Recipe: Honey Mustard Chicken

We tried this new recipe last week.  It was so easy and very tasty!  I don't know why I have posted two sweet chicken dishes.  This one is a little more  honey than mustard tasting.

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/3 c melted butter
1/3 c honey
2 tbsp mustard
1/4 tsp salt

Mix butter, honey mustard and salt.  Pour over chicken.  Bake at 350 for about an hour.

We ate this over brown rice and had a side salad.  Simple and tasty!  The best thing is I had all the ingredients in my pantry for this.  Let me know if you try it!


Have you been to this site yet?  Its called Pandora. 

Its like a customized radio station.

You type in the name of a band, artist, or album and it creates a play list for you composed of similar artists they think you may like as well. 

When they play a song, if you tell them you don't like it, they will never play it again.

Its totally free.

My computer is located near our kitchen.  Sometimes I really enjoy going to this site and listening to music while I cook.  You should try it.

Speaking of cooking, I have a super easy chicken recipe coming your way tomorrow.

The Joys of Boys

I have a bruise on the bridge of my nose.  Its not noticeable but sensitive to touch.  At first I thought it was a pimple coming (but an odd place to get a pimple).  Then I remembered Monday. 

Could it be when Graham whacked me in the nose with his ukulele or from about an hour later when Elijah accidentally kicked me in the nose?

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A Day of Surgeries

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Somehow our children inherited infection prone ears.    Elijah had tubes put in at 9 months, Graham at 6 months.  This past Thursday, we had to take care of two problems.  You see tubes are supposed to stay in 9 to 18 months.  If they stay in too long they can damage the ear.  If they come out too soon, the child may not have outgrown his ear issues yet.

One in every 200 kids has to have their tubes removed.  About 20% of all kids have to have a second set of tubes. Everyone one who gets a second set of tubes has their adenoids removed as well.

So… Elijah fell in the 1 in 200 category.  He had to have his tubes removed.  Graham's tubes came out really fast and he had to have a second set and adenoid removal.  All in one day, everybody did great.  They said Graham's adenoids were really enlarged.  Elijah was so brave.  Now all we  have to do is pay the bill!

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Monday Morning (or Afternoon) Commentary


1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.

Yesterday we kicked off our new series, The Purple People Leader.  The series idea came from the book by Seth Godin, The Purple Cow.  Godin's book is about being about transforming your business to be remarkable, out of the ordinary. 

My husband's message was inspiring.  He encouraged us to redefine normal as Christians.  My favorite this is when he said "The very thing that makes you unique is what makes you powerful."

He went on to recount many times in his past when he knew he wasn't normal.  Its sad for me to admit this but I have spent way too much time and energy trying to be normal and accepted by my peers.  When my mother reads this post she is going to have such an I-told-you-so look on her face.  She spent countless, I mean countless hours encouraging me during my childhood and teen years to be myself.  If I had a dollar for every time she gave me the don't be a follower, be a leader speech, I would be a rich woman today.

I'm doing better now (hey I have my mother and my husband in my ear).  I am learning to embrace my uniqueness.  I am learning to walk confidently in the position God has placed me in.  He hand picked me to marry Steven Furtick and be the pastor's wife of Elevation Church in Charlotte,NC.  He hand picked me to raise Elijah and Graham to be the most influential men of their generation (that's what I am praying at least).  I am going to have to give a lot of don't be a follower, be a leader speeches and its time I get my act together.

You really should listen to this one.  It should be posted here soon (Its week 1 of Purple People Leader).

New Rule

January 064 Saturdays around here are very laid back.  Last week, I knew the boys were making a mess but they seemed to be well occupied so I didn't check in on them much.

Then I found this.

Elijah said this was his boat and he was the captain.

Yes it is as bad as it looks.

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It took about 30 minutes to build the boat.

About 5 minutes to play "boat"

And FOREVER to clean up. 

The fun time ended up with me very upset because I kept fussing at Elijah to help clean up.

I will say that the playroom was very clean and organized for about a day after that.

