Category Archives: Road Trip

Jalapeño Spinach Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken

Not only was this a long weekend and Easter Weekend, it was also the first Monday of the month, which means Canton Trade Days was going on this weekend.  I was looking on Facebook and saw a notice reminding me about the events in Canton and decided to take an impromptu trip out there to see what they had.  I was so excited when I found some fun flip flop sandals for myself.  They had a really good deal in one of the booths to buy two and get the third pair for a reduced rate.  Since I really only liked two of the pairs they had, I bought the third pair for my sister.  I think my favorites were the ones that I got her, but they didn’t have that style in my size.  I’ve already worn both pairs I bought two times, and my sister wore hers for Easter brunch, so I’d say the trip to Canton was a success!!

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20130331-163111.jpgThe zebra ones next tot he pink flip flops are the ones I got my sister.

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These aren’t the ones I bought my sister, but they are very similar.

I saw a stuffed chicken on pinterest and even though it looked a little fancy for my cooking skills, I decided to give it a try.  It really was an easy recipe and I have to say one of the best things I’ve made. I’m pretty sure it’s all the cheese that is in the stuffing that made it taste so good.  The only advice I have is to remember to take the toothpick out when it’s done cooking.  I learned that one the hard way!!

Ingredients:

Chicken breasts
Block of Cream Cheese
Cheddar Jack Cheese
Spinach
2 Jalapeños
Garlic
Lemon Pepper
Paprika

I didn’t put any amounts because I just put in the amounts I liked. I only used 2 Jalapeños and I just put a spoonful of minced garlic that was already preminced from the grocery store.

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Cut the jalapeños in to small pieces.  I cut out all the seeds first.  You can leave a few in if you like it kind of spicy.DSCN0908
Sautee the jalapeños and garlic in olive oil.  This was way too much olive oil and I had to drain it. DSCN0909
Add Spinach to the sauteed jalapeños and garlic.DSCN0911

Put cream cheese, cheese and sautéed spinach jalapeno mix in a bowl and mix it up.
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It will look something like this.  This is what you stuff inside the chicken.DSCN0913
Cut the chicken in half like a pocket.  Do not cut all the way through.

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Stuff the chicken and poke a toothpick through it to cook it through.
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Top off the chicken with lemon pepper and paprika
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Cook in the oven on 375 for about 45 minutes or until cooked through.

Again, DON’T FORGET to take out the toothpicks!!!!!

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Can I add expert camper to my resume?

My favorite thing to do in the Austin area is to float the Guadalupe river.  I have enjoyed our annual trip with my Dallas friends for the last three years.  Last year was the first time we camped out there and we had such a great time, we decided to do it again.  My friends got there early and got to float on Friday, too.( I only got to float on Saturday.) We took the five hour excursion on Saturday and I loved every second of it.  We still had to walk a little this year, but not nearly as bad as last year during the drought. Luckily, we stay at Mountain Breeze campgrounds, because that part of the river is outside the city limit, so this is a no can ban area and people can drink on the river.

This year proved to be much more eventful than my previous camping trips. This year it decided to rain. Well, rain could be an understatement.  It POURED.  It was so scary because there was lightning, thunder and buckets of water being poured on us for about four hours straight. The electricity at the campsite went out, which is ok, because I really didn’t need a fan anyway. I was so cold last night. That’s really odd in July!! It didn’t help that I also forgot to bring sheets, pillows, and blankets. Luckily, the tent that I put up by myself didn’t leak too bad.  I can’t say the same thing about my friend’s tent.  I’ve decided that if it had to rain, I’m glad it happened on the last night. I don’t think I would have made it a second night had it rained the first night.

I set the tent up all by myself and even put the overhang tarp on by myself.

My friends classed it up a bit with the UT chair and yard art.  They even had Christmas lights.  Next year I’m going to have to do a little better with the decorations.

Had a great day floating on the Guadalupe River.

This was the bottom of my friend’s tent after the rain storm. I think they are going to have to get a new tent.

Fredericksburg

When in Fredericksburg, one must eat German Food. I had a schnitzel burger at the Auslander. My friends had Opa, which is some kind of sausage. The food was good and the company was even better.

There are wine samplings all over the place, but we only tried the Mead. I had heard of Mead before, but had never tried it. For some reason I pictured it being a really heavy drink, the type you can almost chew. But, it’s not. It is made of honey and it’s pretty sweet. It was alright for tasting, but I would probably not want a whole glass of it.

We also shopped and bought matching t-shirts at the Spunky Monkey. What a great name for a toy store!

I definitely suggest taking a road trip to Fredericksburg, if you have the chance.

Luckenbach, Tx. Population 3

If you haven’t gone to Luckenbach, it’s time! This is a quaint little watering post with about three buildings. The Post Office has a bar in the back room and two fun Postmen/Salesmen in the front room. They are all very accommodating to tourists and will take pictures of them and with them. The Post Office actually is operating and a post card can be sent to all the loved ones. I bought a couple of t-shirts, a cd, and a koozie while I was there. They also have a dance hall, which I hear is quite popular. It’s definitely a must if you are planning a Central Texas road trip!

Road Trip

I’ve been in the Austin area for about 2 years now and still haven’t been 30 miles away from where I live. Tomorrow, I’m taking my first day road trip. The plan is to go to Fredericksburg and Luckenbach. I’m not sure what we’ll see, but I’m looking forward to the fun!

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