Never Switching To Decaf

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A Celebration May 31, 2012

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Today I reached my goal for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer which takes places in Chicago this weekend.  I find it fitting that I reached this milestone on the same day as the end of Blogathon.  Congrats to everyone that completed Blogathon 212 and good luck to everyone taking part in the walk this weekend!


Grilled eggplant May 30, 2012

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I made this tonight to go along with our Italian sausage sandwiches. The tanginess of balsamic really brought out a lot of sweetness in the eggplant. Super easy and super tasty.

Eggplant, washed and cut into 1/2″ thick slices.
Kosher salt sprinkled on eggplant slices
1/2 cub olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1. Whisk olive oil and vinegar in bowl.
2. Brush on eggplant slices.
3. Grill for 20-25 minutes, turning once while cooking.
4. Serve and enjoy. To protect yourself from major burns, resist urge to eat directly off of grill.


G.O.T. meets Maury May 29, 2012

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G.O.T. meets Maury

This was posted by George Takei on facebook and it gave me my laugh for the day. If you’re not a fan of George Takei on facebook, you really should be. His feed is made of awesome.


Blogathon Wordle May 28, 2012

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For today’s Blogathon 2012 post we’ve been asked to create a word cloud using our recent posts. From mine it appears I write a lot about chicken and chickens that strip. Tawdry.

wordle word cloud


Have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend May 27, 2012

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As you can see I’m very busy preparing for summer.


Blogathon fail May 26, 2012

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Yesterday was the last day of school, my last day of work, and an all around busy day. As a result I forgot to blog which makes me a Blogathon failure. :sad face


Baked chicken strips May 24, 2012

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My kids love chicken strips but I absolutely hate the mess and the work that comes along with  frying them and the strips they sell in the frozen food section are awful.  If I wanted to eat soggy rubber, I’d chew on my flip flop.  Over the years, I’ve learned how to get crispy and delicious chicken strips (or nuggets, if you prefer) straight from the oven.


  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts sliced into even sized strips or nuggets
  • A shallow dish with seasoned flour.( I always add salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, and paprika and then whatever else I have lying around and I’m in the mood for)
  • A shallow dish with 2-3 eggs beaten
  • A shallow dish with 1 cup of panko bread crumbs


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Spray a baking sheet with your favorite cooking spray.
  3. Dredge the chicken through the flour mixture.
  4. Next put it into the beaten egg and coat well. (It helps to keep one hand dry so that your hands don’t turn into Floured Hulk hands)
  5. Coat chicken strip with panko.
  6. Place on baking sheet and continue until all chicken is coated.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes. Turn over the strips.  Bake for another 15-20 or until chicken is cooked through.

Serve with your favorite dipping sauces and vegetables.  Total prep time is about 15-20 minutes and cook time is about 45 minutes.  Sure it takes longer than getting them out of the freezer, but they taste so much better!