Monday, February 29, 2016

Weekend Fun

Happy Monday! 

This is a weird week for me because I’m only working Monday and Tuesday and then I’m off for the rest of the week – which is so fantastic I can’t even put it into words! 

We had a fun filled weekend that included lots of time outside, which was so great considering the weather was perfection. 

On Saturday we woke up and decided that we needed to get out of the house and do something fun.  So we went to Epcot!  They are gearing up for their annual Flower and Garden Festival (or as I like to call it “Food and Wine Festival Light”), so we got to see a lot of the beautiful Disney-themed topiaries while we were there.  The Festival officially begins this coming weekend. 

We had a blast and made it a day full of meeting characters and taking full advantage of free Photo Pass downloads with our annual pass.




Jillian loved meeting Daisy and Donald.

And since Frozen is super hot in our house right now (OMG, my child can sing and act out Do You Want To Build a Snowman? to a tee), she was tickled to see Anna and Elsa topiaries in Norway.


We made it around the world and then made our way home.  It was a great day! 

That evening, in hopes of getting at least one Oscar movie under my belt before the Oscars on Sunday, we rented The Martian.  Holy cow, that movie was fantastic!  I loved every second.  And geez, can you even imagine being stranded on Mars?  The whole time I was like “can you even imagine if that actually happened to you?!”  No, no I can’t.  This is why I’m not an astronaut.

In addition to The Martian, I also watched the first episode of Fuller House, because I was super curious. 


I loved Full House as a kid, so I wanted to see if they kept that same level of super sweet corniness in the reboot.  And yep, they did.  It was so corny and so super saccharine sweet, I cringed more than a few times.  That level of cheese was great for the 90s, not so much for 2016.  But, I think that’s what they were going for, so it’s okay. 

Anyway, I was curious of the backstory – what happened to DJ, what happened to Kimmie, are Danny and Uncle Jesse going to be in all the episodes, how’s all that going to work?  So many questions!  I’m happy to say that all of my questions were answered in the first episode and now I really don’t have to watch the rest of the show (but I probably will). 

And another thing I couldn’t get over during the whole episode was:  DJ and Kimmie are almost 40!  40!  How old does that make me?!  First off, they look exactly the same as they did in the 90’s (actually better), and they don’t at all look almost 40.  But they are, and that was hard to grasp during the show.  I don’t know why.  Maybe because I’m so close in age to them (they’re older than me, for the record).  I dunno, but I thought about it the whole episode. 

OK, enough about Fuller House.

Sunday we had plans to go out to Downtown Disney for lunch at Wolfgang Puck’s.  It was another gorgeous day, so we spent time wandering around Downtown Disney…er, Disney Springs (I’m never going to get on board with that) after lunch.  It was a nice afternoon.

And then the rest of the day was Oscar related – watching the red carpet, oohing and aahing over the dresses, watching the show live.  There are few awards shows I watch live (because I hate watching anything live, with commercials ) – the Golden Globes, the Emmys and the Oscars.  It’s like I’m completely enthralled and have to watch it live because I’m afraid I’m going to miss something.  So 3.5 hours my butt was glued to the couch.  It was lovely. 

And that’s our weekend in a wordy nutshell!  

Friday, February 26, 2016

Friday Five - February 26

Wow, whatta week!  Things have been super bonkers over here from a work perspective, so I had little time for anything outside of that.  Boo. 

But I am thankful to say that I made it through “hell week” and now I can relax a little bit.  And, I am going to celebrate by going on a cruise!  Ha!  The timing on our Disney cruise works out just perfectly, I just got a ton of stuff done at work and now I can go on vacay without having to worry about much.  Love that!

Since I didn’t get to chat at you all week, I have a bunch of things to chat about, so Friday Five may become Friday Six or Seven, we’ll see how it shakes out …


Grease Live!
I finally finished Grease Live last night.  It took me a couple of days, watching it in chunks, but I loved every minute of it!  It was so great and so hard to believe that it was all done live.  I felt like I was watching the movie, they were all so spot on.  Like right down to the dialogue.  Grease is one of those movies that I watched 6,000 times while I was growing up, so I can pretty much recite the movie, so I was tickled that many of the lines in Grease Live were exactly from the movie.  So fun! 


