• one-pot chicken yum •

Because I’m lazy and didn’t want to think of a better name for this dish.

Also because I finished high school + two years of college yesterday. So I’m okay with a cruddy title.

One-Pot Chicken Yum

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy.
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Ingredients:

  • Oil to cover the bottom of your pot.
  • Two boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/3 – 1 cup of white wine (I used White Zinfandel because that’s what we had in the cupboard.)

    • one-pot chicken yum •

    //the adorable bowl is from Marshall’s

  • Two cups of scallions (separate the white + green parts; you will use the green for the garnish)
  • One cup of fresh mushrooms (whole or pieces; it doesn’t matter)
  • Spices to taste
    • salt
    • pepper
    • sage
    • parsley
    • garlic powder
    • basil

Directions:

  1. Heat the oil (vegetable, canola, olive – whatever tickles your fancy) in a medium-sized pot.
  2. Cut the chicken into pieces and add to the pot.
  3. Once the chicken is cooked through, add the spices and white wine.
  4. While that’s simmering, go ahead and chop up your scallions, being sure to separate the white and green parts.
  5. Slice your ‘shrooms.
  6. Add the scallions to the pot and simmer for a little longer before you add the mushrooms.
  7. Serve over a bed of rice or pasta.

And that’s it. It’s a very specific recipe, as you can see. Very exact measurements and time intervals.

I’ve spent several minutes now trying to think of a closing statement, but I’m really bad with transitions. So have a great day + let me know if you try this out!

Love,

Rana || xoxo

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life, currently

Hello, lovelies!

I hope your week is off to a great start. ^_^ Today, I thought I’d just let you know what’s going on right now. My productivity levels are kind of shooting out the roof and I may be going crazy.

It’s no secret that I’m a nerd. I’m addicted to mental stimulation (just not when I’m trying to sleep). As a result, I kind of made a crazy decision to work my butt off for a couple of months in order to pay for two speech and debate tournaments.

Two.

Not just one, but two.

t w o

And they’re kind of expensive (for a poor student such as myself).

Image from 1001 Downloads.

Image from 1001 Downloads.

So here’s what my daily life is looking like:

Monday – Friday:

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. –

  • wake up
  • sign in for school
  • see what needs to be done by the end of the week
  • sigh
  • check email
  • check FaceBook
  • check Pinterest

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. –

  • eat around 10/11 a.m. or whenever I get hungry enough to get off my butt and find something to eat
  • work on school
  • procrastinate
  • re-memorize parts of speech

1:00 – 2/3:00 –

  • exercise (anyone else work out to Denise Austin? No? Just me?)
  • read Free to Choose by Milton and Rose Freidman + annotate + take notes
  • shower?

3:00 – 4:00 –

  • we try to sneak in an episode of LOST
  • eat
  • try to work on debate here and there

5:15 –

  • sigh
  • leave for work (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – Wednesday is choir practice, Friday I take off)

5:30 – 9:30 p.m. –

  • work
  • yawn

9:45/10:00/11:00 (it depends on what’s going on after work) –

  • get home/in bed

Saturday:

9:20 a.m. –

  • get out of bed
  • wonder why

9:30 –

  • make some food (if I’m feeling like it)
Recipe from Blue Apron.

Creamed kale recipe from Blue Apron.

Recipe from Blue Apron.

Pan-seared flank steak recipe from Blue Apron.

  • I may or may not try to get in some Free to Choose (I’m on a schedule — it should be done by the end of the month)

11:45 –

  • leave for work

12:00 – 9:30 p.m. –

  • work (I may take a total of 30 minutes to eat when I get hungry)
  • back gets achy from walking around too much

 

So this has been my life and I’ve been tired, but feeling productive, and also creatively drained. I keep telling myself that once tournament season is over, I’ll have time to write (curls into a ball, hibernates).

I’m hoping this is all worth it, really. I mean, if I knew I’d do well at the tournaments, this would be easier to get through, but there’s no guarantee.

I guess I just need to keep the focus on (here it comes, guys! she’s going to talk about r e l i g i o n) glorifying God, not making myself look good or feel good about myself. I struggle with jealousy and try to be happy for the newbies who do better than me, but it’s difficult, you know? You work hard and long for something that some new kid gets.

C’est la vie.

Humility is a lesson I need to learn. And I need to learn to do that gracefully.

I hope everything’s well on your end, darlings!

God bless!

Rana

Quick ‘n’ Creamy Alfredo Sauce

Hello, lovely! Pasta. Alfredo sauce. 15 – 20 minutes max. Everyone in this house loves it + all the friends and family who have tried it. I don’t think anyone has disliked it so far. It’s definitely a favorite around here and I’ve made it so many times — not once has it turned out badly (that I can remember anyway…). The Parmesan cheese can easily be swapped for Colby Jack, Mexican cheese, or whatever other cheeses come shredded. Go ahead and give this recipe a whirl if it tickles your fancy. ^_^

Quick & Creamy Alfredo Sauce

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy.
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Ingredients:

  • 1 package of spaghetti, fettuccine, or angel hair pasta
  • 1 – 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • 1 – 1.5 cups of heavy cream
  • 1 5 oz. package of shredded Parmesan cheese (or more)
  • 8 oz. cream cheese (room temperature)
  • salt, pepper, parsley, basil, oregano, mint

Directions:

  1. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, chop up the garlic and brown it in the butter on medium heat.
  3. Add the heavy cream (according to your taste — if you like it creamier or just want more sauce, add more cream).
  4. Add the cream cheese and kind of mix it in with a fork. Add Parmesan cheese and mix it in.
  5. Add salt, pepper, and whatever spices you like to taste! I enjoy parsley, basil, oregano, and mint.

Enjoy! God bless! Rana