Chicken Bog & Pie Day

When done, your CB will be sticky
and very filling!
I'm not totally sure how it happened, but months ago, we determined that in January we'd celebrate Pie Day at work. January is a bummer of a month--dreary weather, "healthy" resolution eating, and getting back into regular schedule all of which is no fun. So we'd have one fun day and have pies for lunch. Well I can't just have pie, I've got to have some protein too! So I decided to make the famous Chicken Bog {chicken=protein, you know}.

Chicken Bog is specific to the Pee Dee region of South Carolina, and is different that jambalaya or gumbo--it's much drier, and spicier. It's hot, and sticky, and just warms you up all over. Absolutely perfect for a snow day or in our case, a 50 degree 100% chance of rain South Georgia day. And it compliments pie oh so well. Here's my recipe:

Piper's Chicken Bog
1 rotisserie Chicken (you can boil a whole chicken, but that is a hassle. Plus the seasonings from the rotisserie chicken add something yummy!)
1 lb. kielbasa (cut to bite size pieces)
8 cups of water
8 chicken bullion cubes
1 teaspoon each black and red pepper
1 teaspoon Lawry's
garlic salt to taste
1/4 cup of butter
three bay leaves
3 cups rice long grain

Shred the whole chicken, chop the kielbasa, then bring all ingredients except rice to a boil and cover on low boil for 20 min. Add 3 cups of rice, bring back up to a boil, and let the rice cook until done.

Chicken Bog freezes great, is always better the second day, and is best served in a Styrofoam cup with a plastic spork at a high school football game in South Carolina.

P.S. So January 23 is actually National Pie Day. YAY!

Pink is on the Brain

Sometimes I just want to buy all the things. Here are the pink things I need in my life right now {thanks a lot, Pinterest}:

Kendra Scott Elsie stud earrings in Rose Quartz, $175 

Boden "Grace" Skirt {Love the bow!}, $118

Hot pink studded ankle T-strap heels, $46.50

Eliza J Stripe Crepe Fit & Flare Dress, $168

These would all make for a pretty fab Valentine's Day, don't you think?

New Year's Resolutions

via Pinterest
Normally, I'm not one for New Year's Resolutions. I forget a lot, and have a major sweet tooth, so these things tend to not work out for me in a "Oops, I wasn't supposed to eat that cookie!" kind of way, which quickly leads to "Well, I've already had a cookie, so I'll have ice cream for dinner too." I also don't like to start things on the first {or a Monday, if I can avoid it. Wednesdays work better for me}, so hello Jan. 5! Anyways. 2015 will be my last year as a single woman {weird, I know}, so this is the prime time to really work on my self and prep for my time as Sadie, the married lady.

This year's resolutions are all about being a well-rounded individual. Luckily, I have some pretty pressing deadlines that will hopefully keep me on track.

  1. Get healthy--I absolutely have got to start eating healthy and exercising. I know I, and everyone else, says this every year, but it's really true. Besides looking great in my wedding dress, I want to live like a really long time, and if/when I ever do birth a child, I'd like to be able to do so easily and also recover quickly. This isn't about getting skinny quick, but about longevity.
  2. Read a book a month--I used to read all the time. In the car, in the shower, in bed late at night, in class, etc. All the time. Now, I never read. I'd like to thank college for that. Not that I really every read my textbooks {oops}, but it just is such a busy and exhausting time that all I wanted to do in my free time was watch TV and sleep. I want to get back to a place of enjoying reading for pleasure, and to further my knowledge and understanding of the world. I like all kinds of books, so please suggest some of your favorites in the comments section below!
  3. Read my Bible regularly--Recently, I've really slacked in my Bible study and time with Jesus every day. This is something that is important to me, and also to my future marriage, and needs to be integrated into my daily life. 
What are some of your resolutions for 2015?