Our Dog Jake

Our Dog Jake
Jake's a happy dog

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Freezable "Chicken Nuggets"

Like most kids, mine like "chicken nuggets". I really do not like to fry food, but even less like buying fast food for my kids. So, I have come up compromise: spend a few hours cutting battering and frying lean chicken breast in pure vegetable oil, then cooling, freezing and packing in a resealable plastic bag. This makes for super quick and easy lunches or dinners for the kids during busy times. They call it "Chinese Chicken", but it is really just a simple seasoned batter with 2 tablespoons of corn starch to give it the special crisp. They reheat beautifully too!

I usually do 6 to 8lbs at a time and like to fry it in my dutch oven.

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!
  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 1/4 cups self-rising flour (I use All Purpose and add about 1 tsp baking powder & 1 tsp baking soda)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper (use about 5 turns of fresh ground black pepper)
  • garlic salt or garlic powder - about 1 tsp
  • ground cumin - about 1 tsp OR ground ginger is going Asian with them
  • paprika - Spanish or smoked - whatever works - about 1 tps
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups water
  • Mix all of the batter ingredients together,
  • i usually do 1 to 2 chicken breasts at a time, cubed & coated w/ batter.
  • fry in veg oil until golden brown.
  • drain & cool on a wire rack on a covered cookie sheet,
  • then freeze on the rack on the sheet before moving to a zip top freezer bag for storage
  • reheat in 400 degree over for about 10 minutes

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Buffalo Hide in Progress

Thank goodness the weather has been cool - That's pretty much all I can say about it.
The hide has a home on the side of ours right now. JB scrapes it from time to time. It mostly only stinks when it rains now. The head is another story. . . . Although it's not driving the neighborhood dogs nuts.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween 2008

We trick-or-treated with our friends, the Sollebergers, Friday night.
The weather was wonderful, so we had 2 hours of walking, visiting and gathering sweet treats!

Raven & Luke were a Pair-o-Dice, Carson was a ninja and Alex was Christine and Derek was the good sport of being the Phantom. More than once, when Derek & JB were on the street, people thought Alex was Little Red Ridding Hood, but she seemed happy to inform them that she was in fact Christine of Phantom of the Opera.
It was a very good Halloween.

Some of our YouTube's


Coco's demise

Coco's demise
Luke's coconut cut open and not liked!

Green Sand Beach

Green Sand Beach
yes the sand is really green!

Easter 2007

Easter 2007
Akin & Puryear kids

Red River 2006

Red River 2006
New Mexico w/ the Hager/Puryear/Lee Family

New Mexico 2006

New Mexico 2006
Raven, Luke, Noel & Trey 1 year ago

JB & Kids in Bishop Castle

Field of Flowers

Field of Flowers
Elk Mountain's colorful wildflowers in early June