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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Let's Make Stuffed Chicken Breasts

I've been doing a lot more cooking the last couple of weeks and a few nights ago I tried something so good I just have to share it with you.  In the load of meat I purchased before sheltering in place was a pack of chicken breasts.  Here's what we did with them ~

Here's What You Need
4 Skinless, boneless chicken breasts
Italian seasoning mix
Garlic Powder
Smoked Paprika
Salt and Pepper
12 Asparagus stalks end trimmed
Sundried Tomatoes
4 Slices Mozzarella Cheese
Olive Oil

Here's What You Do

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Pound the chicken to an even thickness.  (Great way to take out some stress!)

Sprinkle each chicken breast with the Italian seasoning, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt and pepper.  


Lay a piece of cheese, asparagus and sun-dried tomatoes on half of each breast.  Fold over the chicken and place a toothpick in to keep it together.

Heat the oil in an oven-proof skillet.  I love using a cast-iron skillet.  

Over medium heat, add the chicken and sear it until it's nicely brown.  This should take about 3-5 minutes per side.  

Put the skillet in the oven and let bake for 15-20 minutes.  Check the temperature to make sure the internal temperature is a safe 165 degrees.

This recipe would be great if you are cooking for one or an entire family.  We certainly enjoyed it!  The leftovers were quite scrumptious too!

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

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March Amazon Purchases

March was a busy, busy month for Amazon and I was definitely a contributor to their business!  Here's a few of the things that landed on my porch ~

Easter Gifts
When I realized that we would not be able to see our families over Easter, I knew I still wanted to send the kiddos a little something.  Here are the things that will be headed their way ~

Personal items


Frances Mayes was scheduled to make an appearance at our county library, so I had ordered her book so she could sign it.  The event was canceled, but I'm still loving the book!


The Book Babes club I'm in selected City of Girls as our next selection.  I'm about 30% finished and it's getting really good.  It will be a fun one to talk about!

Ruth Reichl wrote one of my favorite books, Save Me the Plums, so when I saw this one on sale at Amazon it immediately went into my cart.  

A friend mentioned this book when we were having dinner one night and I immediately came home and purchased it on Audible.  

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Did you order more than usual in March?  What were some of your finds?  

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Weekending - April 3, 2020

Happy Monday!  Let's do a weekend rewind ~

When Eric walked in the door Friday night, he had the most wonderful surprise for me!  I think he could tell as the week went along that this staying at home was kind of getting to me.  He surprised me with a gorgeous bouquet of roses.  Later in the weekend, I read this quote by Botanist Luther Burbank:  "Flowers always make people better, happier and more hopeful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine to the soul."  That definitely sums up how I felt when he handed his gift of flowers over.

We had an awesome Zoom happy hour with our friends Friday night.  I had not used Zoom at all until this whole pandemic hit and now we are using it all the time.  I had had a Zoom chat with some of my sorority sisters on Thursday night too.  Such a fan!  It's a wonderful way to connect and I love actually seeing who you're talking to!

Saturday I made some lemon cookies from a mix by Betty Crocker.  Guys - they were delicious!  They had just the right amount of lemon flavor.  Have you tried them?

Saturday afternoon we did a Zoom chat with my parents.  It was so great seeing them and I'm so thankful we have this platform to talk to each other.  We will definitely be doing more Zoom chats with them!

On Sunday, we again watched our church service online.  It will be so weird watching the Easter services this way, but we are also so thankful to have a way to hear our church's message.  If you're looking for a service to connect to, here's the links to ours ~
                  Church Online –
                  Facebook Live –
                  YouTube –

Pandemic Puzzle No. 2 was started.  The puzzle business must be on fire right now because I looked on a few sites to buy another one to have in the wings and there's not a lot of choices available.

In the afternoon, we once again turned to Zoom for connection to friends.  We played Qwixx with our friends Debbie and Larry.   This game is so fun to play and can easily be played over Zoom.  Click HERE to purchase a game for yourself.

Eric's hair was beginning to look a bit shaggy, so Sunday night he trusted me to do a little trim.  I don't know which one of us was more nervous, but the end result turned out okay.  Let's just hope this sheltering at home ends before he has to get another hair cut!

I'm ready to make this week the best week at home yet!  Are you with me?  Let's do this!  Honestly, it's taken me a while to find a stride.  This week on the blog I'll be sharing a great chicken recipe and more of our Easter decorations.  Also this week is more from Modern Mrs. Darcy and her Stay At Home Book Tour.  Here's the info to join in the fun ~
All times are Eastern time:
            Monday 4/6: Mary Laura Philpott, I Miss You When I Blink, noon
             Tuesday 4/7: Susan Meissner, The Last Year of the War, 7pm
             Wednesday 4/8: Melanie Shankle, On the Bright Side, noon
          Thursday 4/9: Deanna Raybourn, A Murderous Relation, 7pm
Friday 4/10: Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzner, How to Be Fine, noon

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Friday, April 3, 2020

Five on Friday - April 3, 2020

Happy Friday!  Did you even realize that's what day it was?  I have to admit, my days are starting to run together.  This week was a bit better on the productivity chart than last week, but friends I still have a long way to go before I'm patting myself on the back for the things I got accomplished.  Unless you count watching the entire documentary of Tiger King.  If you count that, I've had a very productive week.

