Dinner Tonight: Baked Mustard Chicken with Rosemary

I made it through my work day and although the antibiotics are wreaking havoc on my stomach (as expected), I think I might finally be on the mend.  Never mind that I was in bed before the sun AND our 1 year old next door neighbor last night.  This was partially due to the meds but also due to the new book I started this weekend.

I have heard awesome things about Reconstructing Amelia and was eager to dive right in.  This book has not disappointed, and I reluctantly closed it as my eyelids became heavy with Nighttime cough medicine last night.  Has anyone else read it?  I will keep ya’ll posted!


This is just a cute picture of Cooper from our weekend together on the couch.  He was sad to see me leave today and I can understand why after 4 straight days of cuddling and love.  I had a an easy day at work, which was much appreciated, so I was home early enough to make dinner.  The BOY opted not to wait on chicken and eagerly dug into leftover meatballs (as I predicted).


I was optimistic that this chicken recipe could become a quick, easy week night staple.  Unfortunately, my oven seemed to disagree about the quick part.  Even with the BOY preheating the oven, it didn’t get nearly as hot as it was supposed to and the chicken took much longer than expected.  I think I’ll wait until winter to worry about fixing it!


In the end, I remembered that although I eat a little honey mustard, I’m still not a huge mustard fan and perhaps this chicken won’t be the recipe for me.  Plus, it looked nothing like the photos on the blog.  On top of that, I still don’t have much of an appetite.  But once I got the chicken plated and sprinkled with rosemary, it was an entirely different story.


This light and juicy chicken was extremely tasty and the perfect week night meal.  Despite a successful day as an adult, I am starting to crash and I’m not even half way through today’s recording of the Tour de France!  Is it too early to say good night?!

What book are you reading?

What is your easy go to week night recipe?


Baked Mustard Chicken with Rosemary

From Inspired Dreamer


4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1/2 cup Dijon mustard

1/4 cup maple syrup

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar


Rosemary (I used dried, not fresh)


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a small bowl, mix together mustard, syrup, and vinegar.

Place chicken breasts into 9×13 greased baking dish. Season with lots of pepper. Pour mustard mixture over chicken. Make sure each breast is coated.

Bake for about 30-40 minutes.

Season with chopped rosemary.

Watch What You Wish For

By Saturday morning, I thought I was on the mend.  So much so that I even took my bike out for a short ride around the path.  By Saturday night, I knew it was just a medicine induced false sense of wellness.  The BOY and I ended up canceling our sushi date night and instead brought sushi take out home.  We were both in bed early although neither of us slept well.  The BOY having some pre Bar panic attacks and me having just plain old trouble breathing.  By Sunday morning, it was clear that I would need some antibiotic help to get through the week ahead.



This weekend was filled with couch time, movies, cleaning, the Tour de France, and Cooper.  Actually, not a terrible way to spend 3 days and something I have been saying that I need.  The 4 day sinus infection, sore throat, and headache on the other hand.  I definitely didn’t need!  Heading into the weekend, our house was a mess, I was a mess, and Cooper was a bit of a mess…with the BOY not too far behind on that scale.


Now I can say that I am a little more organized and a little less of a mess.  I would have loved to have gotten myself to a yoga class this weekend but my sinuses were not quite ready for downward facing dog.  I’m hoping that the antibiotics will help with that!  After the doctor’s office, I went straight to Whole Foods for probiotics.


I should note that I made my meal plan with an optimistic mind before I hit rock bottom last night.  Tonight’s dinner was really easy so that I got made in between catching up on trashy TV shows, but we’ll have to see how exhausted I am after going back to work tomorrow.  I may be living on leftover meatballs all week.


Speaking of meatballs…for this recipe I kind of combined and adapted the meatball from Skinny  Taste with the delicious sauce that I am still talking about from these Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches.  What made this sauce so great was the accidental purchase of chopped tomatoes with olive oil, which I couldn’t find at the grocery store this week.  It kind of makes me wonder if I made them up…hmmm!


With my foggy medicine head, I did the best adaption that I could.  And then took my sick self back to the couch to drink tea.


The BOY is on his own for dinner this week (by choice he has officially moved into the library) but I know he’s wishing he had a delicious meatball sandwich tonight.


