Friday, March 20, 2009

Itailan Skillet Chicken

Tonight I realized I that the taco seasoned ground turkey I bought the other day went bad. I had just purchased a can of petite diced tomatoes and some sliced black olives for the taco casserole I was going to make for dinner tonight.

So with the bad turkey out of the picture, I had to think fast. Here was my healthy low fat solution.

I had already diced up some onion so I added it to my electric skillet and briefly sauteed it in a tablespoon of olive oil then discarded the onion so that the pan was seasoned.

Added 4 Chicken Breasts

Cooked until golden on both sides.

Added canned diced tomatoes, small can of sliced black olives, dried oregano, dried basil and a dash of sea salt.

Covered and let simmer for about 12-15 minutes turning the chicken once.

I served over jasmine rice.

It turned out fabulous and it was quick and very easy.

I really should have taken a picture but we were a hungry family! Next time I'll get a shot of it. There will definitely be a next time for this one!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Screaming girls and white Ray-Bans can only mean one thing...The Jonas Brothers movie is out!

Yesterday we trekked up to Hollywood to see the very popular movie, The Jonas Brothers a 3D Concert Experience. Were we a little crazy to go on opening weekend? Maybe. But I'm glad we did.

We took Jonathan months ago to see the boys from NJ perform at the Honda Center in Anaheim. That particular show was special because they were filming the concert footage for this movie that night. Demi Lovato then opened the show after becoming instantly huge from Camp Rock which was of course aired just weeks before. Also performing and a special guest in the movie was the very talented and also a teen, Taylor Swift. It was a really good and very long show. I think I blogged about it.

So the movie pleased Jonathan and all of the tweens and teens in the theatre. It showed some behind the scenes footage. Mostly shot in NYC. But all of the concert footage was Anaheim even though that was not mentioned.

Throughout the movie it was hard to tell if it was the girls in the movie screaming or the girls in the theatre! It was funny and I could totally relate since I would have been the same way if this were a movie about Duran Duran and the year was 1984.

When asking Jonathan what he liked best about the movie he said when they performed Burnin Up. He loved it in concert and I can see why. The movie was so well done that it didn't take away from the live feeling of being there at all.

As far as Disney Digital 3D goes this movie was way better than the Hannah Montana/Myley Cyrus movie but the Hannah movie seemed more "real" and not scripted. This was obviously scripted and "set-up" in many places for what was to be behind the scenes or footage.

The newest D-3D movie coming out is UP. We got to see an extensive preview and it looks great. Disney has really perfected the 3D movie experience since Meet the Robinsons came out. I don't know if Monsters and Aliens is Disney but it will be 3D and looks pretty good as well.

So after the movie we left with some posters and white JB 3D glasses only given out at the El Capitan and only this weekend. It was a nice reminder for Jonathan about the movie he just enjoyed so much. He is such a huge JB fan and has been since they had small appearances on the Disney Channel with Year 3000 and Kids of the Future (a remake of Kids of America made for the Meet the Robinsons movie). I have to admit that Dave and I do not mind the music either and as far as role models, so far so good.
One more note before I wrap this post up. Disney Channel will be premiering the new show JONAS in April. From the preview I am a little frightened of this one but of course Jonathan is counting down the days. The boys, Kevin, Joe and Nick are apparently Junior Operatives Networking as Spies (J.O.N.A.S.), who battle evil while working undercover as a teen rock band. Um..OK. Anyway, it looked quirky along the lines of The Monkees. We'll see how this one goes. It'll most likely be an instant hit simply because it is after all, The Jonas Brothers. Another sweet addition for the show is they are including their little brother Frankie known to fans as the "bonus Jonas." And for one last mention for fans of Camp Rock...filming for Camp Rock 2 has been mentioned to start at the end of this year. Apparently the entire cast is going to be back.
OK, Now after this post I think I need to go read a newspaper or do something a grown-up does. :)

Paul Harvey dies at age 90 and will be missed

Below is the story from the AP. (posted here with proper permission of course) My husband and I love "The rest of the story." We discovered it when we lived in TN and seriously, there was nothing on the radio to listen to. We truly admired and enjoyed Mr. Harvey.

Broadcasting pioneer Paul Harvey dies at age of 90 from Associated Press