Monday, April 2, 2012

Spaghetti Squash Adventure

Pesto is one of my favorite italian creations. It can be so versatile but it is always delicious! When I came across a recipe called "Baked Pesto Chicken" on Pinterest I knew that I would be trying it soon, especially because it looked so simple!
It was quick, easy, and AMAZING. I made a lot so we had leftovers all week and I can't wait to make this again!

My sister and I gave up carbs for lent so I decided to make a spaghetti squash with this chicken instead of pasta. I had never made spaghetti squash before so I was a little unsure of what the results would be, but I followed the steps from another recipe I wanted to try later in the week. I have to admit that I was skeptical about the gourd actually resembling spaghetti at any point in it's life, but it was so easy and turned out great! I think I under-cooked it because it turned out to be a little crunchy, but it was delicious and so simple! All I did was add some shredded mozzarella and some salt, pepper, and garlic. Rave reviews followed. Pairing it with the Pesto Chicken made it even greater!

Later in the week we wanted to make something asian inspired, and I still had a recipe for Sesame Soy Spaghetti Squash printed out and waiting patiently on the fridge. I didn't have a spaghetti squash because I had used it all up a few days earlier, so we just borrowed the sauce part of the recipe and cooked some chicken in it. YUM. I will definitely make the recipe the original way in the future but it worked out great this way in our last minute meal!

wash your face with OIL?

I've stumbled across something very interesting that I can't help but want to learn more about. I've struggled with my skin for my entire life and have tried pretty much every type of cleanser, moisturizer, cream, lotion, wash, etc. I've paid a lot or a little and nothing seems to achieve the results I want.
So, when I was browsing through old posts on "One Good Thing By Jillee" (which is quickly becoming one of my favorite blogs!) I discovered a post called "wash your face with oil...I dare you" and it intrigued me. I clicked through all the links that she provided to other resources and read those as well, and then I went to the store to buy my oils. I mean, if I've tried all the "normal" things and nothing has worked, why not try something that seems crazy with the hope of it becoming my solution?!

I decided to try castor oil and sunflower oil, and came away smelling like a fry pit at a greasy fast food chain. I couldn't stand smelling like that so I switched to castor oil and olive oil and i feel much better now that I don't smell like a french fry.
I haven't been consistent in trying this out but I like the process, so today begins my personal 14 day challenge. I want to give this a serious shot and see how it turns out, so look for an update in about two weeks!