A lovely stationary set, some Dunkin coffee, and an amazing beverage frother are on their way to

{our next giveaway winner!}


wait for it…..


wait for it…..


Below, Kayla {on the left) and I pose with a fire hydrant in downtown Holland, Michigan.  Why?  It’s labeled #4….and we apparently found that to be cool 4 years ago.

Kayla commented that her beverage of choice, if she could only drink one liquid in addition to water for the rest of her life, would be Cherry Coke.

All Kayla did to enter this charming contest was leave a comment.

Your comments after posts = love.

I am always excited to hear what you have to say and I encourage you to befriend that comment button that lurks in the murky waters of the bottom of the post.  Who knows where your relationship with it will lead!

In a few days the next giveaway will be unveiled, and let me tell you, it’s pretty exciting.  Think sparkley, custom-designed, thoughtful, artful, jewelry.  :)  And you could be the next winner!

Now, segway with me to a different kind of winner.

I love to hear people talk honestly about the kind of meals that end up on their kitchen tables.  Eating–something so vital!  Life-giving!  Important!….can also be so…..routine.  Planning three meals a day–are you kidding me?  That could be a full time job, am I right??!!  (Invitation to skip to the bottom of this post and comment “YES!  I agree!”)

I also love to hear people talk honestly about their own perceived weaknesses that God somehow  makes beautiful and maybe not-so-weak, proving that after all, He is really the strong one.   Remember how He is able to do more than we can even imagine or ask?  {Give us faith to believe You can, Lord!}

I help lead a monthly outreach event at my church where we serve a hopefully fantastic three course meal to anyone in our community who could use a free dinner.

Now–the man who envisioned and began this ministry grew up in a foodie family.

He owns a pasta maker.  Enough said.

While it’s not a glaring weakness, I do not consider cooking or baking a strength of mine.  In fact, I could not manage to figure out the pepper grinder on the day this ministry was courageously passed on to me.  {I’m glad this made you laugh and not cry, Phillip.}  ;)

A funny thing happened at our most recent dinner.  While the volunteers and guests seemed to thoroughly enjoy the crab-stuffed chicken breasts I had planned, {thank you Grandma, for your advice on the baking time for a quadrupled recipe} the volunteers were just short of giddy over the food we made for the children in attendance:  chicken nuggets.  Chicken nuggets!

Nuggets are terrifically easy to make from scratch, and I felt strangely encouraged and inspired that the volunteers loved them so much–what a shout out to childhood simpleness.  If it tastes good, it tastes good, right?  {And if it’s fried, you know it’s going to taste even better!}

Allow me the pleasure of sharing this almost embarrassingly simple recipe.

Recipe for perfect, inexpensive chicken nuggets:  a winner for dinner

Cut chicken into desired bite-sized pieces.  Aldi carries wonderful chicken tenderloins on the cheap.  They’re fresh and perfectly sized.

Warm some oil, just enough to cover your pan, on medium heat.

As your oil heats, grab two small mixing bowls.  Even cereal bowls will work.

Bowl one:

Corn flake crumbs {which you can buy as crumbs for $3 or $4 a box, and the box will last a long time} plus five or six dashes of salt and a little pepper.  {Try garlic salt or seasoned salt if you want to get fancy}  Mix salt and peppa’ into flakes.

Bowl two:

Beat an egg or two, add a splash of cider vinegar and/or milk if you have them.  {Vinegar and milk aren’t necessary, just add a fancy kick of flavor}

Toss a few nuggets into the egg mixture, then press each one individually into the corn flakes.

Add nuggets to pan, rotating a few times during cooking.  The nuggets should brown nicely as they cook.  If you’re worried about doneness, cut into your largest nugget to ensure there’s no pink before serving.

  • Serve plain with ketchup, or with rice and sweet and sour sauce!
  • For a more adult-feeling dinner, try keeping your chicken tenderloins whole.  Yummy fried chicken tenders!  Completely bread-free!
  • Following this same recipe, nuggets can also be cooked in a deep fryer if you have one.  Be aware they’ll cook fast this way.


5 Responses to a giveaway winner + a winner for dinner

  • Phillip says:

    I really like the post, especially about the pepper mill ;). Anyways, as usual this blog is amazing, definitely inspired and I have a tip for you, and all the thousands of readers. You can make your own bread crumbs instead of buying them. I STRONGLY dislike (not hate) (I cannot say that word anymore because of my 3 years daughter) the ends of a loaf of bread. What I do is save them and also the slice next to the end (they are not very tasty either) and put the slices into a food processor until it makes small crumbs. I transfer the crumbs onto a baking sheet and bake at 350 for about 10 minutes, turn them around a bit and put into the oven for 10 more minutes. After this I take them out, and flatten then with the back of the spatula.

    Voila, you have fresh bread crumbs….it’s really that easy and it saved you 3 or 4 bucks and I don’t waste anything this way

  • Kayla-Bug says:

    WOO HOO! I love that I made the blog. Our picture is utter ridiculosity, and I love it. :) I make chicken tenders like that too, but with bread crumbs. Corn flakes is a great idea!

  • Ashley says:

    Mmm…sounds delish! Can’t wait to try it! I also can’t wait for the next giveaway. I’m determined to win.

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