Late Night Jabberwocky & Skillet Chicken Parmigiana

We went to a wild bird rehabilitation center today for a field trip (and just so you know, March walkers, I walked the whole 2.2 miles there and 2.2 miles back…then came home and had some ice cream).

The children really enjoyed it and I even learned some new things. Did you know that crows can be trained to talk? There was actually a talking crow there! Another thing I didn’t know is that you can tell the difference between a male and female pelican by the length of their bills (a male’s is longer). Also, the white pelican has a hump on it’s beak only during mating season. It then falls off. There were the CUTEST baby pelicans at the center! I didn’t know that the brown pelican chick is fluffy and white.


Last week, Sunflower made the most delicious chicken recipe! She attempted to make a recipe that she found on the back of a breadcrumbs container, but found she was missing several of the key ingredients, so she improvised. She made some substitutions and added a few extras and the result was wonderful! She made it again tonight. I think it is my new favorite…so I felt I just HAD to share (oh, and she wants to let everyone in the blogosphere know that she hopes to complete her own cookbook this year to sell).

Sunflower’s Skillet Chicken Parmigiana for Large Families
(serves 12 )

* 3/4 cups olive oil
* 1 1/2 cups chopped onions
* 6 cloves garlic, chopped
* 30 oz. Rotel tomatoes
* 1 cup sugar
* 2 tsp. salt
* 12 boneless skinless chicken breasts
* 1 1/2 cups Italian style bread crumbs
* 1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese
* 3 eggs, beaten
* 2 cups mozzarella cheese

In pan heat 6 tbsp. oil on stove over medium heat. Cook onions and garlic in oil 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in tomatoes, sugar, and salt.

In shallow dish mix bread crumbs and Parmesan. Dip chicken into egg then coat with bread crumb mixture. In large non-stick skillet (we use a huge electric skillet), heat remaining oil over medium heat. Cook chicken in oil 10-15 minutes, turning once, until no longer pink in the middle.

Pour sauce around chicken in skillet. Sprinkle cheese over chicken. Cover until melted.

See above for a new prayer request for a boy named Zachary. He is a relative of a long-time internet friend. He disappeared last month, possibly having run away…but hasn’t been seen since. He took nothing with him, so it seems he may have been kidnapped or…I don’t know.

Anyway, please pray for this family and Zachary. He is a very innocent sheltered Christian boy…not a tough street-smart type.

If you have seen him, please call the authorities immediately.


For those of you wondering about the results to my internet security survey, my husband is working swing shift this week so I haven’t had the chance to tally the results yet. Lord-willing, I will be able to get to it tomorrow…Friday at the latest. Just consider it a one-week extension! (That’s okay, I haven’t sent my Christmas cards out yet either). *blush*

Also, tomorrow, I hope to post an entry answering most of the questions y’all have asked lately.


  1. 8isnotenough says

    Don’t you love it when the children become such great cooks? My oldest does well but we are mostly meat and potatoe kind of people. However, we just might give this one a try. Good job on the walking.


  2. mistresninos says

    I’m so sorry to hear of this horrible event in your friend’s family. I will be praying this boy will be returned safely to them and soon.

    God Bless



  3. HisWillingVessel says


    This recipe sounds so very yummy, we will have to give it a try! Do the Rotel tomatoes make it very spicy or slightly spicy?




  4. HisWillingVessel says


    We will be praying for Zach also! How very sad and scarey for his family to be going through this!!

    Let us know if anything changes




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  6. dawilli says

    I think I may try that soon…

    sounds like a good one.

    I’m still planning to get my 12 year old DS to cook some more, when I get some more courage! It will be a neat thing some day to have my children cook dinner for me, I have so many little ones right now that I hadn’t even really thought about it until reading your posts about your young chefs.

    Looking forward to that,



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