Archive for October, 2009

Sauteed Chicken Breasts with Fresh Herbs and Ginger: Low Carb and Artichoke

Posted by: Frances

October 27th, 2009 >> Cooking

This chicken was alright. I thought there was not enough flavor and Thought it had too much basil taste. You might like it though so give it a try.


Sauteed Chicken Breasts with Fresh Herbs and Ginger: Low Carb


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, like soy or peanut
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, about 6 ounces each
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Juice of 1/2 lime (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 3 tablespoons chicken broth, homemade or low-sodium canned
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated ginger
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 2 tablespoons packed fresh mint leaves, torn


Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Season both sides of the chicken breasts with salt and pepper, and place in the pan. Cook until firm to the touch, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken breasts to a plate.

Add the lime juice to the skillet, and scrape up any browned bits that cling to the pan with a wooden spoon. Add the chicken broth and ginger, and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat, add the basil and mint to the pan and swirl the pan to combine. Serve and spoon the herb sauce over the chicken.


Fill a large pot up with water and boil with a little salt.  Cut the very top of the artichoke off and place into pot.  Be sure that the water level is high enough to cover the artichoke.  Cover and boil for 30 to 35 minutes.  Drain water and serve.  The butter sauce is 4 tablespoons of melted butter with a 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice.  I love the artichokes!

Law Abiding Citizen

Posted by: Frances

October 26th, 2009 >> Movie Mania

I went to see Law Abiding Citizen and had no expectations going in.  Wow, that was an intense emotional roller coaster of a movie.  Talk about making your emotions run in every direction.  This movie kept my attention.  It was action packed with twists and turns.  I left this movie tired.  My emotions were all over the place about if I was in that situation and is it right or wrong.  Just overload, but a great movie to watch.  It will definitely make you think.


Biscuits and Gravy

Posted by: Frances

October 20th, 2009 >> Cooking

I wanted to try and make my own gravy from scratch to see if I could make it any better than the restaurants.  Well, it would have been had I had enough bacon grease.  I was a little short.  But here is the recipe if you want  to give it a whirl:

Biscuits and Gravy


  • 1/4 cup bacon grease or more
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • salt and pepper

In a medium frying pan mix flour and bacon grease on medium heat.  Then slowly mix in the cream until it is the consistancey you prefer.  Add salt and pepper for taste and serve over biscuits.

Fall for Greenville: Shooter Jennings

Posted by: Frances

October 19th, 2009 >> Concerts, Outdoor Activities

This weekend I went to Fall for Greenville to see Shooter Jennings live as well as J.J. Grey and Mofro.  This is a festival held each year to indulge in food and beer while listening to a selection of great live music.  It was a lot of fun and reminded me alittle bit of Austin.  Shooter Jennings was awesome on stage.  He sounds just like his daddy.


They also had wine tasting there and this was a fantastic wine for those wine drinkers out there.  It is Beauilieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and it is crisp and tasteful.   Also, if you like refreshing, soft, light wines, I really enjoyed the Banfi San Angelo Pinot Grigio.  It is white-gold with notes of pear, banana, peach, anise, and honey.  It was great to drink on this hot beautiful day.


Team Challenge Hang Gliding Competition

Posted by: Frances

October 19th, 2009 >> Hang Gliding, Outdoor Activities

This was a week long event that took place in Dunlap, TN at the Tennessee Tree Toppers Launch site.  It was all about Hang Gliding and it was a blast.  Although I am not a solo Hang Glider Pilot yet, I was taught so much great information that will help me be a really great Pilot in the future.  They held all kinds of seminars such as learning how to use the GPS to ready the clouds and weather.  There was a wealth of information right at my finger tips because we had some of the most experienced, best, record holding pilots at this meet.  I met an amazing amount of wonderful people that I hope to see again in the future.  I also was able to camp the whole week which was fun and very pleasant to be away from the phone and internet and media and work for that long.  It was so relaxing, but very cold at night!  Below is the Team Challenge Crew:


I also was able to take a flight with Clark Harlow off the new ramp off the mountain that is about 1400ft above the landing zone.  Running off that ramp was very exhilarating.   Also, if you would like to take a soaring tandem Hang Gliding flight with Clark Harlow  go to


Peanut Butter Cornflake Cookies

Posted by: Frances

October 13th, 2009 >> Cooking

So…  I have to say that Peanut Butter Cornflake Cookies are one of my favorite snacks and definitely the easiest to make.  I made them just the other day and they are gone.  They usually do not last more than 3 to 4 days.  So if you have kids, this is easy, fun, and quick.

Peanut Butter Cornflake Cookies

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • Box of Cornflakes

Take a sauce pan and combine the light corn syrup and the white sugar. Put on medium heat until the sugar completely dissolves.  Takes about 4 to 7 minutes.  Remove from heat and add the peanut butter. Mix. In any size pan you wish (I prefer a 9 x 13) spray some pan it to lightly grease the bottom.  Pour a think layer of cornflakes into the pan and pour some of the mix on top. Repeat until all sauce and cornflakes are used.  Mix thoroughly together and let it cool.  Then it is ready to serve.  YUMMY!!!

Sorry I don’t have a picture, I could not wait to eat one and got distracted.

Whip It

Posted by: Frances

October 13th, 2009 >> Movie Mania

This evening I went to see Whip It.  Talk about a great movie and two thumbs up.


Drew Barrymore did a great job with this movie.  I thought it made a great example out of some  great life lessons.  It also shows a great example of a what a truly wonderful dad is all about.  Girl power and fun.  This film is full of energy and what happens in real life.  I loved it.


Posted by: Frances

October 11th, 2009 >> Uncategorized

I will be updating my posts this week.  In the last two weeks I have gone to Team Challenge Hang Gliding Competition for one week, spent the entire next week catching up on all my homework, went to Falls at Greenville for Shooter Jennings, and I am just now starting to get caught up.  Pictures and details coming shortly.