Catching Katy

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New Year, New Look

If you’re the kind of person who catches details, you may have noticed some changes on my blog in the past few weeks. For the new year, I made some updates! Hopefully it will make it a little easier to find specific things you may be looking for. I have a new catchy name – Catching Katy (total credit to Megoirs for that) – and I picked a new theme – it’s pretty and clean and one of my favorite photos from my trip to Greece works perfectly as my header!

I updated my ABOUT page so you can learn a little more about me!

I added a READ page: a quick reference list of the books I’ve read and reviewed

I added an EAT page: a quick reference list of the recipes I’ve posted

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Of course you can still catch up on my 30 before 30 list as I continue to cross items off and you can see my completed 101 in 1001 list if you missed it! Hope you like it!


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Mykonos

Our first full day in Greece began eventfully when the hotel gave a 5am wake-up call instead of 6am. Their system has not adjusted to the time change haha. After a delicious (and giant) breakfast buffet, we boarded the cruise ship and sailed to our first stop: Mykonos. Due to the time change, it was dark by the time we anchored and got tinder boats into the island. But it was still beautiful. The biggest challenge was taking pictures as nothing looks as great in the dark.

Granville, our wonderful tour director, led us on a little walking tour. There were lots of cute little shops and restaurants around the harbor. We walked past the Church of Panagia Paraportiani which is actually 5 chapels merged into one. The architecture looks like someone just threw a building up with no plans! But it’s also beautiful and white-washed, as the island is known to be. We continued our walk to Little Venice, a neighborhood along that bay whose doors go right down to the water.

We then had some free time so asked Granville for a dinner recommendation. Side note: I don’t think I’ve mentioned our luck that there was another mother-daughter duo in our group whom we met initially at the JFK airport. And boy am I glad they were there! I love my mom to death, but 11 days is a long trip! We completely hit it off with the other duo and quickly became travel buddies. SO, the four of us had dinner and a cozy little place off the harbor. Of course there was a plethora of bread, and we had sangria and a Greek pizza (which I picked the olives off). Yum!

Back to the boat that night pretty much immediately to bed as it had been a long day. I would definitely return to Mykonos to spend some time – it seemed very modern and fun, yet still unique. The trip was definitely off to a good start!


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Babette’s Cafe

Almost reached enough new restaurants to cross off #11 on my 30 before 30 list. And side note: I now have less than 1 year to finish everything! New restaurants should be easy – but it’s so easy to go to the normal places, and there are actually so many restaurants in Atlanta, it’s hard to pick new places! I know….first world problems.

For my birthday this week, I wanted to go somewhere new with my parents. And it happened to be the inaugural Highland Restaurant Week – so that helped narrow down the list. Restaurant weeks are really the best way to try new places, and all the neighborhoods in Atlanta do their own restaurant weeks. I went with Babette’s Cafe – it looked cute and the menu looked great. After making the reservation my coworker said she liked it, so I felt good about my selection. And my opinion was not swayed.

They had some great options on their $25 Prix Fixe menu for restaurant week. I had the mussels as an appetizer, chicken piccata as an entree, and chocolate bread pudding for dessert. The mussels were good – I could definitely taste the strawberries but not the peppers as much. The chicken was very delicious – I love lemon and capers together and it made a great sauce. And of course the dessert was amazing – I actually forgot it was banana ice cream by the time we reached dessert, so that was surprising but it had a great flavor and paired perfectly with the rich chocolate bread pudding.

It’s a cute little place – an old house – and it would make a good date spot. The crowd was interestingly older….I’m still curious as to why because I loved it and would highly recommend it – especially for restaurant week if you still have some time this week! (Pics aren’t that great – I don’t like using my flash which is very bright and disruptive in a restaurant)


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White Chicken Chili

I posted a pic of this when I made it recently and received numerous requests for the recipe. I was baffled to find that I had never posted it here as it is easily my favorite recipe. Not only is it super easy and makes a lot, it is delicious. The perfect fall/winter crock pot meal.

I have no recollection of where I got the recipe, so if I owe you credit please let me know!

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White Chicken Chili

1 1/4 lbs. chicken breasts
2 cans great northern beans
1 can white corn
1 packet taco seasoning
1 can chopped or diced green chiles
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 can or 14 oz. chicken broth
1/2 C sour cream
chopped green onion (optional for garnish)
shredded monterey jack cheese (for garnish)

1. Place chicken in crock pot. Top with beans and corn.

2. In a medium bowl, combine taco seasoning, chiles, soup, and chicken broth. Pour on top of ingredients in crock pot.

3. Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours.

4. Before serving, stir gently to break up chicken (I use a spoon and fork to help shred it). Stir in sour cream.

5. Top with green onions and jack cheese.

Enjoy (for many meals)! Or freeze part of it to enjoy later!


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Sunrise

I’m so lucky to have great friends to help me cross off items from my 30 Before 30 list. Last weekend I crossed off #9: sit and watch a sunrise. I like to workout in the early morning so I’ve seen my share of glimpses of sunrises. But there is a something amazing about just sitting and watching the sun rise. One of my favorite places is the top of Stone Mountain – so it was the perfect place to get in an early hike and watch the sun rise.

It was a beautiful clear morning – breezy on top of the mountain. Pictures are never as good but it was well worth the early wake up call.

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watch

I am positive this is the MOST intense movie I have ever watched. At least in Titanic there were happy and light parts. I don’t remember hearing about The Impossible when it came out in 2012. And I have no idea how it ended up on my Netflix queue. But here it arrived in my mail!

Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor portray a family with 3 sons who are vacationing in Thailand in 2004 when the massive tsunami hit. Do not watch this movie if you have a weak stomach or while you are eating (as I mistakingly did). It was at least 30 minutes of spiked blood pressure and tears.  Also don’t watch if you don’t like crying. And it is not a good date movie.

BUT it was really good. This is a real family who was caught in the tsunami. It’s always harder to watch these movies, knowing that it was an actual event. And although we will never completely understand what these people experienced, this movie is a very dramatic and I’m guessing a somewhat accurate portrayal. It all did seems to happen very quickly – which I’m guessing was maybe not the case during a major disaster – then again, maybe it did all happen quickly! I’ll have to research the true story. I cannot describe the emotions I experienced throughout this movie. I don’t want to give anything away – but I highly recommend this movie if you think you can handle it.

 

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Skinny Creamy Garlic Pasta

This may be my favorite new recipe so far (30 before 30 list, #28). Skinny Creamy Garlic Pasta with Spinach & Chicken. I don’t remember how I found this blog/recipe – probably Pinterest, but it sounded delicious and easy (big plus). I made it for myself and my family the night before my triathlon and everyone loved it. I added the mushrooms that she suggested too.

I forgot to take any pictures of the cooking or the final product, but here’s the photo from the blog!

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