Lemon 🍋 & garlic baked chicken recipe

Go ahead and preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Y’all, this stuff is so good. It’s my go-to every time for a healthy dinner. Recipe mostly courtesy of my grandmother! She calls herself a “dump” cook due to the multiple ways of doing this, so the flavor doesn’t always come out exactly the same every time but ALWAYS AMAZING!!!

Note for beginners – these are chicken tenderloins, the small cut of chicken breast that comes in a pack. I bought Sanderson farms this time, but if you can get your hands on some REAL organic chicken it’s even better – and healthier. Also, when you cook chicken you want to take it out and rinse it off before you season/cook it. So rinse, dry with paper towels and place in a baking dish with nonstick spray or use olive oil like I did. I pour it all over the baking dish but some people don’t like that much olive oil, it’s just preference.

So that was step 1, now for step 2:

Line your chicken tenderloins (or breasts) on the oiled baking dish and cover each side of the chicken with freshly squeezed lemon. Just cut the lemon in half and squeeze as much as you can all over on both sides. You can also shave the lemon zest from the lemon all over it and it’s extra goooood!

Step 3:

Lightly salt both sides of your chicken. (I use Himalayan salt.

Step 4:

Cover both sides of chicken with lemon pepper.

Step 5:

Chop a yellow (sweet) onion, and some garlic. And sprinkle all on top of your chicken and around it. I love garlic so I usually use about 5 cloves, personally the garlic makes the dish for me. If you’re not crazy about garlic, use less, none, or sprinkle garlic salt (lightly).

Step 5:

Finely chop some parsley and sprinkle over everything. Make sure you take the parsley off of the stem first. There are two types of parsley, I like this kind the best:

Step 6:

You can pour a little zesty Italian dressing over everything to ensure your onions or anything else does not dry out, and plus it’s delicious.

Step 7:

Cover your baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes…

Take it out and flip the chicken over and cover it back up and bake for another 15 minutes..

Take off the aluminum foil and bake for 10 minutes.

Take it out and use a meat thermometer to ensure the internal temp is at least 165 degrees in the fattest part of the meat.

Note: these times will vary depending on the size of your chicken and your oven. Sometimes it takes a few tries to perfect your chicken to a tender, fall apart in your mouth texture. You can also do this in the crockpot and the chicken in fall apart in your mouth yummy goodness every time.

Variations: if you’ve been cooking a while then you already know this recipe can be simplified, doctored up, or cooked in a skillet or grilled. It’s all preference. If you want a foolproof recipe, this is it. You can also add several things to the baking dish such as: 2 tablespoons butter (or more😜), vegetables (green beans, mushrooms, bell peppers, hot peppers, green beans, carrots, etc), you can also add noodles, and of course, Tony Chachere’s! (I’m part Cajun- this seasoning goes into nearly everything I cook)😂

Serve with a side of whatever you like. Tonight I made Alfredo noodles with mushrooms 😋 comment for this recipe!

Comment with any questions or suggestions!❤️ thanks for checking out my recipe, let me know how it is if you try it! 😁

Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

Even when you’re too broken, too sad, too tired to pray, God STILL hears you.

I have a really hard time putting things into words… like how I feel, what I think, etc… everything I say comes out quite blunt and confusing. For years I have felt a huge disadvantage as a christian b/c I “don’t know how” to pray. That is why Justin is the pray out-louder and I am the “amen to that”-er. In marriage counseling, our mentor helped me to see that although I may not be able to put things into words or express my feelings in an eloquent manner like some other people, God still hears the whispers of my heart and he knows my needs. Prayer doesn’t have to be what everyone thinks it sounds like, it could simply be how you talk to Jesus throughout the day like you talk to your best friend. Not only does he know what I think I need but he knows what he KNOWS I need. All I have to do is TRUST him and have a sincere heart. This thought just came into my mind for a few different reasons, but I want people to know that when you tell someone you are going to pray for them, please do it. As soon as you say it or type it, close your eyes for 2 seconds or 10 minutes and talk to God, right then and there. It might sound like a jumbled mess to you, but God hears you, and he knows the desires of your heart, and he asks us to pray for each other, and PRAYER WORKS. As a side note, my soon to be husband has the most beautiful prayers and I am slightly jealous, but that is just his Godly gift!


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I only have a second,

but I had to put in my two cents worth for this mondayish wed.!

I am under a lot of stress right now, but you know what?? The older I get the more I realize that the perfectionist lifestyle I imagine in my head is just simply not the way it will EVER be. Life is a journey and you have to take it one day at a time. This was a difficult realization for me recently but truly relieves stress because I am learning to deal with life’s curve balls as they come! You can never be prepared “enough”.

Life is hard and you gotta be tough and deal with it and take care of it, whatever it is! A friend reminded me yesterday that at the end of the day I am still FREE and there are still people who can’t even imagine how fortunate we all are!

Take care of your health – mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually!

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Chore chart for kids

Ok so I decided Grayden could benefit from a chore chart with little star stickers he can earn to put money in his wallet. He is so proud of the wallet he got from the Easter bunny and loves earning money to put in it! Kids are never too young to learn responsibility and this is a fun way!

