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If you are hip to the Homemade Ocean Facebook page, then you know that last night I made a big blunder.

If you are not hip to our Facebook page, can you get on that because there is nothing I love more than talking to strangers.  Seriously.  Talk to me, not dirty though…my dad stalks that page.

Last night, we decided to keep the Cinco party train on it’s tracks and settle in with a margarita or three and some homemade Mexican food.  I started making some tasty queso, only to find out that we had no tortilla chips.  Bummer, so  I focused my attention on making the best chicken quesadilla this side of the US border.  We had a bulk six pack of canned chicken that I was too lazy to open so I scoured the pantry for more canned chicken.  Don’t judge me, I needed a quick and easy boyfriend-approved meal.

I found the chicken and microwaved (yup, microwaved) a tasty concoction of unhealthy cheese and pink chicken.  I decided I didn’t need any chicken in my quesadilla since it looked a little funny and served it to Tim with pep in my step and a smile on my face.  As I sat dipping plain tortillas in my cheese dip, Tim started questioning my gourmet abilities.  “Christina, this tastes like cat food” he says, “I am not sure I can finish this” he says, “gag, cough, gag” he says.

After some convincing on my part, I assured him that it was straight out of the can that HE bought.  It has to be chicken, because he bought it.  Tim hates canned anything, but he will deal with chicken.  Tuna is unacceptable.  Hold on to that nugget of info, mmmkay.

After picking every last ever-loving piece of “chicken” out of the quesadilla and sneaking it to the pups Tim finally got the nerve to dig through the trash can and find the evidence.

I had fed him Chicken of the Sea.

Where is my girl Jessica Simpson when I need her.  Come on, someone back me up here.  I mean I did make dinner after sipping on the syrup and that will get you every time.  Apparently, Chicken of the Sea = tuna.  Fail.

It just adds to the growing list of why I am not wife material. I am not Martha wife material The list.

1.  I wait until I only have one shirt hanging in my closet to do laundry.

2.  Dusting is an urban legend in this house.

3.  I always make myself a drink before I make Tim’s.

4.  My craft projects often take over the whole living room floor.

5.  Most of our dinners come from the freezer.

6.  I take foot massages, not give them.

7.  I am really good at ignoring dishes.

8.  I don’t always shave my legs, which means hardly ever.

8 1/2.  I get very fussy for about a quarter of the month.

9.  You ever seen a hangry girl?  They got nothing on me.

10.  I can never remember anniversaries, or birthdays, or Mondays.

11.  The last time I sewed, I lost.

12.  I hate worms, which rules out gardening.

13.  Coupons and I don’t get along, much less save money.

14.  I would rather travel than save for retirement.

15.  My idea of romance is a night of Duck Dynasty.

16.  I’m stubborn, insanely stubborn.

17.  Sometimes my jokes are mean, I admit it.

18.  I like to poke, pinch, and tickle.

19.  I can’t keep a plant alive.

20.  I apparently can not cook.  At all.

That list makes me sound pretty disgusting.  I promise we don’t live in filth.  We usually have at least one person over a week, which evokes a mad-dash-cleaning-spree.  I do shower, occasionally.  I try to feed veggies and luckily, I can make him laugh.

Have you ever fed someone something they hated secretly on accident?
Think you are not wife material as well?
Have a maid that wants to come do our laundry and dust?

Written by Christina and Tim

I don’t give you all recipes very often but when I do you can guarantee that they will meet my three requirements.

1.  Super Delish
2.  Healthy or Healthier
3.  Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy

When I ran across a recipe for “Spinach Artichoke Chicken” that is….get this….under 300 calories I was all kinds of down.  I may or may not have started drooling immediately.  The best part was, I had almost all the ingredients ready and waiting.  Like it was meant to be.

So I made it. yummy spinach artichoke chicken And I have made it twice since then.
Now I want you to make it….too pushy?

Ok, how about I think you’ll really like it and should maybe give it a try my grasshopper.

Here is what you will need: throw it all in there – 2 cups spinach
– 1/2 cup onion (you can skip it if you are anti-onion)
– 3 wedges The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese
-1 tablespoon fat-free mayonnaise
– 2 artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
– 1 tablespoon reduced-fat Parmesan cheese
– 1 teaspoon garlic powder
– 2 raw boneless skinless chicken breast
– salt and pepper if you want

Go ahead and lay out four sheets of foil and spray them with some non-stick spray.  Heat your oven to 375 degrees.  Now go on a hunt for your non-stick skillet….oh how I long for an organized kitchen.  Now you are ready to cook your spinach until it wilts which usually takes about three minutes.

Did I mention I never cooked before I met Tim?
Now I want to be all Suzie-Homemaker-ish.

So for all you girls in the same boat, I want to warn you about spinach. beware The first time I tried to cook spinach I was making a homemade greek pizza.  When I went to the store I grabbed about 20 leaves of spinach.  By the time I cooked it all up it covered about one slice of pizza, so fill your bag ladies.  Then you can use leftovers for tasty smoothies. the good stuff Now you basically take everything else and mix it all together in a bowl and throw it in the microwave.  Voila…healthy spinach dip. prep the chicken After you get all the good stuff layered into your foil, you are ready to roll that foil up.  The foil traps all the juiciness in with the chicken. final preps Once you have your foil packets all wrapped up, throw it in the oven for 25 minutes.  I am also tucking this recipe away for camping season, throw your packets over the fire and call it dinner.  Make sure when you pull these bad boys out you cut a slit in the foil to let all the steam out.  Please don’t burn yourself trying to get to the goodness. yummmmm I throw a piece of Havarti cheese over the top and serve it with broccoli and carrots…bringing the whole meal in at just under 400 calories.
Bonus…it is oh so tasty.

What have you all been cooking up lately?


Written by Christina and Tim