Careers & Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls…

Hi there!  Happy Thursday!  It is so muggy and gross outside today!  Not a pleasant day to be outside at all!  I’m glad that I am working indoors.  Ick.  Anyway, I absolutely loved hearing about all of your goals for the next 10 years in my post from yesterday.  It seems like quite a few of you want to become a published author!  I think that is incredible!  I will most definitely look for all of your books!  :)  I want autographed copies, by the way.  ;)

So yesterday I was really excited about making dinner!  When Mike and I went to the supermarket on Monday night, I picked up Egg Roll wrappers.  I’ve always wanted to use them before but I guess I was intimated by them and thought it would be hard to make.  That was when I saw on Kristen from Iowa Girl Eat’s blog that she made Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls.  They looked pretty simple to make.  So I thought I would try my own version of them for dinner last night!  Let me tell you right now, buy egg roll wrappers and make some of your own!  These are amazing!

Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls

Ingredients:

Shredded Chicken

Buffalo Sauce

Fat-free Ranch Dressing

Egg Roll Wrappers

Cooking Spray

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.  The night before, I put some boneless skinless chicken breasts in the crockpot to cook.  Then once they were done I shredded them and tossed them in some buffalo sauce. 

Take an egg roll wrapper and wet all four corners with water or else they won’t stick.  It’s easier if you use a brush to do this.  Squirt a little ranch dressing down the middle of the egg roll.  Then add a spoonful of the chicken mixture with buffalo sauce on it.  Start rolling your egg roll.  Start wrapping it like a burrito and then fold in the ends.  Bake for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Ingredients used

 

Egg Roll Wrappers I Used

 

These wrappers ended up being VERY tiny!  I thought they were the bigger ones.  So if you are looking to make mini-egg rolls like I did, then use these.  Otherwise, look for the regular size egg roll wrappers.

Ranch Dressing in the Middle of the Egg Roll

 

Now Buffalo Chicken added

 

My dinner plate with some roasted veggies

 

Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls

 

Yummy!

 

These were SO good!  Mike and I absolutely loved them!  They would be perfect appetizers for a party or even as a meal, like Mike and I had last night.  Either way, they make for a fun dinner!  I can’t wait to try making other types of egg rolls.  I must start using the wrappers quickly because I have so many left and I don’t want them to go bad!  Have you ever made egg rolls before?  What are your favorite kind to make?

To go along with yesterday’s post of asking you where you see yourself in 10 years.  I wanted to question all of you once more.  What do you do for a living?  If you are still in school studying, what are you studying to be? 

When I was applying for college, I was so adamant about majoring in Theater.  It was all that I wanted to do.  I didn’t put much thought into anything else.  I obviously didn’t think of what I was going to do with a Theater degree.  All I wanted to do was be on stage and perform. I never had intentions of teaching Theater.  So I ended up at a University in North Jersey majoring in their Musical Theater program.  I love learning about musical theater so much.  My first semester was great.  The second semester came around and I was confused.  I didn’t know what I wanted to do.  I didn’t think much of it.  My sophomore year, I decided that being a Theater major wasn’t going to do anything for me.  I can’t remember if I switched my major or added a minor, it was a long time ago.  So I added Communications.

I enrolled in Communications courses and took Theater courses.  I decided that I should really go into Broadcast Journalism.  I wanted to be an anchor for the news.  That school didn’t have what I wanted to do and I was unhappy there so I transferred schools.  I ended up transferring to the University that I graduated from, where I met Mike.  At that school, I majored in Communications specializing in Radio & TV with a minor in Theater.  All of those years of Theater courses were pretty much a waste especially since I decided to minor in it.  I took so many classes in a short period of time so that I could graduate, “on time.”  I spend countless hours in the television studio editing video and filming.  It was very stressful.  I also started anchoring the news on campus.  That was what I thought I wanted to do.

So the end of Senior year, I was applying for jobs like crazy in television.  Then I landed where I am today.  For personal reasons, I am not going to discuss too much where I work or what I do.  I will say that it does involve television.  Is this a career for me?  No, this is a job.  I am so confused with what I want to do career wise.  I think that I never allowed myself to explore different options or different career paths when I was in school.  I just kept focusing so much on Theater or being in front of a camera.  Don’t get me wrong, I would love to still be in front of the camera, maybe not singing, maybe cooking. 

I discovered my love for event planning when I started planning random events for people on my team.  I am known as my team’s “Event Planner.”  I eventually signed up for an online course to become a certified Wedding Planner.  So I am now certified but I haven’t really done much with it.  I found a passion for cooking once I moved in with Mike.  I loved experimenting in the kitchen with different foods.  I was cooking up a storm and I still cook like that.  I think event planning and cooking are where my passions lie.  It’s just hard for someone to give me a chance to do what I want to do.  I am hopeful that one day I will be completely happy with my career and that I will do what I want to do.  I am not going to give up.  So I say, if you have dreams, go for themDon’t let yourself or anyone hold you back:)

Well on that note, I suppose I should get back to work now.  Have a good day!  :)

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20 Responses

  1. I work as an analytical chemist. I don’t think I’ll go into further detail for fear of boring everyone to death. ;) I enjoy my job and it seems to be promising a long-term career (for now), but I don’t know if this is exactly what I want to do for the rest of my life. I forgot to comment on your previous post, but I have no idea where I want to be in 5 years, let alone 10. I’m a weirdo. :)

  2. I know I could stay in my job and make it my career, 3.5 years and counting, but it’s SO boring. I majored in Print Journalism in school and would really like to actually use that some day, but at this point, I’m making good money and it would be hard to walk away. SIgh. haha.