The Grammys
Yeah, I told you I am really behind on TV watching.  Finally watched the Grammys this week.  Well, I say I “watched” them, it was more like I fast forwarded through about 97% of it.  I’d stop and see who won the awards (they only gave out like six awards on TV, which I find sort of appalling – isn’t this an awards show?) and pause to watch a snippet of a performance, but for the most part, it was mostly fast forwarding.  What I saw was all just kind of “meh.”  Taylor Swift was just okay at the beginning, and I love me some Taylor.  Her speech was the best.  The tributes to Bowie and the Glenn Frey were fine.  But the Lionel Ritchie tribute (was it really a tribute since he’s still alive?) was my favorite.  And really only one part of it – the Demi Lovato part.  Holy cow, her rendition of Hello was freakin phenomenal!  Even Lionel Ritchie was like “damn girl!” when they panned to him in the audience. Amazing.  And too short.  I could have listened to her sing the whole song. 


I’m old
I was reading a magazine yesterday and there was an article on pop culture references out there now.  I finally learned what “bae” is (so dumb, why is that a thing?).  And did you know that “Netflix and chill” means having sex?  I thought Netflix and chill meant just that – you know, since Netflix is so popular now.  I had no idea…  I’m so old.


Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo
I have not been a dry shampoo fan in the past.  It’s always made my hair feel sooo gross.  Well, apparently I have been using the wrong kind.  In my Birchbox this month I receive Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo and, um, game changer. 


I had no idea dry shampoo could be so weightless and nice.  This stuff is awesome.  It takes the oilies out and gives my hair a little texture without making it feel like I’m wearing an animal on my head.  And it smells so good.  I am in love!  I went three days without washing my hair last weekend because of it.  Gross? 

Half Marathoning?!
Soooo… Hubs and I did something a little bit crazy yesterday.  We signed up for the Disney Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon that is taking place in April.  EEEK! 


I was perusing Instagram the other day and RunDisney posted something that said there were still spots left.  I thought this was blasphemy because all Disney races sell out in like 3 minutes, and this one went on sale a while back.  So I went to the site and sure enough you could still register.  Hubs is all about racing this year (he’s doing Disneyland in September and he wants to do the Marathon in January – so flippin crazypants), so I was like “it’ll be good for training” and he was like “let’s do it!”  So an obscene amount of money later, we’re in!  The race is April 17, so I have a solid month and a half to get my shit together.  Now I think we all know how this is going to go, I’m not going to do near enough training, I’m going start freaking out the week of the race and then everything is going to be hunky dory during the race.  So I’m not worried at all.  Hee.

Workout wagon
It is safe to say that I am firmly planted on the workout wagon again, thanks to Daily Burn.  Having Daily Burn there for me has really gotten me out of my exercise rut and has me doing some really fun, different workouts each week. I love it because of the variety and the fact that I do workouts that I normally wouldn’t do (like kickboxing).  This week has been another good one and I’m happy to report I’ve worked out the last 6 days now.  Wowee!  Here’s what I did this week:

Sunday – Bikini Butt
I am still feeling this one.  No joke!  It was short, but extremely effective.

Monday – Kickboxing Interval Training
I always shy away from kickboxing anything because I always picture Billy Blanks kicking above his head and stuff – stuff I can’t do.  This workout was challenging, but offered a modified approach if you can’t kick your leg above your head.  Good workout!

Tuesday – Pilates Classic 1
I love love love that I am doing Pilates regularly again.  My back is starting to feel much better.  Stronger core = less back pain.  Yes and yes!  Plus it’s the perfect workout to fit in on days I have to take Jillian to school – short, sweet and I don’t sweat.

Wednesday – Quick Core
I needed a running day, so I did a 30 minute run and then came home and did this 15 minute core workout.  It’s a good one! 

