Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fried Chicken

Homemade Fried Chicken
This is the recipe that my family uses. When we make fried chicken, we do not necessarily measure out each ingredient. These are all roughly the measurements of what we use. When making this recipe for you and your family, use spices and amounts of each that you and your family like. 

What you'll need...
Chicken (I make one leg and one thigh per person)
2 eggs
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 tablespoon season salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
kosher salt
Vegetable oil

To Make Fried Chicken...
  1. Heat about one inch of oil in a deep skillet to about 350 Degrees F. In a bowl, mix flour, onion powder, garlic powder, season salt, and half of the black pepper.
  2. In a separate bowl, scramble eggs and mix in a dash of kosher salt and the other half of the black pepper. 
  3. Pat dry the chicken with paper towels and dip in the egg mixture. After chicken is dipped in egg, coat chicken in flour mixture.Preheat oven to 300 Degrees F.  
  4. Place chicken in frying oil. Cook until golden brown on each side. Thigh pieces take about 10-13 minutes on each side. Legs take about 5-7 minutes on each side. When chicken is golden brown, place on a rack that has been put on a baking sheet. Place chicken in the oven until your ready to eat.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sadness of September

The month of September is a very emotional month for family and for myself. September brings birthdays, wedding anniversaries, cornfest, and anniversaries of the passing of my Grandpa and Grandma.

Just as anyone else would say about their own grandparents, my Grandma and Grandpa were two of the greatest people I have ever known. They were full of love for each other and full of love for everyone else. Words can not begin to explain how much we miss them both each and every day.

My Grandpa and I summer 2009
I was very lucky to have spent the last month of my grandpa's life with him. I was able to gain a month of memories that I will hold in my heart forever. On September 27, 2013 my family and I got to say our final good-byes to such a wonder man who will forever be in our hearts.
My brothers and I with our Grandma. Summer 2013
After my Grandpa passed away, my Grandma moved in with my family. Four days shy of the two year anniversary of my Grandpa's passing, my family experienced an unexpected loss. My Grandma had joined Grandpa in heaven. When I left that morning, I had no idea that it would be the last time I would tell her "I'll see you later" as  I walked out the door. It seems just like yesterday this all happened but today (as I write this) has been one year. I remember the day like it happened yesterday. September 23, 2013 will be a day I will never forget.  Although we all miss you more than words can describe, we know that you are together again. You both are watching down on us; keeping us safe as if you were here with us today. 

I miss and love you both with all my heart. September will never be the same. Our lives will never be the same but knowing you are together again helps shed a little light on these difficult days when we can not think of nothing but you.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Dear Future Me,

Dear future me,
There are so many questions I want to ask you! There are so many things I want to know about you! Did you graduate college yet? Have you gotten married? Have you had kids? Where do you live? Do you work? If so, where? Did you ever figure out how to do winged eyeliner without looking like a total mess? Although I have all these questions, there are a few things I want to remind you of just in case you have forgotten.
The first thing I want to remind you of is very important. I want to remind you of all the bad, upsetting, and trying time you have had. You may be wondering why I want you to remember these times that you have tried so hard to forget; but trust me, there is a reason. Just think back to them. Do you remember? It's because of those times that you are where you are today. Yes, the good, happy times play a part in the success you're living today but it's because you worked hard, stayed positive, and looked toward your future during those rough times that you made it through them. Use the memories of those hard times and how you got through them for the next hard time you go through. Trust me, hard times are sure to hit again but you can get through it. You have done it before. You can do it again. 

Remember, sometimes it is OK to put yourself first and others second at times. I know this is NOT what you were taught growing up but your happiness is very important. You can not help others if you're not happy and well. Going with the point of putting yourself first at times, remember what you want for yourself and from yourself; not what others want for you and from you. You've worked hard to get to the point of knowing what you want. DO NOT let others change that for you. Lastly, I want to remind you to be YOURSELF. Only you can be you! No one else can! Be the best you you can possible be. 


ME (9/18/2014)

Sunday, August 10, 2014


To be completely honest, I have no idea why I have decided to start this blog.  I've thought about it for a long time, came up with different ideas, but I was never really able to expand on those individual ideas. The different ideas I have had for this blog have ranged anywhere for beauty to food and recipes to simply living a better life to friends and family. Since I wasn't able to decide on just one topic and go with it (I'm a very indecisive person!), I have decided to blog about a little bit of everything. Life isn't just about one thing, it's about a variety of things. So why should I focus on just one area of interest for my blog?

Going with the theme of having no idea, I have no idea where to really begin. I'm thinking I should probably start with letting you know a little bit about me. Here goes nothing:

  • My name is Jessica. 
  • I'm 21 years old. 
  • I will be starting my third year at the local Junior College.
  • Family and friends are a big part of my life. 
  • I love crafting. 
  • I am very shy.
  • I love to cook and bake.
Obviously as these blog post go on, the opportunity to learn more about me will be presented. However, as this does happen, I want everyone to keep in mind, I'm just me. I'm not someone special. I'm a 21 year old college student who has decided to share stuff that I love with the world. I understand that no one may ever read this or maybe a handful of people will. Who knows? I'm sharing the beauty tips, recipes, crafts, and other posts in case someone needs an idea for a Christmas present or different recipe for dinner. Some posts maybe just for someones reading pleasure.

As for my first post, I think this is a good start. If you take anything from any of my posts, from this first one and any post in the future, I want it to be that each and every person has a story to tell. That story includes your past, present, and future. You can't go back and change your past (unless you're a time traveler), so live for your present and future. Make each moment of your life count.