Monthly Archives: May 2013

Engagement and wedding ring order (and a bit on my ring)

Which comes first, the engagement ring or the wedding ring? I am not speaking of course of which one you get first, as the answer to that one is obvious, but the order in which they go onto your ring finger.

I’ve always thought that the engagement ring should go first, because it would already be on your hand when you’re actually at the alter, receiving your wedding ring. But I was wrong.

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Chicken Caesar salad

Please note that a truly authentic chicken Caesar salad recipe contains anchovies or anchovies paste, and that is not this recipe.

However, this is an excellent quick dinner recipe that certainly will not disappoint. I adapted it from here.


  • 1/2 pound boneless, skinless, chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces or strips (1 breast, or 2 smaller, thin ones)
  • garlic salt
  • lemon pepper
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 head Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped (optional)
  • Parmesan cheese

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Dijon potato salad

This is my go to potato salad recipe, and I adapted it from a recipe on here.

I just made this for a crowd for Mother’s Day so the serving size is rather large. Also, I made it the day before – it is just as good, if not even better, the next day.


  • 12 medium red potatoes
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 oz apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

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Bada bing pork chops

This recipe comes from here and it is really meant to be grilled, but I don’t have a grill. So I cook it on the stove and it still comes out amazingly. The important thing is the marinating.


  • 1/3 cup Italian-style salad dressing
  • 2 tbsp and 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp and 2 tsp applesauce
  • 1 tbsp and 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 2 pork chops (original recipe calls for bone-in; I used three smaller boneless)

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Gatsby fans, this one’s for you

I mentioned in my first post that I was putting together a group to read, or reread, The Great Gatsby in preparation of the movie coming out.

Well, long story short, I emailed out discussion questions each week and no one. . .actually. . .participated. Ha. Isn’t it kind of funny in a depressing sort of way when you try to put something together, and get people involved, and no one cares?

On the other hand, I don’t believe in forcing people to read, or to participate in things like this.  It should be purely for fun, and if people don’t want to join in then, that’s cool.

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