Panko Chicken Nuggets

The other day I was in a hurry to start lunch and I had no idea what to make.  I rummaged through our food and came up with three ingredients:  Panko bread crumbs, Italian dressing, and chicken.  It sounded good, and they turned out really well!  Here's what I did…

First, turn on the oven to about 375.  Cut the chicken into bite size pieces.  Then, put them in the Italian dressing and let them soak for a bit.  I did everything in three sections…..cut some chicken, put it in the dressing, and cut some more while I let the first batch sit.  Then, take the chicken out of the dressing and coat it with Panko bread crumbs:


Next up, coat a pan (I used a pizza pan) with oil or cooking spray and place the Panko crusted chicken nuggets on the pan!

Then cook the nuggets for about 20 minutes or less.  We like ours more on the done side and I even turned the oven to "broil" for the last minute or two make them extra crispy!

(Pardon the steam covered lens!)  And also take note…the crumbs will burn so either placing the nuggets closer together is a good idea!

Wordless Wednesday: The Rocking Horse





Oh how our boys are different!  Here they are, both at 14 months.  The Captain obviously preferred no clothes and a spatula and Baby D likes to be warm and have a paci and Daddy's hat while riding this horse…which I might add, is one of their favorite toys!








The Great Swag Swap Giveaway Hop

Welcome to The Great Swag Swap Giveaway Hop hosted by Gypsy Mama Logsand Mama goes BAM. This is a special event to thank you our readers, and is your 2nd chance to get your hands on some of the best swag from some of your favorite bloggers.

The event begins at 12:01 AM February 29 & ends 11:59 PM March 7th!!

Here at Life With Captain Fussybuckets, you can enter to win a HappiTaps Beary Happi from Infantino!

(Compatible with iPhone® 4S, iPhone® 4, iPhone® 3GS and 3rd & 4th generation iPod® Touch.)

Read my review of Beary Happi!  Our Beary Happi has not been used much, as it only fits on Daddy's iPhone and he already has a case.  Captain Fussybuckets and Baby D still play with the Beary Happi app on the iPad, but of course the Beary Happi case doesn't fit an iPad!  So, instead of Beary just sitting around our house, being unloved and unused, I want to give it to you!  He is still in excellent condition, but without original packing.

The giveaway has ended and Rita L. is the winner!

Raw Organics wool dryer balls

When I began to cloth diaper Captain Fussybuckets, I heard a lot about dryer balls and how they were good to make cloth diapers fluffy and reduce drying time.  I bought a few plastic dryer balls but never have been really impressed.  So, I was happy to get to try out these awesome organic wool balls from Raw Organics!  The wool balls that I was sent have extra lanolin for heavy static.

Are you wondering why these dryer balls are made of wool?  Wool is naturally anti-microbial, has anti-static properties, and can absorb up to one third of it's weight before even feeling wet!  Those plastic dryer balls I was using before can now be used as toys because they don't hold a candle to wool!  And another great thing about wool….they are lightweight and you can't HEAR them bouncing around in the dryer.  Eliminate the use of dryer sheets and fabric softeners with these organic wool dryer balls.

I'm very happy with these dryer balls and I won't go back to anything else.  My clothes are soft and really do dry faster!  Visit Raw Organics' Etsy store, follow them on Twitter and Facebook!

Raw Organics has a discount code for Life With Captain Fussybuckets readers! During the duration of this giveaway, just use the code "giveaway" at checkout to get 10% off of anything in the Etsy shop!

Raw Organics is giving one of our readers their own set of 4 organic wool dryer balls, in the winner's choice of either heavy static or regular!  Just enter in the Rafflecopter widget below.  Giveaway ends at 11:01 PM, central time on March 12th, 2012!

Giveaway has ended and Theresa J. is the lucky winner!


Free glass straws from GlassDharma!

Do you remember our GlassDharma glass straw review and giveaway?  If not, click the link to check it out.  We're still using our GlassDharma straws and we really love them!!  I wanted my readers to be among the first to know about the GlassDharma Free Glass Straw Giveaway in honor of Earth Day!

GlassDharma will give away 500 – 1000 free glass straws during the month of April 2012 in celebration of Earth Day!  The GlassDharma mission is to get more glass straws out in an effort to increase awareness about single use plastics alternatives. 

All you have to do to is simply submit a link to a 1 – 3 minute YouTube video contribution OR write a 100 – 200 word essay in an email addressed to, along with your request for a free glass straw.  "I love my straws." – the words most often spoken and written by GlassDharma customers, will be the theme for video and essay submissions during the 2012 GlassDharma Glass Straw Giveaway.  The suggested content is to encourage participants to declare how their glass straws relate to a better world.  The Environment, Elegant table-ware, made in USA and/or Personal Joy might be elements for expanded content.

