NYC for My Birthday Weekend!

The Husband got me the best gift ever this year: a solo trip to New York City!  This has been one of the best gifts he’s ever given me and it was a total surprise.  I have wanted to go to NYC for a long time now and now I’m going! I am so excited!  This will be my first big trip by myself as well as my first trip to NYC and I’m so looking forward to it!

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I have to take a minute to brag on my Hubby…he really is great!   He’s so good to me and I could say it a million times a day and it wouldn’t be enough.  The best husband and father ever!  The Lord has really blessed me with him.

I have the plane tickets, the hotel and my museum tickets ready.  Everything is packed with the exception of my clothes (still gotta check the weather closer to the departure date).  I can’t wait!

Now, I also want to say I’m a bit anxious about this trip.  I have never traveled this distance or flown by myself.  It is a little intimidating because of the unknown but I’m up for the challenge.  My motto right now is “Let your faith be bigger than your fear.”  I think it is always important to keep stretching yourself and always be ready for a new challenge.  It is good to get out of your comfort zone when you can because this is when you really grow.

I’m up for doing a trip that is just all about what I want to do.  That sounds so selfish as I read it back…I don’t mean it that way, I really don’t.  The Husband is really a good travel buddy and we always have a great time together.  It will just be nice to not have to take anyone else’s feelings, tastes, wake up times, etc. into consideration.  In some ways I’m not sure how I will do.  I’m so used to asking everyone else what they want and need that it will be weird to rely solely on what I want.  I had never really thought about it before.

I’m really going to miss the Husband and my Little Man.  As much as I am looking forward to going and enjoying myself I’m looking forward to getting back to them more.

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YMCA

A friend of mine texted me this past weekend to see if I wanted to start going to a Zumba class with her at our local YMCA.  Of course I was interested!  This is something I have been thinking about for months but, I am embarrassed to say, I was afraid to go by myself.  I had anxiety.  I didn’t want anyone to see my fat jiggle and wonder why I couldn’t keep up.  Having a friend go really helped me get over that.

Last night was our first class and I was not disappointed!  It was great!  The teacher was fun and she explained things thoroughly.  She was also very encouraging.  All of the staff and members we met were just wonderful.  They were all very sweet.  I am officially a member of the YMCA now and I am excited to see how well it works out for me as time goes on.

We ended up taking half of a cycling class after our Zumba class was over and we plan on doing it after Zumba every Monday.  It felt so good to work out again!  I am definitely feeling good this morning and I’m ready to do it again.

Our next class is Wednesday and I can’t wait!

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Chicken Teriyaki

This is my recipe.  I just got in the kitchen one day and began working and tasting and came up with this.  This is something that we love at our house!  It is fairly quick and has plenty of flavor!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Fresh Chicken Breasts
  • 1 tsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 c. Rice (Quick Cook, I prefer Brown)
  • 1 ½ c. Vegetable Broth
  • Frozen Broccoli (I use Green Giant Steamers, half the bag)
  • 1 Red Onion, quartered and pulled apart
  • Mushrooms, roughly chopped (about a cup)
  • 1 c. Teriyaki Sauce
  • ½ c. Honey
  • Crushed Red Pepper (to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp. Garlic Powder for honey
  • ½ tsp. Garlic Powder for rice
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • ½ tsp. Pepper
  • Sesame Seeds, 1 tsp.

Teriyaki mixture:
Mix teriyaki sauce, honey, 1 tbsp. garlic powder & red pepper flakes to taste.  Whisk together and taste to see if anything needs to be adjusted.  Sit this aside.

Rice:
Add rice, ½ tsp. garlic powder and vegetable broth to a sauce pan and prepare according to rice directions.

Chicken:
Cube chicken breasts.  Add olive oil to pan turn to medium heat.  Add chicken and salt and pepper the chicken to taste.  Brown chicken.

Veggies:
Before chicken is done add the onion so that it can be caramelizing but not burning.  Then add mushrooms and broccoli.  Cover and let it cook for a couple of minutes.  Make sure not to burn anything by stirring occasionally.

Add rice to the chicken and veggies along with teriyaki mixture.  Stir well and cover another couple of minutes.  Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Serve it up!

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So-Easy-It-Is-Ridiculous Potato Soup

Yesterday Jason was at our rental property working on the remodel and I was running around the house doing laundry, wrestling my toddler and trying to get my house in order before the work week began.  It was getting closer to supper time and I needed something that wasn’t really labor intensive but still filling and warm after such a long day.  I decided on potato soup.

I came across this recipe late last year that one of the YouTubers I follow posted.  She used frozen hash browns and cooked it in the Crock-Pot.  I tweaked it to make it my own, cooked it on the stovetop, used my own potatoes and I am so in love with it!  This is my new go-to soup for cold weather.  It is always a hit at my house.  We can usually have this one day and have two days worth of leftovers.  The Husband isn’t big on leftovers but he won’t turn this down!

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Soup

  • 2 Small Onions Chopped
  • 3 Cans Chicken Broth
  • 1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup
  • ¼ tsp.Seasoning Salt
  • ½ tsp. Black Pepper
  • 5 Medium Potatoes
  • 1 Block of Cream Cheese (Full Fat)

 

Garnishing

  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Crispy Bacon

In a large stock pot combine onions, chicken broth, cream of chicken soup, seasoning salt, black pepper and potatoes.  Bring to a boil and then put the heat back down so that it is steadily simmering.  Let it simmer for 20 minutes.

Add cream cheese to soup and let it melt and mix in.  This will probably take 5-10 minutes depending on how cold your cream cheese is.  I always keep extra stored in the freezer just for this soup.  Even though the texture changes if you thaw it and try to use it on a bagel it is just fine for soup.

Garnish and serve!

We really like this with yeast rolls but biscuits or cornbread would be great too.

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