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I missed my first post yesterday….I have a good reason though.  I was doing our taxes….ugh.  It would be a lot more simple if I’d be a lot more organized.

Just to let you know. I know how to be organized.  I even like to be organized.  You should have seen my room my senior year in high school when I finally had my own room: everything had it’s place and it stayed in it’s place. (I shared a room with my sis all 17 years prior to this – she’s 5 years younger and had a creative streak much like my lil’ Reagan – who always has her creative stuff everywhere 😀  I love ya, Katrina!)  BUT then I had 3 kids and I’ve lost my organization somewhere…it’s probably under the boys’ bed…yikes!

So back to my taxes….I started gathering the paperwork around 2:30pm and finally finished up at 10:45pm.  I stopped only long enough to fix dinner: Fried Chicken Strips, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, gravy, and carrots.  Crazy – I know.  Especially on the day I decide to do taxes, but I’d already promised Mike I’d make this before I got the motivation to do our taxes.

Fried Chicken Strips
3 skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
30 saltines, crushed finely (or your favorite cracker!)
1/4 c instant potato flakes
2 Tbsp flour
2 tsp Shara’s House Seasoning
1/4 c flour
2 eggs
2 Tbsp milk
oil for frying


Heat oil over medium-high heat.  Combine saltines, potato flakes, 2 Tbsp flour, and house seasoning in a large bowl.  In a small bowl, beat eggs and milk.  In another small bowl, add the 1/4 cup of flour.  First, dip the strips in the flour, then the egg mixture, then the saltine mixture.  Fry each batch for about 8-9 minutes – turning once – until chicken is cooked through and the outside coating is golden brown.



Garlic Mashed Potatoes
3-4 large potatoes
1 stick of butter (1/2 c)
2 tsp Shara’s House Seasoning
1/4 tsp garlic powder

Clean and dice the potatoes.  Cover with water and bring to a boil.  Boil until potatoes become fork-tender – about 30 minutes.  Drain off water.  Place all the ingredients in your mixer and mix well.

It was all worth it though!  Mike did the dishes 😀  I love him.

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We finally had the pulled pork barbeque sandwiches tonight!  We were supposed to have them Wednesday, but well, that didn’t happen.  I served them with pasta salad and potato wedges.  Mike told me tonight that everything was really good, but the potatoes were “the money” (in the words of Guy Fieri – Food Network chef with crazy white pointy hair and host of one of our fav shows, Diner’s Drive-Ins, & Dives).  So, I decided to put up this recipe tonight.


Potato Wedges
3 medium potatoes
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp Shara’s House Seasoning (see below for recipe)
2 Tbsp dry ranch mix (or half a package)


Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Wash and cut potatoes into desired length and thickness (I cut mine about 2 inches in length by about 1/2 in thick, but there was no real measurement!!  I didn’t get my ruler out or anything…lol).  In a medium bowl, mix the oil, house seasoning, and ranch.  Add potatoes and stir to coat.  Dump potatoes onto baking sheet coated with cooking spray.  Bake for 25-35 minutes (stirring every 15 minutes) or until fork tender.  If potatoes are not browned and crispy, switch oven to Broil and bake until desired crispiness.


Shara’s House Seasoning
1/2 c salt
2 Tbsp black pepper
3 Tbsp garlic powder
3 Tbsp onion powder


Mix well and use in place of regular salt & pepper 😀


I also baked up a few Oatmeal Cookies because our dear friend, Chuck and his lovely new bride, Andrea, came over for a short visit after dinner.  Chuck said, “I always make room for Shara’s Cookies!”  He got “brownie” points for that!




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