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I have to admit to y’all that I am not a big fan of chicken. I mean, I like it, but I am always looking for a new way to make it so it’s more exciting. So please share recipes with me! I was searching Pinterest, as I try to do when I have time, and came across this delicious recipe. I had all the ingredients on hand, which is key for me. With our sweet baby, we aren’t always fully stocked in the kitchen because we are so busy with him. (And who wants to grocery shop when you can laugh with the sweetest four month old around?)
The recipe is really simple and we made it in record chicken-cooking time. Check it out here.
-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
-Salt and pepper (fresh ground or not)
-1/2 cup grated Parmesan, Pecorino, or Asiago cheese (I used the stuff from the jar.)
-1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
-3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
-2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley (I used the dried kind.)
-2 garlic cloves, chopped (I used minced garlic)
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a large pan with foil or spray a casserole dish. (I used a large pyrex dish.)
2. Season chicken with salt and pepper and place in prepared dish.
3. Combine cheese, panko, oil, parsley, and garlic in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Cover chicken with panko mixture. I made entirely too much to just “cover” my chicken breasts. It filled my whole pan. (I was trying to not have a few tablespoons of panko left in my box.)
5. Roast chicken until crumbs become golden brown. I covered the whole dish for the first 10 or 15 minutes, then removed foil and allowed crumbs to crisp. This was a very quick process.
The recipe I used from Bon Appetit added romaine to the mix and roasted it as well. Looks delicious, but I didn’t have that in my kitchen. We made some rice and veggies for the sides and it was delicious. I have to say the flavor and crispiness of the panko made this chicken delicious. I will definitely make this one again. It’s too easy!
Happy chicken eating. (That sounds kinda odd. Oh well!)
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 8,000 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.
I know we’ve been spotty with our posts lately, but I wanted to finally announce I had a baby boy on December 1st! He’s the most beautiful baby and we are so happy. We named him James, after my father. I’m sure he’s looking down on us smiling and will continue as James grows up. James was born a week and one day early, but we were excited to meet him. He weighed 8 lbs 11 oz and was 21.25 inches long.
With all that being said, I’ll probably lag a little bit in posts in the near future, but hopefully Sarah will have a few things to share with you. I still have a post or two pending so if I can finish the posts, you’ll have a few pre-baby crafts I completed.
Here’s a sneak peek at James’ little feet. 🙂
I know many of you follow Cut.Bake.Stitch because you love baking, sewing, quilting, crafting, and just all things homemade. We’ve let you down a little bit this year, or at least we’ve let ourselves down. We’re trying to get back into things. Don’t think we’ve forgotten about you. Sarah and I talk all the time about what we’re doing and how we should take pictures or need to do something that’s blog worthy. (I’ve cooked very uncreative foods lately.) We’re working on it and promise more posts in the near future.
Today’s post isn’t about crafting, or baking, or sewing. Today marks the one year anniversary of our father’s passing. I couldn’t imagine today before it actually made it here. I’m sure as I thought about where we would be or what we would be doing over the past year, I imagined this day to be all sorts of things. I’m sure it changed as I went through the roller coaster of emotions the past year took us on.
Unfortunately, I know a lot of people who lost a loved one or friend to cancer recently, and while I haven’t sat down to talk to any of them about their emotional roller coaster, I can only imagine we’ve all experienced something similar. It’s a tough journey losing a loved one or fighting cancer. I would also like to note that I know a lot of people who have overcome cancer and are doing great today. I am so glad cancer doesn’t take away everyone who is touched by it. I feel a strong bond to those who have touched cancer either personally or through a loved one.
I have daily reminders in my life of my father, and I smile as much as I can when I think of him. Our mom gave us each a watch of our dad’s for Christmas last year. It was the most beautiful gift I could’ve ever received. I wear my dad’s watch everyday. My sister gave me a necklace with a little silver angel on it. That’s my dad. I wear him around my neck everyday. I feel stronger and more confident because I have him so close to me. Music remind me of my dad. He loved music, and shared it with us from a young age. Proud Mary is the clear cut song that reminds us all of daddy, but I have a few others that either make me laugh and think of him or cry and think of him. (I’m one of those people who listens to sad music when I’m sad, or watches heartbreaking movies when I’m sad. My husband doesn’t understand it. I wallow in my sadness. I find it healthy for me. Wallowing is therapy.)
I don’t know where your life has taken you over the past year, but I hope you take a moment to reflect back over the past 365 days and what you’ve done, what those around you have done, and what life is like today. For me, I don’t feel too different from a year ago today, though it’s harder to see from the inside. I mean, I feel different in that I miss my dad everyday, and I know there have been some big and small changes in life, mostly for the better. We have new babies either already blessing our family or soon to be, we are a closer and stronger family, and my friends are stronger than ever. I feel like I really know what’s most important to me, and of course I still feel like I have so much to learn and so much to grow. Of course the past year has held its fair share of breakdowns, tears, questions, and hugs. I’m sure the next year will have more of the same, maybe not as many, or maybe not at the same time, but this is a long, never-ending process. We’ll always miss him, mourn him, talk to him, and need each other, grow together, and share stories. I cannot wait to tell my baby about their grandpa. [It’s times like this I get the saddest. As I write about my babies not physically knowing their grandpa, I cry. We were lucky kids and knew all of our grandparents until we were adults. We still have grandparents alive. My children won’t ever have that, and that’s ok, but it’s hard for me, in this moment.]
I can only feel blessed to have had a father as wonderful as our dad. A friend of ours lost his mother a few years back. On the anniversary of her passing every year, he simply asks everyone to hug those they love, and tell them they are loved. That speaks volumes to me. I feel so lucky to have gotten to spend so much time with my father as an adult, though it will never have been enough time. I told him I love him, and I still do today. It’s important.
Tell those you truly love how much you love them today and everyday.
Thank you for being such loyal followers, through our ups and downs, our diligence and our slacking. We love you for loving us.
I wanted to share some big news with you regarding a big milestone in David and my life:
We are so excited and can hardly contain ourselves! But I hope that provides a decent reason for my lack of blogging. I have unfortunately been sick continuously and am exhausted and am at 14 weeks (for those of you not down with baby terminology, things are supposed to be on the up and up between 12-13 weeks AKA the end of the first trimester)!
I’m going to try to pick back up on blogging because I really miss you guys.
I have been MIA, I know. I have no excuse. But today, I want to drag Mother’s Day out one more day and share some words about my sweet mother. Side note: I haven’t been at the top of my game in composition recently, so bear with me as I try to articulate my thoughts.
Those of you who know me personally have most likely met my mother. She is a shining ray of sunlight that lights up every room she enters. I have yet to meet a person who didn’t just love my mother the moment their smiles met! For me, she has always been the guiding force in my life. “Mom knows best” is a phrase I’ve always held close to me. If mom thought something, she was almost ALWAYS right. If she didn’t like someone, they were probably bad news.
My mom has always been the one to hold our family together. She cherishes each one of us beyond limits. And we cherish her the same. Her past year has been the hardest, as you probably know, but she remains the center of our world. A guide, a friend, a sweet hug, or sweet kisses.
This post hardly even scratches the surface of how important my mom is to our family. She deserves the world and we hope we make her proud everyday!
To all the other mothers and mothers-to-be in my life, you are really something special too. A friend posted yesterday and commented how much she loved seeing everyone say their mama was the best because that’s the way it should be, and I completely agree! You are the best and I hope you know it!
Happy Mother’s Day, ladies.
ps. I made my mother’s day gift so I’ll try to blog about it Thursday!