With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Shake and Bake Coating Recipe and Family/Friend Times

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Shake and Bake Coating Recipe and Family/Friend Times

Busy days and hungry kids call for easy meals. Do you remember the old Shake n' Bake commercials with the little girl in her southern accent, enthusiastically exclaiming, "And, I helped!" I have always liked the product.  Nice flavor, little mess and no frying. Now I make my own. It's easy and economical. I use it for both pork and chicken and you can change up the spices to suit your taste. (recipe below after family photos)

Our daughter had the opportunity to go with her husband on a business trip to Charleston, South Carolina and we watched Chloe and Jet while Abbey went to their house to care for the school-aged children. 
Breakfast and play-land is always a fun time.
Little ones fall asleep easily after playing hard (except when I let them nap too late in the afternoon and they are awake at bedtime longer than I can keep my eyes open).
playful moments
PopPop moments
The previous weekend, Keri was here and as a treat we went to a restaurant for lunch.

Another evening, we celebrated the birthday of our sweet friend, Susan ~ these couples have been close friends for over 30 years! (top right photo in above collage)
We ended our weekly Bible study group for the summer with a BBQ.
Jared and John participated in our churches 5th annual golf tournament. It was a rainy day but they still had smiles. Also caught a performance of Jared's high school play.
We enjoyed the food and fellowship at a church picnic. In spite of gloomy weather, over 450 attended.
And since I can hardly believe it, I snapped a few pics of Jared heading to school as he finishes senior year.
Every few months we try to connect with John's college buddies. Ray and Jan live in north Jersey, Patrick and Tish live about two hours south of them and we are just about in between. The host provides the entree and the other two couples make appetizers and dessert. Later, in the evening Patrick and Tish took us to Cowtown Rodeothe longest running weekly rodeo in the USA. It was a new experience and though the forecast was for strong thunderstorms, the evening was most perfect. 
This past Sunday morning, we celebrated our 35th church anniversary. (source of collage photos) with a special service and a luncheon afterward. We have been blessed to be part of Fellowship Community Church for almost 33 years and are so thankful for Pastor and his wife!

Now for the recipe...

Homemade Shake and Bake Coating
slightly adapted from Allrecipes 

2 cups dry bread crumbs
3 1/2 Tbs. vegetable oil
1/2 Tbs. salt
1/2 Tbs. paprika
1/2 Tbs. celery salt (I substituted a small amount of celery seed)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon minced onion
1 pinch dried basil leaves
1 pinch dried parsley
1 pinch dried oregano

In a bowl or resealable plastic bag, combine the breadcrumbs, oil, salt, paprika, celery salt, pepper, garlic salt, minced garlic, minced onion, basil, parsley and oregano. Stir/mix until combined.

This recipe made enough for two batches of chicken legs. I spooned out enough to coat the chicken and put the unused portion into a small freezer bag and placed in the freezer for another use. 

To make the chicken legs, wet each piece with water, shaking off excess and toss in a plastic bag until coated. Place coated chicken onto a lightly sprayed, foil-lined baking sheet. Bake in a 400 degree preheated oven until juices run clear and the chicken is browned, about 45-50 minutes.

NOTE: I used skinless chicken legs.  If using boneless breasts, be sure to reduce the baking time.


Debbie Petras said...

I certainly remember those Shake n Bake commercials. And this recipe looks good. Thanks for sharing. Your life has certainly been full of good times. I love how kids play and then fall asleep. Working with little ones during the school year has certainly taught me much about them. I love those early years.

Karen said...

I enjoyed your family get together pics! The little ones have a way of making sure grandparents sleep soundly that night!LOL Thanks for the recipe. I remember that ad, and used that product long ago.

Ann said...

I always enjoy seeing pictures of your grandchildren. The chicken looks so good. I tried mixing up my own shake n bake once and my fussy husband didn't like it. If he hadn't known I mixed it myself he probably wouldn't have noticed the difference

Gloria Baker said...

Look delicious and lovely pictures :)

Pondside said...

Oh yes, I remember Shake 'n Bake and that commercial. The recipe is timely, as I will soon have my grandsons for the summer and it is a challenge to think of supper every night after years of having an empty nest.
Your grandchildren are getting big! I love to see all the sweet family photos.

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

I always enjoy catching up with you and yours, Lorraine. Have a blessed weekend.

handmade by amalia said...

So much fun with friends and family, good for you! And a great recipe as well!

Barbara F. said...

I loved that commercial! I remember she had some teeth missing, too. Such happier times. I love chicken prepared this way.

Mildred said...

I, too, remember the commercial and the Southern accent. Helped was pronounced "halped!" Lovely to see your family photos. Happy Father's Day weekend.

Blogger Jedidja said...

I enjoyed the family photos on your blog. En the delicious food.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

How wonderful that you took care of the little ones :) Love them looking at their Papa :) Your chicken sounds wonderful and amazed to see that crunchy coating was done with baking and not frying!

NanaNor's said...

Hi,I loved seeing all the happenings with you and yours. Your grands are so precious! What a blessed life y you lead-God is so Good. I loved seeing the celebration of your fellowship-how precious.
Blessings and hugs,


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