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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Colors of Fall

This last week it was such a wonderful treat here in Oregon...there was NO rain...it was clear and crisp. Jilian and I went for a walk around the neighborhood in search of fall things. The colors were amazing!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pumpkin patch field trip with Grace

Field trips are so much fun and the pumpkin patch is probably my favorite one!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Oh, how I love Halloween!

Just for fun I'm linking up to:


Sunday, October 9, 2011

Baked Orange Chicken

I tried a new recipe this week and it came out really yummy so I thought I would share!

Disclaimer: When I cook I add a little of this and a little of that. SO, for the spices, use as much or as little as you like.


2 oranges
4 pieces of chicken (your favorite pieces)
1 egg
Bread crumbs
Italian seasoning

In a shallow dish mix the bread crumbs, garlic, pepper, Italian seasoning and the zest from one of the oranges. In another dish, mix the egg and orange juice (squeeze juice from the zested orange). Dip each piece of chicken in the egg/orange juice mixture and then coat in the bread crumbs. Place in a baking dish. Top each piece of chicken with a pad of butter and a slice of orange. Bake for approximately 40 minutes or until done at 375. Serve with rice.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Apple Picking and Pumpkin Donuts, YUM!

Grace didn't have school today so we set off to Beilke Family Farm to pick some apples. It is a great place to get yummy apples. We had lots of fun being silly, picking (and eating!) the apples.

(photographer: Jilian)

After loading our apples in the car we went straight to EZ Orchards Farm Market for some fresh made pumpkin donuts. DELICIOUS! We bought a dozen and they are already gone! :-)

Now my plans for all those apples...apple butter, applesauce, apple pie, apple crisp and I really need to find a pumpkin donut recipe! ;-)