  3. I’m in marketing and majored in communications (with a focus in advertising, marketing and PR) so I guess I’m really using my degree! Haha.

    Those egg rolls look heavenly – I’ve always seen those wonton wrappers in the grocery store and been intrigued but too intimated to pick them up! You’ve inspired me to get them next time :)

    • Haha, that is awesome! As long as you are happy that is the most important thing! ;)

      Thank you! Me too! I always wanted to use them and this week I was like, what the hell. I’m trying them already! Aw, thank you! :)

  4. I saw that recipe on canyoustayfordinner and tried it for superbowl – so delicious. Buffalo chicken anything is delicious though!

  5. looks DIVINE! My cousin actually had buffalo chicken egg rolls as passed appetizers during his wedding reception, I can’t tell you how many I scarfed down!

    • Thank you! :) Wow, that would be an awesome appetizer for a wedding! I would LOVE that mine! That is my goal to have appetizers that people actually want to eat at our wedding. I hate when you go to a wedding and there are horrible appetizers.

  6. Those egg rolls look so good!

    I think the problem with college is that you are kind of forced to know what you want to do with the rest of your life at the age of 18. While some people have a passion and follow it and love what they do, not everyone knows what the heck they want to do. I majored in Political Science and I really enjoyed school, but was left with a degree that was pretty much useless. I’m in law school now, but I don’t even know if I want to be a lawyer.

    • Thank you! :)

      I totally agree with you, 100%! I wish I would have tried to figure out what I wanted to do first by going to community college before taking out massive amounts of loans and going to school for sometihng I don’t enjoy. It’s really hard to know what you want to do for the rest of your life at 18. Law school sounds amazing. A long time ago, I had dreams of becoming a lawyer. You need to do what makes you happy. Go for your passions. :)

  7. I went the Broadcast Journalism route in college, too — double majored in Print & Video Communications and Elementary Education, with a minor in my school’s honors program. Like you, I logged countless hours in the editing lab (fun story: the portable hard drive I used decided to break three days before the video half of my senior thesis was due, and I nearly lost a year’s worth of newscasts – thank goodness for my genius friend who saved most of them!). I LOVED what I was doing, though, especially the actual writing parts for the newscasts and other television shows, and I got my dream internship at Action News in Philly my senior year. I’d been wanting to work there for years, and it was everything I thought it’d be (and more!). I actually got to go back as a Production Assistant after graduation and even got to work with the person who inspired me to pursue journalism :-) Right now, I’m freelancing while I work on querying literary agents for one of my novels and writing its sequel. The creative writing is my true passion, without a doubt.

    I think you definitely have the right attitude about not giving up. It sounds like you really know what you want out of life, and you have the determination to make that happen!! Fingers crossed you can put the wedding planner certification (still think that’s sooo cool!) to use and keep cooking up a storm at the same time!!

    • Wow, that is awesome that you interned at Action News! That must have been an incredible experience!! :) Good luck with the writing! I am definitely going to read your book when it’s published! I expect an autographed copy! ;)

      Thank you so much! :) I really hope that one day when I wake up in the morning to go to work, I am happy and excited because I know I will be making a difference. That is my ultimate goal. I want to LOVE going to do work. I want to love what I do. I hope that will happen. :)

  8. The buffalo egg rolls look amazing! When I went to Belize, they had “chicken rolls”, the wrapper was a thin piece of chicken, and it had asian veggies inside. It was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I need to recreate that!

  9. Love this post – great attitude, girl! I majored in PR, minored in marketing and then got a master’s in communication. I now work for a large, nationwide corporate communications department, consulting on long-term projects to create communication plans and manage projects from a comm. perspective, writing, publishing the monthly magazine, editing, creating videos and podcasts, blogging, uploading to our company intranet, planning company events – and the list goes on! I really enjoy it – but sometimes find myself being more gravitated towards cooking, party planning and writing (fiction/creative). I just wish I had more time to know what my true passion is – or if this is it! haha It’s difficult. :(

    • Thank you! :) Your job sounds awesome! It sounds like a lot of responsbility but it definitely seems exciting! I totally know what you mean. I fee like everyday I am finding more and more things that like to do. I wish I had one concrete plan instead of a million.

  10. oh and hello! Biz posted a link to someone else’s blog – they made this recipe with cream cheese in there too – I copied and pasted it not 10 minutes ago then saw it here, too – now I have to try it!

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