Saturday, April 30, 2011

Chicken and Fontina Turnovers

I love picking up a rotisserie chicken from the grocery story for a quick, no hassle dinner and the leftovers last me in salads and sandwiches for another week! After a while though, the usual leftover options get to be a little boring, and then I came across this recipe in an issue of Real Simple magazine. It's like a quick, lunch-time personal comfort food!

The original recipe uses Gruyere cheese, but I like the little extra kick that Fontina adds (plus, it was all I had in the fridge the first time I made these - really, any cheese works). Plus, you could easily swap out the peas and Fontina for other veggies and cheeses. Overall, super easy, and super delicious :D

Chicken and Fontina Turnovers

I really just eyeball everything, so feel free to balance the ingredients to your liking.

Will make two turnovers.

frozen peas
shredded rotisserie chicken
grated Fontina cheese
1 puff pastry sheet, thawed
1 egg, beaten

1. Preheat your oven to 400°F

2. Take 1 sheet of pastry puff and slice it in half to make two rectangles.

3. Pile your shredded chicken, a palmful of peas, and a palmful of shredded Fontina into the center area of each puff pastry rectangle. Don't overstuff! Just make a nice even layer towards the center of the rectangle and you should be good.

Or, if you broke your cheese grater, just cut small slivers to put in there >.>

4. Fold the ends of the rectangle up over the center to make a little square. Pinch off the ends and brush a little beaten egg over the top of each square. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden.

5. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Coffee: A Haiku

Heavy eyelids droop,
Elbows slide off tables as
I sleep in lecture

Steamy coffee cup,
Black or creamer, sugar too
Help me stay awake

This is what happens when you have one more paper left to write...

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

How to Survive Finals Week

Start of a new term
As finals week approaches, my sanity and focus dwindles, and I could fill pages with things I'd rather be doing instead of writing upwards of 40 pages worth of term papers - Stanley Cup playoffs, catching up on Supernatural, sewing, reading, going to the park - but I've found ways to make it fun (can you legally use 'fun' in the same sentence as 'term papers'?)

Take advantage of nice weather! Rather than sit inside, sulking and antsy to enjoy the outdoors, grab a blanket and take your book/laptop/study materials out to the park! (Or even on the back porch :D)

Drink lots of juice/eat your fruits and veggies. Naked's Green Machine is a favorite here. Coupled with the age old "full night's sleep", eating right will get you farther than skipping dinner to write a paper, pulling an allnighter with a can of Red Bull and unlimited coffee only to get hungry 2 hours later and turn to potato chips as a snack. Not to mention, I've had a craving for (gasp!) veggies this week!

♥ On that note, sometimes coffee is unavoidable...

But sleep is too! Sometimes stopping early and actually getting some sleep enables me to write that killer conclusion in just 20 minutes where I was drawing a blank the (sleepless) night before.

Do a focused sprint. Close Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest and focus for 30 minutes, uninterrupted. If you're writing, just write anything, be it an outline, informal draft of the topic, etc. Or quiz yourself for 30 minutes straight. Read a chapter. Time will go surprisingly quick, but you'll be amazed at what you accomplish! Then maybe reward yourself with a quick 10-minute perusal of ice-cream makers on Amazon.

Okay, so maybe it's not all fun, but things need done none the less and I'm substantially more rested, less cranky, and more on-the-ball this term.

Good luck on your finals!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

link love

Finals week is synonymous with procrastination, so naturally, amidst all of my paper-writing, I've had the time for fun findings on the internet. Enjoy!

The Girl Who Loves to Levitate
♥ Why hello, vintage-inspired fashion - Temperley London's Fall 2011 Collection
♥ With another earthquake hitting Japan, the concern for safety is rampant, dare I say a little over-exaggerated in the study abroad world. Though the conditions are not of a studying American student, I have a lot of friends who have been called back from their study abroad programs that can sympathize with this article: Why I'm Not Fleeing Japan
Portal mirrors!
Scenes from Hoth and Indiana Jones in Lego
People Are Awesome: This Guy Scuba Dived Into the Tsunami To Rescue His Wife and Mother
♥ This This 'I Love Tim Burton' photoshoot is divine!
Real Life Photoshop Eyedropper Pen! A girl can dream...
Japan Quake Map - the time lapse is incredible
Zombie holiday
Gorgeous post by penny-laine that is full of quaint museum-y goodness

What fun links have you found this week?

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Things I Love Thursday

With love
♥ With finals week approaching, coffee, my on-again/off-again friend, is back in my life. Hello, late nights spent cranking out papers and early morning bus rides with my head smacking of of the window; coffee makes you a little more bearable. I feel like I could write an Ode to Coffee right about now. Maybe I will!

♥ My new bow necklace! Ever since my silver charm necklace broke, I've been wearing my gold key and as much as I love it, all of my other jewelry is silver. Why it's taken me this long to suck up and buy a new silver necklace is beyond me, but I found a whole slew of little bow/ribbon necklaces on etsy and this little gem is now mine!

♥ Finals week is dead ahead and though I'm dreading it, I can't wait for it to be here so this term can be over! I get easily bored and need a change of pace to keep me motivated, plus, I like to see how much progress I've made. After this term I can officially say I'm a senior! Eep!

little loves
the amazingness that was 30 Days of Lists! I had such a blast, even if I didn't quite keep up on the blog with my photos ♥ "thanks for an awesome class" donuts ♥ thunderstorms ♥ breakfast for dinner ♥ diners ♥ the colorful buildings of the Italian coast (though sadly so far only in picture form) ♥ this bracelet! ♥ floral printed umbrellas ♥ pomegranate tea ♥ cardigans ♥ Pittsburgh is Gotham!
What are you loving this week?

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Tunnel Monster

I don't have a lot of pet peeves, and I'm generally rather forgiving. Except when I have to get in the car and take the parkway, well, anywhere.

I'm lucky enough that my schedule doesn't call for me to make a trek into the city during rush hour, but I still cannot wrap my head around why traffic comes to a grinding halt on the parkway at one in the afternoon. Do people not have jobs to be at? Did everyone decide to drive 20 minutes away for their lunch break? Did anyone ever teach you how to merge?

While these may have something to do with the situation on the roads at any given time, one thing never fails: the tunnel monster.

Traffic will be backed up for miles at bizarre and not so bizarre times of the day, all leading up to the Squirrel Hill Tunnels. It's as if no one's ever heard of a tunnel before let alone driven through one, people completely ignoring the "Maintain Speed" signs and slamming on brakes as if something were going to rise up from inside of the mountain and eat their cars.

courtesy of Mike for capturing the elusive creature.

And then you come out of the tunnel on the other side and it's like nothing ever happened. Rush hour traffic even magically clears up.

Cannot. Comprehend. Whyyyyyyy.