Sunday, July 21, 2013

Grilled Margarita Chicken

from Betty Crocker

1/2 cup non-alcoholic Margarita mix
3 Tablespoon Lime juice
1 or 2 clove of crushed garlic
Course salt
3 to 3-1/2 pounds cut-up broiler-flyer chicken (I used boneless, skinless thighs and breasts)

Mix 1/2 cup of margarita mix, garlic, lime juice in a resealable plastic food bag. Add the chicken; seal bag and turn to coat with marinade.  Refrigerate and turn bag every hour. Let chicken marinate at least 1 hour but no longer than 24 hours. Remive chicken from marinade and put on grill.  Brush with marinade and sprinkle with the course salt.  Continue brushing occasionally with remaining marinade while grilling.

We are having the above chicken for dinner tonight with beans and rice casarimento (married in Spanish).  This is one of my go-to recipes because everyone likes it.  Pat and I love the leftover (if they are leftovers) because it goes great in a panini or on a salad.  I am voting for the salad.  Both of us need to lose some, all right a lot, of weight.  We have agreed to less cheese which is a major step for us, also no more buying soda.  Eeek!  How am I going to live without Coke Zero.  That is my vice. Oh well!  

Have a wonderful Sunday!


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Disneyland and Close To My Heart

Close To My Heart's Convention was last week, and I wasn't there.  I have been a Consultant with CTMH for close to 4 or 5 years now.  The first year I was able to go to it in DC, and it was a ton of fun.  I followed this year's via Twitter and Facebook, and now I want to go again.  Our next convention is will be at Disneyland from June 26th through the 28th, and I am going. My family agreed to have next year's vacation in Anaheim.  We all want to Disneyland and California Adventures, and Pat wants to sit by the pool.  I agree with him, because it won't be 113 degrees like it is this week!  I have already started saving my money to go to Convention.  I am sure they will have a Dollar to Disney, or something like that. They do every year.  Plus this is Close To My Heart's 30th anniversary, and I am sure it will be one of the best. I definitely can't miss that!

This year I have been focusing my efforts on my tutoring business which is doing well.  I have enough clients to keep me busy, and still have time for my family. My CTMH business is not doing so well.  This year I barely made minimums and I was ok with that until this month.  I like making cards and scrapbooking - I really do.  I realize that I haven't done much for me lately, and it is getting me down.  Enough with down!! Upwards and onwards I say! 

I am going to work a little harder with my other business Close To My Heart. I am going to Team Meetings and monthly Consulting Club too.  Work my business a little more - more phone calls and more workshops too.  The new catalog has so many great items in it.  We have another Cricut cartridge called Artbooking Collection. It has a new font and the abilities to create themed mini books and 12" by 12" pages too.  I can't wait to get my hands on it.  CTMH helps you and I get our pages or books done.  They also have two different Crush books - a lot like Smashbooks.  One is Modville which is charmingly urban retro. The other is called Bluebird and is playfully boutique chic.  The last item I am super excited about is called Base and Bling - wearable crafting projects.  You might have guessed it is jewelry including necklaces, cuffs, rings, headbands and hair clips. I think I can really get into these items!

That is enough for now.  I plan on posting more about Close To My Heart, my completed projects, my cooking successes and misses, and anything else to catches my eye.