Prayers for Arapahoe high School

My thoughts and prayers go out to the students, family and staff of Arapahoe High School who were affected by the shooting today.

This event hits close to home. When I heard the news I immediately called my dad to let him know what was going on, we only live about two blocks away from the school. My dad’s response was “not again.” It is unfortunate that not even our schools feel safe on a day like today. Hopefully we can all get back to a place where you feel safe letting your kids walk to school and be in the care of staff. That is the way it should be.

One report was of a teacher who turned off the lights and stood in front of her classroom door to be another barrier of protection from the gunman. She felt someone trying to open the door but she stood strong. Being a teacher takes a lot of commitment, strength and bravery. I am proud that my sister is a teacher and stands up for what she believes in and the kids she teaches. My sister and many other teachers that I know, and the ones in the reports today prove that teachers are so valuable, they should be trusted and respected.

Keep Arapahoe High School in your prayers and thoughts.


Bless your heart chicken

You may be wondering why I have named this chicken “Bless your heart chicken” the only reason why is because I made it while I was in Oklahoma visiting my grandma and that happens to be one of the phrases she says most often.
photo (6)She also is one of the most caring, independent, at times stubborn, beautiful and inspiring women I know. I consider it a huge honor that people think that I have taken after her in some ways. She is the quintessential country woman and she is a mean cook!
When I decided to cook for her I knew I had something to prove- even though I could have made mac n’ cheese and burned it and she would have told me it tasted great. So here it goes- “Bless your heart chicken”
  • 3-4 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp chicken seasoning, any flavor
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion flakes

Mix all of the ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
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Coat the chicken with the mixture on both sides (I added a little more parmesan and salt and pepper on the top of each).

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Wrap each breast in foil and bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes.

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I think the reason this chicken was so juicy is because of the wrapping of the foil. Also after making this chicken I recommend pounding out the chicken a bit so you have thinner chicken breasts.
I served this up with some roasted corn and some steamed veggies and my grandma’s response? “Well bless your heart Shari this is good”
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