Patience is a Virtue…

Virtue = behavior showing high moral standards

This is a behavior I’m working to master.  I’m learning to be patient with many things in life.  We are all so used to now now now.  Many things are trying my patience like building a business around my passion — moving and the woes that come with it — travel and scheduling plans.

With that said, I hope that I am not trying your patience.  I am sorting through technical difficulties with the website and brand — please be patient with me.  🙂

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Please fasten your seat belts…

Turbulence ahead.

…aaannnnddd I’m back!  It feels so good!  There is so much going on and I haven’t been able to share with you guys!  I’ve missed you all!  Miss me? 😉

I’m working to get prepared for a very busy week, but plan to blog and blog and blog! 🙂  I know you can’t wait to see pictures and hear crazy stories of my trip to L.A.!

Random side note — I am so obsessed with Kate Middleton and Will Wales. 🙂  I have watched almost every episode of any show titled “Will & Kate: One Year Later”.  Class act!

So pleaaassseee tell me — what is new with you?!

Holiday Weekend Pictures…

Did you have a nice Easter weekend?  I hope so!  The weather was lovely and just right for some family time!

Saturday was the first Saturday I have had off in 4 weeks — I had all intentions on taking it off.  Didnt really happen.  Raymond wanted to go shopping for Easter clothes.  I hate to shop.  I worked on inventorying stuff to sell on eBay.  For those that know me best know I am an eBay junkie — on the selling side! 🙂  My apartment looks like a hot mess!  Moving is rough!  I have lamps perched on barstools because I sold my endtables.  Class act.

Sunday was full of church, grilling, and circus activities.  Raymond’s family is now nicknamed “The Little Grant Circus”.  Whew!  I spent the evening with my wonderful parents chatting and debating.  Love debating with my dad!  😉

Monday was spent at the spa with Mom! 🙂  I was so relaxed that I took an hour and half nap…in a lounge chair.

A few pictures from the weekend:

Can you say "Cheese Please". 😉

Getting better...

Perfect!

Raymond's nephew passed out -- Hilarious!

Until next time…

Foodie Friday {Mascarpone-Pesto Chicken Rolls}…

Its Friday!  Sorry I missed last weeks post — I didnt have anything yummy to post about anyways. 😉

After spending some time with a lovely “organizing buddy” (sounds better than client), I got inspired to reorganize my Recipe Binder.  I generally make out the weekly dinner menu for Raymond and I … and do the grocery shopping.  I cannot send him to the store — he comes back with Fat Free, Sugar Free everything!  Blech!

I usually write out the grocery list and menu every Saturday and make my trip to the store on Sunday.  I started to notice that each week I dreaded the task more and more.  I think part of it was because I didnt have any “Go To Recipes”.  So that combined with reorganizing the binder turned into Jennifer whipping up some crazy delicious entrees this week! 🙂

Todays recipe…

Mascarpone-Pesto Chicken Rolls

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt & pepper, each
  • 1/2 cup Mascarpone cheese
  • 1/4 cup prepared pesto
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp water
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 4 tsp butter, melted
  1. Butterfly the chicken breasts or pound them until 1/4″ thickness.  I prefer to butterfly.
  2. Sprinkle chicken with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  3. Combine cheese and pesto. Spread over the chicken.
  4. Roll up each from a short side and secure with toothpicks.
  5. In a shallow bowl, whisk the egg and water.
  6. Place the bread crumbs in a separate shallow bowl. 
  7. Dip the chicken in egg mixture, then coat with crumbs.
  8. Place seam side down in a greased 11″x7″ baking dish. 
  9. Drizzle with butter.
  10. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 35-40 minuts or until a meat thermometer reads 170 degrees.
  11. Discard toothpicks
This was absolutely delicious!  We paired it with Zippy Broccoli and roasted potatoes one night … salad and pesto breadsticks another.  Yum-O! 🙂
Until next time…

It’s Planting Season {Tips}…

Do you have a green thumb?  I do … when it comes to vegetables and outdoor plants … not the case for indoor plants.  I kill them all.  Too much water.  Not enough water.  The little bugs that start to fly around freak me out.  So I stick to outdoor plants.

