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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pineapple Chicken Skewers


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Pineapple Chicken Skewers


*As seen on Parents.com*

These Polynesian-style skewers are a great make-ahead appetizer for any occasion!


Servings: 32  
Prep Time: 15 Mins
Chill Time: 6 hours or overnights
Cook Time: 10 Mins
Broil Time: 9 Mins 
 

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (14 ounces) pineapple chunks packed in juice
  • 1/3 cup  ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons  crystallized ginger, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno chile, seeded and minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt
  • 3 tablespoons  white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon  light teriyaki sauce
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (about 5 ounces each)
  • 4 scallions, cut in 1-inch lengths (including some of the green)


Steps:

1. Drain pineapple, reserving juice. Set chunks aside. In a small bowl, combine drained pineapple juice, ketchup, crystallized ginger, garlic, jalapeno, salt, vinegar and teriyaki sauce; stir to mix thoroughly.
2. Cut chicken into 32 equal-size pieces. Place in a plastic resealable bag; add pineapple juice mixture. Seal and shake to combine. Refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight.
3. Use small skewers; if they are wooden, soak in a bowl of cold water for at least 30 minutes. Drain chicken, reserving marinade. Place drained marinade in a nonstick saucepan; cook over high heat until reduced to a thick glaze, about 10 minutes. Let cool.
4. Place 1 chicken piece, 2 scallion pieces and a pineapple chunk on end of each skewer. Brush with a little of the glaze; repeat, using remaining ingredients. Can be assembled several hours ahead, covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated.
5. Heat broiler. Coat broiler pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place skewers on prepared pan, brush again and broil for 4 minutes, turn, brush with remaining glaze and broil 5 more minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm or at room temperature.

 Original post as seen HERE
 

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Monday, July 21, 2014

What's on your bucket list?



In the spirit of the summertime, 
I'm going to re-visit an old challenge I did about 2 years ago, feel free to join in! :)

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You ever written a bucket list?

You know, the things you want to do in your life before you die?

If you haven't... ever wish ya did?

Today I'm issuing a challenge. To any and all who want to participate. 
Write out YOUR bucket list.

Doesn't matter what is on it, or how many things. Just sit back with a piece of paper & a pen, & start writing down the things you want to do, be, have, see...whatever!
All that matters is that YOUR happy with it.

& It's doesn't have to be finished right away... You can keep adding & subtracting and adjusting for as long as you want! That's what makes this challenge so easy.

I started mine a few years ago, & I've been slowly ticking things off here & there... But I noticed when I looked at it the other day, that it really needs an update.
 Some of my wants have changed... & that's okay, cause it's MY bucket list!


 For those brave enough, I extend my challenge:
Share YOUR bucket list here, with all of us!


Just write about it on your blog, and link it back here. It could be one thing... or many!
You never know, you might read someone else's & think... 
"Dang! I wanna do that!!"

....I will be posting my list in pieces over the next few weeks, 
along with pointers, tips, & tricks on how to create your perfect list...

So, What do you think?
  Wanna do the Bucket List Challenge with me??



Legos In My Pocket


*Anything crossed off, if possible will be made 
into a link that will take you to "proof" :)


1. Be in 2 places at once.
2. Get a tattoo.
3. Pierce my tongue.
4. Own a house
5. Own a car.
6. Travel to all 50 states.
7. Have a child.
8. Dye my hair blonde.
9. Go to back to school.
10. Get married.


Alright! As promised, 
here are the first 10 from my bucket list
... More later!


Trying to start your bucket list?  
Here are some tips to help get you started!

  • Write everything down that comes to your mind without worrying how you’ll accomplish it

  • Don't worry about things that “might” keep you from doing the things on your list ...like money, and the time to do them. This is not the priority.
  •  We all have bad habits and behaviors. So set yourself up for success. Try to think of areas of your life that you feel need improvement.
  • Be willing to step out of your comfort zone. Staying in your comfort zone will never help you in pushing yourself to achieve those big life goals.



Good luck! More tips, trick & ideas to come... 
Make sure you spread the word about 

Legos In My Pocket

Challenge your friends, challenge your family, 
Challenge YOURSELF.

& last but not least...

Enjoy!

Whats on YOUR Bucket list??


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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

In the beginning...

Pt. 1
In the Beginning

After I had Kai, I was the happiest I thought I could ever be. I had a wonderful husband, a beautiful house, friends and family all around me showing love and support. Then to top it off I had the most amazingly stunning & sweet, breathtakingly perfect little baby boy in my arms calling me mommy..

Can you believe it? Me!  
Mommy!!

I was on top of the world.

Then, things started to get rough... I started to notice my patience levels were shorter. I was irritable and tired more and more often. I loved my little man more than life.. but I HATED my husband! I wanted nothing to do with him! He would talk to me, and I would roll my eyes. He would put his arm around me, and I would cringe. If he said "I love you" I would pretend to not hear or close my eyes when he tried to kiss me.

But Why?!

I love my husband! Up until then he's been my one and only thru 11 years of ups & downs, some of the best & worst moments of my life. He's been my companion, my rock. Why in the world would I feel such an aversion to him?

I knew exactly what it was... postpartum.

