Monday, November 12, 2012

Pretzel Crusted Chicken

If you learn how to cook one meal, this is the one. It would be great for company or a quick meal at home. It doesn't require much time and tastes amazing.  Serve it up  with some salad and you're good to go. Plus, you get to pound the chicken.  You'll feel like a ninja when you're done.  And then you still get to eat.

The recipe is originally from Taste of Home's magazine.  Many kudos to contibutor Kerri Balliet for giving me my new favorite meal.

Pretzel-Crusted Chicken with Mixed Greens 

-2 cups sourdough pretzels
-1/2 cup flour
-1/4 cup buttermilk ( I used half &half)
-2 garlic cloves, minced
-1/8 tsp. pepper (more if you dare)
-5 Tbsp olive oil, divided
-4 chicken breasts
-2/3 cup mayo
-2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
-2 tsp. cider vinegar
-1/8 tsp. salt
-1/8 tsp. pepper
-1 pkg salad greens

1. Crush pretzels in a food processor or baggie with a mallet.  Place pretzels and flour in separate shallow bowls.  In another shallow bowl, whisk the eggs, buttermilk, garlic and pepper.  Pound chicken to 1/4 inch thickness.  Dip both sides of chicken in flour, egg mixture, and then pretzel crumbs.
2. In a large skillet, heat 3 Tbsp. oil over medium heat.  Add chicken; cook for 4-6 minutes on each side or until no longer pink.
3. Meanwhile, in a small bow, mix mayo and mustard.  Remove 2 Tbsp. to another bowl for dressing.  Whisk in remaining oil, vinegar, salt and pepper.
4. Drizzle saald greens with dressing.  Serve remaining mayonnaise mixture over chicken.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Thankful for Coloring

I am so thankful for you checking my blog today.  I have so much information and numerous projects to tell you about, but no high-quality, edited photos to illustrate how crafty I truly am.  Instead, here is a peek of some of my daily life.  I am so grateful to be living it.  

 "You wanna color by me mama?"  All other tasks on my list are out the window.  I cherish these minutes!

 Today I hosted a family "Crafty Crap" day.  The goal was to bring a project you've started and want to finish.  I finished nothing.  Just started more, like this pile of old-sweaters that want to become mittens.
 Thank you, Target, for these sparkly ornaments placed strategically in the dollar section.  It's way too early for Christmas deco, but I couldn't pass them up.
 I tried these pumpkin spice drinks.  Originally from a blog, pinned by a friend.  They're nasty.  Don't do it.  It may be tempting, but even the whipped cream cannot mask the badness of these.
 Speaking of nasty, is this not the most festive pile of garbage ever?  I sweep at least once per day (I swear!) and this is my pile from today.  It looks like an "I Spy", right?
Knit much?  Yeah, obviously not.  I have two kids, that's my excuse.  Oh and that whole not finishing thing. 

Thank you for stopping by my little space today.  
Much love,