Winter Wonderland and Easy Chicken Dinner

Hello, friends.

Today I write to you from our hotel room at the Chula Vista Resort & Waterpark at the Wisconsin Dells!


For those of you who aren’t from Illinois/Wisconsin:  the Wisconsin Dells is like the Disneyland of the Midwest.  The waterpark capitol of the world, there are a ton of places to play, a quaint downtown to stroll, and some fun to be had.

So of course…I had to get sick on our weekend of fun.  :(  I don’t know what kind of flu virus is going around this winter, but it is nasty.

I did, however, get to have some fun in the snow up north yesterday before it totally took me out:

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I had somewhat of a breakthrough last night making dinner for the gang.  We were staying in a trailer in the woods, and the cooking options were limited.  I had bought enough chicken breasts for 6 people, (4 of which were hungry men), but the only way for me to cook them was on a griddle…

(Sorry for the lack of picture quality… the trailer didn’t have the best lighting, and the cold was fogging up my lenses!)

Anyway, I was afraid that just slapping the chicken on a griddle was going to make them very dull, as well as dry, since the outside dries out before it gets cooked all the way through.

I rummaged around the snacks we brought, and aha!  I found garlic-roasted hummus:


I smeared about 2 Tbs onto each breast after cooking all the way through, and it was the perfect seasoning!  Kind of stupid-easy, but delicious nonetheless.

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With some potatoes and green beans on the side, they were a hit!

Reading Proverbs, I found:

“The wise are known for their understanding, and instruction is appreciated if it’s well presented.” -Proverbs 16:21

“If it’s well presented…”  So true.  Someone could be giving the best advice in the world, but if it comes across as condescending, or at the wrong time, in the wrong tone, it can go in one ear and out the other.  Good instruction alone isn’t useful unless who you’re instructing understands it.  This might be a good one for me to remember if I have kids some day.

Have you played in the snow yet this winter?

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4 responses to “Winter Wonderland and Easy Chicken Dinner

  1. I’m so sorry you caught the nasty bug going around :( I find that garlic helps my immune system quite a bit to help me heal up faster than normal. “crush up to two cloves and let the minced garlic rest for about 15 minutes, letting the garlic’s enzymes activate. Add honey (also healing) or a touch of olive oil (some say it neutralizes the smell) to the minced garlic and top a small slice of bread or cracker with the mix.” (from
    Hope that can help :)

    • Thank you, love. I will have to try that, if not go into the doctor’s tomorrow. This thing has done me in, and I’m starting to wonder if it’s not something more serious. It’s the coughing more than anything… Ouch!

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