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PostHeaderIcon Bold Fried Chicken

This recipe was submitted by Megan Polanowski. Thank you for the tasty and interesting recipe!

Bold Fried Chicken

All you need:
Chicken Breasts (Cutting it into strips is the easiest)
About 3 eggs (Depends on the amount of chicken)
Oil ( I use veggie oil)
A bag of “Bold Chex Mix”

You make this like any other fried chicken recipe. Coat the chicken in the egg and instead of rolling it around in flour roll it around in crushed up pieces of bold Chex mix.

***You will have to cook the chicken in a frying pan on a lower heat, the chex mix will begin to burn and the inside will not be finished.***

The chex mix gives it so much more flavor and a lot more crunch!    After you fry it up, put them on a baking sheet and put mozz. cheese and bacon over it and place it in the oven just enough to melt the cheese.     Its an easy meal and it tastes great!

See more Fried Chicken Recipes from Idea Queen

PostHeaderIcon Homemade Shampoo Recipes

If you’ve taken a peek at the list of ingredients of any store brand shampoo, chances are you noticed a whole lot of chemicals and additives. Who needs that? It’s just as easy to make your own homemade shampoo using the recipes listed before. It doesn’t need to be complicated, and several of these are very simple homemade shampoo recipes.

If you need supplies, be sure to see:

Mountain Rose Herbs. A herbs, health and harmony c

Chamomile Fields Shampoo
4 bags of Chamomile tea (or 1 handful of fresh Chamomile flowers)
4 tablespoons pure soap flakes
1 1/2 tablespoons glycerin

Let the tea bags steep in 1 1/2 cups of boiled water for 10 minutes. Remove the tea bags and with the remaining liquid add the soap flakes. Let stand until the soap softens. Stir in glycerin until mixture is well blended. Pour into a bottle. Keep in a dark, cool place.

Honey Egg Shampoo
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons liquid soap
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon witch hazel
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 tablespoon wheat germ oil or almond oil
1 tablespoon rosewater or cologne

Place all the ingredients in a screw top jar, cover and shake well. Makes about 2/3 cup

Honey-Pollen Shampoo
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup glycerin
1 tablespoon witch hazel
1/4 cup orange flower water or cologne
2 tablespoons bee pollen
1 teaspoon liquid soap
1 tablespoon alcohol

Place the ingredients in a screw top jar, cover and shake well.

Herbal Shampoo
2 cups (473 ml) distilled water
1 tablespoon (15 ml) calendula(pot marigold)
2 teaspoons (10 ml)rosemary
1 tablespoon (15 ml) nettle
2 teaspoons (10 ml) orange peel
2 teaspoons (10 ml) comfrey
2 tablespoons (30 ml) chamomile
1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) essential oil of lavender
1 teaspoon (5 ml) Jojoba oil (omit if hair is oily)
1/2 cup (118 ml) all-natural, gentle baby shampoo

Bring water to a boil and remove from heat. Add the herbs, cover, and allow to steep for 30 minutes. Strain mixture into a medium-sized bowl, add the oils and stir vigorously. Add the shampoo and gently stir until thoroughly mixed. Pour into a labeled bottle and keep refrigerated to preserve the freshness. You may keep a small bottle in the shower with enough shampoo for about one week, if you wish. Use approximately 1 tablespoon per application. This shampoo will not produce mountains of billowy suds as it does not contain strong foaming agents. It cleans gently with minimal sudsing. Before use, lightly shake shampoo to mix the oil that may separate from the rest of the ingredients.

Where to Find Shampoo Ingredients

It might be rather difficult finding some of the ingredients listed above, such as some of the carrier oils and herbal ingredients. Mountain Rose Herbs and Herbs & Foods are two sites that sell anything you could possibly need for making any of the simple homemade shampoo recipes on this page. If you get into making more than just shampoo, you’ll find these sites extremely useful for all kinds of homemade bath and body products.

Have fun!

PostHeaderIcon Different Ingredients for Pot Roast

I absolutely love cooking roast. I actually love cooking it more than I love eating it, but that’s beside the point. What I love more is adding fun ingredients and seeing what comes of it.

