Surgeries, Epilepsy & Lemon Chicken

How’s that for a weird title?  Yeah, I didn’t want you to miss out on the recipe, but have a few other things to say first.  :)  If you don’t want to hear about our medical drama, feel free to scroll to the bottom and find where the recipe is.


If you’ve been reading here very long, you’d know that last year was probably one of the most stressful years of my life.    For an explanation of that, you’d have to read this post, then you’ll understand why.


While things are going much better this year, we’re starting with our share of medical drama.  Thankfully none of it is life threatening.  It started with a routine CT scan for my 15 year old daughter.  She’s had 3 mastoidectomy surgeries so far in the past 2 years and the results of this CT scan showed that she needed to go for her 4th.  She has a cyst in her mastoid (area behind the ear drum) that keeps growing back.  Each time, our ENT surgeon has thought that he got it all, but it’s such a small area, it’s too difficult to see everything (especially the first time when it was swollen) and he believes there’s been microscopic pieces left behind, causing it to begin growing again.  So…last week, we went in and had that removed.  The surgery went really well, but now she’s having an allergic reaction to something that she had during surgery (is all we can figure).  She’s got a red ring around her ear and is so swollen.  We’ve been in touch with the doctor and we’re watching her carefully, but we (and she) are so ready to get her back to normal!


My 12 year old daughter has epilepsy and it’s been determined that she is going to get a vagal nerve stimulator.  If you’ve never heard of a vagal nerve stimulator, it’s been described as a pacemaker for the brain.  Basically, it’s a device that gives a nerve in your neck that goes up into the brain, an electric impulse, interrupting any seizure activity.  If she feels like she’s about to have a seizure, she’d always have a magnet with her that she could swipe across the site of the VNS, turning it on and helping the seizure to go away.  By having this device, she’ll most likely be able to get off of some of her medicines.  Currently she gets tired so easily and has some memory and learning difficulties, so we’re excited about this change.  Not necessarily excited about another surgery, but she is really hoping that this helps her to feel much better!


We’ve also been battling my 9 year old daughter’s asthma.  After a recent trip to the ER, we happened upon a doctor who grew up with asthma and had 2 sons with bad cases of asthma as well.  He was the most helpful doctor we’ve run into yet.  Unfortunately he does not have a practice that we can take her to, but…at least he gave us an amazing action plan.  Ever since we saw him, we’ve had a better handle on her asthma issues.


So, yes, we’re still on the medical drama train, but hopefully after this next surgery we’ll have a very uneventful year!  If not, I guess we’ll probably have our deductible met anyway.


In the mean time, I’m still working on getting organized, losing weight and growing this blog.  One of the ways that I grow the blog is by writing on other websites.  I’m honored to be a regular monthly contributor to the All You Magazine Blog.  This past week, I shared how to make lemon chicken in the slow cooker.  It can even be a crockpot freezer meal if you want it to be.  Click on the picture below to go directly to the recipe.



Lemon Chicken in the Slow Cooker



Very soon, if you’re an email subscriber of Sidetracked Sarah, I’ll be sending you my newest one week menu for free!  Be sure to be watching for it!  It will come attached to your email, as a thank you!  Hopefully by the end of this week…. we shall see how time flies this week.  :)


I hope you have an amazing Monday!



And the Winner of the Slow Cooker + Menus is…….

I bet you already forgot about the slow cooker giveaway didn’t you?  It’s only been about a month ago that I asked you to fill out that survey.  It was  for a chance to win a slow cooker and recipe book package.  Well….it took me a while, but I have FINALLY picked a winner!  I used, to keep it completely fair (and there was over 600 entries).


The winning number was 216!  I didn’t get names with the survey, but I did get an email.  I won’t be giving the winner’s email address away to everyone out here, but I’ll give you part of it… case it’s you and you didn’t get my email yet…..


If your email looks similar to this (filling in the stars with the correct letters/numbers), you are the winner!  Congratulations!!  




Random.Org results


She won this slow cooker and ebook package:


Survey Giveaway



I wish I had 665 more slow cookers that I could afford to give away to all of you, but unfortunately, I’d be completely bankrupt, lol…but….you can still take advantage of the weekend sale that we have going on right now.


