Sunday, May 3, 2015

Brown sugar spiced baked chicken ♥

My son John made his First Holy Communion on Saturday.  We couldn't have asked for a better day.  The ceremony was beautiful and after church we had a lovely brunch with family and friends. 
So proud of this little guy!

It's been a busy time around here.  I've been very preoccupied with planning his big day.  Now that it's all said and done I couldn't be happier with how it all turned out.  Nothing got spilled on his white suit and the cake was delicious.  He's growing up.
It's all good ♥
As you know I've been in a food rut since the winter.  I have been pushing myself to try new recipes in hopes of breaking my boring routine.  I found a new chicken recipe on Pinterest and tried it out on my family last weekend.  It was so good I made it again during the week.  What I like best is that you can prep it the night before and then 20 minutes before you eat just pop it in the oven.  After a busy day at work, I really appreciate that!
Here's how you make it:
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons paprika
1 teaspoon oregano
1 tablespoon garlic power
salt & pepper
Salt and pepper the check breasts.
Pour the brown sugar, paprika, oregano, and garlic powder
  in a plastic bag.
Add the chicken and shake to coat. 
Leave the chicken in the fridge at least 3 hours  (or even overnight) to absorb the flavors. 
*overnight is best! the longer it marinates the better it is!
When ready to cook, arrange the chicken on a foil lined baking sheet.
Bake 20 - 23 minutes.
The chicken will be nice & juicy!
This recipe has definitely been added to my rotation.  It's really delicious!
 I served this (at my parents house) with roasted broccoli, rice, and rolls. 
It was a hit! And better yet....a change for the same old - same old. 
A little prep the night before is definitely worth it!
And speaking of roasted broccoli, I am going to share this recipe with you soon.
Broccoli has never tasted so good!
I literally just came inside from looking at the full moon tonight.  It's bright and huge and I love it!  I know some of you (and you know who you are : ) were moon gazing too.  It may sound silly but I love how we are all looking up at the same moon.  It makes the world feel just a little bit smaller. Don't you agree? ♥
I once wrote a post about the magic of the moon.  It's one of my favorite posts I've ever done.
Wishing you a happy week ahead! Spring is (finally) in full bloom! It's going to be 80 degrees tomorrow and I'm going for walk in the morning.  I want to start my week off  right!


  1. Blessings to your son on his First Holy Communion!
    What a handsome young man!
    And also...the chicken?!
    Thanks so much for sharing!!!!

  2. Congratulations John! He looks very handsome. I am going to make this chicken recipe this week. I can't wait for you to post the roasted broccoli recipe- my family all love broccoli and since I loathe vegetables, I never know what to do to make them other then microwave frozen carrots and peas! I'm trying to branch out for their sake. ;)

  3. Congratulations to your son John on his first holy communion! He looks so handsome in his white suit! I have never roasted chicken with brown sugar before! It looks and sounds really delicious. I'd like to try this out on a whole chicken, cut up in pieces, with the skin on. I'll let you know how it turns out! XO