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Are my apologies getting old yet? Blogging is something I was able to do when my day job was slow, but now it’s full steam ahead, which is great for my wallet, but not for dear ‘ol below blue skies. Pair a super busy work schedule with being out of town every weekend and odds of posting decrease further. That’s not all. I’ve found a new web site that fills that last 1% of my remaining time pie…
Be careful. Before you click the above link I’m warning you…you’re going to be addicted. It’s amazing, so before you decide to journey to the wonderful world of pinterest, make sure you have some time on your hands. After this web site I don’t even care about facebook…I know, it’s that crazy good.
So what is Pinterest? It’s a web site that allows you to create cyber-bulletin boards. So you can make a virtual board for every single category you can imagine: (yellow shirts, beach themed bathrooms, recipes, sewing crafts or whatever tickles your fancy…) and then save any image on the whole wide web that you like into a perfectly suited board. It creates a link to the original place you found it so no need to make little notes on your saved desktop photos, oh no, that’s already done for you! PLUS you can see what other people have pinned to find even more!
SO if you want to see what I’ve been up to, follow my pins here.
Have fun pinning!
It’s been a while. I have to apologize, but lately I haven’t been doing anything worthy of posting (aka my day job has gotten busy thankfully, so I’m left with little “free” time). I’m not certain that this post is “worthy” either, but my hope is it will get me back in the blogging spirit. So this is a simple post of a simple recipe I threw together for dinner the other night. It’s inspired by every restaurant’s staple: Chicken Parmesan. In fact, when I began typing up the recipe, that’s what I named it, until I realized I didn’t use any Parmesan cheese. I only used Mozzarella, and I’m not sure if restaurants use Parmesan AND mozzarella or not, but I did not. But it was still delicious. So hope you enjoy, and I hope to have more regular posts soon.
Easy Chicken Mozzarella
i n g r e d i e n t s :
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup flour
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 tbsp milk or water
2 cups Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs
2 tsp olive oil
1 jar marinara sauce
1/2 lb whole wheat pasta
Salt, to taste
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
d i r e c t i o n s :
1. Butterfly each chicken breast. Cover with plastic wrap and pound to about 1/4 inch thick. Cover with flour and set aside. In a large saute pan, heat olive oil to medium high.
2. In a large plastic bag, combine beaten eggs and water or milk. On a large plate or shallow dish, pour the bread crumbs into the bottom. Dip floured chicken filets into the egg mixture, and then coat with bread crumbs. Cook over medium high for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until golden brown and cooked through. You may need to cover with a lid to ensure the inside cooks.
3. In a large pot, bring roughly 5 cups of water to a boil. Season water with salt. Once boiling, cook your pasta until al dente. Directions should be on the package. Once cooked, drain and reserve.
4. Once chicken is cooked, make a bed of pasta on each plate. Spoon about 1/2 cup of marinara over the pasta. Top with a chicken filet. Spoon a tablespoon of marinara over the chicken and finally finish with a pinch of mozzarella (or two slices).
5. In a broiler, brown the cheese until it begins to bubble, about 3 minutes.
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The weekend before last, Scott and I were in Camden for the weekend to visit with his family and find out if we would be the proud aunt and uncle of a baby niece or nephew. The world will be excited to know that another Spivey gentleman will be coming into the world in September. While we were in town, we had lots of fun activities…
We went to a yard sale where I got $20 worth of amazing finds that should have easily cost over $75.
We visited the local farmer’s market:
In addition to that tasty pastry I had from Mulberry Bakery, we got two types of cheese from the Happy Cow: Mozzarella and Tomato and Basil Cheddar as well as a tea olive plant. I proudly planted it in our backyard and Charlie dug it up two days later…
Next we visited Aberdeen.
The girls then went back and dyed Easter eggs and made a cake, but I’ll post about that later. While we were hanging out around Scott’s parent’s home, I saw two things that I had to capture about my
sister-in-laws sissys that depict why I love them and explain the title of this post.
We’ll start with this:
This was made by Caroline:
and it shows her personality perfectly. She makes the sweetest and most thoughtful gifts and cards. It’s always fun to get a “Caroline card” in the mail.
Next up I spotted this little gem:
This was by Laura:
I love that she loves a good cook book, especially a slow cooker one. She’s hilarious without trying and I love laughing at-and-or-with her.
I share lots of similarities with my sissys other than being in love with Spivey boys that make me love them, but it is small little things like a card on the fridge and a cookbook flagged up one side and down the other that make me smile.