Hey everyone! I hope you all are enjoying your Memorial Day weekend. Thankfully, I – like most! – have off from work on Monday. Saturday flew right by, so I already know that I’ll be appreciating an extra day off from work.
So, I realize I was a little MIA Thursday & Friday. Thursday evening, I headed up to my parents’ house to dog-sit Jake for a few hours. Even though he’s still a puppy – & gets super-excited whenever company comes to visit him! – he’s pretty well-behaved. We even took a quick nap!
Friday evening I was pretty much dead to the world. I came home from work, plopped down on the couch, & proceeded to nap with Stewie for quite a few hours. I really have a hard time being remotely productive on a Friday evening. Am I alone? Eventually – around 7:00PM – I made this recipe (pasta, veggie, & cheese skillet) for dinner, then settled in for a low-key evening of pinning & movie-watching (The Break Up, one of my favorites).
That brings us to this morning!
I knew I wanted to get some cleaning done ASAP this morning, so I woke up around 7:30AM & laced up my sneakers to get my workout in before tackling my to-do list.
By the time I got outside – around 8:00AM – it was already pretty warm, & by the time I completed a mile & a half, I was drenched in sweat & ready to call it a day. I completed just under two miles before I stopped, & immediately chugged a glass of water upon retreating to my air conditioned apartment.
Since Chris was still sleeping & I wanted his help with the cleaning, I enticed him with a Starbucks frappucino to encourage an earlier wake-up time – it worked! For myself, I got a large iced coffee & one of my favorites – Starbucks perfect oatmeal.
I topped the oatmeal with the provided add-ins – brown sugar, dried fruit, & mixed nuts – but also added in a teaspoon of peanut butter & a drizzle of honey. So tasty!
The oatmeal helped to fuel me through a solid hour or two of cleaning. Soon enough, it was time for lunch, & I had a leftover bowl of pasta from last night. Simple & it hit the spot!
After I showered & got ready, Chris & I headed off to BJ’s Wholesale. This place is so fun, but also so dangerous. For some reason, as soon as I walk through the doors, it becomes imperative that I stock up on tons of random items. Granted, we’re usually getting a great deal by buying in bulk, but these trips are never cheap! Some of my favorites finds from today were a giant container of Viactivs – I had a coupon, too! – & a box of 32, 100 calories packs of Blue Diamond Almonds.
We also purchased a pineapple for $3. Neither of us had ever cut up an entire pineapple before, but it was super easy to do so, & the fruit tasted so fresh & delicious!
After we got home, we headed back out the door to church & eventually back home to enjoy some BBQ chicken pizza (no picture was snapped since I basically inhaled my slices in a few minutes!).
Now, here I sit while Chris watches the Sixers game… a pretty low-key Saturday night.
On Wednesday’s post, I alluded to a new recipe – Baked Chicken Parm Bites – & now it’s time to share!
While I was meal-planning last week, I added “chicken parm” to my list, but changed things up at the last minute to make these “bites.”
While I usually prefer to follow someone else’s recipe, every now & then I become a little adventurous & try out my own thing. I always love when my own recipes are a success, like this one! Enjoy!
Baked Chicken Parm Bites
- 1 pack (about 1 lb.) chicken tenderloins
- 12 reduced-fat Ritz crackers, finely crushed
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbsp. Italian blend shredded cheese
- Salt, pepper, garlic salt, & oregano to taste
- Preheat oven to 350*.
- Prepare baking sheet by placing a cooling rack on top (or something similar), so that meat is “elevated” & heat can circulate around the entire piece of chicken (see photo below).
- Cut chicken tenders into bite-sized pieces.
- In one bowl, crack the two eggs.
- In another bowl, combine the crushed Ritz, cheese, & seasonings.
- Dip chicken pieces in egg, then toss in Ritz coating.
- Place on cooling rack & bake for 15 minutes.
- Serve with pasta & sauce.
While this recipe is a bit time-consuming – it takes a while to coat the pieces of chicken – I think it’s worth the extra effort. Although I served mine atop a bed of pasta, these would also be great on their own with some pasta sauce for dipping!
What are your plans for the rest of Memorial Day Weekend?
Do you belong to any warehouse clubs like BJ’s, Sam’s, or Costco?