Friday, October 30, 2009

Gingered Carrots & Cod

I'd almost forgotten about this recipe, but if it's the one I'm thinking of, we really enjoyed it.

Gingered Carrots & Cod

Makes 4 servings
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 12 minutes
Microwave 1 1/2 minutes
Bake at 400 for 23 minutes

4 cod or scrod fillets (about 5 oz each)
1/4 cup honey
1 Tbsp chopped fresh ginger
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
1/8 plus 1/4 tsp salt
pinch ground black pepper
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 large bunch carrots, peeled and cut on the diagonal into 1/2 inch slices
1 sweet yellow pepper, cored and cut into 1 inch pieces
mashed potatoes, for serving (optional)

Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Coat a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Place cod in dish, spacing fillets at least 1/2 inch apart.

In a 2 cup measuring cup, combine honey, ginger, vinegar, soy sauce, 1/8 teaspoon of the salt and the pepper.
Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on high for 1 1/2 minutes (mixture will bubble up).
Remove from microwave and whisk in 1 tablespoon butter.
Spoon 1 tablespoon sauce over each cod fillet.
Sprinkle cod with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Cover dish with foil and bake at 400 for 20-23 minutes, until fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork.

Meanwhile, melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
Add carrots; saute 3 minutes.
Add yellow pepper and saute 2 minutes.
Reduce heat to medium; add 1/4 cup water and cover.
Cook 5 minutes, until tender.

Uncover skillet; stir in remaining sauce from measuring cup.
Raise heat to medium-high and cook 2 minutes.

Divide carrot mixture evenly among 4 plates.
Top each with a piece of cod.
Serve with mashed potatoes, if desired.

Per Serving:
293 calories
10g fat (6g sat)
22g protein
31g carbohydrate
3g fiber
645mg sodium
71mg cholesterol

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Meeting Usher

Last Thursday, the wives of Bryan's battalion had our monthly "coffee". This month's meeting was held at the Olive Garden here in Clarksville. After the meeting, most of the ladies had gone home but 5 of us were still sitting around talking. It was around 9pm and the restaurant was almost empty. The manager came over and told us to look toward the other side of the restaurant. We weren't able to see well from where we were, so we walked to the waiting area. From there we saw the the singer, Usher, was in the restaurant. He was with a date and his bodyguard. We waved and my friends tried to take a few pictures (from quite a distance) with their camera phones. Usher didn't wave back, but instead had his bodyguard tell us not to take any pictures. At that point we decided to leave. When we got outside, we conspired for a few minutes and decided to try to give Usher one of our unit pins and ask if we could take a picture with him.
One of the ladies took the pin to the bodyguard and he said we could take a picture after Usher finished eating. The 5 of us sat at a table in the bar and waited for a LONG time for him to finish. He must be quite a slow eater! The restaurant had closed by this point but the staff didn't ask us to leave. I guess they enjoyed watching us pitiful Army wives stalking Usher!
Finally, Usher gets ready to leave and comes to take a picture with us. I didn't hear him say one word the whole time. His bodyguard spoke to us but that consisted of him saying that we could only take 1 picture with 1 camera. At one point he asked us if our husbands were deployed, but no more than that.
Overall, I was really disappointed by Usher's unfriendliness. He's from Georgia so I knew he would display some of our famous southern hospitality. On the bright side though, the 5 of us had a lot of fun "stalking" a celebrity!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Leading the FRG

Bryan is supposed to begin his battery command at the end of November. He had also wanted me to take over the Family Readiness Group (FRG) at that point. Well, some things happened recently with that FRG and I was asked by the current commander to go ahead and take it over. The battery consists of about 100 soldiers and the FRG is made up of their family members. I understand that this may be foreign language to some of you, so I will give you an idea of what I'm doing (from the FRG Leader job description):
-Schedules, plans, and conducts FRG meetings
-Delegates FRG responsibilities to select volunteers in order to promote participation in FRG activities and accomplishment of FRG objectives
-Acts as a liason between battalion and company level FRGs
-Identifies needs or unique problems of unit families
-Serves as a member of the battalion level steering committee
-Acts as a company FRG spokesperson for communicating family members' concerns and ideas to the company commander and battalion level FRG
I'm also in charge of organizing fundraisers for the battery to support our unit functions.
I've been in the position for one week now. I knew I would be busy, but because I was so hastily thrown into the position, it has been even more work! For Bryan and I both, the year (plus) ahead promises to be very challenging but also hopefully rewarding.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Go Dawgs!

