Something quick and easy for dinner?

Working as a teacher full-time, I had to learn to multi-task.  That means that your brain is usually on overload!  As a mother and wife, I had to learn how to care for my children, complete all my paying job tasks for the day, keep track of everyone’s schedules and appointments, have a little time with my husband, and still plan for the evening meals and the next day’s activities.  Still there is time to feel guilty because you cannot get it all done like you want!  

That’s okay.  I had to learn to let go of being perfect at everything I did. No one can expect to do it all and do it perfectly.  And to my great surprise, no one did.  No one expected everything to be as perfect as I did.  Unfortunately, you can sometimes feel like your little perfect tasks go unnoticed.  But that’s okay, too!  We all do the best we can with what we have and what we know.  That’s all we can expect of ourselves.

The recipes that inspired this idea involved a lot of sauce from scratch (that’s great if you have the time), and this version is a quick and easy one that tastes great! This is my go-to “easy meal in a hurry with little planning”.

-Chicken thighs or strips, preferably boneless/skinless  (one or two per person)
-Smoked Paprika
-Your favorite BBQ from a bottle

Add a drizzle of olive oil (or vegetable oil) to your frying pan. Cover both sides of chicken with smoked paprika. Brown both sides of chicken for 2-3 minutes at medium heat to seal in the smokey flavor. Then reduce the heat to low and cover each piece of chicken with a couple of tablespoons of BBQ sauce (any flavor you like will work). Pour about 1/3 cup water in the pan to keep the sauce from burning. Cover with a lid and let the chicken simmer and finish cooking in the BBQ sauce. Turn chicken over about every 5 minutes and add a little sauce each time. After about 20 minutes, check chicken for doneness (white in the center, no pink, juice runs out is clear).

While the chicken is cooking on its own, you have time to get your side dishes together and maybe even say hi to your husband and kids! This method also works with country style ribs really well.

New Journey!

Starting out on a new journey is both exciting and a little scary, but here I go!

The Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr is one of my favorites, applying to many types of journeys.

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.”

My journey has taken me through my childhood, teenage years, young married and new parent phases, work and career choices, and now being a new grandparent!  Ups and downs are part of any journey, and I have been blessed to learn a few things along the way. 

Of course, I had to be open to learning them!  How to be a student, how to be a wife and mother, and how to conduct myself through my daily work are important things to know, but you have to learn them a little at a time.

I hope to share little things I’ve learned along the way! 

  • Old family recipes and new ways of cooking
  • Crafts and creations – Sewing, Cross stitch, Embroidery, Quilting, Scrapbooking, Cookbooks and Family Trees
  • Family and Parenting tips and ideas
  • Genealogy, Family Trees, and the importance of our families