Tasty Tuesday – Oven Crusted Chicken

Happy Tasty Tuesday day!  Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you – this is actually a Tasty Tuesday post that isn’t a dessert.  The next couple weeks will be “real” food instead of sweets unless I find a humdinger of a recipe to bake.

I thawed some chicken and wasn’t sure how to prepare it, so off I went thumbing through my cookbooks.  The oven crusted chicken recipe caught my eye, since I had everything needed to make it.  This week’s recipe comes from “Recipes from Scratch, Martin Family Cookbook“.  I picked up my copy at September Farm in Honey Brook, PA.

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Here’s the recipe if you’d like to make this for dinner one night this week…

Oven Crusted Chicken, Irene Martin, page 26

1/2 c. butter, melted

1/4 c. flour

1 1/2 tsp. seasoned salt

5 c. finely crushed cornflakes

3 lbs. chicken thighs

Mix melted butter, flour and seasoned salt.  Dip chicken into mixture, then roll into cornflake crumbs.  Bake uncovered at 325 degrees until golden brown and juices run clear.

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This recipe was easy enough to fix, and the chicken was really moist.  Definitely a keeper recipe.  Hubby’s comment was “another hit out of the ballpark”.  One of the side dishes I fixed with this was another new recipe which I’ll share next week.  That was yummy too.

This would be a nice dish to take to someone who is recovering from surgery or who is sick since it is easy to fix and doesn’t take too long to bake.  I think it would be great using chicken tenders too.

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Hope you have a great day!  We woke up to thunderstorms this morning.  Some of those claps of thunder shook the house, they were that close.  But we desperately need the rain, so it’s a welcomed storm.

Blessings…

Amy Clipston’s “A Simple Prayer” Review

As a member of Amy Clipston’s Bakery Bunch, we are given challenges each month, and this month’s challenge is to review an older book of Amy’s that we have either read or not read before.  My favorite series of Amy’s is The Kauffmann Bakery Series, and I have read all of those books numerous times since it transforms me in my mind to the Bird-in-Hand Bake Shop up in Lancaster County.  I decided to step out of that comfort zone and re-read one of the books in Amy’s series, Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel, “A Simple Prayer“, which is book 4 in this series.

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Taken from the back of “A Simple Prayer“:

“Linda is no stranger to hardship. Now she dares to hope for a chance at love and a new beginning.

As the sole survivor of a buggy accident that left her orphaned at age four, Linda Zook was reluctantly raised by her Uncle Reuben. She longs to be worthy of someone, but the lasting trauma of her injuries and embittered upbringing have destroyed her self-worth. When Hannah Peterson asks her to work at the Heart of Paradise Bed & Breakfast, she’s finally able to realize some confidence.

Aaron Ebersol left the Amish community seventeen years ago when he could no longer bear the restrictions or the constant tension with his father. Despite years of unanswered letters to his parents and the roots he’s put down in Missouri, Aaron rushes back to the Amish community of Paradise, Pennsylvania, after receiving word of his mother’s stroke. Hesitant to get too close to the family he was once a part of, he decides to stay at the Heart of Paradise Bed & Breakfast. Talking with Linda allows him to explore his feelings about his family and his position in the Amish community.

As Linda and Aaron open up to each other, their feelings for one another turn into more than friendship, and Aaron must make a decision about his future as an Amish man.

Can Linda and Aaron forgive the family members who have deceived and forsaken them? And will Aaron be able to convince Linda that she is worthy of his love?”

Here is my review of “A Simple Prayer“…

In Amy Clipston’s “A Simple Prayer“, her fourth book in the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand series, her novel portrays forgiveness amongst several different families and how far our strength in love and faith can carry us.  One portraying of forgiveness is both Linda and Aaron need to forgive family members for wrongs that have been done to them.  We cam all relate that is easier said than done.

One of my favorite things about this book is being transformed back to Hannah’s Bed & Breakfast and seeing how the lives of the characters I have grown to love in this series develop.

Amy’s writing makes you feel like you are right there in the pages of the book, not on the outside looking in.  And I absolutely love this about a book – I want to feel like I am there involved in the story.

If my review has enticed you in any way, I’d recommend getting the first book in this series, “A Hopeful Heart“, and start reading that and then proceed with the other three books in the series.  You can read this as a stand alone novel, but I just love reading a series from start to finish.

Happy reading!

Blessings…

Tasty Tuesday – Pumpkin Muffins

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Welcome to this week’s Tasty Tuesday post.  Over the weekend, we celebrated the 70th birthday of a good camping buddy, Donnie.  He loves my zucchini bread, so I knew I had to make a batch or two of that as part of his gift.  With him being a St. Patrick’s Day baby and since the zucchini could represent the green on Ireland’s flag, I decided to whip up a batch of pumpkin bread to represent the orange on the flag and use the white card envelope as the white.  Yes, corny I know, but for Donnie, it fit the bill.

