Teriyaki Chicken Fried Rice

“Cooking is the art of adjustment.” – Jacques Pepin

Dave makes a mean fried rice, and the boys just love it. I must admit that until he made it for us, I’d never tried to. Not for any particular reason, it just wasn’t on my radar. Dave cooks on Thursday nights, and the boys always get excited at what new menu item he will conjure up for them! 

Here’s his recipe, enjoy friends.

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Ingredients: Yields approximately 10 cups of finished product. You can cut this recipe in half easily.

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1- 12 ounce bottle of Lawry’s Teriyaki with Pineapple Juice Marinade

4 cups of cooked rice of your choice. In today’s recipe I am using brown

¼ Soy Sauce- I use Braggs Amino low sodium

2 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil

3 large eggs, beaten

1 small red onion, diced

2 cloves of fresh garlic, minced OR 2 tsp jarred

Non-stick spray

Other items you can add: Add ½ to 1 cup of each:

  • Broccoli flowerettes
  • Snow Peas or Sugar Pea pods
  • Scallions
  • Baby corn
  • Carrots
  • Bamboo Shoots

1. Wash and pat dry each chicken breast.

2. Place the entire bottle of marinade into a sealable plastic storage bag; place all 4 chicken breasts in the bag; seal bag and blend until breasts look well coated; lay bag down in a 9 x 13 x 2 inch baking dish and refrigerate for 30 minutes, rotating and smooshing at 15 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

3. Remove chicken breasts carefully from the bag and place side by side in the baking dish; bake for 25 minutes; remove from oven and flip the breasts; place back in the oven and bake for an additional 20 minutes; Check for doneness.

4. You will know the chicken is done when the juices run clear and there is no pink in the center; remove from the oven onto a cooling rack and let cool for about 10 minutes; cut into bite sized chunks in the baking dish so the meat will absorb any remaining broth/marinade.

5. While the chicken is baking, cook your rice according to package instructions to have a finished product totaling 4 to 5 cups of rice.

PRO TIP: Use Chicken Broth for the liquid when cooking rice. This will give the rice a much richer flavor.

PRO TIP: When checking for doneness, cut the thickest end of the breast to see if there is any pink in the middle. Use this technique if you don’t have a meat thermometer.

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Preparing the Fried Rice:

In a large electric skillet or wok add the oil, onion, and garlic; sauté for about 5 minutes on medium heat stirring occasionally; in a bowl beat eggs; move onions & garlic over to one side of the skillet; pour eggs on the other side and fry like you are making scrambled eggs; when done, blend together.

Next add the chicken and mix thoroughly, and serve immediately.

Next add the rice and soy sauce; blend well and fry stirring for about 5 minutes.

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Organization 101 Day 11: Room by Room Organization~ The Bedroom, Closet & Bath

“One of the core organizing principles of my life is that success comes through a delicate balance between making things happen and letting things happen.”— Robin Sharma

Here we are at day 11 of my Organization 101 Series! What a fun time it’s been filled with new ideas & old ones revamped.  I am going to touch on how to organize your bedroom & bathrooms today. 

If you missed last week’s post on Room by Room Organization: The Living or Family Room, you can read that HERE.

Many of the topics I discuss in this series I learned from an incredible lady named Marla Cilley, A.K.A. The Flylady. Her book, “Sink Relections” taught me how to incorporate all these lessons, and to develop many of my own!0

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Below are photo’s of my bedroom & closet.


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Podcast with Lincoln Stone Paper, Tamara Lincoln Founder & CEO

Let’s talk about the earth & saving the trees!

Join me today as I chat it up with Tamara Lincoln, Founder & CEO of Lincoln Stone Paper Company! Learn how she uses & developed a sustainable way to manufacture paper without tree pulp! Lincoln Stone Paper notebooks are waterproof, water-free, and tree-free! 

Tamara shares her touching story of how & why she started her publishing company!
Her story will possibly move you, a curious entrepreneur to take that leap of faith into starting your own business. Her testimony will stimulate you to take that leap of faith.

Tamara Lincoln is a Christian, wife, mother, and community servant raised in Detroit and Highland Park, Michigan. She developed her line of notebooks to help others take the stresses of life and help encourage them to jot them down without the worry of them being destroyed or ruined by unfortunate situations including both our kids & possible spills.

