What I’m Making v3

July 31, 2009

I’m not sure I know what days I’m making what yet, but here is what is on the menu for the Kai household (which is just me, but let me pretend I’m not a lonely spinster ok?!)

Breakfasts: Antique Mommy’s Cobbler and Monkey Bread or what I call Monkey Bread, but the recipe calls it holiday bread and cold brewed coffee that is my new obsession
Lunches and Dinners: Italian Pasta Salad with veggies, Baked Pasta with Chicken Sausage and home made pizza hot pockets that are currently taking over my freezer.


What I’m Making #2

July 29, 2009

Tonight I made Mojito Rubbed Grilled Chicken. Seriously people, make this. It’s easy and VERY tasty. I got the recipe from last month or the month before’s Good Housekeeping Magazine

Mojito Rubbed Grilled Chicken

* 4 medium (1 1/2 pounds) skinless, boneless chicken-breast halves
* 2 limes
* 1 tablespoon(s) olive oil
* 1/4 cup(s) loosely packed fresh mint leaves, chopped
* Salt and pepper


1. Prepare outdoor grill for direct grilling on medium, or preheat large ridged grill pan on medium.
2. Meanwhile, with meat mallet, pound chicken (placed between 2 sheets plastic wrap) to an even 1/2-inch thickness.
3. From 1 lime, grate 1 teaspoon peel and squeeze 2 tablespoons juice. Cut remaining lime into 4 wedges; set aside. In small bowl, combine oil, lime peel, and juice.

4. Stir mint into lime mixture and pat onto both sides of chicken. Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper to season both sides. Place chicken on hot grill rack and cook 5 minutes or until chicken is browned on both sides and no longer pink throughout, turning over once. Serve chicken with lime wedges.


July 27, 2009

With the economic downturn I’ve found myself looking at my purchases over the years and reflecting on their investment in both their emotional and financial worths.  Sometimes you just never know what will end up staying with you for years to come.

I still wear the silver ring I bought in 1997 at the Ontario Art Gallery in Toronto. I’ve worn it daily since I bought it. It never occured to me when I saw it that it would be with me 12 years later. I think it cost me $35 Canadian Dollars at the time.

Though expensive, my iPod is a twice daily used gadget. I definitely could NOT live without it on my commute and with all the flying I do it’s been VITAL to keep me entertained during flights and dreaded airport delays.  I truly consider it an investment in my sanity.

2 years ago I “borrowed” a grey ARMY T-shirt from a friend and still sleep in it nightly. It is still the most comfortable piece of clothing I own and I’ve gotten great comfort out of that “free to me” T-shirt.

I’m not going to add up the amount of money I’ve spent over the years on plane tickets, but I consider Florida, St. Louis, Chicago, London, St. Martan, San Francisco, LA, Aruba, Mexico, Barcelona, New Mexico and Boston some of the best investments I’ve made in my self.

As I look back, I value most the investments I made in experiences. Snowboarding, traveling, anything that had the potential to make a memory and be part of my story.

What purchases have been your best “investments”?

My Spa Experience

July 20, 2009

I do not like Spas…..I’m not a huge fan of strangers touching me….I don’t like being semi-nude in the presence of others…..I hate any and all attention focused on me. I am so NOT a spa girl. Lately I’ve needed to tame my eyebrows and I have an easy week at work since all the execs are out of the office, so I decided on a whim to try a Spa around the corner for work to get a quick eye brow wax at lunch.

I LOVED it. 30 minutes of being totally transported into a serene environment in the middle of a work day was SO worth having someone pour hot wax on my face and them rip it off.

If that’s not a ringing endorsement, I don’t know what is.

As promised, here are some shots from my photoshoot the other day!





July 7, 2009

I let the extremely talented Caryn at Magnifica Photography take some photos of me this weekend. I’m still working on the editing, but stay tuned for my very brief and likely never to happen again stint as a model.