Thursday, May 28, 2009


Well the time has come for me to finally start reading my Canon Rebel instruction manual. I have had the camera for a year and never really sat down and looked at all the options available on this camera. I have been using automatic everything for the past year and think I need to try my hand at manual photography. I am investigating a zoom lens right now.
My brother has been an inspiration to me as he takes some awesome photos of which I have posted on my blog before. Below are two of his most recent photos taken with a macro lens. Very cool!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Oriental Pasta Salad

8 oz. vermicelli
4 (half) grilled chicken breasts
2 carrots, julienned
2 scallions,sliced
1/2 pepper (red,yellow,orange or green)

1 tsp. ginger
1/2 c. soy sauce
1 Tbs. red wine vinegar
1/3 c. sesame oil
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
2 Tbs. toasted sesame seeds
1 Tbs. sugar

Grill chicken. Cool and shred.
Prepare and drain noodles.
Toast seeds and add remaining dressing ingredients. Stir or whisk.
Combine chicken and noodles,carrots,scallions, pepper and pea pods. Add dressing and refrigerate overnight.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Bristo Chicken Salad

Hello! I have been negligent in updating my blog recently. Guess I needed a few days off or I just really had nothing to say. haha
I am feeling great, my hair is growing (and back to my old color thanks to my fabulous hairdresser Kim) and slowly my arm is getting its range of motion back. I have to be diligent in the physical therapy exercises due to the removal of the muscle from my back. My back still gets "tired" by the end of the day. I have been going wigless since my hair was dyed. I do wear baseball caps but I have not put the wig on for several weeks now. The whole wig scene was getting old. I may even be brave enough to post a pic of myself on the blog this week with my new look.

With the long Memorial Day weekend I had some time to cook, which I like to do when I have the time. I made 2 salads that I absolutely love. I hate lunch! I just hate finding something to eat for lunch, but salads always interest me and the recipe below is one of my favorites. I will post the other salad recipe tomorrow.

2 cups cooked penne pasta
1 package (4 oz) crumbled feta cheese
1/2 c. fat free Italian dressing
1.3 c. lightly packed fresh basil cut into strips
1/4 c. chopped red onion
1/4 c. chopped sun dried tomatoes
grape tomatoes halved
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts grilled or broiled cut into thin slices

Toss all ingredients together except cheese. Top salad with cheese but do not mix in until serving.
Serve warm or chilled
Makes 4 sevings
290 calories
9 g fat
4 g fiber
6 WW points per serving