Even though UGA hasn't had the best start to their football season, Bryan & I were so excited to see them play this past weekend. The game was in Nashville against Vanderbilt. My parents were going to come up and we were all going to go to the game together. However, their dog had to have emergency surgery so they couldn't make it. Luckily, our friends were able go with us and we had a great time. M stayed home with our sitter so we were able to enjoy our parents day out.

We got to our seats and a group of my sorority sisters and their husbands were right by us. What a great surprise!

B, myself, Marcia & Donny. Marcia is from Nashville so she felt obliged to root for her home team.

When we got home, we found M hard at work painting some masterpieces!

Later she decided to wear my Uggs around the house.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Columbus Day

This is a continuation of what we did last week. Bryan had both Monday and Tuesday off from work so we made the most of those additional 2 days.
On Monday we went to Patterson Place Farm with my MOPS group. As soon as we arrived, we went on a short hayride. I thought Marlie would be really excited about riding behind the tractor, but she wasn't too impressed.

After the hayride, we were able to walk through their Animal Alley. They had some animals that you wouldn't expect to see here in Tennessee.
The first stop was the elk (which some children like to refer to as the reindeer!).


Miniature horses

Next we went to the corn maze. M enjoyed wandering through the corn so lucky for us, it was a pretty short maze.

Finally we were each able to choose a pumpkin to take home with us. I didn't get a picture of those yet, but I will try to when we carve them.

On Tuesday morning we went to the Nashville Zoo with some friends. I didn't get any pictures this time since we've been often. M always has fun there though!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Last Weekend

I finally got around to downloading our pictures from this weekend so now I can post about it.
Saturday morning we went to nearby Cadiz, KY for their 33rd Trigg County Country Ham Festival. We got to see Kentucky's Largest Country Ham & Biscuit which has been the Guinness Book World Record holder for 17 years.

Marlie was excited to get her own sample of the biscuit.

There are many pigs throughout the town. Marlie wanted to "pet" this one.

The highlight of her day was definitely the carnival rides. This "choo choo train" was her favorite.

That night we were sulking after the way the UGA game turned out. However, we still went over to our friends' house to watch some of the Florida LSU game.

I had to get up early on Sunday morning to do my 12.5 mile training run. After 2.5 hours (I'm REALLY slow) I made it back home. I've already done 10 and 11 miles, but my body definitely paid a price this time. I tried to do a cool down walk around my neighborhood but wasn't able to make it because my leg was hurting so bad. Once I got in my house i noticed that the bottom of my shorts were covered in blood. This picture was taken after I cleaned the area so it actually doesn't look bad at all. However, I basically had 2 open sores on my legs from chafing. It's been painful just for me to walk, but I was finally able to run again today - with bandages of course.

Needless to say that I was out of commission for the rest of the day (other than church).

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Oven-Fried Chili Chicken

Makes 12 pieces
Prep 15 minutes
Bake at 375 degrees for 55 minutes

1 1/4 cups corn flake crumbs
2-3 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 cup evaporated milk
12 bone-in chicken thighs, about 4 pounds total

Heat oven to 375 degrees.
Line 2 baking sheets with aluminum foil.

In a pie dish or shallow bowl, whisk together the corn flake crumbs, chili powder, cumin and garlic salt.
Pour evaporated milk into a second pie dish.

Dip a chicken thigh into the milk and shake off excess.
Roll it around in the corn flake crumbs until completely coated.
Shake off excess.
Place on the prepared baking sheet.
Repeat with remaining chicken.

