So here’s the deal. Every now and then The BF stops by the grocery store after work and comes home with one of these:
On this particular shopping trip he also ended up with a jar of alfredo sauce… He figured we could have chicken alfredo pizza one night since we had all of those chicken breasts in the freezer. I don’t know about you, but I didn’t want to take the good chicken breasts (yes, I still have six left from Omaha Steaks and I’m hanging on to them) and just throw them on a damned old pizza. Sheesh.
I ended up using pre-cooked oven-roasted diced chicken breast, bacon, baby spinach, basil, shallots, garlic, and three kinds of cheese.
The BF wants chicken pizza? Well he’s gonna get chicken and bacon alfredo pizza with all kinds of other goodies hiding under the cheese. Because I’m an overachiever.
For the crust just stir water into the crust mix ( I used both packages), coat with some oil, cover and let sit in a warm spot while you prep the other stuff. I put a towel over the bowl and set it on the stove top while the oven preheated to 425 degrees.
Fry, bake or nuke (if you want to use pre-cooked bacon…I won’t judge) as much bacon as you want. Actually, make a little extra since you will probably eat a couple of pieces to make sure the bacon meets your standards… I call that Quality Control. Once it’s crispy set it aside on a paper towel lined plate to cool. When it’s cooled enough that you can handle it, crumble it up.
If you need to, grate your cheese. I had some basil and garden vegetable semi-soft cheese in the fridge that I used, along with pre-grated parmesan and pizza blend.
Rinse off your basil and lay it flat on a paper towel to dry.
Thinly slice about half to three quarters of a shallot and four cloves of garlic. I suppose you could use less garlic but…why?
I like to dump the chicken on my cutting board and check for any gristly (barf) chunks. I cut the gristle (gag) off of them if I can and throw it out. I hate big chunks of chicken on anything so I also cut each chunk into smaller pieces.
By now your oven should be preheated. Spray a pizza stone with Baker’s Joy (that stuff is magic) or just use a regular old non-stick pizza pan. Spread out the crust as evenly as possible, then smear on some of the alfredo sauce. Don’t be afraid to lick the spoon when you’re done.
Rip up some baby spinach leaves and your washed basil, then throw it on the sauce as evenly as possible. Yes, I suppose you could Chiffonade your basil and spinach but…eh.
Add the shallot and garlic slices, then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese (I also added the freshly grated basil and garden vegetable cheese at this point).
Evenly distribute the chicken chunks, cover with pizza blend cheese (or whatever you want), then top with crumbled bacon.
Bake for 25 minutes, then let it rest for 5-10 minutes before cutting. I realize that will be incredibly difficult but you must stay strong. Trust me, it will be easier to cut once it has had a chance to cool slightly.
I feel very Semi-Homemade right now… Sandra Lee would be proud. Now all I need to do is down a cocktail or two (hiccup!) and cover my table in some obnoxious themed ‘tablescape’.
I prefer to make stuff from scratch so I know exactly what goes into the food I feed my family…but I suppose the occasional convenience food isn’t horrible. Besides, this was good. Really, really good. I ate four pieces and felt pretty miserable for a little bit but it was worth it.
Of course, I wasn’t too miserable to skip having ice cream a little later.
Y’all remember this movie? I suppose my younger readers might not since it came out in 1988.
Awesome, now I feel old.
…Anyway, if you haven’t seen it (you young whippersnapper) feel free to go here for a good description of the plot. Or maybe you should rent it on VHS. They just don’t make good movies like that anymore.
So the other night The BF and I were talking about high school (we graduated in the same class) and a name came up that I hadn’t heard in a long time… I wondered out loud what had ever happened to this person and, since neither of us knew, the conversation went in another direction.
We went to Wal-Mart last night for more bottles, coffee, and some other things (guess which dumbass walked right out of the store with decaf but no regular coffee. I blame The BF for distracting me during the selection process). While we browsed through the baby section another couple walked by. They looked familiar and I realized the girl might have been who we had mentioned. Trying to be quiet so as not to seem like a weirdo, I got The BF’s attention and mouthed “Is that insert name here?”
Me, mouthing again- Is that name of person we were just talking about?
BF- I have no idea what you’re saying.
Me, now whispering- Is that person’s name?
By this time, the couple had walked away after noticing my wild hand gestures and, I’m sure, assuming I was completely insane.
Me- I SAID is that who we were just talking about the other night?! I think we Beetlejuiced them!
BF- Oh. I have no idea, I didn’t see them.
I never did find out if she was our old classmate. I probably would have been less conspicuous had I just walked right up and asked her name.
So next time you’re talking to someone and you bring up a person you haven’t seen in a long time, be careful. If you say the person’s name too many times you just might end up looking like a maniac in Wal-Mart.
And you’ll probably forget the coffee.
