The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2011-02-06

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Decisions, decisions, so many delicious decisions...

Back in December I said  Mrs. Dash Products were easy, economical and delicious. 

But I want to reiterate my point of view about Mrs. Dash with this chicken 'cause is there anything that screams, Mom loves you! more then a roasted chicken....  Plus look at it...Yum, right?

mrs dash chicken

The other day my father was coming for dinner and we would be eating somewhere between 4 and 7.  Maybe my sister, maybe not.  I needed a meal that could wait without failing.  I needed a meal that would turn out perfect but was easy.  It was too late to plan and fuss.  It couldn't be fiddly on time or prep.  And standing over the stove cooking was out.  I settled on a version of Sticky Chicken  I've been using lately because Mrs. Dash makes it so easy to really, really (No, really) alter the recipe. 

It was morning and being woefully unprepared I ran out in my pajamas and bought a whole roasting chicken (find one under five pounds or cook two).

The rest is easier because I didn't have to leave my house  and Yay! for not having to leave my house!

Put the chicken into a container large enough to marinate.

Pick the Mrs. Dash flavor that appeals to you that day, (there are fourteen of them) and if you're indecisive - Worry not.  They all work.  Add about two tablespoons to the chicken.

 Mrs. Dash isn't just for people watching their sodium and if you aren't add about 2 teaspoons of salt.  Adjust this down or up.

I love adding citrus zest at this point and added the zest of an orange to the Italian Medley Spice Blend. 

Rub the spices and zest all over and inside the chicken.  Marinate a few hours or overnight, I had a few hours.

When you're ready preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit and stuff the chicken with something - depending on what you're spice is.  I used oranges this time but it could be onions, onions and garlic, limes and garlic - etc.  Roast chicken breast side down for four hours.  Then roast one more hour  breast side up.  The last hour I rubbed the chicken with butter and basted it a few times but the butter massage is optional.  

mrs dash chicken

So. Good. 

Next time I'm thinking Fiesta Lime Spice Blend with Lime Zest (Stuffed with limes and garlic) or Garlic and Herb Spice Blend with Lemon Zest (Stuffed with Lemons, Garlic, and Scallions)...  Decisions, decisions...

So many delicious decisions...

I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Mrs. Dash and received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Small steps to a better me drizzled with honey and almonds

I need to refocus on a little something called my  health.    I've had to rethink a lot of things since I posted about my Vitamin D level (which was all but non-existent).  P.S. That's not drama for the sake of  poetic license, my level was 11 ( twice that is still a severe deficiency).

How did THAT happen?  

(That was me asking myself, How did THAT happen.)

I do that a lot.

  I came up with  all sorts of reasons - Dieting for a year and a half, stress ... All manner of random fa la la life threw at me but  I've asked around - Everyone who had a level done had a low level; it's epidemic. Who knows how it happened because it's happened to everyone. 

I take  Vitamin D now and my level will be re-checked next week but I've talked to my doctor, that's not enough.  Whenever my level creeps back up just taking vitamins is only part of the equation, I have to change the way I eat.  Healthy, like.  You know, pay attention to what I'm doing beyond my normal, Is it low calorie?  Do I want it?  Can I cover it with melted cheese?

I have to consider if food will contribute something to my overall well being besides having a  rockin' delish factor.

And hey, don't get me wrong - I'm all for rockin' delish.  

So when Mom Central asked if I wanted to participate in the Dannon Small Steps to a Better You Blog Tour, I said yes I need to do this.

The campaign is about small steps meaning big changes (PERFECT!)  and this is how they describe it:  Temptations are around, take small steps to help manage them. That's why we're giving you tips to live a healthy lifestyle, one small step at a time. To jump-start your healthy lifestyle even more, we're giving you the chance to win free groceries for a week, month, or year!

  • Three (3) Grand Prizes: free groceries for a year, valued at $7,800.
  • Fifty (50) First Prizes: free groceries for a month, valued at $550.
  • One hundred (100) Second Prizes: will win free groceries for a week, valued at $150.

Sounds great, right?  The only thing better then reaping the rewards of better eating  is reaping those rewards for FREE! So pop on over and enter you only have until February 28.

And if you've never tried Greek Yogurt... 

It's the best stuff ever.

My favorite is Greek yogurt with honey and a sprinkle of slivered almonds. 

Also guys, let me know if you have anything to share.  I wouldn't have considered my diet unhealthy but surprise, surprise - Clearly it was woefully inadequate.  Would love tips to up my healthy!

Buried in snow but getting healthy in NJ,

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Dannon and received a coupon and gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.”


Monday, February 7, 2011

The Superbowl


I've posted about my partner's mom, Mongo several times; that's a picture of her making notes in one of the community cookbooks she gave me.  When she moved to a nursing home they are one of the many things she gave up.  We used to pull them out on weekends and go through them. I hope that made her happy;  I know it made me happy.

 Mongo passed away last night with her family around her.  She'd been in the hospital since Friday but then she'd been in the hospital most days since November.

Mongo really loved football.  Now, maybe it's hard to imagine an 81-year-old woman  tuning in to a Jets game but here's the thing: If you happened to be in a New Jersey nursing home during the last two years and heard a gray-haired lady cheering a two point conversion you just met Mongo.

  She wanted to see the Jets play in the Superbowl but when they got knocked out she was rooting for The Green Bay Packers.

Mongo slept all of yesterday and finally we all left about five. 

The game was on at home but to be honest I dozed on and off.  We were all pretty exhausted.  The thing is  after The Packers won, and I mean right after.  Not when they were getting The Lombardi Trophy but after the actual win was obvious to all and Gatorade was flowing Mongo's nurse called and said we should come in.

It was as if she waited... Or something.  I don't know how to explain it.  I know Green Bay had a lot of fans rooting for them last night but I think they might just have had a special one they knew nothing about.


Sunday, February 6, 2011

New Jersey Sunday Assorted

One of the things I love about New Jersey is...

004 don't have to go very far...

053 feel...

Long Narrow Trees

as if you've gone someplace completely different.

Cape May, NJ Dunes

I love that, I really do.


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