Comfort Food and Bath Fun!

11 Jan

**I am having difficulties with this blog tonight and have redone it several times.  This time You are pretty much getting the recipes with the pics, because, frankly, I just don’t want to do it AGAIN!  Sorry!**

Tonight was a bit of an experiment for me.  We never fry anything here.  Wait, don’t get the wrong impression, it is not for health reasons.  We eat tons of fried foods out – cheese sticks, pickles, fries, wings, mini tacos…I could go on and on.  But at home, we don’t fry anything.  Jerry and I stopped using a deep fryer about 8 years ago, because we were frying everything in sight.  And, every time I try to fry anything in a pan, I usually burn it.  Soooo, therefore no fried food is actually prepared here.

So, that being said, there was no way to predict how dinner was going to turn out. 

Menu: Chicken Nuggets, Bacon-wrapped potatoes and applesauce

Chicken Nuggets (from http://www.mynameissnickerdoodle.com/2011/03/fabulous-food-friday-79.html)

Ingredients

2 skinless and boneless chicken breasts (I used 5 skinless/boneless chicken tenders)
1 cup milk
1 egg
1 1/4 cups flour
2 TBSP powdered sugar
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
peanut oil (is best) or canola oil

Directions

In a medium bowl whisk the egg and stir in the milk.

Cube chicken into bite size pieces.

 Place chicken in milk mixture,and cover. Let it ‘marinate’ for 2-4 hours in the fridge. This will make the chicken very nice and tender.

In a gallon size resealable baggie combine flour, powdered sugar, salt and pepper. Seal and shake to combine.

Place about 2 inches of oil in a medium deep pot. Over medium high heat (more towards the high side) heat oil until hot. If using a thermometer let the temperature reach 375°.  

Using a fork or tongs remove cut chicken from milk mixture and place in the flour mixture. Seal and shake until nuggets are completely coated.

Place about a 6-8 nuggets into hot oil and let them cook until golden brown, turning half way through once the edge of your chicken starts to turn white. About 1 minute each side. Always double check to see if any chicken you make is cooked through

 

Bacon Wrapped Potatoes ( I combined two recipes here)

  • 1 russet potato, cut into 1 inch pieces
  •  5 tbsp. vegetable, canola or peanut oil, divided
  • ¾ tsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 4 slices of bacon

Preheat the oven to 475˚ F. Place the potatoes in a large mixing bowl. Cover with hot water; soak for 10-30 minutes. Put 4 tablespoons of the oil onto a heavy, rimmed baking sheet. Tilt the sheet side to side to evenly coat the pan with oil (a pastry brush can also help with this). Sprinkle the pan evenly with the salt and pepper. Set aside.

Drain the potatoes. Spread the wedges out on layers of paper towels or on clean kitchen towels. Pat dry with additional towels. Wipe out the now empty bowl so it is dry. Return the potatoes to the bowl and toss with the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Arrange the potatoes on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 5 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake for minutes.. Using a metal spatula and tongs, flip each potato wedge keeping them in a single layer. Continue baking for 5 minutes.

While potatoes are baking, slice bacon into thirds.  Then slice each third in half length wise.

Remove potatoes from oven and lower heat to 400.

Wrap potatoes with bacon strip and secure with toothpick.  Place back in the oven for 16 minutes.

   

 

Abbreviated version…chicken was a Yummy hit!  My daughter who never eats ate 6 of them!  The fatty, artery clogging potatoes also a huge hit – the kids couldn’t get enough.  My PIA older kids who love apple juice and apples apparently can’t stomach apple sauce.  I think they have freaking lost their minds and just need something to complain about every night!

Craft time/Bath time!!

Tonight we made bath tub paint.

All you need is shaving cream, muffin tins and food coloring.  Fill each tin with the shaving cream, mix in the colors of your choice and VOILA – easiest bath tub paint on earth. 

       

My kids are bath freaks, just like me, and would take 4 baths a day if I would let them.  So a fun bath time project brought on lots of cheers.  I had Jerry pick up two small paint brushes at Target today for them to use, but Kennedy used her fingers too.    The kids LOVED this one and made obnoxious creations all over the walls, but it was fun for them and that’s all that matters!

     

A quick note, when they put the brush in the water to wash off one color, make sure they squeeze out the excess water before placing back into another color.  The water drips ruins the color of the paint in the tins.

Also, if you are a super clean freak, this may not be the activity for you.  Even thought it’s just shaving cream and food coloring, the bath water looks more like lake water after a bit!  Kind of gross!  But it came off of the walls very easily with just a wipe down with a wash rag!

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