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Bill Knapp’s Chicken Marinade

bill knapps chicken marinade

Anyone remember Bill Knapp’s restaurants??  One of my favorite places to eat, so disappointed when they closed!  I always ordered the marinated chicken breasts & found this copy cat recipe online.  I have grilled and baked it, I prefer it grilled but if you don’t have an indoor grill baking is fine.  You may also fry it, haven’t tried that way though.
1/2 c. honey
1/2 c. apple juice
2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
2/3 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup cider vinegar
2/3 cup vegetable oil
Mix all ingredients together in a blender and let chicken set in marinade overnight in fridge.  You can grill, pan fry or bake the chicken.  If pan frying add a little oil to the pan and let excess marinade drip off.  Cook in medium high heat pan till done (test for doneness)  To bake remove from marinade and place chicken in baking dish, bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until done.
Gina K. Designs, Holiday Cards, Winter/Holiday Cards

Gina K. Designs Sparkling Snowflake Card


Today’s card features a stamp set from the Gina K. Designs kit “Fruit of the Season”.  The stamp set is called “Sparkling Snowflakes”  and it is sooooo pretty!  I love how the card turned out!

The kit is full of some great items, 2 full size stamp sets, 24 Sheets of Pure Luxury Card Stock, Fruit of the Season Die Set, Sparkling Snowflake Die Set and it all comes in a plastic storage box.  *at the time of this blog post you can still get this kit.  Visit this link:  Fruit of the Season Kit


I like to purchase kits from stamp companies because it’s a great way to sample their products and you get sooo much great stuff to play with and tons of inspiration.  It’s also a great value because of all you get.  

I used the card stock in the kit to create my card and some ink from my stash to stamp the snowflakes and sentiment.  I also added a ton of glitter for sparkle.

This card would be easy to mass produce for Christmas cards.  

Thanks for stopping by today, have a great day!



Onion Herb Pork Chops

onion herb pork chops

This is one of my absolute favorite recipes, though I haven’t made it in awhile unfortunately!  It was featured in Taste of Home’s Cooking for 2 magazine in 2007.  I am not a big pork chop fan but the onions and herbs make this soooo good, not to mention the parmesan cheese!  This is one of those dishes that looks impressive and hard to make but in reality it’s quite simple!  Good with scalloped potatoes and fresh green beans on the side.  
1 tsp. plus 2 tablespoons butter, divided
1 medium onion, chopped
3 tablespoons chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
2 boneless pork loin chops (3/4 inch thick and 5 ounces each)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 pepper
3 tablespoons dry bread crumbs
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese 
In a small skillet, melt 1 teaspoon butter over medium heat.  Stir in the onion, broth, tarragon and thyme.  Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes or until onion is tender.  Meanwhile, sprinkle pork chops with salt and pepper.  In another skillet brown chops over medium heat in 1 tablespoon butter.  Spoon half of the onion mixture into a baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray; top with pork and remaining onion mixture.  Combine bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese; sprinkle over top.  Melt remaining butter; drizzle over crumbs.  Bake, uncovered at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until meat juices run clear.  Makes 2 servings.

Easy Placemat Basket Sewing Project


I love easy sewing projects!  Actually easy ones are the only ones I can do ha ha!  So when I found this project online I went ga ga over it!  This project comes from Lorrie Nunemaker.  She created this super easy, super adorable project using a place mat from the Pioneer Woman Collection (which I lovvvve!)  You can find Lorrie’s blog post on this project by clicking Here  

I decided to give this a go myself!  What follows is my process, or rather Lorrie’s process, I pretty much followed her instructions.  Hope you like it and decide to try one (or more!) for yourself!

PicMonkey Photo

I just bought a quilted placed mat from our local thrift store.   Ideally you want a solid rectangle, but I used one with kind of rounded corners and it still worked fine. 


Fold the place mat in half with the side you want on the inside facing out.  Finger crease firmly (or you can press with your iron).


Pin or clip (I use Wonder Clips they are awesome!) the sides as shown.


Sew along the side as close to the original seam as possible.  Sew all the way down and off your place mat, being sure to use a forward and back-stitch to secure.  Do this on both sides.


Next you want to “box” your corners so your basket will retain it’s shape and sit nicely.  To do this, fold or push the corner in as shown above, lining up the side seam with the center of the basket (this is why you want to press the center at the beginning. ) Try your best to line this up evenly with the center.


I like to use my 3 inch wide ruler to measure up 3 inches from the tip of the seam. You can make your corners as large or as small as you like depending on tall or short you want your basket to be.  3 inches works fine for me for this basket because I know I want it to fit inside a drawer.  For a taller basket, try 4.25, or 4.50, which is a nice size to sit on a shelf and hold taller items.


Using a fabric pen or pencil, draw a line along your ruler as shown above. 


(sorry the dark pic, my lighting is horrible!)  Next, take your basket to the sewing machine and sew along the line you drew.  GO SLOWLY and DO NOT force your fabric through!!  You’ll see why at the bottom of this post!!  Do both corners the same way. (remember to forward and back stich on both ends to secure).


Next trim off the corners as shown about 1/4″ from your seam.  Be care not to get too close to your stitches.   Do this on both corners.


Set your machine to a zig zag stitch and sewing along the cut edge of both corners to secure your ends, forwarding and backstiching to secure each end.  (alternatively if you have a serger you can do it that way)  Again, go very slowly and do not force your fabric through!


Turn your basket right side out, fold over the top edges and you’re done!  Isn’t it cute?  Also makes a nifty hat ha ha!

I made two from matching placements to hold my SU markers.  I don’t really use these much but this way I can store them in a drawer and keep everything tidy.  I might do the same thing for my Copics!


They fit snugly in a drawer with lots of room for extras!  


I made a larger basket from a quilting project gone wrong that I was actually going to toss out.  This was supposed to be a table runner, now it holds my SU stamp sets, LOL  

So that’s it!  Super fun, super easy and doesn’t cost much or take long to make at all.  Be sure to check out Lorrie’s blog post and site, she’s got some awesome ideas over there! 

Ohhhh I almost forgot!  Time for a SAFETY WARNING!  Here is why I kept urging you to go slowly with your sewing machine!


I very nearly became a one-eyed crafter earlier!  Not being the most patient girl in the world, I got a little pushy with my sewing machine.  Suddenly I heard a loud “snap”! and something whizzed past my face.  My needle broke!  I literally felt it BRUSH my eyelashes!  Someone was really watching out for me because I could have been seriously injured.  So really really really be conscious of your actions when using your sewing machine.  If your machine is struggling (and you will be able to tell) then slowwww down and make some adjustments.  Don’t just keep going.  Slow and steady wins the race and saves your eyeballs too!  

Have a great day and sew safe!!!