And now we have a rule.

No playing with the baskets and bins that are holding toys. 

Two Recipes from One: Catalina Chicken

I love working one recipe into two meals.  Here's what I did last week, both meals were delicious!  Just make sure you make plenty of chicken so you have enough for the second meal.

Meal 1: Catalina Chicken
*Warning, this dish takes almost 2 hours to cook


  • 1 pack of onion soup mix
  • 1 8oz bottle of Catalina salad dressing
  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts (I buy the pre-frozen ones at Sam's.  The breasts are huge so I cut them in half horizontally to make them more tender and go farther.)
  • 1 can of cranberry sauce with whole berries in it.


  • Place chicken in pan sprinkle soup mix over chicken
  • Spread cranberries over chicken
  • Cover with foil and bake at 300 for 1 hour
  • Remove foil (chicken will look kind of watery) and pour dressing over chicken 
  • Bake uncovered for 45 minutes

Serve over angel hair pasta or egg noodles.  The dish is very sweet so compliment with more bland sides like green beans.

Meal Two:  Toasted Ramen Noodle Salad


  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 2 packages of ramen noodles (will not need flavor packets)
  • 1/3 cup of sliced almonds (I like the plain the almond accents salad toppings)
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce
  • 1 package of goat cheese (don't chicken out and get feta, the goat cheese is delicious)
  • Cut up Catalina chicken with berries but not juice (leave cold)
  • 3/4 c vegetable oil
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/3 c vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce


  • Brown noodles and almonds in butter.  Keep them moving until everything looks browned
  • Combine last 4 ingredients to make dressing.  Mix well each time before pouring on salad
  • Cut up lettuce
  • Break up the cheese (its very soft and kind of difficult to work with)
  • Toss all ingredients together (add dressing to each bowl so left overs are not soggy)

Snow Patrol


There is something joyful about storms that interrupt routine.  Snow or freezing rain suddenly releases you from expectations, performance demands, and the tyranny of appointments and schedules.  And unlike illness, it is largely a corporate rather than individual experience.  One can almost hear a unified sigh rise from the nearby city and surrounding countryside where Nature has intervened to give respite to the weary humans sloggin it out within her purview.  All those affected this way are united by a mutual excuse, and the heart is suddenly and unexpectedly a little giddy.  There will be no apologies needed for not showing up to some commitment or other.  Everyone understands and shares in this singular justification, and the sudden alleviation of the pressure to produce makes the heart merry.

An excerpt from The Shack by William Paul Young

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MMC: He still walked with a limp

Yesterday my husband wrapped up our series with a message on the story of Mephibosheth, Jonathan's son who was crippled because someone dropped him as a child (2Sam 4:4 and 9:1-13).  In the story we find King David wanting to show kindness to Saul's family for the sake of Jonathan.

My favorite point of the sermon was when my husband pointed out that although Mephibosheth was able to eat at the King's table the rest of his days, he was still crippled.  I think often we get discouraged because we think when we come to the Lord all of our past issues and hurts are going to resolve.  The fact is that although God ultimately wants to bring healing to us, sometimes he causes us to have to walk through life with a limp.  Thats a powerful concept to grasp.

To really get the whole context, you need to listen to the message (week 3 of Come Home) here (it should be posted later today).  I know I say this every week, but it really was a great message.

I have a lot of great ideas coming later this week… a recipe that you can work into two great meals, an unbelievable picture of something my kids did, and a post called Would you rather.  Its going to be a great week!  Happy Monday.

I didn’t know it was that bad

I know that the laundry situation has been bad around here since Christmas.  I just can't seem to get in a rhythm of actually washing, folding and putting away laundry before more gets dirty.  I seem to constantly have piles of clean clothes waiting to be folded and put away.  Ok so I knew all this.

What I didn't know is that my kids know.  Just now I asked Graham if he was ready to get dressed.  He gave me  his customary yes grunt and toddled off to the laundry room as if clean clothes come from there and not his closet.

I have got to do better.  I have just got to.