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Oven Fried Chicken September 30, 2011

Filed under: Children,Food — multipurposemom @ 12:40 am
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So, I stink at posting regularly…but this was too good not to share!  I was not planning to post this, so forgive the lack of pictures.  This was all that was left, less than one chicken breast.

It was loosely based on an old Ag Ext. Cookbook, I think – I don’t have it in front of me.  Of course, I didn’t have all of the ingredients – so I was pretty free with the instructions.  Caleb said I probably only followed the “add chicken” instruction. 

Know that I don’t measure anything, so everything is an approximate amount, that way I don’t have to note it on every ingredient.

First…mix (or let your 3 year old mix, if you’re in a hurry and your 9mo old is loosing patience) 8 oz sour cream, 2 tbsp lemon juice, 2 tbsp worchester sauce, 1 tbps garlic powder, 1 tbsp paprika, a little salt, a little pepper.  Let sit (or let 3 year old continue to mix to entertain herself).

Second…mix bread crumbs (maybe 1-2 cups), a little salt, a little Mrs. Dash, and some dried parsley.  I did this with a glove on my hand.  Remove glove, leave in pan ( I use it again, everytime I touch raw chicken – yuck!).  Preheat your oven to 350.

Third, cut up chicken breasts – especially if you are super picky about fat on your meat like some of us might be.  I had 3 breasts, a little over 2lbs., I first trimmed them and cut them into 3 pieces.  But I really like breading, so they each ended up in 5 pieces.  Put about 1/4c. butter in the microwave or on stove top to melt. 

Fourth…combine everything.  I made a line…raw chicken, sour cream mix, bread crumbs, well-sprayed glass dish.  Dip chicken in each on both sides (if you like breading,  I do it twice on each side for that step…also I pressed each piece of chicken with the heel of my hand so it would be a little flatter before I started dipping – I think this is one of the steps that makes chicken breasts so much better!).  Place in glass dish.  When you are done, drizzle butter over chicken.  Place in preheated oven for 1 hour.

I served with rice (1/2 c rice, 1 1/2 c water, bit of butter, 1/2 onion – start with about 30-40 min left in chicken cooking time.  Bring to boil, reduce, cover, simmer until chicken is done). 

And green peas (water to cover bottom of pan- start with 10-15 min left on chicken, bring to boil, add frozen peas, cover, bring back to boil, reduce. 

Enjoy!

 

March Family Update March 28, 2011

Filed under: Children,Marriage & Family — multipurposemom @ 1:26 pm

Lydia is 4 months old now.  She weighed 15lbs 10oz at her well check last week, but Caleb and everyone at church thinks she gained a ton over the weekend.  She is  a super smilie baby, and loves to talk.  She will play with just about anyone, but her eyes really light up for her sister.  She can almost sit up on her own, but doesn’t roll yet.  She is starting to give her sister’s trademark mean face sometimes. 

Rachel is a little over 2 1/2 now.  I don’t think her size has changed all that much.  This month I asked her to sing the ABC’s to her sister, I thought she could get to about J or K, but she sang her the whole song!  She also likes to sing Happy Day – verses and all, and Jesus Loves Me.  She likes to help me paint and garden.  She has also learned to just hook Caleb’s 4 wheeler up and can just about start it – we’re going to have to start taking the battery out when it is parked!

Caleb is still working away on school stuff, but I think he’s getting faster!  He is also starting to use his reading in the real world, which was good at Bible Study and interesting in children’s church 🙂 

I am doing little projects here and there as I get time.  Lately most of the time has been going to gardening stuff – starting seeds, planting spinach, making a strawberry planter.  I’ve also been trying to do little things around the house – organizing and a little extra cooking – as I get time.  I’m very excited about our new-to-this-house book case – which will help get some stuff off the floor and looking better!

Caleb and Rachel went camping this month!  Lydia and I hung out for a while – but we came back home to visit with Faith and sleep in real beds 🙂  Rachel loves being outside, and would make a great Mogele (ignore my terrible spelling) from The Jungle Book.  She had gotten in the creek twice by the time Caleb got everything set up.

We had two birthdays last weekend – which has Rachel on a bit of a birthday kick, she sings the song and talks about presents a lot! 

