Tuesday, June 19, 2012

My Updates or "What's Happen'n Now"!

I just realized that I have not been posting lately. We had the Tropical Storm Beryl come through, and that left a good week and a half of clean up. There was not one pot or plant that did not have twigs or leaves in them, not to mention the yard filled with small limbs, twigs and leaves! I had prepared for this storm, but did not realize that 45 mph winds could tear up so much, and I have been through Hurricanes! Even blew over my swing frame and that whole thing is heavy!

You know how I like to add a recipe or two on things that are original to me. Well a couple of weeks ago when I went to fix dinner I realized that I did not have chicken breasts I had chicken tenders. I usually only use those for Fajitas. so I came up with a great batter and dipping sauce!

"Rena's" All Purpose Batter!
 I started by salting and adding cayenne pepper to the tenders. In a bowl I put one egg, 1/4 cup 1/2 and 1/2, and 1/4 cup Mayo, whisked to  blend till smooth.  Putting All Purpose flour on a plate, I dipped the tenders in the egg mixture and then rolled in the flour for a good coating. Heated Canola Oil in the skillet and fried till a crisp golden brown and all juices were running clear. I am saying this was so delicious, and the chicken was so tender with this light crunchy batter, it just all melted in your mouth! I made a quick sauce for dipping, 1/2 cup mayo, 1/4 cup ketchup, and a healthy squeeze of lemon, Ooo man, creamy and tangy with just the right touch of sweetness...perfect!

My front door entry way is coming along nicely, now that we have had the much needed rain, the plants are all starting to pay attention! You can see that my corn plant was stressed by lack of water, even though it is in the path of the sprinkler, nothing takes the place of Mother Nature.

Don't you just love Succulents! I have so many, this is some spilling out of the lava rocks, and my Kalanchoe blooming is always a favorite. After so many years in the garden things need to be spruced up now and then, as most of the garden art and decor has been there 10 years or more. This last weekend I repainted my Dog and Cat Birdhouses, now they look like the day a got them, except I changed the color of their bows, artistic license you know...

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