Saturday, July 15, 2017

Quick Simple Italian Baked Chicken

These days work is keeping me very busy. I work 75 hours a week sometimes more and that is done in 5 days. So when I get home, I'm too exhausted to cook. Which is a crime because cooking has always been my creative outlet and stress reliever. Being that I'm too pooped to pop my meals have to be super easy. Breakfast food is a main staple as is salad and sandwiches.
I have a few previous meals and recipes that I'll be sharing from the last month however, when those are complete, you'll begin to see new recipes. I am attempting to go Keto/Low Carb. It is not easy as I love fruit and sugar. Keto does away with both. I can tell you now I will not do this one hundred percent perfect or as recommended. I need fruit!
A key for me is food prep. If I don't have things quick and easy to grab I will tend to gravitate to drive thru, which is not budget or diet friendly. So I'm dicing, chopping, separating and packing foods for quick snacks and meal time. I'll let you know how it goes.
Quick Simple Italian Baked Chicken
Sliced zucchini (1 medium size)
Diced butternut squash (1 cup)
Chicken breast (2 large boneless skinless, butterfly open)
Place the veggies in the baking pan, I used a ceramic 9x9 square pan.
Place the chicken on top. Next...
Sprinkle parsley, oregano, paprika, garlic powder and onion powder on top.
Pour Italian tomato sauce over the chicken.
Cover the chicken with 1 cup of Parmesan cheese
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Serve with butter garlic noodles and a side salad or whatever else you choose.
Enjoy

Monday, July 10, 2017

Clay Pot Lighthouse: Hot Fun #Blogwithfriends

Welcome to another #Blogwithfriends post, that time each month when we, several diverse bloggers, get together and with one theme come up with many ideas to post on the same day. This month our theme is "hot fun" because, well dang, it's HOT!
Now when my kids were younger and would go to camp, the first rule they were given upon arrival was this: it's hot, we all know it's hot, so please refrain from telling us it's hot. Did they listen? Yes, because if not, you were given KP duty. Wish I had of thought of that!
So this month I did something totally different. My hot fun was a day with my mom. For my birthday we had a "craft day". Something I have never done with my mom. Now I used to craft all the time and my mom is a very accomplished seamstress. However, we've never done a "project" together except for yard work, ie..her flower beds.
I had seen a cool idea on FB where they used clay pots to make lighthouses and since I collect lighthouses I thought this would be a fun idea and something totally out of the box.
My mom was game, which shocked me, she's an inside the box person, where I am out. Anyway, the original one was BIG and was in the yard. Since I didn't want my mom to break the back I thought we'd do smaller versions and then we could each place ours on our perspective decks.
After a delicious lunch, pork tenderloin, gravy, homemade mashed potatoes, garden peas and lemon meringue pie, we set out for the craft store.
I gather the supplies we would need, then we headed home with our bounty.
My mom was kind of hesitant and waited for me on each step but about half way through she gathered her confidence and took off.
They are not perfect and we had a few blunders or blobs of paint but we had an enjoyable time and plan on doing more projects together.
Here are the finished products and simple directions. OH be sure to check out all the other projects!!
Purchase 3 clay pots in sizes that will sit inside of each other, upside down, but leaves a space where you see the pots. Not where they sit flush. We used a 6,7 and 8 inch
1 tray large enough for the pots to sit in and leave room for the "water or rocks"
Applecrate acrylic paint in red, white and blue
1 lb of small rocks, this is enough for two lighthouse projects IF you do a small one.
Solar light, purchased at the dollar tree, pop the stick off the bottom
Gorilla glue or an epoxy that will hold outside to a clay pot
We used sponge brushes
Clay pot sealant spray, this protect the lighthouse from drying out

Paint each pot red, trim in white, it is not necessary to paint the inside as isn't seen. Trim in white. The inside of the tray in blue.
Allow each to dry, which only takes a few minutes in between coats.
This process is very quick.
Once dry, place the largest pot on the bottom, the middle on top and then the smallest. We placed a small dab of glue in each one to hold them together.
Place them on the tray and add a dab of glue as well.
Next fill in with rocks or shells if you like.
Lastly pop the stick off the solar light and glue it to the top. IF you are using large pots the solar light will fit in the hole in the bottom of the pot, since we used small pots we glued ours to the pot. 
Then last but not least OUTSIDE, spray the finished project with the sealant. Once the smell hits you, you'll understand why it says "use in a well ventilated area".



 http://www.clutteredgenius.com/repurposed-porch-decor/
 http://www.thinkinenglish.org/thinkinenglishblog

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Grilled Roast Beef

With my work schedule, a minimum of 60 hours a week but the last two weeks it's been 75-85 in 5 days. Due to this whacked out schedule I have to find quick, easy and filling dinners. Some days it's yogurt with granola, salads, wraps and sandwiches. About once a week sometimes twice I will cook a big meal but mostly it's something simple.

This recipe is exactly what I'm talking about. A grilled roast beef sandwich. I had planned on adding slaw and slices of granny smith apples but changed my mind.
Roast beef
Swiss cheese
Spicy brown mustard
butter
multigrain bread

Spread butter on one side and place it butter side down in the pan, spread mustard, add cheese and roast beef. Now top with bread and spread butter. Flip when it is golden brown. Cut in half and serve with a salad, chips or by itself.

See, simple!
What is your go to quick meal?
Stayed tuned, you see more easy dishes in the next few weeks.