Daily Archives: January 31, 2011

1 down, 11 to go

That is, one month down of the postAday2011 challenge, 11 months to go.

WordPress asked us today to report how we are doing,what are your thoughts so far? Are you enjoying the challenge? What have you accomplished this month? What strategies and techniques are working best for you?

As for how I am doing, I have managed to post at least once, sometimes multiple times per day, with the exception of 3 days.  I have gained some great blog buddies that have offered a lot of encouragement and tips.  I have recently added additional pages and widgets to my blog and have learned how to schedule the publishing of posts, which has enabled me to write a few at a time and post them for different days.

I am enjoying it so far.  Just getting to know my blog buddies and other’s, and learning from them has been so helpful.  It has allowed me to gain some knowledge and confidence, and grow my blog, both in my writing/posts, as well as overall exposure – having others actually read it and comment.  I do find some of the daily topics are not always things that I like or relate to my blog.  It has challenged me to look beyond what the proposed topic is and think of something on my own and/or tweak their suggested post.

As far as accomplishments, I would say just still sticking with the challenge is an accomplishment for me, along with learning some of the technical aspects, such as the scheduling posts, posting video clips, etc.  I also have written some poetry (check out my Poetry in Motion page).

Overall, this has been a great experience so far and I look forward to the next months.

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the Event

Today’s writing prompt comes from Plinky.com.  What major sporting event do you get most excited about?

I will admit that I love watching sports, especially hockey and football.  I will go to baseball games, but they are not as fun to watch on TV.  I’ve also been known to watch a basketball game or two…but by far my favorites are hockey and football.  With that being said, I get excited every time I have tickets to go to a game.  Hockey playoff games are really fun and aggressive.  I can get crazy watching the Stanley Cup finals (hockey) and the Super Bowl (football).  And it just so happens, that the Super Bowl is this coming Sunday!  My team is not in it however, but it looks to be a great game. Both teams have a great defense.  I will spending the day watching the game on a projector screen, surrounded by friends and food 🙂

What sports do you like? What sporting event do you get most excited about?


Avocado Salsa and Coconut-Curry Chicken Dippers

Sunday was a dreary, rainy day, so I decided to try out 2 new recipes, one that my friend Christina gave me, and another I found online.

Avocado Salsa (courtesy of Christina 🙂 )

Ingredients:

6 medium to large tomatillos or equivalent
3 + yellow chilies (depending on how hot you want it)
1 bunch of cilantro
1+ lime (depending on your taste)
1 tsp + salt (depending on your taste)
1/4 + onion (depending on your taste)
3 avocados

Directions:

-remove the husk from the tomatillos
-roast both the tomatillos and yellow chilies on a non stick pan(if you have one) until they are soft
-You can roast the onion if you would like ( I didn’t)
-during the roasting peel the avocados and mash them up
-once the roasting is done, peel some of the burned part, then put the tomatillos, yellow chilies, and cilantro in the blender and blend on low
-add the onion, salt and lime and blend it on low again.
-when the flavor is to your liking, add the avocado to the salsa and hand stir it.  I prefer this to make it chunky.  If you use the blender it will be smooth. Add the avocado seeds before you store it to keep the avocado from browning.

Coconut-Curry Chicken Dippers (courtesy of Kraft.com)

Ingredients:

1 pkt. SHAKE ‘N BAKE Extra Crispy Seasoned Coating Mix
1 cup  BAKER’S ANGEL FLAKE Coconut, toasted
1/4 tsp. each curry powder and ground red pepper (cayenne)
1   egg
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch-wide strips
1/4 cup  MIRACLE WHIP Dressing
1 Tbsp. mango chutney

Directions:

HEAT oven to 400ºF.

COMBINE coating mix, coconut and seasonings in pie plate. Beat egg in second pie plate.

DIP chicken in egg, then in coating mixture, turning to evenly coat both sides of each strip; place in 15x10x1-inch pan sprayed with cooking spray. Discard any remaining coating mix.

BAKE 12 to 14 min. or until chicken is done. Meanwhile, mix dressing and chutney.

SERVE chicken as dippers with the sauce.

Both recipes turned out amazing!  Hope you will try them and let me know what you think 🙂  Sorry the pictures are so small; I was using my cell phone.