Thursday – Pilates Classic 1

Friday – Daily Burn 365
Since I am writing this post on Thursday, we’re going to just assume I got up and worked out today, yes? 

Doing workouts like this will definitely help in my training for the half marathon.  Now I just need to add some running/walking to the mix to make sure I’m covering all bases.  Seriously though, check out Daily Burn if you’re in a workout rut.  It’s pretty awesome.  I’m nearing the end of my free trial and I’m pretty sure I will be keeping the membership going. 

And that’s all I’ve got!  Next week is a short week for me – two days at work, one day off and then we are off to sea!  Can’t wait! 


Have a fab Friday!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Weekend Weirdness

Aah! I totally meant to post yesterday but it just did not happen. Crazy town over here. We had a weird weekend that included a bunch of sick people (me, Jillian and then Hubs), and a healthy dose of fun. 

Jillian has been battling a cold/cough the last few days, so night time is the worst because she can barely breathe and ends up waking up hacking and coughing. Ugh, it's the worst, I feel horrible for her. Needless to say, there hasn't been much sleep happening around here. 

Friday I woke up with some sort of weird stomach bug. I felt nauseous, weak, not at all hungry (I know I'm sick when I don't want to eat), so I just laid low, worked from home and was in bed by 7:30. No joke. Partying it up over here! 

Saturday I didn't feel much better so we did a lot of lying around and I actually (finally) watched Frozen all the way through with minimal interruption. It was really good! I was always just "meh" about Frozen (I know I am the only person in the world who can say this), but watching it a couple of times this weekend has changed my mind. Jillian was into it too. She actually watched half of the movie without losing interest. Baby steps! 

Saturday night Hubs and Jillian got cabin fever so they decided to go to Epcot and have some daddy/daughter fun while I parked myself on the couch and didn't move. 


Kind of bummed I missed out on all that fun, but I knew I wouldn't be able to walk around Epcot for long without passing out or something. 

Sunday I woke up and felt great. Totally back to normal, thank goodness, so we ventured out and ran errands and whatnot. So glad I felt better because Sunday evening we had tickets to the Magic game. 



Our seats were really good, but unfortunately it wasn't a win for us. Bummer. We still had fun though. 

Unfortunately, Hubs woke up in the middle of the night with either food poisoning or a much worse version of what I had earlier in the weekend, because he was in rough shape on Monday. Oy. Needless to say there is a ridiculous amount of hand sanitizer and open windows in our house right now. 

On the up side, I felt well enough on Sunday to eke out a quick Daily Burn workout called Bikini Butt. It was only 11 minutes, but intense! My legs were shaking afterwards and I am definitely feeling it still today. On Monday, after Jillian's first full night of sleep since she got sick, I got up and did a workout called Kickboxing Interval Training. It was tough! Still loving Daily Burn! 

Here's to staying healthy!! 




Friday, February 19, 2016

Friday Five - February 19

It’s Friday!  This week has been bonkers and weird, but I’m really glad that it’s Friday.  Here’s the Friday Five….


New Hair
I got my hair cut off the other day! 



I’m not sure how I feel about it yet.  Going into my appointment, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do – how short I wanted to go, bangs/no bangs, layers, etc – I just knew I had to get some of the length off because it was starting to suffocate me.  (I’m so dramatic)  So I just went with a shoulder length long bob.  I like it.  For the most part.  I still feel like I have no style, but I’m not sure what I want, so this is fine for now.  It’s short! 

Mascot Love
This week was a little weird because I was back and forth at my company’s National Sales Conference here in Orlando.  I was asked to do a very, very important job at this year’s sales conference, and while I had some doubts about it, I ended up really enjoying myself.  My role:  I was asked to play our company’s mascot.  As in wear a full bodied costume and walk around waving and taking selfies with people.  I kid you not.  I work for a very large company that has its own mascot, and every year the mascot has to make an appearance to pump people up, so they called me.  Because apparently I am that person.  15 years with the company, I was recently nominated for the company’s most prestigious award (see, I am pretty badass at work), and this is my crowning achievement.  Playing the mascot.  



