Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Years

Well, I have made it another year.  I feel like I have accomplished a couple things in this year that I am proud of.

The big one is that I have made the step and started taking college courses to finish a degree in something. Right now, I am working on my Pharmacy Tech Certificate to get out of my job that I am currently working. Then get on the waiting list for nursing school (waitlist is at least a year long)

The second one that I am proud of is that I am being able to manage my personal life, work life, and school life all without having any major meltdowns. Granted there have been a few mini ones where I called my mom telling her that either school wasn't worth it or my job how much it sucked. Those are just two of the things that I feel I have succeeded in this past year.

Now, I have started my list of stuff I want to accomplish and when I want them done by.

  1. By becoming a healthier person
    • Not eating out so much and going to the gym 5 days a week
  2. Cutting out 95% of soda
    • January is going to be 30 days without soda and go from there.
  3. Attend Hot Yoga twice a month
  4. Not let the little things bug me
  5. Start and complete the 52 weeks of savings plan
  6. I want to finish and sell me crocheted things in my hobby
  7. Plan a Rocking wedding on June 7, 2014

Monday, August 12, 2013

Bruschetta Chicken

A couple weeks ago I was craving Italian food and didn't want to go out to the restaurant to get it. So, I used my noggin and came up with bruschetta chicken. 

1 container of Grape tomatoes
1/4 onion
2 cloves of garlic
Olive Oil
4 skinless chicken breast
Smoked provolone cheese
red wine
balsamic vinegar 
10 basil leaves

Salt and pepper both sides of the chicken breasts, set aside.
In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, warm olive oil. Add chicken, cover pan, and cook for about 10 minutes. Flip chicken breasts and continue cooking until the chicken is cooked thoroughly 
While chicken is cooking, in a medium sauté pan over medium-high heat, warm remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the garlic and cook for about 1 minute,\. Add tomatoes, red wine and continue sautéing until tomatoes skin starts to soften/wrinkle, about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and add the basil. 
Once the chicken is done, top the tops of each chicken breast with 1 slices of smoked provolone cheese. Pour tomato mixture on top. Cover pan with lid once more and let the mozzarella melt. 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Overnight Crockpot Oatmeal

I am trying to get back on the healthy streak that I was on a while ago. After all, I can't look like an Oompa lumpa in my wedding pictures next summer. I love to eat and drink that is the problem I have always had.  I am fairly active, but I hate the gym.

I tried a new recipe last night to encourage me to eat breakfast during the week, and it will be utterly simple and on the go.

Apple Pie Overnight Oats
2 apples
2 cup old fashioned oats or Steel cut oats
4 cups water
1/3 c brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon ( I will be putting more next time)

1) Spray the inside of crockpot before starting. I didn't do this, and now the pot is soaking in the sink in hot soapy water.
2) Core, cube and put apples in the bottom of a pot
3)Add brown sugar, cinnamon, oats, and water
4) Turn on low and cook for 8 hours.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes and Blueberry Sauce

Downside to living in Alaska is not getting quality, tasty, and  fresh fruit. This summer I discovered a company that only comes to Alaska from California with a truckload of fruit every three weeks. The first order I got was a case of blueberries, blackberries, 1/2 case of peaches and 1/2 case of plums.  The peaches were the size of softballs and were extremely juicy.  With that fruit that I received I have eaten a bunch of it and canned some plums, made blackberry jam, peach bbq sauce, and plum sauce.  I have recipes for them to follow in future blogs. 

It has been very rainy and cloudy here, perfect for a great breakfast. I found a couple recipes and used them for inspiration. 

Blueberry Sauce
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1 C Orange Juice
1/4 cup of warm water
3/4 c sugar
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
Dash of Vanilla

1/4c extra cold water
2.5 T cornstarch
Juice of 1 Lemon

Put the blueberries, OJ, water, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon in a pot. Bring to boil and simmer for a couple minutes. While it is simmering, combine the cornstarch and water. Once that is combined, pour in while stirring, and simmer until thick. Take off the heat and put the juice of one lemon in it. 

Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes
2 C buttermilk
2 large eggs
2 T butter, melted
3.5 lemons zested
1/3 cup poppy seeds
Juice of one lemon
2 C flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp baking soda
1/4 cup sugar
pinch of salt

In a large bowl pour the buttermilk, eggs, butter, poppy seeds, zest of lemons, and juice of one lemon. Whisk them all together. Then add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt into the bowl. Combine all of them.  Heat the griddle or pan. Makes about 15 pancakes with a 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake. 

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend

Happy Memorial Day to all. Thank you to those who have served in the Armed Services.

In exciting news I traded in my 2008 Chevy Cobalt for an amazing new vehicle for me. I got a 2011 GMC Terrain AWD it rides like a dream and has a lot more room.
Watch out world it has warmed up a lot here in the last couple days. It has been in the 70's, I had forgotten what that felt like after 232 days. I have been busy planting flowers and grilling everything possible on the grill. I also created a new recipe with inspiration from two salads. One was a Grilled Corn Orzo Salad with Chili Lime Vinaigrette and Mediterranean Orzo Salad

Now for the long anticipated Salad. I am having a hard time coming up with a cool and funky name for it...
1/4 cup feta cheese crumbles
1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives, sliced
1 cup orzo, uncooked
2 ears sweet corn
1 avocado, chopped
¼ small red onion, minced
2 Tablespoons chopped basil

½ cup olive oil
honey (can use however much you want) I think I used 2tbsp
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 teaspoon chili powder (Next time I will use a little bit more)
Salt & pepper

Cook orzo in a large pot of salted, boiling water until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water. Set aside.

Shuck corn then grill for 5-6 minutes, rotating every minute or so to evenly char on all sides. Let cool slightly, then cut kernels off the cob.

Combine cooked orzo and corn kernels avocado, red onion, olives, feta and basil in a large bowl and stir to combine.

For the dressing: Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine or you can put it in blender. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Serve chilled, or at room temperature

Sunday, May 19, 2013

A Little About Me!

 I have to be crazy to start a blog, how can I have anything interesting to say?! Well, here goes nothing!

First a little about the title. Great Plains Transplant In Alaska. I was born and raised my entire life in the middle of nowhere North Dakota 12 miles from the Canadian border and the nearest town of 1000 people was about 10 miles away. In Mohall, the had a school, courthouse, post office, 3 bars, four churches, two gas stations, a clinic and a little shop that cut your hair. I moved to Alaska in 2007, not by choice, but that is another story for another day. I have learned to love Alaska now and wouldn't move anywhere else.

Now to tell you about the cast of characters. The first person is myself,   I was born in Minot, North Dakota and raised in Mohall, North Dakota. My amazing fiance and I have two furry children together (Monkey and Tiger). He is a heavy equipment mechanic on the North Slope of Alaska.

My dad was a hard working man who was superman, truck driver, and oil driller. My dad was an amazing man who taught me how to work hard and how to be a great person.  This past November my dad passed away due to kidney disease and a brain bleed. I miss him every day and would love just to be able to make a phone call up to him to talk to him.

My mom is my rock, I get my strength, tenacity, and will from her. She has been with the county for 30+ years as an eligibility tech. I have one little brother, well he is not so little but when you are six years younger than me that is the title you get.  He is a certified welder and lover of the Xbox.

I love to cook, bake, drink, sew, knit, crochet, garden, share my adventures and crafting in general