Free Glass Straws will be shipped out of Fort Bragg throughout the month starting on April 1st, 2012.  Free Shipping (USA) will be included with each Free Glass Straw.  There will be a Grand Prize of a $100.00 Gift Code to one winning submission in each of two categories, video and essay. 

The GlassDharma Quality Control department ensures the quality of each and every straw. Offering an unprecedented lifetime guarantee, GlassDharma stands behind their product, and promises that if it breaks, it will be repaired or replaced.  GlassDharma straws are made from borosilicate glass, the safest and strongest glass commercially available; they are even dishwasher and microwave safe!

For more information, please visit GlassDharma!

Free Pancakes At IHOP! 2/28

Tomorrow, February 28, you can get a FREE short stack of buttermilk pancakes! (one per guest) IHOP is asking that you consider leaving a donation to help support Shriners Hospitals for Children.


Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil

Have you heard of the many benefits of natural coconut oil?  If not, sit back and listen to this!  Coconut oil can be used to cook with, as an oil or substitute for margarine or butter.  Some people like to use it in smoothies and also eat it by the spoonful.  You can also put it in your tea or coffee.  There are many free coconut recipes, too!  Did you know that you can make ketchup, mayonnaise, salad dressings, candy, and so much more with coconut oil?

Coconut oil can also be used as a face cleanser, cloth diaper safe cream, skin moisturizer, hair gel, and so much more.  The Gold Label virgin coconut oil contains the highest level of anti-oxidants.  There are no solvents used in processing and none of Tropical Traditions' coconut oil contains GMOs, hydrogenation, or trans fats.

I have really enjoyed my Tropical Traditions coconut oil.  It is very smooth and smells yummy.  I love continuing to find uses for this amazing stuff!  Check out my friend Ashleigh's post about her love for coconut oil at The (Not So) Clean Mommy!

Sign up for the Tropical Traditions newsletter, follow them on Facebook and Twitter, and check out their Tropical Traditions site to buy some of your own coconut oil!

Tropical Traditions is offering one Life With Captain Fussybuckets reader their own quart of coconut oil!
Just enter in the Rafflecopter widget below!  

Giveaway ends on March 8, 2012 at 11:01 PM, Central Time.

Giveaway has ended and Lori D. is the lucky winner!!


Follow Frenzy! Win some cash or an Amazon code!

Follow Frenzy Monthly Blog Cash Giveaway Event

Welcome to Follow Frenzy!

Coordinated by ShePromotes

Follow Frenzy is a fun monthly giveaway where a group of bloggers get together and offer our amazing readers the chance at a cash prize via Paypal or an Amazon gift code. It's our way of saying thank you and a great way to introduce you to other blogs you may not have known about! We have changed Follow Frenzy up a bit, so it's not the same as it was before. This month's giveaway will be open 12:01am est February 24, 2012, through 11:59pm est February 26, 2012. Now we have three different mini giveaways: one for Facebook, one for Twitter, and one for Google+. This way you can enter the ones you are able to do (and want to do!) and get 3 chances at winning a prize! Open WW; 18+ Prizes: (Paypal cash OR Amazon GC) Twitter Edition $25 Facebook Edition $30 Google+ Edition $25 $80 total possible! Yes, you could win all 3! Only the host is ineligible to enter. Participating bloggers may enter, but cannot claim their own entries (even if you DO follow yourself!).

How to enter

It’s easy to enter the Follow Frenzy giveaways!  Just enter the Follow Frenzy here by using the Rafflecopter forms below.

Giveaway has ended and the lucky winners are:  Jill H., Erin R., and Kim R.!

Different Kids, Different Sleeping Habits

Sleep is one of my most talked about subjects, just ask any of my friends on Facebook!  I'm constantly posting about how the boys slept, how I slept, what woke me up, etc.  And you blog readers know that I like to post about this topic, too.  ­čÖé  So a few weeks ago, when I read "Nap Time Is… When?" at Tales From The Nursery, I had to leave a comment and now I want to expand on it some more.

In the post, Darcy talks about how her daughter, who was almost 15 months at the time, is very "go with the flow" and doesn't have a set nap time or a set bed time.  And you know what?  I think that's fabulous if you can make it work.  

