Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Homemade Baked Chicken Nuggets

These chicken nuggets were a hit with the girls and Nathan thought they were much better then the regular store bought chicken nuggets. They are really good served with mashed potatoes and a fresh salad!

Baked Chicken Nuggets ( from All Recipes)
3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon dried basil
1/2 cup butter, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Cut chicken breasts into 1 1/2-inch sized pieces. In a medium bowl, mix together the bread crumbs, cheese, salt, thyme and basil. Mix well. Put melted butter in a bowl or dish for dipping.
  3. Dip chicken pieces into the melted butter first, then coat with the breadcrumb mixture. Place the well-coated chicken pieces on a lightly greased cookie sheet in a single layer, and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.

Mexican White Sauce

This recipe is very similar to the sauce used at Plaza Azteca. I found it on YouTube, wrote it down and now every time that we have Mexican, Nathan wants me to make it. It is the perfect combination of spice and sweet together for a dip.

Mexican White Sauce

8 oz. miracle whip
1/2 c. milk
1 1/2 tsp. cumin
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. crushed red pepper
1 tsp. Mexican oregano (or plain oregano)

Mix all ingredients together with a whisk. Mixture looks soupy when you are first mixing it together but then thickens up as you keep mixing it. Serve warm or cold with tortilla chips.

Monday, December 17, 2012


"Guilt"- it is such an overwhelming feeling. It can creep 
in and get ahold of your thoughts and pierce your
 heart like nothing else. During the day there is 
usually something I do that I will feel guilty about
at the end of the day. Whether it is yelling at 
the girls, spanking out of frustration, ignoring my
husbands needs, complaining about what I "don't have",
indulging in self pity, not saying "sorry" when I needed to..
the list can go on and on. 

The problem with guilt is when it is not healed with forgiveness.
So often I will let the feeling of guilt weigh me down day
after day instead of facing it and asking for forgiveness.
God is so willing to forgive if I just come to Him with 
an open heart that is willing to accept his forgiveness and 
move on. But, to "move on" is not so simple as it sounds
often times. To "move on" in God's eyes means to forget
about it just as he did when he forgave us. This is when
the enemy creeps in and keeps reminding us of our
mistakes. But, God wants to turn our mistakes into ash.

We just have to be willing to come before Him at the end of 
each day and ask for forgiveness. I teach my girls to do
this yet I often do not even do it. When I see their little
heads bow to ask for forgiveness, it humbles me. 
God is so willing to forgive if we just ask!