Archives for March 27, 2012

Roasted Vegetables + Seasoned Vegetarian Chicken Recipe

This meal was incredibly filling and delicious! Great for Fall and early Spring when you want a warm dish. :)

approximately 8 servings


  • 3 large carrots (chopped into 1″ pieces)
  • 2 parsnips (chopped into 1″ pieces)
  • 1 sweet potato (chopped into 1″ pieces)
  • 1 butternut squash (or any other kind of squash – chopped into 1″ pieces)
  • 4 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Tsp Garlic Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Parsley Flakes
  • 2 Tbsp Garlic and Herb Seasoning
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Mix all vegetables together and add in the olive oil, garlic salt, parsley flakes, garlic and herb seasoning, and salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly and try to coat all vegetables evenly.

Line two cookie sheets with foil and spread the vegetables out evenly on the pans.

Bake for 45 minutes or until vegetables start to brown.

approximately 4 servings


  • Half bag of Quorn Chicken Tenders
  • 1/2 Cup of Red Onions
  • 1 Cup of Broccoli
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 2 Tsp Garlic Salt

In a medium pan, saute the olive oil, onions and garlic over medium heat.

Once they are about halfway done, add in the chicken and the broccoli. Stir and mix thoroughly.

Cook until the chicken is tender, approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

* You can use the leftover seasoned chicken recipe as a chicken salad base by just adding miracle whip and putting it on a wrap/bread. DELICIOUS!

Change Before You Have To

Last week, Caitlin from To Make Love Stay wrote a post about writing like her true self. And it stayed with me for a long time because it was a direct reflection of how I was feeling after Secret Week.

Having two themed weeks gave me a break from my usual posts. They gave me time to reflect on who I was as a person and what my blog was really all about. The answer I came up with was something along the lines of . . .

Who I am is not reflected in my blog on a regular basis

And truth be told, it stung. It was the truth, but it made me wonder what on Earth I was doing for the past year+. It made me wonder if I should just call it quits, say we had a good run, and walk away from the place I had worked so hard at creating. But I knew the answer. I’ve spent this last year figuring out exactly who I was. Figuring out what I wanted this blog to be about. Figuring out what was important to me.

The past year has been a HUGE year for me growth wise. I’ve done things I never thought I would and changed the most I ever have in that time-span. It’s been a wonderful ride, but it’s been hard at times. Incredibly trying on me, my relationships, my business, etc. It always bounces back, but I still struggled at times.

And I really want to share all of that with you

I’m an open book, honestly. And even if I wasn’t, I really don’t have much to hide behind after Secret Week. I pretty much put it all out there and hoped for the best. I know I’ve talked about changes around here before, and they may or may not have happened. But like the quote above, I want to change before I have to. I want to turn my blog into the place I dream of it being and not wait until it’s too far gone to save.

I’ve already taken it upon myself to make some much needed changes around here by updating all of my pages, including the about page and advertising page which both now better reflect my goals/dreams for this blog. Taken from the advertising page:

After Nine To Five is an inspirational hub for those looking for more out of life and to escape the standard cookie cutter mold with a nine-to-five grind. The four core elements of this blog include self-employment/entrepreneurship, inspiration and motivation, delicious food, and gorgeous photography. This makes it the perfect place to advertise for inspirational and uplifting bloggers, handmade business owners, self-employment and motivational themed websites or products, foodies and photographers, as well as products and brands that enable us to live our lives to the fullest.

And this is exactly what I want my blog to reflect.

Entrepreneurship (the good, the bad, and the ugly.)

Inspirational, motivational, and uplifting stories from myself (+ others)

My love for food, cooking, baking, and everything in between.

And the pictures I love to take, but never make time for.

All of these are already a part of my blog in some way, but not to the extent that I would like them to be. Not even close for some of them. And I’m ready. I’m SO ready to make them the key focuses of my blog because that’s my life. I work a lot. I eat a lot. I wish I used my camera more (A LOT more.) And I like to be inspired and inspire others. If someone wanted to know who I was in a few sentences, that’s it.

It won’t happen overnight. Probably not even just in the next week. But my goal is to slowly change the path my blog has been on for far too long now into one that reflects the person I am and the person I want to be.

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