So this is Graydens chore chart (he is 5)

So I then thought that I could benefit from my own chart and Grayden could see that grown ups also have to do things they don’t always feel like doing, or that they can’t seem to make a habit and stick.. so here is my chore chart😂

hutch makeover (dark walnut stain & linen white chalk paint)

BEFORE:hutch before

When my fiance and I got our first place together, our little apartment, we used an inherited breakfast nook as a kitchen table.  It was cute but small, and if I had known then what I know about bringing old pieces to life I could have really made it into something neat. Anyways, I finally bought a hutch and kitchen table from a consignment furniture store. We finally had a table big enough to comfortably dine at with plenty of seating and a hutch to store all of my junk and add some character to our otherwise very dull first home (and oh how I miss that cozy apt – you learn to enjoy the moment as you get older and stop wanting more, right?).  It was out of date and not very pretty, but a heavy, timeless piece.  I prefer to pay less for an old, ugly piece that will withstand years of wear and tear to a new, pretty piece that won’t last and is expensive. And you can always make something old and ugly look new and beautiful 🙂

Ok, so fast forward a few years and here we are, we just purchased our first home together, and we love our new home except for that our old furniture sticks out like a sore thumb. So we start searching for new furniture and realize that it is all very expensive and not made near as well as what we have now, so we decided to go out on a limb and bring this old furniture to life.  DO NOT BE AFRAID TO PAINT YOUR FURNITURE! This was our first time doing this, we made a lot of mistakes, there are imperfections, but all in all it turned out beautiful and beats paying an arm and a leg for a new table & hutch. So today I am only going to show you how we did the hutch.

First of all, the new chalk paint craze is ALL THAT IT IS CRACKED UP TO BE! You literally do not have to do any prep with chalk paint, although we did because our furniture had a very thick varnish that has had since 1970 something to stick to the wood surface real good.


Mistake #1: I let the man do this part, but no that was not the mistake. Not the mistake because trust me, sanding is the hard part 😉 The mistake was leaning over him and screaming to sand harder because we have to get down to the bare wood. Having never sanded furniture, I did not realize how easily you can ruin the surface by sanding too hard, and in the wrong direction.  Don’t do this – you will end up with sand spirals on your piece and you can’t paint over it. The best you can do to fix it is to keep sanding over it and it creates a ton of unnecessary work, and you can’t fix it once you have messed it up. Your best friend in this process is a palm sander. //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ss&ref=as_ss_li_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B00ZWJDN5S&asins=B00ZWJDN5S&linkId=3ee3c7f5318f81816f03c4fc9d043e7d&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true or //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ss&ref=as_ss_li_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=mominmississi-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B00MLSS1SW&asins=B00MLSS1SW&linkId=908ef9414caf1bda4122b21cd16eedbd&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true.

When using a palm sander, let the sander do its’ job and don’t apply extra pressure.  Be sure to read your palm sander manual for tips to get the best results, and watch some you tube videos 😉 VERY IMPORTANT: Begin with a coarser grit and move SLOWLY down to the finest grit.  Don’t sand with a coarse grit and then immediately switch to a fine grit. It won’t look good.

Mistake #2: Sand in a well ventilated area, use goggles, and I highly suggest wearing a dust mask.  Seriously!

Mistake #3: Don’t try to stand detailed areas of your furniture with the palm sander. For this, you will need a sander sponge.  Sand paper will do, but sand sponges are specifically made for furniture with spindles, crevices, etc.  These sponges

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Okay so once again, sanding is not necessary when using chalk paint, but if you are dealing with old furniture and thick glossy varnish, or you just want the paint to stick and stay for a long time, it won’t hurt to sand it a little.


Annie Sloan paint is all the craze right now and it is good stuff but I think Rustoleum chalk paint is very similar and gets the job done beautifully.  We used Rustoleum Linen White Chalk paint.


It is SO EASY to use!  I found that you can use any type of paint brush to get a different result.  You can find a brush designed specifically for chalk paint to get that rustic look, you can use a mini roller for large surfaces, you can use cheap dollar store brushes, or even a sponge which I personally like best.  Each brush will give you a different look and/or texture.  Here is the thing about chalk paint – the first coat is not going to cover much.  You can leave it like that for a distressed look or you can put 2 and 3 coats like we did for full coverage.  I like both looks, but for my dining room I wanted a more sophisticated style, completely covered with no distressing.  The initial coat looked pretty neat though.chalk paint hutch

So the painting part was super easy and hard to mess up and after a few coats, we had this.


For the top of the bottom piece and the shelves we used Dark Walnut Wood Stain – which I absolutely LOVE and will definitely use again.


As with chalk paint, you can apply the stain with a brush or a sponge.  I prefer the sponge for evenness and no streaks.  They are only $1.

TIP: Sanding IS necessary for the staining part of project.  It is best to sand to the bare wood for staining because you want the stain to soak into the wood not coat the surface of the wood and you definitely don’t want bubbles on the surface of the wood.

For the final touch, we removed the old hardware and replaced it with knobs purchased from Hobby Lobby.  They have a large selection of hardware you will LOVE.

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And that was all it took to transform our old hutch 🙂 We listened to music and enjoyed a bottle each, I mean a glass of wine together and enjoyed seeing the look of our dining room completely change 🙂 Keep in mind this was our very first paint project, so it is not perfect, but we are very satisfied.

If you want to try this for yourself, please let me know if you have any questions or if I can help you at all! Thanks so much!!

UPDATE: See below pictures of our dining table, which were done following the hutch project and basically done the exact same way with the same materials, except  A LOT more sanding for the top of the table to prepare for staining.

TIPS: Sand sponges work very well for chairs with tons of spindles 😉 & used several dry old rags for staining instead of brushes and sponges. You don’t need to “paint on” the stain. Just allow the stain to soak into the wood and stain, but do not make the mistake of coating the surface with a thick layer of stain. Start light and add more and more coats after it dries to the desired darkness. MOST IMPORTANTLY, WIPE OFF ALL OF THE EXCESS EVERY SINGLE TIME.



dining room

Left to do: Add cushions to the chairs, need centerpiece (thinking big white vase with big white flowers), Add decor to each side of hutch and possibly accent chairs and/or accent tables. Add a rug (thinking a flatweave or natural fiber rug, tan color to match curtains) Will blog about all that 🙂 Stay tuned!