where one would expect, after Civil War. It was a little convoluted at points (when there were 3 people chasing down the shrunken office while the FBI was chasing them all) but easy enough to follow.

Paul Rudd was solid, and his relationship with the actress playing his daughter was fairly good as well as the actress playing the Wasp. None of it was outstanding, or memorable, but it was enjoyable.

The overall point is that it was enjoyable to watch, but somewhat forgettable. There was a massive standout. The trio of Scott’s friend, Luis, Kurt, and Dave (Tip). In particular Michael Pena was awesome, and hilarious.

Its a fun movie, worth watching, but not quite the quality of say, Black Panther

Update and Wanting to Share

This post is kind of a three for one. I want to update you guys on the health journey I’m on, and I also want to share about an app I’ve started using that has helped. Lastly, I’ve got to talk about my hair!

1)

The weight loss journey is tough. My scale appears to be broken, for better or for worse. I have been using the food journal I use which helps, but I struggle to maintain good choices. At the very least, I’m preventing it from getting worse. I am happy to say I have been extending the length of time of my workouts. Today I was able to extend it to 40 minutes. Now I just need to be doing it more often during the week.

2)

The app I’ve been using is called betterhelp. I get the help I need to help manage some things like anxiety. I also use an app called Calm. That one has soothing sounds, music, and stories. I highly recommend both.

3)

Curly haired folks out there, you know how important it is to get our hair right. For those out there without, let me tell you, the cut, product, and maintenance is intense. For my type of curls I can’t brush, only comb when wet. I have to use coconut oil regularly to fight the dryness and the cut is so hard. Most stylists don’t understand shrinkish and either cut it too short or leave it too long. I’ve found that my cousin who does all hair textures from pin straight and thin to African-American type curls is a godsend. Find something similar if needed. Anyway, I recently got a nice short cut to my shoulders, with chunky layers and balayage. Sorry, I haven’t been able to get a good picture of it, but still, yay! It looks great on curls yall

Eggcellent Fail

I like to try new things based on what I see or read. I decided to try a new recipe based on one in The Quick Family Cookbook. I have been trying to find ways for us to eat less meat, and try new recipes. When we were overseas we tried Scotch Eggs (although I’m highly suspicious as to whether they are Scotch. There aren’t many places there I saw them) and I decided to try a spin on it based on a recipe in the cookbook.

 

In short, it is boiled eggs with some form of ham and cheese, wrapped in biscuit dough. In my case it was cheddar and prosciutto we had. It wasn’t bad, but there was one very clear issue. There was SO much egg in each bite, and so much egg in general. A way this would have been a great recipes would have been if the eggs were poached, and if there hadn’t been as much egg. Not to mention, I can’t say that either I or my husband like boiled eggs to eat more than one at a time.

 

I mark this a fail because we didn’t like it much. It wasn’t bad, but I won’t be making it again. I like sharing the fails because I want it known that I’m so not perfect and fail plenty. Besides, its funny.

 

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My Hobbies

This is kind of an introduction for this blog. I have quite a few hobbies and I don’t really have time for any of them. I miss them all, and I hope I will have more time for them at some point, but at the very least, maybe a few small projects along the way. For the time being, I’d like to share some of my hobbies, so that when I do post about them it won’t see like it is coming out of no where.

I like to paint, acrylics and water colors. Mostly landscape and abstract.

I like to sew, though I learned some in college, and some was self taught. I can’t say I’m any good for anything complicated at all.

I like to bake and cook, though that would more likely be in the food blog.

I like model trains, though I just got started with that.

I like to make things, so I am always picking up new hobbies that would help me do that.

I love gardening, though that will likely keep that to the farm blog.

I am of course involved in many nerdy things, see the nerd blog. Some include video games, movies, books, etc.

I like music, though I have no musical talent. I’ve tried guitar and I will probably try it again, one day. My father plays, and I’ve always wanted to.

I’m sure I’m leaving some off, I do forget everything.

Reality Check

If you’ve read the about me section it is not a secret that I am overweight. Unfortunately, it got worse than its ever been in the last few years. Why? I got my masters degree while working full time and my health got pushed even further onto a back burner. I have never been as heavy as I am right now, and with that in mind it is time for me to acknowledge the truth with a heavy heart (pun intended, hey I have to try to have some fun through this) I am three hundred pounds. I am not overweight, I am obese. I’ve known I had a problem and needed to work on it. I didn’t want to acknowledge how bad it was. Do you want to know how you know when its time?

I tried to climb into Zeus’ saddle, which I was able to, but I barely fit in his 16 inch saddle. I managed, but it was a reality check I needed. In the past I could easily squeeze into a 15 inch saddle, though I preferred a 17, still do. I am mad it got to this point, but thankful that I caught it when I did. I am young enough that I have time to do something about it. To start with I need to figure out why.

In the past it had everything to do with when I had time to work out. I never gave myself time to work out even though I am the weird person who loves working out. That hasn’t changed unfortunately now I just have even less time. Now I also have to combat something I have started since I last worked on losing weight. I have started emotion eating. I knew it was happening, but I didn’t know it was causing such an issue.

I had started working on this awhile ago, but I let life get in the way. Life includes my battle for my health, so there is no life getting in the way any longer. I made one post on this long ago, and dropped it. Not again.

 

The plan

I am working with a counselor to improve a few things, but how that impact this: I am working on self care, which for me is working out. I love it, it makes me feel better, and it’s what I need to do for my health.

The emotion eating has to stop. I am working on it, but the small step I’m taking is making the emotion eating be healthier. In the past what I wanted was cheese, carbs, and meat. For me, that used to mean fast food. I’m focusing on healthy swaps for now, I’ll work on eliminating later once I’m successful at swapping. I’m going to work on swapping the cheese was I was using for low fat or portion controlled. For meat I am going to try to use turkey subs or portion control, and for carbs whole grain and limited portion. Where I can avoid emotional eating at all, I will.

I’m going to try to be more consistent at tracking what I eat (I really like my fitness pal). I do it some of the time, but not as well as I’d like to. I may not be perfect, but I’m at least going to be cognizant of what I’m eating.

Last, once I get in a bit of a  rhythm I’m going to resume using gym pact. It is an app that essentially is gambling. Nothing more nothing less. You set a goal, and if you meet it you pay nothing. If you don’t, you pay whatever preset amount you chose. It worked before. I will started small and work up to more.

It’s Important Though

This blog, much like it’s subject matter, is much neglected. All the ladies out there know for sure, and I hope more men are learning to know, ignoring your self care sucks for everyone.

It is often ignored. I know my bad habit is I try to ‘save it up’ and try to conserve the self care to the least amount of time. That is just not how this works. The only thing I do right is washing and moisturizing my face, and showing regularly. Shoot, I don’t even make my doctors appointments right (bad, I know).

How do you guys do? Am I the only one who epically fails at this? Anyone have any suggestions? I know how to do great make up, I’ll post ideas at some point, when I have time to (funny, I know right?). In light of that bad habit I am headed to a local Korean bath house on Tuesday and I am so excited. It is extremely overdue. In the mean time, I have got to improve how I take care of myself. I can’t take care of a farm if I’m falling apart.