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A BUSY GIRL'S CHEATER DINNER

Mercy….life has been crazy busy, too much going on, too much to learn and too much to absorb.  But you know what?  I am one happy girl despite all of this craziness.

Since I have been asked…now for some personal information…

Back in 2001 I worked for a company that I loved, providing Mobile Spa Services to various high end hotels in our downtown area.  Soon my own business took off (mobile spa service to high end B&B’s) so sadly I had to leave this company as I was too busy to do both.

By 2008, a new owner had taken over the Mobile Spa Service to the downtown hotels.  Then nearing the end of 2009, with the down turn in the economy, and a lack of tourism in our city, my B&B business slowly began to slow down – as it did everywhere. (I think our B&B’s were harder hit than our local Hotels were)

So in 2010, I returned to the Mobile Spa Services in our downtown area to work with this new owner.  I love it… the hotels are fabulous and the owner is a delight to work with.

Here we are two years later in 2012.  Recently the owner approached me asking:  “Would I like to take over the business?”  Deep breath Ina….deep breath. (although I am not “religious” I prayed for this back in 2010, and way back in 2002)  Dreams do indeed come true.  It may take 10-15 years but they do come true if your intention is true and strong.

So here I am 11 years later, owning and running the business I worked for back in 2001.  I could not be happier.

There has been a lot to learn, a lot to absorb, a lot to process.  But wow, what an amazing opportunity…one I am very grateful for.

Have I had time to properly cook?  At least what my version is to properly cook?  No.  No, I have not.  However, that does not mean that food can not still taste exceptionally delicious.  (luckily, I have a few extra posts to share during this busy phase in my life…at least until I get used to this new routine)

This is not a recipe but more of a method – a great way to have two meals out of one:

10-12 chicken pieces cut up – thighs, wings, breasts, skin on bone in (I made extra to have left overs for next day.)

seasonings:  Salt, Pepper, Garlic powder, Italian seasoning, sweet Paprika

a good drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

generous amounts of Pesto – yes I cheated and bought freshly made store bought

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, add the cut up chicken pieces.  Drizzle in EVOO to cover lightly.  Add all of the seasonings to coat well.

Transfer to a baking sheet lined with tin foil.  Bake for 1 hour, basting the chicken half way through at the 30 minute mark.

Then transfer the chicken to a platter and generously add a good dollop of Pesto to each chicken piece.   Serve with steamed vegetables…mow down…then crash because you are too tired to do anything else.

p.s.  if you are as busy as I am right now, please ask your significant other to do the dishes…especially if he wants to eat dinner tomorrow, I am sure he will be most helpful.  I must give a huge shout out of thanks to my DH…he has been such a support during my new crazy life phase!  :)

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