gratitude · Thanksgiving

Cultivating a Thankful Heart

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It was Saturday afternoon and I drove into the city to the local rehabilitation center.  Two church members are there recovering and I was going to visit and remind them of our love for them and prayers on their behalf.  After spending time with both patients, I walked out into the sun-filled day, very aware of the blessing of using my two legs to Continue reading “Cultivating a Thankful Heart”

Chicken · Comfort Food

Chicken Piccata – Fried Chicken in a Flash

Chicken Piccata

In the south we love our fried chicken, but it’s not so healthy.  However, there are recipes that give the taste of fried chicken but are much better for you and are equally as delicious.  Chicken Piccata happens to be one of those dishes!  This is an Ina Garten recipe that I fix  a couple times a year to soothe the comfort food need – and also the fried chicken hunger!

Chicken Piccata is thin pieces of chicken breast fried lightly just to brown it, then  finished off in the oven.  While the chicken is baking, a quick lemon sauce is made as the “gravy.”  Oh wow!  This is so delicious and not only perfect on the chicken, but also on the mashed potatoes that I whip up when I make this dish.

Super easy.  Super comforting.  Super delicious!

Chicken Piccata

2 split (1 whole) boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 extra-large egg

1/2 tablespoon water

3/4 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs

Olive oil

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, divided

1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons), lemon halves reserved

1/2 cup dry white wine – I use chicken broth

Sliced lemon, for serving

Chopped fresh parsley leaves, for serving

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. Place each chicken breast between 2 sheets of parchment paper or plastic wrap and pound out to 1/4-inch thick. Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper.
  3. Mix the flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper in a shallow plate. In a second plate, beat the egg and 1/2 tablespoon of water together. Place the bread crumbs on a third plate. Dip each chicken breast first in the flour, shake off the excess, and then dip in the egg and bread crumb mixtures.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large saute pan over medium to medium-low heat. Add the chicken breasts and cook for 2 minutes on each side, until browned. Place them on the sheet pan and allow them to bake for 5 to 10 minutes while you make the sauce.
  5. For the sauce, wipe out the saute pan with a dry paper towel. Over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter and then add the lemon juice, wine, the reserved lemon halves, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Boil over high heat until reduced in half, about 2 minutes. Off the heat, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and swirl to combine. Discard the lemon halves and serve 1 chicken breast on each plate. Spoon on the sauce and serve with a slice of lemon and a sprinkling of fresh parsley.

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I love to serve mashed potatoes with this and also a green vegetable – either green beans or asparagus.  I hope you’ll make this when you’re hungry for fried chicken.  This definitely bumps regular fried chicken up a notch!

denise a

Refreshment in marriage · Uncategorized

The Jezebel Way

Before I begin today’s post, I want to give an update to those of you who read my Wednesday post about “What If You Knew You Only Had Another Day.” 
My precious cousin was given the prognosis of two months, but she only had three days.  She went home to be with Christ, her Savior on Wednesday afternoon.  She is safe in the arms of Jesus and her faith in Him is now sight.  Scripture says, Absent from the body, present with the Lord.  II Cor. 5:8 Thank you to those of you prayed for her.  Please pray for their family, for they are the only ones suffering now.  She is pain free, cancer free and sin free.  Again, I pray you have the assurance of eternity in heaven as she did and is now experiencing!
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Tablescapes · Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Ideas

I’m planning on hosting Thanksgiving for my family this year. I’m not going all out with decorations and table decor, but I want it to be special, memorable and fun.

I also want it to be stress-free as possible!  For that reason this week I plan on getting some things done ahead of time.  Here’s this week’s list:

  • Iron Tablecloths and napkins
  • Make pie crusts
  • Make Butterhorns
  • Make menu
  • Get centerpiece ideas ready

Let me share some of my ideas with you, in case you could use a little inspiration, too!

