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Friday, May 3, 2013

Friday This 'n That

Good Morning!  I am back from my cataract surgery and feeling just fine.  It is so nice to be able to see everything clearly!

Today I will be showing a couple of diy projects that are easy, simple, practical and cheap.  Take a look.

This project is simple and versatile because the jars can be used to hold flowers, plants or tea candle.  This is from
Make Life with full directions available here 

And ....

These are painted ceiling medallions I found on a house tour at Acute  They are simple spray painted and hung as wall art.  I think that the idea is very effective in bringing splashes of colors for not much money.  If I were doing these I would probably get some cheap mirrors at the Dollar Store and glue them on the back.  This provides a spot for light to reflect and give them more life.  For the house tour click here
And, for a little variety ....
This is a recipe for Hot and Sweet Chicken from I have made this without the chile paste and it is fantastic!  Take a look.
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (sliced into ½ inch chunks)
Oil (for frying)
2 eggs
2 tablespoons milk
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon white pepper
1 ½-2 cups Panko bread crumbs
½ cup lemon juice
6 tablespoons plum sauce
1 teaspoon chili paste
1 cup pineapple (sliced)
1 medium onion (sliced)
3 sweet pepper (sliced)

Step 1: Heat oil in a deep fryer for 375 degrees. In medium bowl whisk together the eggs with the milk. In another bowl or shallow pie dish add the flour, salt, and white pepper. In another bowl or shallow pie dish add the panko bread crumbs.

Step 2: Roll the chicken pieces first in the flour mixture, then dip in the egg mixture, and then roll in the breadcrumbs. Repeat until all pieces of chicken are covered.

Step 3: Place chicken pieces into the deep fryer and deep fry in batches until the chicken pieces are golden brown and fully cooked (the internal temperature has reached 165 degrees). I did not use a deep fryer.  I used a frying pan. Drain on paper towels. Repeat until all of the chicken is cooked.

Step 4: Add about 1 teaspoon of oil to a wok or skillet and heat to medium-high heat. Add sweet pepper and onion and stir fry in about 2 minutes. Add the lemon juice , plum sauce and chili sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 minute. Stir in pineapple chunks. Mix the sauce with the chicken and serve immediately.
(Makes 4 Servings)


Have a great weekend and, please, keep it simple and make it real.


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