For dessert…one of my favorite summer snacks! Almond butter and dark chocolate stuffed fresh figs!

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When it comes to sinus infections, some times you have to feel worse before you get better.  Unfortunately, that was today.  My stomach, my head, a harsh cough…nothing was feeling happy.  I am hopeful that 24 hours of antibiotics will have me feeling strong and ready for work tomorrow morning.


Meal Planning 7/20/14

Sunday: Burgers and Mushrooms

Monday: Crockpot Italian Turkey Meatballs

Tuesday: The World’s Best Chicken (we shall see)

Wednesday: Salmon and Veggies

Thursday: Work Meeting


Italian Turkey Meatballs

Adapted from SkinnyTaste



1 lb ground turkey breast, 93% lean

1/4 cup panko

1/4 cup grated Reggiano Parmigiano cheese

Oregano and Basil

1 egg

1 large clove garlic, crushed

Salt and Pepper to Taste

2 14oz cans tomato sauce, low sodium

1 can crushed tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano

6 oz tomato paste

1 tbsp olive oil

Garlic, Basil, Oregano


Stir together tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, olive oil, and seasonings in the bottom of large slow cooker, sprayed with cooking spray.

In a separate bowl, mix turkey, panko, cheese, egg, and seasonings.  Mix well with your hands.  Roll turkey mixture into small meatballs and place in slow cooker. 

Cook on low for 6 hours until meat is cooked through.

Serve on sandwiches, over pasta, or with your favorite veggie/squash substitute.

Five for Friday XXIV

1. I barely slept all night because I had the worst sore throat I have ever had in my life.  I was in so much pain that I called in sick to work for the first time in over a year.  The only happy part of my morning was waking up with love from this guy.  The second happiest moment was having my dad’s famous soup for lunch. 



2. The BOY just walked in the door with the Lego Movie.   I’m so excited to see what the hype is about (and by hype I mean amongst the 3-5 year old crowd I hang with during my work day).  Everything is awesome!


3. I spent my day on the couch alternating between cold and hot beverages watching hours upon hours of the Tour de France. 



4. I finally organized my itunes library!  My inspiration…putting together play lists for my weekly yoga classes.



5. It seems that I may be on the verge of a full blown cold. I have big plans to go to yoga, meet a friend for lunch and shopping, and perhaps a bike ride this weekend.  Fingers crossed that I’m not stuck on the couch again.  However, if I am…I have plenty more on the DVR.


Have you seen the Lego Movie?

What are you up to tonight?

More Stories (and Pics) from Wedding Weekend

Not surprisingly, I took tons of pictures throughout the entire whirlwind wedding weekend!  However, I made a conscious effort to also put my camera down and just experience all of the fun and excitement.


Huh? What is that all about???  I’ll get there, I promise!


Friday night began with a quick practice ceremony followed by a beautiful rehearsal dinner where families intermingled with friends and everyone dug into an amazing meal while listening to funny and sweet stories about the bride and group.


The party went so late that not everyone was able to keep their eyes open.  I was up pretty early Saturday morning to do a quick strength session with a friend in the gym.  Then I was all dressed up and ready to go for Best Man speech filming.


The best man made a hilarious How I Met Your Mother style video with the bride’s brother playing their future daughter and myself their future son.  We were so convincing that some people didn’t even know it was me : )  It must have been my awesome Justin Bieber wig!


The hardest part was keeping this picture a secret until Saturday night when everyone would see the video.   I followed the smell of hairspray to the bridal suite where all of the ladies were getting ready.  It was a fun morning of gossip, mimosas, pearls, hair, smiles, and fake eyelashes.

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Then it was time to change into our dresses for pictures and the first reveal!

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We also bumped into the crew of groomsman and ushers, who brought along with them a handle and a cooler.

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I also found the BOY!  And all of the littlest attendants!


Family photos went quickly and then it was on to the ceremony, cocktail hour, and the grand entrance of the bride and groom!  Followed by dinner, speeches, the photo booth, and TONS AND TONS of dancing!

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I had a wonderful time catching up with our out of town family and friends and dancing in my flip flops with my super long dress knotted at my knees.



After the wedding, there was a wild after party…


And after a few bites of pizza, it was finally time for me to find my way up stairs and crash in my bed (bobby pins and all)!


