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Baked chicken strips May 24, 2012

Filed under: Cooking,Food,Uncategorized — travit @ 10:02 pm
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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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  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!

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Rainbow Party May 14, 2012

Glass vase full of bubblegumMy daughter recently turned 9 years old and for her birthday party we had a rainbow theme. The 9 year old rainbow and unicorn sticker collecting me loved this theme and went a wee bit overboard. Oh yeah, my daughter liked it too.

We knew we wanted a rainbow theme but didn’t really know where to go from there. So where does the non-creative mother with big dreams turn? Pinterest, of course. There I found more ideas thank I could have possibly accomplished but I wanted to share a few of my favorites here.

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Holding On and Letting Go May 3, 2012

Filed under: Kids — travit @ 9:16 pm
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The post I had planned for today changed after receiving a phone call from my daughter’s school late this afternoon.  On the other end was the school social worker with the sad news that a little boy in my daughter’s class had lost his long battle with cancer.  A third grade boy and a friend of my daughter had passed away.  My sympathies are with his family and I can’t even begin to imagine the pain that they are going through at this time.

Breaking the news to my daughter was difficult.  She ran through so many emotions in just a few minutes.  As the realization of the finality of what I had said began to sink in, she became very sad and began to cry.  At first she questioned how it was possible for a child to die.  A question that I wish I had a better answer for.  Then she began to worry that she would die.  From cancer or her own form of epilepsy. I assured her that that wouldn’t happen and that she was safe and healthy.  Very quickly, the pain of losing her friend brought back up the pain of losing her grandfather three years ago.  He also had died of cancer and this brought up the feelings she experienced then.  I was well into my teens before I suffered a major loss and here I was consoling my nine year old daughter over two in her young life.  We talked about how important it is to carry those who you miss and love in your mind and heart but that we have to let them go to a better place free of pain and suffering.

Earlier this year, the school where I work suffered a terrible loss when a first grade student was killed in an accident.  Counselors were brought in and talked about how young children cope with this type of loss.  She mentioned that often the loss of a friend will bring up other losses and here I was experiencing the same emotions with my own child only a few weeks later.  The counselor recommended a book called Where Do Balloons Go by Jamie Lee Curtis to read to children who experience the death of someone they know.  I will be getting that book and reading it to my daughter tomorrow.  We will hold on to the memories while letting go.

 

Use Your Imagination October 29, 2008

Filed under: Family,Kids — travit @ 8:44 pm
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Yes, I know it’s been forever and a day since I’ve written on my poor old neglected blog.  I’ve taken pictures, I’ve had thoughts, I just haven’t taken the time to get them up here.  I will try to do better.  The only people that still read my blog get here through googling chicken enchilada recipes, I should at least make an effort to entertain them.  Right?

Tonight the kids, Matt and I carved pumpkins.  It was so much fun and perfectly highlighted the difference in my two children.  Carson hated reaching in and pulling out the pumpkin stuff, it completely icked him out.  Riley on the other hand, loved it.  Couldn’t get enough of it.  When I told her to take a break and I would finish cleaning it out she asked, “Can I watch?  I want to do this with my kids when I’m a grown up.” How sweet is that?

The jack-o-lanterns came out looking pretty good.  This is where I need you to use your imagination, I forgot to charge my camera batteries. Bad, bad amateur photographer!  If they don’t get smashed by random punks before then I will take pictures of them lit up on Halloween and get them posted here sometime before the next administration takes office.

 

When School Germs Attack October 1, 2008

Filed under: Kids — travit @ 10:58 am
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Riley is home sick today from school.  She has a headache and a fairly high fever that is not responding much at all to Tylenol and Motrin.  I feel so bad for her, she is so whiny and grumpy when she is sick.  Come to think of it, so am I.

I’ve volunteered to be the leader for her Daisy troop.  She is so excited to get started and I am completely nervous. I was never a Girl Scout and I know nothing about the Girl Scouts.  Well, I do know that the thin mints are delightful.  That’s a starting point.  I have my first leader meeting tonight and several training sessions over the next few weeks.  I think it’s going to be fun.

 

Fun at the Fair September 15, 2008

Filed under: Family,Kids,Me,Photography — travit @ 6:09 pm
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I know what my readers want.  Clearly it’s more posts with towns/cities/counties/municipalities/monarchies with names that are fun to say.  In this case it’s not a new name, we’re back at the Sheboygan County Fair, which takes place in Plymouth, WI and not the county seat of Sheboygan.  Perhaps there is a story full of county politics and intrigue as to why that is, but quite frankly I don’t want to get involved.

The fair was everything you would expect from a county fair in Wisconsin. There was food, most of it fried or dairy related and in some cases both, fun in the form of impossible games and rides of questionable safety standards and cows.

When did fairs get to be so expensive?  We purchased over $20 in ride tickets and the kids were only able to ride 4 rides, and you can not find a game to play for under $2 these days.  I remember when you could hand a transient a dollar, they would hand you a few darts and you would pop a balloon in exchange for a Poison or Motley Crue mirror.  You know, the good old days.

Test driving the tractors.

Test driving the tractors.

I think they were trying to match their outfits, I've taught them well.

I think they were trying to match their outfits, I've taught them well.

I thought this was so sweet.

I thought this was so sweet.

What???

What???

Bumper cars

Bumper cars

Funnel cake, anyone?

Funnel cake, anyone?

What do pigs dream about?

What do pigs dream about?

Oh look, another cow.

Oh look, another cow.

 

The Second First Day of School August 24, 2008

Filed under: Family,Kids,Photography — travit @ 11:35 am
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Thursday was Carson’s first day of school and Riley’s first day of school at her a.m. Kindergarten.  Another first day meant I got to buy her another first day of school dress.

She picked this flower for her teacher.

She picked this flower for her teacher.

Carson ready to go. Note the cooly slung backpack.

Carson ready to go. Note the cooly slung backpack.

Helping his sister find the way.

Helping his sister find the way.

I think this may be the cutest back to school picture ever.

I think this may be the cutest back to school picture ever.