Homemade Chicken Strips

Recipes

My kids tend to be a little on the picky side. Especially Dillon. Must be the 6 year old in him. But this meal he eats up quicker than anything. Accept pancakes or spaghetti. So here is my tried and true chicken strip recipe that I have used for years now!

Step 1: Cut up your chicken

I don’t typically buy chicken strips, just chicken breasts since they are the most versatile. I use 2 chicken breasts to feed my family of 6 and cut each breast into strips, trimming any fat off in the process.

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Salt and pepper both sides well.

Step 2: Bread your chicken

I dredge just about anything I fry in this same batter recipe. Which is why I love it. It’s so versatile!

Combine 2 cups of flour with whatever seasoning you like. I usually use Cajun for chicken strips and season salt for chicken fried steak. Mix them well together. Set that aside and in a separate bowl combine 1 cup of milk and 1 egg. This makes the perfect batter. Promise.

First take your chicken strip and dredge it in flour, making sure it is completely covered.

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Next dip it into the milk and egg mixture, making sure it gets completely coated.

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Finally take it back to the flour and cover it with flour once more.

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Next add that puppy to your hot oil. I just use veggie oil since it’s cheap and it works well to fry with. But feel free to substitute it for another oil you prefer!

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Cook them in batches so you don’t crowd your pan. This makes it easier to have more even coloring over your strips.

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Make sure you flip them over so both sides get nice and golden. These bad boys are sure to please your crowd. I know they do mine.

Ingredients:

2 cups of veggie oil

2 Cups of flour

2 TBS of Cajun seasoning

1 cup of milk

1 egg

Salt and Pepper

Pairs well with Homemade Mac and Cheese.

 

Paper Storage

Kids, Organize

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Once I had my oldest in Kindergarten I realized pretty quickly that I needed to find a way to store all of the cute projects he was bringing home. I hated having them on the fridge because we ran out of room and it felt cluttered. So I dove into my brainstorm one night and decided he needed and box. But I couldn’t stop just there, I knew that it needed to organized so that we could look back through it over the years and know what was made when. To see how he developed over the years. But I also knew I would want that same system to be implemented with my other 3 boys, so it needed to be replicated and easy to manage without taking up a ton of space.
Enter this amazing little number!

These file boxes are affordable and work PERFECTLY!!! I purchased a few hanging folders. They worked perfect and labeled them for each year my child was in school.

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Now whenever my kids bring home those ever so cute school projects we talk about them, helping my child feel validated and seen with what they accomplished. Then they are filed in their box and mom doesn’t get stressed out about the mess. No ones the wiser. I also throw all their important letters and tests in here along with extra school pictures and report cards. It is SUCH a relief to have a safe place for all those sweet projects.

When I started talking about this paper storage subject I started getting a lot of questions about all the other paper in the house. Like the bills coming in and out, taxes, pet papers, birth certificates, etc. The system I use is really quiet easy and simple and honestly it needs cleaned out in a big way. But I’ll get there eventually. We have a little two drawer filing cabinet I keep in a closet in my office. EVERY bill we get or anything of importance gets filed. I try to file weekly but honestly it’s more like monthly. It’s my least favorite chore to do. But the idea is that everything has a home or folder.

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All of the health insurance stuff goes together, all the credit card stuff goes together, life insurance together, personal info like birth certificates, pass ports and social cards get put together. I even have files for all the paper work from previous loans, cars or larger purchases. I also have a fold that all of Jud’s check stubs get thrown into. I can’t tell you how many times I have need his last 2 check stubs and how grateful I was that I had them on hand and was able to supply them without asking our accountant to get me copies.

All in all it just simplifies your life. I have copies of all of our tax returns in here as well as a back up on our computer. It just helps me see the bigger picture. I’ve had times where I had paid a bill and even called and talked to someone in the billing department about it. But then got a bill several months later saying we were late on paying. It was such a relief that I was able to go back to that file, pull out the bill and find that I had written the name of the person who I talked to when I paid it, the date I paid it and how much I paid. It quickly resolved the mistake and no one got frustrated! I call that winning!!!

