Friday, July 26, 2013

Dorrito Crusted Chicken Breast

I love trying new recipes and I absolutely love this Dorrito Chicken recipe.  Super easy and super tasty!

All you need is a package of chicken breast, buttermilk, egg, flour and Nacho Cheese Dorritos.

I cut my chicken breast into strips and then marinated them in buttermilk for 2 hours.  After that I rolled each piece in flour and then dipped them in a beaten egg mixture.  Prior to this I put about half a bag of Dorritos in a zip lock bag and crushed them up.  After the egg mixture I put the chicken in the bag and coated each piece with crushed Dorritos before putting them in a pan.  Then I baked them at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

We dipped our chicken strips in ranch dressing and it was 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Garden Table

A while back I decided to take the floor of our old swing set fort and turn it into a table, so we hauled it up to the garden and I have used it the last couple years as a gardening table.  

This year I decided it needed a make over.     

A little red pain, a little white paint and lots of help from Bethany and this is what we came up with! 

We used a bunch of my Stampin Up stamp sets, some white craft ink, some artist paint brushes and more white paint... 

We added some of our favorite quotes...

And a little something to represent each person in our family.  Including Daisies paw print...

When It was all dry I sprayed a clear sealer on top of the whole table and our project was complete...

 We love it!  But, I may have lost my garden table.  Bethany sits on it and reads, but I guess that works too!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Redeeming Love - Book Review

As a christian I cannot with a good conscience promote this book.  I have heard many people say that this is one of the best books they have ever read, a book about redemption and God's love.  It is really hard for me to understand how this book can even be considered a christian novel.  I felt very uncomfortable reading it and if it was not for my agreement to read and review it I would of tossed it in the trash, which is exactly where it is going after I write this review.   As a mother of a teenage girl I would not want to chance her picking it up and reading any part of it.  I don't watch movies with bad ratings for sexual content and I don't want a book with sexual content within it's pages sitting on my book shelf.  On top of my disappointment with that I was very disgusted by the way the Author twists the Word of God around.  Also, at one point Mary the mother of Jesus is compared to a harlot by saying that she (Mary) became pregnant by Someone other than the man she was betrothed to marry.

The book is about Angel, a harlot that was sold into prostitution at the tender age of 8 years old.  Michael Hosea is supposed to be a prophet whom the Lord tells that Angel is the one He has chosen for him.  Therefore Michael visits the brothel where Angel works several times to talk with her and he eventually "buys" her and takes her home.  Angel does not want to be with him and feels like she now has a different owner and will never be truly free.  There are lots of details about what a prostitute does and lots of details about a husband and wife's intimate life.  Angel leaves several times, Michael goes gets her.  She finally falls in love with him, leaves him once again, ends up back in a brothel, finds God and starts a home to help "retrain"  prostitutes and get them out of their life style by teaching them a trade and helping them find a decent job.  There is no mention of helping the women find God which was disappointing as well.  After three years pass Angel goes back to Michael and as she is walking through the field to see him for the first time in three years she begins shedding her clothes and by the time she reaches him she is naked and they live happily ever after.  Yeah, I'm serious.

In a nutshell the book does not line up with the word of God and in my opinion makes a mockery out of a Bible story (the book is supposed to be based on Gomer).  If you want to remain pure stay away from this book and if you are a mother and decide to read it anyway please use discernment when it comes to your daughters.

***This book was provided to my by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Oh Deer

The other day while we were swimming I looked up and seen just a flash of something brown going down.  I figured that it was a deer bedding down.  I was surprised that one would be so close in the middle of the day especially considering we had the radio blaring.  I told Bethany about it and she got out of the pool to investigate.  She sneaked over to the spot and seen a baby deer.  She hollered back and told me so I headed to the house to get a camera.  By the time I got back outside, Bethany informed me that they were gone, she shared with me that it was twin baby deer.  One was laying down and the other was standing.  She was so excited and had never before got to be so close for so long to a deer like that.  I was sorry I missed it, but very happy for her.  

Since then we have seen the momma deer and the babies quite a bit.  They have made a home right on our property and we couldn't be happier!   They are such a beauty!  Many a night when I let Daisy out to go potty there they are, all three of them right in the back yard.   This past Sunday morning they ventured into the front yard and were right by my car for a while before they went along their way.  Dakota was able to get a few pictures through the window!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Homemade Rose Scented Powdered Laundry Detergent

I love making my own laundry detergent and have been doing so for years.  My favorite way to make it is the highly condensed liquid form and you can check out my blog post and directions for it here!  Even though it is what I use the most I occasionally like to use powdered detergent so this week I decided  to make up a batch and rather then use Felsnaptha like I normally use I decided to use a bar of rose scented castile soap and I absolutely love it!  It smells so feminine!  I'll definitely make more when this batch is all gone!   

I used one bar of castile soap and grated it with a cheese grater using the very fine side (you can use felsnaptha or ivory). Then I added one cup of borax and one cup of washing soda and a scoop of oxi clean.  To mix it up I put it in a quart jar and shook.  

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Adoring Addie - A Book Review

Adoring Addie by Leslie Gould is book two in The Courtships of Lancaster County series.  When I read the first book in this series - Courting Cate I was not real impressed with the book and was a little leery of this series, but I decided to give it one more try when I had that opportunity to read Adoring Addie and I am so glad I did. I absolutely loved this book!  It's like an Amish Romeo and Juliet romance and the author Leslie Gould writes the story in such a way that keeps you interested from beginning to end.  There were even a couple places that I laughed out loud!  I love both Addie and Jonathan's characters and the fact that their love is so strong amiss all the obstacles that are in their way makes you root for them all the more.  There was also a surprise twist that was quite clever!  Definitely a good book to add to your library!

About the book:

Addie Cramer's parents are insisting she have a relationship with Phillip.  The only problem is that Addie does not feel the way she thinks she should feel about someone you are to marry.  She has always done everything to please her family and she doesn't want to disappoint them, but when she meets Johnathan Mosier things begin to change.  It is love at first site and despite the on going feud between the Cramer family and the Mosier family, Johnathan and Addie know they must be together.   They decide that their only hope is to reconcile their families, but to do so means they must find out what started the feud to begin with.  Are the secrets that they uncover too much?  Is their love strong enough to keep them together?

***This book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for my review.