Goodbye 2012!!

Gary and I had such a lovely end to 2012; relaxing and spending quality time together. We both made it a mission in 2013 to find more meaningful things to do together. I'm excited because he's a pretty cool dude :)

I had to work allllll day long on December 31. I'm not complaining one bit but here's what my day looked like:

Sleeping in since gspice didn't have work
7:30a - wake up, shower, get ready
9-1p - WMC work
1-2:45p - clean kitchen, make spinach dip that we'll bake off when I get home later, cut chicken for chicken nuggets, make lunch, clean all used dishes
2:45-11:05p - Front Desk work (yes, we toasted the new year with champagne at about 10:45!)
11:05-12a - MAKE FOOD!!

It was a busy day but oh so worth it. Both new recipes were delish and we capped it all off with our favorite mimosa recipe, Blushing Mimosas!

Here are the recipes:

Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip adapted from Closet Cooking

1 (16 oz) package frozen spinach, thawed drained and coarsely chopped
1 (14 oz) can artichoke hearts (I left this out on purpose, but it was missed)
8 oz cream cheese, room temp
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayo
2 cloves garlic, grated
1/2 teaspoon chili sauce (I used cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes instead)
3/4 cup shredded parm
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella

1. Mix everything and pour in to a baking dish.
2. Bake in a preheated 350F oven until the sides are bubbling and cheese has melted and turned golden brown, about 20-30 minutes.

Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets from SkinnyTaste

2 large skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into even bit sized pieces (We used a pound of chicken tenderloins)
salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp olive oil
6 tbsp whole wheat Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
2 tbsp panko
2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese (We used shredded parm)
olive oil spray
Preheat oven to 425°. Spray a baking sheet with olive oil spray.Put the olive oil in one bowl and the breadcrumbs, panko and parmesan cheese in another.
Season chicken with salt and pepper, then put in the bowl with the olive oil and mix well so the olive oil evenly coats all of the chicken. Put a few chunks of chicken at a time into the breadcrumb mixture to coat, then on the baking sheet. Lightly spray the top with olive oil spray then bake 8 - 10 minutes. Turn over then cook another 4 - 5 minutes or until cooked though.
Gary dunked his in to BBQ. I am superior and dunked mine in to Tabasco :)

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