Saturday, June 7, 2008

Leg Up

The craft night went well - it ended up being only two of us there, but we got some scrapping done. I think I completed 5 pages in the 2 and a half hours that we were there - so at least it's progress. I worked mainly on my weight loss surgery book - and got at least my first three months of progress pages completed... and one of pictures of the night before my surgery... finally the one of my reward system - which I hadn't looked at in a while.

We started out the day today by getting up at 5:30 - yes - 5:30 on a Saturday. We drove an hour to Conroe so that John could get his hair cut, and we could have breakfast with his parents. We went to IHOP which was an interesting experience - we had the single strangest (and possibly funniest) waiter that I've ever had. We got John's Dad to order my meal so that I could get a small senior citizen's meal - but man - I'm not kidding whenever I eat breakfast foods - I get ill. I think that breakfast foods in general (other than cereal or fruit) tend to be greasy or sweet - which neither of them are good for me that early in the morning... I tend to be able to handle more later in the day when I've had as much protein as I can get - but anyway - I spent the entire hour drive home feeling yucky!

We stopped off at an electronics store to get some supplies for a project that John thought of for me. He found a website (www.wowresume.com) where I can make a flash version of my resume and give out at the job fair along with my copies of all my information. We're going to put a picture of me on the label of the CD so that hopefully, I will stand out and they'll remember to hire me. So we'll, be working on getting lots of copies of that made tomorrow.

We made a Rachel Ray meal for dinner tonight - called Lazy Chicken, which I think is funny because it took quite a bit of prep work to make it... but whatever. Basically, I took two chicken breasts and pounded them thin... topped with salt, pepper, and garlic powder...then coated in balsamic vinegar. You cook the chicken for 2-3 minutes in olive oil... and then set it aside. Next you add thinly sliced white potatoes and onions - you sprinkle them with Montreal seasoning and let them cook for a while. You add a couple of "glugs" of chicken broth to the pan and let it cook a little longer, and turn the contents of the pan a couple of times in the process. Next you'll add thinly sliced zucchini to the pan and sprinkle it with some Montreal seasoning as well... let that cook for a couple of minutes, and we added a little more of the chicken broth too. When the zucchini has had a minute or two to cook, place the chicken on top of all the vegetables. You'll cover everything with a 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes, and I sprinkled some more Montreal seasoning on top of everything - you cover it and cook it all together for 10-12 minutes. Finally, you cover everything with a combination of Italian cheeses - I used Mozzarella, Provolone, and Parmesan... and broil it until the cheese is golden and bubbly.

We LOVED IT! (I tried to find the recipe online for you guys, but had no luck) I even thought about taking some pictures to show you how amazing it came out, but John liked it so much - we ate it instead. He loved it enough to eat a plate full of it and then a second of just the veggies. (He's NEVER done that before!!) So basically - he ate two helpings, I had my portion, and I've got 4 more portions waiting for me to munch on later in the week.

I also made some homemade cookies & cream ice cream today too - I felt like doing something special for John because of all his help getting me ready for the job fair... he's come up with my cool CD resume to hand out, but also made all my copies for my packets to give to the school districts - the packets are about 20 pages a piece... so he's been really great.