Super Easy & Healthy Shredded Chicken {Crock Pot}

You get one crappy iPhone photo and THAT’S IT.

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But it doesn’t take away from the awesomeness and easiness of this chicken. I’m kicking myself (figuratively AND literally) for not doing this sooner. How easy, you ask?

THIS EASY:

Put one pound of chicken breast and two cups of chicken stock in your crock pot. Low for 6-8 hours, or high for 4 hours.

YOU’RE DONE. I shredded mine in two seconds with a fork because it was so tender. I let it chill a little longer in the juice, but that’s completely optional.

I also diced an onion into some large chunks and threw it in there with some seasonings. You could add any veggies really: carrots, onions, bell peppers, etc. But at the end of the day, all you REALLY need is chicken and stock.

OMG WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE.

Happy Wednesday, y’all!

Last night got weird, y’all.

So last night, our power went out around 8:00…And my first thought of course was MY FOOD.

Priorities, you guys. Priorities.

According to the AEP website, it wasn’t coming back on until noon today. WHAT.

But it’s summer, and it was still light out, so I found all of the flashlights in the house, NONE OF WHICH WORKED, even after changing batteries. But then I found my Halo backup charger, which doubles as a flashlight, and works just fine. Also pulled out a few candles and put them by my bed.

I took the dog on an extra walk, because she was going nuts following me around the house as I looked for batteries. Plus it was light out until like, 9:30. Everyone in the neighborhood was outside, but it was so hot and sticky and buggy and gross…Also everyone is younger than me and they all hang on their porches drinking beer while I’m working, so I don’t feel like we have a ton in common. Yep, I’m the old almost-30-lady hanging out in her dark house alone with her dog. LALALA DON’T CARE!

ANYway, I got back from the walk, twiddled my thumbs, and then remembered my many electronics that ARE charged. I gave my Kindle a boost from my Halo, and did a little reading that way…

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The biggest struggle of the night was that without the TV on or any other ambient noise, the dog heard EVERYTHING, including everyone talking outside, and kept barking. UGH. So I opened my mostly-charged laptop, and broke out the old iTunes that is really a time capsule to my college/just after college days. I mean, before spotify…iTunes. It houses the playlists of the shows I was in, of my friends, my moods, my boyfriends, my breakups…you name it. My favorite playlist is “Ingrid and Sara” aka every Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles song I have on one playlist. I fell asleep with this playing to keep the dog distracted…

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So reading by candle/kindle light, listening to memories, the dark and quiet of the house…all of it made for a weird but really pleasant night. It’s for the best that I missed the Bachelorette. Brain cells die when I watch it anyway.

OH AND THE POWER CAME BACK ON AT LIKE, 1 in the morning! Yay! My food is fine, don’t worry. Sorry I held you in such suspense throughout this whole post…

Yellow Springs, OH

Over the weekend, the hubs and I went on an Ohio adventure with a couple of our friends. A small town called Yellow Springs was hosting their annual Street Festival. Yellow Springs only has about 3,500 residents, but this festival had over 250 vendors, with plenty of food options spread throughout. We had a great time exploring the many MANY tents of unique items.

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It was a SERIOUSLY HOT day though, so on the way home we made a stop at Young’s Jersey Dairy Farm to get some AMAZING ice cream.  IMG_7771

And also to feed these guys…IMG_7773

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Best Hangers Ever + Closet Clean Up

I LOOOOOVE cleaning out my closet. Seriously, I’m a freaky nerd like that. I get the itch to reorganize and toss items every few months or so. A few years back, my mom introduced me to these lovely velvet hangers, purchased from Costco. My goal was always to not need more of them…instead, whenever I bought new clothes, I vowed to get rid if items.

WELLLL I’m getting to that point where I don’t have too much to get rid of: my closet is finally full of things I really DO wear, and items I’d consider high quality (for the most part). So I recently needed a few more hangers, and got these from Costco:

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Now I’m sure that Sam’s has something similar. In fact, Amazon does too. What makes them so wonderful? Well, your clothes stick to them, so you don’t have things falling off all over the place. They also don’t leave any hanger shoulder marks on your clothes, which is amazing. And finally, they are pretty space efficient. Look how many I can fit into my tiny hands at one time!

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I know, it’s a super nerdy thing, but I KNOW I’m not the only one out there who feels a deep sense of satisfaction when their closet is all tidy and organized. See how nice and tight they are? In a perfect world, I would have more space between each item of clothing, I know. But I’m living in a 1920s house with closets the size of a shower stall.

IMG_7732Have you already done your spring cleaning? Any helpful items you just couldn’t live without??

 

Opera Columbus {30 Before 30}

Friends, I am SO behind on my 30 before 30 list... only a few months left to go!! Yikes.

I did manage to knock one off this weekend though: Go to an opera. The lovely Laura and I ventured to Opera Columbus to see La Voix Humaine and Pagliacci. Each were one-act operas, tied together with an intermission.

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The beautiful Southern Theatre

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The set for La Voix Humaine

The leading soprano, Camille Zamora, was wonderful. The entire first opera was JUST HER on stage, singing, for 45-minutes. In French. (There were surtitles, no worries.) THEN she had the stamina to turn around and star in the second opera, in Italian, along with a rather large and talented cast. She definitely lived up to the hype.

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A quick glimpse of the cast of Pagliacci.

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Another scene of Paggliaccii

So as you can see on my list, I still have many items to go, many of which are a bit unlikely to happen at this point…but I’ll keep you posted as I work through them this summer.

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Curtain Call: Camille taking her many bows!

Yoga at Columbus Commons

Yoga is one of those things that I occasionally do, am glad I did, swear I will do a lot more, and then forget about for a couple of months. Shame on me. But when my friend Annie asked me to do yoga at the Commons over the weekend, I was like, YEAH! And it was really fun! Something about being outside made me feel less self-conscious than I usually do in a studio. It was a leeeettle sticky outside, but by the end there was a nice breeze and an overcast sky.

IMG_7645There were definitely a LOT of people, but not too many where we felt crowded. You can see in the photo: plenty of space for all. So big thanks to Annie for getting me out of my comfort zone! Plus let’s be real – yoga is a seriously nice break from the running and the weights and regular routine. If you’re in Cbus, I highly recommend you go check it out!

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The Spelling Bee!

Nerd Alert! The hubs and I watched a few pieces of the National Spelling Bee Championship yesterday, and it was seriously so entertaining. Seeing all these little personalities and how freaking SMART these kids are was incredible, and their little mannerisms and reactions to things were beyond endearing. It wasn’t as boring as this yawn indicates…

I think this article from CNN really sums up the top five moments. Dev was our favorite…Click this tweet to see how proudly he went out!

I was NEVER good enough at spelling to get past our middle school’s spelling bee, but I did know a girl who went to DC once, so that’s cool, right? However, watching the BEE did sort of takes me back to my days of pretending to be a ridiculous spelling be contestant in our performance of “25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee” with my college’s musical theater review group…

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Me, circa 2006, as Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre aka Schwarzy.

It was also a little bit crazy to see how many of these kids REALLY HAD THE QUIRKS that this zaney group of college kids embodied on stage that year. So thank you, spelling bee, for stirring up memories that have nothing to do at all with a REAL spelling bee, but have everything to do with awesome friends and an awesome time in my life.

And if you’re bored, you may recognize Jesse Tyler Ferguson in this video from his Broadway days… Enjoy your musical theater Friday!! You’re welcome.