I’m really into smoothies lately. Not sure why, I didn’t used to be a big fan. I always felt a little guilty about running my (very loud and terrible) blender in my paper-thin-wall apartment. But now I’ve moved and no one lives next to me yet soooooooo….
This is a really easy protein smoothie recipe. But tasty! And super cold and refreshing on a nice hot day or after a killer workout.
Chocolate Berry Protein Smoothie Recipe
1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
1 cup frozen mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
Not gonna lie, sometimes I am not the best cook. Sometimes I find it too time-consuming, or difficult, or I just feel lazy, or whatever. However, sometimes I am struck by a stroke of kitchen genius (madness?) and decide to invent something without being sure of how it’s going to turn out… Then I watch my fiance’s face closely to see if my new creation is a success, or if it Should Never Be Talked About Again™. Last night, I invented an easy dinner recipe success (hooray!) that I like to call: Lemon Garlic Monterey Jack Chicken!
The key is to put the cheese on top of the chicken breasts about 5 minutes before they are done baking. Then it melts all over it in an ooey-gooey way without burning and being gross. Yum. Super easy dinner for busy nights! Pair with some green beans and wild rice, or other veggies, and you’ve got a gourmet meal on a like, Tuesday. You’re welcome.
Preheat the oven to 350. Rinse and pat dry your chicken boobs, and place on a foil-lined baking sheet.
Rub a bit of minced garlic on each chicken breast, as per my stellar photo example above. Then sprinkle the chicken breasts with Lemon Pepper Mrs. Dash seasoning, black pepper and oregano (don't be afraid to go all out!).
Bake for approx. 30 minutes (times vary depending on size of chicken breasts used!). About 5 minutes before they are done, cover each chicken breast with half a slice of Cracker Barrel Monterey Jack cheese slices.
Place back in the oven and bake for an additional 5 minutes. Ding! Enjoy!
By Michelle from PermanentDaydream.com
Permanent Daydream, a lifestyle blog. http://permanentdaydream.com/
Get ready for some Pinterest-worthy wedding-related vomit! Okay, okay, I joke. But if you know me, you know that I generally turn my nose up in disgust at the typical girly “gushy” wedding-related things. I am not what you would call a girly-girl about that kind of stuff. Sure, I love clothes, shoes, makeup and when my hair is having a good day like the next girl, but lace and ribbons and bows and poofy dresses are not my thing.
Photo by Illustrations & Things on Etsy
However, getting caught up in the rollercoaster ride that is wedding planning (and trust me, it’s got definite ups and downs!) has brought out a bit more of a girly side to me than even I realized I had. Looking back now, I can laugh when I was discussing centrepiece ideas with my fiance a few weeks ago and told him how the idea I had in mine, if he liked it, I could do on a budget of a few hundred bucks (pretty darn good in the wedding world). He thought that was pricy and said, “Do we even need centrepieces?” And of course like any girl on the verge of becoming a bridezilla, I looked at him like he grew two heads and exclaimed, “Well, why don’t we just cancel the whole thing then!” and huffed. Oh wow. See? Wedding planning does mess with your head. (I’m happy to say I instantly realized I was over-reacting and now we laugh about it.)
So, feeling this “more girly” vibe, I decided to “propose” to my bridesmaids in what I think is a simple, but pretty cute way. Sure I could’ve just called them up and said, “Hey, girl, so like, wanna stand beside me when I like, totally get married or what?” while picking pieces of jalapeno chips out of my teeth, but I decided to try my hand at being a bit crafty and creative.
Note that when I say “crafty and creative” what I actually mean is that I bought pre-made cards off Etsy. But they look crafty and creative. I just had to put them in an envelope. Score one for the wants-to-be-nice-but-I’m-kinda-lazy girl!
I ended up buying these awesome cards from local Vancouver shop Illustrations & Things. The epitome of laziness probably is buying something online that’s already located in the same city as you. *facepalm* I also picked up a few cute infinity bracelets to add to the card when asking them to help me with “my forever”. CUE THE CHEESE! In any case, I’m super happy with my cards and hope that my bridesmaids liked my heartfelt handwritten messages and were able to overlook my lack of hands-on scrapbookey card-crafting magic. (Thanks, Etsy.)
I guess they did, because they all said yes. Can’t wait to have those nearest and dearest to me with me on the big day and throughout these next 11 months leading up to it.
So I’ve caught wedding fever, big deal. I’m a girl. Deal with it. In this slightly indulgent post, I’m gonna list 10 awesome Etsy Wedding finds that I’ve stumbled across lately. You know, during my late-night binge Googling about wedding shiz. Don’t judge, gurl.
It’s been a long time since I’ve written here. I guess I just have to accept the fact that I am sometimes an absentee blogger! I do love to write, but it seems the business of life gets in the way sometimes… A shoddy excuse, but still, I stick to it.
Anyway, since the time of my last post, I’ve moved in with my boyfriend to a new town (but all our friends are there), AND most exciting of all, he proposed! It was a total surprise to me, which is pretty hard to do. I knew he was going to at some point but I 100% didn’t expect it on the day he chose to do it… so that was pretty funny. Probably the only time in my life I’ve actually been surprised. #YOLO
So, since I’m a super Type A, I’ve already got most of our planning done. My fiance is a big help too, and he’s just as excited about the wedding as I am. Why does it seem like the typical response is for the girl to do everything and the guy to not care/not help/seem disinterested in it? (Or girl/girl boy/boy, whatever the sitch is – basically one person doing everything and being excited and the other not.) I think as a society we put pressure on our guys to seem calm and collected whereas it’s okay (expected, even) for girls to be practically squealing out loud for 10+ months. Insanity. Anyway, I am happy and proud to say that my man is right in it with me and we are planning it together. Although I must admit to monopolizing things like making our invitations and decor choices… but he is okay with that.
I had never really thought about wedding stuff before this time. I thought it might be handy to write about some of the resources I’ve found and blog about the journey from Planning Stage 1 to the Big Day… Would you like to see some of that here? Might be helpful for girls like me who didn’t already have their colour scheme picked out when they were 5. Anyway, I’ll have some posts about our process so far up soon!
I'm Michelle, and I'm a writing addict. I love to catalogue my life and memories here, but you'll also find me talking about fashion and style, makeup and hair, healthy recipes, fitness, and home decor DIY projects. Read more about me...