Quick BBQ Popcorn Chicken

This recipe is SO easy, it’s perfect for a quick dinner but also for a get-together!

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce (I used Sweet Baby Rays brand)
  • 6 cups crushed BBQ chips (I use Lays brand)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375º and spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray
  2. Cut chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces and place on a large bowl
  3. Add the BBQ sauce to the bowl & stir until chicken is well coated
  4. In a large ziplock bag, crush the BBQ chips into desired crumbs
  5. Add 1/2 of the chips (3 cups) to the bowl of chicken and stir
  6. Add the other 1/2 of the potato chips to a separate bowl
  7. Coat each piece of chicken in chip crumbs until fully covered and place on prepared baking tray
  8. Bake chicken until golden brown (about 12 minutes)
  9. Serve with a side of ranch dressing or any sauce! You can even eat them without additional sauce!
  10. ENJOY!

 

 

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Gratitude Challenge Day 9

For today’s prompts I wanted to take time to take some time for us to reflect on ourselves a bit. It always seems to be difficult for people to give themselves a “congratulations” or a pat on the back; it’s just as difficult to not be our biggest critic & instead recognize our abilities & talents. 

If you’re just joining me on this challenge & you’d like to start from the beginning you can find the other posts here
If you only missed yesterday’s challenge you can find that one here. 

I have been posting my own responses to each days prompts on our Facebook story and Instagram story. I’d love it if you followed us & checked out my answers!
You’re also more than welcome to share your answers on social media & use the hashtag #ccgratitude
If you’d prefer to keep your responses to yourself- that’s okay too! You can print this page or write your answers down in a journal!

So lets get into today’s prompts…

  1. Something that brought me joy today
  2. A tv show I always enjoy
  3. The most inspiring person I know
  4. My best talent

If you’d prefer to keep your responses to yourself, that’s okay! You can print this page or you can simply write your prompts down in a journal. 

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5 Ways to Keep Kids Happy During Thanksgiving Dinner

For most of us Thanksgiving is a family affair; meaning we get together with our loved ones to eat good food, be grateful for our blessings, and to catch up with those we may not see outside of the holiday season.

Unfortunately though, for some of us Thanksgiving can also mean a time of overwhelming stress. My goal is to bring you a few posts between now and Thanksgiving to hopefully help alleviate some of that stress.

Instead of banishing the kids to a corner or chasing them around the room during meal time, I have a few ideas that could hopefully help make the day a little easier.

5 Tips to Keep Kids Entertained

  1. Thanksgiving Themed Activity Tablecloth
    Last year I put a Thanksgiving themed color-in tablecloth on the kids table with a few crayons at each place setting. They absolutely loved it!
    It kept them entertained for the majority of the meal. You can find similar tablecloths here and here.
  2. Set Out Activity Books
    Department stores & Amazon carry all sorts of Thanksgiving themed activity books. If you have elementary/middle school aged children I would recommend this book. MadLibs are fun and educational activities for kids to do as a group.
    You could tear out a few pages, place them at each place setting with a pen or pencil. Or you could simply have the book near the table for the kids to grab when they want something to do.
  3. Ask Them For Help
    Prepping, setting up, and cooking for Thanksgiving can be incredibly exhausting. Especially if you’re a host like my parents who do the whole meal themselves.
    It’s okay to ask for help and it’s okay to let others help you. Instead of stressing over all of the details and trying to do it all yourself, put the kids to work!
    When your guests arrive ask the kids to collect their jackets.
    If the kids are old enough to pour their own drinks, ask them to see what your guests would like to drink.
  4. Let The Kids Help Set Up
    Ask the kids to help set up the tables.
    If you’re particular about how you want the adult table then ask them to set up the kids table. They’d love it!
    Often times when kids helping they’re entertained and focused.
  5. Give Them Their Own Table Servings
    When I was a kid this was one of my favorite things about the kids table. It always made me feel so grown up!
    If it’s possible, give the kids their own food settings at the table. A small platter with turkey, a dish of a few rolls, etc. They’ll love setting up and arranging how they want their table to look.

 

Extra Tip!Give Them A Craft
The morning of, while you’re cooking and setting up give the kids an easy craft to do. Ask them to trace their hands on construction paper and make turkey’s for each place setting. The older children can help the younger ones with scissors and writing out names. This is a great activity to keep kids of all ages busy!

Gratitude Challenge Day 7

Today’s Gratitude Challenge is all about writing. I chose number 3 (a quote or verse that speaks to my heart) because I feel that at some point in our lives we’ve all had a quote, song lyrics, or a Bible verse that really spoke to us and help us through a difficult time.

