Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Happenings Around the House and a Recipe

No matter the weather Sunbeam is found on the recliner occupied with one of her many things to pass the time while she recovers from her accident. She seems to be doing very well, not only in healing, but also in being sweetly content.

For the rest of us, the rainy weather requires us to make new plans for our day. Sailor was delighted to have Wags in the house even though he was required to stay on the rug inside the door. Wags was honored to be allowed to be inside and appeared to enjoy listening to the many stories Sailor told him.

The rain finally stopped towards evening and as the last clouds scuttled away, we decided to go get some of the things we need that were in storage. After we got to the storage place we discovered that the boxes were getting soggy and there were lots of spiders everywhere, so we made a quick decision to bring everything home.
I have been trying to find room for everything, which is challenging. I suppose I'm too much of a pack rat, but so many of the things have sentimental value that I hate the thought of getting rid of them.
I still have a lot of unpacking to do, but took time to cook up a big meal last evening. Among the menu for the night was fried chicken.
This time I remembered to take a picture before we ate everything.

Fried Chicken
2 cups flour
2 Tbsp salt
2 Tbsp black pepper
1 Tbsp parsley flakes
1 Tbsp thyme
1 Tbsp dry mustard
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp basil
Mix all together and place half of the mixture in a large Ziploc bag.
Beat two eggs very well, until almost cream colored. Roll chicken in egg and then place in seasoning mixture and shake to coat.

Have a saucepan or a deep skillet ready with vegetable oil heated to 350 and deep enough to cover at least half of the chicken. Carefully place your coated chicken pieces in the hot oil and fry until a delightful golden brown, turn over and fry the other side.
Preheat oven to 350 and have a pan ready lined with parchment paper, as the chicken comes out of the oil place them on the pan and place in oven for 20-30 minutes and up to 45 minutes if you have extra large pieces of chicken.
Since my husband would much rather have something along the beef line to eat rather than chicken. I made some Chicken Fried Steak for him.
I started with two large boneless steak and had them tenderized really well. I then cut them into pieces approximately 3"x3" I added 1/2 tsp sage and 1/2 tsp crushed rosemary to the mixture I had for the chicken. I then beat two eggs and added 1 tsp liquid hickory smoke and rolled the steak in the egg and into the seasoned flour mixture and fried it in the oil. There was no need to place these in the oven, they were done to perfection in the skillet.
With a seven layer salad, and mashed potatoes and gravy our meal was complete.

A few pieces of the Chicken Fried Steak before it disappeared.


  1. Oh I love fried chicken and we had country fried steak two nights ago. We also had ours with mashed potatoes and gravy.

    Your little Sunbeam is so cute and seems to have such a sweet attitude. I have been enjoying catching up on your past posts.

  2. Oh, thanks for your comment on my blog. I'm going to LOVE your blog! It will be interesting to see your stories of growing up Amish, and I'll be checking out your recipes too.

  3. Those pictures are making me drool. I think I'll risk getting wet and go out to buy chicken portions.

  4. Flippin' computers! Mind cut out before I finished my comment. What I wanted to say I am really pleased Sunbeam is healing well. She looks gorgeous surrounded by all those colourful beads. Hugs for her.

  5. Just found your blog thru another blogger Donna...and have enjoyed a bit of catching up...I enjoy reading of the Amish and their way of life...and the recipes are a welcome site too LOL...enjoyed the pictures also...stop by and check me out from time to time...hope Sunshine continues to do well...God Bless from Kentucky

  6. MmmmmmMmmmmmMmmmm thank you for sharing another terrific sounding (and looking) recipe!

  7. What a good sport and sweet daughter you have there! And I love the pic of your son telling stories to the dog! :)

    The recipe sounds good!


  8. Looks very yummy! Thanks for the recipe :)

  9. I hope your daughter has a speedy recovery. It is hard for little ones to be still.
    Your fried chicken looks delicious!
    Thank for your kind words on my blog and your visit :)

  10. *Thank you for your kind words

  11. So I'll just call you "Colonel Chaos" now??! At least you shared your secret recipe - YUMMMM. My mom never liked chicken so when I was growing up I had never had fried chicken until one time I was at a friend's grandma's house. Of course I love it now but truth be told, I've never made it! I just might be inspired now.... ;)

  12. I forgot to tell you, I just love those pictures of your kids!! Sunbeam is just wayyyyy too cute and Sailor and his pup - ahhhh, nothing better ~

  13. It is a gift in life to be able to feel content in life just doing things on your own or even being with your pets. Your chicken looks delicious.


  14. Oh, goodness that chicken looks so good! thanks so much for coming by my blog today. I will enjoy reading your stories!!!


  15. Hey, new friend. Glad you stopped by, introduced yourself, and got in on the giveaway.

    I look forward to sharing with each other.

    I'll take a sample of that good ole fried chicken!

  16. The smell of your fried chicken came through the computer screen! Yummy! That's a recipe I want for sure.

  17. cute kids, cute dog, delicious looking chicken! you have been quite the busy one.

  18. How absolutely delicious! You are a wonderful cook!

    Thank you so much for your kind comments on my blog. Please do come back often!

    You have a beautiful family and a wonderful, interesting life! Your pictures are all beautiful!

    Blessings to you and your family! And, by the way, I completely understand the unpacking saga. I have done it many times. Always challenging! And, like you, I too am sentimental. It's so hard to throw things out.

    Take care.


  19. Looks yummy and your kiddos are so sweet (Wags, too!) My Bo used to LOVE the bead kits and made endless "jewelry." She's 18 now but I'm absolutely certain she'd still love to plunk right down next to your daughter and work away with her. Both my kids LOVE little kids. That's a blessing. They look forward to the day God blesses THEM with children. :)

  20. Hi! Sorry for the long time taken to come here! But don’t think it was a great vacation; some very busy weeks and just a few days off... ;)
    Thanks for your comments at Blogtrotter, which is still turning around Iceland. Hope the weather is getting better! Enjoy and have a fabulous weekend!

  21. I'm so glad you took a moment and stopped by my blog today!

    Your children are beautiful and I'll take either chicken or steak...LOL...pass the gravy please!

    I've always wanted to know someone with Amish background...I have a feeling you will clear a lot of things up for me!☺

  22. I'm happy to see that Sunbeam is doing well. she has such a sweet smile. I'll bet the family enjoyed both the chicken and that great chicken fried steak. Yum!


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