Suit up!!

All that aside, I really did have fun doing it.  While the costume was not the most comfortable (the head was huge), I totally had fun with it, dancing, giving high fives, thumbs up, you name it.  I enjoyed myself.  The sweating inside the suit, not so fun, but overall I am glad to say that I did it.  And I did get to have some fun afterwards. 



Here to Make Friends – A Bachelor Recap Podcast
I found a new podcast that is sooo up my alley!  It’s called Here to Make Friends and it’s hosted by Huff Post contributors Emma Gray and Claire Fallon. I learned about it on the Happier podcast that I listen to regularly.  (Elizabeth is a fan of the Bachelor recap podcast and shared it as her gold star of the week!)  It’s pretty much everything I ever wanted in a Bachelor podcast – snark, humor and interviews with past Bachelor contestants.  It’s awesome.  There seem to be a couple of seasons of the podcast corresponding with previous Bachelor seasons, but I started at the beginning of this season (Ben’s season).  I’m only on episode three, which recaps the first Bachelor episode of this year, so I have a ways to go, but I’m enjoying every minute reliving the season through the dialogue of the podcast.  As if watching the Bachelor for two hours a week isn’t bad enough, now I’m watching two hours and listening an hour.  Yikes.


Daily Burn
Y’all, I’ve had another successful week of workouts!  This Daily Burn thing is amazing.  I worked out six days in a row last week – 5 days of Daily Burn workouts and then my 4 miler on Saturday.  And this week I have worked out 5 days again.  Wow.  I truly believe the variety of workout is what is keeping me motivated.  I love love love it.  Here’s what I’ve done this week so far:

Monday – Cardio Sculpt (a little bit of strength a little bit of cardio)
Tuesday – Pilates Classic 1
Wednesday – Ran for 30 minutes then did Metcon 7 Lower Body and a Pilates Stretch class
Thursday – Pilates Classic
Friday – Daily Burn 365


Daily Burn on my iPad

I so enjoy waking up and wondering what my workout is going to be (I set a class schedule for myself on Sunday, but I don’t know what the workouts entail), so this is definitely a good thing to keep me interested, since I’ve been struggling with being motivated by working out lately.  Hooray!  

Oh no!  That's only four.  Ah well, that's all I can muster up.  Hope your Friday is fab!  

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

New Recipe Wednesday

So I think new recipe Tuesday has morphed into new recipe Wednesday now. It's been a busy week already over here! 

I have a new recipe to share with you that I actually made two weeks ago now. I totally forgot about it until I was going through pictures on my phone and found pics from when I made it. Oops. 

This one isn't a Tasty internet recipe, it's a legit Giada recipe. Because she's fancy. 



Giada's Spinach Pasta (there may be a fancier name for this, but I just call it Giada's Spinach Pasta) 

First, cook up some bow tie pasta. 

In a separate pan, heat up some olive oil and melt in a squeeze of anchovy paste. 

OK, so I had no problem with the anchovy paste, but Hubs straight up refused to eat anything involving anchovy anything (especially paste), so I left it out. Looking back, I think this was a crucial ingredient. More on that later. 

After you melt in the anchovy paste, add three cloves of garlic and dissolve that into the oil. Add 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes and then 3 cups of spinach.


Let it wilt, let it wilt ... and then add a pinch of saaaalt. (To the tune of Let It Go)

Then - here's where it gets interesting - add half a cup of breadcrumbs. 


Stir it around and then add the bow tie pasta. Stir some more. 


Oh and add a crap load of Parmesan. (Giada's words exactly)

Top with some more olive oil and then some more parm. 

And that's it! 


(Sorry I'm a terrible photographer) 

The verdict: Meh. It was really kind of bland. I think the anchovy paste would have added a lot of flavor, so next time I will either sneak in the anchovy paste (without Hubs knowing) or add something like Caesar dressing for a little more flavor (I make a mean Caesar chicken).  It would also be good with chicken added to it. Lots of options. 

Yay cooking! 

