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Blackened Chicken with Roasted Garlic Alfredo

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Dennis is a huge fan of blackened meat.  And by blackened, I don’t meant burnt (that would be me that likes burnt meat), I mean meat that’s been rubbed with spicy blackening seasoning.  So when I ran across this recipe, I knew it would be perfect for Father’s Day.  It was perfectly suited for him, is impressive, but simple to prepare, which is pretty much a requirement for all the recipes I make these days.  It was incredibly delicious, and I would make it again, and again, and again.

Blackened Chicken with Roasted Garlic Alfredo

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2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
Olive oil
1 tablespoon blackening seasoning
1 (10 oz) container Buitoni Light Alfredo sauce
1 tablespoon roasted garlic
8 oz bowtie pasta, cooked to al dente & drained

Drizzle olive oil over chicken breasts to lightly coat. Sprinkle blackening seasoning liberally over both sides of the chicken. Heat skillet on medium-high and cook chicken 3 minutes on each side. While chicken is cooking, heat Alfredo sauce and roasted garlic. Add pasta and toss; divide between two dishes. Slice chicken and place on top of pasta. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Veronica’s notes: In a pinch, you can sprinkle in some garlic powder to taste instead of the roasted garlic.  Also, Bertolli’s jarred light alfredo works great for this recipe if you can’t find the fresh stuff.

Recipe source: Plain Chicken

Here’s the card I made for Dennis this year.  It may be my favorite card I’ve ever made. :) He loved it!


Thankful Thursdays #30

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I made a thanksgiving resolution to find something to be thankful for every day until next Thanksgiving.  Here’s what I am thankful for this week!

Thursday: More friends with benefits.  This time I’m thankful for Steve and Carol, who have chickens and go deer hunting.  We buy eggs from them and more recently got a big haul of ground venison and venison sausage from them.  For dinner on Thursday, I made more Green Chile & Cream Cheese Burgers with the venison and it was fabulous. I was nervous to try it but I couldn’t tell the difference between it and beef, except it was even better.  Any time I can get meat that didn’t suffer in a CAFO so that I can eat, I’m a happy girl.

I've got my green eggs, now all I need is some ham! :)

Friday: The $20 my parents-in-law sent with our anniversary card. We used it to have dinner out at Ghengis Grill, one of our favorite restaurants.

Saturday: My Aunt Ruby came out of her open-heart surgery with flying colors.  We visited her on Saturday, and while she was very sore and weak, she was doing very well for having just gone through such a serious surgery.

Photo taken by Ruby’s daughter-in-law, Racine, pre-surgery.

Sunday: For my Fathers.  My human father, and my Father in heaven, both of whom I love dearly, and I’m blessed to have their love in return.  This is one of my favorite pics of Dad and me (the love oozes forth!):

Monday:  Goodwill, baby!  I was able to get my mother and myself some much-needed clothing on the cheap and picked up a couple stuffed animals for my itty bitty sweetie for 75 cents each.  Jessie (who actually isn’t itty bitty at all, but I don’t care, she’s still my itty bitty) loves stuffed animals, especially if they are used because she loves investigating the new smells with her snout.

Tuesday: For a little ego-deflating.  I needed it, because I was starting to get cocky, thinking I was going to ace this upcoming test at work because I have been cramming for it, even going so far as to print out a list of commonly unknown or misunderstood words and study them on my breaks at work.  Then I timed myself doing the type of math problems that will be on the test (I made them up) and I totally sucked.  I can do the math, but I need to go 50% faster (this is a timed test).  The test is on Saturday, so at least I know what I need to focus on every day until then!

I timed myself for eight minutes, the amount of time we will get for the math section, and I was only half done when the timer went off.

I know it looks like a lot of chaos, but these doodles got me 100% correct answers the first time through (I checked them with a calculator).  That’s the silver lining!

Wednesday: The library.  Without it, I do not think I would love my job as much as I do!  I am able to listen to audiobooks while I work, and I can do it for free thanks to the library, where I check them out.  Today I picked up The Sentry by Robert Crais, and Divine by Karen Kingsbury.

I just realized I don’t think I’ve ever really described my job so if anyone is interested in the kind of work I do, you can click here to find out.

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