Dealing with Obstacles & Yummy Garlic Knots

Earlier in the year I set out to bake bread.  But I had a hard time making it happened (read about how I kept falling short/loosing inspiration about it in my weekly goals from the summer).

I felt like crap for being so vocal on my blog about wanting to do something and then not being able actually to do it.   I am OK with putting out my goals and not being able to complete them mainly because I enjoy the process – but I really really wanted to make bread!

And then, on a whim I found a super easy recipe that totally jived with my way of cooking (simple ingredients / minimal steps).  And ✷poof✷ just like that – I made bread!!

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But I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about obstacles that come in the way of the goals you set for yourself.

I think with the older I get, the more I realize that obstacles are a way to grow.  This was not always the case – I used to think that obstacles were something telling me that my goals were never going to be reached.  Although not being able to bake bread because I didn’t have the right tools isn’t a serious obstacle, it was definitely a set back in reaching a goal.

So there are three things I/you can do when you are met with obstacles on the journey to your goals.

  1. Check/Understand/Accept your feelings
    It’s completely normal to feel defeated and sad.  It’s also important to let yourself feel those emotions.  Take some time to recover and then allow yourself to move past those feelings as well.  I say this because even though baking bread may not seem serious but it’s more about the principle behind it reaching the goal.  (i.e.:  I told myself I wanted to bake bread, I told the blogosphere/anyone who read the post I wanted to bake bread, I was excited for the challenge/take my cooking skills to the next level etc)
  2. Focus on research and creativity and set smaller milestone goals
    Sometimes hitting an obstacle means you need to re-evaluate your efforts and plan. It’s possible that there is another way of reaching your goal and it takes hitting an obstacle to make you realize that.  This is also totally fine and it’s a great way to appreciate the journey.
  3. Know that you will get there one way or another
    I read the other day that humans are self talkers by nature.   The only problem is – most of our self talk is negative.  I think it’s totally OK to tell ourselves that our goals are achievable and we’ll be able to make it happened.  I don’t think it makes us conceded instead it adds to our confidence.

Okay – those are my thoughts on obstacles.  Now back to the bread!

These super simple garlic knots were sooooo good. The hubz and the girls loved them – Miss S had 2-3 and Ellie could have easily had 2.  They use all purpose flour and fat free greek yogurt (that is soo cool to me aka no yeast)!

They are a real treat (crispy on the outside, soft on the inside) and smothered in a garlicky butter …YUM!   I think next time I’ll try this recipe with half all purpose and half whole wheat to up the healthfulness.  And although I personally didn’t feel the need for a dip I am totally down for one…(would a white garlic dip be too much garlic?? ;) lol!)

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“Fried” chicken (without the deep fryer!)

This recipe is too good not to share.  Although I have reduced the amount of meat I am eating, Miss S and the Hubz have not so I knew I had to make this for them.  And everyone has got to love fried food – but who really loves the deep fryer?  The splatter messes, the lingering smell and the oil that has been used a few too many times…no thanks!

That said I will have to experiment making this vegetarian.  Maybe fried cauliflower – ah yes, that would make it a pakora :P

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So what’s the trick to getting that crispy fried coating – corn flakes!

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This is what you need:

  • Cornflakes
  • Ziplock bag + rolling pin
  • Garlic powder
  • Butter
  • S & P
  • Dill (or other herb of choice – optional!)
  • Chicken breasts (I usually slice them length wise)

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This is what you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Clean and slices your chicken, set aside
  3. Using a ziplock filled with cornflakes, crush the cornflakes.  Transfer to a bowl
  4. Add S & P, garlic powder and herb of your choice to the bowl
  5. Melt butter in the microwave (2+ tbls)
  6. Add Salt, galic powder to the melted butter and mix well.
  7. Set up your assembly line: chicken ready to be coated, melted butter mixture, cornflakes mixture and a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  8. Dip the chicken into the melted butter mixture being sure to coat both sides well, then cover the chicken with the cornflakes making sure to cover all areas of the chicken breast then place on lined baking sheet.
  9. Complete above step for all remaining chicken pieces
  10. Pour any remaining butter on all the pieces and fill in any missed places on the chicken with the cornflakes
  11. Bake 25-30 min.  Check centre of chicken is cooked before removing from oven.

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OOTD + Watching Documentaries about Food

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I’ve watched too many Netflix documentaries over the last 3 months.  But they are so informative / horizon broadening that I can’t help myself.  (Some of which have been What the Health, Forks over Knives and In Defense of Food).

I know people don’t understand extreme food choices like veganism. And these movies and the overall thoughts behind these docus can seem a bit pushy (especially to people who like red meat).  But I’ve always thought about being vegetarian (and eventually vegan). It all started about 10 years ago when I read this book, but I kept my thoughts to myself.

The major theme of these docus has been food/health/environment; pretty much everything good in the world is pointing to a vegan lifestyle.  I’ve been dabbling in meals here and there that are vegetarian or purely vegan (i.e. no meat or dairy).  So far the meals have been satisfying and make me feel good (not necessarily in a ‘save the world’ kind of way but ‘wow, I’m cooking in a new and different way’ kind of way lol).  Additionally not having to deal with cleaning a cutting board and knives to avoid contamination has been a plus :)

The Hubz and I are in talks about our food choices.  But for now we are just talking and I am doing a lot of experimentation and personal recipe testing.  Would be lying if I didn’t say it wasn’t fun to challenge myself in this way.

Maybe we’ll do a 2 week trial to see if we can do a vegan diet in our home or maybe we’ll become weekday vegetarians.  Or maybe I’ll find it too difficult to give up cheese and chocolate.  I see lots of discussion and research in our future.

A little more valentines celebration

As the weather is starting to warm and get spectacular outside – I almost forgot that I had a few last #Vday pix to share.

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This year I got SPOILED by the hubz when he had these flowers delivered to me (I was #WFH).  We then enjoyed our annual valentine’s dinner of fried chicken, bisquits and gravy with mash.  I was a happy laaaadddyyy :P

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The weekend prior I decided to do a valentine’s breakfast for my #fambam.  Heart shaped pancakes, heart shape strawberries, whip cream and some blueberries (the hubz fav).

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AAaaannnnndd I promise that is ALL for all of our vday celebrations this year :) #IPromise!!

Banana Oat Pancakes + Coconut Cream

It was one those mornings, when we had no plans, no where to be and all the ingredients to make some fun home made pancakes!

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I made some banana oat pancakes using this recipe and the melty coconut cream (lol) was made using this recipe.

tly_pancakes3 tly_pancakes4 tly_pancakes5We spent the rest of the day getting office space inspo at Ikea, getting my steps in at the mall and just taking it nice and easy!  #PerfectWayToSpendTheDay

 

Cookies and Misto

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I love me some home baked chocolate chip cookies!  The only problem? I (always end up eat 10 in a row) can never just have one!

Side note: I often get in a rut of drinking the old favourite at Starbucks aka I’ll obsess over the same drink for a few months before changing it up.  Decided to try something new today…. Tall Non Fat Hazelnut Cafe Misto.   Mat Leave Mommies love their drive thru starbies!