High 5 for Friday

It’s been a rough week, and today isn’t going to be great! But instead of complaining I am focusing on the POSITIVE. So by doing this link up I am still giving a high five for Friday!!

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1. Dinner from Thursday night. We celebrated a friend’s birthday at Iron Bridge Wine, I had a hamburger and it was AMAZING!! And the fries,  not sure what they did, but wow they tasted good.

2. My new love, Chobani Mint Chip Greek yogurt. This may just change your life. Go have some.

3. Wine (well sparking moscato to be exact) and it was AWESOME as well! Also from dinner on Thursday.

4. Cute bear. . . we went to the National  zoo on Sunday and he was one of the cute creatures we saw.

5. Water bottle! I broke this out on Monday and have fallen in love with drinking water from it. Usually I don’t like metal water bottles, but this one is just great.

What high fives do you have for Friday?

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Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

Well we all know I ❤ pinterest! Of course I used it to find a recipe to make for dinner tonight. I wish I was prepped and took pictures because this was AWESOME!! I am very critical of the food I make, so if it didn’t turn out great I would have said so. I also made fried rice again, that wasn’t as great but my guests enjoyed.

Speaking of guests, it was the first time I was cooking dinner for my future mother-in-law and my fiancee! So it was a big deal, and brave of me to try a new dish. . . but I am pretty confident that most of the food I make comes out pretty good. I can’t say the same for my baked goods.

Here’s the recipe (with my modifications)

Sweet and Sour Chicken (original recipe can be found at: http://madeitateitlovedit.blogspot.com/2012/03/sweet-and-sour-chicken.html)

Start by preheating the oven to 350 and put the oil in your skillet.

Chicken Breading:

  • 1-1.5 pounds of boneless skinless chicken breast
  • salt and pepper ( I added garlic too)
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 2 eggs, beaten (this was a little think, I would add water next time)
  • 1/3 cup canola oil ( didn’t have any so I used olive, but sesame would have been really good too)
Rinse chicken, trim off fat or extras and then cut into 1 inch cubes. season with salt and pepper. Dip chicken into cornstarch and coat all the way and then into eggs. Heat oil in large skillet. Cook chicken until browned. Place in baking dish, 9 X13 works best.

Sauce:

  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
Whisk until smooth. Then pour evenly over chicken. Turn chicken so the sauce gets on both sides and then put in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. turn chicken and then cook for 15 more minutes.
Let me know how it goes if you decide to try it! It was a big hit at my house.

High Five for Friday, #3

Happy Friday folks! We made it through another week. I am happy to report I was fairly unscathed in the process. And here’s the newest H54F post to link up with Lauren!

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My week since Saturday . . .

Zooma! Yup you read that right, I did a 10K on Saturday with my forever friend. We had fun, despite the heat. Short Ribs: Dinner on Thursday night at Iron Bridge was delish, so here’s the short ribs I had and of course
Wine: It was a sparkling pinot noir! That’s a new one for me.
Cute Shoes! Need I say more? Bought these at DSW a few weeks ago and finally managed to take them out of the closet. They are a bit tight right now (need to break them in) but so cute with the poka dots and red heel!
Starbucks: I had the $1 Grande Iced Coffee this morning . . . lovely way to start a Friday!

How was your week?

It’s OK Thursday, #5

WOW I have been participating in the linkup for over a month now! You should join us if you haven’t already. It’s lots of fun.

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It’s OK . . .

  • to be super relieved that a few tough conversations went well, but also wish you don’t have to do it again ANY TIME SOON!
  • to be sad because the line (and parking lot) at Starbucks this morning was too full to get my latte.
  • to be excited for a home cooked meal, it’s been WAY TOO LONG.
  • to be really excited that I slept almost the whole night and my cats somehow behaved (or I was too exhausted to notice them misbehaving).
  • to be super annoyed that my gel nails are not last as long as they should. But I don’t want to pay to have them redone yet.
  • to wish it was Friday and not Thursday.
  • to have a love/hate feeling with the fact that work is providing my lunch for the 3rd day in a row (doesn’t help the cleaner eating choices).
  • to be so excited that I just can’t hide it (in Jesse Spano voice) for shopping on Sunday.

What’s OK with you?

Restaurant Review: GreyStone Grill

Last weekend I visited GreyStone Grill for restaurant week. It was an interesting setup, being a fairly nice, moderately priced restaurant in a business park. Also it’s actually the bottom floor of an office building. Columbia never ceases to amaze me where they put restaurants. When you walk in the door you are truly transformed into a cozy, relaxing place. They have a fountain just past the hostess desk, and the bar is on the right with the majority of dining on the left. Some of the table are setup slightly weird, but my guess cozy for couples. Since it was girl friend and I we were not trying to get cozy with each other.

We started off our meal with the Calamari Rockefeller: Tender calamari lightly breaded and sautéed with fresh garlic, peppered bacon, chopped spinach, and diced tomato. Yes it was just as tasty as the description sounded! Next up was the salad course, I had a Classic Caesar, dressing on the side, and was delighted with the flavor and portion size. For the main course I chose the Filet Oscar, served over asparagus with jumbo lump crab meat. It also came with hollandaise sauce but I opted out of that (not really a fan), but afterwards I think I would have preferred a bit more flavor. The steak was cooked to my liking, medium rare, but didn’t have a whole lot of flavor. The asparagus was tasty! It also came with spaghetti squash as the vegetable. I enjoyed that as well, especially since it’s not really something I make myself.  Here are a shot of my dinner:

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We finished the meal with Crème Brulée: vanilla bean egg custard topped with caramelized sugar crust. To be honest it confirmed my eh feeling towards the dessert. I know many people rave, but I feel like I don’t love the custard texture so it’s just not something for me. I did enjoy the caramelized sugar crust though.

Overall I would give the restaurant a 2.5 out of 5 stars. I feel like if I am going to a place like Greystone I would rather go to Iron Bridge Wine Company, my favorite “nicer” restaurant.