She uses her notebooks to write and draw in order to help cope with life’s situation as they present themselves. After awhile she noticed her notebooks would deteriorate fast, and it became costly and a hassle. She wanted a notebook that would be durable and efficient. .. and that is how she created her stone paper notebooks. 

Lincoln Stone Paper’s vision is to create change in the pulp paper industry, raise the bar in the industry, and make a difference in our community. We dream to become the leading stationary supplier across many and previously unsought markets across the world.

Lincoln Stone Paper’s mission is to create change in the pulp paper industry and to save the trees with one stone at a time and improve sustainability by leaving a greener print on our planet.

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Happy Day,
Jean


Organization 101 Day 10: Room by Room Organization~ Let’s talk about your Family or Living Room!

“There is nothing more calming than an organized home.”— Unknown

In my previous post on Room by Room Organization~ The Kitchen and Pantry, I mentioned the kitchen is the heart of the home. I genuinely believe that, however the living room or family room is where snuggles and relaxation happen. 

After a long day at work or school, then home to prepare or help with dinner it feels mighty good to just flop down on a comfy couch or oversized chair and just take a deep breath… relaxation.

Some of you may have young kids, some of you may be single, some of you may be in the golden years of your life… either way, that flop just feels pretty dang good some days!

My Living Room

The living or family room, whichever you call it says a lot about the character and style of the homeowner(s). Is your decorating style shabby chic, modern, eclectic, industrial, farmhouse, or something else? The style will inevitably dictate the type of accents you use.

My family this holiday season! Where is Frankie!!!!

My style is a mix between Industrial & Farm House. I love the metal & wood features the Industrial style offers. I also adore enamelware and cozy fabrics. I also love botanicals & birds… so,  I think I pull it together fairly well. Wallpaper coming back into style didn’t hurt my feelings either lol! Don’t hate me, but my house has a couple and I actually loved them, so I kept them. 

1. Extra blankets are always a nice touch! I mean can you really have too many blankets LOL!!! I keep about six in a cute tote rolled up tucked away in a corner.

No matter what your style is and how you incorporate it into your home, it is a reflection of what is appealing to your eye and soul. They say the eyes are a mirror into a person’s soul, well I think the home can be this as well.

2. Bookshelves hold decorative elements and books too 😀 I like to showcase special items in mine. Balance is the key.

The family room is the cozy spot in the home where each member can curl up with a good book, or share & talk about stuff.

3. Fireplace mantel in my living room holds several Apothecary bottles that match my decor. I collect these wonderful treasures and have them scattered in just about every room in my home.

“Being organized is really important in a fast-paced life while we have no time to deal with clutter. Be it physical or emotional clutter, it tends to make us sad and depressed or frustrated.” Julie Hage LifeOrganizing

I like my living room to be tidy. Here are some Walk Through tips for the Living Room:

  1. At the end of the day make sure all the throw pillows on the couch are neat and where they should be.
  2. Put any blankets away folded neatly and put back in the basket.
  3. Make sure there are no dirty glasses or plates left from snacks.
  4. If you have kids, then be sure to have them help you with this. Remember the Walk Through? Bag & basket in hand!  The concept is very simple to apply and it is one that my children completely understand. The walk through is simply going through a room and picking up AND putting away everything that is out of its place. If you need a reminder or missed that post, click HERE to read!
  5. Tidy any items that may have been knocked out of place in the room. 

Many of the topics I discuss in this series I learned from an incredible lady named Marla Cilley, A.K.A. The Flylady. Her book, “Sink Relections” taught me how to incorporate all these lessons.

Keep posted for the next in the series as we look at Room by Room Organization Bedroom & Closets!

If you missed my last post on Room by Room Organization~ The Kitchen & Pantry, click HERE to read Part 1 and HERE to listen to Part 2 at my Podcast.
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Easy No-yeast Cheesy Popovers!

“Cooking is simply a huge and often very fun puzzle of piecing together techniques with different ingredients. Once you know your basics, the world is your oyster (or your clam, your chicken thigh, block of tofu—whatever makes you happy).” – Julia Turshen

I thought this quote was perfect for today’s recipe! You can interchange ingredients so easily and it will turn out perfect every time.

This recipe has always been a family favorite and it is so easy & quick to throw together. No waiting for dough to rise. I’ve altered the recipe a bit from the original in todays recipe.

