Roxie and Mikie

Roxie and Mikie

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Quotable Quotes, Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders, Pinterest Stuff (You've Been Egged), More Camping Stuff, Cousin Day (Story Time at the Library and Another Play Date with the Refrigerator Box) AND Fancy Daddy/Daughter Date #17

Good Tuesday morning!

So sorry to report St. Patrick's Day "stuff" did not happen as planned at Nana's house, but only because other "stuff" was enjoyed so very, very much...

The refrigerator box.

I'm talking about the refrigerator box.

It will be a miracle if the box makes it through a fourth day of play, but here's hoping!

The above being said, let us move on to the next holiday...

Easter.

I found a cute Pinterest idea (see below), and I'm sharing it with you today so you have time to plan ahead.

But first...

Quotable Quote

"When wealth is lost; nothing is lost.
When health is lost; something is lost.
When character is lost; all is lost." Billy Graham

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders

You will need the following:

1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders (about 10 chicken tenders)
10 slices bacon
2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon chili powder

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and top with cooking rack.

2. In a shallow dish, combine brown sugar and chili powder.

3. Wrap each chicken tender with one slice of bacon.

4. Coat bacon-wrapped chicken tenders with the brown sugar and chili powder mixture. Place on baking sheet.

5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until bacon is crisp.

Pinterest Stuff

You've Been Egged

On a piece of paper, type out or print the following:

YOU'VE BEEN EGGED!

There are 12 eggs hidden in your yard!

Enjoy the hunt, but don't be discouraged when you find the empty egg. It is a simple reminder of Jesus' empty tomb.

HE IS RISEN!

You will need to hide 12 plastic eggs in the front yard of a friend or neighbor (who have small children) very quietly after dark one night. All of the eggs should have something hidden inside (candy, stickers, coin, etc.) EXCEPT for the one empty egg.

Before leaving the house, QUIETLY tape the piece of paper with the instructions onto the front door.

NOTE FROM ENCHANTING BELINDA - This is actually shown on an 8 1/2" x 11" egg-shaped piece of colored paper, but I think it would be cute just typed out on a regular piece of paper and glued to one of the colorful egg placemats they sell at The Dollar Tree.

ANOTHER NOTE FROM ENCHANTING BELINDA - I also think doing this on a Friday night might be a good time because everyone wouldn't be getting up and heading out to work, school, church, etc. They would have a few minutes on a Saturday morning to actually enjoy the surprise!

RANDOMNESS #1 - What do I look for in a good State Park? - This will be the last of the camping stories/info for a while. I'm going to leave you with just a few helpful tips and a basic supply list for getting started on your very first camping trip.

Do you know how real estate agents will tell you the three most important things to look for in real estate are LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION? I bet you know what I'm going to say before I even type it... BATHHOUSE, BATHHOUSE, BATHHOUSE!

Really, everyone is going to look for different things. We like nice, shady wooded areas. We always like to go somewhere near a lake. And we do want to go somewhere that has fairly decent bathhouses. If the bathhouse is not good, we will not be going back. That's what is called a deal breaker.

You'll just have to decide what's important to your family. Do you have a boat? Do you like to fish? Do you love to hike? Do you want to be near a city with restaurants and shopping? Do you want to be close to home in case of inclement weather? Do you want a campground that has a nice playground for the little ones?

After you answer those questions, start talking to people and checking on the campgrounds near your home. You'll make some mistakes, but eventually you'll find one that will probably become your favorite. Again, while you are looking for YOUR campground, flexibility is key.

Here's the list to get you started...

Complete Guide to Summer Camping

Air Mattress or Camp Pad
Camera and Film
Camp Stove
Coffee Pot
Compass
Cooking Utensils
Cooler (2) One for Food; One for Drinks
Cots
Daypack or Fannypack
Dishpan and Pot Scrubber
Eating Utensils
First Aid Kit
Flares/Mirror (We've never had to use flares. We're not so adventurous we would get lost in the woods!)
Flashlight for Each Camper
Folding Chair or Stool
Fuel for Stoves and Lanterns
Games and Books
Griddle
Ground Cloth or Tarp
Hand Axe or Saw (I didn't have time to tell you the axe story, did I? Hmmm. Maybe another time!)
Ice
Insect Repellent
Jug of Water
Knife
Lantern
Lighter or Matches
Mantles for Lanterns
Maps
Paper Towels
Plastic Zip Bags
Radio and Batteries
Rope, Cord or Wire
Small Folding Shovel (For burying dead fish!)
Sleeping Bags
Soap
Sunscreen
Tablecloth
Tent
Tool Kit, Hammer, Mallet
Toilet Paper
Trash Bags
Water Purifying System (We use the old fashioned water bottle.)
Whistle (DO NOT give your child a whistle in a CAMPGROUND. The other campers will do bodily harm to a kid riding a bike or a scooter tooting a whistle all day. The whistle is for hiking use only.)

RANDOMNESS #2 - Cousin Day, Story Time at the Library AND Another Play Date with the Refrigerator Box - It's the simple things in life...


Walking hand-in-hand to the Toddler Story Time with your cousin...




Eating at Chick-Fil-A and then playing in the indoor playground for 20 to 30 minutes...


Beating the new workbench toy as hard as you possibly can (while making as much noise as you possibly can) with the wooden hammer...




And playing with Pop and the refrigerator box one more time before heading home for the night.

NOTE FROM ENCHANTING BELINDA - I'm not sure how it happened, but Judith was in the box without RT. RT wasn't thrilled about it, but I assure you, Pop promptly fixed the problem.

ANOTHER NOTE FROM ENCHANTING BELINDA - You may be wondering where RT's pants are at this particular point in time. They were in the dryer for a 15-minute "freshen up"...

AND I don't want to talk about it right now.

Let's just say it was just a little traumatizing for Nana.

RANDOMNESS #3 - Fancy Daddy/Daughter Date #17 - Roxie and Mikie have been going on this yearly date for the past 17 years. It all began at our church's Daddy/Daughter Banquet and kept evolving when the Banquet Days ended.

This year they dined at Café Dupont.

They dressed up and ate and talked...

And forgot to bring a "to go" box home to The Enchanting Belinda.

That was not okay...

And I'm pretty sure they won't be forgetting the "to go" box next year.

By my account, that part of the date was an epic fail.

But everything else...

Not so much!

I hope you and yours have a wonderful week. It is very Spring-ish in Alabama today, and I am planning on enjoying it greatly!

Sincerely,

The Enchanting Belinda

P.S. This family is getting a new baby girl one day this week.


To say they were excited...


Would be an understatement!

And now, the obligatory "funnies"...

"This too shall pass. It may pass like a kidney stone... but it will pass."

"If you had to choose between eating tacos or being thin the rest of your life... would you choose hard or soft tacos?"
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