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at the moment

time: 5:15 p.m.
location: my desk at work
weather: cold, 36 degrees. and it plans on snowing later
eating: nothing. too full from department lunch at Mourayo
drinking: water
loving: Fridays; everyone is always happier
wondering: if it really will snow tonight
enjoying: the fact that I have dinner with a few of my best friends later at Rustico
accomplishing: a blog entry. there’s no work left to do today
thinking: about having a lovely weekend. and why I am still at the office at this ungodly hour on a Friday

Bye friends!!

inspired by Tina at lifelovepaper; i love her currents entries, along with the rest of her blog. I like this because then I have something to say when not much is happening at the moment.



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chicken stroganoff

Happy Friday the 13th friends! Yesterday for lunch (and then for dinner as leftovers), I made chicken stroganoff. I got this recipe inspiration simply from the fact that I absolutely loooove beef stroganoff: the classic stuff with sour cream and egg noodles. It seriously is just so comforting and delicious. When I make beef stroganoff, I sometimes ending up using some ground turkey to lighten it up a bit. But this time I decided to go even “healthier” with chicken and yogurt to replace the sour cream.

If I were to make this again, I think I would have to go with the sour cream. The yogurt just didn’t add the same creaminess and tang that sour cream does. I did enjoy the fact that there were lots of vegetables in this dish, with the addition of onions and green pepper, when I would traditionally would just use mushrooms.

Chicken Stroganoff

Time: about an hour, serves 4-6

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced into rings
  • 1 green pepper, thinly sliced
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch-thick strips
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp barbecue sauce
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream

Heat 1 tbsp olive oil and saute onions until tender. Add green pepper, mushrooms, 1/a tsp of salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper and continue cooking until mushrooms release their liquid. Remove veggies and place in a colander; reserving the liquid in a bowl underneath.

Return pan to heat and add the other tbsp of olive oil. Season the chicken with the remaining salt and pepper. Cook the chicken in batches until cooked through. Remove from pan and add to the vegetable bowl.

Turn burner on high and add wine, chicken broth, and the reserved vegetable liquid to the pan to deglaze. Make sure to scrape all of the good bits off the bottom of the pan. Bring to a boil and whisk in the BBQ sauce, Worcestershire, mustard, and hot sauce. Let reduce by about half. Reduce heat and whisk in yogurt or sour cream making sure to not let it boil. Return vegetables and chicken to the pan to heat through. Serve over rice or pasta.

Adapted from Real Simple.

For those that have MLK Day off, I was doing a little reading into the holiday, and learned that it’s a Day of Service.  Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: “What are you doing for others?’ ”

Sometimes it’s hard to remember that all of our holidays actually have meaning. Monday should provide a chance to make a change, however big or small. For some ideas on how to make a change visit the MLK Day site.

Have a safe and wonderful weekend!

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Merry Christmas to all

And to all a good night.




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A few days ago, I went with my sisters to an LYO alumni Christmas get together. It’s always so great to see old friends in town for the holidays! It was a tacky sweater theme and we did a white elephant swap with silly little gifts we all brought; it was actually pretty hilarious.

Something just as hilarious was in the front lawn of a house in the neighborhood where we were. They had, from what we could see, at least 20 inflatable Christmas decorations in their front lawn. It was just craziness!

Last night as part of our Christmas together, Cainon took me to see the Washington Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker at the Warner Theatre downtown. I hadn’t seen the ballet, or any ballet, in so long. It was a great way to celebrate, I’ve always loved all of the music and the dancing was beautiful.

Afterwards, we went to dinner at Zaytinya, where neither of us had been before. It was so yummy. I need to make some of my own Htipiti soon; it’s a Greek feta dip; theirs was amazing!

Happy Holidays!!

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After work on Friday I went with four lovely friends to see the National Christmas Tree! It was a little underwhelming but still fun to see. We stopped at Chef Geoff’s to wait for a drink at happy hour. It’s pretty great.

