This weekend wasn’t that exciting … but that’s ok! Sometimes we can’t just have FUN FUN FUN like we did last weekend during our Goodwill Hopping spree! 😉
The weather here in NW Arkansas was GORGEOUS!! It was up to 57°F and maybe warmer on Saturday. While seeing pictures of snow and hearing of a BLIZZARD about to hit the Northeastern states (a storm that kept me from meeting my bloggy-friend – and Mary & Martha THIRD IN THE COMPANY IN SALES consultant – Rebecca today at her conference nearby – but she had to rush back home to Maine before the airports shut down), it seems kind of surreal that we are feeling like it is SPRING. This is certainly a huge contrast to our first NWA winter last year around this time: 13 snow days and some bitter cold temperatures!
Alas, the responsibilities of being home-renters caught up to us on Saturday. We gathered our whole family for some good, old-fashioned WORK in the yard! In this case, raking leaves in the backyard and cleaning up some in the front. It’s not that we have a lot of trees in our back yard (a few) but our house seems to be the gathering place where leaves to come to die.
Since we live “in the city” now, we are supposed to bag our yard waste for the city’s composting site. This requires special bags (not too expensive but at $1.75/5, it adds up!). The city does pick up our yard waste as a part of our trash pick-up service. (I do miss just burning leaves or shoveling them into the woods like we used to be able to do when we lived in Missouri!)
As you can see, we are going to give the “sanitation engineers” a work out! That’s over 30 bags of leaves!!
Speaking of work out, it’s a wonder that Dan or I were able to move this morning!!
Also, I made a yummy recipe for our Sunday lunch today that I thought I’d share (it is a “keeper” for our family):
KFC-Like “Baked” Chicken
3-4 Chicken Breasts
1/2 tsp salt
1 T seasoned salt (Lawry’s)
3/4 tsp pepper
1 c. flour
2 tsp paprika
Place raw chicken breasts in a bowl of milk. Let soak for 20-30 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400°F.
Cut 1/2 stick of butter into a few pieces and place in a 9×13 pan. Melt the butter in the preheating oven (I actually just melted it in the microwave). Spread the melted butter to cover the bottom of the pan COMPLETELY. Make sure there are no dry spots.
In a big ziploc bag (or bowl), mix the remaining ingredients. Then, coat each piece of chicken with the mixture.
Place each piece of chicken in the pan.
Cook for 20 min. Turn each piece of chicken and continue baking for 20 min (or until chicken is cooked through).
The meat was very juicy and the coating on the chicken was flavorful … and more healthy than fried chicken with skin on the meat.