Mini Pumpkin Pie Slice Cookies
One year I made these with sugar cookie dough and piped names on them to use as place cards.  So easy!
Thanksgiving Cheese Ball
Why not turn the cheese ball appetizer into a cute turkey?
Thanksgiving Table Setting - Rocky Hedge Farm
Gathering leaves from outside to add a touch to a napkin is so pretty!
Home Style Saturdays: A Place To Be Inspired For All Things Home | On Sutton Place
So easy yet so elegant!
Beautiful & Simple Thanksgiving Table by House of Harper. #thanksgiving #holidaytable #holiday #tablescape
If you don’t have a tablecloth or if you have children dining at the table, a roll of brown paper is a great alternative! 

Why not try a little un-traditional color combo?

Thanksgiving table with assorted turkey plates, plaid tablecloth and easy centerpiece with pumpkins, oak leaves, nuts and votives | #thanksgiving #centerpiece #table #Decor
I love the simple beauty of the pumpkins, nuts and greenery as the centerpiece.
These cheap and easy Thanksgiving decorations will spruce up your home and your Thanksgiving table. There are Thanksgiving centerpieces, mantel displays, candles, wreaths, table settings and much more! These festive decorations are sure to impress your guests. The trick to affordable Thanksgiving decorations is to use your natural surroundings. Do you have pine trees and maple …
Simple and inexpensive idea!  Use the same flower in canning jars and line them up down the center of the table!

 

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Here’s an idea to start even this week!  What a great collection of gratitude you’ll have by the time Thanksgiving arrives!

Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year?  What could you be working on now so you’ll be less stressed when the holiday arrives?

With love from my country kitchen,

denise a

ministry · Refreshment

Refreshed at a Retreat

Oh friends, every time I get the blessing of sharing God’s Word with a group of women, I am in awe that my great God that would use a small, insignificant person like me!  Going to speak to women is ALWAYS more about what God has taught me as I’ve prepared than it is them hearing from me.  I am nothing, but God’s Word is EVERYTHING and I love being His messenger!

Last weekend I got to travel to Grass Valley, CA to speak at Wolf Mt. Camp.  There were around 65 women who filled the camp and came to fellowship, rest, have fun and get refreshed in their spiritual lives.  I loved every minute of being there and thought I would “take you along” via my pictures today.

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Christlikeness · Responding to trials · trials

Look Like Him

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The funniest occurrence happened this week and I’ve lost track of how many times this scenario has happened in the past.  I was out shopping and a couple walked past me and greeted me…warmly, with that recognition kind of “Hello!”  I kept walking because I have never seen them before.  Then they called a name ~

“Dianne!”

It was at that moment that I realized this person thought they were seeing my twin sister, Dianne!  I turned and confessed that “Dianne” wasn’t being rude and ignoring them, but that I am her twin, Denise! They responded with,

Oh my!  You look just like her!

These situations have happened out of the state in which she lives, which makes it even more crazy!  Even as adults, I guess we must still look alike.! There’s something in me that makes them think they’re seeing Dianne.

The following day after this happened, I was thinking of a difficulty I’m facing and was praying about my responses.  It’s so easy to turn cynical, sarcastic and even want to pull away, but then I was reminded that when others see me, they should see Christ in me.  He should be so recognizable in my words, my actions, and even what my expression reveals.  Is there…

  • Worry?
  • Anger?
  • Depression?
  • Disgust?

If so, others will walk right on by, seeing only Denise instead of Jesus.  But what if I allow the Lord to help me be mindful of His responses towards me so that I can show those same traits to others by His power?  They will see:

  • Joy!
  • Love!
  • Trust!
  • Forgiveness!

Could people walk past you and me and see Jesus?  Oh no, we’ll never be perfect this side of heaven, but there should be something so familiar about  our lives and responses, that they would be reminded  of Christ! Let’s pray that we look more and more like Him as the years pass!

I’m thankful for a twin so the Lord could remind me today that I need to look like Him!
Who are you showing to a watching world?

denise a