Life updates and a little recipe!

WOW! Time got away from me during the Holidays, and then I got sick, and my wisdom tooth came in, and then I got sick again, and then I dropped a bowl in my sink while washing it and had to rush to the hospital to get stitches in my wrist because I sliced it down deep! Today was the first time I’ve been back to church since Christmas Eve. The boy and I sang in the choir for the service. It was really lovely! It was a serious shock going back today because the Pastor took a Sabbatical and I kinda got worried at first because I hadn’t read the handout yet. His mother had passed away shortly before Thanksgiving, so it’s completely understandable. On another kinda meh note…the boys decided to leave his full time job working at the college, which was the main source of our income. It’s getting down to the wire now to be able to pay March’s rent and I am panicking since he has yet to find another job. On a good note though, on Wednesday, I am meeting with a career counselor at McCann University in hopes of attending their CMA(Clinical Medical Assistant) Program. They are not open enrollment so prayers please!! I really hope I get in, and while it doesn’t solve our current predicament, it will help us in the future while the boy finishes his degree and figures out what he wants to do with his life. Anyway I know this is kind of a wordy post, but so much has happened in just 2 and a half months! Now, on to the recipe!

This is a super simple dish, and really quite healthy when you think about it. (I apologize for my crappy photos, I only have the camera on my tablet so there is only one photo and it isn’t one of those nice flashy kind of photos)
I call it a Greek chicken salad, but the only thing Greek about it is the tzaziki style dressing.greek chicken salad

what you will need:Dressing
1 1serving size of plain Greek yogurt(I used fage but I prefer oikos)
Milk
Lemon Juice
half of a cucumber cut small or diced
1 tsp or so of dry Dill Weed
1/2-1 tsp granulated garlic
2 tsps shredded Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper

What you will need:Chicken and Salad
2-3 smallish/medium sized chicken breasts
6* tsps lemon pepper (more or less depending on number of chicken breasts)
Olive Oil
Any salad mix you like
sliced cucumber
Extra Parmesan cheese
Croutons if you like

How to:Dressing
1. mix together the Greek yogurt with about 1/4 tsp to 1/2 tsp of lemon juice, dill, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste.
2. Use the milk to thin it our to your desired consistency. If you like it thick, add less, if you want it thinner, add a little more. Only add a small amount at a time. About a tbsp at most. And mix thoroughly before adding more. You can always add more milk, if it gets too thin add more Greek yogurt if you have it.
3. Mix in your cucumber and Parmesan cheese and set aside.

How to: Chicken
1. trim your chicken breasts and lay them on a baking sheet with tin foil. Cover each side in about a tsp of Lemon Pepper seasoning. *2 tsps per chicken breast*
2. You can bake them at 375 until thoroughly cooked or transfer them into a pan with a couple tsps of olive oil (this way gives them a better char) cook thoroughly, depending on the size and thickness of the breast will determine cooking time.
3. once chickens are cooked thoroughly, slice up and set aside.

How To:Salad
1. You can get creative here, I just used bagged iceburg mix, but you can chop up your own or use any other bagged lettuce you would like. Put it in a big salad bowl
2. Slice up the rest of the cucumber into half moons and top onto your salad
3. Add your sliced chicken
4. Add Parmesan cheese or if you like add Feta or any other cheese as desired.
5. If you are using croutons or any other topping add it now, this also includes other veggies like tomatoes and bell pepper, Greek Olives, etc.
6. Top with dressing and mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy!!

Thank you for visiting and I hope to see you again soon!

~Alisha

Busiest Time of the Year

Ahhh the Holiday season has arrived! All the hustle and bustle of preparing feasts, decorating, buying gifts and seeing family. There is almost never a spare moment near the end of the year. I myself have been drifting through these days as I try to prepare for the holidays festivities. It’s hard to remember that Thanksgiving has already come and gone. This year’s Thanksgiving was not like the others I have had the past 4 years since moving to Pennsylvania to live with my fiance. Family was missing where as other family we don’t normally see was present. It was still nice to see everyone and meet the newest member, little Abrianna. She is so cute with her chubby little cheeks! She is my fiance’s step niece, so that basically makes me her Aunt! How was your Thanksgiving? Well I hope! We started the day off by going to church, where the pastor talked about not forgetting to stop and take a moment to give thanks to God and to remember to put him first rather than the gifts and the hype of the season. It was really good to hear. And then before we knew it, the first day of Advent began, on a Sunday too! I have volunteered to help decorate the church this Saturday and the fiance and I have volunteered for the church choir to lead Psalms and songs during the Christmas Eve service. So this has been my last few days to date, not to mention the fact that me the fiance practically rearranged the entirety of our Apartment! PHEW! And I started scrubbing down parts of the apartment I never got to during the spring, and am hopeful to continue today. So, how do you prepare for this busy time of year? Don’t forget to take a moment each day and say a little prayer of thanks to God and Jesus!

Thank you for stopping by and Hope to see you again soon ❤

~Alisha