Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Recipe: Honey Baked Chicken

Let me start off by saying that it takes a miracle to get Kian and Ella to eat as much chicken as they did tonight! We didn't have a ton of ingredients to make anything fancy, so I looked up recipes that included honey and chicken.  I knew the kids would eat chicken if there was some honey on it!  I found this recipe on allrecipes.com and it was a big hit so I thought I'd share it!  Enjoy!

Honey Baked Chicken:
-1 (2-3 pound) whole chicken or 3 chicken breasts
-1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
-2 teaspoons salt
-1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
-1 egg yolk
-1 1/2 tablespoons honey (we used alfalfa)
-4 tablespoons margarine or butter

1) Preheat oven to 325 degrees F

2) Rub chicken with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.  In a small bowl, beat egg yolk with honey and butter, then brush the mixture over the chicken pieces.  Place chicken pieces, skin side down, in a lightly greased baking dish.

3) Bake at 325 degrees F for 45-60 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and the juices are clear.  Baste with the remaining butter or margarine.  Just before serving, turn chicken over and bake for 10-15 minutes to cook the skin on the other side.

*Depending on how much chicken you decide to use, you may need to bake for a bit longer than 45-60 minutes.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Why Denver has the greatest QB in the the history of the Game

Peyton Manning.

People are crazy about him.
Not only because he holds the record for most touchdown passes in a single season, or because he's arguably had the greatest sports comeback of all time.  Those facts are certainly a large reason why people love him so much, but they're not the only reason.

Let me ask you, have you ever seen a more gracious loser in the NFL?  Or a more humble winner?  Have you ever seen him throw a fit over a call or argue with a ref in anger?  Have you ever seen him not congratulate the other team and coaches after a game, regardless of if he won or lost?

I can't say enough about this man and his family.  He was brought up by parents who taught him and brothers good values and proper morals.  His father, Archie Manning, was a remarkable example of what a courteous and respectful sportsman looks like.  It's no surprise that when Peyton Manning talks about his father, he gets choked up just about every time.  I 100% believe that his good values and high standards are a major reason why he has had such a successful career.  No question about it.

Manning threw 55 touchdown passes this season.  The most by any QB.  The records that this man has broken are remarkable.  He could literally be the most stuck-up, prideful, and self-center person on this planet.  But, he chooses to be the exact opposite.  And that is why people love him.

People don't root for him just because he's insanely talented.  No, they want to see him succeed because he truly deserves it.  We, by nature, want to see the good guy win.

The second he came to Denver, the Broncos organization did a 180.  He has a presence. He has a vibe.  His teammates respect him and don't want to let him or the rest of the team down.  It is easy to listen to someone who is humble and hardworking.  This season was Manning's golden season, and yet, in every interview he did, he mentioned the team effort and not his own.  Is there a better leader in the NFL than Peyton Manning?

The answer is no.


These are the true reasons why Denver has the greatest QB in the history of football.  It's not just about the records.  It's about the fact that he has the greatest character most people have ever witnessed in a professional athlete, and I am proud to call him my quarterback.

Now, let's get that trophy.  Go Broncos!