Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Mozzarella Chicken Alfredo

It is getting to be the end of summer vacation, and at our house that means one thing... BAND CAMPS!!!

Having a band director for a husband means that the last 4 weeks of summer break might as well not even be summer break.  Band camp runs 7:30-5:30, Monday-Friday.  So with my husband being at work, I stay home all day with Baby Girl.

I have absolutely loved being a stay-at-home-mom all summer!  But that also means that most of the household chores fall to me now to do.  If I'm home all day, it's only fair.  So by the time my husband gets home, he's worn out, I'm exhausted, and dinner gets pushed aside. We may stick a pizza in the oven around 9pm.

Last night, though, I really wanted to cook.  It's cathartic for me.  I had chicken thawed, and I made up a recipe to go along with it.  It was really good! And even though it was still a late night dinner, it was way better than a frozen pizza!

Mozzarella Chicken Alfredo

4 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
1 cup flour
1 egg
1 cup Italian Style Panko breadcrumbs
1 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Olive oil
Spaghetti or Fettuccini noodles
Alfredo Sauce (homemade or store-bought)

Pound the chicken breasts to about 1/2" thin.
Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper.
Place 2 oz of the Mozzarella cheese onto each of the chicken breasts and fold them in half.
Dip the chicken in the flour, then the egg, then the bread crumbs.
Cook the chicken over medium high heat, about 5-6 minutes on each side, until cooked through.
Boil your pasta for the alfredo, and combine it with your sauce.
Serve the chicken on top of your pasta.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Matting and Framing

Michael's recently had these laser cut frames on sale.  I had been looking for an inexpensive way to frame some of Parker's pictures. I wanted something unique, but unique can be pricey.

Michael's had the frames on sale for $1.99 instead of regular $7.99!  As you can imagine, I bought several.  They also had pre-wrapped canvas on sale half off. The canvas is 11x14... the same as the opening of the frame.

I spray painted the frame a dark bronze-y brown color. Then I hot-glued the canvas on to the front of the opening.  Using modpodge, I attached my favorite of Parker's newborn pictures.  I also purchased some decorative trim from Michael's, spray painted it the same color, and measured and cut it as a border for the photo.

In this picture, I have it hanging in Parker's nursery, but I haven't decided where it's permanent residence will be.  I love the unique way the photo is displayed, and I love how inexpensive it was to make it!

Cucumber Salad

One medium sized cucumber
3 tbs light sour cream

Slice the cucumber very thin and sprinkle a good coating of salt to draw out the water.
Wait a few minutes, then rinse the cucumber slices. Pat dry on a paper towel.
Add the sour cream and stir. Add salt and dill to taste.

Great for a hot summer day when you need a snack.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

A Very Special Craft

My friend Sybil and her husband Adam are in the process of adopting a little girl from Bulgaria. She has begun decorating the bedroom, and I had the pleasure of helping her make one of the pieces of art for the wall!

She wanted to create the outline of the country of Bulgaria in fabric and hang it in a picture frame.  Have you ever seen the outline of Bulgaria? Lots of little turns. Cutting that from fabric would have been nearly impossible.  Instead, I suggested cutting the outline in mat board and placing that over the fabric. Much easier, looks about the same.

We used my old-school overhead projector and traced the country onto the board. Using an exacto knife, we took turns cutting it out. It was still tedious, but nothing like fabric would have been.

When the outline was done, we ironed the fabric and placed it behind the mat board in the frame.  It turned out beautifully. Now it can be either just a piece of art, or maybe a dry erase board!

If you want to help Sybil and Adam on their adoption journey, please check out Sybil's Etsy shop
From Bham With Love.  She makes and sells beautiful wreaths, other door hangers, and lots of monogrammed items! All proceeds go to their adoption fund!

PEP Talk- 4 months

Good morning, friends! I'm up bright and early this morning and in such a good mood, I thought I'd go ahead and fill everybody in on what's been going on this fourth month of my life... Wow. 4 months. That's 1/3 of a year already people! I am getting old!

At my 4 month check up

So in my last post, I mentioned that I was getting better at holding my head up. Well check me out now! I can roll over all on my own from my back to my belly and hold my head up to play with my toys! It's a whole new world from this angle!

And since I'm rolling, I can maneuver myself around a little bit.  I can't really pull myself yet, but if I get my feet and my toes just right, I can scoot.
Mom started me out like this...

And this is how I ended up. You can't leave me anywhere!
My Paigey came to visit me again! She lives a few hours away, so I don't get to see her as often as Mom or I would like, so we always make sure to fill our visits with lots of fun =)
I am still working on cutting that same tooth as before, and sometimes it makes me very sad because it hurts. Luckily I have the best Daddy in the world, and he's always there to make me feel better.
This picture was me watching the Braves game a few weeks ago.  I was really into the game, and Mom thought it was funny.  She kept interrupting my baseball-watching. I take the game very seriously. No interrupting next time, Mom!

While my Paigey was down to visit, Mom got a text message super early in the morning telling her and Dad to hurry to the hospital. My best friend was being born!!!! I stayed with Paigey and Mom and Dad went as fast as they could.  Aunt Ryan finally had her baby, Lucy Paige, on July 2nd.  She's a very little baby, only 5 and a half pounds! Mom said I was never that small.  I look like a giant next to her! But Aunt Ryan says she'll grow and then we can play together.  Until then, I'll just sit beside her and tell her all the ways of the world.

 As you can tell from the last picture, I really wanted to hold Lucy myself, but they wouldn't let me.  I didn't get it. Mom and Dad always are encouraging me to grab and hold my toys, but when I wanted to hold Lucy, that's a No-no. Apparently it was REALLY a No-no when I lurched forward and tried to give her a kiss, which Mom and Dad normally love! Silly adults. They make no sense. Anyway, I have been to visit Lucy a couple of times since then, and she gets to come to my house today so Mom and Aunt Ryan can take her newborn pictures. They're going to be so pretty!
Mom's friend Cara also had her baby girl, Elizabeth, in June. Mom and Cara have been friends since Kindergarten... 20 years! Mom and Cara have the same middle name, Elizabeth, and now it's my middle name and Elizabeth's first name! So many Elizabeths!
Well, it's getting about time to eat. Mom is insisting on holding my hand and it's difficult to type with only one free one, so I'd better sign off. Until next time!
Parker E. Poe