Ranch Chicken

Ranch Chicken — A great, easy, tasty, go to recipe that I use often and you should too.  I have no idea where I got this recipe.  I’d love to give credit where credit is due, but I really have no idea where I got it from.

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Ingredients
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup melted butter (I usually use 1/4 cup)
3/4 cup parmesan cheese, finely grated (you can also use Asiago, which is delicious. I choose Asiago most of the time)
3/4 cup cornflake crumbs (or wheat bran flakes or rice chex)
1 package Ranch dressing mix (original or buttermilk, either one is great)
 
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix dry ingredients together and place on a plate.
3. Dip chicken in butter and then dry ingredients. 
You can drizzle the rest of the butter over the chicken breasts if you’d like.  It’s yummy!
4. Place on parchment paper in a 9×13 glass baking dish.
Bake at 330 degree oven for 20-40 minutes or until juices of chicken run clear.  

If you keep 1 box of corn flakes, the cheese and a packet of ranch mix on hand, you’ve got yourself an easy dinner!

Alone

As young mothers we often feel the need for some “alone” time, time to relax, unwind, spend a few minutes focusing on ourselves and our own needs.  Selfish?  I really don’t think so because those times can be times of renewal and re-energizing.  I, on the other hand, don’t need alone time from raising children, but as an introvert I need some More

Clean Ten-A Saving Grace for Parenting

Have I told you about Clean 10?  I got the idea years ago from a random blog I read once.  Maybe I found it on Pinterest? I really have no idea.  I would give credit where credit is due, but I really can’t remember where I learned about it! I do know I tried it once, shortly after reading about it and it revolutionized the fighting, whining, crying, awful-ness that A.L.W.A.Y.S. comes after telling my children that it is time for them to clean their rooms.   More

Age

“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.” Madeleine L’Engle

I love this quote.  We have a very special birthday in our family later this month.  It’s one of those birthday’s that end with a zero, you know, one of the “Big Ones”.  The special day just happens to belong to More

Cedar Fever

Cedar Fever.  Have you ever heard of it?  If you’ve been around the Central Texas area during December – February-ish time, surely you have.  You see, we’re inundated with these beautifully green Cedar trees.   Amidst the deadness of winter, there is always the beautiful green of a Cedar Tree.  This is a small interesting article about Cedar Fever.  If you have a minute, go read it.  It’s written well; not just from a medical perspective … but from a personal one as well.  And she hits the nail on the head.

“But cedar fever is not just any allergy. It’s a scourge”  2nd paragraph, 1st sentence.

I completely agree.  Cedar Fever — FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER — has stricken me with its death.  Michael and the kids only have minor allergy problems right now, and I’m truly thankful for that.  I don’t want anyone to feel like I’ve felt.  My symptoms?  Body aches, chills, sore throat, sinus pressure {so much so my teeth hurt and I can’t open my mouth fully}, headache, lost voice, a stopped up nose and a constantly drippy runny nose … all at the same time and all with no fever.  As many times as I take it, there’s no fever.

Check out this video someone in Austin took from his balcony as he overlooked the Hills.  Y’ALL!!!! That is craziness.  All the Cedar Pollen just floating off into the sky.  Craziness, I tell you. *Craziness*.

I write this post to let all of you Austinites know … I sympathize with you.  I do.  I understand that feeling of exhaustion you get, you know, from just opening your eyes in the morning.  Yes. Just waking up is exhausting.  Anything you do is exhausting.  Yet, when you try to get a full nights sleep, it’s a crap shoot.  Maybe you will, maybe you won’t?!?! Will you be stopped up so much that you can’t even sleep? Maybe.  Will you snore so loud that you sound like Darth Vader and actually wake yourself up from it?!?!   Maybe. Will your KIDS actually be disgusted by all the snot and mucus coming out of YOUR nose?!?!  Maybe.  Any and all of these might actually be possible.  {um, I’d like to say none of this is pulled from personal experience, but I’d be lying.  It’s been a rough week.  Sorry, kids, for all the mucus. And most of all, I’m so sorry, Michael, that you have to actually share a bed with me in this condition.  I thought 3rd trimester pregnancy was bad!}.