I chose the pumpkin muffin recipe out of the “Sharp Run School Family Favorites” cookbook.  I think this is the first time I’ve used this cookbook on my blog.  I made the recipe into loaves of bread instead of muffins though.

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Pumpkin Muffins, Ida Miller, page 23

4 eggs

2 c. sugar

16 oz. pumpkins

1 1/2 c. oil

3 c. Gold Medal flour

2 tsp. soda

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. salt

2 c. chocolate chips

Beat eggs, sugar, pumpkin, and oil until smooth.  Combine flour, baking powder, soda, cinnamon, and salt.  Add to pumpkin mixture and mix well.  Fold in chocolate chips.  Fill muffin cups 3/4 full.  Bake at 350 degrees for 16-20 minutes.

For my bread, this recipe made three loaves.  I filled each loaf tin about 1/2 full or so and then baked them for about an hour.

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Since Donnie is a St. Patrick’s Day baby, at our last shoebox swap, we made a St. Patrick’s Day card using a Darice clover embossing folder and then heart punch outs to make the shamrocks.  Thanks Hope for the great card idea.  Instead of stamping St. Patrick’s Day, I stamped Happy Birthday, since I knew I wanted to use this for his card.  One less card I’d need to make closer to his birthday!  At home, I die cut the “70” in gold glitter paper and attached it to the card.  I thought it turned out pretty cute.

p-bread-4We had a great time Saturday evening celebrating his 70th birthday.  Lot of family and friends gathered to celebrate his big day with yummy food prepared by his wife.

Some of you are probably thinking it’s a little crazy to make something with pumpkin at this time of year.  In our house, I make pumpkin stuff all year long.  I always have canned pumpkin in our pantry either for breads or a yummy pie.

Hope you have a great week and that spring has sprung in your neck of the woods.  Going to be in the 60’s today here – yay!

Blessings…

Happy St. Patrick’s Day & Winner of Emma’s Popcorn Announced

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Hope you are wearing your green and had something fun planned for the day.  Here are my two favorite leprechauns….my momma and my hubby sporting their leprechaun garb…

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After mixing up all the names of those who left comments on the Emma’s Popcorn post in a bowl, the winner of the popcorn giveaway is:

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If you are “hammondlane”, please send me a private message on Facebook, so I can get your popcorn goodies out to you.  I am thinking this is Donna Hammond, but you know what they say about assuming…

Hope you all have enjoyed your Friday and St. Patrick’s Day and have a truly wonderful weekend.  Spring starts on Monday – yay!  Hope Mother Nature gets that memo.

Blessings…

 

 

 

Tasty Tuesday on Wednesday – Emma’s Gourmet Popcorn & a Yummy Giveaway

Welcome to this week’s Tasty Tuesday on Wednesday.  I forgot to take a picture of the yummy giveaway before leaving the house yesterday morning.  I was in rush mode trying to get our lunches together before our icy commute into work.  So alas, your post this week is a day late, but I think you’ll forgive me once you read all about this awesome place tucked back a long driveway.  I had to go to a Buggies and Buds Shop Hop planning meeting last Tuesday night, so I kidnapped my momma and we spent the night at the Best Western Plus Intercourse Village and spent Wednesday shopping at different Amish/Mennonite owned businesses.  Always fun spending time up in Lancaster County with my momma.  And it was even nicer when I checked into the Best Western and heard the words “we’ve upgraded your room from a queen room to a queen suite”.  Oh my word!  We opened the door to the suite, and our jaws dropped.  We felt like queens in the queen suite.  The suite contained three rooms – you walked into the living room with desk, sofa, overstuffed chair, and huge TV, then walked into a room with a large granite counter with a sink, frig, microwave, and coffee maker with the bathroom off to the side, and then walked into the bedroom with another huge TV.  It was a very sweet suite!  So after spending a wonderful night there, we got up and had breakfast at the restaurant adjoining the motel, Olde Mill Restaurant, which has the most delicious coffee cake served warm.  Once our bellies were full, off we went on the backroads of Lancaster County.

Our first stop was Emma’s Gourmet Popcorn located at 261 Hill Road, New Holland, PA  17557.  Their hours are Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Their website address is http://www.emmaspopcorn.com.

a-1As we opened the door, the smell of yummy popcorn hit us.  It is such a cute little store full of all types of flavors of popcorn.  There are jars of almost each flavor that you can sample.  There are over 30 kinds of popcorn.  Check out this link for their regular flavors as well as seasonal flavors available throughout the year.

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Here are the flavors available right now for the Easter season…

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Needless to say, Mom and I bought quite the assortment of popcorn as you can see in this photo.

