Lemon Dijon Chicken Skewers

Lemon Dijon Chicken Skewers

  I love to skewer things.  Okay, maybe I should be more clear.  I love to skewer things that I can later eat. :p  But, because I know you’re just here for the food, let’s start with the recipe, shall we? Lemon Dijon Chicken Skewers Adapted from grilled Lemon Dijon Chicken by First Home Love Life Ingredients 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast (when done, it should be 20 ounces cooked) Juice of 1-2 lemons (1/4 cup bottled juice) 3 tbsp olive oil (original recipe called for 4, but I cut it down) 1-2 green onions 2 cloves garlic 2 tbsp dijon mustard 1 tbsp herbs de Provence 1 tsp dried thyme Kosher salt (to taste) Pepper (to taste) 2 yellow peppers, cut into 3/4- to 1-inch pieces 1-2 white or yellow onions, cut into 3/4- to 1-inch pieces...

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The Hockey Update

The Hockey Update

  I decided the hockey update should be separate, because it’s rather long, and some folks just may not care, so it’s easier to skip over when it’s separated.  Plus, it gives me a chance to showcase some pictures of my two favorite hockey players.  Oh, who am I kidding…that’s the real reason I made a separate hockey post. 😉 To summarize what’s going on:  my oldest son, Jamie, has been playing travel hockey since he was 8, back in 2010.  (Travel is a higher level of hockey than “house,” which is basically rec league hockey, where everyone makes the team.  In travel, you have to actually try out and be good enough to make the team.  Well, unless you’re the coach’s kid. :p )  After this year, Jamie...

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Too Much Rain

Too Much Rain

Friday was a nice day.  It didn’t quite start out that way, though. I had planned to get up and do five miles in my quest to burn some extra calories, but I ended up oversleeping.  I thought about trying for five anyway, but then I decided I’d just do four and allow myself to relax a bit, since I had a little extra time for four miles.  However, as it turns out, I was feeling pretty good and ended up with not just a good run, but a great run: I’ve had faster miles (not many), but that’s the fastest one with this watch, and definitely one of my fastest overall. It was also my fastest four miles since last summer!  So, yay! Later that day, my sister-in-law and I had a girls night at the Detroit Institute of Arts. We spent 3 hours strolling...

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The Hockey Mom Who Just Can’t Even

The Hockey Mom Who Just Can’t Even

It’s been four weeks since we found out my older son’s team was being abandoned by the coach, and I am at the point now where I just can’t even…  We still don’t have a team, and Jamie has been turned down by three teams so far.  I thought he had been turned down by 4, but it just turns out they failed to include my email address when they sent out the “We’ve decided to have one more try out” email. So although that’s technically still an opportunity, the fact that they didn’t seem too concerned about making sure I got the notification doesn’t bode well, in my opinion. Someday, I’m going to look back on all this, and remember 2015 as the year that the ever-positive Susie Sunshine finally...

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It Has Not Been the Best of Weeks

It Has Not Been the Best of Weeks

Some unfortunate events occurred with my youngest son’s hockey team last week.  I could go into it all, but what’s the point?  The bottom line is that although my son JJ is still on the team, I have a different outlook about the team now, and I’m not sure anything could happen that will make me feel as good about the team as I did last year when I felt like we were all truly a big, happy family.  But, I will suck up my frustration and anger and allow my son to have fun with his friends, because that’s what parents do. If I thought JJ’s situation was bad, that’s nothing compared to Jamie’s. It was just over three weeks ago that we got the news telling us that the team we had been led to believe Jamie would be skating with for the fall was suddenly disbanded, the...

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Kona Race Report – 2015

Kona Race Report – 2015

  Saturday morning, Jamie and I arose long before the sun for our third year in a row of doing the Kona Run. My intent was to be up by 5 AM and on the road by 5:30, but that didn’t quite happen. I ended up waking up around 5:15 (oops), and we were challenged to get out of the house by 5:45. Thankfully, Jamie wakes up pretty well (after the first five minutes or so), and he got dressed and ate breakfast without any challenges. I went through great pains to make myself a coffee, and then ended up not even having it because I ran out of time. :/ I was trying to get to the race early, because I was excited to meet a blogging friend in person for the first time: Meg from Running Just As Fast As She Can was running this race is well, and I just had a feeling...

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Chocolate and Hockey

Chocolate and Hockey

We’re still suffering through tryout season over here in the Loud Redhead household. And, what a surprise, the scale reflects that: That, my friends, is a 2-pound gain from last week. At first, I was pretty upset, but then I looked at it more logically, and realized that there was a good reason why I gained weight this week. I found myself eating a lot of chocolate last week at my desk, as I stressed out over the many tryout postings, trying to figure out which ones I should take my son to. When I realize things were getting a bit out of hand, instead of reining in, I decided to give myself “permission” to use my weekly points, which I never use any other time. (For those not familiar with the program, Weight Watchers gives you a set amount of...

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