Monthly Archives: October 2011

Buffalo Chicken and Potatoes

Since it is football season and everyone loves Buffalo Wings.  I have put a new twist on this classic favorite.

  • 1 1/4 lb boneless skinless chcken breasts, cut into 1-inch strips
  • 1/3 cup buffalo wing sauce
  • 6 cups frozen (thawed) southern-style hash brown potatoes
  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (2 oz)
  • 1 can (10 oz) condensed cream of celery soup
  • 1/2 cup corn flake crumbs
  • 2 tablespoon butter, melted.

1.  Heat oven to 350°.  Spray 13.9-inch (3-quart) baking dish with cooking spray.

2.  In medium bowl, stir together chicken strips and wing sauce.

3.  In large bowl, stir together potatoes, dressing, cheese and soup.

4.  Spoon into baking dish.

5.  Place chicken strips in single layer over potatoe mixture.

6.  In small bowl, stir together crumbs and butter.  Sprinkle in baking dish.

7.  Cover with foil.  Bake 30 minutes; uncover and bake 20 to 25 minutes longer or until potatoes are tender and juice of chicken is no longer pink when centers of thickest pieces are cut.

This is creamy and delicious plus the ranch helps cool down the spiceness of the buffalo wing sauce.

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I’m Back

Yes, I am back to blogging, finally.  Life got a little crazy in our household.  With school starting, my point and shoot camera died, etc.  I guess you would just call it a normal life in the Mother of 2 household.

One of the major things that happened in our household happened on August 31st.

We spent 2 hours in teh ER beause Bubba broke his arm.  He didn’t break it like a normal break, nope he broke it 2 inches below the shoulder socket.  So we had to go to a pediatric orthopedic surgeon who in turn did surgery.  So on September 6 we made the trip to Des Moines for his surgery.

He did not do to well with the surgery.  Unfortunately he ended up with hives and ended up sleeping alot that day.  His arm hurt but he was a trooper.

Bubba ended up having 3 pins put in his arm.  One went up and down and the other 2 went in sideways.  They went through the muscle and the bone.  So for 6 weeks he had to leave his arm in an immbolizer which meant he couldn’t take a shower by himself, had trouble getting dressed by himself and could not tie his shoes.  It was a loooong 6 weeks for mom.

So on October 28 it was finally time to get the pins removed.

Before surgery.  He was not happy to have his picture taken with the cap and gown on but I told him I needed it for the memories.  He wouldn’t sit still.

After surgery.  This time he did not end up with hives so he was wide awake.  Of course, he didn’t appreciate the picture being taken.

Arm looks much better and he is finally able to move it.  Of course, he wants to keep it in the same position that it has been in for the last 6 weeks but it should eventually get better.  He has 2 weeks until we go back to the doctor and if he isn’t moving it better he will have to do therapy.

These are quite large pins to have in your arm but at least they are no longer there.

I must say, I am very proud of Bubba.  He had a few moments during the 6 weeks were there were tears because of the pain but otherwise he was tough as nails.  He worked very, very hard to catch up on all of his school work considering he missed quite a bit of school.  He still struggled with some classes but I’m hoping his hardwork will show up when the report card comes home.

As for the blog, I will blog every day.  It may just be one time a day and it may only be at night but yes, I will continue to blog.  This blog is not only for me to keep track of my exercise, weight loss, food I eat (which I really need to watch because I had my cholesterol checked and it is a little high).  So my eating habits will probably change, some, plus I need to increase my exercise.  Will this blog be interesting to everyone, probably not.  Will it be a good journal for my children.  Absolutely.  I want them to be able to look back on this blog and see how many things we did as a family and how they have changed from day to day.

Have a great Sunday.


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