Bake chicken at 375 degrees for 50 to 55 minutes or until golden and crispy and internal temperature registers 160 degrees on an instant read thermometer.
May be served warm or at room temperature.

Per thigh:
285 calories
18 g fat (5 g sat)
21 g protein
9 g carbohydrate
0 g fiber
227 mg sodium
97 mg cholesterol

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Vote for Marlie

I definitely have no expectations of Marlie getting selected as one of Gap's next models. However, one of my friends let me know that they would send me a coupon if i entered her. So here is Marlie's entry in the Gap Casting Call. Feel free to give her a few votes if you're so inclined.

I tried to use the picture above, but kept having problems with the file size.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Yo Gabba Gabba Costumes

We thought M's birthday was kind of the end of the Yo Gabba Gabba craze in our household. Well, now it looks like YGG may be making a comeback for Halloween. I'm not crazy about any of the kids costumes that are for sale this year. I've been going in circles about what M is going to be. I had decided I was just going to make something for her. Somehow we got on the topic of YGG and Bryan said he would be willing to dress up as DJ Lance Rock. That changed everything! Now I'm planning on making a DJ Lance costume for him and a Foofa costume for M. Foofa is the pink flower character. M's should be pretty easy, but finding orange pants for Bryan has proven to be a challenge. Here are the looks we're going for! If you know where I can find some orange pants - please share!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Unbeatable Sloppy Joes

This is a Kraft recipe. We had these for dinner last night and were pleasantly surprised. I'll definitely make this again rather than buying canned sloppy joe mix.

Prep Time: 10 min
Total: 25 min
Makes: 6 servings

1 lb. ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1 large tomato, chopped
6 hamburger buns, split
6 KRAFT Singles (I used shredded sharp cheddar rather than slices)
12 slices OSCAR MAYER Center Cut Bacon, cooked, drained (I had turkey bacon on hand so we used that instead.)

BROWN meat in large skillet on medium heat; drain. Add onions; cook 5 min. or until tender, stirring occasionally.

ADD ketchup, chili powder and tomatoes; cook 5 min. or until heated through, stirring occasionally.

SPOON meat mixture onto bottom halves of buns. Top evenly with Singles, bacon and tops of buns.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Art, Jazz, Oktoberfest & Apples

Once again, I've neglected my blog. Here's a recap of what we've been up to the past two weekends.

Last Saturday I got up early to run 11 miles. I can't believe I've made it this far in my training - but still have about a month left! After I got home and cleaned up, Bryan, M & I went out for some Saturday morning family fun. We went to the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center in downtown Clarksville. They were having a kid's art day so children were able to make art with collages, finger paint, play dough, and string. We ran into some of our friends there so it turned out to be a really fun morning.
On Saturday evening we went to another Jazz on the Lawn. This time I remembered to bring my camera!
Marlie & Hunter half eating and half playing

She's dangerous!

M likes Beachhaven's Raspberry wine!

The clever way we hurried the kids to the car when the weather got bad

The fun continued this weekend. The Clarksville Edelweiss Club hosted Oktoberfest this weekend so we couldn't resist visiting it on Friday night. We all ate some schnitzel, Bryan had some beer, I had cake, and M got to ride some carnival rides.
Bryan & M dancing to the polka music

She was really getting it!

The highlight of M's night

Saturday morning was the post wide yard sale so we had to for go our usual Saturday morning family time. Saturday evening we went to an apple orchard to check out their apple festival. There wasn't as much to it as I had hoped but we always enjoy visiting new places.
This is where M wanted to spend most of her time at the orchard.

The cider was good!

Posing with the pumpkins

M & Addie

On Sunday morning, we visited a new church. We enjoy being lazy on Sunday mornings and taking our time getting ready for the service at 11. However, it's more important for us to find a church that we really feel is the right fit for us. So, we got up and moving on Sunday morning to make it downtown by 9:30. I go to MOPS at this church so we were looking forward to visiting their worship service. We were happy with our first visit and plan to go back. Since we were done with church so early, we were also able to have lunch and do a little shopping before coming home. We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing at home.