So this thing called Pinterest… Have you heard of it?
If you could see my bookmarks manager (I supposed I could screenshot it but it’s a bit embarrassing) you’d understand why I adore Pinterest… I have hundreds of recipes bookmarked but I rarely use them. I also have a number of cookbooks collecting dust. Why?
I think it has to do with portability. I can’t haul my laptop around everywhere and carrying my cookbook collection would just be a bit impractical… especially now that I have a diaper bag and a baby (My kid is kind of a tank… he gets heavy) to carry. I do, however, have my phone with me everywhere I go. When StumbleUpon and Pinterest both came out with Android apps…well, let’s just say I didn’t get much done for a little while.
The thing is, some people just pin things that are visually appealing to them and move on…that’s how I used to be. When I finally had 24 hour access to my pins (no matter where I happened to be) I suddenly realized that my sometimes daily struggle with what to make for dinner was totally unnecessary. I could scroll through my pins while making my grocery list, double check them at the store, and have the recipe handy while in the kitchen cooking.
Anyway, I’m publicly declaring my love of Pinterest because I’d like to use it as a weekly feature here. During the week I’ll try something I found on Pinterest and then I’ll let y’all know how it went. I pin all kinds of cool stuff…recipes, cleaning tips, crafty things… so hopefully I won’t run out of stuff to talk about.
After that ridiculously long explanation I would like to tell you about the dinner I made a couple of nights ago.
Garlic and brown sugar chicken… I’ve seen this all over everyone else’s boards and when The BF brought a box of chicken breasts home the other night (from Omaha Steaks…Fancy!) I decided it was time to try it out.
This. Is. Delicious.
I’m not kidding…Make this tonight. It’s THAT good.
Of course, I didn’t exactly follow the directions (big surprise…) so here’s what I did:
-Saute garlic (I used 3 cloves for 2 chicken breasts) in butter on medium-ish heat
-Salt and pepper your chicken breasts, then add them to the garlic
-Cover and let cook, about 5 minutes on each side
-Sprinkle about a tablespoon of brown sugar on top of each chicken breast, cover and cook for a couple of minutes
-Flip chicken, sprinkle on more brown sugar, cover and let cook for a couple more minutes
That’s it! Of course, you’ll want to make sure your chicken is done. Use a handy meat thermometer to make sure each breast is at least 165 degrees.
I would also recommend pouring anything left in the pan over the chicken when you serve it. Please don’t leave any of that deliciousness in the pan!
So… lots of things have changed during my extended blogging hiatus… It’s been crazy. I’ll eventually get to write more about what I’ve been up to but for now, here it is in a nutshell:
March 29th I went to the doctor to talk to her about my options for getting a fibroid removed…And found out I was knocked up. Um, SURPRISE!
Sometime in May I was let go from my job. That actually wasn’t a surprise since I’m pretty sure my boss started interviewing for my position as soon as she found out I was knocked up. Can I prove that’s why I was let go? No. Do I think that’s the reason? Absolutely.
September 6th I turned 31 and had a very uneventful (but happy!) birthday. Turns out going out to dinner is about all of the celebration you have the energy to do when you’re toting a fibriod and forming a brand new human life.
September 29th was my baby shower…I’ll never forget it because it was the last good day I got to spend with my Grandma.
October 1st my Grandma was sent to the ER with stroke-like symptoms. My mom and I met her there and found out that tests indicated a minor heart attack and a possible stroke. She was transported to Arnette Hospital in Lafayette (where my Dad had his heart surgery).
Mom and I spent the week at the hospital with Grandma. Neither of us were prepared for an overnight stay, much less a whole week. She passed away on October 8th.
The BF lost his Grandma about two weeks later.
On October 27th my little brother got married.
On November 16th at 7:48 am my sweet little guy was born.
On top of everything else, my dad had to start traveling for work again after probably 25 years of working reasonably close to home.
So…lots of things going on, but they seem to have settled down so I’ll be slowly getting back into the whole blogging thing. I have some ideas for new stuff and I’m sure being a new parent will provide me with plenty of blogging material.
Plus I still pester my mom as much as possible.
Thank you to all of the readers that stuck with me! I can’t wait to get back into a more regular blogging routine.
I know I haven’t been very active here…
Very? Try not at all!
Ok…Ok…I know. But I have been pretty active in other places. So if you just can’t wait to hear from me (and who can blame you?!), feel free to visit me:
On Twitter: @Ashlee_Mae
On Pinterest: AshleeMaeG
On Instagram: @theoriginalashleemae
I’m hoping to have actual, honest-to-God internet service again soon. I don’t want to try to start posting regularly again until I do. Or until I figure something else out.
Don’t worry, though. You guys haven’t heard the last of me!
-Insert evil laughter –
But for real, I miss you guys!