Friday, August 24, 2012

Pumped up kicks

Last night I celebrated my birthday with my family at Butcher and the Boar, and it was pretty damn delicious. I got this sweet watch from Kari.

I'm not a flashy person who wears sparkly things, or much jewelry or accesories, but this is pretty fun and since the band is rubber, I like it even more.

The Parentals gave me cash because I wanted to get some new running shoes so I picked these new kicks up today.

They are the Nike Flex. I tried on several shoes and I knew the moment I put these on that they were the shoe for me. So super light compared to my last pair of running shoes, yet there's lots of cushion and me feet feel like they are walking on air. I'm pretty excited to get out and run in the morning.

I got home and had this cute card in the mail from my Aunt Jane.

She always makes homemade cards, and I love them! I must be about five in this picture. We would always celebrate August birthdays with my Aunt Jane (not pictured) Great Aunt Dorothy (Who would be 95), my Dad and me. How awesome is that wallpaper? That was in my grandma's kitchen!

I decided that I'm going to try and 'eat clean'. Cut out the processed crap that's so easy and convenient for me to make since I'm cooking for one. I say try because I know it's not always going to be possible for me to eat clean when I go out to dinner, have dinner at friends or go away for the weekend.  But in my efforts to start, I picked up a whole natural chicken on my way home from work, and tossed it in the crock pot.

Here it is after two hours in the crock pot and it only has to go for about 3.5 - 4 hours on high. It's so simple. Just rinse the chicken, pat dry, place in crock pot (slow cooker), set on high and add your favorite seasonings. Boom, you're done with the prep. Let it cook for 3.5 - 4 hours for a 3-4 lb chicken. This one is 3.5, so I'm going to let it go about 4 hours. I added Lawry's, garlic salt and pepper. I like my chicken pretty basic, especially since I plan to add this to salads through out the week.

I came across a lot of tips that had you put a sliced lemon in the chicken. I'm not a lemon person, but if I were, I would totally do that because it just sounds delicious. I just know I wouldn't like the taste of it.

I have some fresh broccoli I have to use so I'm going to steam that up when the chicken is done. That sounds nice and clean doesn't it?

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