Italian Chicken Recipe

Italian Chicken

1 frying chicken, cut into pieces
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 cup chicken stock
1 can mushrooms, drained
1/2 teaspoon paprika
zucchini, sliced into medium pieces
freshly ground black pepper
parsley to garnish

Sprinkle chicken with seasoned salt. Combine flour, salt, pepper, cheese, and paprika. Coat chicken pieces with mixture. Place zucchini in bottom of Crockpot. Pour stock over zucchini. Arrange chicken on top. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until tender. Turn control to high, add mushrooms, cover, and cook on high for another 10-15 minutes. Garnish with freshly ground black pepper and parsley.

Italian Chicken Recipe
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • 1 frying chicken, cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • 1 can mushrooms, drained
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • zucchini, sliced into medium pieces
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • parsley to garnish
Instructions
  1. Sprinkle chicken with seasoned salt. Combine flour, salt, pepper, cheese, and paprika. Coat chicken pieces with mixture. Place zucchini in bottom of Crockpot. Pour stock over zucchini. Arrange chicken on top. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until tender. Turn control to high, add mushrooms, cover, and cook on high for another 10-15 minutes. Garnish with freshly ground black pepper and parsley.

 

 

Thinking About Better Writing

I was sitting today, just thinking about some of the ways I go about trying to be a better writer. I think the most important way that I accomplish this, is by reading. And reading, I do a lot of. I am the girl in which when you pull up my library card information, have twenty three books checked out, seven sitting on the shelf at the library waiting for me to come get them, three in transit, and four waiting to be filled. I read EVERYTHING. Even magazines.

However, my obsession for reading has expanded beyond the walls of the library or our local bookstore. In fact, it has gone beyond magazine subscriptions and junk mail. It has now landed on the Internet. In the form of blogs. I have become a hopeless addict and born stalker to several blogs currently active. I even get upset when I go to read one, and there has been no update for awhile. Not upset, mad. Just upset, “I wish there was something new to hear about”.

I’ve also discovered that by reading others blogs, I develop new styles of writing, new vocabulary, and often new statements or cliche’s that I utter from time to time. Interesting really.

I was thinking about all this today, because I have been talking to my daughter, who wants to be an author when she grows up, about ways to improve your writing and learn more about what your style is. I told her everything I just shared with you.

She was curious about the blogs I read, and thankfully I am proud to say, with the exception of small handful, I can share most of them with her. They are clean. So she has been browsing blogs since yesterday afternoon, learning about everything from scrapbooking, ADHD and parenting. It’s been rather enlightening, but mostly she just giggles when she reads it.

If you are looking for a way to improve your writing, and find a “voice” that might be slightly hidden within you, just start reading other people’s blogs, and then sit down and write your own blog entry. You might be surprised what pops out.

Romantic Ideas For Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Often dubbed the most romantic day in the year, Valentine’s Day is a time for love. Remember, just because you aren’t married, or do not have a boyfriend or girlfriend, does not necessarily mean that you can not have a Valentine and celebrate this special day. In fact, your children, your friends, anyone can qualify to be your Valentine. It’s about loving someone, not necessarily being “in love” with someone. And Valentine’s Day is a day to recognize that connection and spend some quality time together.

For more, see my articles Inexpensive Valentine’s Day Date Ideas, 5 Romantic Ideas for a Frugal Valentine’s Day and 5 More Ideas For a Frugal Valentine’s Day

Chocolate Stuffed French Toast

Chocolate Stuffed French Toast

1 loaf French bread
3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
5 eggs
1 1/3 cups milk
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon sugar

Preheat oven to 400°. Cut the French bread into 6 slices, each, 1 1/2 inches thick. Using a small, sharp knife, cut 2 inch long slits in one side of each bread slice, cutting 3/4 of the way through the bread, to create a pocket. Spoon heaping 2 tablespoons of chips into the pocket of each bread slice, press to close. Whisk together eggs, milk, cinnamon, vanilla, and sugar in medium bowl.
Spray a 13 x 9 inch baking pan with vegetable spray. Place filled slices into prepared baking pan. Pour egg mixture evenly over bread, carefully turn pieces over, spooning mixture in pan over top bread. Cover pan with plastic wrap, refrigerate several hours or overnight. Bake uncovered, 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer toast to plates. Serve with whipped cream and maple syrup if desired. This recipe can also be made using butterscotch, cinnamon, or toffee chips as well. Add what your imagination allows!

Chocolate Stuffed French Toast
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • 1 loaf French bread
  • ¾ cup milk chocolate chips
  • 5 eggs
  • 1⅓ cups milk
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Cut the French bread into 6 slices, each, 1½ inches thick. Using a small, sharp knife, cut 2 inch long slits in one side of each bread slice, cutting ¾ of the way through the bread, to create a pocket. Spoon heaping 2 tablespoons of chips into the pocket of each bread slice, press to close. Whisk together eggs, milk, cinnamon, vanilla, and sugar in medium bowl.
  2. Spray a 13 x 9 inch baking pan with vegetable spray. Place filled slices into prepared baking pan. Pour egg mixture evenly over bread, carefully turn pieces over, spooning mixture in pan over top bread. Cover pan with plastic wrap, refrigerate several hours or overnight. Bake uncovered, 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer toast to plates. Serve with whipped cream and maple syrup if desired. This recipe can also be made using butterscotch, cinnamon, or toffee chips as well. Add what your imagination allows!

