"healthy" chicken strips

do your kids like breaded chicken?  i thought so...

4 chicken breasts
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 tbl. honey
1 tsp. dijon mustard
2 cups cornflakes, finely crushed.  regular cornflakes are good, but kashi or cascadian farms 
(or any healthy brand) would be a little better.

preheat oven to 400 degrees.  cut chicken into strips.  in a shallow dish, combine egg, honey, and mustard.  have cornflake crumbs ready in another dish.  dip chicken into egg mixture, then coat in cereal.  place on ungreased baking sheet and bake for approximately 15 minutes or until done, turning once while baking.  

i make my own honey mustard using equal parts honey and dijon mustard.   


time for a change

i've gotten rid of my "security blanket" of sorts. i've loved wearing extensions, but i'm ready for a new look. i thought it would take me all year to get up the courage to go without them, but it's been a fairly easy transition. my extensions were the clip in kind, which is the only kind that i recommend, especially if you have baby fine hair like i do.

with extensions:
(i wore them every. single. day.)

and without:
(it's shorter in the back and i usually curl it.)

the green monster

1 frozen banana (peel and slice before freezing or you'll be sorry!)
1 tbsp. peanut butter (or 1-2 tbsp. honey for a "lighter" taste)
1 cup milk + a little crushed ice
about 4 cups baby spinach (or more, or less)

combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.  

this makes a perfect breakfast, lunch or snack and it's a nice variation of my other smoothies found here and here.  it's so creamy and amazingly GOOD.   spinach is an excellent source of vitamins a, c, k, iron, fiber and folic acid.  i've been making one of my smoothies every day for several months and my hair, skin and nails are getting healthier.   actually, i haven't been sick at ALL since halloween when i had a little cold which is amazing considering i've been constantly sick for the entire fall and winter in recent years.   
could this all possibly be due to my daily smoothie?    


roasted applesauce

peel and cut 4-6 apples (any variety) into small chunks. add 1 tbsp. butter (cut into small pieces) and sprinkle with 1 tbsp. sugar, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg and a pinch of salt.

cover with foil and bake at 400 degrees for 20 min. uncover and bake another 10 min. mash and enjoy!

this is a great recipe to have when your kids start asking to "cook" and makes the house smell so wonderful!


do you ever feel this way?  i loved every minute of the holiday season, but i am so ready for some quality home time.  (mainly to enjoy christmas gifts i have to admit.)  i have many projects lined up for this first part of the new year that i will share on this blog.  i don't want to list them, because i think that jinxes things...i'll just post as i do them.
the first is my little etsy shop (which launched today).

happy new year!