Stuffed Chicken Wrapped in Pillsbury Croissant… you heard me

This chicken is easy to make and tastes like Heaven.

I found this recipe on Pinterest but altered a few ingredients based on what was available to me at the time. I have no measurements, just instructions. And to be honest, with this recipe, measurements do not matter.

What you’ll need:

chicken breasts (2)

cream cheese

1/4 of an onion

asparagus

2-3 slices pre-cooked bacon

salt & pepper

1 tube Pillsbury crescent rolls (1 tube can cover two chicken breasts)

1 egg

Now here’s now you assemble this thing!

(preheat oven to 400 degrees)

1. Wash and cut asparagus into 1/2 inch pieces.

2. Microwave pre-cooked bacon (normally for around 20 seconds) then chop into 1/2 inch pieces. Chop 1/4 onion.

3. Mix together the cream cheese, onions, chopped asparagus, chopped bacon and salt & pepper.

4. Wash chicken. Place on cutting board and take a big fat knife and poke holes all throughout the chicken. Beat it like Chris Brown. It will be super tender this way.

5. Then, at the thickest part of the chicken, cut a slit and fill it with the cream cheese stuffing.

6. Lay out the Pillsbury crescent rolls in one sheet – do not break them apart – on a cookie sheet.

7. There will be a slit that separates the crescent roll sheet in half. Each half holds one chicken breast. Place one of the chicken breasts slit w/ stuffing side down and pull the extra dough over and pinch together to completely cover the chicken. Repeat for the second chicken breast.

8. Turn the wrapped chicken breast over so that the non pinched together dough is facing up. Beat an egg and brush it over the top.

9. Place the cookie sheet in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.

10. Enjoy.

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precious little things…

1. Signs. I discover random signs and wall art around Los Angeles… this one on Fairfax made me smile:

2. Shellac manicures. Polish Couture on Melrose gives fantastic Shellac manicures for $35 – a hefty price, but the polish lasts for 3 weeks! This shade made me giddy:

3. philosophy. I love all philosophy products. My grandmother gave me this white cranberry shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath for Christmas. The scent is refreshing and addictive.

I hope you find joy in the little things!

Birthday Suit… by Benefit Cosmetics, not Usher

I always go to the same sweet lady at the Ulta on Santa Monica and La Brea to get my eyebrows done. Normally when people try to upsell makeup to me I give a big NO THANK YOU.

BUT…

When she recommended Benefit’s creaseless eyeshadow in the shade “Birthday Suit,” I could not resist. It really is creaseless. Other brands promise a creaseless eyeshadow but I find myself fooled at the end of the day when there are lumps of eyeshadow in the creases of my eyelid. It’s just not cute. But this stuff really works! And it is so subtle, just adds some brightness to the eye. Although I cringed paying the $19 price, it’s well worth it and will certainly last a long time.

The Reason For My Absence…

This Spring break, I attended SXSW film, music and interactive festival on assignment as a staff reporter for my university’s online publication. I had the time of my life.

From Hollywood flicks like 21 Jump Street and The Cabin in the Woods to small, gritty indies like Sun Don’t Shine and Somebody Up There Likes Me, I feel like I had a very well-rounded festival experience. I even saw Emily Shuman, founder of the blog Cupcakes and Cashmere, speak about how she made a business out of blogging. As for music, Mumford and Sons and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros were all I had to see to be satisfied! SXSW is just about the best festival in the world. I hope to return next year.

Easy Cinnamon Rolls (No yeast!)

Cinnamon rolls are a wonderful, sweet breakfast treat every once in a while. But when yeast is involved, it adds so much extra time. Here’s a recipe that does not involve yeast and makes 4 perfect cinnamon rolls!

You’ll need:

1 cup flour (although I like to use 3/4 cup flour and 1/4 cup ground flaxseed)

1 tablespoon sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 ½ tablespoons butter

½ cup milk

For the filling, you will need:

2 tablespoons butter

½ cup brown sugar

1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon

Cooking Instructions:
1) Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
2) Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a medium sized bowl
3) Stir in milk and melted butter into the medium bowl with the dry ingredients to form a soft dough
4) To prepare the filling, melt the butter and stir in the brown sugar and cinnamon
5) Flour a pan and roll the dough into a rectangle
6) Spread 3/4 of the filling on top of the dough
7) Roll up the dough from the shorter side of the rectangle and cut into four equal pieces
8) Spray canola oil into a small pan and place cinnamon rolls in pan
9) Spread the remaining filling on top of the rolls
10) Place in oven and cook for 20 minutes
11) Enjoy!

Traveling on a Budget This Spring Break: New York City Secrets for Students

After the cost of the flight, food and entertainment, Spring Break can cost a fortune. Most students do not consider many resources that can drastically reduce vacation costs.  New York City gives students countless inexpensive options, but most are clueless about the deals!  Save time and money with these city secrets.

With some careful planning, you will save money and get the most out of your vacation. Here are some travel tips:

  • Book your flight well in advance to get the lowest rate. Why spend more on a flight when you can book it for less?
  • Research local hostels, especially those that cater to students. The prices will be drastically lower than hotels and let’s face it – with your busy vacation plans, how much time will you spend in the room anyway?
  • Strategically plan meals so that you do not spend unnecessary money. While it is important to explore the local cuisine, you can save money on the less important meals by stopping by the local grocery store to purchase snacks and breakfast food.
  • Take advantage of student discounts on entertainment such as theatre performances, festivals and museums. For example, most theatres in New York City offer student rush tickets at an extremely low price and museum admission is half off.

New York City has so much to offer that is either inexpensive or won’t cost you a penny! Check out these destinations and activities:

  • Stroll/bike/ride through Central Park
  • Broadway shows (cheap student rush tickets)
  • Shop in SoHo
  • Experience an improv show at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Comedy Theatre (free!)
  • Score tickets to a daytime talk show
  • Visit the Statue of Liberty
  • Purchase daily Groupon deals for discounted food

Porto’s – Burbank

Porto’s is located along a beautiful main street of Burbank, somewhat similar to Colorado St. in Pasadena. Porto’s offers a friendly atmosphere, a large menu and extremely reasonable prices.

Expect a line, this place is very popular. The sandwiches are tasty, but nothing gourmet. The portion is more than worth the price. Pictured below is the Cubano sandwich ($4.85) – slow roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, butter and mustard and mayonnaise mix on Cuban bread – with banana chips! This sandwich is filling and the meat is tender. Overall, pretty delicious.

My friend got the veggie sandwich ($6.15) – Roasted eggplant, roasted red bell peppers, and zucchini, with havarti cheese, hummus spread, lettuce, and tomatoes on wheat – also with banana chips.

Porto’s also has a wide array of baked goods to choose from. I will have to try these on my next visit.

I am looking forward to exploring more restaurants in Burbank as it is a beautiful area!

 

 

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