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).
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 Rodeo, the 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.