This week’s list is a little “get-to-know-you” type list. It’s a list of Random and Quirky Things about me. I am pretty much an open book to anyone who knows me, I don’t have much to hide. So I tried to come up with things that some general acquaintances might not know about me and some things that are the most interesting from my past.
Random and Quirky Things About Me
- I am a horrible morning person. It takes me a long time to get going in the morning unless I get to wake up of my own accord. (This doesn’t happen very often with my rambunctious little 2 year old.)
- One of my biggest pet peeves is people who chew their food too loudly. Cannot stand it. Drives me bonkers. Usually I have to leave the room until that person is done eating. Just cannot do it.
- I played the flute for twelve years. I went to college to be flutist. But I wasn’t competitive enough to continue in that field.
- At one point in high school, I could play seven instruments. Six out of those seven I could play at a decent skill level and one at a beginner level. Now, unfortunately, I don’t play anymore. (I plan to change that and start playing my flute again and my piano when we finally buy a house.)
- I hate coffee. A couple times in high school I tried to drink various coffee drinks, but it just never sat well on my palate. Then I just decided the addiction to the drink wasn’t worth trying to enjoy and I don’t try anymore. I also don’t care for the smell of coffee.
- I have never tried cigarettes or any kind of recreational drug. And I never will. Not interested, no thank you.
- I have never died my hair. My color is all natural and never been changed except by the sunlight.
- I participated in a pageant in high school. It was a simple pageant held by my high school for a scholarship. It involved casual wear, formal wear, and a talent portion. I didn’t make it past the first round but I truly enjoyed the experience.
- I fall asleep with the TV on, specifically to Gilmore Girls. Sometimes I can fall asleep without the TV on, but I like it to help occupy my mind. I find that I get easily worked up if I don’t have the TV on to keep me distracted and that just keeps me awake. So I put on a show that I know so well I don’t have to watch it but it distracts me enough that I fall asleep easily.
- I fight a daily battle with myself about being a mom. The struggle is real. I constantly fight a battle in my head about being cutout to be a mom. It’s the hardest thing I have ever done in my life and sometimes it just gets me down. Other times it is the greatest thing ever and I can’t imagine not being a mom and then I get anxious to have more. It’s just a constant back and forth that I am continuously fighting in my own head.
In a desperate attempt to use things in my fridge before they spoil, I came up with tonight’s dinner. My vegetable drawer was full of some random spares from making other meals and they were dangerously close to the start of spoiling.
I am unsure how it happens. Sometimes I just lose my brain and forget what I have in my fridge. Luckily, Mr. H saw the pork chops and reminded me to use them before they also went bad. I have been dying to have fried food. And I’ve also been craving roasted vegetables.
It all came together when I decided to coat my pork chops and roast the miscellaneous vegetables in the oven. Originally I wanted to grill them but didn’t feel like going outside. (A fairly lazy day for me!)
This ended up being a great chance to use up a flavored oil we received as a Christmas gift several years ago. It turned out decently with only a minimal addition to the flavor of the vegetables.
I accidentally cooked my first pork chop a little too long. Fortunately, the rest turned out well after my trial and error chop. This meal turned out well despite C not eating any of it. I give him props for at least trying the pork AND the vegetables. (He didn’t like either one, silly kid.)
Recipe: Roasted Vegetables and Panko Pork
For the Vegetables
1 medium Zucchini, sliced and cut into quarters
2 medium Carrots, sliced thinly
1 Green Bell Pepper, thickly chopped
8 oz Mushrooms, sliced
For the Pork
4 Boneless Pork Chops
1/3 cup All-Purpose Flour
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
For the Vegetables
Preheat oven to 425F.
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Spray sheet lightly with nonstick spray.
Place vegetables in bowl.
Add enough oil to cover. ( Mix oil with other herbs and spices to create your own flavor or use an already flavored oil if you prefer! )
Mix vegetables with oil and spread on prepared baking sheet.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Bake 15 minutes.
Bake an additional 10 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
For the Pork
While the vegetables are baking, heat a large skillet filled 1/4-1/2 inch with canola oil.
Pound each chop thin.
Coat chop in flour, then egg, and then in Panko.
Fry each chop approximately 2 minutes per side, or until cooked through.
Repeat with each remaining chop.
This week’s list was too fun to skip. Instead of Meal Plan Friday, I’ve opted to do this list. (If you really enjoy my meal plans, I’m sorry. But don’t worry, you aren’t missing anything but meat paired with some sort of vegetable and maybe some pasta or rice thrown in the mix.)
So this week’s list is a list of my Favorite Food/Places to Eat Out. I have to confess that we probably eat outside of our home more than we should. (Oops!) I do love to cook but at the end of the day, a special little two year old can totally wear me out and I just don’t have the energy to make food. (I know all my fellow mom and cooking dad friends can totally relate!)
With all the eating out we do manage to do (which has been limited since having a child,) I have found quite a few places that I love to eat at/from outside of our home. These are in no particular order although they are broken down into a few categories.
- Chipotle – I fell in love with Chipotle while we lived in DC and found excuses to eat it quite a bit when I was working. There were two on the way to my first job in the area (depending on the direction I went) and it was oh so easy to talk myself into making a stop.
- Blimpie – This is one of my favorites from my childhood. We got this a lot, my mom and me. We loved the same sandwich and enjoyed all the same toppings. It’s a shame that the one back home is now gone.
- Zaxby’s – I am hooked on their chicken. Ok, their fries too. And the sauce, yum! Mr. H and I love to get a large chicken finger plate and share because it is so much food!
- Chick-Fil-A – I’m from Georgia, the home of Chick-Fil-A. Their breakfast is still one of my favorite go to breakfasts. My sweet mama would go out and get Chick-Fil-A breakfast on Saturday mornings while I slept in. (Thank you!)
- Cookout – This is actually a new discovery for me. The prices are crazy cheap and the food is well made (especially for the price.) Their service is quick and it’s just too hard to pass up the amount of food you can get for such a low price.
SIT-DOWN RESTAURANTS (OR TAKEOUT, NOT FAST FOOD):
- Fuji Japan – This is a local Japanese restaurant. I am slightly addicted to their soba. The noodles and vegetables are fantastic. And while I used to prefer their beef, it’s not as tender as it once was and I now prefer the chicken.
- Mexican – I’m not listing a specific restaurant. All I really expect is some an awesome list of easy combination meals and for it not to be an El Salvadorian restaurant (this drove me crazy in DC.)
- China King or Hunan Cafe – in Northern VA. Hands down my favorite places to get Kung Pao Chicken. I can’t find any good versions here in Eastern NC.
- Sushi – I love, love, LOVE sushi. It is one of my all-time favorite foods. Spicy Tuna Rolls are probably my favorite although I am willing to try a lot of crazy things too.
- Buffalo Wild Wings – I am a huge fan of chicken wings. And while I do prefer to make my own most of the time. However, I do have a soft spot in my heart for B-Dubs, especially their Mango Habanero Wings. They are spicy enough to make you chug some water but not so spicy that you can’t get the flavor. Totally worth it. (And yes, Jenny, I had to include this too!)
- Alvin Ords – I don’t know if you’d call this fast food or just plain takeout but it is hands down the absolute best sandwich shop ever. It is a little hole in the wall shop in Port Royal, South Carolina. My grandpa used to eat here every week on his way back from commissary. After my grandpa ended up in the hospital, my mom and I started going to this place every time we visited. It is on my list of places to visit again!