i woke up today in a rush. always running late, story of my life. i snagged the last slice of my pumpkin banana bread (elise’s recipe). unfortunately, i this was all i had time to eat for breakfast. but hey, something is better than nothing.
i had a lunch date with emily today. can i just tell you how much i love that girl?!
we went to gourmandise, which is a bakery in downtown salt lake city. it is one of my favorites! i ordered a panini which came with smoked turkey, artichoke hearts, spinach, provolone and the best ingredient: caramelized onions. it was SO. GOOD.
i also got a salad on the side, which I drizzled in balsamic vinegar.
it was so good to catch up with emily! i wish we had longer to chat, but we both had to get back to work. but hey, something is better than nothing.
when i got back to work, i looked into some options for our company holiday lunch. sigh. it is kind of disappointing. usually, we have a fun party at a hotel and there is entertainment and four courses for dinner. an event i plan and look forward to every year. but this year, we can’t justify spending the $$$ on a big holiday party, so we are having a lunch. (bo-ring.) but hey, something is better than nothing.
i was extremely tired after work and really procrastinated going to the gym. i hung out with the dogs and we cuddled on the couch for a solid hour before i decided to get my lazy butt to the gym. my workout was most definitely half assed, but.. yep, something is better than nothing.
one mile on the treadmill:
one mile, 7 minutes 49 seconds
two miles on the bike:
level 10 resistance the whole time, 2 miles total, 9 minutes 27 seconds.
one mile on the stairmill:
level 8 the whole time, 1 mile, 10 minutes 22 seconds.
the end. i did work up a sweat at least. see, something is better than nothing.
i had originally planned to make a labor intensive minestrone soup with fresh baked bread for dinner. well, i really dropped the ball on that one tonight. instead of making that meal, i made something quick and easy. something is better than nothing.
i made a recipe that dates back to the early nineties. it was a staple meal in the benson household (that’s my house, by the way) and while it is ridiculously quick and simple.. it also tastes incredible.
i grew up eating these almost once a week. when i moved out, i always made them on my own and also when having dinner with friends. have passed the recipe along to several friends who make them for their families all the time. unfortunately, i realized i hadn’t made chicken puffs in years because i developed some ridiculous notion that i couldn’t eat white bread there for awhile. i actually sort of forgot about chicken puffs until marshall recently asked me to make them sometime soon. well, that “rule” about white bread is long gone, so bring on the puffs!
makes 8 puffs
- 12 oz boneless skinless chicken breast, boiled & shredded
- 1 container philadeliphia chive & onion cream cheese
- 1 package crescent rolls (8 count)
- 3 green onions
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 1 package gravy
after boiling your chicken, shred it with two forks.
next, soften your cream cheese in the microwave and then combine it with your chicken in a bowl.
dice your green onions and add them to the mix.
open your crescent rolls.
is it just me, or is opening those airtight packaged rolls really fun? it’s the little things, folks.
roll out your rolls and top each one with a glob of the chicken mixture.
next, you are going to tuck in the corners of the roll and then roll them up tight.
give your little bundles of a joy a nice little romp in the bread crumbs.
put them on a baking sheet.
bake them at 375 degrees. mind you, they will take a little longer to bake than the package of rolls tells you. i just keep an eye on mine and take them out when they are golden brown. it was about 17 minutes tonight.
while your rolls are baking, whip up some gravy.
top your chicken puffs with some gravy and enjoy!
okay, time to transform from recipe-direction-mode back to janetha-rambling-mode. it’s always a strange transition.
i had my chicken puffs with some steamed broccoli & a bowl of tomato soup.
the soup was V8 and i added some diced heirloom tomatoes to the mix, then sprinkled it with parmesan cheese.
in junior high, kristen and i called the chicken puffs “brains”. i can’t even remember why, but i always think of that when i eat them.
they were even better than i remember.
sure, i didn’t take 2 hours to make my labor intensive meal i had planned.. but in tonight’s case, something was definitely better than nothing. in fact, marshall ate four chicken puffs! they are always a hit with the significant other. unless you are my sister. who made them for years and years.. then one day her husband informed her that he didn’t really like them. wah, wah, wah.
i wish i had more pumpkin banana bread to eat for dessert, but it’s gone. i think i will just make a 90 second protein pumpkin cake instead. because, after all, something is better than nothing.
by the way, if you need a pick-me-up, go check out the comments section of my real simple magazine subscription giveaway. each and every comment than comes in has slathered a smile across my face. i love hearing why YOU love YOUR life.. and it just makes me love mine even more! by the way, you can still enter the giveaway up until thursday night. so have at it.
1. what meal(s) did you grow up eating very frequently? in addition to chicken puffs, my mom always made sweet & sour meatballs with rice, roast with mashed potatoes and chili with her famous homemade scones (fry bread, for those of you not from utah). i love eating meals from my childhood.
2. today (wednesday) is national potato day! what is your favorite kind of potato? that’s tough. it is a tossup between sweet and baby red.
xo. janetha g.