Decisions, decisions

After much consideration, I have come to a difficult decision. This decision is one I did not want to have to make, but unfortunately it is for the best.

Constructing a post for the blog takes an hour or more… If I put that time and energy into my school work, I would be able to graduate early. It seems I need to step away from the food blog world and focus more on my professional life.

I will still be creeping the foodie world & cooking up a storm. I’m sure I will stop in from time to time to share a new recipe, but for now regular posts are a no-go.

Thank you to my regular readers and know I will still be around 🙂

I’m off to read and write about motivation in the workforce… Sounds fun, eh?

xoxo,
Haley

Lovin’ These Links

There have been some great links that I have been into lately.. I thought I would share them with you!  There’s a mish-mash of recipes, workouts, tips, and health ideas 🙂  Enjoy!

Keeping those stinkin’ allergens away! All About Allergens

Why didn’t I think of this recipe? Hummus Stuffed Chicken

Yes, please! Peanut Protein Cookies

Shoulders buggin’ ya? Shoulder Savers

Junk Food Cravings? Kick ’em to the curb!

Really??  Celine Dion??!  Best Baby Makin’ Songs

I can say yes to quite a few (9, 10, 28, 29, 37, 39, 50) … whoops! Signs You’re Obsessed with CrossFit

Need to follow this Pull-Up Power Program 

Not the number on the scale What is Your Health Marker?

Gotta try these Raw Banana Nut Bars

What is exercise NOT good for? Exercise Reduces Breast Cancer Risk

Trying the Protein Crepe ASAP Five Competition Prep Breakfasts

xoxo, Haley

Question: Any new links you’re loving lately??  Do share!

(Make Your Own) Ground Chicken Breast Patties

It’s easy to stick some chicken breasts in the oven and top ‘em with some spices. However, this week I did something new (to me) and thought it was strange.

I have never been a fan of handling raw meat. (Anyone else immature enough to giggle at ‘raw meat?’) It grosses me out. It feels all slimy and squishy–not cool.

So, ground meat is just weird. —yuck— Especially when you have to mix it around with your bare hands and it’s squishing through your fingers. (I could vomit just typing this..)

Anywho–I decided to make my own ground chicken breasts! In the grocery store, this stuff is usually quite expensive. It is always upwards of $3 a pound (and that’s the cheapest I have seen it–Love ya, Sprouts!)

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BUT, if you make it yourself, if can be as low as $1.80 a pound. Deal? YES!

Before I continue, head over to see the QUEEN of Strange but Good::: Laura!

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Back to how I don’t like raw chicken (or any meat for that matter)–I put the chicken breasts in my food processor to make ground chicken breasts! Why haven’t I done this before? It was so easy and was able to add tons of flavor with herbs and veggies.

Here’s what I did and what you SHOULD do!

Chicken Breast Patties

-2 chicken breasts (mine were medium sized)

-3 T egg whites

-2 green onions, chopped

-1-2 T cilantro, chopped

-half serrano pepper, deseeded & chopped

-1 T chives

-1/2 cup grated carrot

-salt and pepper

  1. Chop green onions, cilantro, serrano, chives and grate carrot. Set aside.
  2. Roughly chop chicken.
  3. Put chicken and egg whites in food processor. Sprinkle in some salt and pepper.
  4. Process until a paste is made–should be ground up.
  5. Add in herbs and veggies. Pulse until mixed.
  6. Put meat mixture into a covered bowl and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes (mine was in for 8 hours).
  7. Form 8 patties with chicken.
  8. Cook in a pan, under a medium broiler, or on the BBQ. Flip a few times until golden brown and cooked thoroughly.
  9. Enjoy! – Serve as sliders, on top of a salad–or however you choose!

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The Big Five-Oh

Today marks the fiftieth year of my mom’s birth. She may kill me for telling you that, but I want her to be proud of what she has overcome and who she is today.

Most people wonder about Punxatawny Phil and his shadow today.. They are thankful if he does not see his shadow and spring will be early. Today I am thankful for my mom.

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On the other hand, maybe I should be thankful that my grandma and grandpa had a third child after my two nutty uncles. (Love ya Uncle Gary and miss you Uncle John).

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My mom has been my biggest cheerleader since day one- about 27.5 years ago.. Or more if ya count the nine months I spent in her belly.. Heck, I enjoyed it so much that I stayed an extra week. (She always reminds me of that week, too.)20130201-112056.jpg

We have been through many, many thick and thin times.. However, I would not change a thing because it is the tough times that have made us who we are today.

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We are strong women. We are giving women. We are loving women.

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Mom, I love you to the moon and back.  Thank you for everything over the past 27 years… May you live 50 more!

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xoxo, Haley

Question: No question!  

Just wish my mom a happy birthday!! =)