 

 

Frugal Living Is a State Of Mind

To be a true frugal gal (or guy), it has to become a part of who you are. Not everyone is cut out for frugal living, and not everyone cares.
But if you do, you should be making it part of your lifestyle, a part of who you are.

There are dozens of ways to incorporate frugal living into your everyday life. It goes beyond cutting coupons and preparing food from scratch, and goes further into learning how to pay less for services you use continuously and organizing your household to keep things in order.

It’s knowing when to shop for the best deals, where to shop at particular times, and how to know the difference between spending money to save money, and spending money just to spend it.

Sometimes I think frugality is born inside of you. You just have to know where to reach down and pull it all the way out.

What are your thoughts?

Short Story Markets

I thought every so often I would add a list of great places to submit various genre’s and types of work to.

Here is a great list of Short Story Markets

Epoch
Cornell University
251 Goldwin Smith Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-3385 Ph
(607) 255-6661 Fx

This tri-annual literary journal accepts “well-written literary fiction, poetry, and personal essays”. They welcome newcomers. They would like to see more Southern fiction (southern U.S.)
Contact: Joseph Martin, senior editor
Terms: Pays $5 to $10/printed page on publication for first rights. Byline is given. Offers 100% kill fee.
Submissions: Send complete manuscript by mail. No simultaneous submissions.

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Zoetrope: All-Story
all-story.com
The Sentinel Bldg.,
916 Kearny Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 788-7500
info@all-story.com
This quarterly specializes in the best of contemporary short stories.
Accepts: Literary short stories and one-act plays.
Contact: Francis Ford Coppola, publisher; Michael Ray, editor
Terms: Pays $1,000 for first serial rights. Byline is given.
Submissions: Send complete manuscript by mail (does not accept submissions June 1 – August 31). Accepts simultaneous submissions.

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Boulevard
richardburgin.net/boulevard
6614 Clayton Road, PMB 325
Richmont Heights, MO 63117
(314) 862-2643 Ph
(314) 862-2983 Fx
This tri-annual covers fiction, poetry and essays.
Accepts: “Original creative work [of 8,000 words maximum] by well-known authors, as well as by writers of exciting promise.”
Contact: Richard Burgin, editor
Terms: Pays $20/page, minimum $150, on publication for first North American serial rights. Byline is given.
Submissions: Send complete manuscript by mail. Accepts simultaneous submissions.

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Glimmer Train
glimmertrain.com
Glimmer Train Press
1211 N.W. Glisan St., Suite 207
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 221-0836 Ph
(503) 221-0837 Fx
linda@glimmertrain.com
This quarterly of short literary fiction is accepting “well-written emotionally moving short stories” of up to 12,000 words.
Contact: Linda Swanson-Davies, co-editor
Terms: Pays $500 on acceptance for first rights. Byline is given.
Submissions: Submit via online form. Does not accept simultaneous submissions.

French Green Beans

French Green Beans

2 packages of frozen french style green beans
1 9 oz jar sliced mushrooms, drained
6 T. butter or margarine, melted
1/2 t. dried Rosemary, crushed
1/2 t. dried basil
Toasted sliver almonds, if desired

Cook green beans per package directions. Drain. Add mushrooms and keep warm. Combine butter, rosemary and basil. Drizzle over bean mixture and toss to coat. Sprinkle with almonds. Makes 4 servings. (we sprinkled with parmesan cheese! Yummy!)

Cheeseburger Pie Recipe

This recipe is super easy and quite delicious. Plus, when you are busy trying to feed your family on a budget, this is a great meal to make. It’s basically “from scratch” and allows you to stretch your meal dollars. It’s a centsable choice.

Cheeseburger Pie Recipe

1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
1/2 cup Original Bisquick® mix
1 cup milk
2 eggs

Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 9-inch glass pie plate with cooking spray. In 10-inch skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is brown; drain. Stir in salt. Spread in pie plate. Sprinkle with cheese. In small bowl, stir remaining ingredients with fork or wire whisk until blended. Pour into pie plate. Bake about 25 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): Bake 30 to 35 minutes.

A quick, wonderful weeknight meal!

There is a printable recipe below:

Cheeseburger Pie Recipe
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • 1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
  • ½ cup Original Bisquick® mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 9-inch glass pie plate with cooking spray. In 10-inch skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is brown; drain. Stir in salt. Spread in pie plate. Sprinkle with cheese. In small bowl, stir remaining ingredients with fork or wire whisk until blended. Pour into pie plate. Bake about 25 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): Bake 30 to 35 minutes.