Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Catching Up...Big time!

Hi bloggies!

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind! It was crunch time with my thesis, hence, the nonexistent posts. Luckily, I PASSED my defense yesterday!!! :) It went extremely well. I actually got to sit down and give my presentation because of the shape of the room and I didn't get hammered with questions I didn't know. It was kind of anticlimactic, but I guess that's a good thing? I finished making a few tiny revisions that my committee suggested today, so once my advisor says it looks good then I can submit it to the graduate school! Woo hoo! :)

This past weekend I went apartment hunting with my Dad in Northern Virginia. I was looking in Fairfax, Tyson's Corner, and Vienna and ended up signing a lease for an apartment in Fairfax that is literally .4 miles from work! The apartment hunt was carazyyy. The apartments in the range I wanted to spend were sketch and the apartments I loved were wayyyyyy over my budget (think mortgage payment). Luckily, I only had to go a little over what I wanted to spend to get a nice apartment...after lots and lots of searching! The apartment/townhouse community is really cute and looks like a neighborhood and has lots of trees. I'm hoping to walk to work, until it gets dark early, to save $$ on gas!

Obviously, I have cooked a few things between the last post and let's play catch up! I won't post everything today, so check back this week for more! Before the bf left for Tulsa, I made him a farewell dinner that included...wait for it...chicken! Here's the recipe for the chicken...sorry but I didn't really measure.

-White wine
-Chicken (fingers or thinly sliced)
-onions (vidalia)
-mushrooms (baby bella are my fave!)

-1/4 cup EVOO
-1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
-lemon pepper

Marinate the chicken in a bag filled with the marinade for 30 min-2 hours. Bake the chicken until it's almost done cooking (say 5 min left). While chicken is baking in the oven, saute onions in butter. Once they almost turn translucent, add the chopped baby bella mushrooms. After they have sauteed for a bit, add white wine and a lot of butter. I never said this was a healthy dish. ;) At this point, the chicken should be done, so add it to the pan and cover it for about 5 minutes until it's done!

We had a garden salad and sweet potato fries. Normally, I would have told the boy that those don't go well with the main course, but because it was his last night...I said I'd make anything. :)

It smelled amazing...

 The mushrooms were the best part of the dish!
 Dip your sweet potato fries in BBQ sauce (preferably Sweet Baby Ray's), you will thank me later

I'm off to start the third book in the Redemption series by Karen Kingsbury called Return! Have a great day! :)

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