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Happy Sunday TKW Family! Wow, this past week flew by! For most of us it was a short week due to it being Memorial day last Monday. Work kept me busy as usual but when you love what you do, is it really work? We got a lot more done at the house though we still have a long ways to go. We finished building the kitchen island, ran the outlet boxes to it and Mr. Fantabulous fabricated the steel support beams it needed to hold up the 10.5″ granite counter top overlay for it. Now we just have to stain it, mount it and wait for the counters to arrive. What else??? We painted the old “Giant Eagle” room we had downstairs. For those that are unfamiliar with what Giant Eagle is, it is a 10×12′ room that I used to store my extra food and supplies. It was a mini supermarket if you will. We called it that as when I was out of something in the kitchen I would grab a shopping bag and head down stairs to that room to get what I needed – canned goods, cereal, flour, etc. But since we’re remodeling we’re turning that room into our office (which I don’t see me EVER using it because it’s well.. downstairs and it’s in the back of the house). I’m a wuss and it just wigs me out that I now have to go downstairs, to the back of the house to use my office. My house is huge and I don’t like being on a different level than the front door at night. Weird I know. But as I said we painted that room…and I painted a LOVELY 1″ thick long strip of gray paint in my newly dyed black hair. I was NOT happy! Oh Mr. Fantabulous found it hysterical as he said from the back my hair looked like a skunk.
Fortunately I was able to get “most of it” out. Just a teensy bit on the ends remained but it’ll wear off…I hope. If not I can text my AMAZING stylist (Frederick) to fix me. But eh, I’m not a real girlie girl so I’ll be fine. Then yesterday I had the BEST DAY in a long time! Since it was the All-Clad factory sale, I had to go. It’s like a law for me! Mama Fantabulous has been going with me for the past few years and I swear they love her more than me now! But what made it even more awesomer (go with it) was that my sister and niece went too! I don’t get to see them often as my sister lives a good hour + from me and my niece is super busy with college. She’ll be a senior next year and since she’s going to be a doctor she doesn’t get much free time.
Now for me I’m an old pro at this event. There’s honestly nothing I need but yet I always come home with at least one thing. They always seem to have one thing I don’t have yet. As we got there we were met with open arms and hugs galore. Seriously I so love this company! They treat you like family! I’d have to say while my first time ever to one of these sales was my favorite, this last one honestly was a very close second. Seeing my sister’s incredible blue eyes (seriously she has lagoon blue eyes that are to die for <hate her>) light up when she first went into the sale. Rows upon rows of pans, pots, appliances and smiles galore. Her eyes lit up like it was Christmas morning. She was hooked! But then my niece, she totally shocked me. You see she works A LOT and she lives a very healthy lifestyle. She’s a foodie like me but she never really got into cooking. When I found out she was coming I was super thrilled as I love this kid but then was worried she may be bored. I mean it would be like taking me to a car show – yeah they are pretty, fast, loud and super cool buuuuuuuuuuuuut it’s not something I’m that in to. Know what I mean?
But as soon as she walked in, she immediately started asking me questions about the pans – stuff she could make in them, how to clean them and is it worth it for a college student get them now. I explained that getting these pans and so forth are an investment. They have a lifetime guarantee and you’re investing in quality and longevity. I then totally geeked out on her going into the engineering aspects of the pans, metal fabrication and so forth. I could see then she started to get excited about the sale and actually making a wish list. I told her that I would help her build out her kitchen armory if she had a true vested interest. And that over the summer while she’s home (and I get my kitchen back) that I would have her up on the weekends and show her different things she can make in her townhouse with her roommates. I’m so happy that she now has that cooking bug and wants to explore the kitchen.
OMG so get this… after we’re done with the sale we went to our cars to only get attacked by those damn cicadas! Yeah I’m not a bug chick nor do I care that it’s some awesome phenomenon that they only surface every 17 years. They are underground for a reason – they were bad and punished. STAY THERE! OMG like literally we were getting dived bombed! THEN.. omg THEN one TOUCHED ME! Folks I screamed like someone being strangled and almost peed my pants. These suckers are HUGE! I think the one that touched me had nun-chucks. Sorry Mama Fantabulous but you’re lucky you got in the car when you did else you were going to be left there to fend for yourself!
After the bug pelting we all went to lunch where we laughed til we cried and said our goodbyes. Mama Fantabulous and I went back to their house were we prepped dinner for the guys and then settled down to watch the Pens game. Well okay Mama didn’t as she’s not a hockey/sports person. Mr. Fantabulous crashed on the couch so Papa Fantabulous and I swore at the tv. OMG to hear him call the tv a jagoff was priceless! While it was a very long day, I would not have changed a single thing!
Today I’m working on a new recipe for Sam’s Club, doing a photo shoot and hopefully finding 2 hours to myself to watch the new movie “Burnt” starting sexy Bradley Cooper! Have you seen it yet? With that, I’m off to go cause havoc in the kitchen! Have one fantabulous week!
