Monday, September 30, 2013

Monday Munchies: Salsa Chicken

If you should know one thing about me-- it's that I love Mexican food. It's actually somewhat of a problem. It wouldn't be if it wasn't so God awfully terrible for you. 

So instead of consuming thousands of calories eating Mexican every day of my life like I wish I could, I've found a better alternative: salsa chicken.

It tastes a lot of the chicken they put on nachos at Mexican restaurants and you can make it in a crockpot while you are gone all day... That's what I'm talking about. 

I saw a recipe on Pinterest a year ago or so, and now salsa chicken has become a staple in my kitchen. 

Because it's a crockpot recipe, it honestly couldn't be much simpler. Literally 5 ingredients. 


Toss in 3-4 large chicken breasts (about 2 pounds), taco seasoning, cream of chicken soup (I use 98% fat free) and a whole jar of salsa. 

It'll look a little something like this.

Then let it do it's thing for 5-ish hours and you'll have this ugly looking thing:

Take two forks and shred the chicken. It will literally pull apart without much effort at all. It's kind of mind blowing, actually.


Once you've shredded it, and it looks something like above, mix in the sour cream (I used 8oz, the original I used used 12oz-- I also used fat free here) until well blended. The color will change a bit.


The sour cream really does finish it off perfectly. When I originally sent this recipe to my mom, she didn't want to use sour cream and made a batch without it then one with it and confirmed that the sour cream does make it that much better.

Put this stuff on tortillas, chips, anything really. Or by itself-- been there done that many times. Tonight I ate it as nachos because I was lazy and didn't want to deal with making a quesadilla or much else. 


I plan on eating this pretty much every day this week because a) I've got about 2 pounds of it and b) it's amazing. 

Enjoy!!

xoxo, jgp

Sunday, September 29, 2013

GO DAWGS

Yesterday was perfection. Absolute perfection. 

An awesome day of tailgating with a bunch of my favorites. Followed by one of the biggest wins in Georgia football history. It was completely insane. 






I'm actually questioning if it really happened. 

My bulldawg pride is even bigger than normal today. 

This weekend was exactly what I needed heading into this crazy month of October.

Next weekend I'm heading to Knoxville for the Georgia game. Then we've got Mizzou at home. Then I'm headed to Nashville for another Georgia game (and to be reunited with my favorite city ever.) Then I'm hosting a 5K for HEROs. And thennnnnn it's Georgia/Florida weekend. 

So yeah, I'm busy. And I couldn't be more pumped for this next month. 

What are you excited about right now?

xoxo, jgp

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

What to Watch

If you follow me on Twitter, you probably know how much I love me some TV. And when I love a show-- it pretty much consumes my life. As I am writing this, I'm dying over Nashville's season premiere. Obsessed.

Here's my fall Must Watch list:

The Voice, Season 5
Monday/Tuesday @ 8/9 on NBC
Reasons I don't hate Mondays. Right here. Obsessed. Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and CeeLo Green all in one place? I can dig it. Oh, and they won an Emmy on Sunday. Yes, Yes, Yes.

Hostages
Monday @ 10 on CBS
Any excuse I get to take a look at Dylan McDermott, I'll take it. And the pilot for this show was pretty solid. I'm pumped to see what happens. I also like that this is a mini-series basically. So it's only one season. I can commit to that.


Castle
Monday @ 10 on ABC
I've still got to get all caught up on last season, but once I do-- I'm gonna be all over this. Castle is one of the best kept secrets in TV today in my opinion.


Biggest Loser, Season 15
Tuesday @ 8 on NBC
I love a good weight loss show. Can't beat them. Super inspirational and up-lifting. Exactly what I'm going to need to make it through this semester. 

Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Tuesday @ 8:30 on FOX
Andy Samberg. That is all.

Nashville
Wednesday @ 10 on ABC
I'm not even going to go there with this one. I'm beyond obsessed with the city of Nashville, and the show... AH-MAY-ZING. It's my perfect Wednesday break for the fall. 

MasterChef Junior
Friday @ 8 on FOX
MasterChef is my guilty pleasure. I cried during the season finale a couple of weeks ago. And this junior edition is sure to be awesome. And it also make me feel even more incompetent in the kitchen. Everything I need in life.

