Blogging since 2009, I'm a 1950s housewife to the bone and I love to share what I've learned with others. I'm a lifelong foodie, raised with Sunday dinners at my grandmother's and daily scratch cooking in my childhood kitchen. I'm a nerdy homeschooling mama of 3, and a wife of 17 years.

I drink tea when I knit and coffee when I do everything else.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day!
Day 1 - Skirt Steak w/ Chimichurri
Day 2 - Top Sirloin w/ Homemade Rub
Day 3 -
Rib Eye w/ Herbed Butter
Day 4 - Rosemary Chicken
Day 5 - Top Sirloin Gyros
Day 6 - Kansas City Style Pork Chops
Day 7 - Steak and Mushroom Kebabs
Day 8 - Dad's Hamurgers, 2.0
Day 9 - Top Sirloin w/ Mushrooms
Day 10 - Kid's Lunch
Day 11 - Chicken Souvlaki
Day 12 - S'mores Cones
Day 13 - Short Ribs

Kitchen & Sewing Skills!
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Lesson 1 - Running & Whipstitch
Lesson 2 - Cookies

Sweet and Sour Chicken


I found this recipe over at Life as a Lofthouse forever ago and bookmarked it for ‘later’. This recipe was originally posted in September of 2010! I finally made this for my dear friend Brigitte, her brother Mike and her husband Hal when they came for a visit around Christmas. Brigitte was with me in the kitchen when I made it (hilariously typical) while the guys were, where else? In the garage (omg what a horrible poster group for stereotypes ha). Anyhoo, later when we served this, along with a few other tasty apps I’ll post about later this month, Hal totally thought the sauce came from a jar! Not like ‘this sauce is so bland I bet it’s from a jar’, more like ‘omg this sauce is so good, as if you made it yourself’. It’s always a super rad feeling to be able to whip up something that family and company loves, but to do it with such basic ingredients that we all have on hand? Super mega rad, my friends.

I also just noticed that Life as a Lofthouse has a Menu Monday!! I will link up with her next week!

sweet and sour chicken

3-4 boneless chicken breasts
salt +& pepper
1 cup cornstarch
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup canola oil
Sweet and Sour Sauce:
3/4 cup sugar
4 tablespoons ketchup
1/2 cup vinegar
1 tbs soy sauce
1 tsp garlic salt

Preheat your oven to 325F, rinse the chicken in water and then cut into chunks. Season with salt and pepper (or not, your call).

sweet and sour chicken
sweet and sour chicken
Dip each piece into the cornstarch first.
sweet and sour chicken
sweet and sour chicken
Then dip into the eggs! Mix the sugar and the ketchup in a medium sized bowl.
sweet and sour chicken
sweet and sour chicken
Add vinegar, soy sauce and garlic salt. Mix, mix, mix!
sweet and sour chicken
sweet and sour chicken
Transfer the cooked chicken chunks to a baking dish and pour the sweet and sour sauce over it. Bake for about an hour and give it a stir once every 15 minutes or so.
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