Friday, June 5, 2015

The World According to Bella-Sleepover Adventures with Sadie and Chicken Gyros

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Sleepover Adventures with Sadie
Day 1
I thought 5:30 AM seemed really early for Sadie to be dropped off. Mr. C and I don't usually get up until 8:00 but Sadie's owner had to leave on a trip. I was excited that night thinking about fun things we could do. I even slept on the landing rather than upstairs in my bed. I did not want to miss their knock on the door. Sadie came prepared with her camouflage backpack (remember the one I REALLY WANTED for Christmas but never got?) 
It was loaded with all sorts of stuff...  
leash, collar, meds, food and the best part my favorite treat was tucked inside-rawhide bones.   
Since we got an early start to the day by 9:00 we had breakfast, 
went on a walk, swam in the lake and then waited for our boat ride. 
There were some problems in the afternoon. Sadie seemed to ignore Mrs. S's rule 'no sitting on the couch'.  
And she rearranged my hole out front that I had just dug. Then we both wanted the blue rug and my bed to lay on but guess what? I won that battle. 
After our naps Mr.S gave out treats from Sadie's bag. I had mine outside and  
Sadie enjoyed hers inside. She even made it last two hours! 
Later we went on another walk, explored the woods, chased each other around the yard and went for another swim. I think we tired out Mr. C. as we caught him napping in his chair before dinner.
Day 2
We did the same thing all over again but did sleep until 7:00. I was sorry to see Sadie leave at the end of the day. She's fun to have a sleepover with.   
Love, Bella

Chicken Gyros
Cook's notes:
These gyros come together so quickly (20 minutes, can’t beat that!) and they are completely family friendly. If you’re not a red pepper fan, skip them, if you love feta cheese load it on. Perfect for dinner, but they also make a great option for your work lunch. Serves: 4
  • 4 chicken breasts, pounded to ½ inch thickness 
  • 2 TB. olive oil or lemon olive oil 
  • 1 TB. Mediterranean seasoning (you can substitute Italian seasoning in a pinch)
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced or 3/4 cup sweet mini peppers, diced   
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 pitas (this is a Greek-style flatbread )
  • optional: lettuce, feta cheese crumbles
Tzatziki sauce
  • 1 English cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup cold plain Greek yogurt
  • 4 tsp. minced garlic
  • ⅓ cup chopped dill, fresh or frozen (may sub 2 TB. dried dill)
  • 1½ TB. freshly squeezed lemon juice (juice of ½ medium lemon)
  • ½ tsp salt, or to taste
  • ⅛ tsp black pepper
  • Puree all sauce ingredients in a blender or food processor (see note below recipe first!). Cover and chill until ready to serve. (If you have time, make this a few hours in advance or the night before so that the flavors can marinate)
  • Season chicken breasts with Mediterranean seasoning. Cook in a large skillet or pan with olive oil over medium heat 5-6 minutes on each side until cooked through. Cut into strips.
  • Lay pitas on a clean surface. Add lettuce, chicken, red pepper strips, and onions. Top with tzatziki sauce and feta (if desired). Fold pita over like a sandwich, or roll it into a "tunnel shape".

Recipe Tip: If you want sauce a little thicker simply squeeze as much water as possible out of the cucumber before you puree the sauce. Use paper towels for this. 

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