What are your absolute must watch show this season?

xoxo, jgp

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

TRX... AKA Death

This week my gym (which I've raved about on here probably way too many times) is having a week of free TRX and kettlebell classes. Me and Brittany decided to try out one of our favorite instructor's TRX class yesterday: TRX & Turf. 

And we died.

TRX is something I never knew existed until I started going to Omni, and I've always been curious. It's suspension training, originally developed by a Navy Seal and it has been used for military training for a while now. And it's focused on core training and full body, body-weight, strength training.


I'd like to say that I rocked it today, but after the turf portion, TRX just about killed me. On the turf, we did some High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) with some kettlebell squat thrusts, walking lunges, squat jumps, medicine ball tosses and sled pushes.

Purse misery, but so worth it. 

(This watch, by the way, is basically my favorite thing ever.)

The TRX portion was mind-blowingly difficult. And a different experience, that's for sure. We didn't do anything super crazy, like this:


We kept it basic with some bicep work, rows, and squats. Throw a few burpees in there and you've got yourself a dead Caley. This is what most of what we did probably looked like:


If TRX is offered somewhere near you, I would definitely suggest trying it out. It's a different way to work your muscles and mix things up in your workout. I normally stick with bootcamp style classes, cycle classes, and Power classes, so this was a nice way to work muscles in different ways. 

And depending on how sore I am, I may try this again later in the week. 

Have you ever taken a TRX class?

xoxo, jgp

Currently Swooning: J. Crew Excursion Vest

I am so ready for it to be cold outside. I'm tired of sweating everywhere I go (although there are no promises that won't continue to happen after it gets cooler.) And fall/winter clothes make me so happy. I always wish I lived somewhere colder so I could actually embrace winter clothes for longer than 3 months.

A staple for those 3 months though is a vest. I've got two fleece ones, but I've been eyeing a puffer vest for a while now. So, I'm getting a J. Crew Excursion Vest if it kills me. 


I'm thinking this black one because it should match more of my closet. Although, nothing in my closet really matches. Ever. So I could probably go with the bright coral one. But I won't. 


Or I could go with the one I'm absolutely swooning over...

What is a girl to do? I also wish I could look that cute wearing it.

I better make up my mind up soon, because I need one in my life as soon as possible. 

Do you have a puffer vest? Do you love it?

xoxo, jgp

Monday, September 23, 2013

Monday Munchies: Post-Workout Protein Shake

I used to make protein shakes all the time. I stopped for a while, but after today's killer workout (blog coming about that tomorrow), I felt it was necessary. So I whipped up a post-workout shake and thought it was the perfect Monday Munchie. 

I don't really measure things out, I just kinda go for it. So sorry about that.

I always start with my basics:
Milk
Yogurt
Protein Powder

I've used almond milk, regular milk, coconut milk (or water). So really, anything works.
I used to just use plain or vanilla low-fat yogurt, but I've been working on using more Greek yogurt. So I chose that this time.
I just use Pure Protein because it's readily available to me at Publix. You can use anything really. This is whey.


I went with a berry shake this time. So I've got strawberries, blackberries and blueberries... Which I do often. I also decided to throw some spinach in there because I needed some veggies.


Toss 'em all in. Blend 'em all up.


And enjoy!


I put too much ice in this one. But, ya know, it happens. 

Do you make protein shakes? What's your favorite recipe?

xoxo, jgp

Currently Reading: Summer House & The Reagan Diaries

I'm currently juggling two books. I'm bettering myself. Or something like that. I'm reading both for pleasure, but one is quite obviously making me much more astute than the other. 

If you haven't noticed already, based on all of my other Good Read posts, I'm all about beach books. I've got about 50 of them on my bookshelf(s) and I can read them year round. I love me some ocean and sand and beach life. So I read and pretend I'm there.

So far, Summer House hasn't really done much for me. I'm about 100 pages in and I'm starting to get into it a little more, but it's not your standard "beach book." I'm hoping it picks up and I get into it a little more. I also tend to have a hard time getting into books from the start. So I'll report back on this one.

