Friday, October 23, 2015

Yummy Grilled Chicken

A few months ago, we used money I received for my birthday to purchase a wood pellet grill. Sometime I will try to write about the particular one we ended up with, but for now, this post is about our most recent success with it.

Last week we bought a pack of chicken breasts at Sam's Club. Instead of throwing them in the freezer whole, I cut them up and put them in a Ziplock bag with the marinade for these Honey Lime Chicken Adobo Skewers, and froze it that way. Yesterday, I put the bag out to defrost on the counter and it was just thawed when it was time to fix them.

This recipe uses the grill as a grill, not a smoker. The temperature was pretty high, so keep an eye on them if you don't want overcooked chicken! The only other alteration I made to the recipe was using lime oil from King Arthur Flour instead of lime zest (so quick and easy - and this bottle has lasted me for YEARS).

These were really good and we will have them again. I really like the convenience of freezing meat in a marinade and having it ready to go for a future meal.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

One Project at a Time

 Two years ago, I won a Moda Charm Pack of "Woodland Holiday" at a sewing presentation. A year ago, while skimming the book Simplify with Camille Roskelley, I found a pattern, pieced the top and pinned the layers. This year, I finally quilted it and sewed on the binding and hanging pouch. Next year, it will be displayed!!!

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

New Year's Pantry Challenge

I've been missing this blog and wanting to show up here again! Life is so full with the living of it right now, that blogging isn't a priority. But it helps me to slow down and think a bit and to consider our lives and not just race through them.

While cleaning out the email inbox this morning, I came upon this:

I'd like to make and freeze some meals in the next few days before school starts up again next week, and that is more of a priority to me than cleaning out the pantry. BUT cleaning out the pantry is something that needs to be done - not urgently - but determinedly. (Does that make sense?) So if possible, the two can be integrated and we can clear out some of the older items in the freezer and pantry, but prepare some things for the busy nights full of extracurricular activities that are about to resume again, at the same time.

It is impossible for me not to consider things I'd like to change or do better or differently when the new year begins. While writing goals or resolutions and then doing something about them has been futile for the most part, there are still things that come to mind at this time each year. Here's to growth in us all this year!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Reading...The Inheritance

For about a year and a half now I have been part of a book group that meets once a month. This month we read The Inheritance by Louisa May Alcott. It was her first novel, written when she was 17, but not published until later in the 20th century. It is a quick read and there have been multiple movies made of it. I would describe it as somewhat sappy.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


This is one of the first steps toward adding some decor to the girls' room. This blog post that I discovered via Pinterest is the inspiration.

The mirror was a Good Will find ($1.99) and is made of a plastic resin. First step was finding some paint. B was with me and we were hoping for something a little brighter, but this turned out OK. Next, remove the mirror which was simple. Then, cleaning it, which was the trickiest part because there was dust in all those little holes. Finally, painting, which I was able to do in the front yard, since we seem to have completely bypassed the usual Midwest spring and gone straight to summer. Once it dried, the mirror was replaced and it is ready to hang!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Letter, letters, letters

The "A Month of Letters" challenge is going well! Here is a pile headed out to the mailbox. Valentine's Day helped to pass the 24 mark pretty easily. It's so fun to send mail!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Write more letters!

This is something I love to do, but don't as often as I should. Here's some added motivation to get off the computer and send "real mail"!