21 Day Fix Chicken Cordon Bleu

2 lbs B/L S/L Chicken Breast (sliced in half or butterflied depending on your level of commitment to cooking)
5-10 slices of low sodium ham (I use a thin cut natural)
Shredded Provolone
Mustard (I've used regular deli mustard, honey mustard, and spicy mustard)
16 (maybe a few more) Whole wheat crackers - finely crushed

I slice the chicken breast so I end up with thin "layers", and place about half of it in the bottom of a casserole dish. Then I top with mustard. Don't go totally crazy, but it does add flavor. Lay the ham out on top of the mustard, on my half of the dish, I use 3-6 slices of ham, on his half I use between 6-12. Sprinkle shredded cheese next, on my half of the dish, I use the blue container full of cheese, on his half I just sprinkle it over. Place the remain chicken on the top of the casserole dish. Sprinkle the crushed crackers on top. Bake at 350 until chicken is done, depending on your oven 30-45 minutes is usually good.

For measurements I use 1 yellow (cracker topping), 1 blue (cheese), and 2-3 reds depending on how much I eat/have eaten during the day. It's a decent reheatable meal, but may need more mustard if it dries out.

You can totally "spice up" this meal by spicing the chicken up. I tend to cook kind of bland for James' stomach.

Jury Duty

Well it's that time again. 

I had to call out of work, pack a boredom bag
and try to sleep during the night (didn't happen),
so I would be wide awake for what can only be
termed the most boring day of your life (if you don't get selected).

Now, don't get me wrong, I actually enjoy jury duty.
What I have a problem with is all the stupid delays and boring repeats, 
over and over again.

First, you have to show up at the courthouse by 8:30am 
(the time listed on your summons),
but the jury office isn't even open, so you hang out in the lobby & kill time.
Finally someone comes out and starts to act all drill sargent 
but all I can think of is a chirpy little ankle biter - bark bark bark, look at me.
Then you FINALLY begin being processed into the jury room.

Now you and the other 200 odd peoples get pushed and pulled into format by
the DS, line up, come to the door, state your last name only, get form 
(fill out the address, phone number & check the box if you want a note for work)
Then you take a badge & a seat while everyone else gets their shit together.
Pull out a book to read, hunkered down in a severely uncomfortable chair.
Only to be interrupted 5 minutes in with a lecture from the DS saying that as soon as
she gets everyone checked in, she'll set up the TV with a video and print
out work excuses. Then she goes back to checking people in.
Sometime later, she comes back in and gives a lecture on the importance of Jury Duty,
it's not a duty, it's a privilege.
(Actually I do agree with this, we as citizens seriously need to do our part to help)

Then the dreaded boring video begins to play, and what do you know - it's everything
DS just said but in LONG LONG LONG drawn out format.
Please note - I am not the best at staying awake while watching something I want to 
watch, I sure ain't feeling like it when the show is boring.

Then it's the swearing in or affirmation to do your Duty.

Everyone breaks for the bathrooms, vending machines or simply a better chair.

That's finally over, and the excuses start coming off the printer, 
so we all do the shuffle step to get our personalized notes.
And even though none of us could have possibly escaped, when no response is 
giving for a name, the attitude gets pissy, like it's our fault.
Several Jurors tell the DS that some people are in the bathroom and she just snarls.

Next up, we are permitted a 15 minute break. Wahoo! Scramble!

After the break, its back to waiting, so I curled up with a book. 
What's that? Could it be that we are going to head to a courtroom?
11am and all of us file into a very small courtroom.

We are giving even more instructions or rather the same instructions repeated yet again ~ 
in triplicate!

So then begins the jury selection process.
12 people are called up to the jury booth.
Endless questions later
(your name, occupation, spouse, occupation, children, ETC ETC)
some are released because they would be prejudiced against one side or the other 
new people are called - another questions - rinse and repeat.
11:30am and the judge calls for a break.
Back at it in 10 minutes.
Wash, rinse, repeat times 3 ~ now there's only 1 chair to fill
technically its time for break, but the judge says hold on and perhaps I can let you go.
3 more rounds to find a juror, but now it's 1:30pm and the rest of us can leave.

Where have you always wanted to visit?

I'm a point at the map and travel kind of girl. I don't have any true desire to be on an airplane for an extended period of time, so I am content to travel the North American continent alone. My favorite type of vacation isn't really a particular place to travel too. It's a cruise. I simply adore cruising.

So I guess if I have to pick one "place" to visit, it would be all of the cruise ships.

Crock Pot Chicken

5-7 pound Whole chicken (depending on your need/desire for left overs)
1 Pound New Potatoes
3 Whole carrots 
3 stalks of celery
1 onion
spice mixture (I use low sodium garlic garni that I get at the RenFaire)

Dump veggies in a crock pot, add chicken, sprinkle spice mixture over entire chicken, make sure the breast side is down. Put the lid on and set the timer for 4-6 hours low or 8-10 hours high. I usually set it for the 10 hour mark, but that's cause of my sleep schedule. LOL. And that is IT!

Okay, so this "recipe" is so simple I shouldn't even call it a recipe lol.

Happy Mail

Well my Moonbeam wanted a bunch of goodies from Lady at Large so
I simply had to place an order and I am most impressed
with not only the quality of her work, but
the sheer guys & gumption she has to create art centered around plus size ladies.
You must check her out.

When was the last time someone really let you down?

The most recent big hurt is that my family evidently forgot when my birthday is. They've arranged to go on vacation for the week of my birthday. I was not included in the planning of said vacation and it all reality I felt invited as an after thought.

Like my mom just totally said oh yeah we are going to the beach in August with your Aunt & Uncle. I asked when and she tossed out the week of my birthday. And then simply could not understand my disbelief. Like actually asked me, what that face was for.

When I got upset about it (I think justifiably) and tried to walk out of the situation, my dad intervened and held me in the living room so they could tell me how wrong I was to be upset about it.

Yeah, okay, Mother you got pissed when someone suggested that you & grandma or you & Frog share your birthday meal because your dates are so close together. Ranted & raved you deserved your own special day. Pouted for almost 2 weeks, until everyone worked out 3 separate dates/times we could go out to dinner. You can't understand why this was upsetting, really?

And then, to top it all off, no one seems to understand that while I am desperately upset about this, I can still see it in my heart to want to go. If I harden my heart any more - It won't be capable of loving anyone, anymore.