This. Is. Awesome. 
If you didn't know this existed, I'm sorry for you. Reagan journaled every single day when he was President of this great nation. And he was candid and open and awesome. I'm not even 6 months into his 8 years in office and I'm already obsessed. The love he had for Nancy and this wonderful country we live in is so clear. And it's such an interesting view point of the most important job in the world. I suggest you pick it up. Immediately. If anything, it will give you so much respect for a man who was in charge of the United States of America and still took time out of his day-- everyday-- to write down what he was feeling and what was going on. So that one day we could all know what it's like to run the world. 

Have you read The Reagan Diaries and love it this much?

xoxo, jgp

Sunday, September 22, 2013

101 in 1001 Update

So it's been a couple months since I made my 101 in 1001 list, so I figured it was time for an update. Although I haven't really accomplished any of the super cool things on my list. 

I've read a couple books, drank a lot of beer, ate a lot of food, cleaned out my inbox, and blogged--sparingly. 

I've got a lot of reading to do in the next 2 years, that's for certain. I forgot how difficult it is to make time for reading. Look for the blog tomorrow on the two books I'm currently reading! I'm pretty pumped about one of them.

Number 46 on my list is to go to 3 breweries. Because beer. And I finally made it to Terrapin! Now that I'm 21 and can do all that fun stuff- that was at the top of my list. And Terrapin is right here in Athens! So, I've been twice now. And I love it. Next stop: Sweetwater in Atlanta during Thanksgiving break!


(Don't mind the two girls in the back who totally photo-bombed us.)

I'm actually disappointed in my lack of trying new restaurants. There are so many awesome Athens originals that I have to try ASAP. So that's the next goal. In the meantime, I've just been eating lots of food. I regret nothing. 

I've been pretty absent lately from the blog, while I attempted to get my life back in order. But in the meantime- I did finally create a weekly blog post! Monday Munchies will be happening every Monday now and I'm pumped about it. I'm hoping it will hold me accountable to finally cooking healthy meals. Because I suck at that. 

That's all for now! If I accomplish anything exciting-- you'll know about it!

xoxo, jgp

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

SuperWoman

It's days like today that scare me. 

Complete, mass chaos. Pretty much all day. 

And my perfectionist kicks in and I refuse to watch things fall apart in front of me. And then I become SuperWoman. Which might as well be my natural state these days.

I've completely worn myself out trying to take care of everyone else's issues and trying to deal with my own all at once. And I have got to find a way to avoid doing this because there is absolutely no way I'm going to make it through the semester alive.

I've got to figure out this whole balance because I can't spend my time trying to catch all of the China as the bulls run through the shop. Because I'm starting to feel more like the China every day-- in a million different pieces. 

It's particularly scary because this chaos is all revolved around what I want to do in life.

So. The struggle is real.


PREACH.

Sometimes I just a need a little reminder that all of this struggle will one day be worth it when I'm doing what I love for a living-- and with people who are just as driven as me. I can't wait.

Have you ever had those super human moment?

xoxo, jgp

Monday, September 16, 2013

Monday Munchies: Quinoa Fried "Rice"

Finally! Something new for the blog. I'm pumped. Alright. So on Mondays I will post healthy recipes that I've tried in the previous week. It's a way to force me to A) try new recipes and B) maintain a healthy diet at least a couple days that week. So, here ya go!

Quinoa.
First- someone, please, tell me how to properly say this. I feel like an idiot talking about it and not actually knowing how to pronounce it. 
Second- I love this stuff. I'm not really a huge fan of rice, but quinoa is amazing as a substitute. And it's better for you than rice. Win-win.


I've found a few recipes on ways to use this stuff, but this is my favorite one so far! I found the original recipe on Pinterest here. This stuff really tastes like something out of a Japanese steakhouse. It's so delicious. I made a few changes to accommodate what I had in my fridge. 


First, cook the quinoa like the packaging tells you. I choose to use low-sodium chicken broth because it gives the quinoa a better flavor than cooking with just water. 

The recipe says to let the cooked quinoa sit in the fridge overnight. Well, this girl doesn't plan ahead that well. So I just cooked it and threw it in the freezer while I did the rest of this. Everything turned out alright. 

Go ahead and make your sauce. Mix the teriyaki, soy, and sesame oil together and sit it aside somewhere.


