Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Fried Chicken Tenders

Yum! That is all I can say for these. And the picture doesn't do them justice. I have a terrible camera and bad lighting. It may be like 5% camera operator as well. Many people have been asking me to post this recipe, ok well actually only 2 people have asked but it feels like it is snowballing, you know? So here we go, lets make some fried chicken!

Many people are intimidated by the thought of making fried chicken. It is not hard at all. I usually just use tenders bc it pleases the family, but you can use meat on the bone as well. Also I sometimes let my chicken marinate in buttermilk for awhile but I did not have any. This is why they need drive thru stores bc I forget one thing from the store almost every time I go. It can not be helped it seems. Did I mention that brain cells drop drastically after you have kids. It's a weird phenomenon.

You will need:
Buttermilk (optional)
two cups flour
tablespoon or more of seasoned salt
1 to 2 lbs. chicken
oil for frying
two eggs

First grab a gallon size ziploc bag and put in the flour and seasoned salt. I use my own recipe of seasoned salt but I have also used Lawry's seasoned salt and it is good too. Make sure the salt and flour are mixed well.

Take the chicken and cut up into the size you prefer. I do all different sizes. I am using 1.5 lbs of chicken that has been pre-cut this time. Then I cut it up further.

Take a little chicken at a time and put it into the flour. Then I shake it around in the bag. Then place the coated chicken in the scrambled egg and cover the chicken completely with egg.

Then put the chicken back into the bag and shake. Double dipping the chicken gives it a little more crunch. Its worth the extra time. Do this until all the chicken has been dredged. At this point I sometimes put all the chicken back in the bag and leave it in the fridge for later. Or you can start frying!

Place about a 1/2in. oil in a skillet or a pan and heat to around 350 or med. heat

Fry a couple of minutes on both sides or until golden brown.

Transfer chicken to paper towels and there you have it! I always serve mine with delicious creamy mashed potatoes, green beans, and rolls. Yummy!

Friday, February 11, 2011

D is for dreams.......
I am a dreamer. First of all literally I am a dreamer. I remember my dreams when I sleep. Does this happen to anyone else? It's wierd. I wake up feeling confused. Dreams are always so strange too, sometimes I wonder about them all day.

But those aren't the dreams I'm talking about.

The dreams I am speaking of are the ones that can be reality if we want them to be.
There is really no dream too big. I call them God-size dreams. The dreams we have that insist we ACT. The ones that show us things are still possible. What is it you dream about? What is God asking of you? The best dreams are the ones God has placed in our hearts, the ones that match His. I guarantee you that acting on your dreams will always be harder than doing nothing, but don't let regret take the place of your dreams. If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere. Take a risk!! We step out in faith bc we know He will be there to guide us. What else is there? This challenge is for me as well, we can not shrink away. We must be doers. It. will. change. your. life.

On a superficial note, I do dream about having a bigger car for my growing family.
I know exactly where it is sitting at the dealership......I just don't know where the cash to pay for it is sitting.

Monday, February 7, 2011


It has been awhile since I last posted because I have been without a computer! Ben took it with him to Africa! Ben and Zach Kennedy were in Ethiopia for a week. It was the first official James Initiative trip. They had a great time. They were able to meet with other organizations that are in orphan care, visit orphanages, and visit with local church pastors. They were also able to buy 75 pairs of shoes for the street children of Addis, buy a cow for a local orphanage, and hand out lots of toothbrushes! Thanks to all who donated specifically for this trip! It was wonderful to be able to meet some needs now. I will keep you updated on the next steps for JI!

They were also able to visit the Gladney foster care center and eat with Belay! We don't have a referral yet so Ben was not able to find out any information on our adoption! Speaking of referrals we have been waiting 6 1/2 months for a referral. When we first got on the list the wait time for a toddler was 5 to 7 months. Now the wait time is 10 months! So it will still be awhile until we get a referral. :(
I am hoping by May! Things are really slow right now, hopefully they will pick up soon.

Did you read my last post about snow? Well since that post it has snowed and snowed.
We missed four days of school just last week. To top that off we are expecting more this week. What in the world? We did get to go sledding which was fun! Then my SUV slid all over the neighborhood which was not fun.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Snow day

We had our first snow day this last week. It only left enough snow to make a footprint. It was sad really. Yet schools were still cancelled. Schools are very cautious when it comes to snow here in our great state. Once, schools were cancelled because someone unexpectedly made a snow cone. Snow is a relatively infrequent visitor to Arkansas. In a typical winter we will see two or three snow “storms”. One of these occurrences will be considered severe. Severe translates into about two inches of snow. Here in the south, the first and only thing people do when it begins snowing is to buy bread, milk and eggs. It is critical to buy as much of these three things in whatever form they can be obtained. If the only thing available in the bread section of the grocery store is hot dog buns, that is what you should buy. No eggs? Egg beaters is going to have to do.

