Homemade “Baked” Chicken Fingers

I got absolutely nothing done yesterday except for grocery shopping so I thought I would repost our favourite chicken fingers recipe!

Who doesn’t love a good feast of chicken fingers and fries?  I can’t think of many people who don’t.  The problem is the deep frying.  I have my air fryer to make the French fries but if I want everything done at the same time for dinner, I had to do something different with the chicken fingers.

Baking seemed like the perfect way to cook them and to hopefully keep the taste as good as if they were fried.  Success!  They were nice and crispy on the outside (thanks to pre-toasting the panko and still nice and moist on the inside!) Everyone loved them!  I served them with some homemade Honey Mustard Sauce and all of the chicken fingers disappeared!


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Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Sorry I missed yesterday…. I usually plan ahead better than that but our weekend was very busy, I was still recuperating and I had my out of town Dr’s appointment yesterday… so not a whole lot has been accomplished this week! I did manage to make this bread on Monday thought for lunches and thought I would share the recipe with everyone!

Banana bread is a HUGE favourite in this household… especially with Dillon. I swear he had some kind of banana bread radar lol! He could be anywhere in the house and once he catches a whiff of it baking he is sitting there waiting… offering to take one of the loaves (because we can’t just make one here lol) off my hands…. a WHOLE loaf lol!


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Cinnamon-Raisin Swirl Bread

I found an awesome sounding Raisin/Cinnamon bread recipe at tideandthyme.com and couldn’t wait to try it!

Raisin/Cinnamon bread has always been Dillon’s favourite bread.  I have literally seen him sit with a fresh loaf and practically inhale the whole thing.  As I was making this, he kept coming upstairs and telling me how good the bread smelled while it was baking, and oh yes, he would take the whole pan lol!
I thought this would be great toasted but I am also going to keep a loaf to make weekend French Toast!


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Pan Fried Steak

We still haven’t found a BBQ we want so no backyard BBQ’S for us so far this year! But… I knew Chris was dying for a steak so I pan fried it to satisfy his craving lol!


I didn’t start with an ingredient picture for some reason so I will just do the step by step.

The first thing I did was to put a couple tablespoonfuls of olive oil in the pan and heated it up on high heat.

While it was heating up I sprinkled both sides of the steaks with salt and pepper.

I placed the steaks in the pan with the preheated oil and seared them for about a minute per side. I did this about 3 times to ensure they were cooked through.

Next I added 1 heaping tablespoon of butter/margarine, 3 tsp. minced garlic and about 1 1/2 cups of sliced mushrooms.

I continued cooking on medium high heat until the mushrooms were cooked and getting crispy, still turning the steaks every minute so they were evenly cooked.

I let the steaks sit for about 5 minutes and then served them with baked potatoes, veggies and caesar salad!

Cinnamon Sugar Knots

One day last week I wanted to make a treat for “the boys,” something I haven’t made in a while.  I was going to make some kind of baked donuts but the thought of the house smelling of cinnamon baking into something in the oven was too much temptation.  To me there is nothing like the smell of cinnamon!  I made these Cinnamon Sugar Knots for them and they loved them!  Chris even hid his at work because the guys he works with like to raid his lunch box to see what treats he has lol!



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Lemon Meringue Pie

Have you every made Lemon Meringue Pie from scratch…. like right from lemons to lemon filling?  I’m here to tell you it is almost as fast and easy as the one that comes out of a blue box but tastes a whole lot better…. much more lemon flavour and well, delicious.

If you haven’t tried it before, and like all of us… love Lemon Meringue Pie, you need to give it a go!

In our family, Lemon Meringue pie brings about laughter and fun memories….

When Chris and I first started dating…. way back in 2003, he was a frequent dinner guest.  I had made a Lemon Meringue Pie for dessert.  Kim was eating her piece, and Chris thought he would have some fun.  His favourite thing to do back then was to ask you if what you were eating smelled funny… and when you went to smell it, he would shove the plate in your face so you had dessert all over it!  I am sure you know where this is leading…. yes, with Kim having pie all over her face.  She decided she was going to get her own back and next thing I know there is a full on pie fight in my apartment which ended up with Chris hiding in one of the bathrooms, not wanting the favour to be returned and basically waving a white flag lol! Every time I made this type of pie, the story is retold lol. And brings about memories of another incident…. not funny though…. we were having drinks with a neighbour once night and Chris and I were telling stories of funny things that have happened with us, dumb things we have done and the comical events these decisions brought about.  Our neighbours just sort of looked at us funny, which is quite normal by the way lol, so I had to ask why.  They told me that even after being together for likely 20 years, they didn’t have any funny stories like ours. I thought that was kind of sad….

One of my favourite sayings is that if you can’t laugh about it, it isn’t worth worrying about!  And we generally live like that…. mostly because I am a clown lol, but a fun clown as I remind my kids on a regular basis when I embarrass them!

Now back to the Lemon Meringue Pie recipe…..


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