Rotten Bananas

I am going to take a quick detour from talking about food today, so bear with me!

There are many blogs that I read, and many different types of authors. Some are funny, some are bitchy, some are eternal optimists  and some are unbridled enthusiasts. The type of author I strive to be, is honest. I’m a non -BS person who is always willing to tell it like it is without a sweet sugar coating.


There are a few blogs I read and think “Wow they have an annoyingly perfect life.” They are always going on great trips, have countless opportunities open to them, are always eating something fantastic, and they are in the best shape.

Everything is always so positive and upbeat. And then without fail one day I go to their site and they have this closet opening post about all these terrible things that have been going on between the lines and it’s like WTF?! Why didn’t you just say so?

It’s funny because sometimes I look over past post and realize my life sounds WAY more interesting in print/photo than it seems in real life. HOWEVER I always try to be honest.

I post when recipes go very wrong,

I post when I’m grumpy

And I post about my ongoing frustration with my thyroid issues.

It’s officially been a year since I was  diagnosed with hypothyroidism.

If you need to catch up, you can read about the process.

June 2012

August 2012

December 2012

January 2013

March 2013

I look back at that first post I wrote about the diagnosis along with all my fears, which did in fact come true. To put myself totally out there, I have gained 10 pounds in the past year, without any change to my diet and exercise. My face is puffy, I have dark circles under my eyes and my mood swings are scary. It sucks. A lot. As I have discussed before, your thyroid is essentially your hormone hub and it tells the body how to store protein and fat. When it’s not functioning properly, your body doesn’t know how to store nutrients and your metabolism doesn’t operate appropriately.
I’m not writing this for a pity party or a sympathy comment, I just want to be honest and talk about my real day to day life. Although not many people in my blog life share these particular issues, everyone’s got something going on, and I just don’t see the point in masking my frustration and overall-pissed-off-ness with positivity and rainbows. Lets face it, I have never been someone who can hide my true feelings. LOL
I started my blog as an outlet for me to discuss all the flavors of my life; the sweet, the savory, and the yucky. Sometimes life hands you lemons, and other times it hands you a rotten banana. Well screw you rotten banana, I want some damn lemonade!

Question of the Day: What’s your rotten banana?

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Roasted Chicken

TGIF!

IDK what I’m more excited about, the fact that it’s almost the weekend (a long weekend thanks to MLK) or that I made it through the week without getting sick! I’m telling you, this flu has people at school dropping like flies. Between the poorly ventilated classrooms and the poorly sanitized kids, a school is always a breeding ground for sickness.

But in all seriousness this week went by with lightening speed

On a sad note, my ipod broke and it’s very depressing and unhealthy because obviously I cannot go to the gym without it. I mean, do my legs even know how to run without a beat playing in the background?I’m not willing to risk it. But in all seriousness I hate being able to hear myself breathing when I exercise. I suddenly become way too aware of it, and I always end up needing to use my inhaler.

I ended up riding my stationary bike at home while listening to itunes, but the workout just wasn’t the same. I put in a lot more effort when there are others around me silently judging me.

However, since I was home earlier than usual I was able to put together a great dinner. I didn’t follow a recipe, and it was a total whim, but it was sooooo delicious!

Basically all I did was take two boneless/skinless chicken breasts, a handful of baby carrots, and 3 red potatoes, throw them into a casserole dish, cover them with basil and Montreal Chicken seasoning and about a cup of chicken broth.

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I started cooking it at 375 for about 25 minutes, but the chicken wasn’t anywhere near done. I eventually smartened up and covered it with tinfoil and that worked wonders. So if you are thinking of making something similar, cover it with foil! Also, every 15 minutes or so, take it out and stir the vegetables around so they cook evenly.

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Since the chicken was cooked in this shallow dish, it literally cooked in it’s own juices and stayed so succulent and flavorful. (I did trim some excess fat before cooking) Nolan and I typically argue about the degree of cooked-ness when it comes to chicken. Like all my meats, I like it undercooked because I think it gets way too dry too easily, and Nolan is always worried about this crazy thing called salmonella? He’s such a worrier. LOL Long story short, this recipe gave us the best of both worlds. The chicken was well cooked and nowhere near dried out. 🙂

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Nolan was so impressed and satisfied with dinner that he actually cleaned up the kitchen and did all the dishes!!!

So worth it. 🙂

Alrighty, time to get to work and get to the weekend.

Song of the Day:

Arcade Fire- Sprawl II

Questions of the Day:

Any plans for the weekend?

What’s the best thing you made this week?