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Sleepy and a Recipe

I’ve been back to work for a few days now. The first day was ROUGH. I was absolutely, bone-tired exhausted. I forgot just how much surgery takes it out of you. It takes awhile to feel back to normal. I’m not quite there yet. I definitely needed a nap on Monday and wished I’d taken one on my lunch break! But I got to work and blinked and somehow it was 12:30 and I’d missed my morning break and it was already lunch time.

Thankfully I work from home on Wednesdays, so I was able to sleep in a bit before getting to work. I love my Wednesdays! I’m supposed to be clear to start doing cardio in a few days. Part of me misses it and is it ready to get back to it. And part of me really wants to just sleep. LOL. We’ll see how I feel in a few days!

In other news, I’ve finished a few books but not enough to do a book update. Soon! I’ve been watching a lot of TV on my time off for my surgery. I finally got caught up on some shows that I had fallen behind on (I never have time for TV). I am currently working my way through season 3 of Outlander. If you’ve never seen the show, it’s actually really good. I love historical period books/shows so it’s right up my alley. I read the first few books in the series but then quit. But I do love the TV show.

I wanted to share a recipe that I sort of created that was really good. I adapted it from two different recipes but based it on this recipe Zucchini Pasta with Chicken & Pistachios. I made some adjustments to make it keto-friendly.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • minced garlic (I used 3 medium sized cloves)
  • minced mint leaves (about 7 leaves)
  • 1/4 cup chopped pistachios
  • Boneless, skinless chicken (I used chicken thighs)
  • Zoodles (We used 3 small zucchinis to make the zoodles)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chopped green onion for garnish

Make the zoodles (We used our Kitchenaid Mixer attachment, which is AMAZING, for making zoodles). Set aside. Chop the chicken into small, bite size pieces. Cook the chicken in a skillet with ghee, salt and pepper. Then in another skillet, cook the zoodles in olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

For the sauce, melt the butter in a small sauce pan, add the garlic. Add the heavy cream, stirring constantly. Add the mint and lemon juice. Stir constantly. Then mix the chicken, sauce and zoodles all together in one skillet.

Divide into pasta bowls, top with chopped pistachios and green onion as garnish.

It turned out really well! I liked it a lot and would definitely make this recipe again. I like the flavor and texture combos. I think next time I would use salted pistachios (I only had unsalted). I loved the sauce. The mint was a really nice, unusual flavor. It all worked really well!

A New Year, A New Start

It was a bummer to be sick over the Christmas holiday. It started with a sore throat, which thankfully waited until Christmas night to start, and then turned into a cough. A co-worker had had strep-throat the week before I got sick so the sore throat sent me to the doc to make sure I didn’t have strep. Thankfully I didn’t! I spent the next three days on the couch or in bed. I had some good company, though!

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Both creatures were pretty good nursemaids. Bella was a snugglebug and kept me company wherever I went. If I was on the couch, she was there, if I was well enough to go sit at the computer, she was laying at my feet.  Fat Kitty is also a good companion when sick. He’s always there to snuggle and purr. And Bella and Fat Kitty are getting along better!

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Astonishing photo, right? I was shocked too. It was funny watching them together. They are now doing some sort of “play” that Fat Kitty is sort of participating in. At least, he’s less grumpy about Bella trying to play with him. While I was packing up the Christmas ornaments and taking down the tree, the two of them came into the living room and played some sort of weird game pacing around each other and walking around a chair. Fat Kitty would take a step one way, Bella would mirror him and then they’d do it again in the other direction. Fat Kitty was meowing the whole time. I like to think they were talking to each other.

Anyways, being sick for four days I got some quality TV watching in. 🙂 I wanted to recommend a few shows. The first is The Fall with Gillian Anderson. It was outstanding! What a fantastic tv show. I’d never heard of it but loved it and was so bummed when the season was over. I have no idea when it starts up again. Check it out! The other was Top of the Lake, with the chick from Mad Men. It was another really good show, a little weird but I liked it.

I also read a bunch. I figured out how to check out eBooks from the library for my Kindle and read a fantastic book I wanted to recommend. The first book of the series is called “The Crossing Places” and the second book is “The Janus Stone” by Elly Griffiths. I am SO glad I discovered this series. I love the characters, the writing is so easy to read and the stories are intriguing. The main character is an archaeologist (another topic I love) in England. They were the kind of books that make you sad when you finish reading it. Great, great books.

Speaking of books. According to Goodreads, my 2012 reading goal was 77 books (I don’t know how I came up with that number) and read 109. My goal for 2013 was to read 100 and I read 119. What can I say, I like to read and I’m a bit of an overachiever. My goal for 2014 is 125 books.

I resisted the whole eBook reader thing for a long time. I’m a traditionalist when it comes to books. I LIKE going to the library or bookstore and picking up a book that catches my eye. I LIKE the smell and feel of real books. But Michael got me a Kindle for Christmas and I have to admit, I freaking love it! It’s so cool. It’s also awesome I can get library books without leaving the house. I’ve been using this service, The Fussy Librarian, too. It sends a daily email digest of eBooks that are cheap or FREE!

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My FAVORITE thing about the Kindle is the Wikipedia/Dictionary feature. I love it. It’s so cool and I’m learning new words every day. Maybe this will help my scrabble game….:)

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Despite being sick for the holiday, I felt much better by New Year’s Eve–a little tired but better. I am so glad 2014 is here! Not only is our wedding getting closer, but it’s a new start. I definitely went a little crazy in December. LOTS OF STRESS EATING. I gained 2 pounds (as of Christmas) but then I got sick and didn’t count my calories for 5 days and didn’t go to the gym for 5 days and….yeah. I haven’t gotten on the scale yet to see the damage the cold did. I’m going to try and get back on track for the next few weeks and then assess the damage.

I don’t really do new year’s resolutions. I don’t think they work and if I want to change something about myself, why would I wait until January 1st to do it? Today is as good a day as any! Even though I’m not making resolutions, I do have goals. Like I’ve said in previous posts, I’m looking forward to getting back into running more. I think I can happily say that my knee issues are pretty much gone. Not 100% but like 95%. I ran almost 2.5 miles on Christmas Eve with no issues, we’ve done numerous longer hikes (5 miles) with no issues. So I think a goal of running a 5k in 2014 is doable!