Monday, February 15, 2016

Run 4 Love 4-Miler

On Saturday I ran the Run 4 Love 4 miler.


2016 is shaping up to be the year of races given the number of races I've run in the past few weeks. For those keeping track, this is my fourth race in six weeks. Not too shabby for someone who hasn't really been doing a lot of working out lately.

While I did exactly zero running the week leading up to the race, I did get in five good workouts on Daily Burn, so I felt pretty good going into the race. 


My goal was 2/2 intervals again. I was a little worried about keeping it up for 4 miles considering the last 5K I did was a challenge and I ended up walking most of it because I just "wasn't in the mood" to run. I was a little worried that this would happen again.

Thankfully, it didn't. This was a great race! The temperature was great (almost 60), the whole course was perfectly flat and wound through wooded, shaded neighborhoods, and I just felt good throughout. I ran when my app told me to run and walked when it told me to walk, for the entire four miles. I surprised myself! 


If I can keep up the momentum, I will be in pretty good shape for next month's 10K, the Winter Park Road Race! Woo! 

Friday, February 12, 2016

Friday Five - February 12

I'm sort of impressed with myself that I've kept up with the Friday Five this long. Go me! 

Anyway, happy Friday! It's been a crazy week over here, so I am looking forward to a couple days off. So let's get to it... 


Carly Rae Jepsen 
Right now Carly Rae is getting a little bad press for her being "meh" as Frenchy in Grease Live. I haven't seen it yet, so I can't comment on that.  (It's still on my DVR, I'm waiting for some day when I have three hours to devote to it - might not be til 2018) BUT I have been listening to her new(ish) album Emotion and, holy cow, it's great! Every song is fantastic. So good. 


Puzzles 
Before about two weeks ago I hadn't done a puzzle in about 25 years. Seriously. Jillian got a large piece floor puzzle for her birthday and loves it. Like loves it so much she wants to put it together 4, 5, 6 times a day. So we capitalized on that and bought more floor puzzles. Now we own 5. 



Needless to say I've gotten really good at puzzles. And I actually really enjoy putting them together with her - even if they are meant for 3 year olds. 

New Hair
Right now I hate my hair. Like haaate it. It's longer than its been in a very long time and it feels stringy and dry and flat and I'm just so ready to cut it off. So I am. Wednesday. It can't come soon enough. Here's some hair inspiration (hairspiration?) I found on the Pinterest. 
Does anyone know how to make those beachy waves that are more bends than they are waves? Ugh, I want that! 

Regular Exercise
Drumroll ... I've worked out five days this week. Five! I haven't worked out five days in a row since ... well, I don't know when. Thank you Daily Burn for motivating me to get up! I am super pleased and I feel really good. Tomorrow: the Run 4 Love 4-miler (see how they did that?), so that'll make six days in a row. Who am I?! 



Live Workout Classes 
Daily Burn offers up a live workout every day at 9 am Eastern. I'm never around to take it live, but you can catch the day's workout on demand all the way until they do another live show. It's been eons since I took a class at a gym, so I kind of miss that whole live motivation, accountability thing you get with being in a class with an instructor, full of people. So it's been nice to be able to have that with the Daily Burn 365 workouts. And just like a class at the gym, you never know what kind of workout you're going to get - cardio, strength, tabata - it's a crap shoot. Today was a whole lot of legs, arms and abs (I opted to do 365 instead of the scary Blackfire workout), so I'm sure I'll be feeling it tomorrow. During my race. Eek. 

And that's it! Happy Friday! 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Scenes From My Phone - Vol 1

Hello! I don't have a bunch of stuff to talk about today so I thought I'd do something that I've seen on other blogs that I always enjoy ... Random screen shots I've taken on my phone. Fun right?


So very true. 


Looks like a good workout. 


I am not a fingernail! 


Yes, sigh, very true. 


Jordyn is officially an artist on Spotify!!!!! 


I walked up four flights of stairs the other day with my gargantuan 30 lb computer bag and I was literally huffing and puffing as if I had run a 5 minute mile. 


I heart Baymax. And this is true. 


