Sunday, September 23, 2012

Egg Muffins

It's really that easy.....make 12 at a'll need one beaten egg for each muffin cup...add season salt or salt and pepper if you like....they reheat and freeze well...perfect for busy weekday mornings ....just reheat and eat or squash one in a toasted English muffin if you need to have those carbs :)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Keep Them On Track? What Planet Are You on?

  We've entered our third year of cyber home school and our attitudes have changed quit a bit as far as what we expect from ourselves and our student.  "Roll with it" is the new mantra around here......We had been pretty determined to do things by the book when we started this.....but life knows nothing of this book I speak of........ so that was kinda silly.   The bottom line is that she can only be as "on track" as we are .....and keeping all the balls in the air while simultaneously coping with the guilt over the one ball we dropped last month is challenging to say the least.  I knew balancing homemaking, school and work wasn't supposed to be easy,  but when we added baby three to the mix I really wasn't sure how a "normal" school day would play out around here.

  It turned out that our trifecta functions pretty well.......they have their moments of course (as do I) ...but over all it works.  Learning to "pick up the slack" is an important part of a young adults development.....and by picking up the slack... I mean taking responsibility for one self, being helpful to others, and not being dependent on others to ensure your success.  All children are born self motivated learners.... and after a few years of this, we've come to the conclusion that encouraging personal accountability is the way to go........ :)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Stove Top Poor Man's Chicken Parmesan

What you'll need:
  • a big pan with a lid
  • 20 minutes
  • olive oil
  • as many boneless skinless chicken thighs as you can fit in your pan
  • Italian seasoned bread crumbs (store bought or made at home :)
  • shredded Parmesan cheese
  •  shredded mozzarella cheese
  •  dried basil and oregano
  •  two big tomatoes (sliced)


In case your not familiar with boneless skinless chicken thighs, they are the "poor man's chicken breast"...... they are by far the most versatile cut of chicken available, and when you find them in the meat them all and stock your freezer :) 

Put your pan on the burner and add enough oil to completely coat the bottom.  Then "open" each chicken thigh, flatten it out on a big plate of bread crumbs and thoroughly coat both sides. Wait until the oil is hot then add each piece one at a time.  After all are nicely browned on the bottom, turn them, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, then top with sliced tomatoes, mozzarella, dried basil and oregano.....put the lid on, turn the burner off, and leave it sit for 10 minutes......serve and enjoy :)