Our Favorite Recipes

Ingredients:

You can use any combination of cheese, meat & veggie you like– that’s what makes this recipe so much fun & oh so yummy!

Butter flavored Nonstick cooking spray

1 c all purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt OR herbed garlic salt

2 eggs

1 c milk

1 c shredded cheddar cheese

1 sm.-med onion diced- or skip this.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  Coat 6 cups of a muffin tin with cooking spray.

This recipe can be found at my blog post, Decorating The Porch, Dreaming of Summer and My Favorite Popover Recipe and Yummy Herb Roasted Potatoes HERE along with another yummy recipe & some wonderful gardening ideas!

1. In a medium bowl whisk together egg & milk until well blended.

2. Add flour and seasoned garlic salt; stir just until mixed.

 

3. Stir just until mixed.

4. Stir in cheese and any other ingredients you chose!

5. Fill prepared cups about 3/4 way full– about 1/3 c of the batter batter

Bake for 15 minutes.  Reduce oven temp to 350; bake for 10-15 more minutes or until browned & puffed.  Do not open the oven door until the end of baking time or popovers will collapse!!!!

Remove popovers from the oven and immediately remove from the pan.  Pierce sides once with a knife to release steam.  Serve warm with butter.

Top with a dab of butter and serve warm!

Pro Tip: When interchanging ingredients, always make sure they all total the same amount as in the original recipe. For example, the recipe calls for one type of cheese, if you want to add others, cut each one’s quantity to still equal one cup. Ie. ⅓ cup parmesan, ⅓ cup feta, & ⅓ cup of romano- 3 cheese but they still total 1 cup. Do this with any meat and/or veggie additions or changes as well.

Other combinations~

Broccoli & cheese

Spinach & Feta

Asparagus & Swiss Cheese

Dried tomato & basil with parmesan cheese

Onion & chives with cheese

Ham & Swiss Cheese

The options are only limited by your imagination. 

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Jean

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Organization 101: Day 9 Room by Room Organization- Kitchen & Pantry

“One of the core organizing principles of my life is that success comes through a delicate balance between making things happen and letting things happen.”— Robin Sharma

I decided to extend my Organization 101 Series a bit for all of you. Lets now focus on room by room and discuss some techniques I know you’ll be able to utilize in getting your life & home where you want it to be!

Many of the topics I discuss in this series I learned from an incredible lady named Marla Cilley, A.K.A. The Flylady. Her book, “Sink Relections” taught me how to incorporate all these lessons.

It was from the inspirations from her book how I developed my P.M.S. concept! So now lets get into today’s topic!

During the month of February, I’ll touch on the most common rooms in our homes and give you tips & tricks on how-to organize and clean with purpose. I thought we’d start with the kitchen & pantry… So lets go to my mudroom/ pantry.

In Photo 5 you can see I added some useful storage space by simply adding a couple over-the-door hooks. I was able to store my broom, Swiffer, and a large step stool.

Also adding a coat rack relatively higher up on the wall allows the lower area to house a can where recyclables, a mat for shoes, and dustpan can easily be stored.

Of course to make it feel homey I added some of my botanical prints and a cozy seat cushion.

My kitchen, like in most homes, is the gathering place when family & friends stop by. It’s just so natural to lean on the counter while your friend grabs a seat at the bar top and chat it up. A lot of problems get solved in the kitchen, as well as happy memories made.

It’s where little boys get to lick the icing off the mixer beaters… where soap-bubble beards are made and wet towel ‘thwacks’ happen… yes the kitchen is the heart of the home… after all it’s where we nourish those we love.

The Family that cooks together, stays together!

I have to have my morning coffee friends!

See below for pics of my kitchen!

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Click this LINK for the downloadable PDF for my list of Tips & Tricks to get & keep your kitchen organized!

Keep posted for the next in the series as we look at Living Room & Hallway organization.

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Steak Fajita’s!

“Cooking is the ultimate giving.” – Jamie Oliver

Whether I add steak, chicken, or shrimp my family is thrilled when I make Fajitas. Of course you can add any protein you’d like, but these three are our favorite. This is a super easy yet incredibly decadent meal to make. We like to have rice with our fajita’s, and the boys actually like to put that in the fajita! As always the possibilities are only limited to your tastes & willingness to experiment! Enjoy friends!

