Thursday, February 26, 2009

Birthday plans, take II

We had planned on a dinner out at B-Dubs or as it is normally known, Buffalo Wild Wings. Hermit Crab had a field trip to Menard's 2 weeks ago-it is like a Home Depot or Lowe's. She has a design class for the house project our school does every year. They build a new house each year and sell it; that in turn finances the next years' project. Long story, so anyway the building and design class go on a field trip and were stopping at B-Dubs for lunch. She was so not excited....until she came home and told us how much she loved it. We were taking her and her BFF Jesse out for dinner then home for presents and ice cream cake.

This is what happened:

Huge snow storm. We got about 5 inches, but the blowing and drifting is terrible. 25 to 30 MPH winds. The security lights keep coming on, the screen door is banging. Ugh.

You can't even make out the road. We went three miles and I made the Dude turn around and come home. I felt so bad for her, but she went and took some chicken out of the freezer and we made oven fried chicken.

Oven fried Chicken

1 cut up chicken
1-1/2 buttermilk
3 cups crushed corn flake cereal
salt and pepper
paprika (not shown)
1 stick butter, melted (not shown)

Wash and dry chicken. Place cereal crumbs and seasonings in one pan and the buttermilk in another. Place a couple pieces of chicken in buttermilk; drain off and place in pan with crumbs. Roll in crumbs. Place butter in a roasting pan and then place all the coated chicken in pan on top of butter. Bake at 375 degrees for about an hour and then start checking the temp. Mine took about 1 hour and 10 minutes.

I served this with mashed potatoes, gravy and garlic toast. It was good, but I felt bad for A that she didn't get her B-Dubs. I told her that when I take her to the casino, we would stop. That is the big thing here for 18th birthdays-going to the casino. Since we work this weekend, I told her we would go next week. Go spin some slots. At least there was ice cream cake! Yes, those are giraffe print plates. I told ya, the hubs has some strange love for them!

Her favorite gift? The pre-sale card and midnight release party for 'Twilight'. She 'runs with werewolves' too. And decided she wanted perfume for the first time in her life. Her choice? Vera Wang. Not Loves Baby Soft (anyone remember that pink bottle? I can still smell it), no, she goes top shelf. Turkey Butt!

One good thing about the snow storm? Free wine chiller!
The wind is still whipping and the snow is blowing hard. We made the BFF stay overnight so I have kids sacked out everywhere. Time to peruse other blogs while it is quiet and I can hear myself think.


Donna-FFW said...

Oven fried chicken sounds perfect!! Ill have a glass of that wine. Happy Birthday to your daughter.

Spryte said...

Happy Birthday Ally!

Katherine Aucoin said...

Looks like ya'll still had a wonderful evening! I say when the snow melts in June, you still owe her dinner @ BWW! ;-)

Bob said...

Oven fried chicken rules. Good save! :)

noble pig said...

You know she will always remember her birthday because of what happened. If it would have gone perfectly later she would have no memory of it. I must have had a great and perfectly executed 18th since I can't remember any of it!

Heather said...

mmmmmmmmmm. carvel cake....... i love carvel cake........ drool...
that chicken sounds delicious too!

HoneyB said...

Sounds like it turned into a terrific party! The only thing I like about snow is getting to stay home when its nasty out. ;)

Ours has actually melted - but I'm sure we'll get what is called "sugar snow" more than once....and maybe another few good snowfalls. I remember one year waking up on April 1 and we were buried in it!

Pam said...

What a great chicken dinner - happy birthday to your daughter.