My husband and I also enjoy baked chicken. I soaked these breasts in buttermilk overnight before coating them with a mixture of parmesan cheese and Panko breadcrumbs. They make an easy dinner paired with brown rice cooked in chicken broth.
To get the crumb coating a golden brown, I sprayed it with olive oil from my handy new Misto sprayer that I got for Christmas. Have any of you used these? I wish I'd gotten one sooner! They're perfect for things like the breaded chicken breasts where you want to evenly coat the surface without disturbing it. You can fill it with your favorite cooking oils. Mine is olive oil.
Also on this year's list of resolutions is to do more things that feed the soul—like learning more about the history of ballet. I became interested in this topic as a high school student in Academic Decathlon, where we were required to learn about the prolific 20th-century ballet choreographer George Balanchine as well as the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky's compositions for ballets such as The Rite of Spring, Firebird, and Petrushka. Like many young girls, I wanted to be a ballerina and Mom enrolled my sister and I in a class for it, but unfortunately, it was cancelled before it ever started. So we ended up doing gymnastics for a few years instead. That's me as a kid below practicing my splits in our kitchen!
Ever since then, I've enjoyed reading about ballet history as well as memoirs of the great ballerinas like Suzanne Farrell and Margot Fonteyn, but it had been years since I'd actually done that. So in an attempt to change course, I recently treated myself to this DVD on Balanchine ballerinas and a book on the history of ballet.
I also want to carve out time to be more creative, which has taken a back burner to work and other obligations. My mantra has always been to get my work done first, before playing and unfortunately, I haven't had much time to play lately. Fabric is always a source of inspiration and I recently found some fun prints at Home Ec Workshop in Iowa City while visiting my friend Anne over Christmas break. Aren't these fabrics fun?
I couldn't resist this cute little elephant fabric from Japan! Now to decide what to make with it!
These new wools from Weeks Dye Works are igniting the imagination. I have a couple ideas in the works and hope they turn out well. The second wool from the left is called "Hippo". In a previous post, I'd mentioned how much the color gray was growing on me and now I can't seem to stop myself from using it. In 2012, it was a pink and gray ladybug pincushion, last year it was a pink and gray owl portrait, and now it's something else!
I hope that your new year is off to a great start and that you find time to do the things that matter most to you! It's a shame that the hubbub of daily life gets in the way of such things. I hope I have better luck not letting it get in the way this year than I have in the past! I look forward to another year of blogging and connecting with all my wonderful blogging friends.