Weekend Things – Recipe: Lemon Thyme Mushroom Chicken

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It seems that the bulk of our family entertainment comes during the weekend because the weekdays consist of work, school, soccer, therapy sessions, housework, etc.  Not that all of that is not entertaining, but we are not always together as a family when we are doing it.

Here are a few highlights from this weekend:

1.  We have a lot of squirrels in our yard.  And, they constantly entertain us.  As we were sitting in the sun room Friday evening, watching the kids play, we look over and see a squirrel doing his best acrobatic moves, stretching from the tree to the bird feeder.

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Then, later, he was holding onto a different bird feeder for dear life while he ate.

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We quietly got Ethan’s attention, and then he whispered, “Ya-ya (what he calls Summer), Bubba, come here!”, as he was pointing at the squirrel.

It was a dual family moment.  Hearing Ethan really communicate and watching the squirrels were both priceless.

2.  Pizza and movie night on Friday night.  We watched Hop, which was very cute, and we ate pizza.  I make personal pizzas for everyone so that we all get exactly what we want – Pepperoni and Jalapeno for Gabriel, Cheese for Ethan, Breadsticks for Summer, Buffalo Chicken for Sean, and Pepperoni with Olives, Mushrooms, and Jalapenos for me.  We love pizza and movie night.  Love it.

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3.  The only bad thing about pizza and movie night on Friday was that Ethan got sick.  I knew that he was not feeling well, so I snuggled him in our bed with a cartoon after his bath.  When it was time to eat, he went to the couch and grabbed his head.  I got the thermometer, and he had a slight fever.  By the time we finished eating, his temp was 101.4.  We covered him up, snuggled with him, and finished the movie.  As soon as it was over, I made a pallet for him in our room, and he was in dreamland within minutes.  Bless his heart.  We have definitely had our share of illnesses this year.

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4.  Gabriel had soccer on Saturday.  While it is normally a family outing, I needed to stay home with Ethan.  And, Summer chose to stay home with us, too.  Sean texted me updates.  I could not decide if I should jump up and down or cry when I received the “Gabriel scores!” text.  I was so proud of my boy but so sad that I missed it.  I know that, as moms, we cannot always be everywhere.  But, it sure is hard to miss special moments like my oldest boy jumping up and down after scoring a goal for his team.

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5.  As I have been talking about for a couple of months, we are in the process of beautifying our yard.  It is a big yard, so it is definitely something that we are working on in phases.  This weekend, we continued digging out flower beds, weeds, and grass in order to landscape around the house.  We dug, we mulched, and we placed borders.  Next weekend we shall go shopping for the bushes and flowers.

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5.  What is better than one movie night a week?  Two movie nights.  After doing yard work during the afternoon, we needed a lazy night.  So, we watched The Muppets on Sunday night.  I did not think that it would make me cry.  But, it totally did.  What a sweet, sweet movie!

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6.  Oh, and I also made some yummy food this weekend, which I will be blogging about this week.

I made these amazing brownies.

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This lemon pepper shrimp over greens.

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These chewy granola bars.

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And, this lemon thyme mushroom chicken.  I found the original recipe over at Annie’s Eats.  I have already expressed my profound love of Annie’s blog and her recipes.  She is truly amazing.  So, when I saw this recipe last week, and I just happened to be in the middle of menu planning and making my grocery list, I knew that it was destiny that I make her Lemon Thyme Chicken.  And, let me just say, we were not disappointed.  It was absolutely delicious.

Lemon Thyme Mushroom Chicken

 Lemon Thyme Mushroom Chicken

Ingredients

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Kosher salt

Ground pepper

½ cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, minced

½ cup dry white wine

¾ cup chicken broth

1 lemon, juiced

3 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  1. Season both sides of each chicken breast with salt and pepper.
  2. Place the flour in a shallow bowl, and dredge the chicken pieces in the flour.
  3. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
  4. Add the chicken breasts to the pan, place the lid on the pan, cook until lightly golden, and then flip to the other side to continue cooking.
  5. Remove the chicken pieces to a plate.
  6. Add the garlic and thyme leaves to the pan and sauté for about1 minute.
  7. Remove the skillet from the heat, and add the wine to the pan, scraping the bottom of the pan to loosen any browned bits.
  8. Return the pan to the heat, add the mushrooms, and bring the liquid to a simmer.
  9. Stir in the chicken broth and cook for about 5 minutes.
  10. Add the lemon juice and butter, and whisk until completely melted.
  11. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  12. Spoon the sauce over the chicken, and serve.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/03/26/weekend-things-recipe-lemon-thyme-mushroom-chicken/

Enjoy!