Sometimes you just need "me time."


I did a height calculator to see how tall Jillian would grow up to be based in her height and weight today, our height, etc, and this is what they predict ... 6 foot 3?! I am really hoping this is grossly inaccurate! 

Have a good day!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

New Workout Direction

Howdy!  Since I shared a few recipes yesterday, I thought sideline New Recipe Tuesday and instead talk about something other than food.  (I know, booo)

How about working out?  (Eh, booo … nah, just kidding)

So you probably know that I’ve been hopping on and off the workout train for a while now.  I just can’t seem to get motivated to stick with a workout plan right now.  I don’t know why, and it’s driving me crazy because I really want to get back to a normal, few days a week workout routine, because I miss it.  I think the reason why I can’t find it in me to stick with it is a mix of boredom, and not having a set routine that I can rely on each day.  (and the weather – I hate hate hate when it’s cold)

I toyed with starting a program that I could follow that told me, every day, what workout to do and for how long.  But when I thought about embarking on T25 or Insanity again I just wanted to cry.  Yes, they are fabulous workout programs where I see major results, but I just can’t.  It’s too much.  And then I toyed with just sucking it up and getting back outside and running, but it’s freakin cold outside!  (I know, just tell me to shut my mouth about “cold”)

So I did a little bit of research around the interwebs about fitness websites like Grokker and Fit Fusion, and I found Daily Burn.  


Daily Burn is a site that provides you access to hundreds of fitness programs from trainers you know (like Bob Harper – love him!).  They offer pretty much any type of workout you want – crazy cardio, yoga, pilates, targeted strength training, etc etc.  And they were offering a free month, so I decided, “what the hell, it’s free!”

It was easy to start my free trial – they asked a series of questions about my fitness level and goals, and they took my answers and recommended a training program to focus on.  At first I labeled myself as “Advanced – Challenge me don’t hold back!” and they recommended a P90X-style type of program from Bob.  I was like “oh no no, that’s too much” and scaled back my answer to “Intermediate – I have some workout experience” – which is sort of an understatement, but given the fact that I’m not doing anything now, it’s probably the most accurate.  Anyway, the program they recommended was Daily Burn 365, which is their live series.  (If you can’t catch it live, you can replay it when it’s convenient for you) 

This actually got me a little bit excited.  I don’t know what the workouts entail, and that seems to be motivating me.  I’m actually a little bit excited about working out, because of the unknown.  Weird, right?

I perused the site and noticed that they had all kinds of really cool looking workouts that I wanted to try, so I decided to craft my own schedule for the first week, just to see the variety they provided.  Here’s what I decided on for this week.

Monday - IntelliBurn Tabata Transformation 
20 seconds “on”, 10 seconds “off” for 38 minutes – I can do anything for 20 seconds

Tuesday – Introduction to Pilates
I love and miss regular Pilates classes, so I’m starting over at the ground level.  

Wednesday – Daily Burn 365 
A mix of cardio and strength for 30-ish minutes, and it’s live so you feel like you’re in a class with real people, not actors.

Thursday – Introduction to Pilates 
Again, because I want to make this a routine and get good again.

Friday – Blackfire ABC 
Which I may live to regret, that’s the hard one, we’ll see.

Saturday – Break from Daily Burn to run 4 miles 
I have another race!  Aaaah!

Sunday – Pilates Classic 1 
The next step in the Pilates series.

Having a new, different workout each day of the week has kept me interested (so far, it is only Tuesday, haha).  I’ve gotten up both yesterday and today excited to see what my workout was.  It’s kind of awesome.

Monday’s workout was tough.  Tabata is high intensity interval training, so it’s a rigorous move for 20 seconds and then a rest period for 10, repeated 6 times.  This particular workout we did a good workout, a squat challenge and then started the tabata portion which consisted of 5 exercises repeated tabata-style 6 times.   The moves were different that stuff I normally do, which I liked, and it was tough.  Today I am FEELING it. 





