A Recipe For Connecting With Your Kids

July 13, 2010 · Posted in Chicken, Recipes 

Do You Enjoy Reading A Good Book While On Vacation?

Our first day of our family staycation began with relaxing by the pool and enjoying a good book.  My oldest daughter and I started reading a book by young adult author Stacey Jay. I’m currently reading the sequel, “Undead Much”.  (I know, it’s far from the land of the cooking world, but it’s FUN!) The kids and I had the pleasure of meeting Stacey at the Borders in Santa Rosa, CA.  a few weeks ago while she was signing a few of her books that included ”You Are So Undead To Me” and “Undead Much”.  Stacey Jay writes about zombies. She gives us zombies and romance like Stephanie Meyer gave us Twilight with the vampires, werewolfs and romance. But the way Stacey writes, makes you laugh, is suspenseful and brings reality to what young adults experience in everyday real life. Stacey definitely connects with each and everyone of her readers.

A Recipe For Connecting With Your Kids
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Stacey was kind enough to autograph the books we purchased and spend a little time chatting with us.  I have always enjoyed reading books of all types. What I enjoy even more is being able to share my reading experiences with a book with my children. As a parent sometimes we can get out of tune with our children. I find that by reading the same books on occassion, we stay connected. It’s a lot of fun reading a book and doing our own book reviews. What we liked or didn’t like. My daughter and I enjoyed the first book because even though it has zombies, the author brings experiences in the book that young adults can relate to. How they are treated by their peers, emotional feelings they experience, connections bewtween best friends, old and new. It’s all there with a little bit of humor, romance, and mystery.  So far, we’re not dissapointed with the second book. If you would like to find out more about Stacey Jay and her books, visit Amazon.com HERE.

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The remainder of our relaxing afternoon was spent by the pool, than later we lit the tiki torches and had a poolside dinner.  Here’s my recipe for Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches.

Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches


1 large onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, pressed

1 (15-ounce can) tomato sauce

1/2 cup water

1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

3 Tablespoons molasses

2 Tablespoons brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper

6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

6-8 hamburger buns (I make my own)


Tomato slices


In a slow cooker on low setting, add the above  first 8 ingredients. Mix well. Add chicken breasts, making sure to coat the chicken breasts with the sauce completely. Cook on low setting for 8 hours. At 6 hours, with a knife, shred the chicken. Cook for the reaining 2 hours.  I like to use my Mix n Chop kitchen tool to shred the chicken. It cuts and shreds the chicken perfectly. You can find the Mix N Chop kitchen tool at www.NoelsKitchen.com.

Today is Day 2 of our family staycation. We decided to have today be “Kids Day”. This is the day where the kids get to choose what they would like to do. This is their time and is very important to them sowe’ll let them be in charge for one day.

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  • To123ri
    hi my name is tori im 12 years old and would like to say that i have read the seres and loved it. my mom is jamie fender (the Photographer) and she is very close friends with stacey and thats how i came to read the books. stacey gave the to me a a gift and as i said before i read the seres and it was great. another seres i loved was by rick roridan the percy jackson and the olypian was realy good, but if you already read that then he is writing another seres with the same charters + more of course, but the new seres starts with the lost hero coming out on october 12.
  • Hi Tori, That's so cool! Stacey is a sweetheart. I'm glad I met her. I am currently reading Undead Much. It's a great series. I haven't read Percy Jackson and the Olypian yet, but I look forward to it. Thanks for the recommondation. Thanks for visiting and never stop reading. Noel
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