I am linking up at the following:

A Southern Fairytale

Add a Pinch for Mingle Monday

Happiness Is…Recipe – Lemon Cream Cheese Pancakes with Lemon Glaze

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Happiness is Spring Break!  I had a little surgery last year during spring break, and it took me out of commission for six weeks.  I am so excited to make up for that lost time this year because whether it is a quite week at home, a vacation, or several little trips to fun places, Spring Break absolutely rocks! Photobucket Happiness is family day.  We are having a family date today, and I cannot wait to share the day with my favorite people. Photobucket Happiness is having an amazing mom who helped us out so much last weekend with the stomach virus birthday party. Photobucket Happiness is having a sister who took off work to help me out yesterday.  Yes, sometimes it does take a village. Photobucket Happiness is pancakes.  I have already expressed how much I love pancakes and have several pancakes on this new little blog of mine.  This week, I was craving some spring-like flavors, and I decided to make these Lemon Cream Cheese Pancakes with Lemon Glaze.  One bite of these pancakes brought an instant smile to my face.  Happiness is definitely lemon, cream cheese, and pancakes….and Spring Break! Pin It

Lemon Cream Cheese Pancakes with Lemon Glaze

Lemon Cream Cheese Pancakes with Lemon Glaze

Ingredients

For the Pancakes

3/4 cup buttermilk

3 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg, slightly beaten

1/4 cup sugar

2 ounces cream cheese

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 1/4 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

For the Glaze

4 ounces cream cheese

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup sugar

2 tablespoons whipping cream

2 tablespoons milk

Instructions

    Preparing the Pancake Batter
  1. Add the butter to a large mixing bowl, and melt it in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
  2. Remove it from the microwave, and add the egg and vanilla.
  3. Slowly whisk in the buttermilk.
  4. Break up the cream cheese, and mix it in with the lemon juice. There will be small chunks of cream cheese in the pancakes, and that is perfect.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix together the sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  6. Add the flour mixture to the buttermilk mixture, and stir to combine.
  7. Preparing the Glaze
  8. In a mixer, mix together the cream cheese and lemon juice.
  9. Add the sugar, and continue to mix together until smooth.
  10. Pour in the whipping cream and milk, mixing together until creamy.
  11. If the glaze is not pourable at this point, add more milk until it is.
  12. Cooking the Pancakes
  13. Preheat the griddle to 375.
  14. Using a small ladle, add about 1/4 cup of the pancake mixture to the griddle, one scoop at a time. I usually cook about 6 at a time on my griddle.
  15. Cook for about 3-4 minutes, until it starts to bubble a little, and then flip.
  16. Cook on that side for about 2-3 minutes, and then move from the griddle to a plate.
  17. Continue until all of the mixture has been used. This recipe makes about 10-12 medium-sized pancakes.
  18. Putting it All Together
  19. Place pancakes on a plate.
  20. Add up to three pancakes to create a small stack.
  21. Pour the glaze onto the top of the stack, allowing it to run down the sides.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/03/09/happiness-is-recipe-lemon-cream-cheese-pancakes-with-lemon-glaze/

Have a happy weekend!

I’m linking with the following:

Tidy Mom for I’m Lovin’ It

Alli ‘n Sons for Sweet Tooth Friday

Eat 2 Gather for Meals 4 Sharing

Jennifer Cooks for Fusion Friday

Simply Sweet Home for Friday Favorites

30 Days for Pity Party

Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday

Whipperberry for Friday Flair

Dwell on Joy for Dwell on Friday

Mom Trends for Friday Food

Six Sisters’ Stuff for Strut Your Stuff Saturday

 

My Big Sister – Recipe: Mamaw’s Lemon Pie

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My big sister is more than just a sister.  She is one of my best friends.

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She is more than just a friend.  She is a an amazing aunt to my littles, a second mom when they are at school.

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She started learning to be a mom because she had me for a shy, little sister.  She did everything for me…including ordering for me at Dairy Queen.

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Even when she stopped ordering for me at Dairy Queen, she still always remained by my side, supporting me, encouraging me, and loving me.

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When God created sisters, I am pretty sure that He used her as the model.  Because she is everything that I could have asked for in a big sister and more.

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I count my blessings every single day that she is mine.

Happy Birthday, Darla!  Thank you for being you.  I love you very much!

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I am cooking dinner for Darla’s family tonight to celebrate her birthday.  She requested Asian meatballs.  When I asked her about dessert, she just said, “No chocolate.”  So, I decided on two different pies – Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie and Mamaw’s Lemon Pie.  Because, everyone needs at least two desserts to celebrate a special birthday.

Mamaw’s Lemon Pie

Mamaw’s Lemon Pie

This recipe has been in our family since before I was born. Our mamaw, my mother's mom, made it frequently for family gatherings, and it was always a hit.

Ingredients

Pie Filling

1 14 ounce can condensed milk

3 egg yolks

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

Crust

1/2 cup crushed graham crackers

2 tablespoons sugar

1/4 cup melted butter

Instructions

    Preparing the Filling
  1. Add the condensed milk to the mixer.
  2. Blend in the egg yolks.
  3. Pour in the vanilla.
  4. Slowly add the lemon juice, and blend until combined.
  5. Preparing the Pie Crust
  6. Mix together the graham crackers, butter, and sugar.
  7. Putting Together the Pie
  8. Press the graham crackers into the bottom of a cupcake liner. You can also do the same thing using a regular sized pie plate. I just decided to do mini ones today.
  9. Pour some filling on top of the graham cracker crust.
  10. Sprinkle additional graham cracker crust crumbs on to the top.
  11. Repeat with all of the cupcake liners. I was able to make 10.
  12. Refrigerate for at least two hours.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/02/23/my-big-sister-recipe-mamaws-lemon-pie/

Enjoy!

I shared this recipe at Jennifer Cooks, Something Swanky, It’s a Keeper, Fireflies and Jellybeans, A Little Nosh and Mom Trends.