Captain Fussybuckets was, and still is, a kid in need of a schedule.  I tried the go with the flow thing and he ended up taking short naps in my lap while nursing or just be absolutely miserable because he was exhausted but it was already past the point of sleep.  If that doesn't make sense to you, you're lucky.  If it does, I know you feel my pain!  An overtired baby is NOT fun.  The Captain has always been go, go, go and very rarely has he actually told us, through yawns, actions, or words, that he was ready for a nap.  So, we had to wing it, put the kid on a schedule (of sorts) and do what we thought he needed.  It was more of a "take a nap X hours after he wakes up" sorta schedule…not "He must close his eyes at exactly 10 AM every single day" schedule.  Within a few weeks of putting him on a schedule, he was sleeping better at night and during the day.  We were less stressed out over his sleeping patterns, as well.  

Today, at 3 years old, he's still a sleep fighter.  He doesn't have an absolute bedtime, but we always aim for a certain time.  Lately it has been 9 PM.  Sometimes he's asleep by 9:20, other nights it's after 10.  If he were in school or had to wake up a certain time every morning, we would work harder at getting him to sleep earlier, but for now, this works for us.

Now Baby D, on the other hand, is far more laid back and is usually easier to get to sleep.  Give him his paci and his crib and he'll konk out in no time (usually!)  He tells us when he's sleepy and always has.  He has a flexible nap schedule, but if he's yawning earlier, we put him down.  And if he's going nonstop and it's naptime, we don't force him to go to sleep.  He's pretty easy going and when he has to miss his morning nap on Sundays for church, he's a little grumpy, but it's not horrible.  He's more like Darcy's daughter in that he can go with the flow and adjust as we need him to.  And he also tells us when he's sleepy, which is a small thing but we are very thankful for this!!

So what's the point of this nap story?  Something I've always said:  all kids are different.  And all parents are different, too.  It doesn't make any one mom BAD or GOOD, but you gotta do what works for your family and shrug off those comments that question how you are doing things.    Only you know your child and his/her needs!

Add your Recipe For Fun with Clorox® Clean-up®!

My kids LOVE to be messy.  And sometimes, I actually let them be messy.  ­čśë  Being a kid should be fun and kids should be allowed to be messy, have fun, and participate in fun activities!  If you're looking for fun new activities, Clorox® Clean-Up® has a new site where you can find and share fun, sometimes messy, activities with your kids.  At, you and your child(ren) can find ideas for science experiments, recipes, and arts and crafts projects.  Let your kids get messy while having fun and learning!

As a celebration of this new site, Clorox® has launched the Ultimate Mess Party Sweepstakes!  Sign up for a chance to win $10,000 towards your own Ultimate Mess Party with your kid(s).  You also have plenty of chances to win cool stuff every day that you visit the site.  All you have to do to enter to win is submit a recipe for fun.  Just for sharing, you will automatically get a $1.00 off coupon for Clorox® Clean-Up®.  You'll also have a chance to win coupons for FREE Clorox® Clean-Up® products and $100 gift cards to a variety or retailers, randomly, just by viewing recipes!

Since Captain Fussybuckets LOVES to cook, I thought I would share with you a fun recipe that we like to cook together!  It's called "Omelet In A Bag" and it's fun, delicious, and yes, messy at times!  Daddy & the Captain both love omelets, so this is perfect.  It also provides us with a teachable moment or two…that you MUST wash your hands before cooking and you MUST wash your hands after cooking, because of the eggs!  It's great because you get to choose exactly what you want in your omelet!


Omelet In A Bag

one plastic bag

2-3 eggs per bag

1/2 cup cheese (more or less)  Daddy likes cheddar and the Captain likes American!

1/2 cup chopped ham (more or less)

salt and/or pepper, to taste

You can also add anything else you could possibly imagine!  Onions, olives, peppers, salsa, mushrooms, tomatoes, any other kinds of cheeses or meats….if you think it will taste good, you can put it in your omelet!

All you have to do is first, put a pot of water on to boil.  Then, (carefully) crack the eggs in the bag and then add the other ingredients.  Zip up the bag and try to get most of the air out.  Then,  "knead" the bag and mix it up!  Once your water is boiling, cook for 13 minutes and then remove the bag from the water.  (This is obviously a job for an adult!)  Open the bag and slide the omelet out on the plate.  Let cool and enjoy!

So what are you waiting for?  Do you have a recipe that you and your kids love to cook?  Do you have a cool science experiment you want to share or a fun arts and crafts project?  Enter it in the Clorox Ultimate Mess Party Sweepstakes today!

I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Clorox Clean-Up Recipes for Fun blogging program, for 8,000 My SocialMoms Rewards Points. For more information on this program, click here and see the Terms link.