In an ideal world I will go through this file cabinet at the beginning of ever year and clean out all the files and throw away what we don’t need any more but honestly it’s been a couple years since I cleaned ours out. So thats on the to do list soon. Make sure you burn all that sensitive info you are getting rid of!! I hope this helps with your paper organization, heaven knows it can get out of hand real quick!!

 

 

 

How To Wallpaper

DIY Projects

I hope you aren’t coming to this post to find a reason why you can’t wallpaper. Because let’s be honest. Wallpaper is freaking awesome and it will make a HUGE impact on your space without spending a fortune. Which I am all about. Truth bomb: Wallpapering really isn’t that hard. Gone are the days that you need glue and sizing and all the other stuff you needed in the “olden” days.

This is my experience, my very very first experience hanging wallpaper. In a pantry no less! Now first you need to understand that there are 2 different types of wallpaper. The first is peel and stick. This is essentially a big sticker. I haven’t worked with this particular product. Yet. I have plans to soon though. The other is pre pasted wallpaper, which is what I used.

If you want to check out where I got my wallpaper check here. Or if you want to see how my paper looked in my pantry check the post out here.

So I will be speaking to the pre pasted wallpaper. Before you get started you need to measure your space so you know exactly how much paper you need to buy. I suggest over buying rather than under buying because once you get started you won’t want to start the process over. Check out the wallpaper calculator I used here. I also highly suggest you browse the wallpapers on this site because they are SO stunning.

Tools

One of the very best things I invested in was an awesome knife. And by investment I mean $7. This made cutting the delicate wet paper SO much easier!!! I tried a regular utility knife the first few pieces and hated it. Pick up yours here.

The other 2 things I used was a regular kitchen washcloth and a kitchen sponge. That’s right. I was real high tech here. I’ve seen that some people recommend getting a seam roller. I didn’t but in case you are interested here is one.

You will also need access to a bathtub or large sink. That’s what I used and it worked perfectly and saved me from having to buy a wall paper water tray.

A measuring tape is pretty obvious so you can get those precise cuts. I used one similar to this.

Lastly you will need something with a long straight edge to help cut your paper straight. I recommend a large level or square.

The Process

You need to start with clean and dry walls. Depending on your pattern you will want to start in the middle or the edge of your wall. If you have a large print that doesn’t repeat often, I would suggest starting in the middle of the wall so it is easier to match up your pattern. For me my pattern repeated quickly so it worked for me to start on the edge.

Hot Tip:
When buying wallpaper it is typically listed what the horizontal and vertical repeat is. The smaller the number the more repeated your pattern is.

Start by measuring your first strip. I recommend working in the longest lengths possible. Typically floor to ceiling. Less cuts means less problems. Measure twice cut once. Start by measuring from the highest point in your ceiling and down to your baseboard.  Once you’ve measured, lets cut.

After cutting your length of wall paper the fun part starts. Place the paper in your water making sure everything gets saturated but don’t let it soak for too long. Wet wallpaper is typically fragile. Roll your paper up, like a newspaper, careful not to crease it. Allow the excess water to drain off the paper and carry it to your wall.

Now this next part is incredibly important. You are going to “book” your wallpaper. This is going to active the glue in the paper and allows it to stick to the wall. Roll your paper out and fold each end into the middle. Do not crease the ends. Making a large “book”.

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If you read the instructions that come with your paper it should say how long it needs to be booked for. Mine was about 1 minute.
Once it’s booked roll the paper back up. Careful, it will be easier to crease now, making sure you get it rolled into a size that is easily manageable.

Now, like I said before, wallpaper when wet is fragile and tears easily, which is why I recommend you have the sharpest blade possible. You don’t want to try and cut your paper only to have it rip.

Starting at the top of your wall unroll a small amount of paper and press firmly to your wall, matching up to your edge carefully. Using your sponge wipe down the front of your paper, unrolling as you go and pressing it firmly to the wall. As you go with your sponge you should be concentrating on pushing all air bubbles out to the edges so the paper lies flat. Pay extra attention to those seams. Once it is placed gently wipe the whole piece off with your washcloth to remove any excess glue.

Once to the bottom, trim any excess and admire your handy work!

Hot Tip:

Some wallpaper will expand about an 1/8″ when it gets wet.

Now you will continue that system until you are completed with your wall!! Congrats! Wallpaper isn’t so hard after all!