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Cooking and Crafting with J & J #145 and Features

Monday, April 30, 2018



We have such talented bloggers and it really shows since this is our 145th Link Up!! :) 

 How exciting is that?! 

 We love what each and every one of you bring to the table each week! We thank you always for allowing this Link Up to be what it is!




Co-Hosts


Plucky's Second Thought



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Features



Jess' Picks:



Parmesan Crisps recipe



Mini Canolli Cups recipe



Old Fashioned Carrot Cake recipe



Julie's Picks:



Beet and Mango Salad recipe



Easy DIY Bee Soap recipe



My Closet Tour




Let's get to the Link Up!!


Now is your chance to link up your favorite crafts and recipes blog posts! 

Jess and I hope to see some awesome recipes, crafts/diy, gardening, fashion, beauty, home decor, healthy living, sew/crochet/knitting, stories and poems, tea time, travel reviews, tips, and tricks; also, we really hope all of our readers will participate!

PLEASE READ THE RULES!! :)



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Easy Baked Chicken Recipe

Wednesday, April 25, 2018




I love making chicken cutlets for dinner and making simple meals during the week.  I have this super easy baked chicken recipe to share with you.

In my family we love how delicious this baked chicken tastes and this recipe is so simple.  Marinating the chicken is what makes this chicken dish taste so good.

I usually buy my organic chicken from Costco.  The chicken comes in about three packages and the other two packages I usually freeze for another time.




The cutlets are marinated and then coated in seasoned bread crumbs.  I usually use Ken's Steak House Italian with Extra Virgin Olive Oil Dressing & Marinade.  When I use bread crumbs I like to use 4C Seasoned Bread Crumbs.

This dish is so easy to assemble and it only takes about a half hour to bake.  This method of cooking and baking the chicken is a lot healthier than frying them.




I usually serve this with a vegetable such as broccoli or spinach and brown rice.  We always have a salad to go along with our meal every night.

Back in March of 2015, I was invited to guest blog at Sarah's Little Kitchen.  I shared my baked chicken recipe HERE for everyone.  I did not realize that I hadn't posted this recipe on my blog!  So I hope you all enjoy this chicken dish as much as my family does.










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Easy Baked Chicken
This is an easy and delicious baked chicken recipe marinated in Italian dressing.
Ingredients
  • 4-6 chicken cutlets
  • 1/2 cup Italian dressing
  • 2 cups Italian bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • to coat dish olive oil
Instructions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Using any Italian dressing that you like, marinate chicken for a few hours. In a large dish add bread crumbs, cheese, salt, pepper, and mix it all together. Take chicken cutlets and coat with bread crumb mixture. Add olive oil to coat a large baking pan and add breaded cutlets. Bake in oven on one side for 15 minutes and then turn over and bake for another 15 minutes. Done. Enjoy!
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 3-4 servings




To see more of my recipes you can click HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by and enoy the rest of the week and weekend.

Don't forget to visit Jess and I for our Monday Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up!


Click HERE to see the great parties I will be linking up to!


Julie


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Cooking and Crafting with J & J #144 and Features

Monday, April 23, 2018



You all make it incredibly hard to pick and choose features each week! 

 We have some credibly talented bloggers that stick with us each and every week! 

 We also love seeing all you new bloggers join the Link Up Family and we welcome you each and every week!! :)



Co-Hosts


Plucky's Second Thought



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Features


Jess' Picks:



Lemon Parmesan Fettuccine recipe



Almond Poppy Seed Muffin recipe



BBQ Meatball Street Tacos recipe



Julie's Picks:



Container Herb Garden on the Porch



3 Ingredient Banana Bread recipe



Watercolor Roses Cards



Let's get to the Link Up!!


Now is your chance to link up your favorite crafts and recipes blog posts! 

Jess and I hope to see some awesome recipes, crafts/diy, gardening, fashion, beauty, home decor, healthy living, sew/crochet/knitting, stories and poems, tea time, travel reviews, tips, and tricks; also, we really hope all of our readers will participate!

PLEASE READ THE RULES!! :)


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Cleaning Out and Organizing My House

Wednesday, April 18, 2018


Hello friends.  I hope you are all enjoying your week.  Do you like cleaning out and organizing your house?  Well, with spring here it's the perfect time of year to clean out and organize your house.




Bags of our things to Donate



Well, I have been so busy lately cleaning out and organizing everything in each of the rooms in my house.  We have been in our house for many years.  When you are living in a house for 23 years you just seem to accumulate A LOT OF STUFF!!

I hate throwing away something that is in good condition in the trash when I know I can donate it to someone else to enjoy.

I have been organizing and doing this on a daily basis now for the past few years.  I have lost track of how many bags I have donated but it's well over 50 bags.

Where do I bring everything that I'm donating?

I like to bring everything to the Salvation Army and to my church.

If it's clothes and shoes that I'm donating then it's to a church that I call up and they will drive to my house and pick up all the bags.  This church will then give the clothing to people that are in need that live in that area.

