Well, hello again, my friends!
I have an incredibly delicious and simple recipe to share with you guys, but first, let’s talk about shopping. Specifically, let’s talk about shopping for a swimsuit.
On Saturday, Brandon and I went to the mall to find some new summer clothes. Not only is it already feeling summer-like here in Atlanta, but we also have a cruise to plan for! Therefore, new clothes were essential.
I decided that I needed a new swimsuit, and I found one at Von Maur that I really liked. However, when I tried it on, I wasn’t sure if it complimented me. So, I asked Brandon to come back into the fitting room area to take a peek, so that I could get his opinion.
But before he could even glance in my direction, he was getting shooed out by the sales women! Evidently a man being anywhere near the women’s fitting rooms was a major no-no! Instead, if I wanted Brandon to see what I was wearing, I had to walk out of the fitting rooms and onto the store floor!
Seriously? As if trying on a bathing suit while sporting pasty-white winter skin wasn’t traumatizing enough? Now they wanted me to allow the rest of the Von Maur shoppers to get a look, as well??
Long story short, I ended up finding the exact same suit at Macy’s, plus it was 25% off, plus Brandon wasn’t treated like a dirty old man. Win-win.
And I must say, Jessica Simpson, I may not be a fan of your music, but I do quite enjoy your fashion line. Kudos to you.
(Just to clarify, I get the purpose of the store’s policy. It’s to keep the other lady shoppers protected. Makes sense. And I’m mostly trying to be funny when I tell this story. But I just think bathing suit shopping is challenging enough, without having to worry about 50 strangers seeing you in something you aren’t even sold on yet. Anyone else with me??)
OK, let’s move on to a happier topic … food.
I made a chicken dish this weekend that was so easy, and so flavorful. But here’s the key … use chicken thighs. Don’t try to substitute chicken breasts. Just don’t. It won’t have the same flavor. Plus, the thighs really get a bad rap. Sure, they have more fat than the breast. But they also have lots of nutrients. Read more about the nutritional information on chicken thighs in this article.
Slow Cooker Garlic Lime Chicken
(slight modified from this recipe)
- 5 bone-in chicken thighs (I used free-range, hormone free chicken)
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- Juice of two limes
- 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp. minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp. dry mustard powder
- 1/2 tsp. ground pepper
- 1 tbsp. Kraft Minute tapioca (I found this in the baking section of the store)
- Brown rice (for serving)
- Sautéed spinach (for serving, sautéed in a pan with a little olive oil)
Note: As this recipe stands, I think it only serves 2-3 because the thighs are pretty small. Next time I make this recipe, I plan to double it so I can have leftovers!
- In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, mustard powder, pepper, and tapioca.
- Place chicken in the slow cooker, then top with the liquid mixture. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
- Serve with sautéed spinach and brown rice. Top the chicken with a little of the cooking liquid before serving.
I was very surprised at how delicious the chicken was.
It may not look very pretty, but I promise the flavor more than makes up for the appearance!
And finally, for a Monday morning laugh …
… pictures from my half-marathon in Nashville.
I don’t typically buy race pictures because they’re so expensive, but I just love the look of
sheer determination pain on my face in these.
And I love that in the picture at the finish line, you can see the medic who 30 seconds later was checking to make sure that Ali and I were still breathing. Good stuff.
Question for ya …
What did you do this weekend?
Any funny or traumatizing swimsuit-shopping experiences that you’d like to share?
Do you ever cook with chicken thighs, or do you typically stick to breast meat?
Any funny race pics to share? If they’re on your blog, link up!!