Last week's snow flurries qualified as one of these instances. The threat of snow caused mass pandemonium at the grocery store. I wish I had taken a picture. I was there on my regular weekly shopping run. I rarely listen to the news and had not realized the magnitude of what was about to hit our state. We were packed in like sardines. People were just grabbing what they could off the shelves. It didn't matter what it was, they were in a hurry to get out of there. They were all rushing around, I'd be surprised if some of them even stopped to pay. After all, they needed to get to the gas station, this is basic survival training. You absolutely MUST top off your tanks. You don't want to be caught without gas at a time like this.

Thankfully, I managed to get out of there in one piece. I can be quite scrappy when I need to be.

I am even more thankful for the pretty little snowman that Ryan made.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

C is for.....chocolate! I love chocolate, and usually in large amounts. It is very important to my over all health and more importantly, my well being.

Here is the food pyramid. These are all the food groups. See that top one there? They say this one is to be used "sparingly" Who decides this anyways? How on earth did they convince themselves this was a good idea? Sparingly? Come on people.

I leave you with a great recipe for Molten Lava Cakes. They are awesome!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Really Awesome Beef Stew!

This is a great recipe for the cold winter months. It is hearty and delicious! I never grew up liking stew at all, but this recipe is awesome. It is easy to make and so very flavorful, you will never see stew the same way. It's a must try!

You will need
1 to 2 lb chuck tender steak
3 to 4 slices bacon
3 carrots
2 potatoes
fresh green beans
1/2 of a yellow onion
4 cups of beef broth
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons butter
5 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoons parsley
2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 bay leaf
2 cloves garlic

Start by cutting up the meat and vegetables.
Feel free to add more meat and vegetables than what I have above. I don't really measure how much I put in, but the above is my best guess. I usually put in a couple handfuls of fresh green beans, and a couple handfuls of cut up baby carrots. If you use the big carrots, I would use two to three. Also I use three thick slices of bacon or 4 regular slices for this dish.

Place the cut up slices of bacon in a pot or dutch oven over med. high heat with a little oil so the bacon doesn't stick. Did I mention this is not low-fat? Don't be skeered....

Cook the bacon until done and transfer to paper towels, it will come back into play later.

Leave two tablespoons of bacon grease in the pot and save the rest for the next step. Then throw in the cut up meat. Sear the meat on all sides and remove to a plate. It does not need to be cooked through.

Once the steak has been removed, lower the temp to medium and there should still be some grease and juices from cooking the meat at the bottom of the pan, if not add two more tablespoons to saute the vegetables. Then throw in the carrots, onions, and green beans. Cook until the onions are translucent. About five minutes.

Once they are cooked add the two tablespoons of butter and let melt. Then add the 5 tablespoons of flour and stir. It will turn into a paste around the vegetables.

Next add in the beef broth and stir. Then add in the two tablespoons of tomato paste. Once these are stirred in add back the meat and its juices, add the garlic, italian seasoning, bay leaf, and parsley. At this point put on the lid and either cook it on the stove over medium heat or stick it in the oven on 325 degrees for
1 1/2 hours.

After 1 1/2 hours add the cut up potatoes, then either put back in oven or on stove for 45 more minutes or until the potatoes and carrots are tender.

Here it is in all its goodness! Yum!

Then get you a big ol' helping and sprinkle the bacon bits on top! I also add a little salt and pepper. So So Good!

I serve this with either rolls, or garlic cheddar biscuits, or yummy cornbread. I will give you those recipes another day.

*Do not use stew meat in this dish, stew meat is tough and chewy. I use chuck tender steak which you can find at walmart, or you could use sirloin or any other tender cut of meat. You will not regret it. Also if you can add just about any vegetable...celery, mushrooms, etc. Try this as soon as possible it will make your winter a little more bearable!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

You must listen to this!!!

If you want to hear more David Platt sermons or his entire series on what the Gospel demands go to
and below sermon resources for each chapter of his book he has sermons that go along with each chapter. I would highly recommend reading the book too! It has changed my thinking completely. It is time to make huge sacrifices for Christ. As he puts it "We are His plan A, there is no plan B."