If you’re new to the gratitude challenge you can check out the entire challenge here.
If you just missed yesterday you can see that post here.

And, if you’d like to receive the gratitude challenge to your inbox each day I would love to have you as a subscriber; which you can sign up for here.

I’m also participating in the challenge each day so if you’d like to my answers you can find them on our Instagram story as well as our Facebook story.

Now, let’s get into day 7!
If you want to share your answers on social media you’re more than welcome! Use the hashtag #CCGRATITUDE and feel free to tag us!
I understand that some people would prefer not to share there answers so you can always print this page or the image below for your own use. You could also write them out in a journal!

Gratitude Challenge Day 7

  1. Something that brought joy to me today
  2. A writer from history who I’d love to meet
  3. A quote or verse that speaks to my heart
  4. Favorite book from my teens

Gratitude Challenge Day 6

Happy Monday!

Okay, okay, don’t hate me. I know..Monday’s sorta suck haha. But the Gratitude Challenge could really help brighten your spirits!
So let’s talk about the Gratitude Challenge!

If you missed yesterday’s challenge you can find it here.
If you missed the previous days you can find them here.

I’m hoping that prompt number 2 helps us all to find some joy through our Monday blues by giving us something to look forward to.

Now, if you look at question number 3 and think Didn’t I just answer this a few days ago? nope, you didn’t. Day 2 had a gratitude prompt asking you to think of a gift that meant a lot to you; while this one is asking about an object.
Yes, the object could also be the gift you came up with last week but I was thinking of something more outside of the box. So when I say “object” I want you to think of something in your life that brings you joy.
For example: Someone once told me that their bed (specifically their mattress) was their most prized possession and made them “super happy”. I remember wondering why but as I’ve grown up I’ve realized how much I look forward to crawling in bed at night and how important (and nice) it is to have a comfortable bed. So, if that is the object in your life that brings you joy then you’re welcome for the idea haha.

If you’d like to see my answers you can find them on our Instagram story and Facebook story.
I’d love to see what answers you come up with; feel free to tag us and use the hashtag #CCGRATITUDE.

Gratitude Challenge Day 6

  1. Something that brought me joy today
  2. Something that I’m looking forward to this week
  3. An object I own that brings me joy
  4. A person I’m grateful for

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Gratitude Challenge Day 5

Before I get into today’s Gratitude writing prompts I want to take a moment to thank all of our veterans for their service. I am so grateful for your strength and willingness to fight for our country and my freedom.
If you aren’t a veteran but know one, please take the time to thank them today. It’s such a small thing but it could really mean a lot to them.

If you missed yesterday’s post you can find it here.
If you are interested in starting the challenge you can check out all of the previous posts here.

Question 2 was designed to make you think about this past year & all the good things you’ve done and encountered. I hope that it made you smile (: .

If you’re interested in finding some fun books to read or just want to see what I’ve been reading, my Goodreads account is linked along the right side of our home page. I always keep it up to date, so you’ll see plenty of books added often!

You can find all of my answers to today’s question on my Instagram story as well as my Facebook story.
I would love to see your answers too so feel free to tag us and to use the hashtag #CCGRATITUDE.

Gratitude Challenge Day 5

  1. Something that brought me joy today
  2. My favorite memory from this year
  3. A book I recently read & loved
  4. My pets & their names

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Gratitude Challenge Day 4

Happy Saturday! 

If you missed the previous days of the challenge you can find them here.

If you only missed yesterday’s post you can find that one here.

When I worked on my answers for today’s gratitude prompts I had to put a lot of thought into number 2. Nearly every holiday, birthday & “just because” gifts I’ve received has held some sort of special meaning to me. Of course the word “gift” doesn’t have to mean something big and grand…to me it has always been more about the giver and the thought behind the gift that counts the most.

If you want to check out my answers you can find them on our Instagram story as well as our Facebook story. And if you’d like to share your answers on social media I’d love to see them! Use the hashtag #CCGRATITUDE and you can tag us if you’d like!

If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself (that’s okay too!) you can print this page or just write your answers to the prompts down in a journal.

Gratitude Challenge Day 4

  1. Something that brought me joy today
  2. A gift that means a lot to me
  3. Something that I’m grateful to have today that I didn’t have a year ago
  4. A guilty pleasure that brings me joy

You can also get the Gratitude Challenge right to your inbox! All you have to do is subscribe here.