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Day 22: Honey Garlic Chicken

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It’s Monday and almost the end of March! I can’t believe almost a 1/4 of the year has already flown by and I can’t wait for it to officially be summer. I’m ready for some consistent warm weather! Last week we were blessed in NY with weather in the 70’s and for some reason a cold front has decided to come through this week. I don’t like waking up to 30 degree weather! Never have, never will. I need to be in warm environments because I get cold way too easily, plus I packed up all my winter clothes.

I start my new job on Wednesday, so I took advantage of sleeping in today as with my new job I’ll have to be at the office at 8am. I haven’t had early mornings like that since I quit teaching last year, It hasn’t even been a year since I was waking up every morning at 5 am, but I’ve already become accustomed to sleeping in and waking up at 7:30 am! Needless to say, Wednesday morning will be tough. Besides sleeping in today, I literally did not leave my apartment all day. It was really windy and although the sun was out, it was still too cold to enjoy the weather. Instead, I watched movies and did an in-home workout focusing on my legs and abs. Tomorrow I’ll hit the gym or Central Park to get in some running. Today I also cooked!

For Day 22 of the Pinterest Project I made Honey Garlic Chicken for dinner. This recipe was originally for pork chops, but since I’m not a big pork chop eater I substituted it with chicken. Plus, I had two chicken breasts that I needed to use up that expire in a few days, so this recipe was perfect for those! This recipe was originally pinned from the website ‘Spark Recipe’ which is a healthy recipe website. I cut this recipe in half to account for the fact that I was using less meat as the original recipe was for 6 pork chops.

Honey Garlic Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 1/8 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • non-stick cooking spray

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a shallow dish, whisk together honey, soy sauce and garlic. Coat chicken in mixture or if you have more time, marinate chicken in mixture for 6+ hours before cooking. Set aside leftover honey mixture for basting.

Put chicken breasts in baking dish that has been greased with non-stick cooking spray. Bake for 30 minutes or until cooked through, basting two times with remaining honey mixture.

As you can see from the picture, I paired my chicken with a side of garlic spinach which was super easy to make. (Sautee one clove of garlic in olive oil until browned, add 2 cups spinach and cook until it wilts –  only takes 5 minutes.)

This chicken was amazing! I know I’ve said that a about a few of the recipes I have made lately, but seriously this was really good. This chicken was one of the most moist pieces of chicken I have ever had in my life, literally. The chicken had a subtle honey garlic taste and was just oozing with juice when I cut into it.

It went perfectly with the spinach for a light, healthy meal. This recipe will definitely be one that I make for a long time! I might even end up trying it with pork chops, like the recipe was originally intended for. We’ll see if I feel up to it, but if it tastes anything like this chicken, then I’m sure I’ll end up enjoying it.

And Mom, when I come in town for Easter weekend I’ll cook this for y’all and give you a break from cooking dinner one night. Trust me, y’all will love it! 🙂

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Day 15: Moisturizing Face Mask

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Since yesterday was St. Patrick’s Day, I took a break from my Pinterest Project to enjoy the day. Literally I napped and watched movies all day and didn’t even wake up until noon! It was a ridiculously lazy day and I missed out on all the Irish festivities, but I’m sure I”ll make up for it next year.

Today I spent the afternoon shopping in Soho and when I came home, I knew I wanted today’s project to be relaxing and beautifying. So, for Day 16 of the Pinterest Project, I am making a moisturizing face mask. This recipe was originally pinned from a TLC article, “50 All Natural Beauty Products you can make yourself.”  If you look at the TLC website, you’ll see that yogurt and honey are two important ingredients in any homemade mask because yogurt naturally exfoliates your skin and honey retains water, so it keeps your skin soft. Hopefully this mask turns out well and adds a little extra moisture to my face since it looks like we’re finally done with winter and having consistent warmer weather!

Moisturizing Face Mask

  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1-2 tablespoons cooked oatmeal

Mix everything together until it forms a smooth paste. Spread over your face and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Wash off with a warm washcloth.

Ok, before I even put the ‘paste’ on, I thought that this was pretty disgusting…It smelled like sour milk and was not a normal mask consistency. In hindsight, I think the oatmeal should have been blended in a food processor and I should have used double the amount because it wasn’t dense enough to thicken up the honey and oatmeal. The paste was too thin even with me using 2 tablespoons of cooked oatmeal. As you can see, the mask is too runny looking.

After about 5 minutes of wearing this mask, it started to dry on my face. My biggest fear was that the oatmeal pieces would start falling off my face, but luckily they didn’t. Instead I just had a stinky sour milk smelling mask on my face.

Fifteen minutes later and the mask was off! For the first 5-10 minutes after taking the mask off, my face was a little red and warm, which I didn’t expect. Even though the mask was pretty stinky, it did make my face really soft, so the moisturizing aspect of it definitely worked! If you can handle the smell, then try this mask out because your face will definitely be soft.