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Dinner Fail, Chocolate Cake & Commitment

Posted Jan 06 2010 12:00am

As you may (and should have!!) read, Sunday night was a complete and utter DINNER FAIL.

The sad part is, I had made this dinner before. And it looked good, right?

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I mean, right? Just make sure your chicken is cooked, the rice is done, and you don’t put too much vinegar in your dressing. <I did all those.

Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts (from Better Homes and Gardens )

Let’s do this no-recipe style, kay?

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First, mash up some ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan. Add in some basil, oregano, and lemon pepper seasoning.

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Hammer out that chicken breast with a meat tenderizer (or go MaryAnn aka my mom style and use a rolling pin) and gunk some cheese on there. I probably used a little too much cheese mixture, but as most of my family can attest, that’s not an uncommon occurrence.

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Roll those babies up and pour some melted butter on top.

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Whoahold the phone.

So, in following this recipe online, there is a drastic difference in baking time, causing my rare chicken!! The book said 20 min (or maybe I read the wrong recipe?) and the website says 45 min @ 175.  My oven was at like 400. Whatevs, it’s delish when it’s cooked, so just make sure these little guys aren’t pink.

Meanwhile, I totally coped out on the baking front and used a boxed mix for chocolate cake. For shame.  I whipped up some raspberry filling (um… butter, confectioner’s sugar, and raspberry jam) and chocolate icing that I wasn’t thrilled with.  Does anyone have a stellar recipe for chocolate they want to share?

I torted the cake:

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And practiced my Wilton Roses .

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Since I never got to do my 4th Cake in my Wilton Class 1 (I couldn’t make the last class), I decided to do a chocolate version.

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My roses still aren’t as good as I’d like, but boy are they getting better!!

*cut to present day*

Today I had every intention to go to the gym after I taught my morning class .  I wanted to teach, run some errands, then run by the gym for a good hour before coming home to lunch.

I didn’t even shower this morning.

As motivationshower after workout… yeah?

Well, needless to say, it didn’t happen.

I finished up class around 11ish, and since the Container Store was on my way, I stopped there.

This sudden impulse to organize everything is not new. However, one of the qualms perks of Google Reader is I get all these great ideas I immediately have to implement.  Thanks to Beantown Baker’s post this morning, there were a few items I needed stat. (recap of implemented organization tools to come.)

After I left, I realized I was famished. So I decided that since all I had to do was stop at the bank, I would come home and eat and skip the gym.

But Kohl’s is on the way to the bank.

*Sigh, oh clearance racks
how you get the best of me…

$30 later I left for the bank. (I seem to have this problem of accidently spending $$ a lot lately …) After the bank, straight home.  I did not pass go, did not go sweat my booty off, but went straight home.

Although I’ve taken an unintentional hiatus from SparkPeople (note to self: use sparkpeople), I still get their newsletters/articles in my inbox every morning.  And I read every. one. This article about learning to love veggies (featuring Caitlin ) inspired lunch.

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Feta and Spinach Omelet w/ fruit salad :)

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1 swirl of olive oil, 2 eggs and 1 egg white, with chopped spinach and feta

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I ate about half of this banana, clementine (new obsession!!) and pineapple salad and saved the rest for a snack.  Good lunch.  Go team.

*editor’s note: if anyone knows where I can find a 20% off Bed Bath and Beyond coupon, let me know. I’m dying to finally buy another set of these dishes so that we have more than 4 place settings.

Now I’m off to organize my little heart out, and make myself run.  I’ve been on too long of a hiatus, and need to get myself in gear.

Therefore, I’m making a commitment.  Y’all are my witnesses: Adam and I are signing up for this 5k .

The Dash Down Greenville is on March 13th, and we will run!! You heard it here first ;)

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