Baked Chicken Fingers

So I really love fresh air. Random thought, but bear with me. I love fresh air and haaaate turning on my air conditioner. It feels stuffy and well let’s be honest it also makes my electric bill go up… so there’s that. In the morning it’s nice and cool and with the windows open and fans on it feels all cozy in my bed.

But the problem arises when I get home from work and turn the oven on. Now all of  sudden I’m cooking while I’m cooking. It’s an issue. Yet I’d rather be hot and have fresh air, so I will endure until it reaches unbearable summer temperatures (which very well might be this weekend.)

I made this garlic basil dip the other night with some sweet potato fries and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. So I based what I made for dinner around something that could be dipped in that dip. Please welcome my first attempt at making chicken fingers.

I couldn’t tell you the last time I actually ate chicken fingers and obviously I wasn’t going to fry them (I mean it is swim suit season…and I save calories for things that include chocolate) so I baked them along with zucchini fries. Yummmmmmm. And both were made even better when dipped in that amazing garlicky goodness (which I guess isn’t exactly calorie free…)

Cracker-Crusted Chicken Fingers
(Adapted from BringOutTheChefInYou)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Goldfish crackers
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Splash of milk
  • Flour
  • 1 Chicken breast

Makes 1 serving

How – To:

Crush up your goldfish – or in my case Golden Penguins, also known as the Walgreens brand. These were hilarious to me. Moments when I’m laughing at animal shaped crackers in my kitchen make me miss having roommates.

Set up your stations. Flour – egg – crust (goldfish for chicken, breadcrumbs for the zucchini). Then dip them in that order.

Bake the chicken for 10-12 minutes at 400.

 

Now this dip. It came from looking for more ways to use the basil from my herb garden. And it’s so. freaking. good.

Basil and Garlic Dip
(Adapted from Food Network)

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 c. light mayonnaise
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped basil
  • salt and pepper to taste

How – To:

Chop up the basil and the garlic. Depending on how much garlic you like, you can add more or less. I looove garlic so I used a big clove for the serving size I made.

Mix it all up and dip away!

Man, it’s so good. I’m already thinking of other things I can make to dip in it…

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Life Lately

It’s Wednesday. But it feels like a Monday because I’ve got a weird schedule this week. I was off yesterday and I was laaaaazy. I had a whole list of things I needed to get done and I did about 1.5 of them. My boyfriend always comforts me saying I deserve a day to lounge around, and perhaps I do, but not to the extent where I can’t even get to the bank!

Ugh. Fail.

BUT… I did make some fabulous recipes and I made a dent in my book and I visited some second hand stores and painted a table. So when I list my day like that then it makes me sound productive. So we’ll go with that. Those recipes and DIY are coming soon but here’s a quick glimpse at life as of late.

{Can’t stop listening to this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcSAFRKBhs }
Image{Loving the bright colors, like these bookshelves, in this blog:}

Image{Playing pool at Barley’s with my beau on his way-too-short visit}

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{Gorgeous weekend for walking around Downtown Knoxville}

Rules of Summer

There’s no arguing. Summer is here.

And while my summers no longer consist of summer camp and hours by the pool, it’s not like adults can’t enjoy the months of June through August…or so I think…

So here goes. My summer to-do list. To-do lists get a bad rep but I looooove them. If you look around my apartment or my desk at work there are post-it notes and notepads scattered all over with reminders. There’s a fantastic satisfaction of being able to cross something off on a list.

My summer to-do list consists of a few of the things I want to accomplish this summer:

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1. host a summer picnic
2. make popsicles
3. take a weekend trip (Asheville sounds fun!)
4. train for a 10k
5. make some of the DIY projects on my Pinterest board (like those shorts)
6. furnish my bedroom
7. make pizza
8. write letters to friends and family
9. keep my apartment filled with fresh flowers

Some other goals – go on a float trip, try to buy all my vegetables at the farmers market, read more books, learn to take a better photo.

What’s on your summer to-do list?