Our family traveled to visit family to visit family over Easter break. We were about 6-7 hours into our journey. I had driven for several hours through Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, and across the Polish boarder. We had stopped to eat at McDonalds and continued on. I realized that my wallet was gone. I started thinking about when I had last seen it. Then I remembered hiding it in the top of our stroller when I made a quick trip to the store, but I couldn't remember taking it out!!!! What a nightmare. We spent the next hour discussing every possibility and trying to figure out what to do. We were about 3 hours away from my in laws house, and about 6 hours away from home. Meanwhile baby V had been screaming and crying at the top of her lungs out of protest for being put back in the car seat. As we were talking about what to do K started throwing up! When it rains it pours huh?
We decided to call our closest friends. Before I was even done explaining everything our friend had his shoes on and said he was on his way to our house and would call again when he got there. Fifteen minutes later he called, and said I am standing here with your neighbor, I have your wallet and I just wanted you to know it appears to have everything and I am taking it home with me. What a blessing! What awesome friends right. I had been praying the neighbor would let him into the building and help. He did! I kept thinking if a stranger rang my door and asked me to get into my neighbors property and take their wallet, I would probably say no. It was such a blessing that our friends were home and willing to help, as well as the neighbor.
We had our friends over this weekend and I wanted to make something special. Making yummy food is such a great way to communicate. How can you really say thanks for such a big help? I came up with something new and it all started because I saw this on Pinterest. It looked so good. I couldn't wait to try it and then I realized that 2 of the main ingredients we don't have. So I needed to come up with something else. We were spring cleaning so it had to be made with things I could get quickly at only 1 or 2 nearby stores.
I guess I am really into blue cheese, I went to the store with every intention of getting emmanteler or some other grated cheese. I came home with blue cheese and bacon again. I had so much fun making it. I loved all of the smells and colors.
So here is what I did:
700 g. about 4 chicken breasts
250 g. 1 small package of thick cut bacon
4-5 small tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic (minced)
1 small can of green chilies
1 pkg of blue cheese
1 small pkg of feta
soy sauce and olive oil
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp oregano
Cut and pound out your chicken into serving size. place the meat in a large plastic bag and add soy sauce and olive oil. Seal and shake to coat. Let this set and marinade 15-30 min.
Dice up your bacon, and tomatoes. Add the bacon to a hot pan and cook. When the bacon is cooked add the tomatoes, garlic, chilies and spices. Cook the tomatoes down til they begin to break up. Heat up pan for the chicken. Turn on the oven to 350 F or 200 C.
Take the chicken out of the marinade and season with pepper and add to hot pan. Sear the meat on both sides just enough til it isn't pink. Take the chicken out of pan and add to greased baking dish. Coat each piece of chicken with bar-b-que sauce, then top with the tomato bacon mixture and sprinkle with a mix of blue cheese and feta. Cover with foil, place in oven long enough for blue cheese to melt.
I served this with rice, and carrots*.
Everyone enjoyed the food. We had homemade cookies and Sopapilla cheesecake for dessert.
I don't have a picture of the carrots but it is a recipe handed down from my mother in law.
*Dice carrots and bring them to a boil, add butter and equal amounts of salt and sugar. This is my kids favorite side dish.
So what do you think. Does it look like something you would like to try? I just need to think of a good name for it. If you have any ideas I would love to hear them.
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