Thus far, it’s been killing me.  But as of last night, I’ve found a special concoction of regular allergy and allergy-D medicine, along with occasional ibuprofen for the body aches and so far … I’m killing it.  At least for the past 15 hours.  We’ll see how the rest of the next 4-5 weeks go.  Here’s hoping for the best.  What are you doing to ward off the evil that is cedar pollen this time of year?

Created for His Glory

Our hearts are made to worship.  We crave.  We crave something, anything to set our affections towards.  We seek it out.  Food, Love, Romance, Rest, Health, Wealth, Accolades.

Did you know scripture says that we were created for the sole purpose glorifying God?  God talks about it in the book of Isaiah when He is redeeming Israel:

“Everyone who is called by My name,
And whom I have created for My glory,
Whom I have formed, even whom I have made.” Isaiah 43:7, emphasis added

Is your life marked by living for the sole purpose of glorifying God?  I know mine doesn’t always reflect that.  Sunday morning is a great time to turn your heart back to Him, the One who formed my inward parts and wove me in my mother’s womb“. You could do this by going to a local church and worshiping alongside other people who believe in the saving grace of Jesus Christ.   I highly recommend this.  It is my favorite form of worship.  I get to do it weekly at a church that my husband and I started 4 and a half years ago, North Village Church.  You could also do it right now by listening to a few songs that might draw your heart in to Him.  I’ll leave you with some…. More

It’s A 3 Day Weekend!!!

And you know what? I couldn’t be more excited.  For a few reasons …

1. I’ve been struggling with Cedar Fever … more on that later … and I can’t wait to just rest. and enjoy.

2. I get to rest and enjoy!  yay!

3. I get to be with my family!  yay!! These guys can be super fun!

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So what are you going to do with your day?  We’ll do a bit of everything.  Some normal stuff: cleaning up, laundry, intersecting fights and bickering with {what we always hope is} gospel-filled, truth centered conversation.  That’s the hope at least.  And we’ll do some fun weekend stuff … watch some football, play games, watch a movie, go to a UT swim meet.  And we’ll rest up, of course.

Although I’m feeling better this morning {God has graciously provided relief from Cedar Fever with a careful concoction of Allergy-D Meds, water and lots of kleenex}, I’m still going to avoid time outside like the plague.  Indoor fun is what I’m clinging to on this longer weekend.

So join me,will you, in being intentional about bringing love and enjoyment into your weekend … be it a 1, 2, or 3 day one. 🙂

What Do You Do In The Morning?

Besides just trying to wake up and get out of bed, there are things I’m trying to do in the morning. One of those things is to focus my heart. It’s not that something weird happens when I sleep and I go all crazy, but that I just need re-focusing, on what matters, daily. So, what is it that matters? Let me tell you…

1. My heart and where it’s at with God. I need to read truth–scripture–to train my mind to believe all things true and think like that instead of thinking all the other crazy thinks my mind tends towards!!!

Honestly, that’s the only thing I really try to make sure happens. All other patterns of thinking stem from that and all other necessities {or perceived ones, like coffee:) } will happen automatically.

What are you trying to get done in the morning? Are you trying to refocus your heart on what’s important? How do you do that?

A Beautiful Autumn in Austin…Part 2

I just have to follow-up on yesterday’s post.  I had the opportunity to go to Austin a few days in November and babysit my two grandchildren.  It was so fun and I experienced first had the colorful trees.  We live a little north of Dallas and we too had an unusually beautiful fall.  It was just about as pretty as it gets for Texas.  Anyway, while in Austin, I took a few adorable pictures of my grandchildren playing in the leaves and I just had to share them. enjoy!

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A Beautiful Autumn In Austin

Yes, It’s January and *sometimes cold here in Austin, but I’ve just got to tell you about the beautiful Autumn we had here this year.  The lack of rain and intense heat we have been feeling the past few years has left us with mostly dead trees come Autumn, so everything is basically brown before it has a chance to even turn a pretty color.  BUT this Autumn was amazing.  Here are some pics for you to enjoy: More

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