♥ Monday – Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken Wings
♥ Tuesday – Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Meatballs with Cheesy Ranch Centers Subs
♥ Wednesday – Whiskey Pulled Pork Shepherd’s Pie with Cheddar Biscuit Crust
♥ Thursday – Egg Stuffed Skinny Portabello Caps
♥ Friday – Roasted Grape Prosciutto Pizza Parma
♥ Saturday – Ultimate New York Strip Steaks
♥ Sunday – Pressure Cooker Mom’s Classic Pot Roast with Savory Onion Gravy
♥ Dessert of the week – Triple Chocolate Mousse Parfaits
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When the opportunity came knocking on my proverbial door to create a delicious, but super easy recipe, for Tyson® Grilled & Ready Chicken Breast Strips and Wish-Bone® Regular Italian dressing I jumped at the opportunity. You know me; I’m all about great protein, simple steps and amazing flavors. That’s exactly what I have in store for you today with this Italian Chicken Panzanella Salad! Whether you’re getting ready for the Big Game, lunches for the week or a quick week night meal, I got you covered with this recipe!
I cannot even begin to tell you how ridiculously easy AND delicious this recipe is! What’s even more awesomer (go with it folks) is that you can add to this dish whatever you want. If you were a fan of olives or capers – put ’em in! Red onions or shallots would be epic in this dish too! But for me, I wanted to keep it simple, colorful and let the true stars of the dish shine through – the Tyson® Grilled & Ready Chicken Breast Strips and Wish-Bone® Regular Italian dressing.
You are SO going to fall in love with this dish!
Happy Sunday TKW Family! I hope this finds you happy, healthy and safe. With the world tragedy that our family and friends in Paris experienced last week my heart is heavy. I will say my prayers for those that lost their lives, those that lost loved ones, those that are fighting for their lives, those that are trying to stop this senseless violence and for the rest of the world. Know that my love and prayers are being sent out to each of you. What I will not do is talk about nor give those that caused this a voice or recognition. They do not deserve the spotlight. my uttering or typing their name(s).
Happy Sunday TKW Family! So who’s on Halloween candy overload? Fear not! The stores all have Christmas items displayed and probably next week you’ll see Valentine’s day stuff. LOL Seriously, let me enjoy the holiday that’s next in line; not the one that is like 5 months from now. Did you go to a party or get many trick or treaters? Sadly living where we do, so far set back in the country we don’t get any kids coming for candy. That’s one thing I really about our old house. I lived on the corner and was deemed “the best house” as I gave out “awesome candy” plus Jell-o shots for the adults. I lived at the top of a hill and my yard was completely flat so many folks used that as a rest stop. Plus the local firetrucks always parked their truck there to guide the little kids.
When we moved into this house we had our annual ‘Boofest’ adult Halloween party for the first 5 years. However once the remodel got into full gear (meaning it wasn’t safe to have people downstairs) we quit having them. Those parties were awesome and I cannot wait to have them again since the remodel is nearing the end. Whether we have them here in this house or when we move to Arizona, we will have them again. Wanna come?
This past week was surreal. Not having to get up at 3:30am for work was a huge shock to my system. The first few days I still got up at that time just because my body is so used to it however Mr. Fantabulous decided that ‘hey, since you’re home YOU can help me plaster!’ Now if you recall I’ve ‘helped’ before and ended up with plaster in my arm pit! His words this time were pretty much “Help me plaster honey. It’ll be fun! No, you won’t get that dirty..”
Happy Sunday TKW Family! Wow, can you believe it’s the last week of October already? Man this month flew by! I don’t know about you but for me, I cannot wait for this month to be over. Talk about such a tough month for me personally. Multiple friends lost loved ones, multiple family members are battling cancer and I also recently lost my day job. However with that job, while I loved it, I believe it happened for a reason. I have become really busy (thank you!) here at TKW and was at the point that I was struggling to do both with the amount of level that they both deserved. I always said that if it came to that point, that I had to choose, I would. Well fate intervened and made that choice for me.
For now I’m going to concentrate solely on TKW and growing that into my career. So am I opening a bistro tomorrow? No, not unless you want to invest (do you???) LOL No, I’m going to start off smart and with a project plan. For years you all have been begging me to publish cookbooks. I’m going to do that but on a smaller scale initially. I’m going to start off with downloadable books for your computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone and so forth. I figure all those years of writing software, designing graphics I’ll put to use in this avenue.
While it’s certainly scary it’s also exciting. Granted I get my moments of “OMG you need to go out and get a ‘real’ job” thoughts, I then realize I want this, THIS, as my real job. For me, the best thing to come out of all of this was Mr. Fantabulous’ support. He’s been my rock, my crying shoulder, my ‘Lor, you’re THAT good! You CAN do this’, my… world. He’s the one that actually said for me to do this full time; that he fully supports me on this. So we’ll see where this leads. I have no expectations but rather goals I want, no… WILL exceed.
With that, I’m off to first help him plaster more – the remodel never ends and then off to work more on my cookbooks. Wish me luck and join in on my adventure! And hey if you have advice on publishing cookbooks or examples of ones you’d like to see, comment on them here! I’d love your feedback!
Enjoy this week’s Weekly Menu!
♥ Monday – Crock Pot Italian Style Pot Roast
♥ Tuesday – Dad’s Red Beef Soup
♥ Wednesday – Bacon Mushroom Florentine Quiche with Olive Oil Savory Crust
♥ Thursday – Crockpot Ham Potato Bean Cabbage Stoup
♥ Friday – Ultimate Pittsburgh Steak Wedgie
♥ Saturday – Happy Halloween!
♥ Sunday – Ultimate Oven Fried BBQ Chicken Quarters
♥ Dessert of the week – Itsy Bitsy Spider Cookies