Five on Friday

1. Zach and I are going on a date tonight, while Zachary stays with my parents. I’m VERY excited about it.

2. Zach had a work event this weekend at the FedEx Forum. While he was there, he got to play. He thought he was really funny when he took this first picture. Crazy guy.


3. My friend, Laurie, lives in Seattle, and this week, she mailed me some of the best organic, fair-trade coffee I’ve ever tasted, grown in Ethiopia. She’s SO great.

4. Here are a couple recipes I tried last night… Zachary loved it and Zach wouldn’t stop raving.

The first was Crispy Baked Chicken Fingers From Annie’s Eats.

Ingredients:
2 cups panko breadcrumbs
2 tbsp. canola oil
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
3 large egg whites
1 tbsp. water
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. minced fresh thyme or ¼ tsp. dried
Cooking spray
1½ lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into ¾-inch wide strips

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 475˚ F. In a large skillet, toss the panko with the oil. Toast over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 8-10 minutes. Transfer the toasted crumbs to a shallow dish or pie plate.

In a second shallow dish, whisk together the flour, garlic powder, salt, and cayenne pepper. In a bowl, whisk together the egg whites, water, mustard and thyme.

Spray a wire rack lightly with cooking spray and place over a rimmed baking sheet. Working in batches, dredge a few pieces of the chicken in the flour, then the egg whites, and finally the breadcrumbs to coat, shaking off the excess between each step. Lay the coated pieces on the prepared wire rack and repeat with the remaining chicken.

Spray the tops of the chicken pieces lightly with the cooking spray. Bake until the chicken is cooked through, 10-12 minutes. Serve warm.

As a side, I made Potato Bundle’s From Faith’s “Simple But Delicious” Blog,

They were SO good.

Potato Bundles
6 whole Russet potatoes (cut into small bite size pieces)
1/2 whole Yellow Onion, diced
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup Heavy Cream
Salt to taste
Paprika to taste
Black Pepper to taste
2 tablespoons minced parsley

Directions:
1. Pile potatoes and onions on a square of foil.
2. Add 2 tablespoons of butter to each foil. Splash on cream to each pile.
3. Then sprinkle on salt, paprika, and black pepper to taste.
4. Sprinkle minced parsley over the top.
5. Wrap bundles tightly and bake 375 degrees for 45 minutes, or until extremely tender.
6. Serve bundles right on the dinner plate.

5. Zach bought me the new iphone 4. I love it. LOVE IT. I’m SO not a tech junkie, but this thing has been GREAT. Here are a few pictures taken with it recently. And yes, I do realize half of these pictures are of food. Don’t judge.

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Life with Kaishon - February 26, 2011 - 5:16 pm

Awwwwwwwwwwww. The kids are so cute. I think you can put panko breadcrumbs on just about anything and it will turn out good. I love those things! Glad you are doing well
: ) Happy weekend!

The Past 48

It’s been a little crazy around the Wiggs home the past 48 hours.

Zach’s grandmother is very sick. She was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer the week before Christmas. That news has shaken our family, especially Zach. If you know him, or have ever asked him who his hero is, we will tell you his Granny. He is quick to tell you that he owes everything to his God and his Granny. Granny Flora is and always will be his angel on earth.

That being said, we had planned to leave out of town Saturday around lunchtime, to head down to Alabama to spend a long weekend with her. That changed around midnight Saturday morning, when Zachary woke up crying, with a temperature of 104.7. After being up all night on the phone with nurses and trying to get his fever down, we took him to the doctor the next morning, where they told us he has the flu.

So, Zachary and I stayed behind, while Zach left for Alabama.

Granny, we miss you, and our hearts ache that we can’t be there with you, but I am so happy Zach gets to spend some one-on-one quality time with one of his favorite people in the entire world. We are so blessed because of you.

We love you.

***ON A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT NOTE, I’ve had several people ask me about my jaw consultation. The news was definitely not what I was hoping to hear. The oral surgeon said the only way I could get it fixed was through jaw surgery. It’s a surgery where they have to make a cut in front of my ears on both sides, and then go in and reshape my bone. They will have to shave off part of my bone on each side, and then reposition my disk, and then sew it back up. The oral surgeon warned me it would be the most pain I would probably ever experience. He said I won’t be able to do anything for 3-4 days, and then will take up to 1-2 months before I’m back to normal. Ugh. I’m going to try and schedule another meeting with another doctor to get a second opinion.

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Mandy Collins - February 21, 2011 - 3:32 am

OH no! I can’t believe he has the flu. Poor thing, at leats his fever went down. Hope everything works out with your jaw surgery. praying for you all and Zach as he travels. Did you get those birthday pics I emailed you last week?

Erica - February 20, 2011 - 7:27 pm

Hey, I go to the same church as you, but we haven’t talked before… but I have been blog stalking your beautiful pictures you take for a year or so. Anyway, I hope Zachary starts to feel better and his fever comes down. My 2 1/2 year old daughter (Savannah) and I have both been hit with the flu this week and it is absolutley no fun. I hope you don’t get it too. Savannah actually got a flu a shot this year and still managed to catch it. No fun. He is in our prayers!

Five on Friday

1. Zachary was up all night crying. I’m still not sure why. I’m assuming his teeth. I have definitely been taking the sleeping all night thing for granted. BIG TIME.

2. Had such a good night last night with a good friend, catching up. Girl, it’s been WAY TOO LONG since we’ve hung out- just us two.

3. After that, Zach and I started our fire pit outside and spent the rest of the night, talking about life, drinking wine and roasting marshmallows… all while cuddled up under a blanket. One of the most memorable nights of our marriage.

4. I’m finally going to an oral surgeon today about my jaw. I have had TMJ probably my whole life, but my jaw finally slid out of place more than a year ago, and has been that way ever since. I’m so ready to be able to bite into a giant burger– but just hope the process of getting there isn’t insanely painful.

5. We’re leaving for Guntersville, AL tomorrow, to spend some quality time with Zach’s beautiful grandmother, Flora. That lady is AMAZING.

**Someone sent me a message this week, saying how much they appreciate my recipes, so here’s another one I tried this week. Anne-Camille, thanks for this one too! What would I do without my cooking buddy??:)

Jenn— If you’re wondering where the rice was, you’re not mistaken. I forgot it.:)

Green Chili Enchilada Soup

4 chicken breasts, cubed (raw)
1 lg can Green Chile Enchilada Sauce
1 sm can chopped Green Chilies
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
I c. cooked rice

Combine all ingredients except rice in crockpot. Cook on high 4 hours or low 8 hours. Last hour put rice in. Serve with flour tortillas or tortilla chips and cheese.

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Anne-Camille Collins - February 21, 2011 - 12:42 am

Woot woot!
Love you girl!!! :)

Mandy Collins - February 19, 2011 - 5:42 pm

I LOVE your fire pit! How romantic!!

Melissa - February 18, 2011 - 4:45 pm

Cuddling with Dustin and talking about life is my most favorite thing to do with him too! Have fun in Alabama!! We’ll miss y’all tomorrow night!

Jennifer - February 18, 2011 - 3:31 pm

It was fantasic without rice! And maybe I should have stuck around for the fire….. :) LOVE YOU!