New Things

Well Saturday was fun. 

I went out furniture shopping (browsing) again.  After measuring the beloved table in the store, and going back home to assess the situation, I realized it may still be too big.  It would work logistically, but I don’t think I’d be happy with it because it would still look “crowded”.  That being said, I’m going to keep you guessing until the furniture I selected are in my apartment, but I will tell you I am in love.  ;)  I’m sure you can’t wait…

After I got home, I was out on my balcony to enjoy the sun and chit chat on the phone.  I spied my hottie neighbor.  I’m pretty sure he’s somewhat new to the complex.  Either that or I’m just horribly unobservant.  Which, in this case would be a shame.  I’ll have to make a point of introducing myself.  I suck at that.  But whatever- it needs to happen.  It’s springtime and I want to be twitterpated (anyone catch that Bambi reference?).

Another new thing?  Dinner… I decided to break out more chicken and try a new recipe.  I found a simple white cheddar sauce to go with my chicken I seasoned with TJ’s 21 Seasoning Salute.  I now consider this seasoning to be a staple in my spice rack.  Seriously.  Don’t have it?  Go get some now.  And use it on almost anything you cook on your stove top.  See what happens.  Appreciate it.  Love it.I wasn’t, however, so hot on the white cheddar sauce.  I was really excited to try it.  Cheesy wonderfulness on chicken?  Sign me up!  But it was pretty basic and bland.  :(  It needed some more kick- hence the reason I won’t post the recipe and tell you to try it immediately.  I’m going to start looking for something similar in the cheesiness, but way better.  I’ll let you know when I find it…

Oh, and the above chicken started out as one chicken breast.  But I’m one of those people who totally freaks out about cooking meat and have to make sure it’s completely done.  So usually, the one piece turns into strips by the time I’m through with it.  No chance of pinkness inside- something I’m soooo anal about!  Is that just me?  Probably…

I watched a new tv show- Jaime Oliver’s Food Revolution.  He’s tackling the diet issues of a town in Virginia and the first two episodes have revolved mostly on the school he’s been working with.  My hands seriously went up to my face when he showed the family what their diet was by piling it all on the kitchen table.  Holy fried crap and cheese!  I’ve started to become very intrigued by all the school lunch program reform that has been going on and support it completely!  I know you remember just as I do what kind of crap ended up on your school tray at lunch.  What’s the worst one that you’ve got?  Mine was stromboli (I still don’t really know what that’s supposed to be)- I hated the smell of the cafeteria on those days.  Sometimes, I’d eat the bread part of it if I was hungry enough- but wouldn’t touch that thick and fatty slice of “meat” wrapped in.  I’m gagging a little just thinking about it.

In my nerdy weekend fashion, I totally enjoyed my breakfast out of one of my NEW bowls. It’s also another solid steel cut oats attempt.  I think I’m finally getting the hang of it…  And I know it’s funny to get excited about something as silly as a bowl, but it just made my meal seem so pretty!

Who needs another cup of coffee?  I do!  I do!I haven’t had enough coffee until my eyes are completely bugging out… clearly, I’m close.  Have a good Sunday, kids!

26 Responses

  1. I get excited over dishes too haha

    So I’m pretty sure I’m the only person in the blog world who hasn’t seen Food Revolution. If it’s a town in VA then I probably know of it!

  2. Hottie neighbor?! Girl! Go introduce yourself… now! Haha seriously, I have the same problem of finding it hard to introduce myself to guys, especially when it’s a super hot guy. I tend to wait for them to make the first move… which sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t. I need to take my own advice!