First, heat 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet on high heat. Add the carrots and onion. Cook for about 2 minutes. Then add most of the green onion (scallion), garlic and ginger. Cook for another 2 minutes. (Side note on all of these items: I purchased the carrots, onion and scallion all pre-chopped. It always works for me. The garlic I used was from a jar-- already minced. And the ginger I bought in a jar from the ethnic food section at Publix.)


Now add the other 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and quinoa to the skillet. Cook for 2 minutes (see a trend?). Then add the sauce in and cook for another 2 minutes or so, until incorporated into all the quinoa. 


Now for the fun part. You'll feel like you are cooking at a Japanese steak house. Or maybe that's just me. 

Make a well in the middle of the skillet and add your 2 eggs. Scramble them up real good in the middle before mixing them into the rest of the mixture. 


Then toss in the rest of your scallions. One of the changes I made to the original recipe was replacing peas with edamame. I love me some edamame and peas don't really do much for me. So, add your cooked edamame in there. Mix it all up for about 2 more minutes. And boom. Deliciousness.


Here's the original recipe card:
My changes: Edamame instead of peas (pre-cook this) and I used pre-chopped veggies so I just guessed about how much was "3 scallions." It's turned out okay both times. I've also made this using just red onion and no scallions and it was delicious as well. 

This makes a pretty good amount of stuff, and it re-heats well. So I made this batch yesterday and will have easy meals all week long. Which is exactly what I need with my insane schedule. 

Good luck if you give this a try! And tanoshimo!

Do you have any good quinoa recipes? I'd love some new ones!

xoxo, jgp

I'm Back!

And for good this time!

I took some time this weekend to get my life in order a little bit and now I'm finally prepared to get Just Georgia Peachy back on track.

Some updates on my life/the blog:
-Tonight I'll start my weekly post, which Alex with be joining in on from time to time-- Monday Munchies. The goal is to whip up some sort of healthy recipe each week and post it on Mondays with the recipe and directions. This week will be an actual meal, some weeks it may be a protein shake or just a basic snack.

-As my last couple of posts stated, ever so bluntly, I've been a mess lately. My life went from 0 to 60 in about a week and I lost control real fast. Downward spiral. Everything in shambles. So I'm a little bit more together than I was at the beginning of the year. But that's not saying much.

-I may be posting some stuff here soon that will be more career-oriented as well as some links to my professional website so y'all can keep up with my "real life." Which is what this entire semester is for me honestly.

-Football season has been mass chaos. To say the least. So I'll probably be blogging about that from time to time. Game day fashion, tailgate food, etc. If y'all want to see anything in particular- let me know! I've got gamedays in the South down to a science.

-I've actually been spending a lot of time enjoying my semester rather than suffering through it. Which is a breakthrough for me. I spent the past 2 years in college acting like I didn't have time for fun. Then I started to realize that if college isn't fun-- what is it?

So. That's where we are starting from for now. I fell off the blog-wagon for a while there and I'm bouncing back! I'm still looking for some inspiration though, so we could have a few boring posts until I get back in the swing of things!

Here's a little inspiration to get you through that case of the Mondays:
(This is one of the many things I've been struggling with within my career path. The fear of taking too long to reach my dreams freaks me out... It's a work in progress.)

xoxo, jgp

Monday, September 2, 2013

I'm Alive...

But just barely.

I just suck at managing my time right now. And my life is in shambles. The goal is to return to blogging at some point this week.

I'm not going to promise anything though. 

Life update:
1. This semester is kicking my butt.
2. I'd forgotten how crazy fall semester gets once football arrives.
3. Go Dawgs.
4. I haven't showered since Saturday. Ew.
5. Explaining my broadcast news life to anyone outside of it is pretty much impossible.
6. Being 21 is awesome... But making me fat.
7. I still need to clean my apartment. 
8. I need to learn to sleep before 2AM... It's not working out.
9. As exhausted as I am, I'm having the best semester yet.
10. Athens is the best. Still. Forever.

And I leave you with this:


Life has been overwhelming lately, but this is a good reminder that if I just believe in myself and be myself-- all is well. 

I'll be back soon!

xoxo, jgp