I did pull together my five for this week.  Here it is ~

1.  Harry Potter at Home
How's all the homeschooling going for you?  Need a break?  If your kiddos are Harry Potter fans, have them log in to Harry Potter at Home.  This site will entertain them for hours!  Here's the description straight from the site:
Welcome to the Harry Potter At Home hub where you’ll find all the latest magical treats to keep you occupied - including special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world. We’re casting a Banishing Charm on boredom!
You'll need to set up an account, which is free and then let the fun begin!

2.  Target Beauty Boxes
If you've read my blog for a hot minute, you know how much I love getting happy mail.  And in these times, don't we really all need some happy mail!  For just $7 you can have this Target Beauty Box of dermatologist-trusted skincare arrive in your mailbox and enjoy the contents.   Order one for yourself or a friend.  There are eight items in total:  La Roche Posay Toleraine Hydrating Gentle Cleanser - 0.5 fl oz Gentle cream formula helps skin restore comfort and retain essential moisture, so your face will feel comfortable and hydrated. CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin - 0.5 fl oz Unique formula with ceramides cleanses and removes oil, dirt and makeup without stripping skin of moisture. CeraVe Eye Repair Cream - 0.08 fl oz Fast-absorbing eye cream reduces the look of dark circles and puffiness and contains niacinamide to help calm skin—hello, bright eyes! Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Formulated with 97% natural origin ingredients, helps smooth fine lines, and provides 48-hour dynamic hydration for deep comfort and a fresh complexion that lasts. La Roche Posay Anthelios Tinted Mineral Sunscreen - SPF 50 - 0.1 fl oz 100% mineral UV filters in a lightweight, matte finish fluid is lightly tinted for a healthy glow and specially developed for sensitive skin. CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion - 0.17 fl oz Broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen lotion helps prevent sunburn and moisturizes throughout the day. Plus: it’s fragrance-free, oil-free and non-comedogenic. Vichy Mineral 89 Eyes Hyaluronic acid eye gel hydrates, brightens and smooths fine lines around the delicate eye area for a brighter, more rested look. Vichy Mineral 89 Natural origin hyaluronic acid face serum moisturizer contains 89% Vichy mineralizing thermal water, with 15 essential minerals to hydrate, plump and fortify your skin.  Can't wait to try them all!  Order one for yourself by clicking HERE.  Oh, and it ships for free!

3.  Phone Holder
One of the things on my working-from-home desk is this phone holder.  I love it!  I have one on my desk at work too.  It's great for your phone, e-readers or pads.  The stand holds your device at the perfect 40 to 45-degree angle.  You can easily glance over at your phone screen while working on the computer.

4.  Colton Underwood - The First Time
Are you a Bachelor Nation fan?  Bachelor Colton Underwood's new book - The First Time - hit the stands this week.  It might just be the kind of book you're looking for during this social distancing period.  Here's the summary from Amazon ~
From former football player and star of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette comes a fascinating and eye-opening behind-the-scenes look at his drama-filled season on the hit reality show.
Before Colton Underwood captured the hearts of millions on The Bachelor, he was a goofy, socially awkward, overweight adolescent who succeeded on the football field while struggling with personal insecurities off it. An All American gridiron hero, he was also a complex, sometimes confused, soft-hearted romantic wondering how these contradictions fit together. Old-fashioned and out of step with the swipe right dating culture of today, he was saving the most intimate part of life for the love of his life. If only he could find her…
Now, in The First Time, Colton opens up about how he came to find himself and true love at the same time via the Bachelor franchise. Unencumbered by cameras and commercial breaks, he delivers a surprisingly raw, endearing, and seriously juicy account of his journey through The Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise, and The Bachelor, along with what has happened with him and Cassie Randolph since his season wrapped. He opens up about being dumped by Becca, his secret dalliance with Tia, what it was like to be the world’s most famous virgin, his behind-the-scenes conflicts with production, and how his on-camera responsibilities as the Bachelor nearly destroyed him after he knew he had already fallen in love with Cassie.
A memoir for Bachelor Nation and anyone who believes in the magic of love, The First Time carries a simple but powerful message: It’s okay to laugh and cry and occasionally jump over a fence, if it means coming one step closer to the right person.

5.  Reality...


Have a great weekend!  I have a Zoom happy hour planned for tonight and I'm looking forward to seeing my friends faces.  Eric is supposed to be off on Sunday so if it stays that way I'm hoping we can spend some time together.  Other than that, I'm pretty open!  Pop by on Monday.  I'll be sharing more of our Easter decorations.  I'll also be sharing a fabulous chicken recipe we had this week.  You won't want to miss it!

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Easter Three-Tier Tray

Hey guys!  Thanks for stopping by Thinking Out Loud Thursday.  Today I'm thinking about our three-tier tray and the Easter decorations we just placed on it.

I hesitated dragging out the Easter decorations this year because it will just be me and Eric here.  I know I'll be fighting off a rotten mood that day because I'll miss seeing our families.  But you know what - I like looking at the decorations so out they came!

Thank goodness I had picked up a few things for the three-tier tray before our area went on lock down.  I added flowers to make it scream spring and a cute little bunny to each layer.


The whole kitchen window is ready for the Easter bunny to hop on by.  The decorations will make it seem more like a holiday.

The window is ready for the upcoming holiday!  Are you decorating this year?  I'll be posting about our other decorations next week.  Pop in and see how the rest of the house looks.

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