I know I'm not the only new mother to loathe that term. like it's some kind of inevitable handicap all of us are privy to. Unfortunately I was all to aware of the looming situation since my OB had been insistent on talking about it relentlessly in our meetings up to the birth of my son as he was very concerned about the possibility since I live with Bi-polar Disorder and was un-medicated because of the pregnancy. So since this had already been a forethought I knew exactly what I was dealing with, but for some still unknown reason I saw admitting to it as a defeat.

Do not ask me why, because I have no idea.
I claim temporary insanity.

Whatever the reason, I couldn't explain it to Ryan. So I did the next best thing a girl would think to do.. I mean really girls. Ask yourself right now. If you have something you NEED to talk about, but you can't talk to your significant other.. who do you call?

(For those of you in this moment that thought, mumbled, or happily said out loud "GHOSTBUSTERS"
Extra points for you, double points if you said it in the sing-songy theme song way.)

No, you call your BEST FRIEND.

I told her everything. Everyday. She even came over from time to time and would give Ryan peace of mind to leave me be and go play his video games, that she would sit with me for a bit and help me with the baby.... give me a little girl time. She was a breath of fresh air. I was so grateful. Everyday I would cry and tell her I had no idea why I was acting the way that I was and that of course I loved my husband with every fiber of my being! But I couldn't help it.. it was a deep down feeling, it was chemical.

Uncontrollable.

So she told me to ride the wave. She told me to show love and affection when I could bear it, for Ryan's sake, but to otherwise just grin & bear it and that it would pass soon. Since her daughter was nearing 3 years old, I trusted her in the matter. Feeling she probably knew what she was talking about. Since her whole pregnancy and first years of her daughters life it had always been me she turned to for advice and answers to her new mommy questions it was nice to have the tables turned for once.

So I did what she said, doing my best to make it day to day. But I wasn't perfect. More than often I was just downright rude, & I could see that it was getting to Ryan. I cried to Melissa every night. What is wrong with me? Why can't I stop treating him like this?
  But she assured me it was okay.

Then I noticed a shift in Ryan's personality. It was small, almost unnoticeable.. but I knew everything about this man. His in & outs, his ups & downs. The way he moved his mouth when trying not to giggle, he way he narrowed his eyes when I was pushing him to his edge, the way he ran his fingers through his hair & takes deep breaths to try to keep his patience with me.

I knew MY husband, and I knew something was different..

(To be continued..)



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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thankful Thursday








Jaimie

1. Our new apartment  - it may be small, 
but its so absolutely perfect!

2. Late night hot Chai Tea  
 - the perfect way to end my night.
3. Birchbox & Ipsy subscriptions  
-A monthly little surprise in my mailbox!

4. My little Kai Nicolas  - the best little hide & seek, Spaghetti-O's mess, puppy chasing, bubble blowing, monster growling, tickle giggling love of my life!


Ryan

1. Job -pays great for easy work

2. New apartment -
Already so comfortable for being so new

3. Vacations  -relaxing is way over due.

4. Tillamook Chocolate peanutbutter Ice Cream 
 - with a Hersheys Chocolate drizzle...HEAVEN.


Kai
(From the eyes of Mommy & Daddy)



1. Heffalump 
 - the best little pink elephant best friend ever!

2. Hide & Chase with Mommy  
- She tickles & kisses me when she catches me!

3. Morning walks with Daddy  
-taking the puppy out, finding rocks & crunching leaves :)

4. Swimming!!
 -Its like a awesome giant bathtub!


What Are YOU thankful for??





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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

I want to tell my story..



Alot has happened in the last year. 
Alot, that has changed me.

For better or worse is yet to be known... but changed is for sure. 

One thing I know is that I want to tell my story.

MY story.

Uninterrupted. Not pressured. Unscrutinized. 
With no one else giving their own opinion or recount.
Just my story.

The problem with doing that, is like most stories I am not a sole character. There alot of others that play parts in my story. Big parts, little parts. Some would even recount the story in another way when looked at from their point of view...

But this is not their story.
It's mine.

Not everyone will like that I tell my story, or appreciate its rash honesty. I know there will for sure be a few who will be angry, irate even. Who won't understand, or approve. Those few can turn off their computer, get off the browser on their phone, activate the right to push that wondrous little red "X" in the top right-hand corner of the screen. No one will stop you. No one will judge you. Go ahead, it's okay.

There will be a few out there who will enjoy my story, feel enlightened with my personal push past self depreciation and self doubt to understand and enjoy the realistic view that I will present. Some will feel my pain, and relish in the fact that they are not the only one to have ever walked this fine line between real life and the soap opera your grandma watches.

Whatever the outcome, I am going to tell my story.

For me.
Cause right now, that's who I have to think about. It's my heart that needs to mend, and this is how I'm going to do it. Writing has always been the best medicine for me.

So bare with me (or not) over the next few weeks while I recount the major pieces to my puzzle. It will all fit together in the end.

But for those of you who stay? Those of you who hear me through to the end? Know now, I appreciate YOU more than you know. You listen, you love, YOU are my saving grace from this insanity I call life..

Cause with my story, I've always said I could meet Oprah. ;)

(To be continued..)
 


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