Monday, May 26, 2008

Packing and other stuff

Ken is packed for Florida already, can you believe it?!

I'll get everything ready to go this week. It seems that we're both getting excited for our week in New Smyrna Beach! Today has been quite balmy, but after thunderstorms tonight, our high tomorrow is supposed to be 65° or so. You can see why the beach and hot sun is sounding pretty good right now!

I'm also starting to think about some fresh seafood, especially some raw oysters. Oh yeah, babe! I never in a million years thought I would like raw oysters, but Ken got me to try them when we were on our honeymoon in New Orleans, and I loved how tender they were--almost melt-in-your-mouth--and I was hooked. A little cocktail sauce and lemon juice, serve it up on a Saltine...oh, I love 'em! Whenever we're in a coastal area now, whether it's Florida, New Orleans, or San Francisco, we get some raw oysters. I was stunned that in San Francisco they didn't have Saltines to serve with them. You gotta put 'em on a cracker!

I also want to use some sunless tanning lotion on my legs. Ken asked, "Why?" I said because I don't want to look like a total grub worm when we're down there! Don't worry, I know it's not a real tan, and that I still need to use sunscreen, but I just really like having a little bit of color on me. My arms are okay, but my legs could use a helping hand...err, foot...oh, whatever. You get the drift!

Hey, I've got a joke for you!

Q: What do you call a chicken with one leg?

A: Chicken Eileen!

Yeah, Ken had a similar reaction.

That's what I'm making for dinner tonight.

Chicken Eileen

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to within a (half)inch of their lives

3 ounces stuffing mix, prepared as directed

8 slices mozzarella

Put a slice of cheese on each chicken breast, then a scoop of stuffing. Roll chicken around stuffing and fasten with toothpicks. Place in 9x13" baking dish sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until juices run clear, then place another slice of cheese on each chicken breast and bake for 2 more minutes.


I've never tried this before, but I have some fresh mozzarella in the fridge that I want to use, so we'll see how it works. After reading reviews of the recipe, I'm going to kick it up a notch with a little Essence--BAM! (sorry, I never get tired of doing that)--sprinkled on the chicken breasts before I add the cheese and stuffing. I'll let you know how it turns out. I always love recipes where I get to break out my meat mallet!

The rest of the week, I'll work on cleaning out the fridge and not making too much for dinner. I usually make more so that there's enough for a lunch for Ken, but not this week.

Hope you all had a great day!



jimsulliv3 said...

Florida's just right, not too warm and always a gentle breeze. Have a good time !

Oysters are the best ! Aside from raw (which I love), if the restaurant specializes in oysters, try Oysters Rockefeller and Oysters Moscow !


buckoclown said...

Hmmm, did  not hear any squawking while you were pounding the meat :o)

Definitely looking forward to Vegecation!

mpnaz58 said...

We just got back from vacation...a week at Yellowstone!!  The last week before we left, we were scrounging in the fridge and pantry for anything that wouldn't produce leftovers and left the fridge pretty much empty.  We got back on Saturday, and we had NO a trip to the grocery store, and mucho $$$ later...
I know you will have a fabulous time in FL!!  I used the Jergens stuff...its supposed to turn your legs a shade or two darker in a couple of days.  Glen couldn't tell, but I could...hey, even if its in my own mind!
Chicken recipe sounds yummy!
xoxo ~Myra

aimer said...

What's up with those folks in San Francisco? It's downright uncouth not to serve Saltines with raw oysters!

Just make certain that you use a good sunless tanning lotion or you could end up with orange legs. Okay, no, I haven't had the need to use sunless tanning lotion; I already have a sunless tan. But a good friend of mine used this stuff that looked fine at first but gave her a sort of orange glow within 24 hours. So I'm just saying, you never know. ;-)

I really like you, Beth, but I got to go with your husband, that's the worse chicken joke I've ever heard!

Have a great vacation!--Sheria

eml625 said...

Your going away? Lucky you. I have only been to Florida one time. And it was the strangest/unforgettable trip (long story).....
That chicken jok-I mean recipe looks great !
Have a great Day

shrbrisc said...

I hope you have a great trip and loved the pictures

markonit said...

... as long as you have the cooking tips, I am going to keep reading ..!

... honeymoon in New Orleans ..?  Vacay in Fla ..?  Wow ... I know you have earned it, but you guys are living the life, aren't you ..?

carouselqueen70 said...

Thank you for sharing the recipes. I hope you have a nice trip to Florida., Christine

frankandmary said...

In the past I'd been a vegetarian for over 10 years, ate meat & fish for a few years, & this April I went back to vegetarianism.  Then I read pounded to within a (half)inch of their lives.
Haaa. & no, I am not one of those preachy vegs, after all, I was eating meat a few months ago. ~Mary

queeniemart said...

hold on, gotta wipe the drool off my chin.
You could write recipe reviews.
I do not like seafood but Rick loves it ALL.
I have the worst sunburn from the parade and the BBQ yesterday. Your sunless lotion is a safe idea!

jmoqueen said...

oh dear i chuckled at that joke ;)  Hope the meal went well........can't believe you like raw oysters........mind you I'm not all that keen on seafood lol........