The Experimental Pot Roast

One Sunday while snowed in, I decided it was a perfect day to throw a roast in the oven. But I decided to throw some different things in and see what came out of it. Here’s what I added:

– Blend of spice including sun dried tomato
– Fennel seeds
– Fresh cracked pepper
– Garlic salt
– Roasted red bell peppers (from a jar)
– Jalapenos
– Red potatoes

Now granted the blend of spices I had is going to be slightly difficult to recreate, unless you have the exact fun spice container I have. But it proves a point you can about add anything you want to a roast depending on your tastes. If you happen to see “fun blends of spices” in the store, by all means grab it. They’re fun to play with, especially in things like roasts.

You would have thought this was a spicy roast, but it really wasn’t too bad. There was a little bit of a bite to it, but not much. It was a very subtle taste with these particular ingredients.  You can see some of the roasts we’ve done in the past on our easy pot roast recipe page.

Side tip:

If you have never cooked a roast before, you might be asking yourself, “how long do you cook a pot roast in the oven for?”. Well, there really IS no exact time, and it’s something you have to sorta check on. Roasts can be cooked for anywhere from 3 hours up to 8 hours. It depends all on the temperature you set it on, and how much time you have really. Normally I set it at about 325*, and have it done in 4 hours or so. If you go as low as 250, you can cook it for much longer and have a more tender roast.

Have You Done This?

If you have some really weird ingredients you’ve added to a roast, I want to hear about it! I’m all in favor of adding strange things for the sake of playing around with food, plus it gives me new ideas for stuff to add. Just comment below!

PostHeaderIcon Homemade Hair Conditioner Recipes

Looking to save a few bucks on hair conditioner or tired of all the chemicals in store brand versions? If so, here are a few homemade hair conditioner recipes you can try out at home.

Homemade Hair Conditioner Recipes

Honey Herbal Hair Conditioner
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup glycerin
1/4 cup sage, and 1/2 cup dried chamomile flowers


1/2 cup nettle leaves and 1/4 cup rosemary leaves
1/2 cup witch hazel
1 tablespoon liquid lecithin

Place all the ingredients in a screw top jar. Shake well and let set for 1 hour. Strain to remove herbs, discard the herbs and pour the liquid back into the jar. Makes about 1/2 cup.

Honey-Milk Conditioner For Oily Hair
1/3 cup hot water
1/4 cup glycerin
2 tablespoons liquid lecithin
1/4 cup Sage
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons dry buttermilk powder

Combine the hot water and sage, and let set for 10 minutes. Strain the liquid, and discard the sage. Add the remaining ingredients

Tropical Conditioner
1 avocado (peeled and mashed)
coconut milk

Combine mashed avacodo with some coconut milk. Mash together until its smooth and about as thick as shampoo. Comb it through the hair and let sit for 10 – 15 minutes, wash out.

Hair Conditioner Supplies

Some of the ingredients above may not be so easy to find in the stores. Luckily Mountain Rose Herbs and Herbs & Foods are two sites that sell anything you could possibly need for making homemade hair conditioner. Check them both out and see if you can’t find the supplies for these recipes along with other supplies for homemade bath and body products.

Mountain Rose Herbs. A herbs, health and harmony c

PostHeaderIcon Breaded Pork Chops with Gravy

I thawed out some pork chops for supper, then sat there and looked at them for a minute all naked on the counter. I had absolutely NO idea what I was going to do with them just yet, which is the way I normally cook. Thaw out some meat, then figure it out. Let me tell you, that’s lead to more than one interesting meal, and not always great. Still, seems to work for us for the most part.

I started with a recipe for Chicken Fried Pork Chops, but really this was just to spark some ideas. With it being 4pm, I didn’t have time to mess with the crockpot (which this may be why I never use it – that requires planning). So I improvised with no more than a glance at it.

First, the breading.

