Saturday, February 26, 2011

Dinner Time

I'm back with another recipe. This is one of Justin's favorites and mine for different reasons. He likes it because he likes the taste. I like it because it has 3 of my favorite qualities. It's quick, easy and cheap. Here goes the recipe with a few added pics from cooking.
Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo
{Again, this is not the actual picture of my finished product, but it looks a lot like it. I did get some actual pics of it along the way, but I didn't end up getting the final product.}

3-4 Chicken Breasts
Olive Oil
Seasoned Salt
Garlic Salt
Lemon Pepper
1 Bag Frozen Broccoli
1 Can Mushrooms (7oz.)
16 Ounces Fettuccine
1 Jar Alfredo Sauce (I used Ragu Cheesy Alfredo-It's the cheapest)
1/4 cup milk
2 Tablespoons Sour Cream
Grated Parmesan Cheese

Cook pasta in boiling water with butter and salt. While pasta is cooking, cut raw chicken into bite sized pieces.
Thinly coat a skillet with olive oil and heat over medium. Add chicken and toss in pan until done while seasoning with Garlic Salt, Seasoned Salt and Lemon Pepper. Once Chicken is cooked, add broccoli and mushrooms and toss until heated through.
Once meat and vegetables are heated through, add Alfredo sauce, milk and sour cream and continue stirring until heated.
Serve Alfredo and chicken mixture over pasta and ENJOY!!!

Have a great weekend, y'all!!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Design on a Dime

Decorating has been the name of our game here lately. In true thrifty Jamie fashion, decorating has been a money-saving task. My friend, Lindsey (who just happens to be the best decorator I know), stopped by and gave me some great advice about what we did or didn't need. She also helped me make the curtains below...
I also wanted to give everyone a first look at our back patio. We have so much left to do in the yard, but at least we have a little sitting area.
Since this table suddenly became an outside item, I am going to have to hit up Lowe's for the item below.
Any suggestions for using this puppy?
I want to leave you all with my new favorite decoration that I got 50% off at Hobby Lobby.
Yeah, you saw that right. It's a wire chicken, and it's FABULOUS!!
Happy Monday, Y'all!!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Dinner Time

Everyone seemed to like the last recipe that I posted, so I thought I would share one of my new favorites. Again, I cannot take full credit for this one. This is one of my friend, Lindsey Gilliland's, recipes that I added a few things to. Here you go.
Chicken Parmesan Pasta
{Again, this is not the actual pasta I made, but it looks a lot like it. I always forget to take pics of the food I make.}
4-6 Chicken Breasts
1-2 Eggs
Italian Style Bread Crumbs
1 Pound Penne Pasta
1 Jar Alfredo Sauce (I use Bertoli Four Cheese)
1 Jar Spaghetti Sauce (I use Paul Newman Sockorooni)
2 Cups Mozzarella Cheese
1 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
Prehead oven to 350 degrees. Dip chicken breasts in eggs and then coat with bread crumbs. Place chicken on baking pan and bake for 30 minutes. While chicken is baking, cook pasta and drain. Place drained pasta in the bottom of a baking dish and cover with whole jar of alfredo sauce. Remove chicken and place on top of pasta and sauce. Pour whole jar of spaghetti sauce over chicken and pasta, then bake for 20 more minutes. Add parmesan and cover with mozzarella, then put back in the oven for 20 more minutes.
Hope you all enjoy! Happy Hump Day!!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The View

This is the view I'm looking at right now...
I'm leaned back in a chair at Peachtree Tower just waiting on 5 so I can head to the airport. Bored doesn't even begin to describe it, so I thought I'd share my view with everyone.

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tuesday Thoughts!

