Lyle wanted to stay for dinner!

At our blogger brunch last weekend, Jacky gave me some of her sister Jody’s granola, so I decided to make a breakfast parfait.  I sauteed 1 apple with a pinch of brown sugar and Pam, then tossed in some blackberries.  Since I knew the fruit and granola were sweet, I made the right move and used plain Chobani – good to the last drop!

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The granola was so good – thanks Jody!

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Since I still had 21 miles to go in my 45 miles for March challenge, I knew I was going to do a bike ride and decided to do the bike ride that you follow the scene on the screen and have to stay ahead of the pace bike – It’s really challenging!

Sadly, when I got to the gym, I found this:

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So on to Plan B!  I did a random ride on the regular exercise bike, except this time I kept my RPMs between 90 and 100 no matter how steep the hill got – I actually got in an extra 1.5 miles in nearly the same amount of time as the day before!  Only 11.5 miles to go – no probs!

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Lunch was a cup of Tony’s steak fried rice, along with some steamed broccoli that I tossed in some sriracha.  Delish!

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Um, turns out I am not the biggest fan of broccoli stems!

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I thawed out some chicken breasts and decided to make chicken marsala, but I decided to rewrite the recipe for two servings. 

Chicken Marsala for Two

  • 394 caloires, 17 fat, 913 sodium, 21 carbs, 2 fiber and 26 protein


  • 1/8 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2, 4 oz. chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon oli
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 3/4 cup Marsala wine
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • optional lemon juice squeezed over the dish

Put the flour, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning on a shallow plate and mix well.  Dip the chicken in the flour on both sides.

Heat butter and oil over medium heat.  Cook both sides of the chicken, just until browned, then remove to a plate.  Add the garlic and mushrooms, and cook for 2 minutes.  Pour in the wine and deglaze the pan for a couple minutes, then return the chicken to the pan.

Cover with a skillet and cook for about 6-8 minutes, flipping half way through, depending on how thick your chicken is.  Mine was skinny, so I only cooked mine 3 minutes a side.  Remove from heat and stir in cream.  Serve over pasta of your choice.  FYI, the calories above do not include the pasta.

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Okay, so here is what I hadn’t considered about my new “photography studio.”  I set my board down by the back door, I took about four pictures, when all of a sudden, who should show up by the back door?  Lyle the Squirrel!


Except I was too freaked out to take a picture of him, because he was literally about to walk in our back door – you’ve never seen anyone move so fast, while saving their dinner, before in your life!

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Note to self – check for Lyle before taking photos!  He probably just wanted my delicious Marsala! Open-mouthed smile

Last day of the work week today!  Looking forward to a 3 day weekend.  Come back tomorrow for pork and apple sausage recipe that I made this morning for breakfast.

Make it a great day!

40 thoughts on “Lyle wanted to stay for dinner!

  1. myjourneytofit

    Lyle probably thought you were setting out that bowl of food for him! How funny – he’s really become your accidental-pet now.

    • He really has Shelley – it’s kind of funny, we’ll be watching t.v. and see something out of the corner of our eye and say “Is that Lyle??!!”

  2. hahahha I love that you’ve named him. Oh Lyle, you can’t steal Biz’s delicious food!! I hope you’re having a good day!!

  3. findingradiance

    I am very picky with my broccoli! I buy frozen Bird’s Eye baby broccoli florets. Period 😀

  4. Is Marsalis with the regular wine at the store? Looks good!

  5. your food looks amazing! and what a cute little squirrel friend 🙂

  6. I love your Lyle posts! Broccoli to me is like onions to you – Blech! I’ve also never really cared for Chicken Marsala. I’ve always thought it was kind of boring – but you make it look soooo good here!

  7. Love chicken marsala! And I know you will accomplish your miles! We actually used to have chipmunks come into our condo in the mountains and eat all of our chocolate covered coffee beans. I used to keep the balcony door open so the dog could rest on the deck. We kept wondering why she wasn’t getting sick eating them until one day when i was home I saw the chipmunk sneeking in. Well, I like them, everywhere but in my house!

  8. LOVE the shot of your rigatoni! Props to your aquiring skills

  9. Lyle is such a rascal! Of course he wanted your marsala–it looks divine!

  10. Weighting For 50

    Ah, ha, ha… the shot of the real Lyle and the Lyle “stand in”. Can you double that recipe for two? If so, Dennis and I would love to join you and Tony! 🙂 Have a great Thursday Vat!

  11. I pinned your marsala recipe the last time you posted it . . . . I really want to try it out! Sounds delicious. Way to go with your monthly miles. Almost there!!

  12. Great job on the bike Biz, you’ll definitely make your goal! Lyle is just too funny. You know he seems to be kind of tame, you and Tony should see if you can teach him how to eat from your hand. It doesn’t look like it would take long, he seems pretty curious and friendly right now 🙂

  13. I got all inspired by your three day weekend and decided to take Monday off, it really is a holiday, OPENING DAY! So glad baseball is back!

    Chicken marsala is one of my favorites so I am sure Lyle just wanted a taste to see what all the buzz is about 😉

    • Hooray for a 3 day weekend! And yes, Opening Day is a holiday – Go White Sox! Sadly our opening day temps will only be in the 30s! I am glad for baseball season too – it is such a long haul from football to baseball season when we hate hockey and basketball!

  14. Oh Lyle you silly dude!
    Oh my that Chicken Marsala looks amazing 🙂

  15. That little Lyle is so cute and of course he wanted your food – it’s wonderful!
    Thanks for supporting my sister on A Life!!

  16. I just caught up all your posts, love that squirrell!! I just made a double batch of granola, wish we were closer I’d bring it right over.

  17. Yum, that chicken marsala looks addicting!

    Lyle is such a cute squirrel name 🙂 I made the mistake of feeding a squirrel some peanuts once – i thought it would be fun to watch him open the shells up. And then he chased me around wanting more! Lyle definitely wanted that marsala 🙂

  18. Lyle knows where to find good food, I don’t blame him for trying 🙂

  19. I was reading along…got to the picture above Lyle, and I was like, WOW! That’s a great photo! I love photography set-ups and yours looks just like mine 😛 The marsala looks sooooo good 🙂 Have a super weekend, Biz!!! 🙂

    • That’s probably where I saw it Nicole!! Thanks for the idea. I plan on staining one side of my board, and then painting the other side white. Just hope the squirrels stay away when I photograph my food!

  20. There is this really bold squirrel that hangs out just outside one of the doors at the hospital. I swear that bugger is going to walk right in one day. He gets eerily close to the door and then chases people. Lots of people feed him so he’s always looking for more.

  21. Aww, don’t be scared of Lyle. Squirrels aren’t that bad. I’ve had them climb my legs to get peanuts before.

  22. Yum this sounds so delicious, thank you for the recipe!

  23. […] Tony and I were getting dinner together, we realized Lyle, the squirrel is back.  Lyle is the super friendly squirrel that apparently is not afraid of us.   I threw […]

  24. […] for each of us, I diced up 8 ounces of chicken for the two of us.  I used my tried and true chicken marsala for two recipe.  If you’ve never worked with Marsala wine, it’s in the vinegar aisle.  There are […]

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