All In One

Can we say SLACKER ? Sorry about that….I have been on a short hiatus due to having company and just being plain ole busy ! I am going to try an all in one post with a few things that I have been holding on to. I will start with a NEW recipe that we tried. Its by far one of the easiest recipes I have made. It also can be money friendly assuming you have ALL THREE  ingredients already in your home like we did. Of course, I found the recipe on pinterest !

 

Glazed Brown Sugar Chicken

Ingredients

3 1/2 Lbs. of chicken ( we used breast .. I am sure your favorite cut of chicken is A-ok )

1 packet of dry italian season ( found on salad dressing aisle )

1/2 cup of brown sugar,  packed. ( I am certain light or dark will be fine, use what you have in the cupboard)

 

Directions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 12 inch x 9 inch pan and set aside. *** I used foin in the bottom of my dish in tin foil to make it easier to clean *** .. I will also tell you to double your tin foil or place wax paper under the tin foil! My foil ripped during the cooking making the foil pointless and an absolute pain to clean !

Rinse chicken, pat dry with paper towels.

Combine the dried Italian seasoning mix and the brown sugar, making sure its mixed well !

Dip and press the chicken into the mixture, coating front and back and place into your prepared pan, topside of the chicken facing up. Any extra coating that remains can just be sprinkled over the chicken.

Depending on the cut of chicken, bake for about 45-60 min ( until chicken is fully cooked ). Mine took 45min, however reading other blogs they cooked from 50-60 minutes. I also flipped my chicken every 15 minutes using a spoon to drizzle the melted sauce over the chicken. Beware the melted sugar is absolutely HOT! The chicken was moist and flavorful !

 

 

That is my only food related ‘stuff’ today. We had some company come and visit this weekend.  We had a blast with them. I am not sure how this came about, but Don has really foggy head lights. It just so happens, that Kendra ( one of our guest / good friends / bridesmaids ) also had foggy headlights but found a quick, inexpensive way to get rid of those unwanted foggy headlights. You would never guess… but it was toothpaste. All she did was take a basic toothpaste( no whitening ingredient AT ALL , we used the basic cavity protective tp. ), put a large dollop on a paper towl and rub in  circles on the outside of the headlight. Listen up … She did one headlight using circles and I did one headlight just rubbing back in forth… The circles definitely work the best ! You have to use the muscles to .  Before spending your money on the more expensive fix… Try toothpaste.

 

 

 

As most of us know, this past weekend was the first weekend of College Football, Yipee! I was born and raised a Florida State University Seminole fan and a proud one at that. Now I know that our team hasn’t been at there prime in quiet sometime, but I will still cheer them on! My fiance’ , my neighbors, and my bosses are ALL Florida Gator fans. I really wanted to play some kind of joke on someone this year, and I chose my bosses because I always get an ear full about being a seminole fan ! I needed to think of a quick friendly fire because after all I did want to keep my job. This is what I came up with . . .

They almost needed to use them , maybe next week !
Till next time, Happy Tuesday !

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Backyard Project #3

We are almost done with our backyard. Its finally starting to look like alive instead of a desert with a huge water hole. JUST IN TIME FOR POOL WEATHER…. :0) We have primarily concentrated on the one corner you see in the pictures. The next project and hopefully the final project will be in another corner you really have not seen in the photos in project one OR two .

We finally picked up the remaining rock and pavors …oh! my! goodness! that was alottttttttt of rock. Don has a friend who owns a landscaping business. We decided to call him and ask for recommendations about sod and where to purchase. He was actually able to purchase the sod and bring it to us. We were very thankful as we do not have the appropriate vehicle to transport the layers of dirt, grass, ants and whatever else crawls through sod ( however we will soon 😀 )

Enough of the blabber, here is the start and the ‘finished’ backyard.

Finally looks like a back yard…. HAPPY HAPPY SPRING EVERYONE !!

Backyard Project #2

Its a whopping 75 degrees here in Orlando so we decided to continue working in the backyard. Thanks to our American Express points we cashed them in for a home depot gift card. We used them to buy plants and soil to continue our landscaping.

The picture above is before we started the second part of our landscaping. Notice all the rocks and pavers along the back fence. I am so sick of rock I want it out of my sight for a very long time. I almost paid a neighborhood kid to pick them up for us.

These pictures aren’t the best however you get the idea. We planted podocarpus along the fence line. The goal is to have them grow  up the fence to hide the neighbors back yard junk !!! They are supposed to grow very quick. Tomorrow we plan to lay mulch around the bushes !

Thankfully Dons parents came over to help us ! I was very grateful for that !

Next Project : Pick up more rock and pavers. Lay sod.

Tomorrow I am trying TWO new recipes for dinner. Will post results!

Backyard Project #1

In my first blog post, I mentioned we bought a home in August. The house is older but really just needs a few face lifts. One of the deciding factors to purchase our home was the outdoor living area; it has  a huge screened porch, enough room for Lola to do a little bit of running AND a pool :0) We love to entertain at our house!  The backyard was something that definetley needed some love! ( The potted plants were given to me by my mother just to add something there until we decided on what we wanted to actually do ) This is a photo of what this side of the yard looked like.

I could not tell you whether I have a green thumb or not because I really haven’t planted anything before. I can tell you that I have not killed the potted plants yet 🙂 Don has also been a huge help with keeping up with them. We decided we wanted a more tropical theme in the back because of the pool. Off the bat we already knew we were pulling up all of the pavers and laying down sod; That project will wait closer till springtime.

One Saturday while I laid by the pool, Don started to pull up the pavers. He wanted my thoughts of creating a garden wall. To be honest, I really did not know what that was until he fully explained his idea. Before we started on the garden wall, we lined the pool with liriope.

I say WE, but I did not help at all. We have a very kind neighbor who really enjoys doing projects like this and offered to help Don. After the finished this project, Don had the itch to continue going. While I was at work, Don and our VERY VERY VERY kind neighbor built the garden wall frame.

The garden wall set empty until the coming Saturday. Don and I woke up bright and early to venture to Home Depot and Lowes. We purchased a few large bags of red bark, the plants and a whopping 2000 pounds of dirt ( rough estimate ).  Don and I both have 2 door vehicles, imagine what that looked like having 1000 pounds of dirt in a 2 door car.It looked  like I lowered my car! I was embarrassed and to make it worse I had to make 2 trips ! After all said and done, we were left with this . . .

Friday night my parents came to visit. They have a HUGE truck. We kindly asked them to help us finish up our project by hauling the last part of our project home! We certainly did not care to leave the wood to show. The framing finally was covered by stone. The final touch 🙂

We are extremely satisfied with the finished project. As you can see, we still have TONS of pavers to continue to pull up and sod to be laid. A little at a time is okay with me. We have a lot more planned for the back yard. You will have to wait and see 🙂

Till then, Happy Sunday … I hate Sundays, it just means tomorrow is Monday ! Blah !