Sunday morning, my parents hosted a lovely brunch and BBQ in their backyard.

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It was fun to share stories of the previous night and spend some quality time with my cousins before they headed back to NY.

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There was also time for a much needed afternoon nap!


I don’t think that things could have gone more smoothly!  My brother and sister in law have a strong support system of family and friends who were more than thrilled to celebrate this special weekend with them!   And while the rest of us headed back to work and the real world this week, they are luckily enough to be recovering from this past year of planning in the Caribbean!

The Most Marvelous Monday

Look at me all turned about…

A Marvelous Monday Post on Throwback Thursday?!  What can you do?


My suggestion…just sit back and enjoy the ride!  And maybe pack a poncho : )


Day 4 of the whirlwind wedding weekend (no I don’t appear to be going in order) found me and 6 family members braving the wet Chicago weather on a city adventure.  First stop…Millennium Park!


Although we drove down in a thunderstorm, the skies were clear and dry when we emerged from underground parking.   We doffed our rain gear and headed straight for the huge, silver bean.  Most of my relatives are east coasters and have never seen the bean, but we all oohed and ahhed like tourists while taking selfies of our reflections.



And trying to get the perfect view of the Chicago skyline!


Since the rain seemed to be subsiding, we decided to walk up to Navy Pier in hopes of doing an Architecture Boat Tour.  We were sidelined on one occasion due to a quick storm where we all huddled under the trees.  Then proceeded on to the pier.

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When we arrived, the sun looked like it was trying to peak through the clouds, so we took our chances with a boat tour.  The selling points…we all got the senior discount (including me) and if it rained, we were promised FREE PONCHOS!


Which we needed immediately upon boarding the boat.  With huge rain drops pouring down, our boat tour began…and ended.  We seriously rode in a 360 degree circle before returning to the pier due to mechanical issues.  The issues were quickly sorted out and the sun really did emerge just as we pulled away for the second time.  With foresight, I brought my waterproof camera, so I was able to capture the entire ordeal on film.


In all my years living in Chicago, I have never done the architectural tour, so I was really excited (and willing to brave the rain) to give it a go.

The tour definitely lived up to my expectations.  The history of Chicago is so interesting and to view the historic buildings from the river is incredible!


It’s like a whole another world down there!  Chicago is working hard to build up and recapture the river front, and I can see why!  If you ever find yourself in Chicago, make sure to add this to your list of things you must see and do!


To me, the most interesting part was learning about the different eras of architecture and how that shaped the look and feel of the city.


By the end of the tour, we’d see the last of the rain.  We found a place on the pier to eat lunch and walked down to the end before making our way back to Millennium Park.


By the end of the day, we had walked over 6 miles and created plenty of new memories and stories to share!

Do You Miss the Colors?

I hadn’t planned on changing my blog background or even blogging at all tonight, but I have been looking for a blog theme with a crisp, white, background for awhile.  So when I found one…I just hit SAVE and decided to figure out the details later.




My thought was that this would help my pictures pop and after 3+ years with the same blog theme, it was definitely time for a change!


Bloggers, how often do you change your theme?


I’ve got more wedding pics and family fun coming your way!  But right now, I’m still recovering from the 4 day wedding weekend event : )




For someone who is usually so full of words, I am finding it hard to find the right ones to express the joy, excitement, and love that encompassed this past weekend beginning with the rehearsal dinner Friday night and continuing on through this morning’s newlywed BBQ. 




Well, that’s not entirely true…it seems more accurate to say that whenever I try to share the words, my eyes well up and I am filled with all of those emotions and more.  Truly thrilled that my brother has found the most wonderful partner to journey through life with and enthused to have a sister in law!






I feel extremely privileged to have been apart of the wedding party at my little bros wedding.  Even without the right words, I attempted to express to one of my cousins at the edge of the dance floor why this wedding was so unique and spectacular.  Looking around the room, there was no doubt in anybody’s mind that Caitlin and David are extremely happy and will have a lifetime of love and laughter ahead of them. 




Throughout the evening, everyone basked in the glow of the new bride and groom.  There were heart felt toasts, stories of the past, plans for the future, and a whole lot of dancing!  The day could not have been more perfect, and it was clear that this was the start of two families becoming one!




Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs.!!!