We also (finally) got to go spend the night with Haley, who I lived with in college all 4 years!  We had been trying to plan this venture for at least a year, but it finally happened.  Friday night our senior year room mates Heather and Kristen came to hang out too.  Saturday we slept in and watched the kids play.  It was wonderful!

I also let the girls start taking a bath together this month.  Despite the fact that they are not photogenic (see above), they both LOVE taking a bath together!  It’s also much easier for me to give them a bath at the same time.

 

Raised Bed for Strawberries March 24, 2011

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I bought some strawberry plants.  My mom has her’s in big wash bins, and I like the way it looks.  The bag also says it needs good drainage, so I wanted them in something up off of the ground, so I could control the drainage a little better.  So, I went on the hunt.  I found an old cooler that had been retired to holding rec equipment and wasn’t being used.  It looked pretty rough (not that it really matters what it looked like), so I also found some old paint we weren’t using and some paint brushes that were on their last leg.  I grabbed my helper and my supervisor and we went to work! 



We painted two coats of some sort of interior/exterior paint that appeared to be for either concrete or cars – the label was pretty much completely covered from whenever it was used last, so I’m not really sure what it was.  Maybe if we get adventerous later we can paint some sort of design on it, but it looks pretty good and works for now!  Now we just need to borrow husband’s drill to put some holes in for drainage, fill it up with some dirt, and plant our berries!  I’m very excited, they are supposed to be everbearing and have “high yield!”

 

Rachel has transportation! October 20, 2010

Filed under: Children,Loving Jesus — multipurposemom @ 6:40 pm

On mondays when Caleb is at school, Rachel and I try to spend at least part of the day out of the house and possibly even doing something fun!  This week we were going to go to Hickory…

For her birthday, Rachel got a “Rock, Roll and Ride” tricycle.  She goes around in it some, but she’s not great with the pedals, so she usually doesn’t get very far.  This past weekend, she wanted to ride it to the Retreat Center – so we let her.  She got from our house almost to the road down to the ball field and we pushed her the rest of the way.  One journey was all it took to convince her that she was a fully liscensed driver.

On monday, after I got her dressed and ready, I said “are you ready to go to Hickory?”  “Mmmhmmm,” she said.  Then she genuinely – and as if she was making a big contribution to our day, very generously offered “Wanna ride my tricycle?”  “No baby, Hickory is too far to ride your tricycle.” 

Even though her offer was WAY unrealistic, it was a good one.  For one – it was hilarious.  But, more seriously, she was honestly wanting to contribute.  She thought of a way she could be helpful (kind of) and selflessly offered what she had (even if I didn’t think it was much). 

This reminds me of the widow who only had a little bit of money to give.  The Lord was more pleased with her selfless and sacrificial offering than all of the other offerings people gave out of abundance.  I hope I have the same heart Rachel and the widow did – I’m afraid it might not be the that way all (ok, maybe much) of the time, but I pray it becomes more so.

 

Guess How Much I Love You August 24, 2010

Filed under: Children,Loving Jesus — multipurposemom @ 12:56 pm

We have a friend that always says “I love you, but He loves you more!”  I think this is very true, and I think it might be one of the most important things Rachel could learn.  So, at bedtime I always tell her “I love you, but Jesus loves you more than mommy (sometimes we expound:  more than anybody, because He’s perfect, etc).”  Then our bedtime prayer is “Thank you, Jesus, for loving me.  Help me learn to love you too.”  along with whatever else we might be thankful for that day.  

I was reading Rachel Guess How Much I Love You a few nights ago and one line stuck out:  “Big Nutbrown Hare had even longer arms.”  In this story a baby rabbit tries over and over to tell daddy rabbit an amount of love that can’t be outdone.  But daddy rabbit always outdoes him – and this line in the story explains why.  Daddy rabbit’s capacity is bigger! 

The same is true with Jesus.  His capacity to love us is bigger than our’s is to love Him.  There is encouragement though, our capacity can grow.  As baby rabbit grew his arms got longer.  As we grow as believers our spiritual arms get longer too!  We will never be able to outlove God (and really, is it so bad to lose that competition?), but our capacity to love God and the things He loves will grow as we spend time with Him and mature.