Our Favorite Recipes

Ingredients: Yields 6 to 8 12” fajitas.

3 to 4 pounds Sirloin Steak-You can interchange with chicken or shrimp or make it with all 3. Adjust proteins to be equivalent to the steak.

8- 12 Inch soft tortilla shells

2 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided

4 TBSP salted butter, divided

2 Packages Old El Paso Fajita Season Mix

2 medium to large green peppers, deseeded & sliced lengthwise

1 large or 2 medium red onions, sliced lengthwise

1 clove fresh garlic, minced OR 1 tsp jarred

1 large or 2 small jalapeno peppers, deseeded and cut into rings

2 cups Mexican style shredded cheese

Sour Cream


PRO TIP: Using sirloin steak makes for a more enjoyable meal. Typically stew & fajita meat is cut from the round steak which tends to be a bit tougher a cut. If you choose to use round, then I suggest marinating it in a simple marinade overnight or at least 4 hours.

Other topping ideas:

  • Jalapenos
  • Tomatoes
  • Guacamole
  • Rice

1. Trim fat off steak and cut into ½ inch wide by 2 inch long strips.

2. In a frying pan or skillet add 1 TBSP of the olive oil, 2 TBSP of butter and fry on medium heat until the meat is about medium well, about 7 to 10 minutes; stir frequently. Add 1 package of the seasoning mix about 5 minutes into the cooking; blend in well. There should be a bit of pink so the meat remains tender along with some juice.

3. While meat is cooking, slice peppers & onions; place veggies along with garlic into another frying pan with 1 TBSP of the oil, 2 TBSP butter, and the other package of seasoning mix; mix well. Cook for about 5 to 7 minutes on medium heat covered, stirring occasionally. We like veggies both on the crisper side & a bit charred, so adjust time to how you like your veggies.

4. When veggies & meat are cooked, set aside.

5. Take 4 flour tortillas and place offset of each other on a clean dish towel; roll the towel from the corner until fully wrapped, tuck the ends under and place in the microwave for about 30 to 45 seconds to warm. Use immediately. Repeat with the remaining as needed.

6. Lay the warmed tortilla on a plate and begin layering your toppings: first spread the sourcream down the center of the tortilla, then add ¼ cup cheese, desired meat & veggies. Fold the filled tortilla burrito style so the fillings don’t fall out.

PRO TIP: I cook the meat & veggies in separate pans for two reasons. The first is that my youngest son doesn’t like peppers or onions… go figure!!! LOL. The second is so the veggies cook more evenly.

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Organization 101 Day 8~ My fave organizer, The Flylady’s 27 Fling Boogie!

“One of the core organizing principles of my life is that success comes through a delicate balance between making things happen and letting things happen.”

— Robin Sharma

Today we will discuss clutter! I love the quote I used today as I feel it fits into today’s theme perfectly. What is clutter? Is one person’s clutter another person’s happiness? Well, I think there is a reasonable balance we can have in our homes.

Are you a minimalist, a collector, or somewhere in between? I admit, I am a collector.

In today’s post I’ll be discussing the 27 Fling Boogie, a term and system created by author Marla Cilley in her book Sink Reflections. 

I have utilized this tool for years!!! I found this book over ten years ago, and still live by so many of its principles. I developed my P.M.S. program from it. You are wondering what it is??? Well it is a book called “Sink Reflections, by Marla Cilley”, A.K.A. The Flylady

My entire organizational series is based on what I learned from this great book.

Marla talks a lot about clutter and how to avoid it. I have jokingly said in the past that I don’t really dislike what I categorize as ‘organized clutter’! The Flylady says there is no such thing but I disagree! 

Podcast with Zee Moussa, Owner of Zee the Cook Culinary Studio in Metro Detroit!

“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces, just good food from fresh ingredients.” – Julia Child

Join me today as I chat it up with my incredible guest! This weeks guest & I go back to a lovely room at The Henry Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan where we were co-guests with a few others on a panel discussion regarding local food.

I of course was brought in for my experience with local food at farmers markets, & she was a teacher of all things in the kitchen!

Join me today as Zee Moussa, Owner & Managing Director for Zee The Cook Culinary Studio in Metro Detroit & I chat it up about cooking and the programs she offers to new & rising stars in the kitchen!

This lady is more than just talented, she is an inspiration to ALL entrepreneurs, but especially women!

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