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Must try baked chicken recipe

I’m always looking for recipes to try and change things up. It gets boring making the same thing over and over. I spend a lot of time on Pinterest, pinning things to try. Some recipes are a hit, while some recipes aren’t worth a second try.

Not too long ago I found a recipe for baked chicken that I wanted to try. I had most of the ingredients at home, but made a run to the store for the things I didn’t have – wasn’t too expensive really. After I got home, I mixed up the ingredients and put the chicken in the oven. let me just say, the recipe was a hit and so I placed it in my little cookbook that I use quite often. The only thing that I would change is placing aluminum foil down to cover the bottom as the ingredients stuck to the dish, making it hard to come off, even with scrubbing. It says that the recipe is for 6 chicken breast, I had used up all the ingredients on just 3 thin pieces.

Now I can’t take all the credit for the recipe of course, so click here. She has a wonderful blog of fun activities, crafts, and other wonderful recipes you may like to try.

Brown Sugar Baked Chicken

2 1/2 tablespoons light brown sugar

1 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp cumin

3/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1/4 tsp dried oregano

1/4 tsp garlic salt

Mix ingredients and cover chicken breast thoroughly. Bake at 425F, for 20-22 minutes.

Homemade presents for Christmas

Sometimes having a big family is a great thing, but during the holidays it can hurt your pockets. A friend introduced Pinterest to me and now I found many more crafty and creative ideas for Christmas. I mostly make my Christmas presents for the adults and buy a present for each kid; I have five nephews and one niece. To me, there’s nothing more valuable than something that is handmade. It is made from the heart; with love.

A few years ago, I made all the girls, and some of the guys, jewelry. I even made a few book-markers using my grandmother’s embroidery machine. I cannot remember what I did last year, as too much happened during Christmas.

This year I am make photo collages. I made one for my dad and showed it to my mother; she told me that he would love it. Since she’s been begging for pictures of the grand-kids, I made her one as well. My youngest sister, Jil, saw what I had done and now she wants me to do one for her of her with her husband, and her with her daughter. It’s relatively inexpensive for me since I already have most of the supplies here at home; stamps with colored ink, stickers, construction paper, and several unused photo frames.

Jil had asked me what Pinterest was and I told her, it’s a place where everyone post their creative ideas, recipes, photographs, or whatever else. I think it’s a nifty idea. I mean what a better what to search for something on there instead of searching page after page on the internet and still not coming up with what you’re looking for. It’s like an internet Rolodex with pictures.

Have you ever heard of it? Do you use it?


I’ve been reading some post and it seems some writers are suffering from writers block. I tend to get that at times too. Not to mention I also get distracted very easily, especially if I’m on a computer that has internet access. It’s easy to drift off to Facebook to see who’s status has been updated and what they’ve said or the recent Twitter post from one of the Celeb’s was just updated. That’s usually what I’m up too when I end up staring at my computer screen blankly, trying to think of the next story line to add into the next chapter.

Most recently I’ve become addicted to Pinterest. I’m curious to see what creative things I could do with my daughter, or what recipes look good. Then I’m checking on future projects for my daughter as she gets a few years older, then things I would love to wear, or jewelry items I could make.

The best way for me to combat writers block is to relocate myself elsewhere, like the library, a park or the front porch (if the weather is nice). Mostly, I’m found at the library. They have those cozy chairs next to a set of picture windows where I can gaze outside and daydream. Suddenly my creative juices are flowing again. That’s usually what it takes, a change of scenery. Here at home I have the phone, TV, or internet to easily distract me, which doesn’t help when I’m trying to concentrate.

What do you do for writers block?

Pumpkin Bling and Fall Fest

Yesterday was our Fall Fest here in Bryant, Arkansas. My daughter helped me decorate pumpkins for the Pumpkin Bling Contest. First time I’ve ever heard of Pumpkin Blinging. I had to check it out on the City of Bryant’s Facebook page to see what that meant. They really didn’t have a preference  They said we could carve, paint, or bling it out. ‘Bling it out’ only meant to decorate it with sequins, gemstones, or glitter. Something interesting, I thought. I’m only use to painting or mostly carving, but I wasn’t going to carve a pumpkin with a two year old.

With some help of a friend, who directed me to her Pinterest page, i was able to figure out a few design ideas. I bought three pumpkins, some fabric paint, gemstones, gauze (for the mummy pumpkin), and paint brushes.

Dublin helped me paint her pumpkin and even tried, unsuccessfully, to eat her paint brush. Yes, I was watching her that closely as I know her all too well. After a few hours we had three nicely decorated pumpkins; which I left on the kitchen table to dry overnight.

The next day my daughter and I got up early. My parents, who brought along my eight year old nephew, followed me over to Bishop Park. The temp was 44 degrees F and the forecast called for rain. I put Dublin in her stroller and bundled her up with two blankets, put one of my extra jackets on my nephew since his was too thin, and we walked our way up to the Fall Fest booths.

The first thing we did was dropped off our pumpkins. There were only a few entered in the contest already. Some very cute ones in the youth category. Mother’s and mine were the only ones in the Adult category and there were a few and the last category, which was business.

It was still early yet and booths were still being set up. So, we stopped at the ones that were already up and ready. Some of them had games, which my nephew played for toys or candy. I had his and my daughter’s pictures drawn. Then later my nephew learn how to make a pen in the shape of an airplane. I had one made for Dublin in the shape of a star. It was interesting just watching how it was done. The guy heated up the pen, lays the certain shape down on a wheel, gets the pen out of the heater, and has about 3 seconds (because of the cold temp outside) to shape the pen.

There were a few ‘guess how much candy is in this jar’ contests. Some booths had things for us adults to enter to win this or that. There were many booths selling all kinds of arts and crafts and handmade jewelry. Almost every booth was giving away free samples of their products and/or candy. All and all there were 112 booths.

By the time the parade was over and the Bryant Hornet Cheerleaders came over to dance and shout cheers for the crowds, it had started to sprinkle. I told my dad that now would be the time to make and exit before we got stuck with everyone leaving at the same time.

On our way out we ran into Ronald McDonald and suddenly I was five years old again. I just had to have my picture taken with him. I was grinning so big my dimple was showing in my right cheek. We had finally made it safely to our cars just as the bottom fell. Now I don’t feel bad for making the decision for leaving when we did, as we would’ve all been soaked.

We probably spent forty minutes at Fall Fest, but we’re hoping next year the forecast will be somewhat drier. And if there’s a Pumpkin Bling Contest, I’m a bit more prepared this time. Happy October everyone!