Happy Tuesday from Atlanta, Georgia everyone!! Here are my thoughts for the day...
1. I want to start this post with a special prayer request for my Gran-sis, Abby Troxler's new little baby boy, Baker. Abby and her husband, Drew, are facing health problems with their new baby and need everyone's prayers for a miracle. I can't imagine what they are going through, but know that God is more than capable of taking care of them. He is the great physician!
2. I'm no longer apologizing for my lack of frequent blogging. Would I love to blog more often? Yes. Do I feel a little guilty when I don't do it very often? Yes. Do I think you care enough for me to apologize about it at the start of every post? Absolutely not! I'm sure it's just annoying. So with no apologies, I continue my thoughts.
3. I'm in Atlanta for the week for work, so I'm kinda missing home a little. I would, however, like to point out some positives about my ATL experience. 1) I'm staying at the Ritz Carlton downtown, and I certainly can't complain about that. The staff is amazing and see my photos below of my room. 2) I get to have dinner tomorrow night with my friend, Julia. I can't wait to catch up with one of my favorite friends that I don't see very often. 3) The Philadelphia 76's are in town to play the Atlanta Hawks tonight, and they are staying in the same hotel. I saw a couple of players in the elevator, and the conversation went a little like this...
Philadelphia 76er: "How are you today? What floor?"
Jamie: "3. You play for the 76ers."
Philadelphia 76er: "Yes, and who do you play for?"
Jamie: "The Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault"
Philadelphia 76er: (Loud Laughter) "I'm not familiar with that team."
Jamie: (Embarassed) "Well, good luck in your game."
They were very nice NBA Basketball players. Now I'm just looking for some Real Housewives of Atlanta.

4. We moved in on Friday, and there is so much left to do and buy. I swear I spent so much money at Walmart and don't even feel like I got anything. I'm looking forward to decorating having some money to decorate. I guess the being poor thing is all a part of it. Oh, and Justin has started referring to me as his roommate. For instance on the phone, "Hold on, I'm talking to my roommate." Whatever works.
The only shot I have of the house... Empty!!

with my roommate
Happy Tuesday, Y'all!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Dinner Time

Last night, I cooked dinner for my brother and Justin. I can't take full credit for this recipe, because my friend, Brittany, made a similar dish for me when I went to stay with her last week. She and her husband, Robert, were so gracious and wonderful hosts for my night on the coast. The bread recipe, I also got from my friend Emilie. It is so unhealthy, but it's delicious. Here you go.
{Note: This is not the actual pasta I made, but it looks a lot like it.}
Garlic Shrimp Pasta
12 oz Angel Hair Pasta
½ Stick Butter
Salt and Pepper
Olive Oil
2 Cloves Garlic (separated, peeled and chopped)
1 Pound Shrimp (peeled and deveined)
2 Cans Diced Tomatoes in Juice
½ Cup Dry White Wine (I used Sauvignon Blanc)
1 ½ Tablespoons Chopped Basil
¼ Cup Chopped Parsley
Shredded Parmesan Cheese
Boil pasta in water with butter and salt; then drain. While pasta is cooking, thinly coat a large skillet with olive oil and heat over medium temp. Once skillet is heated, add garlic and continuously stir until tender (about 1 minute). Do not burn garlic. Add shrimp (lightly seasoned with salt and pepper) and toss around in skillet until pink (about 3-5 minutes). Remove shrimp from skillet and set aside. Add diced tomatoes, wine, basil and parsley to skillet over medium high temp. Bring sauce mixture to a light boil, stirring occasionally until liquid is reduced by half (about 8-12 minutes). Add shrimp back to skillet and toss around until heated through. Serve sauce and shrimp mixture over pasta and top with parmesan cheese.

Creamy Garlic Bread
1 Loaf French Bread
1 Stick Butter (softened)
1/3 Cup Mayonnaise
1/3 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
Grated Parmesan Cheese
Chopped Parsley

Set oven to Broil. Slice French bread into 1 inch slices and place on covered baking dish. In a bowl, mix butter, mayo, garlic powder, a few good shakes of parmesan cheese and a couple of sprinkles of chopped parsley. Stir until creamy and spread on top side of bread slices. Place in oven about 8-10 minutes or until bread is toasted on sides.

Hope you all try this one and enjoy!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Join the Club

I've decided to join the Sam's Club in order to save on groceries and household items. My old roommate, Meredith, had a membership and seemed to save so much on things like toilet paper, paper towels and garbage bags. Since saving is the name of my game lately, I've decided to join the club. I figure that I at least need to save more than $40 (the price of membership) per year in order for it to be worth it.
What I want to know from my blog readers is this... What good deals should I be looking for at Sam's? What are some tips for navigating the store? What should a seasoned Sam's Club member know? Let me know what you think. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.