Family Day!

I thought it was appropriate to take a picture of my icy cold breakfast in an icy background!  It was a tad bit overcast yesterday morning!

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I added a tad more coffee to this batch too, hence the darker color. Open-mouthed smile

My lower back was sore yesterday morning.  I was on the fence about working out at all, but then I told myself, just go, and if it continues to hurt, just stop.  I know me.  If I skip a workout, then I find it really easy to find excuses to skip the next one.

So I went.  I knew I wanted to run.  I walked for 3 minutes on the treadmill, and then put it at a 4.8 mph pace.  I know that it takes me at least 10 or 15 minutes to get comfortable running until I don’t think about it.  Turns out I was just fine, and towards the end I was up to a 5.5 mph pace.


So in the words of Nike: 

Just Do It!

I realized when I was downloading my pictures that I never took a picture of my lunch – it was leftover chicken fried rice with extra broccoli and bean sprouts.  I may have added a touch of sriracha to my dish.

When Tony picked up the chicken breasts that were on sale the other day, they also had chicken legs and chicken thighs for .68 cents a pound.  I decided to have an “indulgent” dinner and made fried chicken and cheezy rice.

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While the fryer got to temperature, I soaked the chicken in milk and hot sauce.  Then I put flour that I seasoned with seasoned salt, pepper and paprika, and double dipped the chicken.

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How the hell did that Frank’s hot sauce get on my chicken??!!  Sadly, the thighs were undercooked, so we each had a drumstick.  I thought I might be hungry later on, but I wasn’t Open-mouthed smile

Long time readers will remember that my Uncle passed away last summer.  My Aunt and Uncle were together since the 80s, but didn’t get married until about ten years ago.  Hannah loved him so much!  It broke my heart when I had to tell her that he passed away.


My Aunt spent the fall rehabbing their house, not only because it needed it, but because it was probably a good distraction to keep her busy.  I know this sounds weird, but I always knew that if my Dad died first, my Mom would be fine, however, if my Mom had died first, I would have had to take care of my Dad.

Both my Mom and Aunt are strong women – actually, most of the women in our family are strong.  We struggle, get knocked down, but we always find our feet to stand up.

My Aunt is coming to Chicago this weekend!  I’ll be spending the day at my Mom’s house tomorrow, they are going to see The Book of Mormon on Sunday and then flying to Vegas for the week.  Lots of shows and food will be had! Open-mouthed smile

I am picking up Hannah, my sister and her family will be there, so it will be a fun day. Lots of laughing for sure!

Today for Souper Friday at my office I am making my buffalo chicken chili and cheezy corn bread muffins.  I’ll have the muffin recipe tomorrow – they are baking right now as I am typing and smell amazeballs!

Make it a great day!



17 thoughts on “Family Day!

  1. You temptress! Showing me pictures of fried chicken! The undercooked thighs quelled the sudden craving a bit 🙂

  2. Good on ya for getting that workout done – that thought, of “I can stop if I need to” has helped me as well…and honestly, I never stop. But I COULD! 😉

    Have a wonderful time with your family tomorrow – I know your abs will get a great workout with all the laughter!

  3. Have fun this weekend….smoothie looks great. Sipping on mine right now, banana, carrots, strawberries, spinnich, 2 spoonfuls of yogurt and water. Not bad, not bad at all.

  4. Oh, I really want to see Book of Mormon. Give us review from your Mom.

  5. I wish I could cook fried chicken that looks like that. That looks perfect! Sounds like you’re going to have a fun weekend Biz!! Enjoy 🙂

  6. mmmmmm corn bread anything. If you have leftover muffins (that are starting to get stale)- you must make croutons out of them. Amazeballs I tell you. Glad you got in the gym gfriend. Have a wonderful weekend & time with your Aunt. That baby picture of Hannah melts my heart!

  7. Have a wonderful weekend with your Aunt, Mom, and Hannah!

  8. Biz your smoothie looks like you barfed in your cup! Actually, it looks worse but I won’t say what it really looks like. lol! I will have to go find out what you put in there, but I’m liking that it has coffee in it. Have fun with your family and I’m looking forward to those cornbread muffins. mmm

  9. That fried chicken looks so yummy. We have tried to fry chicken in the past and it never comes out looking like that. Have a great time enjoying family this weekend. Sounds like it is going to be a great weekend.

    • Sarah, all I do is soak the chicken in milk spiked with Tabasco while the fryer gets hot. Then I dip in seasoned flour, then back in the milk, then in the flour again. It sits on the counter for about 10 minutes all floured up – I get a crispy crunchy skin every time. 😀

  10. That fried chicken looks amazing!!
    You are going to have a blast visiting family! Take pic’s 🙂

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