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Crispy Ranch Chicken Recipe- Pinterest Inspired

So a few nights ago I decided to make a recipe I saw on Pinterest! Who doesn’t love ranch?? Really it’s amazing on everything.  Well this chicken was amazing too!

All you need is 5 basic ingredients for a great dinner for your family! My family was even asking for more!


3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1/4 cup butter, melted

1 (1 ounce) packet of ranch dressing seasoning mix

1 cup crushed corn flakes

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375* degrees F.  Spray a 9 x 13 glass baking dish with cooking spray.

Combine the ranch seasoning mix, the crunched corn flakes and parmesan cheese into a large freezer baggy.

Shake well to mix it all together.

Dip each chicken breast into the melted butter, and then drop into the baggy.  Seal the bag shut and then shake well to coat the chicken with seasoning.  After well coated lay the chicken into the baking dish.  Repeat with all of the chicken.

Once all the chicken has been coated, sprinkle the remaining seasoning mixture onto the tops of the chicken.

Bake chicken 40-45 minutes.  Cover pan with foil so the chicken doesn’t burn on the top layer.

Let me know if you’ve ever made this before and if you do make it, how do you like it? My son asked for seconds and we even dipped it in homemade ranch dressing too!!

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You’re NEVER gonna get it all DONE!

Sometimes social media distracts you from what you are trying to accomplish.  And sometimes life gets in the way, here is a great article from Handmadeology about how to better use your time and manager it better to get projects done throughout the day!


I know that as I also work full time and do my business full time that there doesn’t always leave a lot of free time, but if you want to be successful, you have to be busy and get your product out there!  But you have to set time away, say this is the time of night where it’s Etsy time, this is the time of night I check Facebook.   Facebook sucks you in and you lose an hour of productivity and then your behind on your things.  Using time management is key!

But also don’t ignore your social media! Use it to your advantage, as that’s where a majority of your customers are looking for information!

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Where It All Started- Silhouette Cameo Project

I was asked to make a unique wedding shower gift and once I looked online for some inspiration I came up with this fabulous pillow!! I just LOVE how it turned out!DSC_0198-1I used my Silhouette Cameo just like I use with a lot of my other projects.  This was a project made with freezer paper, paint and fabric.

I bought some fabric from JoAnn Fabrics in a tan color, almost like a Muslin.  Then I had the regular paint at home, which I just added fabric medium to it.  I use a flat headed sponge brush to paint it and freezer paper stencil cut out from my Silhouette.     photo 1 (10)You cut the negative image out on freezer paper, and you mirror the image.  You then iron the freezer paper onto the fabric, with shiny side down, and it temporarily sticks to the fabric your ironing it onto.  This creates a stencil and you can paint it how you wish! I’ve did this quite a few times with the other pillows I have in my Etsy Shop too.   photo 2 (10)Just brush the paint on, and make sure the whole area is covered.  Don’t put too much on or it will take forever to try and it might seep through the edges of the paper and your project won’t turn out right. photo 3 (4)Tada!  After the paint dries, you peel off the paper and you have your project!!  I thought a little red in the heart would be perfect for this pillow.  The pillow is meant to represent where the couple met each other.  I know they will love it! I can’t wait to get it listed on my Etsy Shop! DSC_0200-1

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Zucchini Bread – fresh out of the garden!

So I guess that once you have a garden, you kinda become domesticated and figure out what to use all your vegetables that your gathering for other fun things to eat other then just straight out of the garden.  Last night I canned some pickles, post to follow this one, and then today I made Zucchini bread.  My Grandma Wagner gave me this recipe and I’ve had it before and it’s just wonderful! 

Zucchini Bread

3 eggs, 2 cups sugar, 1 cup oil, 2 cups grated Zucchini (with peels), 3 teaspoons vanilla, 3 cups flour, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. soda, 1/4 tsp. baking powder, 2 tsp. cinnamon, 1 cup chopped nuts.

Beat eggs until foamy.

 Fresh Eggs from our chicken

Add sugar, oil, Zucchini & vanilla. Mix lightly, but mix well. 
In other pan, mix flour, salt, soda, baking powder, cinnamon. 

Stir gently into first mixture and add nuts.

Grease and flour pans. Makes 2 loaves.

Bake at 350 degrees , 1 hr. I find it usually takes longer then that. Put a knife into it to check if its done.

I did omit the nuts because I am not a big fan of them in my food, so I’m sure if you like them, that added goodness will taste great!  
I’ll have to report to you what the finished picture looks like later on.  It’s in the oven cooking right now and smells wonderful! I’ll be taking a loaf to our annual family camping trip this weekend so everyone can have some!  I still have about 4 big zucchinis left, can’t wait to see what else I can make! Someone mentioned Chocolate Chip Muffins made with Zucchini too!

EDIT:  This is what the final product looks like!


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Spring Break

My son has an extra long spring break this year.  11 days off!  We are headed up north this weekend but for most of the week we’ll just be hanging around the house, enjoying not having to run places.  Hopefully here in Michigan, the weather will warm up!  It’s still chilly!!
It’s been a year since we’ve been back in Michigan.  For those who are new followers, we lived in Arizona for a year, but came back.  So it’s nice to be home again, back in our old house, with family, friends and everything!  We are thankful to be able to come back to our house after renting it out for a year and not have “too” much damage by the tenants.  
What kind of fun adventures do you have planned for your Spring Break?
Can’t wait to sit on the beach and see these sunsets and water again!

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