Kitchen Crafting

Well today I was going to go grocery shopping, but I’ve had a hard time staying within my grocery budget the past few months so I’m trying to put it off for a few days since it’s almost the end of the month. I don’t have much in my fridge and wasn’t really sure what I was going to eat tonight after hitting the gym. I mean…I had some leftover chicken I had cooked two nights ago. And I had cheese. I took these for lunch today with some bread and made a sandwich out of them, but it was lacking excitement. inspiration struck tonight,however and I wound up with this delicious Alfredo dish.

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The best part? I didn’t use a recipe! I’m really getting good at being in the kitchen. I used to be a disaster. For this, I just used my knowledge of how other alfredo/white sauce based recipes go. They’re all pretty similar. Garlic, flour, milk, cheese. I added some cajun seasoning in an effort to mimic my favorite Chili’s recipe (which I DO have a recipe for, but it didn’t turn out great the one time I tried it). This dish actually did closely resemble the Cajun Chicken Pasta I love…but with a fraction of the calories/sodium most likely. (note: I used whole wheat pasta and no cream in the sauce…just a decent amount of cheese and skim milk).

The whole meal took me under 15 minutes to make since my chicken was already cooked.

I’ve also invented a new favorite healthy desert. It’s perfect for while I’m weight training and need lots of protein. All it is, is chocolate protein powder, cocoa powder and almond milk. If you stick it in the fridge, it’s like pudding, and if you stick it in the freezer, it’s ice cream! Except it’s under 100 calories (can’t remember how much exactly) and like a whopping 30g of protein. It fills me up,satisfies my sweet tooth, and gives me like a 3rd of the protein I require daily. I actually have “real” ice cream in my freezer, but opt to make this kind instead most nights. Not because it tastes better but because I feel better eating it…and that feeling can go a long way! (Note: this “ice cream” tastes like dark chocolate, not milk chocolate. If you enjoy the taste of dark chocolate, you’ll be scraping your bowl clean like I do).

 

Playing Catch-Up

I’ve been bad about posting as frequently as I used to. I’ve been wanting to practice more with photoshop, but my laptop doesn’t like to run it at a speed that would allow me to edit a dozen pictures over the course of one day, so I haven’t really don’t a ton of editing. I feel like if I was able to master just a few editing skills I could make my pictures look more awesome, but I might have to wait until I invest in a desktop to be able to do that. So with that being said, I’m going to post a bunch of random pictures I’ve taken over the last month and was too lazy to edit. Image World of Beer at North Hills. Image Sunset in the rearview mirror while Bryan and I drove to Nashville, NC one night – he left his wallet in his friend’s car the night before (and his friend lives in Nashville).Image I did spend about 2 seconds editing this one.That’s all though. A couple from my parents’ garden(s) 05-14-201424 05-14-201422 And my brothers grilling dinner on Mother’s Day. 05-14-201402 The End.

In Front of the Lens

This is probably the most difficult thing I have done so far with my camera – self-portraits! I’ve been running out of things to photograph,and also since I’m always the one taking the pictures, I’m never actually in them. So I bought a handy remote for my camera and set out to take pictures of myself. I say this is the hardest thing I’ve done because normally I just critique my photography skills when i’m looking back at pictures I’ve taken. This time, though I was critiquing both my photography skills and how I look in the pictures. I have no desire to stare at high-definition pictures of myself for hours of post-processing so I edited three of my favorite ones and the others I will probably just have to come back to another day. I’m not sure this is my favorite thing in the world to do…but I thought it would be good practice.Image

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I look just like my brother (but with makeup) in this one because you can’t see my hair. Freakkyyyyy.Image

Also, I took this one a while ago, but wasn’t quite ready to share it with facebook yet. This was my after-work glass of wine on a rainy day.

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I’m really not as emo as this picture looks…windows just give a lot of good light. (and yes, I do always put PJ’s on after work…either that or work-out clothes.)