Friday, January 13, 2017

Chicken Cordon Blu and #UYW

Do you like cordon bleu? I do. I previously, a few years ago, made a orzo for cordon bleu AND egg rolls! But I wanted to make it, baked. It wasn't difficult but I think next time I'll buy the thin cut chicken breast instead of slicing my own. I didn't get mine thin enough so it was difficult to roll.
I used:
3 large chicken breast, boneless and skinless, sliced into 3 slices each
9 oz black forest ham
12 oz thinly sliced baby swiss

Lay out a slice of the breast, top with ham and cheese. Roll and pin with a toothpick. I then dipped it in melted butter and parsley. Pan seared the sides and placed it in a baking pan. Then baked for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
I served it with bacon cheese baked potato and a salad.

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.
 Your words are: 
Snacks ~ book ~ enticing ~ ditches ~ confidant ~ souvenirs 
They were submitted by:     

I love going on vacation. One of my favorite things to do is a staycation. You know where I stay at home, to save money, and pretend to be a tourist in my own town. I shop for souvenirs, browse the cute little stores downtown, finding enticing gifts, nic nacs and books along the way. I'm confidant that I will always find something new as I live on the coast in a tourist town right across the ditches(or creek) from several larger towns that are an easy hour drive. But like all driving trips, even if only an hour, I bring along snacks and lots of water. Seeking out new places to eat, local artist and of course if you know me, I'm always taking lots of photos along the way. 
If you haven't tried a staycation, I strongly suggest it.
Find a local at the gas station, ask an elderly person where to eat, ask a post man which streets are the loveliest and so on.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them. 
Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:

Baking In A Tornado              
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
Spatulas on Parade           
The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver
Sparkly Poetic Weirdo          
On the Border                 
Confessions of a part time working mom  
The Bergham Chronicles         
Southern Belle Charm                


  1. Huh. Never tried a 'staycation' before. I love this idea!
    And great use of the words! :)

    1. You should try it! Go to the camber of commerce and see if they have a visitors guide and coupons!

  2. I've done that before. I'm still new to the area so it works great for getting to know my new hometown.

    1. It's a great way to learn about your new home and find some great eating spots plus finding local artist! I love it.

  3. YAY you got my words!!!! I LOVE STAYCATIONS!!!! nothing beats saving money and relaxing. that chicken looks so darn good.

    1. YAY! I first could not figure out what to do, then I looked at them a second time and BAM I had a great thought.

  4. You make a staycation sound even more fun than going away. I have to admit I haven't done this, need to try it.
    Your Cordon Blu looks DELISH!

    1. Ten years ago when my family moved to my hometown, I took the boys downtown and we played "tourist" they loved it, learned a lot about their new home and I found some old treasures.

  5. Cordon Blu looks really good and I love staycations!

  6. Staycations are something I've recently started to do to learn more of what my city offers. It's fun and interesting. One staycation one somewhere new!

    And...thanks for making me hungry!

  7. Staycations are great!
    I remember you did some A-Z photo challenge in your city a while back that was a lot of fun!
    I have the same problem with chicken cordon bleu: how to get the meat thin enough to properly roll. Usually they look more like a sandwich ;-) Still yummy, though.