I took milk, eggs, and sour cream and mixed them in a bowl. Yes you heard me, sour cream. I’ve had issues in the past with breading, so I thought I’d throw in some sour cream to make a more creamy wet mixture and for flavor, too. Woo hoo it worked, made the flour stick just perfectly. I didn’t use any more than flour, salt, and pepper for the dry mix.

As I was dipping my pork chops in the two mixes (just once each), I had a pan of oil heating up on the stove on high. Now I’m thinking I PROBABLY could have turned down the heat just a smidge, since these browned super fast. Not a bad thing really, just keep a close eye on them.

Next I tossed them in a baking dish, covered with foil, and baked for about 45mins at 400*. Oh, these were so perfect I just wanted to cry. Really thick cut pork chops  that came out REALLY juicy. (Which yes I should mention these were THICK cut chops, and I don’t know how thinner cuts would turn out)

As if they weren’t good enough, I decided last minute to throw together some gravy. I used the same pan, drained of all oil though. I dare not try to make gravy from scratch, I know better. So instead I use Cream of Mushroom soup, adding a little bit of milk and flower to thicken/thin it up a bit. Oh, and a bit of salt and pepper.

Along with the breaded pork chops and gravy, we also had some fresh salad. I’m not sure what it was now, so we’ll just say “the fancy stuff” since it wasn’t the cheap shredded lettuce in a bag. The boy said it looked like a plant. Meh, I thought it was good and so did the girl, so no matter. We added shredded cheese, roasted red bell peppers (from a jar), almond slices, and blue cheese dressing. Obviously we’ve been watching too much Food Network, but oh well. Yum, yum, and yum is all I have to say to that!

I’m sure you could try your own variations of this recipes, specifically using something different than just flower or adding fun ingredients to the breading. Either way this was EXCELLENT!

PostHeaderIcon Recipe Organizers

There’s all kinds of ways to organize recipes, and at some point we need a little help. I’m going to share a few items I found at Amazon, my favorite place to shop for just about anything from books to toys to recipe organizers.

Recipe Albums & Binders

Probably one of the easiest ways to store your recipes is in an album or binder. Most come with protective pages and for various sized cards or pages, so it fits just about anything you have shoved in your recipe drawer right now. Here’s a few I found at Amazon:

Collected Recipe Organizer – Binder
One of the lowest costing yet best forms of organizing recipes there is. This recipe album features tab dividers and comes with 4×6 recipe cards to write on and insert into clear protective pages. Also includes fun stuff on the inside cover for measurement conversions and ingredient substitutions. Extremely useful when your in the middle of cooking and need some quick info!

C.R. Gibson Iota Recipe Card Organizer
Need something just like the one above, but with a little more style? Check out this colorful recipe organizer! Same clear protective sheets to insert your 4×6 cards into, but with 12 tabs for separating all the different types of recipes you may have at home. Refills on both plastic insert pages and recipes cards are available for purchase as well. The price of this one isn’t too bad either!

Umbra Portochef 26-Page Free-Standing Recipe Easel
Now this recipe organizer is cool. Not only does it keep your recipes in a protected page, but it stands up too! Just about anything you have in your drawer will fit into these pages since they’re the size of a regular sheet of paper – most importantly, recipes printed from your computer. This is a pretty big deal to me, since online is where most of my recipes come from.

Boxes and Files

Have a ton of recipe cards and need something a little bigger? Then a box or file might be for you! Below you’ll find several options for holding more than just a handful of your favorites, but your entire recipe collection in a box or small file.

Acrylic Recipe Box
The price is right on this little box, plus it holds over 200 3×5 sized recipes cards. Clear, simple design. Perfect if you have a lot of recipes and need fast organization. It also has a slot on the front to insert one recipe for easy use. Doesn’t get much more simple!

Martha Stewart Collection Recipe Box
A very simple, easy way to organize all your recipe cards. Nothing real special about this box, but that’s the idea. It’s not fancy, but just your average recipe organizer. Sometimes simple is better!

Additional Recipe Organizers

Still need some more ideas or product choices for organizing your recipes? Be sure to check out all the recipe organizers at!