Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Jono, Carly and I went to the dentist today. It was Jono's first time there and he did really well. I was really proud of him. Carly actually got her teeth cleaned. This was her second time and she really looked forward to going. I'm pretty sure it was for the prize at the end. Turns out she got several prizes. She considers the new toothbrush and toothpaste prizes as well! Also, they gave her this cool little sand timer with pink sand that tells her exactly how long to brush her teeth. She thinks that is the neatest thing in the whole world! I was really surpised at how smooth the whole visit went. We took big sister Julie with us to help since I was getting my teeth cleaned too. She is always a big help to us. Everyone is still a bit under the weather here. Doing better than before but not well. Lots of coughing still going on. So far Grandma and Grandpa haven't caught it and we are hoping they don't. Rob got home a bit early tonight and just fell in bed. Poor guy. He has a really busy week, plus we have his Aunt's viewing and funeral the next couple of days. I made a really yummy dinner tonight. I found a really good recipe on Pinterest for Sweet and Sour Chicken. I improvised a little and put it in the crockpot and then served it over rice. Everyone loved it. That always makes me happy. In case anyone wants to try it, I will print it below. It was really easy and again--YUMMY! SWEET AND SOUR CHICKEN This Recipe is from the Lion House. It is so delicious, and super simple to prepare. There are two versions below--the second one is a quicker version. I actually used the second version but altered it even more by putting it in the crockpot! It worked perfect--except at the end I did need to use more cornstarch to thicken it. YOU WILL NEED: 6-8 Chicken Breasts, Soy sauce, Chicken Broth, Cornstarch, Vinegar, Ketchup Garlic Salt, Pepper, Sugar, MIX THESE INGREDIENTS INTO A MED. SIZE BOWL: 2 teaspoon garlic salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 beaten egg 4 to six tablespoons cornstarch or flour 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 cup vinegar 1 cup chicken Broth 7 tablespoons ketchup 2 tablespoon soy sauce 7 to 8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts Sprinkle chicken with garlic salt & pepper. Let stand for 5-10 minutes. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. 1st Version: Dip chicken in beaten egg, then in cornstarch or flour. (cornstarch makes chicken crispier). Brown in hot oil. Place in baking dish. Cover with the following sauce: Mix sugar, vinegar, chicken stock, catsup, and soy sauce in medium bowl. Pour over chicken. Bake uncovered for 1 1/2 hours. Turn chicken once or twice. 2nd Faster, easier version – When time is limited Same recipe as above, only eliminate frying your chicken, and add 3 large tablespoons cornstarch to the above sauce recipe. Layer raw chicken breasts in glass dish (9×13). Mix all sauce ingredients in bowl, (plus 3 TBSP corn starch) with wire wisk. Pour directly over chicken breasts. Bake uncovered at 325 for about 1 1/2 hours, or until sauce is thick and dark in color. So Easy, and so good! This dish is great for company. Leftovers are wonderful.The sauce will thicken & the color of the sauce will darken greatly. It will be similar to thick barbeque sauce. The chicken needs to be (fall apart) tender! Serve this over rice, or potatoes or on Soft flour taco shells.

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