On our way over to the mall, we stopped for a few photos near The Willard. Woohoo!

We stopped to have a couple take a group photo of us (which I don’t have), & then we returned the favor. For some reason, I love this photo:

Hooray National Christmas Tree!

Yes, this ornament was on Vermont’s state tree, but I couldn’t help myself! GO HOKIES!

Washington Monument & mini state trees.

& on the other side, the White House.

The big bonfire to warm ourselves up.

And then we stopped in Santa’s workshop to say hi and ask for lots of presents since we all have been very good this year:

Merry Christmas!

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After a long trip away from home, I had a few lovely adventures this week with a few awesome people.

Monday at work started off with christening my new San Fran mug with a cup of Earl Grey, my fave tea.

I love this mug. So simple. And big.

There was a much-needed catch up session over a few happy hour drinks and appetizers at James Hoban’s. Some beer, wine, chicken fingers, wings, fries. We’re very health conscious.

Not all of the food trucks in DC enjoy coming to Dupont Circle for some reason. So when they do, it’s a big deal! Red Hook Lobster Truck decided to stop by our little corner of the city on Wednesday, so a hot cup of clam chowdah and a lobster roll were in order for lunch. The soup is a seasonal item and it was super delicious. The portion was huge! I also decided to get the Connecticut style roll–lobster poached in butter. Indulgent and awesome.

Thursday’s lunch was spent at Whole Foods with my little sister, Emily, who is home from school for winter break! The Whole Foods by our house was just renovated and has all of the yummy hot and cold food bars now! I got a mix of a lot of different things: chicken fajita, tabbouleh, orzo with spinach, a meatball, Greek chicken salad, and some mac and cheese. Lots of carbs. Whoops. And a Steaz peach iced tea! I love those things.

And now it’s finally Friday! After work today, we’re headed to see the National Christmas Tree and get some food and drinks at Chef Geoff’s and assorted other establishments. Have a lovely weekend everyone!

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Soooo I had planned to take a bunch of awesome cool beautiful west coast pictures last week in San Fran with my actual camera. However, between the 4 hour flight delay, which took away my one sightseeing day, and 12-hour work days on my feet, which took away all of my energy, I was limited to a few quick snapshots on my trusty iPhone.

I spent a lot of time at the lovely little airport charger ports making sure I had enough entertainment through laptop and cell phone on the 6 hour flight I had ahead of me. Yes, that is my charger I took a picture of. I was bored. So to get rid of that boredom, I got a Fat Tire at the airport bar!

Since we had such a long delay, not only do I get $100 off my next flight with United, we got complimentary booze and food! As horrible as delays can be, United really did a great job, so thanks, United! And I got to see this pretty sunset as we were flying into the west.

I stayed at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis in a corner suite. It was sweet. Ha ha…ha. That picture on the left up there is the sunrise. I was up before it every day I was there. I was only in the exhibit hall for a total of 10 minutes, but I snapped this quick pic of the Google booth. I wish I had taken one of NASA. Theirs was awesome!

We had bacon donuts in the staff room one afternoon, courtesy of San Francisco Travel. I can’t remember what shop these were from, but San Francisco Travel tells me they were from Dynamo Donuts, and they were delicious. Thanks! And finally, my one “real” shot of San Francisco, some cable cars at Market and Powell. I snapped this while we were waiting to meet up with friends for our BART ride to the airport.

Besides food provided by the convention center for breakfast and lunch, dinners were the only real chance for some culinary exploring. I enjoyed a few meals with Lauren and a few others when we could be spared from work. We stopped by Super Duper Burgers, which was so yummy, as burgers usually are. We also went to Giordano Bros for some stuffed sandwiches at the request of another friend. The last night, I went with a big group to Salt House, which was a lot more upscale than anything else we had that week. It was such a pretty place with lots of exposed brick and nice, big windows. Also, very delicious!

Peace out, West Coast. Hope to see you again soon.

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