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Easy Baked Chicken And Rice (Recipe)

Another super simple meal idea for when you just have no idea what to feed the family. This can be whipped up in an hour and the recipe claims it feeds 4 but of course, that depends on who’s eating it πŸ˜‰

What you’re going to need:

  • 2 pounds chicken pieces or a couple of chicken breasts (I cut mine in half to make them thinner so they cook faster)
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 cup rice, uncooked
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • pinch of cayenne
  1. Brown the chicken pieces on all sides in hot oil. Put in a casserole dish.
  2. Sprinkle uncooked rice over and around the chicken.
  3. Mix together the boiling water, garlic, salt, pepper, turmeric and cayenne. Pour over chicken and rice.
  4. Cover and cook in a 350degree oven for about 45 minutes or until chicken is tender and rice is cooked.

And that’s it! My kids like to put a little soya sauce on the rice for a bit more flavor. I like to serve this with oven roasted parmesan snap peas or some green beans.

Hope you have a really great weekend!



Kittens, Frogs, and a little bit of Nature

I have so many pictures on my phone that I had every intention of sharing here on different posts and I legit just never get around to it! So with all intentions put up on a shelf for now, I’m just going to share all these pics at one time πŸ™‚ Enjoy!

Our cat got her back leg cut open (I think from a jump gone wrong on our fence) and stiches and the vet bill were out of the question. So we fixed her up ourselves and she was such a great little patient. At least I know how much she trusts us now πŸ™‚ She had her babies a couple of weeks ago now and they are growing so fast. The kids love kitty-sitting while mama goes out. They started off in my room and then I must have been interrupting too much because she decided that moving them to the boys room was a much better parenting decision LOL. Sure says a lot for what she thought of me πŸ˜‰ No names yet but we will hopefully agree on some soon.

Jeremiah was (in this case not) a bullfrog
The simple “bear” necessities in life

The next storm pictures are from the Mervin area but I didn’t take them. My cousin took them and I stole them πŸ™‚ But sssshhhh! Don’t tell her!

And I just have to throw in a few more from around Saskatchewan during the last week or so. We live in such an amazing province and it really is the Land Of The Living Skies. I feel very fortunate to call Saskatchewan my home.

Not my picture, this was more southern SK
Humbolt, SK
Turtleford, SK
Near Edam, SK

My husband works maintenance for the R.M. and one of the many jobs he has is ensuring the culverts are open so they can flow properly. I found this picture pretty cool in the fact that animals can always find a way or a place to make a home. These guys are no exception. They should really put a sign up though because the shock of having them all fly out at you at the same time and the noise they make inside a long culvert is quite astonishing LOL

Other than all this fun πŸ˜‰ I have just been in survival mode…just trying to get through one day and then the next. Many family members have passed on in the last 2 months and I hope this most recent funeral will be the last for a while! Out of it came a beautiful opportunity for all of us cousins to share some much missed and needed time together. Yes, family. Why does it have to be so darned difficult at times? Love, patience will conquer all if we can sprinkle a good amount of forgiveness and laughter in there as well.

Hope you’re having a fantastic week and staying cool! We’ve been hit with another shot of heat here. I don’t like the hot (or the cold) lol.


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Coffee Break Poetry

My Life Is My Art

Do you remember the time, not long ago,

We couldn’t wait to talk to each other again.

Texting all day until early next morning,

Smiling at the sound of that text notification,

Laughing at inside jokes and dumbass remarks.

I miss that. I miss you.

You’ll never know just how much.

Just how hard it is to keep going,

Knowing those times are forgotten for you.

Are they? Are those memories gone?

Or do you remember as often as I do?

I’ll be okay.

I’ve met good, kind people who encourage me.

Keep going, keep healing, keep sharing.

My life has become my art.

Art that you don’t get to see anymore.



I found this while going through some papers in my kitchen cupboard (of all places!). It was jotted down on sticky paper and forgotten about. Most of the poetry I find is wrote on sticky notes honestly LOL. I should start calling this Sticky Note Poetry. I don’t remember writing it but I know it was at least 2 years ago and the hurt was real and raw and I could never imagine the anger and betrayal that this would bring in the end. There are still so many new things that I am learning about myself and feelings that are emerging from childhood as I explore my memories and those boxes in my head on this journey of healing and moving forward.

Have a great weekend!

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(Reblog)Non Stick Pan Coating β€” In Dianes Kitchen

Do you still grease and flour your pans or constantly buy spray oil? When I sold decorated cakes I always bought a non stick pan coating that made the cake release from the pans easily and without sticking. This is just as good as what I used to buy and uses only three common ingredients.Β […]

Non Stick Pan Coating β€” In Dianes Kitchen
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(Re-blog)The Inspiring Angel β€” Prerna’s blog

This is such an inspiring idea and I needed to share! It’s so important to share love and positivity and spread light to everyone. Please take a few moments to read up on this movement and join in! I also want to say that I know how hard it is asking for help but it’s so important to reach out if you’re in need. You are brave. You are loved. You matter. -Ang

Hey guys, we have started an initiative to spread smiles amidst the pandemic. Help us spread the word so that we can reach out to more people! Visit our site to learn more about us: The Inspiring Angel Have a lovely day. Take care 🌸

The Inspiring Angel β€” Prerna’s blog