Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Oktoberfest Cravings Satisfied

My son was volunteering for a charity and their booth was at an Oktoberfest fair.  All the super tasty smells that were filling the air was driving me nuts.  I didn't buy anything that on Saturday but decided I would try and make something myself. I whipped up a batch of chicken schnitzel...something I have never made. 

 Have a look and tell me what you think.

 It gets four stars from the Sargent family even my picky son thought it was great.  I got this recipe from Bon Appetit. Here is a link to their website:  BON APPETIT

Chicken Schnitzel INGREDIENTS

 • 4 4-ounce skinless, boneless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/8-inch thickness
 • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
 • 1 cup all-purpose flour (for dredging)
 • 2 large eggs
 • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
 • 2 cups (or more) whole wheat (or regular) panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
 • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
 • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
 • Chopped flat-leaf parsley
 • Lemon wedges

 • • Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Place flour on a plate. Beat eggs and Dijon mustard to blend in a shallow baking dish. Place 1 cup panko in another shallow baking dish, adding remaining 1 cup panko, or more, to dish as needed throughout process. Working with 1 chicken breast at a time, dredge in flour, shaking off excess, then dip into egg mixture, turning to coat evenly; carefully coat with panko, pressing panko gently to adhere to chicken. Transfer chicken to prepared baking sheet.
 • Heat 1 Tbsp. oil and 1 Tbsp. butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat (pan should be large enough to hold 2 breasts) Add 2 chicken breasts to skillet and cook until golden brown on both sides, 8-10 minutes. (I actually had to do them one at a time since that was all that would fit in the pan.) 

Transfer chicken breasts to a paper towel-lined plate and season with salt. Add remaining 1 Tbsp. oil and 1 Tbsp. butter to skillet and repeat with remaining chicken breasts. Transfer chicken breasts to plates and garnish each with parsley and a lemon wedge.

 • RECIPE BY Jeanne Kelley

 I served it with new potatoes and roasted garlic...not very Austrian I guess but it all tasted fabulous!!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sorry its been awhile

My first Summer here in Florida did not go well.  The heat and humidity was so oppressive that I just didn't have the energy for anything.  Even when I took the dogs out first thing in the morning (even before the sun rose) the heat and humidity was miserable even the dogs didn't want to play and only half halfheartedly chased after the squirrels invading our yard.

My garden didn't do so well either the bugs got the squash and the watermelon. I didn't want to spray bug killer because of the toads I had living there  I was hoping they would get the bugs before the bugs did too much damage but no luck.

 I had lots of flowers on my tomatoes and peppers but no visits from the bees.  My sweet potatoes are the only thing that seem to be thriving  I cant wait to dig them up to see what I get.

Now I am working as a substitute teacher which is a lot of fun but not exactly steady work and I am debating on taking an evening job to keep the cash rolling in.

Even the arrival of my favorite squash in the market didn't lift my funk ... yes even my fall favorite the pumpkin failed to cheer me up.

Fortunately the last two days have been wonderfully cool ... I was even able to leave my windows open all day yesterday.... It was fabulous...  If the weather was like that more often I could understand why people would want to retire here.  You can hang out in an air conditioned building anywhere but here it feels like you are trapped.  I didn't even take my daily walks and I could actually feel myself become more lethargic.

However now that my Hubby has retired from the Military, we are here to stay!  That being said it is time for me to shake off the funk and start looking for things I like about my new home.  This will be my last complaint about Florida.  I will find things I enjoy about living here if it Kills me lol!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Let Mother Nature do the Heavy Work

We went to Home Depot or Lowes garden centers to find out the best way to get some grass growing in our yard we got tons of sand here. What we found out is because this and we would have to buy tons of topsoil in Sod to get grass to grow here. Since this is where we are going to be staying we decided to take the long view. 

Here outside my garage where the leaves have been piling up for who knows how long there is some nice rich soil underneath. How do i know its good soil it is loaded with earth worms.

 We have tons of trees here the leaves are everywhere so instead of bagging them up and having them hauled away we are moving them into the rest of the yard where the sand is taking over. 

So now when I mow the yard to keep the weeds in check  I also mulch up the leaves which will eventually turn into nice rich soil. The cost nothing but some nice hard work that I was going to do anyway.

Friday, June 13, 2014

How do you know a Company is Evil

When they do everything in their power to keep you from knowing about them.

Food industry groups sue to block Vermont's GMOs labeling law

Lawsuit challenges Vermont's GMO labeling law

Second Lawsuit Filed Against County’s Anti-GMO Law

Makes you wonder what they are trying to hide that the are willing to sue a state for giving consumers what they asked for.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Guardians of the Garden

We were cleaning up the back yard this weekend and I managed to snap a few photos of some of the gardens best friends. I didn't get a shot of the garter snake that jumped out and scared the crap outta me he was just too fast.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Now for the rest of the yard

The garden is going great.
Now what to do with the rest of the yard?

 The yard is a big sandy mess that I'm not sure what we are going to do with.  I would like some grass and a dog run to keep the "mess" in one area for easy clean up.  I was thinking of setting up a volley ball net in the the middle and keep the sand in that area to give the kids something to do outside.  We still have our cheap Toys R Us pool to set up and see if it survived being taking apart and moved.

And one of the problems with buying a house online if you never get the chance ask the previous owners about things you find around the house. For example what the heck are all these water pipes for and why don't they work? We found a timer for don't know if it's actually connected to them.  The water pipes actually worked once.
  The hubby has started digging up around them to try and figure them out but I think thats gonna take a while since we only have 2 days a week off and they're not the same days.   The one day we all have off at the same time we try to spend doing family stuff.  There always seems to be other things to do on the other days off but I guess if this is where we're going to retire here we're going to have to get it done.

Where is yard crashers when you need them lol

Friday, April 25, 2014

Looks like we are going to have some Yard Babies

I wanted to get closer but didn't want to disturb mama.  I hope you can see her ...she is a Morning Dove.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day Everyone. 
I finally got around to getting my garden growing.  Now if I can just keep the squirrels out!
With all the sand in the backyard I decided to go with a raised bed .... and of course my earthboxes for my tomatoes and peppers.  They grow really well in the earth boxes because of the water storage space at the bottom making sure they have plenty.  Since I am starting late and have had absolutely no luck growing my own... I bought some seedlings of the plants I have no problem growing.  That would be tomatoes, peppers, squash and cucumbers.  I planted some seeds for corn, watermelon, beans and peas.  I thought I had pumpkin seeds but couldn't find them.   If I have good luck with this garden I want to build two more so I can keep crops growing and getting ripe for the whole season.  
With these smaller boxes I will be able to build a quick cold frame around them and grow longer.