Saturday, July 5, 2008

Teriyaki Chicken Marinade

I forgot to mention one of the other highlights of last night, I tried a new recipe. I am a cook much Kim H and recipes are just suggestions, kind of an outline to go by.............
Of course we have our own beef and pork, but I buy my chicken and the one thing I buy quite a bit of is boneless (skinless) frozen chicken breasts, they are kind of my favorite quick prep meat. so I am always on the look out for different ways to fix them. I subscribe to 'What's for dinner?' emails and a week or so ago there was a recipe for the following marinade:
Easy Grilled Chicken Teriyaki
4 skinless, bonelss chicken breast halves
1 cup teriyaki sauce
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
2 teaspoons sesame oil
They told you to add all ingredients to a gallon ziplock and marinade in the fridge for 24 hours etc etc
In large ziplock add as many chicken breasts as I needed, in this case I did 5, as they were apparently some big busted chickens, (they were still frozen) I did the whole bottle of teriyaki sauce, which was 10 oz. I did a whole little bottle of lemon juice, whatever size those are, mine is long since in the trash, a very generous shaking of garlic and herb seasoning and little peanut oil as I didn't find sesame oil when I was at the store in town. All of this happened around 2:30 ish and they were grilled maybe 7 and at that time were about thawed and yes I committed the cardinal sin of leaving them in the bag on the counter. But each time I turned them over I felt them and they hadn't thawed and we all survived. We decided that this particular combination is our new favorite for chicken and well certainly use it again. We grilled them outside, but I believe it would work well on my George Foreman grill which generally gets a workout at this place when it's not weather to grill outside.
We didn't end making the mixed drinks, but those will be test tasted and reviewed soon, stay tuned.
And yes to you all who know it and wonder if I will mention it, today is my birthday, and in rounding by 5's, I could still round down to 35, not up to 40, so figure it out those who might not know how old, I am still 3 months younger than you Kenneth Earl, and 5+ YEARS YOUNGER than my smart a$$ husband. Been a pretty good day. I have been 'enjoying' my gift from my parents for a while now~~~the washing machine! (guess that's a sign of old age, excitement about appliances!) Bob and Gladys' gifts were a Boyd's Bear "Coco Cola" bear and some earrings with pink swarkovski (spelling?) crystals. We shopped the other night for 'Mom's gift' and I came home with some Eastland sandals that I am loving. (of course, like most mom's the kids came home with a haul themselves!!) That's life and that's fine with me, probably the most entertaining gift of shoe shopping with four kids is that David now knows why I swear I need to stop off for a drink after doing that by myself!
We are dropping the kids off this evening at my parents and going to one of our favorite NO KIDS dining options~ HuHot Mongolian Grill tonight. Then tomorrow we are going to my parents for birthday lunch.
I decided that this morning I wasn't cooking or cleaning today, well that didn't last long there's clothes in the washer right now, but sandwiches were lunch and when I get done with this I am going to sew................ working on a quilt top AND (because why would you work on one thing at a time, I know where Cody gets it!) a Christmas tree skirt. So I am off to goof off, have a good rest of the weekend. Next week is full projects to finish and the Centralia Fair. You may not hear from me for several days........
From Tulip~
KH aka the birthday GIRL :)

Friday, July 4, 2008

Seth's Mile Long Sparkler

We were cleaning out the 'stash' of old fireworks, mostly looking for 'punks' and found these old sparklers, that were huge, I bet they were 30 inches long. We figured that they wouldn't even work and lo and behold they did! And they actually lasted a long time as well. Seth was near as wild with his, he mostly just watched it burn and chattered alot about it. (and yes he dresses himself, for those who might be questioning the clothing choice!)
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Jenna Claire doing her best Betty Boop

We just laughed and laughed when we saw this one. I know it's kind of blurry I was trying different settings, trying to find one I like for nighttime photos. But the pose we got with this one made it a keeper. I love sparkler pictures! Not many of the big boys, they never stay as close as the little ones. Always off shooting the bigger stuff. But Seth and Jenna love 'twirlers' which is what they call sparklers.
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4th of July

This was my best picture from about 2 dozen attempts to take a picture of the great aerial display fireworks. In my mind pictures sure can't do the beauty of them justice. After shooting the 'daytime' firecrackers at home, we drove to town and watched that display, then it was back home to finish up.
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Thursday, July 3, 2008

The Sound of Music to my ears

I am listening to one of my favorite sounds in the whole entire world. My kids are laughing and playing and having generally a good 'ol time. Not sure the game, but it involves Sam making roaring noises, Jenna giggling, and Seth alternating between the giggle and the roar. With Cody thrown in here and there, telling them what to do, how to do it, etc........ I am guessing if it was a little quieter, I might here the soft buzzing of their father 'watching TV' (aka asleep in front of said TV)
I love those lazy summer days, where there really isn't anything that HAS to happen, today was one of those. I did some laundry, some dishes, picked up, made beds, all those things that happen everyday. But I also............ planned the design for the tiles we are going to 'install' on the wall at the end of the cabinets in my kitchen. (no pictures till the project is complete remember) Hemmed the edges (and hung them afterwards) of two curtain panels that will serve as Jenna's closet doors and add glam to the fashion shows that regularly occur in that room. I cut out pieces to quilt top that for some reason I thought I needed to make, it's cowboy themed and like most projects that I start, I have no idea what size the finished project will be, who it's for, etc etc
What else? Grocery shopping.......... "thirsty" for a new mixed drink that I found the recipe for, so a stop at DC's in town helped me gather the 'spirits' for the recipe. Stopped by my NEW FAVORITE store, 'Material Girl Quilt Shop' for locals this is in the old 'Farmer's Crafts' building, for those who know where I worked at Blattner Furniture, it's just around the corner. It's recently opened and owned by a friend of mine, Meredith (Romine) Stidham. She isn't fully stocked yet, but getting more goodies everyday and I have already added some 'punches' to my frequent customer card! :) She is working on a website, when it's up and going I will add the info on here, as I hope that she does well and am willing to do my part and tell anyone who will listen, to stop in and see her!
We bought fireworks on the way home, so that will be the question of the day ALL DAY tomorrow, looking forward to time off from 'Can we place Playstation?' which is the other popular question of the day at this house. Anyway, that's what's going on here. Hope you and yours are enjoying your lazy summer days.
And I didn't forget, just wanted to save the BEST for last....................... there's a FOXY fellow in Fouke Arkansas who had a birthday today, not saying how old, but a little (or alot, but who's counting) over 30.
From Tulip~