Rock Paper Sweet

A collection of imaginative wedding ideas & stylish everyday living, from the rings to the favors to the 'happily ever afters.'

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fall Wedding Inspiration

Here is some inspiration for fall weddings - warm, lovely and full of ambiance. 

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Gorgeous bouquet with fall florals, including succulents, calla lilies and poms. 
seen on pinterest

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Pretty centerpiece - pumpkins and gourds in an urn.

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Beautiful place setting - warm colors and soft feather accent.

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Burlap, burlap, burlap.  Perfect for fall, and you can do so much with it!
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Apple cider, ginger ale & Bourbon cocktail with apple slice flourish.  Yum!

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Wrap strands of white lights in balls of twine (white string shown here).

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Burlap wrapped chairs.  Gorgeous.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Perfect Fall Chicken Recipe

Who doesn't love to watch a great football game on Saturdays and Sundays in the fall?  Crisp weather, bright sunshine and team spirit in the air...  If you can't make it to the game in person, why not invite some people over to watch the game?!  I've found a great recipe for Oven "Fried" Chicken that is both delicious and easy to make - a sure crowd-pleaser.  I found the original recipe in the Betty Crocker Heart Healthy Cookbook, but I've slightly adapted it.

Oven-Fried Picnic Chicken
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-Medium sized boneless, skinless chicken breasts (original recipe calls for a whole chicken, quartered with skin-on)
-1/4 cup light butter or margerine (original recipe calls for regular butter or margerine, not light)
-1/4 cup flour
-1 tbsp paprika
-1 tsp salt
-1/4 tsp ground black pepper
-1 tbsp Southern Flavor (not called for in original recipe, but it makes the dish go from good to amazing)*

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Line a 13x9 inch pan with foil (optional, but it ensures that the chicken will not stick to the pan and makes clean-up a breeze!).  Cut the butter into cubes, drop them into the pan and let them melt in the oven.  Meanwhile, mix the flour, paprika, salt, pepper and Southern Flavor in a medium sized mixing bowl.  Coat each chicken breast in the seasoning.  Place each chicken breast into the pan once the butter has melted.  I like to drizzle a little bit of the melted butter over the top of the chicken breast so it stays really moist while it bakes.  Bake for about 20 minutes, then flip the chicken and bake for another 20 minutes, until cooked thoroughly.  Obviously baking times will vary depending on the size of the chicken.

The chicken should still be moist when it's done.  Baking it is a little healthier than fried chicken, but you get the same delicious taste.  Serve with your favorite sides and enjoy! 

*Southern Flavor: a seasoning mix made in Selma, Alabama.  Made up of salt, pepper, tenderizer, garlic powder and a handful of "secret" ingredients, it is great on all types of meat, poultry, seafood, pastas, stews, salads, etc...  You can buy it on their website here.  They make several different types, but I use the Original Charbroil flavor because it goes so well on everything.