Sunday, December 30, 2012

Baked Chicken Parmesan

I ate too much at Christmas. 

Shocker huh?  I think we all feel like we've gained ten pounds (or more) after we have eaten our way through Christmas gatherings, but Christmas food is just so delicious!  More pecan pie please. 

When we returned home and all of our Christmas eating was over, we watched a commercial for Weight Watchers.  We've watched them 100 times before, but we actually had a conversation about this particular commerical, maybe because the guy's name in the commerical was Matt and my Matt could relate.  It must have been good advertising because within five minutes I was signed up...again...for Weight Watchers.  As the commerical states, it was easy for Matt because his wife did all the work and well, it will be easy for my Matt because I will do all the cooking work and he will just get to eat it and hopefully get a little skinnier. 

I had great success with WW back in my single days in Texarkana when I ran the Wellness Program and hosted a WW program at my office.  Now that I'm married, I haven't had as much luck!  I'm hoping this go around will be different and, like everyone else around New Years, I will actually shed a few pounds.

I came across several months ago and, now more than ever, glad I happened upon it.  All of her recipes are "skinny", but "tasty" as Gina states.  What I like about her recipes is that she has the Weight Watchers points listed with the recipes.  A few nights ago I decided to try her Baked Chicken Parmesan.  It is rare that I have all of the ingredients for a recipe in my pantry or refrigerator, but this night I did, and lucky for me because the roads were covered in ice and I wasn't going to make it to the grocery store.  Matt was skeptical, but after he tried it he was excited and said it was great - "it is healthy, but has flavor!" 

To get Gina's recipe for Baked Chicken Parmesan, just follow this link:


Friday, December 28, 2012

Merry Little Hallway

The Christmas spirit was alive and well in the K-2 hallway of the elementary school I teach at! It all started when this appeared next door. Libby was the creative mastermind behind the igloo and started the door decorating frenzy.

Throughout the next week all of our doors became transformed and we had our own little Santa's Wonderland in our hall! We had been doing a lot of reindeer and Rudolph activities in First Grade so my door's theme was Rudolph. I found a cute Rudolph camera app on my phone so all my kids were transformed into Rudolph with antlers and a bright, shiny red nose. It's hard to see, but if you look closely at the top next to Santa you may find me with a big white beard and Santa hat. Libby is to thank for my Rudolph and Santa Claus!

Mrs. Furnell - Second Grade

Ms. Edge - Second Grade

Mrs. Lisko - Second Grade

Mrs. Stephanie - First Grade

Mrs. Hurt - First Grade

Mrs. Holli - Kindergarten

Mrs. Lucinda - Kindergarten

Mrs. Martin - GT

Mrs. Debbie - Special Education Clerk

Mrs. Rogers - Librarian

The last door done in the hallway has a rather funny story behind it. Joann, the queen of clean who keeps our rooms and hallway in tip top shape, was the only door that was bare. After she left for the day, we decided that we needed to surprise her and have her door decorated when she arrived to school the next morning. Libby drew me a gingerbread and left school. I got her all dolled up ready to go in the laminator. I would laminate her, hang her up, and she would be so surprised. Well, things don't always go as planned. Ginger, as we later named her, got halfway through the laminating machine and it just died. Overheated. Oh no! About 20 minutes later, it came back on, but Ginger was ruined. A few emergency calls to Libby and by the time Joann arrived at school the next morning, she had a happy holiday door! Later, when asked what happened to Ginger, our story stood that Ginger got a little crispy in the oven!

Now that we are on Christmas break, all of our holiday door decorations are put away and we are ready to begin the new year, but we enjoyed our merry little hallway while it lasted. Thanks Libby for the inspiration and creative drawings on our doors!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas Linky Party & Holiday Bacon Appetizers!

Today is our Christmas Linky Party!  We have done one for Fall and Thanksgiving and there have been so many great ideas submitted.  I can't wait to see what is submitted for Christmas!  When you link up with Harvest Home, your link is immediately seen on the other blogs as well.  It is a wonderful way to discover new blogs and to share great recipes and other Christmas ideas. 

The hostesses are Meg from Henning Love, Allison from Cupcake Diaries, and Elizabeth from Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box.

A great holiday appetizer are Pioneer Woman's Holiday Bacon Appetizers.  She featured them this weekend on her cooking show on Food Network.  On her show she made two kinds - one kind was with parmesan cheese and the other with brown sugar.  I made both for our Christmas party this weekend.  If I had to choose one, I think I would choose the sweet ones!

Holiday Bacon Appetizers 

1 pkg Club Crackers
1 lb. Thin Sliced Bacon (or more depending on crackers)
Brown Sugar
Optional: Grated Parmesan Cheese instead of Brown Sugar

Lay crackers (as many as you want) face up on a cookie sheet.  Scoop about 1 teaspoon of brown sugar onto each cracker.  Cut your package of bacon in half and carefully wrap each sugar covered cracker with one piece of bacon, completely covering the cracker.  It should fit snugly around the cracker. 

Place the bacon wrapped crackers onto a baking sheet that has a rack on it.  Place in a 250 degree oven and bake for 2 hours.



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