As promised, I am kicking off my Merry Blogmas Blogging Challenge today!
A huge thank you to acontenthousewife.com and Pinterest for the list above. As I scroll through the list, I am already formulating a plan to blog/photograph the events. I will post the photos on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtags that correlate to the list (ex. #YourViewToday or #Nighttime) I would love for you to add your own challenges by using the hashtags and by tagging me @WayfaringWagger on Twitter.
I can see there are going to be a few challenges to the list for me, but I’m really excited to do this. I’ve never participated in a blog challenge before and if you read my post from yesterday you know the reason this is so important to me. I really hope more people will read this blog and that you will give me ideas to write about. I definitely want to get back into travel writing or even some DIY with the Sailboat.
Speaking of the Sailboat, my beloved SV Rialto Zephyr, made her way across Mobile Bay yesterday and has found a new home at the Beachcomber’s Marina. I’m really excited to have her so close again. I can’t wait to start working on her, well, that is as soon as I find a paying job again! That’s proved to be more challenging than I thought. The job market here is pretty specific and if you don’t have a skilled trade (pipefitting, welding, shipbuilding) or a human resources degree, well then have fun flipping burgers at McDonald’s. Right now I’ve submitted my resume to everything from office work to retail. I’m either overly qualified or don’t have the education required for the position. I’ve been seriously considering going back to college. Ok, I’m completely off topic now. I was talking about the boat. Yesterday my Dad and his friend David sailed the Deja Vu, Dad’s boat and the Rialto Zephyr across the Bay. While bringing them across they ran into a pod of 20 bottlenose dolphins. My Dad took a video and it is absolutely incredible how they broke the waves on the bow and surrounded the boat. They are such interesting creatures, so intelligent! I can’t wait to get out on the water again and see them. I think I might post the video to Twitter and Facebook if I can get ahold of it.
Dad and David got in at about 6pm from their trip. Daddy called and asked if I could have dinner ready as a thank you to David for all of his help. I’m glad he asked me to cook because it got me out of the funk I was in. I drove to Walmart and was pleasantly surprised to find my favorite tea in the entire world! If you’ve never had Harney and Sons Hot Cinnamon Sunset, you are not living my friend!! It’s really hard to find and I would have never thought that I would find it here. It was all I could do not to buy up the entire lot. I settled for one tin and went on about my shopping. I decided to make Lemon Chicken Pasta Bake. It turned out really well, but I would tweak the recipe just a bit if I make it again. I wanted to share it with you because honestly, it’s probably one of the easiest and fast dishes I’ve made in awhile. So here ya go!
1 lb. Chicken breast, boneless,skinless (psst sometimes I use thighs because I like them better)
3 cloves of Garlic
1 sprig of fresh parsley
1 Yellow onion
2 14.5 oz Cream of Chicken Soup (Ok so here’s where I’d tweak it, the pasta came out a little dry so I would add some sour cream or maybe another can or two of the soup)
1 tbsp. of Lemon juice
1 lb. Pasta. ( I used bow tie)
Salt and Black Pepper (Plus any other spice you enjoy! I used an Italian blend and it was great)
3/4 cup of Milk
2 tbsp Parmesan cheese (again a tweak! I used way more than 2 tbsp!)
Boil the pasta for five mins.
Cut the chicken up into bite size pieces
Cut up the onion, garlic and place into a bowl with chicken pieces
Drain pasta and add to bowl, set aside
Heat up the soup and milk in a sauce pot. Whisk to a thin consistency and then add to chicken mixture.
Squeeze lemon juice and add spices
Pour into a greased baking dish and cook for 45 mins at 450 degrees.
Sprinkle with cheese, parsley and lemon slices
Place back in oven and cook for 5 minute or until cheese is melted. (I actually broiled my dish for 5 mins and it gave it a nice crispy top)
And there you have it! Voila! Easy dinner but looked great and tasted fantastic too.
I hope you will join me in my Merry Blogmas Challenge. It would mean so much to me to gain new followers or have interaction from those of you who currently suffer through reading this.
Merry Blogmas Everyone!