Bruschetta Chicken FTW & a Hero Complex…

If you like bruschetta, please read on!  If you don’t like bruschetta, please still read on!  If you have no idea what bruschetta is then you must read on…!  Tomatoes, onions, garlic, basil, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar are the key ingredients for a scrumptious topping of Italian descent.  I like to mix all of those ingredients “to taste” which means:  put in the amounts that you think you would like!  I can eat bruschetta by the spoonful without anything else accompanying it….!  But it’s also great served up on crusty bread, salad, and other main dishes.  Have you ever tried serving your bruschetta up on chicken?

IMG_4136This is a really good base recipe that can be modified as needed:  http://richestoragsbydori.blogspot.com/2012/04/grilled-balsamic-bruschetta-chicken.html.  I made my bruschetta first, throwing ingredients into the bowl willy nilly, based on my own personal preferences (light on the sweet onions, heavy on the garlic, light on the olive oil, heavy on the balsamic).  I let the mixture sit on the countertop, letting the flavors meld whilst working on grilling the chicken.

IMG_4138Salt and pepper the chicken (I used boneless, skinless) really well on both sides and slap them down onto an oiled, heated grill pan.  Mix together equal parts olive oil and balsamic vinegar and then spoon some of it over the tops of the chicken.  Once the chicken has been cooking for 4-6 minutes, flip it over and douse the other side of the chicken with remaining oil-vinegar.  Cook until no longer pink in the center, flipping as necessary.

IMG_4159Once your chicken is fully cooked, place some mozzarella cheese slices over the top and let melt.  I was so anxious to eat my meal that I didn’t let the cheese melt fully before snapping the photo (above) and digging right in.   I served my bruschetta chicken over bow tie pasta, alongside a bed of greens.  This is definitely my kind of meal!  Hope you’ll give it a try!

Next on the blogging agenda for this morning:  Another Game Shop Field Trip!

IMG_4180This week, the Hubbs and I ventured out to the east side of town to another of Wichita’s game shops:  Hero Complex Games and Entertainment.  This was the first game shop that Gregg ever visited when he started purchasing what we are now calling The Bolinger Tabletop Collection!  It’s funny because when you walk in, it’s the complete opposite of the Wizard’s Asylum, which I blogged about here.  They have a large selection of board games, some toys/collectibles, and a small panel of comic books.  Depending on what you’re looking for, each store will serve its gamer/comic book fanatics well.

IMG_4185Board Games, Glorious Board Games!!!

IMG_4189This is a picture of some of the many Fluxx themed games available.  They are fun, easy, ever-changing card games that our whole family enjoys!  We have the Oz Fluxx, Zombie Fluxx, Star Fluxx, and Pirate Fluxx versions of the game.  

IMG_4197     My Hubbs is starting a blog series based on the tabletop games that we own.  He’ll give a brief description of each game, a run down of the rules, include some photos of game components, and give a family-friendly rating based on our experiences.  Check out his first couple of blog articles:

 http://blog.greggbolinger.com/blog/2013/03/11/tabetop-collection-so-far/                        http://blog.greggbolinger.com/blog/2013/03/12/the-always-in-flux-game-of-fluxx/ 

I’m very excited about this series because our family gets a lot of joy and quality-time out of playing games together!  Some of the games are kid-friendly, others are more suited for teenagers/adults.  I think this will be a neat place for families to go to check out the games before deciding which ones to buy/play first!

We couldn’t leave Hero Complex empty handed….  that would be horrible sad…  For this game purchase, we opted for one that seems a little more kid-friendly and a bit less complicated than our Mansions of Madness venture.

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The game is really cute!  It has a castle in the center of the game board that must be protected by archer, knight, and swordsmen cards.  But it is being attacked by orcs, trolls, and various other bad-ies…  I’ll let the Hubbs give a more detailed review, but I thoroughly enjoyed playing this game (even though we lost the first time we played…)!  ;D

IMG_4239And, that’s it for today, folks!  The weather is supposed to be magnificently summer-esque for the next two days.  I’m going to have to find excuses to get out of the house.  Laundry and dusting can wait…  Enjoy the day, enjoy the weather, and I’ll catch you all next time!

Happy to Eat Bruschetta Chicken & Happy to Hang Out at Hero Complex!

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About cjbolinger

I am a stay-at-home mother of three children (Ben, Alex, and Christian), a wife who is head-over-heels in love with her husband of 13 years (Gregg), a hobbyist photographer, and a lover of everything crafty! Follow my attempts at domesticity as I cook, clean, and craft for my family...
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One Response to Bruschetta Chicken FTW & a Hero Complex…

  1. abbie berning says:

    I enjoyed playing with the ABC when I came over to baby-sit! NEAT_O. love Mom

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