Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Anniversary Paprika Chicken and Anniversary Pasta

This post is from Alisa... I'm just posting it for her.  ;)

Someone else already posted an "Anniversary Chicken", but this is an "Anniversary Paprika Chicken" recipe we tried last night and really liked it!!
(Picture and recipe from here.)

Anniversary Paprika Chicken

4 boneless chicken breasts
1/2 c. parmesan cheese
1 1/2 c. italian bread crumbs
1 1/2 cubes (3/4 cup) melted butter
Paprika (I forgot to put the paprika in, but we still really liked it!)

Combine parmesan cheese with breadcrumbs.  Dip chicken breast in melted butter.  Roll in crumb mixture until completely coated.  Place in baking dish and sprinkle with paprika.

Bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes at 375 degrees.  Do NOT overcook!

And it tasted so good with Anniversary Pasta!! (recipe can be found here.)

Anniversary Pasta

1 pkg bow tie pasta
1/2 c. (1 cube) butter - the real stuff
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 c. grated parmesan cheese
1-2 chicken bouillon cubes
1 pint heavy cream
Salt and Pepper to taste
10-15 spears asparagus, blanched
1/2 c. bacon, crumbled
1/4 c. toasted pinenuts (or to taste)
Parsley, to taste
Parmesan cheese, to taste

Boil bow tie pasta in salted water until al dente.  Do NOT overcook.

In wok or heavy skillet, melt butter.  Ad minced garlic and saute a minute or so.

Add parmesan cheese and bouillon cube(s).  When the bouillon cube is dissolved, slowly stir in heavy cream, salt and pepper.

Add cooked pasta to cream sauce and toss until pasta is well covered.

Add blanched asparagus.  Sprinkle with crumbled bacon, toasted pinenuts, parsley and parmesan cheese.  Toss together.  Serve immediately.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Breakfast on the go...

Breakfast can be a crazy time.  In my house, sometimes it gets skipped all together (for the adults).  
 So, I thought I would share a trick that we've learned.

Last Saturday morning I made breakfast burritos for the family.  While I was at it, I made 5 extra.
I wrapped them in a paper towel, then in a layer of foil, placed them in a freezer bag and 
put them in the freezer.

When you want to eat one, remove from freezer, remove layer of foil (leave the paper towel) and 
microwave for about 2 minutes.  
There you go!  A ready made breakfast.  

I usually put scrambled eggs, sausage, onions and maybe a green pepper in my burritos... 
but add whatever makes you happy!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Fun, easy activity for kids

My son and I made this with a some pipe cleaners a few eyes.
It's a bunny and a turtle... I case you're wondering.  ;)

Cheap entertainment... that's what it's all about some days!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Easter Countdown

A little late for this Easter... but maybe you can do this next year.

My son loves holiday countdowns.
I did a Google Images search and found some Easter Eggs to color.
We cut them out and taped them together.
So easy!

Thursday, April 1, 2010


I had a lot of fun working on this project and plan on doing more for other holidays.
  1. go to a hardware store, have some wood blocks cut, sand edges
  2. stain your wood blocks
  3. choose background paper for each block
  4. mod podge paper on to individual blocks
  5. sand the edges again so the paper smoothly blends in to the wood
  6. cut out letters and mod podge on (i used my cricut, but you can buy lettering at a craft store)
  7. embellish as you please!