Best Chicken Recipe

Everyone has their own go-to chicken recipe that is easy, fast, and yummy. Lately I’ve been making this chicken recipe that is super easy, super fast, and super yummy, so here goes:

Place cut onions in a pan, top with chicken on bone (I use thighs, you can use whatever you like). Spray with pam, sprinkle on: salt, paprika, garlic powder, pepper- flip chicken upside down, and do the same for the other side (pam + spices).
Place the pan in the oven. Broil on low for about ten minutes, turn chicken pieces over, and broil on high for about seven minutes. (Adjust cooking time to your oven and taste)

This chicken is seriously amazing!

Try it…bon appetit!

Renee

Need More Time?

Do you ever find yourself wishing for a couple more hours in the day? Everyone has their own timesavers that really make it feel like there are. Here are some of mine, plus some that I learned from friends and family:

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  1. Dishes…dishes…Take a bowl that is already in the sink waiting to be washed and fill it with soap and hot water. As you cook, throw all dirty cutlery, measuring spoons, etc., into the bowl. When it comes to cleanup time, all the utensils in that bowl are already half clean! With a quick run over with the sponge, you can rinse, and dry. No scrubbing off hardened food, plus, until you wash those dishes, your sink looks sort of neat with everything sitting nicely in one bowl.
  2. Instead of peeling vegetables over the garbage can and having to deal with back ache, and peels that did not make it into the garbage, place a shopping bag on the counter and peel over it. When you are done, lift the sides, fold, and put it in the garbage! This is one of my favorite time (and back) savers!  (Thanks SB!!!)
  3. If you’re forever sorting laundry, this one’s for you! Buy a second hamper and label it “whites.” Instruct all family members to put white (or light, or whatever you choose,) laundry into the second hamper. No more separating whites from darks!
  4. In a rush to make that mac and cheese dinner? Use angel hair pasta, it cooks a lot quicker that macaroni or spaghetti.
  5. This tip might seem to waste more time than it saves, but I find that it really helps me zoom through the supermarket, and it is definitely a time saver for me. When you make your shopping list, order it according to the layout of the store. This way, as you go through the aisles, you can cross of items on your list, and you do not end up going backwards once you finish and are standing by the cash registers.

That’s it for now…feel free to add your own tips in the comments, I am always on the lookout for more time savers!

Renee

Photo by  Grzegorz Łobiński through Flickr

No More Boring Snow Days

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The good news is that it’s already March, and that means spring is on its way. The bad news? We still have the entire March left, which means another 3 weeks of potential snow… and who says it can’t snow in April? Well, we may as well make the best of it!

No more feeling stuck at home and unproductive with this list:

Sort Recipes

I don’t know about you, but I have a recipe book where everything is organized and legible, and then I have random recipes written on index cards, scrap paper, sticky notes, and just about anything. Every once in a while I like to go through them and rewrite them on cards in my recipe book, This makes it a lot easier to find what I want on days that I am in a rush and searching for that recipe that I know is somewhere…

Now is a great time, especially as it is before the summer months. For some reason, I tend to cook more then, not sure why. Maybe it’s the outdoor meals where everyone just sits around and likes to snack.
Organize Linen Closet

Sometimes I think that sheets were invented to make housewives crazy! They just don’t fold normally…

Some people say that there is no point in ordering the linen closet because it will not last more than a week or two, but there is nothing like the feeling of looking at your very own color coordinated linen closet where every item is folded to perfection.


Call an Old Friend

Life gets so busy, you sometimes forget about those people whom you never thought you could live without! Get comfortable on the couch with a cup of hot coffee and call someone you love but hardly speak to. Facebook is not the same as a good old-fashioned ear-to-ear conversation.
Bake Cakes and Freeze

Now is a great time to fill your freezer with yummy treats. You will definitely appreciate it when you want a delicious homemade cake, but do not have a second to spare. If you make something plain like chocolate cake, or amaretto cake, you can always frost and decorate to use for any occasion.

Give Away Old Clothing

You know those tops hanging in your closet untouched for months? Somebody else will appreciate them! On a cold, dreary day bring warmth to someone’s life by giving them your used, good-condition clothing. Look through your closet and sort as follows:

  1. Pimpled, ripped, stained, etc.-garbage bag
  2. Good condition but don’t wear- giveaway bag
  3. Favorites-keep and refold/hang

Enjoy your clutter-free closet!

Organize Junk Draw

For some reason the junk draw in my kitchen has thousands of pens that don’t work. When you try it and it is dry, don’t put it back in the draw. The garbage can was invented for this purpose!

Seriously, junk draws are supposed to have junk, but it can still be organized somewhat. Look at your junk draw and throw out non-functional pens, pencils, markers, etc., old receipts, candy wrappers, anything else that you don’t need.

A great way to keep this draw organized is to insert bins or a cutlery organizer. Mine has a cutlery organizer (from Target), and it’s great! It has small sections where I keep rubber bands, pens, markers and bag clips, and a big section for stuff like scissors, tape, small notepad, etc.

 

Keep busy and enjoy the snow!
RB
 photo by Ryan Holst through Flickr

Baby Food Recipe

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Although when your baby was born you thought that keeping up with his feeding schedule was tough, once he starts solids it gets even harder!

At first, when babies begin to eat solid foods, they still want to nurse/bottle on their old schedule. Gradually they will phase out of that and only eat real food, but in the beginning it may seem like all they do is eat. With 3-5 bottles plus three meals a day…they do eat a lot!

Today doctors are recommending that babies have chicken and meat (blended of course) as part of their first foods. Many brands sell baby jars that include poultry or meat, or you can easily make your own:

  1. Place small amount of meat or chicken in a pot (anything works- pepper steak, chicken on bone or not on bone, etc.)
  2. You can add a peeled, cut up vegetable if you’d like (zucchini, potato, carrot, etc.)
  3. Add water to cover contents in pot
  4. Bring to a boil and simmer until everything is cooked (can be a few minutes to an hour- depending on what type of vegetables are in pot- if you can pierce easily with a fork, then it’s ready)
  5. Blend with a hand blender (you can also use a blender or a food processor, a hand blender is just easier in terms of cleanup)
  6. Depending on the desired consistency, you can always add more water to thin or add baby cereal to thicken.
  7. Serve!

Feel good in the knowledge that your baby is eating healthy, home-made, and unprocessed foods!

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