So since having baby JJ I have had to simplify my life and my recipes a bit. I know it's sad. Sometimes simple is best though. The simple life of cooking lets you enjoy your life a little more while your still eating good. The crockpot has been my best friend but let's be honest. We all get burnt out on crock pot meals and there's really nothing better in life than a good piece of baked chicken. I have not always been a big fan of making my chicken in the oven. I always worry it's not cooked enough. Then I end up over cooking the chicken. It will be dry, chewy, and just all around awful. I was surfing around on* and came across this gem. Of course you already know I can't fully follow directions and doctored it up a bit so here it goes... 

You'll need- 
-Boneless skinless chicken breast
-Ritz Crackers
-Fresh Garlic
(For a delicious side veg I love asparagus or a quick mashed potato!)

Here is the trick to getting your breading to stick on the chicken- 
Dry it very well with paper towels. I mean really pat it down well so it's almost sticking to the towels. 

Preheat to 375
Set out your dried chicken breasts and season them with S&P
Crack and egg or two and beat it real good in a bowl. Sometimes a couple drops of water helps beat it nicely.
Crush about 15-20 Ritz crackers on a large plate. Paper plates are great because hey! One less dish you'll have to do!
Spray a glass baking dish with pam. You'll want a dish large enough so the chicken breasts have a small amount of space in between them.

Here's the fun and messy part! 
Dip the chicken in the egg and shake off the excess.
Roll it around in the crumbs and press the chicken into the crumbs or press them onto the chicken. Shake off excess and place in baking dish.
Once you're finished...
Cut up a good amount of butter in cubes using 1/2-1 stick worth. Place them around the chicken in the pan. Zest a little lemon on top and cut a garlic clove into quarters and toss that in there.
Set your timer for 15 mins.
Every 15 mins you will baste the chicken with the melted butter mixture. I baste the chicken until there is no juice left then I put it back in the oven for 40-50 minutes. Serve with a lemon wedge!

I really like to make asparagus with this recipe because you already have the oven preheated and asparagus comes out great in the oven! All I do is line a cookie sheet with tin foil (easy clean up.) Cut my asparagus and roll it in some S&P and olive oil. Sometimes I put some lemon zest on it if I feel like it or soy sauce. Squeezing lemon juice on it after it comes out of the oven is good too! I cook them for 8-10 minutes. Comes out great every time!

It all started when I was out at dinner with a good friend of mine. He grew up in Anderson, Ohio and I recently moved out here. We were talking about all of the new places that have been popping up around town in the last year or so. When I moved out here I was disappointed with the food scene. It’s nice being so close to downtown but can be a pain to head down there every night for dinner (especially with a baby.)  I have been so used to cooking my own food and sticking with my routine I haven't really given any of these new places a chance. I am now on the hunt for some good "foodie" food nearby Anderson.

Dubai Trip Traveling like the Prince of Arabia
We started our trip from Cincinnati the day before.  Using American Air miles to fly from CVG to ORD. Flights out of Chicago are 33% cheaper or more than out of Cincinnati.  Sometimes we drive but with the weather and the long flight back (24 hours+ with layovers and pre-flight check-in) I thought we would just fly.

First Stop Dubai-
The key for me to get and keep status will be multiple points (pun intended) of attack.  
-Fly places on sale that are far away that I actually want to go to
-Use the right credit cards for the right places
-Keep track of points and program benefits 
-Be prepared to take advantage of last minute sales and mistakes
-It is a game have fun but play to win