Lemon White Wine Chicken w/ Asparagus

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Some nights I just want to eat dinner, so I make something simple and quick (think ramen noodles or canned soup). But sometimes, I feel a little creative.

Something I missed doing in January was pairing my dinners to a wine. Since I volunteered for that whole Dry January shenanigans, I missed out on the delightful experience of having food with a wine that complimented it. After opening my bottle of Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy Sauvignon Blanc by WINC, I just knew I had to figure out some yummy dish to pair it with. Now, anyone who knows me well knows that I’m not exactly the most talented when it comes to cooking. I mean, I can follow directions for a recipe and usually things turn out alright, but I’m not typically one for “making it up as I go”.

I evaluated the situation in my fridge. I had a pound of asparagus, a pound of chicken breasts and a lemon. I also had my standard ramen noodles in the pantry. I poured myself a glass of vino and got to work.

First things first: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Then, trim the asparagus bottoms and then chop the remainder into bite sized pieces. Next I transferred the asparagus to a mixing bowl where I drizzled it with olive oil and seasoned it with salt, pepper and a dash of garlic salt. I sprayed the baking pan with a spritz of olive oil spray and then poured the asparagus on. Once on the sheet, I gave them a spritz of lemon juice. Popped em in the oven for 12 minutes. The size of the asparagus will make the cooking time more or less, but these ones were pretty thin so I felt safe at 12 minutes.

While the asparagus was roasting (oh my gosh, I really love roasted asparagus), I cubed the chicken into bite size pieces. Mostly because it was easier to cook that way, but also because then I wouldn’t have to worry about cutting it later. I seasoned the chicken pieces with lemon, pepper and garlic salt. After heating some oil in a skillet, I poured the chicken in and began to cook it. I like my chicken really brown, so the cooking part of this will just vary on your heat and how big your pieces are. When I felt the chicken was 75% done (and that’s really just a guessing game when it comes to me cooking so use your own judgement here), I gave it a spritz of lemon juice andddddd….a couple splashes of the wine.

In the meantime I was also making my packet of ramen noodles. There’s directions on those packages/I’m guessing most everyone knows how to make ramen noodles, so we’ll skip that step.

When everything is finished, I plated the ramen noodles first, topped with asparagus and finally the chicken. It was so good and I could really taste the wine/lemon influence which made this beginner cook VERY excited.

 

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Also, I should note that I only used about 1/2 lb of each chicken and asparagus for this dish. I was cooking for one and wasn’t sure how it would turn out, so I didn’t want to waste more than I had to. Looking back, I wish I’d made it all so I had leftovers today…but now I need to try to come up with something for tonight!

You’ll have to let me know if you decide to give this dish a whirl and how it turns out!

Also, if you are a member of WINC, I highly recommend giving Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy a try. It was so delicious, especially paired with this meal. If you love wine but have never heard of or tried WINC, click hereĀ  and 1 of your bottles will be on the house!

Enjoy your Tuesday, everyone!

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The Hunt for the Perfect House

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Let me let you in on a little secret. House hunting in Columbus is hard.
We went into this process thinking it was such a large area and there was so much going on that we didn’t really think that the market would be so tough.
But here we are, on month number 5, without a house. We hardly even have a lead.

Because here’s the problem. There are more people looking for houses than there are houses available. We’re picky people. We want this house to be the right one. We plan to be there awhile. Our last house? We built it for re-sale. It was nice but it wasn’t perfect. We have high expectations.

Turns out, those are really hard to come close to. We went and saw a house last week that was 45 minutes from our apartment. Before we got back to the apartment, the house was in contract. We went to see a house this week, and when we did there were four other realtors and clients looking at it as the same time. It wasn’t an open house. The house sold that night.

Basically, if you don’t act RIGHT THIS MINUTE THAT YOU’RE LOOKING AT SAID HOUSE, you’re SOL. We aren’t jump the gun kind of people when it comes to a huge investment like a house.

Of course, then there’s the issue of finding the one, getting accepted to get the one, and then having to walk away from the one.

In November, back when we had started house hunting, the one came on the market. Rick was away at training and I had to look at the house with the realtor on my own. No problem, I trust our realtor immensely. She’s been nothing but straight forward and honest about her views on the area and pricing. She’s never been pushy for us to just buy a house already. So off we went to look at this house and guys….it was perfect (from my very not construction oriented eye). It sat on a corner lot of 2 acres (divided by a creek, not ideal, but do-able), with a pretty little pond in the front. It was a cape code style, which is my favorite. It was pink and stone on the exterior and then the interior? WOW. It was like a Colorado ski resort on the interior. Absolutely stunning. All exposed wood post and beam, gorgeous large kitchen, open floor plan, beautiful flooring and bathrooms.

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We face-timed with my husband and got his approval. Put in an offer.

24 hours later it was accepted. I was on cloud nine. I wanted to tell everyone – look at this gorgeous house! It was mine! I couldn’t wait to host events and dinner parties.

And then one week later, it as all over. It wasn’t mine anymore. The house inspection didn’t work out like we’d hoped and it was back on the market.

I was devastated.
Let’s be real. I still am.
I still hold out hope that we’ll find something similar. That exposed, country, beautiful open feel.
Maybe that’s what’s the most difficult about all this. Holding on to something that just isn’t real.

When we will find the perfect house? Will we ever? On acreage, close to a town, open floor plan, gorgeous inside….
It’s a struggle to believe that you might, when you already came so close to something so perfect.