I love flowers, gardens, and all things pretty when it comes to outdoor spaces.  Love it!  I sketched my dream backyard when I was about 10 — I still have the sketch. 🙂  I always had ideas on how to make our yard prettier or how to make my grandmothers drab yard less so.  Love you Maw Maw. 😉

I used to get furious at my mom for not letting me pick out the flowers and for not letting me decide what went where.  I didnt understand the concept: her money, her yard, her “duty” to water and maintain. 😉

My dad and I started a garden in our backyard one summer.  I thought it was the coolest thing ever!  We planted too many tomato and pepper plants for a family of 3, but he is an over-the-top kinda guy when it comes to stuff like that.  The garden quickly became much less cool when it was my job to water, weed, and pick the “fruit”.

North Carolina + dead middle of winter + lazy teenager Jennifer = smelly garden and a lot of grumbling.  To this day my memories of that garden are of the delicious tomatoes, inviting my grandmother over for lunch dates {I stayed home by myself and would be very bored.  We had garden salad lunches}, and the stinky smell of vegetables “cooking” under the midday sun.  Oh yea, and the pico de gallo that we used to make…yum-e!

A few tips — that was the title of the post afterall! 😉

  • When shopping for flowers, pay special attention to:
    • Size (when mature), sun exposure, and watering tips.
  • You dont want to plant sunny and shady plants together.  Just like you dont plant flowers that survive on different levels of water together.
  • Stick to a color scheme.  Yellow, pink, purple, blue, white, etc will end up looking like a hot mess come middle of summer.
    • Pick one or two accent colors and buy a lot of white.
  • Plant on a dime
    • Let your friends and neighbors know you need plants.  Offer to remove any that they might be planning to tear out.
    • Find out about plant swaps in your area.
      • Local public gardens, cooperative extension offices, or garden clubs.
    • Remember that plants can be rescued.  Be patient.
    • Divide your perennials.  Split large plants three or four ways, then plant the divisions elsewhere in your garden.
      • I will be doing this when I have a real yard and garden one day!
  • Mix flowers and vegetables (or herbs).
  • If you plant herbs, make sure you trim the flowers right away.  Once the plant starts to flower, it will not produce more “herbs” stems/leaves.
    • *Learned this the hard way*
  • Water early in the morning.  Very early!
    • Later in the day and you will cook the flowers and plants.  The sun will heat up the water that is standing on the leaves and cook the plants.

More to come on starting a garden! 🙂

What are your favorite flowers to plant?

Until next time…

20 Things…

  1. Sandra Bullock is one of my favorite actresses.
  2. Shame on Jesse James.
  3. I watched The Blind Side last Friday.
  4. I cried … of course.  CRIED.
  5. The Proposal was on last night.
  6. Her + Ryan Reynolds = match made in heaven 😉
  7. Her dancing scene reminds me…of me.
  8. Here it is:
  9. Yep … I used to dance like that.
  10. And to that song….
  11. *Cracking up*
  12. Speaking of movies … and crying …
  13. Starsky & Hutch was on Sunday.
  14. The new version with Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller.
  15. The original Starsky & Hutch made a cameo at the end.
  16. “Sweet Emotion” by Aerosmith is playing.
  17. Yep — cried!
  18. Raymond thinks something is wrong with me.
  19. I think it is funny … and weird at the same time!

A little shorter today…enjoy! 🙂

Until next time…

It’s Planting Season…

I might be jumping the start just a little, but with consistently warm spring-like weather, well my planting fingers are getting tingly.  {I have no idea what that means, it just came out while I was typing.} 😉

As I have mentioned, and I’m sure will mention again, I am moving in 2 months.  Yippee on the move.  Boo on the plants.  The new place will have a much different patio orientation than I have now.  Last year I had “THE” patio of the neighborhood.  I’m not that competitive, but I did check out the rest of the patios.  I safely secured that title!  Poor schmucks trying to out do me…Psh!

Back to the point, so I won’t be planting anything this spring.  😦  The sunny plants will die when I move…. and I really don’t feel like moving plants in general.  However, I thought I would give you a recap of what my beautiful patio looked like last year.  {Yes I took pictures…remember I won the award for best patio?!} 😉

Jennifer's Cute Little Patio
Sorry for the ugly round disc in the background {Thanks DirecTV}

One of my favorite plants. A stupid fat squirrel knocked it over and broke it halfway through the summer.

Hanging basket with white petunias - it was stunning!

Ill be posting gardening & planting tips later this week! 🙂  I had 3 “dream” jobs when I was little. 1) Interior Designer — so NOT good at this …. 2) Organizer — pretty good at this one! 😉 … 3) Landscape architect — love plants, hate bugs.  Still a big hobby of mine!

Happy {rainy} Monday!

Until next time…