If you know the real me then you know that I am not a major fan of cooking. You would think that with all the Food Network shows I watch I would have a home cooked meal on the table every night, I’m just not that type of woman. Well after getting bashed and teased about how I’m not a ‘normal’ girl because I don’t like cooking I finally decided to make my man a meal. Now I’m no Betty Crocker but if you give me a recipe then I can sure as heck follow that recipe to a T and make a great meal. I was craving chicken that night so I searched and searched and searched for an easy meal because I knew that Ry was gonna be home within the next hour. I finally found the perfect chicken to try. It’s a roasted red pepper, mozzarella and basil stuffed chicken. The picture is what sold me on the recipe, so I put my little invisible chef hat on and headed to Publix.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
8 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced into 8 slices
1 12 oz jar of roasted red peppers sliced into 1 inch pieces (about two whole red peppers if you roast your own)
1 bunch of basil, whole leaves
1/4 cup fresh grated parmesan
Salt and pepper for seasoning
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 9×12 casserole dish. Butterfly chicken breasts by slicing into the long side of the breast, stopping just about 1/4 of an inch from the opposite side. Lay chicken breast in casserole dish opened up. Sprinkle the exposed insides of the chicken breast with 1/2 of the Italian seasoning and salt and pepper. Stack the roasted red pepper, basil, and 1 slice of the mozzarella on the bottom side of the chicken. Fold the top flap of the chicken over, tucking in the mozzarella, basil and roasted red pepper as necessary. Sprinkle with the remaining Italian seasoning. Bake chicken for 30-40 minutes (until chicken is no longer pink). Pull chicken out of oven and turn the oven to a high broil. Top chicken with remaining mozzarella slices and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Broil until cheese is browned and bubbly, about 5 minutes.
Now normally if I do attempt to cook Ry doesn’t normally like it (he is a VERY picky eater but won’t admit it), however, I will mark the day that I made this chicken because Ry actually admitted that he liked the chicken and would eat it again. HALLELUJAH! This is for all you ladies (or men) that get teased because they don’t cook, you CAN do it. With Pinterest’s help, ANYTHING is possible.
We, as girls, have all had some crazy thoughts to why her man is not texting them back. Don’t deny it, it happens to the best of us.
1. He’s definitely ignoring me on purpose.
2. Who is he f*cking?!
3. Maybe he didn’t get my message?4. Maybe he lost his phone?
5. Nope, he just like a picture on Instagram – he definitely has his phone.
6. Is it because I’m ugly?
7. I’m better looking than he is, WTF!
8. Maybe he’s playing hard to get?
9. Maybe I should?
10. Nah, where’s the fun in that?
11. What about a Snapchat to get his attention?
12. Why are his three best friends on Snapchat girls?!
13. He’s definitely seeing other people.
14. I wonder which one of these girls he’s slept with.
15. Maybe he’s taking a nap?
16. Should I take a nap?
17. Maybe if I do then I will wake up to a response.
18. Did I come on too strong?
19. …Or not strong enough?
20. He hates me.
21. Why does this always happen?
22. Most people have their phones in their hands 24/7.
23. I know he saw it.
24. It’s 2014 – my message clearly got delivered, it even says it!!!
25. Am I too intimidating?
26. Again – who else is he sleeping with?!
27. Maybe he’s in the shower?
28. Who takes this long to shower?
29. I guess I do… but I’m a girl!
30. Maybe he’s jerking off?
31. But I could be doing that for him.
32. I wonder if he’s thinking of me naked.
33. Doubt it, then he’d definitely be responding.
35. Maybe he’s on the phone?
36. What bitch is he calling?
37. Probably that girl who just wrote on his Facebook.
38. She’s not even that pretty.
39. OK, fine, she’s actually really hot.
40. He could be at the gym.
41. Sh*t, should I go to the gym?
42. Why couldn’t we just work each other out? It’s so much more fun…
43. Who exercises when it’s 28 degrees outside?!
44. Maybe he’s just doing work?
45. Should I call him?
46. Maybe I should do a casual walk-by-his-place-to-see-if-he’s-home?
47. Damn it, it’s raining; screw that.
48. Wow, I sound crazy.
49. Oh well, it happens to the best of us, doesn’t it?
50. WTF is going on?
51. I thought we had a great time the other night?
52. I guess I was the only one who thought so?
53. Whatever, he lost his chance; I’m over it.
54. OMG!! HE JUST RESPONDED!!!
Yes, ladies we all have this thought process. We can’t deny it for one second. We’re human though so it is natural.
1. Regardless of his height, he is comfortable with the way he looks around you. You don’t have to date a guy who is taller than most, but he can’t be someone who is threatened to be seen with you.2. He genuinely makes you laugh (because he is funny, not because you think he is attractive and want to flatter him), and not a self-conscious little giggle, either. He makes you belly laugh and choke on your own laughter and tear up with laughter and laugh so hard you think you’re going to pee yourself.
3. He loves your laugh, even your ‘ugly’ laugh.
4. He remembers little things about you, even things that other people might consider unimportant or too minor. He knows what your favorite dish at the Thai place is. He knows what movie you two watched on your first date. He knows the blanket you love to curl up with when you’re reading.
5. Whether or not he has the same taste in music or movies as you, he is always willing to try something new that you really like, or that neither of you have seen before.
6. He doesn’t put you down for liking what you like.
7. You always feel welcome around his friends, even if they aren’t the people that you would hang out with every day, and they are always friendly and open to you. There is never a point at which you feel there is ‘your boyfriend’ and then ‘the person he is around his friends.’
8. His family is not perfect, because no one is, but they try their best and are good people and you feel comfortable around them.
9. He does not cheat on you, would never cheat on you, and doesn’t even give the vague, nagging suspicion that he might cheat on you at some point in the future. Regardless of the problems you may encounter, being betrayed is simply not a possibility.
10. His vision of the future is very similar to yours, or at least is flexible enough to adjust to what you both may end up wanting. (Wasting time with someone who does not want what you want, and never will, is unfair to both of you.)
11. He has a healthy relationship with going out, drinking, and socializing. He is neither completely dependent or absolutely uncomfortable with either of those things.
12. With him you are comfortable both going out together and spending time separately with your individual groups of friends – there is no need to be constantly joined at the hip, for fear that he may stray or any other reason.
13. He is willing to consider long-distance if it has to be done for a certain period of time, but at least ultimately has plans to be near you (because no matter how good it is, long-distance can’t last forever).
14. He doesn’t have hang-ups or judgments about your body, and shows all of it affection and attention. You don’t feel ugly or uncomfortable around him, nor that you are not good enough for him physically.
15. He has similar religious views to you – or lack thereof – or is willing to accept that you’re both different. Few things manifest in more ugly ways than the small seeds of disagreement over fundamental beliefs like religion.
16. He is open-minded, and not just about things that he doesn’t really care about. Even for more important subjects like politics or culture, he is able to listen to others and give meaningful responses without being petty or childish.
17. He is mature and comfortable about the human body and all of its weird functions, and doesn’t make a big deal out of things that happen naturally. Instead of feeling uncomfortable when something weird happens during sex, for example, you both just laugh.
18. He doesn’t make fun of you if you say you are offended or upset by something he says. He is actually capable of thinking about the consequences of his words and understanding that not all hurt is inflicted physically.
19. He votes, and understands why it’s important.
20. He is attractive (to your own individual standard), but the vast majority of your interest in him stems from things other than what he looks like.
21. He respects himself enough to want all of these things from you, too.