Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Crunchy Seasoned Chicken

Who doesn't love chicken?  It is one of the main things we eat in our house but I always get tired of eating it the same way.  I started craving this chicken my Mom would fix all the time and I had forgotten about it since living here in Dallas, so I decided to get the recipe back out of the old cookbook.  It comes from the 1987 Southern Living Cookbook, Page 217!  This chicken recipe marinates over night, but it is well worth it.  I fixed it all the time for bunko back in Houston and everyone loved it....I hope you will give it a try!

1987 Southern Living Cookbook, Page 217
Crunchy Seasoned Chicken

1/2 Cup Sour Cream
2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
1 1/2 Tablespoons Worchestire Sauce
1 1/2 Teaspoons Celery Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Onion Powder
1/8 Teaspoon Pepper
6 Boneless Chicken Breast or 4 Chicken Breast with Skin
1 3/4 Cup Saltine Crackers Crushed (about 2 sleeves of crackers)
1 1/2 Teaspoons Paprika
2 Tablespoons Melted Butter

Combine sour cream, lemon juice, worchestire sauce, celery salt, garlic powder, onion powder and pepper in small bowl and mix well.  Brush on chicken, coating well.  Place chicken in covered dish and refrigerate overnight.

Combine cracker crumbs and paprika.  Roll chicken in cracker mixture and place in lightly sprayed pyrex dish.  Drizzle with melted butter.  Bake at 350 for 45 minutes for boneless or an hour for chicken breast with skin. 

I'm not a food photographer by any means, this photo was taken with my iPhone.  

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Gaming Tower Swivel Organizer.....

I promise I have not abandoned my blog or my is super crazy right now and I will share with you soon what my family is up to and where we are headed!  But for now, I am super excited to finally post this project.  Here is what my Dad and I created on their recent trip to see let me share with you the background story of this little unit that swivels and where my inspiration came from....

For years, I have eyed this unit at Pottery Barn Teen....but was not willing to shell out $599.00 for it.  

My Dad and I were talking one day and I told him about this unit and how much I loved it and thought it would be a great organizer for my son's games.  He took a look at it and decided that it would be expensive to make because of the lazy susan kit.  The kit is expensive because of the size we would have to purchase to stabilize the piece.

Fast forward 2 months.....My Dad called and told me that I would never believe what he just found...He was at their local Dollar Store in their small town and he saw by the dumpsters that they were throwing away 2 sun glass/eyeglass display cases that they were no longer needing.  He went in and asked the manager if he could have them and the manager said of course, take them.  My Dad went home and disassembled them to find the EXACT size we were going to need to make the unit.  So, not only did we have 1 lazy susan set, we had 2 (yes, he made me 2 units).....and here is where the construction begins.....

Before coming to Dallas, my Dad constructed what he could at his house so all he had to do when he got here was assemble them.  As you can see from the pictures below, he made a base that the lazy susan rests in....(savings of $250.00 a piece for this lazy susan kit)

Here is the construction of the unit....we customized it with peg board (you know how much I love peg board) and cork board.....

I decided to paint this unit black.  We primed it first and then it took 2 coats of black paint.  After the paint dried, it was time to add the cork sheet.  Take a look below at how we did it.....

It was time to bring it inside and place all the goodies in the unit...

Front view

I purchased the wire baskets from The Container Store.  The top basket is actually a waste paper basket, but it was perfect for all of the odds and ends like card games, travel games and hand held games.

The Skylanders and our favorite Wii games are now within reach....

Board games fit perfect.....

Side View

Oh how I love me some peg board...This was the perfect solution for the controllers.  The two baskets are holding the Wii nunchucks and the Game cube controllers.  These are in perfect reach for our son and they are not thrown in baskets.

Our son loves to draw his characters and collect the magazines for the games.  I purchased these two sets of these acrylic holders at The Container Store.  His drawings and magazines can now be displayed and enjoyed.

Back View

Here is the back view with the cork board....This is a great solution for displaying our son's school work!

Side View

We couldn't leave the Wii steering wheels out...they rest comfortably on the opposite side...

Here is a view of all four sides together....
(sorry the picture is small, but it was cutting off when I tried to make it bigger)

I am so thrilled with this unit!  We have had it in our office for a couple of weeks now and it has really helped with the organizing of all of the gaming components.  They now have a permanent home and our son now knows where to find them and where to put them back.... Dad made this with all of his spare wood in his the cost of the project was less than $50.00 (paint, etc.)  Not bad versus the $599 from PB Teen!

Click below for a video to see how it swivels....

Thanks Daddy!!

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