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The Senility Prayer

 

Sometimes I Wonder Why………

I started out with nothing and I still have most of left.

My wild oats have turned into prunes and All Bran.

I finally got my head together and now my body is falling apart.

All reports are in; life is now officially unfair.

If all is not lost, then where is it?

It is far easier to get older than it is to get wiser.

Some days you’re the dog, and some days you’re the hydrant.

I wish the buck stopped here because I sure could use a few.

It’s hard to make a comeback when you haven’t been anywhere.

The only time the world beats a path to your door is when you’re in the bathroom.

If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.

When I’m finally holding all the cards, why does everyone decide to play chess?

It’s not hard to meet expenses. . . .they’re everywhere.

The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.

These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter . . . I go somewhere to get something and then wonder what I’m here after.

The Senility Prayer

God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked in the first place , the good fortune to run into the people I like, and the eyesight to tell the difference.

La Dee Dah!

 

Featured Recipe       Baked Parmesan Chicken

I hope you are not so tired of fowl because of Thanksgiving turkey that you won’t even give today’s recipe a second glance; because I have a wonderfully tasty dish for you today. There is a subtle interplay of flavors and best of all it is quick, easy, and cheap.

The recipe can be doubled.

Old Fashioned Kitchens

Not only is this dish quick, delicious, and easy on your budget since it is baked it heats the kitchen to a nice toasty warmth too. It also makes the kitchen smell divine.

As a child in the winter my favorite place to be after the register over the furnace, was in the kitchen when my mom was baking or roasting something. In the winter the kitchen was the warmest room in the house. It was also the room where the aroma was as sweet as the rose garden in the summer.

You don’t get that with these new, modern, open space great rooms with cathedral ceilings. There is noting great about them at all!!! All the heat is lost. Those high ceilings make heating costs go sky high. [Yes. The pun was intended.]

That’s why I so much prefer old kitchens to the new open-space kitchens. It was a gathering place for family and/or friends to share conversation, laughter, tears, warmth, a cup of coffee, and food. You sat around the table and could look each other in the eye. It is more intimate.

Plus I would just hate having my kitchen sink in my formal living room. How ugly!

Sometimes the old is really better.

This is what you will need for 3 people:

3 chicken breasts or 3 chicken thighs

2/3 cup Bisquick

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

½ teaspoon paprika

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

1/3 cup butter melted (5 tablespoons)

1 clove garlic smashed

¼ teaspoonDijonmustard

Dash of Worcestershire sauce

Parsley for garnish

Salt and pepper to taste

Here is what you do:

Preheat the oven to 425 F.

Place the Bisquick, Parmesan cheese, paprika garlic powder, salt and pepper into a resealable plastic bag, seal and shake to mix dry ingredients well.

Add the chicken, one or two pieces at a time, and seal and shake to coat. Set aside.

Smash and peel the garlic clove.

Over low heat melt the butter in the pan you are going to bake the chicken in.

Add the smashed garlic clove, theDijon mustard, and the Worcestershire sauce and mix well and cook a minute or two to bring out the flavors.

Place the chicken skin side down in the pan.

Bake uncovered in the oven for 20 minutes.

Remove the chicken from the oven…….

…..and turn the chicken over. Look at that! Doesn’t that golden brown crust look YUM?  

Put back in the oven and bake 10-15 minutes longer or until juices run clear, or to an internal temperature of 170 degrees.

Chop the parsley while the chicken is finishing cooking.

Testing to see if the chicken is done. When it is, sprinkle the chopped parsley over the chicken.

Serve with a vegetable and salad of your choice.

Bon appétit!!!

Cost

3 chicken breasts                 $5.78

2/3 cup Bisquick                   $0.40                       

¼ cup grated Parmesan       $0.96

½ teaspoon paprika             $0.05

¼ teaspoon garlic powder    $0.06

1/3 cup butter melted           $0.40

1 clove garlic smashed          $0.08

½ teaspoonDijonmustard      $0.05

Dash of Worcestershire        $0.02

Parsley for garnish               $0.07

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $7.87
Cost per person = $2.62

Quote of the Day

Few things are harder to put up with than a good example.

Mark Twain

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1 comment to The Senility Prayer

  • Every time I forget something I question whether that’s the first sign of alzheimers. Surely I’m not the only one. 🙂

    My kitchen is separate from the family room but only just – there’s no door but you can’t see into the kitchen because of the angle. I have a table in my kitchen and a formal dining room on the other side of the house (a man had to have designed this place).

    Now that it’s getting (really) hot, I’ve begun using my grill as an oven. I heat half of the grill and put the meat on the other half. So far it’s working very well. I doubt I’d make a cake this way though.