Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Salsa-fied Chicken

I don't have a photo for this one. Totally forgot to take one as I was devouring each dish made!

Salsa-fied Chicken

In a crockpot place:
2 Cups roughly chopped tomatoes. I used a mixture of orange cherry tomatoes and red Romas.
1/2 Green Bell Pepper Chopped
1/2 Medium Yellow Onion Chopped
1/2 Cup Torn Fresh Cilantro
1 JalapeƱo de-seeded, finely chopped
2 Cloves Garlic Chopped
1 - 1.5 lb Chicken Tenders or Boneless Chicken pieces.
1 pkg Taco Seasoning.
Stir together well. Place lid and cook on high for 3-6 hrs (depending on your chicken piece size).

I made a meal with shredding some chicken and placing this chicken and some veggies in tortillas for tacos.

I then added chicken bouillon to taste to what was left in the crockpot for a Fajita Soup. Served with some cheese, sour cream, and a slice of lime.


Sunday, September 9, 2012

8 and 7 Months to a Better Me!

When I was in my early teen years my church came out with a video about "The Purpose of Life". After all the people gave their interpretation of this statement, it all boiled down to The purpose of life is - To Live Life Happily.

Each of us have our own version of what a "happy life" is. To one it might be to travel the world doing important things for important people, to another it may be to live quietly among family and friends. For me, my version of living happily contains caring for and being cared for by those that are important to me in my life.

You may be wondering what this has to do with my monthly goals to better myself. Well, not much, but it has been on my mind recently. Have I been living my life to it's fullest happy potential?

I have actually been reading the scriptures daily. I realized that my life has not changed greatly in doing so. What I mean by that is that it is the little things that change. Calmer in stressful situations. Being able to notice the little blessings in my life more.

I have started up on the treadmill again. It has been good so far. I have also done a couple lengthy hikes. Admittedly I like the hiking a lot better than the treadmill, but outdoors always trumps indoors for me.

Book Club starts this week. I am sure there are those of you thinking "Book Club" your putting this in your social life section? Yes, yes I am. This has been a goal of mine for a while. To get a random group of people together that don't know each other, and see how our lives intertwine in the reading of Jane Austen. LOL. I know, I'm a nerd!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

# 24

Learn to Be Self-Sufficient Monetarily

Whenever I looked at this goal on my "50Things" list I really didn't know what to make of it. I know I set that goal myself, but what was I trying to accomplish with it? The other day I was looking over some past posts and came across this one: No food for Me . I know that this post was written in a moment of frustration, but remembering how hard it was to live on so little and wonder at times how I was going to get gas money to make it to clinicals, is pretty humbling. Now I have an income I can support myself with. It is a good feeling to know that financially it will be OK. I know I have so much more to learn, but I feel like I have improved enough to say I have accomplished this goal.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Adventuring: Simpson Reef Loop

Simpson Reef
This is an easy hiking/walking/running trail that stretches 1.1 miles from the Simpson Reef pull-off to Simpson Beach. This is part of a larger trail loop which I am blogging about individually. There are a few places to park and enter this trail, but the best start point for a well positioned start is from the Simpson Reef pull-out that is AKA "The place you see the seals". Looking at the ocean you follow the parking lot to the right. A few feet after the end of the lot there is a trail. There are beautiful ocean views and some well placed benches to enjoy your wave and whale watching. Completing the there-and-back to Simpson Beach and back is a great 2.2 mile leg stretcher the whole family can enjoy.

Simpson Reef

Simpson Beach
Foggy Shores