    Your oats look yummy!! And new bowls totally excite me too :)

    I can’t believe I ate that school food too!!! Blech. The cafeteria always smelled AWFUL!! Yuck. The worst thing I remember was something that resembled hamburger helper… no thank you. But after being in schools, i’ve seen some truly horrific stuff. I was student teaching in a VERY low income school and they had the awfulest meals. I felt so bad for the kids because many of them only ate at school, they had no food at home. And the school tended to revolve meals around a lump of some form of meat that they called beef. I was not convinced. Meal loaf? Simply top said lump with ketchup. Hamburger? Throw it between two pieces of bread. It was very sad :(

  3. I neeeeed to remember to watch that show! Also, that is what you look like on a Sunday morning? Unfair. I think I still have mascara under my eyes, and I’ve washed my face and gone swimming.

    There was a cute guy at my gym last year and I was slowly working my way up to introduce myself, we used to exchange hello how are yous, then I found out he was engaged to the body pump instructor. fail. Good luck with hottie neighbor boy!

    • Yes, I am concerned of his current “status”. That’s what always keeps me shy about the whole thing…

      And to be fair, I was getting ready for church when I took the picture. I imagine if I had taken it when I first get up (especially after a night of drinking), my hair would have been flat and greasy and my eye makeup would have been halfway down my face. I could probably post that, but I don’t want to terrify small children…

  4. Can’t wait to see how the furniture you picked. Yay for the hottie neighbor!!

  5. I love getting anything new, haha!

    Also your hair looks FAB in that pic! Loving the curls!!

  6. Your hair is amazing! Definitely hot!!

    and hot neighbor huh? Introduce yourself STAT. What’s the worst that can happen ya know?!

    I watched Food Rev too…it was definitely sad. I thought it was sad that the kids couldnt even tell him what a potato was…something so basic ya know!?

  7. I haven’t seen that show either, I just set it to record on DVR. Sounds interesting.

  8. I get freaked out about cooking meat too. Mine usually ends up dry and tasteless which is probably why I don’t eat it often.

    I have got to remember to set my DVR for that show! :)

  9. I still haven’t watched Food Revolution. I want to, but my landlords have me hooked up to sattelite, and as much as I love being able to watc my shows 3 hours early, I can’t figure out when ANYTHING is on! You’d think in the 7 months I’ve lived here I’d have figured it out but no. Its too hard for me!

  10. can’t wait to see the furniture! and i eat chicken like it’s my job. no joke. bummer the sauce didn’t work out though

  11. Wish I could watch that show here in France. I love Jamie Oliver! And it sounds really interesting…
    Good luck with the hottie!

  12. Cute blog, I’m so glad I found it!!

  13. I want your hair. The style, not the actual hair because that would be a tad creepy….

    And we need follow up on this cute boy!!!

  14. Go introduce yourself to the hottie now. Ah, I wish I had a hottie neighbor. I am moving in a month and will have a townhouse full of hotties 2 doors down.. how convenient!

    Love the bowls. I get very excited over bowls and such too! I just love knick-knacks!

    p.s. your hair looks super cute! and I am the same way with coffee.. obsessed much

  15. I have not seen that show but have heard all about it on the blogosphere and it just sounds… atrocious! But, I do recall NOT wanting to eat MY school lunch because it was so disgusting. And I remember in high school most of the stuff offered was fries, pizza and burgers. Yikes!

  16. OOOH, pretty wine glasses and fun new bowl! I’m with you on getting excited about using new dishes. It’s the small stuff! :)

  17. Oh, and I’m totally sending you good vibes about a run-in with the neighbor :)

  18. In my world, Hottie (Mc)Neighbor usually has a gf/fiancee/wife, or boyfriend/partner. Are any of the good ones single & straight in this city?

    As for steel cut oats, I’m glad you didn’t give up. Sometimes I add a tbsp of peanut butter, ground flaxseed, bananas and/or strawberries. It just changes it up. Have you ever tried Muesli?

  19. Yay for new dishes. Ahh, the life of a blogger :)

    I need to catch up on Jaime Oliver’s show! I feel like the only one who hasn’t seen it!!

    PS LOVE your curls in this picture. Gorgeous as always! I bet the hottie neighbor would agree :)

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