Wednesday, July 7, 2010

My Birthday, Book Review, 4 Miles, New Recipe

Today is my birthday. I’m officially 28. When did this happen? I swear I have the hardest time getting older! It makes me sad. It makes me worry I missed something or didn’t do something. I don’t know why but every year I get equally anxious – hate that feeling!

Since I’m weird about today, I’ll tell ya about yesterday! It started with heading into work where I finished reading Mary Higgins Clark’s I Heard That Song Before. This was a book about a gardener’s daughter, Kay, who overheard an argument at the Carrington mansion at a young age, just before her father commits suicide and two women end up dead. Now, flash forward many years, she’s falling for Peter Kerrington, who was a major suspect in both women’s deaths. The book is a mystery and a romance, and you never know who Kay should trust as she uncovers lots of suspicious alibis, cover-ups and the truth about her past and her husband. I LOVED it. I thought it was a great mystery. It kept me engaged even as it introduced numerous characters. I never felt confused or behind – thought it was AWESOME. I give it a 5/5 – I would listen to it again in a heartbeat!

So glad to read that book – definitely started the day off right! I got into work and got lots done, then walked 4 miles with Stacy during lunch. It went by SO quick as we caught up on our weekends! Then it was back to work. I had planned to run after work, but still felt a little funky, so I headed straight home and got in bed to rest, pay some bills, watch some Pretty Little Liars and read some Twilight. Hehe that list made me laugh- I’m such a womanchild. For dinner I made a new recipe that I found at the lake – Rachel Ray’s Quesadilla roll ups. Here’s my version of the recipe for FOUR servings:



16 oz. chicken + 1 pack taco seasoning, slow cooked for 3 hours on high and shredded; divided into 4 servings
4 mission burrito size tortillas
2 oz. cabot 75% fat-free cheese, grated, divided into 4 servings
2 oz. fat-free cheddar cheese, grated, divided into 4 servings
½ cup green salsa, divided

Add tortilla over medium heat. Top with cheese spread evenly. Cook until tortilla is slightly browned. Heat up a serving of chicken in the microwave (about 1 minute). Remove tortilla from heat and top with chicken. Roll up and cut into pieces. Serve each with 2 tbsp salsa.

Nutritional Information: 417 calories, 42 carbs, 7 fat grams and 41 protein grams.

Review: GREAT! I love these – super filling and flavorful. Next time I may add a tbsp of fat-free sour cream. For more calories (AKA for Austin) serve with chips and salsa on the side or a ½ cup of black beans. One thing to note – if you them crispy (which we did) make sure the chicken is dry – so pour some of the taco seasoning/sauce out (or just drain it).

After dinner we just washed some Tosh.0 and called it a night! I ended up at 1,582 calories, 169 carbs, 43 fat grams and 108 protein grams. Here’s what I ate.

Q: How do you feel about birthdays? I swear it’s not like I don’t want to get older or that I’m not happy with my life, it’s just a reminder that I have less time for good times!!

32 comments:

Christina said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! hope it's an awesome year for you! i love birthdays...i'm embracing 26! i think it's going to be tons of fun :)

anotherannabanana said...

Happy Birthday! Summer birthdays are the best, obvi.

I like birthdays -- they feel sort of like New Years Day to me. It's a chance to remember all the fun in my previous year and look forward to all the things I want to do with the next year of my life. Plus, birthday cake makes everything awesome!

runsarah said...

Happy Birthday girl! I hope you have a wonderful day with friends and fam.

Tina said...

Happy Birthday!!!!

Lisa @ I'm an okie said...

Happy Birthday!!

So far, I'm ok with getting older. Ask me again in 5 years though!

Megan said...

Happy Birthday!! Have a wonderful day :)

Sole Matters said...

Hope you're having a wonderful bday!

fitlizzio said...

happy birthday!!!!! :-D have a great day

biz319 said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Ah, to be 27 again - so young! But wait, then I would have a four year old tagging behind me - I'll stick to 42 with an 18 year old!

We love Tosh.O - so fricken funny!

Have a great day!

Lindsay said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Thanks for the recipe those look yummy!!

inmytummy.com said...

Happy Birthday Kelly! Looking forward to seeing you soon!

homecookedem said...

Happy Birthday!!!!!!!! :) I love birthdays. I try not to think about the getting older part and just have fun with it. Plus you get to eat CAKE!! :) Enjoy your day sweet girl!! :)

Marisa (Loser for Life) said...

Happy Birthday, Kelly!

Love those Mary Higgins Clark books! When on earth do you have time to read, you busy girl?! ;)

Enjoy your day!

~L~ from Decorated and Exhausted said...

Hahahaha...womanchild! I love that saying. I feel like that sometimes too.

Wait until you hit 30 sister! I turned 30 in April and it was the wierdest thing...EVER! I generally have the same worries and thoughts, but all you can do is take things day by day and enjoy it :)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Yum Yucky said...

Today you are one year older, wiser, and stronger with a dash of awesome sauce. Yay, YOU!

Fashion Meets Food said...

Happy Birthday Gorgeous! Hope you have an absolutely fabulous day! That chicken looks divine!

xo

*Naomi* said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GIRL!!!! WOOOOO

I love rachel ray!

april said...

happy happy birthday!!!

Tyler said...

I hope you have an amazing Birthday!

redhead75 said...

Happy Birthday!

I love me some Mary Higgins Clark!!!!

Melissa said...

Happy Birthday!! I love my birthday....I try to milk it out as long as possible!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

I think the great thing about getting older is that we have learned soooo much are thus are happier each year!! I swear I am happier at 28 than I was at 21 because I finally figured out how to love myself and what things aren't worth stressing about

happy birthday!!

tina said...

Happy Birthday!! Hope you're having a great day. I have an award for you. You can check it out here:

http://tmmurphy1.blogspot.com/2010/07/i-received-award.html

Genesis said...

happy birthday! you dont look a day older than 21 :)

Anne Marie said...

I love birthdays....Happy birthday to you!!!

Mica said...

I like birthdays, but I might not in a few years.

I like that you have to add calories for Austin. I have to do that too. Silly men and their faster metabolisms.

Lara (Thinspired) said...

I know I'm late, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY! This sounds weird, but I've always wanted to be 28. It seems like the "perfect" age to me. Hope it was fantastic!

Lara (Thinspired) said...

I know I'm late, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY! This sounds weird, but I've always wanted to be 28. It seems like the "perfect" age to me. Hope it was fantastic!

Anne Marie said...

I love birthdays....Happy birthday to you!!!

tina said...

Happy Birthday!! Hope you're having a great day. I have an award for you. You can check it out here:

http://tmmurphy1.blogspot.com/2010/07/i-received-award.html

Tyler said...

I hope you have an amazing Birthday!

*Naomi* said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GIRL!!!! WOOOOO

I love rachel ray!