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Mom also purchased a sampler box – a large box of 15 kinds of popcorn in the small bags – flavors of your choice – for my brother’s anniversary gift.  He sent me a text saying he loved the coconut crème kind.  I have had that kind before, and he is right – it’s delicious.  Their caramel corn, I think, is better than Fisher’s Popcorn at the beach, and that is saying something.  It’s a lighter caramel and just darn good.

Here are a few pictures I took of the shop.  Look at all of that popcorn goodness…

And this link will take you to a flier with how their popcorn is made and how Emma’s Gourmet Popcorn came to be…

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Now for the yummy giveaway…they had some green and spring related flavors, so I picked up a couple for a St. Patty’s Day giveaway and included one of the cards I made for St. Patrick’s Day this year.

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For your chance to win, look at the flier posted in the link above and let me know what flavor you’d like to try.  There are so many to choose from.  I’ll draw a winner on Friday evening, 03/17, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.  So hurry and leave your comment now…

Good luck!

And if you are ever in the New Holland area, Emma’s Gourmet Popcorn is a definite place to visit.  And if you aren’t local, you can order either over the phone or on their website.

Blessings…

 

The Never-Ending Card that Took a Never-Ending Amount of Time!

When I stamp, I like to whip up simple cards, so I have time to make more than one of each to have on hand in my card rack.  Well, needless to say, this never-ending card is not that type of card.  We received a beautiful never-ending card for Christmas from my stamping friend, Joani.  It was one of those cards that I did not want to show my hubby, because I knew what his response would be – we have to make these as our Christmas cards.  I shot that idea down right quick, since I knew just making one would be time consuming.  So we agreed that I would make a couple for special birthdays throughout the year…first being his mother’s 88th birthday last month.

I followed the directions posted on Splitcoaststampers.  (http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/neverendingcard/)

The base of this card is simple to make – you cut four pieces of cardstock 3″x6″ and then score them all at 1 1/2″ and 4 1/2″.  You do a little bit of flipping and gluing, and there you have it – a finished base to build off of.  The building part is what took forever for me.  Cutting all the different sizes of designer paper to use and matching cardstock colors – it was definitely never ending.  To me, that was the hardest part.  Hubby was pleased with the finished product, and I was too.  It took almost 1 hour and 45 minutes to make just one card.  He was in the other room the entire time I made it, so he realized that this type of card would not work as a Christmas card since I send out over 100 cards each year.

His mother just loved the card, so the time to make it was worth it.  Here is the finished card with all four sides showing.  Each time you “open” the card, a different side is seen.  It is a pretty neat card, but not one that I’d make a ton of and definitely not a good card for a shoebox swap.

Each flip of the card opens it up a different way.  I thought the second flip (top right corner was plain) and had added words to the larger squares, but then those words could be seen on the third flip, and neither one of us liked that.  That is why I left those squares just as the designer paper.  I used Stampin’ Up designer paper and cardstock as well as the stamps and number dies.  The flowers were old punches that I’ve had for many years from a company called Carl, and the fern like punch is from Punch Bunch – another oldie.

Let me know if you make one of these.  Just plan on about two hours from start (choosing paper and stamps and such to use) to finish.

Blessings…

The Third Annual “A Whoopie of a Spring Fling” in Lancaster County

Again this year, six of the Amish owned rubber stamping stores are going to be hosting “A Whoopie of a Spring Fling” during the month of April.  Each store will offer special discounts during April as well as a chance to win a door prize. With spring just around the corner, what fun it would be to visit these six locations on a day trip to Lancaster County.

Here is the flier in case you’d like to check out who is participating and the specials they will have.  You will need this flier as you shop in order to get the discounts as well.

2017 spring fling brochure

Grab a group of your stamping peeps and enjoy a day driving all over Lancaster County (Shady Lane is actually located in Chester County, but not far over the Lancaster County line).  And if heading down Route 322 to go to Shady Lane, stop off at September Farm Cheese to grab a bite to eat or enjoy some samplings of cheese and other items.  Their address is 5287 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook.

Over in Lancaster County, three Amish restaurants that I have eaten at are:

Katie’s Kitchen, 200 Hartman Bridge Road, Ronks, PA

Fisher’s Amish Restaurant, 3364 Harvest Drive, Gordonville, PA

Hometown Kitchen, 18 Furnace Road, Quarryville, PA (across the street from the Bart Fire Hall in Georgetown even though actual address says Quarryville)

All three places have delicious food –  good ol’ PA Dutch cooking and offer daily and/or weekly specials.

So there you have it – a day of eating and rubber stamp shopping up in Amish Country.  What more can you ask for?

Hope you can find a day to venture out and about in April.  The store owners thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you in April, if not before.

Blessings…