FOR TODAY 12/12/12!
Outside my window... The sun is shining - most of the time, although we did get a few, very small flakes of snow earlier today. It's not even all that cold outside, about 42 degrees. December just can't seem to make up it's mind!
I am thinking... That it sure would be nice to have a white Christmas . . .
I am thankful... At this time of year, I am always so thankful for my family. So many of my friends and family are no longer with us, and it's good to have such wonderful memories of Christmas' past, to hold in my heart.
In the kitchen... I'm making bread today. For supper I think I will make Sweet and Sour Chicken . . . yummy! I know, it's fattening, but . . . today, I don't care!
Sweet and Sour Chicken
3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts ( you could also use thighs)
salt and pepper
1 1/2 cups corn starch
4 large eggs beaten
1 1/2 cups Canola Oil (or vegetable oil)
3/4 cup sugar
4 tablespoons ketchup
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Turn broiler on low. Whisk all the ingredients for the sauce in a large bowl, set aside.
Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat. ( I used to use a Wok, but found that my chicken never stayed crispy!)
Cut chicken into bite sized pieces. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Dip chicken in cornstarch and then in egg. Test the oil to make sure that it is ready to fry and then fry all chicken in several batches. In my pan it took about 3 large batches. Turn the chicken frequently to prevent burning. Chicken should be golden brown ( about 3 minutes total, each stove is different). After each batch of chicken is fried, put on a large sheet pan and put it on the bottom rack of the oven to keep crispy and warm while the other batches are being fried. You could also do this entire step in a deep fryer, transferring to the oven as each batch is done.
Once all chicken is fried, clean out all the extra oil from the skillet. Add the chicken back to the pan and add the sauce, but only start with half of it. You will make it soggy if you put it all at once. Do not be alarmed at the strong smell of the sauce! You are smelling the vinegar and it is really strong but that is the sour in sweet and sour! Don’t worry though, it will taste heavenly. Continue to toss on a high heat until the chicken starts to become slightly dark and sticky. Add the remaining sauce to your liking. Serve over coconut rice, or just plain rice.
I am wearing... Jeans and a purple long sleeved t-shirt.
A song from my playlist... I just love Michael Buble' and Shania! ~Enjoy~
I am going... To my granddaughter's band concert on Friday evening - I'm so excited to hear her play the trumpet!!
I am wondering... How my husband's eye is feeling - he had his second lens replacement surgery this morning. All went well - home safe and sound - looking forward to no contacts!
I am reading... I'm still reading the same book I was last week! This funny thing happens to me when I get in bed, pick up my book and start reading. Everything is great for about 5 minutes, then . . . I fall asleep! I can't seem to stay awake when I read in bed! I drop my book, have crazy dreams about what I was just reading, and sometimes snore! I'm going to blame it on eye drops I use at night... ;0)
I am hoping... That I can get my gifts wrapped and under the tree this week.
I am looking forward to... Going to see the movie, Lincoln, on Friday.
Around the house... I need to vacuum and mop the floors, and dust and clean the bathrooms.
I am pondering... How good it feels to have my mom in her new apartment. It is not as pretty as her old apartment, but it just feels good! There are good people all around her, the food is better and I think she's happier, and that makes me happy!
A favorite quote for today...
We hear the beating of wings over Bethlehem and a light that is not of the sun or of the stars shines in the midnight sky. Let the beauty of the story take away all narrowness, all thought of formal creeds. Let it be remembered as a story that has happened again and again, to men of many different races, that has been expressed through many religions, that has been called by many different names. Time and space and language lay no limitations upon human brotherhood. ~New York Times, 25 December 1937, quoted in Quotations for Special Occasions by Maud van Buren, 1938, published by The H.W. Wilson Company, New York
One of my favorite things... My sister's fudge. . .
A few plans for the rest of the week:
Tomorrow - Dr. appointment
Friday - Movies and concert
Saturday - Last minute stuff
Sunday - Church
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