Today was Pilates, and I was instantly in love with Andrea Speir.  She reminded me so much of my Pilates instructor from many moons ago (when I used to go religiously at my gym).  It brought me back and it gave me a fantastic workout, which I’m hoping will help me with my lower back issues I’ve been having lately.  Stronger core = less back stress.  Win! 


All in all, I am very much enjoying Daily Burn.  It’s gotten me excited about working out – something I haven’t felt in a while.  So there’s a lot to be said about variety.  Here’s hoping I can keep it up.

And just a disclaimer:  Daily Burn has no idea I am talking about them and I am not being compensated at all for this (I wish I was). 


How about you … Do you subscribe to any fitness sites?  

Monday, February 8, 2016

Super Bowl Eats

Hello!  Happy “day after Super Bowl” Monday!  This should be a work holiday, shouldn’t it? 

Although Hubs and I aren’t really that into football or Super Bowl, we love to eat like we’re big fans.  We always make fun stuff on Super Bowl (read: dips, chips) and this year was no exception.  But, we steered away from our usual cheesy dips (ie, cream cheese sausage dip or queso) and made some new-to-use dishes that were a hit. 

First on the menu – Sweet Hawaiian Crockpot Chicken.

I had some chicken thighs in the fridge that I needed to cook.  I really wanted to make chicken nachos with them (I always gravitate towards cheesy nacho-y things), but Hubs found this recipe on Facebook that sounded good.  In the crock pot mix 1 cup of pineapple juice, half a cup of brown sugar and 1/3 cup of soy sauce.  Stir it around, add your chicken – 2 lbs of it.  I used thighs, but the recipe called for tenderloins.  Chicken is chicken to me.  Turn on the crock pot and let it hang out for 6-8 hours.  Done.



(it doesn't look appetizing, but it was)

The verdict:  It was just okay.  I expected the chicken to be a little more flavorful.  I think the amount of water that cooked out of the chicken thighs may have diluted the marinade a bit.  Overall it was fine, but next time I would like to figure out how to make the taste a little stronger.

As a side item – because you must have side items for Super Bowl – we made garlic, parmesan potato wedges.  No, they don’t really go with “Hawaiian chicken”, but I’m a firm believer that potato wedges can go with anything.  This is another Tasty recipe Hubs found on Facebook that sounded too good to not try out.  They were super easy, here’s what I did.

Cut two large potatoes into wedges.  Coat with olive oil and half a cup of parmesan cheese. 


In a separate bowl mix a teaspoon of the following – Italian seasoning, garlic powder, paprika – and then salt to taste.  Mix together and dip the potatoes into the mixture.  Line up on a baking sheet skin side down.


Bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes. 

Now, some of my wedges were thinner and smaller than the others, so those sort of burnt to a crisp.  The key here is to make your wedges fairly meaty so that they don’t burn.  The big wedges were excellent, the smaller ones, not so much. 

And then dip them in ranch or ketchup or whatever you dip fries in.  Or nothing at all.  They were great just plain as well.


(they all look burnt, but they weren't - that's just the seasoning)
  
Overall, we did good on the food.  The game was pretty good (again, we don’t really watch football, so it was just meh), the half time show was great.  The Beyonce/Bruno dance off was fabulous!  


And today I'm rocking the Coldplay playlist on Spotify because I haven't really been into them since Viva la Vida (circa 2008).  Their stuff got much more "dance-y" through the years. 

And there weren’t any commercials that sang to me this year.  The only ones I can really recalling enjoying were the one with Kevin Hart where he was tracking the guy dating his daughter (not sure what it was for) and the one with Helen Mirren talking about how people who drive drunk are horrible “pillocks.”  Funny.  And true! 

The rest of our weekend was low key.  It rained from morning til night on Saturday, so we stayed indoors and did lots and lots of puzzles – Jillian’s new favorite thing to do.  Sunday was sunny, but uber cold, so we stayed indoors again and just ran around the house a bunch and did more puzzles.  Or rather, the same four puzzles over and over and over again.  


And you’re all caught up!  Hope your Monday is great!


How about you … What did you eat for Super Bowl last night?