We also have a clothing drive held twice a year at my church that I love to donate gently used clothing, shoes, and coats to.

What items do I donate?

This past Christmas I donated to my church two bags of Christmas decorations that I did not need anymore.  I brought them to the food pantry that is held at my church each week.  I usually put all of the items on a large table and then people can come and just choose something that they would like to use.

I also gave away items like a new shower liner, makeup bags, tote bags, lamps, toys, and so much more to the Salvation Army in our neighborhood.

I love that I have all of these resources for donating items from my house.  It makes me happy to know that I am donating and giving things to other people to use and enjoy.  Meanwhile, I am cleaning out my house and organizing everything.

Have you been doing any organizing in your house?


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of the week and weekend.

Don't forget to visit Jess and I at our Monday Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up.



Click HERE to see the great parties I will be linking up to!


Julie



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Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up #143 and Features

Monday, April 16, 2018



The sun is shinning and the blog posts are sharing! 

 We love seeing what you all are producing each and every week!!




Co-Hosts



Plucky's Second Thought



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Features



Jess' Picks:



Baked Churro Donuts recipe



Instant Pot Mexican Rice recipe



Coconut Chicken Tenders recipe



Julie's Picks:



How to Fix Flat Pillows tutorial



Veg and Apple Slaw recipe



Why I Travel Alone



Let's get to the Link Up!!



Now is your chance to link up your favorite crafts and recipes blog posts! 

Jess and I hope to see some awesome recipes, crafts/diy, gardening, fashion, beauty, home decor, healthy living, sew/crochet/knitting, stories and poems, tea time, travel reviews, tips, and tricks; also, we really hope all of our readers will participate!


PLEASE READ THE RULES!! :)



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A Walk in Union Square NYC

Wednesday, April 11, 2018


Hello Friends.  I hope you're having a good week.  Does it feel like spring weather where you live?

Well, in my neck of the woods the weather for March and April have been really crazy!

The month of March was really cold and we had a few really bad Nor'easters.  It's April now and we've already had a few snow storms with many inches of snow.  We were luckly that the snow melted quickly from the last storm we had.

I usually meet up once a month with friends in Union Square, New York City.  I really look forward to this meet up and last week the weather was agreeable.  We all decided to meet up, yay!

I did a post back in 2016 about the group of friends that I meet up with once a month.  If you would like to read about that you can click HERE.

I decided to take a few photos to share with you since the weather was nice that morning when I arrived at Union Square.  


Union Squre New York City


You can see that some of the trees are just starting to bud and will have flowers and green leaves soon.




Union Square Park NYC



I love that the bushes and plants are green.  Soon there will be leaves on these trees and you won't be able to see the buildings as clearly as now.




The sky was still dark and cloudy, but you can see behind the fence the statue and the buildings.




I was so happy to see the pretty spring flowers and pansies in the planters.


Flowers in the Planters - Union Square


The flowers below will be blooming soon with tulips and daffadils.  You can even see the pansies are starting to bloom.  I like how green everything looks.




I will be really happy once it feels like warm spring weather here.  I can't wait to not have to wear a scarf and heavy coat anymore.  You can even see how green the grass looks.




There are many statues scattered throughout Union Square Park.  There is even a small play ground for children to play in. (No photo).



Below, if you look you can see the brown building in the middle and that is Barnes & Noble.  This bookstore is one of my favorite places to visit.

Brown Building is Barnes & Noble


On this side of the street you can see all of the citibikes parked along the street for people to ride around the city.  I have NOT done that as I would not feel comfortable riding a bike in New York City!


City Bikes


Now we are inside of Barnes & Noble.  I love browsing and looking at all of the many books on the shelves.  I enjoy reading fiction books and I really like looking at the huge assortment of magazines.

Next I went up to meet my friends in the Starbucks cafe.  We usually look at magazines, knit and crochet at our leisure, while drinking our Starbucks coffee.


Books in Barnes & Noble

Once I left the book store, I decided to do a little shopping and then I took some more photos of the flowers in the Farmers Market.  Have you ever been there?  It's such a nice market and they have all kinds of specialty foods, breads, jellies, donuts, fruits, and vegetables.

They have such a huge variety of spring flowers now.  If you look closely it had been raining outside and the ground was full of puddles.


Spring Flowers in the Farmers Market


I really enjoyed looking at the colorful pansies and daffadils.  Spring flowers are the perfect way to cheer you up on a cold and dreary day!


Spring Plants

Look more plants.  Below are some really cute cactus plants.  I really liked them but at $15 dollars I thought that I could make my own for a lot less money.

I can't wait to visit a local home improvement store to purchase all of my spring flowers and vegetables.  I am really looking forward to some gardening in my yard.  Hopefully that will be real soon.

Cactus Plants 


What is the weather like in your area and have you done any spring planting yet?

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this little walk through Union Square with me.  Enjoy the rest of the week and weekend.

Don't forget to visit Jess and I at our Monday Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up!




Click HERE to see the great parties I will be linking up to!


Julie


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