For the first time and likely the last time for this bundle all together, my friends Tabitha from and Sharla from The Chaos and the Clutter have teamed up with me to offer you some amazing cookbooks and recipes!  All of my ebooks are included in this bundle, that means, you’ll get Weeks 1-8, plus my Walmart menu, plus Sharla’s Chicken Dump recipes and Tabitha’s Oven Free Dinners and more!  Seriously, this is the last day to get in on this great sale….so get it before this combination of books goes away forever!  You can read more about the sale here:


Exclusive Family Meal Bundle Sale




Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Recipe


Before I get started with this amazing recipe, I wanted to make sure you’ve seen the weekend sale!  It’s only lasting until Monday, so I wanted to make sure you had the opportunity to get into this great sale!  Get all of my crockpot freezer meals one week meal plans, plus some additional ebooks thrown into the mix by my friends Tabitha of and Sharla of The Chaos and the Clutter.  We’re talking chicken dump recipes, oven free dinners and more!  They’re all to help YOU get YOUR meal times under control, so you can enjoy life a little more!  We don’t need to be stressed and overworked around dinner time.  You get 14 ebooks worth $49 for only $15.  A great deal for saving meal times!  Click the picture below to read more about it.  The sale only lasts until Monday night.


Exclusive Family Meal Bundle Sale


I am a big fan of chicken parmesan!  I don’t know why it never dawned on me to make it in my slow cooker …. until recently, that is.  I think it’s because I felt like it should be fried.  I mean, normally it is, right? Or at least breaded and baked.  Well, this time, I breaded it and I slow cooked it and the chicken had a great texture and taste.  It was so good, everyone kept wanting to go back for seconds, but there weren’t any.  I think I turned away 4 kids, sharing the bad news that mom didn’t make extras this time.  I realized I could have made the whole 3 pound bag for our family of 9 (maybe even a full 6 pounds lol).  It’s OK though.  We didn’t overeat this way!


Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Recipe


Chicken Parmesan Recipe for the Slow Cooker



1 egg
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
1/2 cup parmesan cheese + more for sprinkling
2-3 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts (enough for your family)
1 Jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
Cheese (to top with – whatever you keep on hand, normally it’s mozzarella)




I started by cracking an egg into a bowl and mixing it up well.  Next, I mixed a half cup of parmesan cheese with a cup of Italian bread crumbs.  I drizzled a small amount of olive oil in the bottom of the slow cooker and swished it around until it covered the whole bottom of the slow cooker.  Then, I dredged the thawed chicken breast in the egg first, followed by the bread crumb mixture.


Chicken Parmesan in the Slow Cooker


Last, I placed the chicken in the bottom of the slow cooker.  I then poured a small amount of spaghetti sauce on each piece of chicken and sprinkled it with parmesan cheese.  (Believe it or not, I usually just use the canned parmesan cheese and not the fresh because I always seem to have it on hand.)


Chicken Parmesan Recipe for the Slow Cooker


Chicken Parmesan 2


I cooked it on high for 3.5 hours, but you could easily cook it on low for 7-8 hours if you prefer.  When each piece was put on the plate, I put a small amount of Colby-Jack cheese over the top so that it would melt while it was still hot.


Crockpot Chicken Parmesan


We were out of any kind of noodles but Macaroni, so I cooked some up and added the rest of the spaghetti sauce to it, making a nice side dish for the chicken.  Of course, a tossed salad goes nicely with this meal, too.


**Please note:  If you are sensitive to textures, you may enjoy this meal more if you go ahead and fry the chicken a little in a skillet first to get the crispy edges.  The breading was slightly mushy in some places.  It’s nothing I minded (and my husband who is a lot more sensitive to textures, didn’t complain either),  but I wanted to throw that out there for those who are a little more texture sensitive.  Me?  I prefer less steps when it comes to using my slow cooker, so in most cases, when it says to brown my meat first, I just don’t (unless it’s ground beef).


Freezer to Slow Cooker Instructions:

  1. Place the amount of chicken your family needs in a gallon size freezer safe bag.
  2. Place the bread crumb mixture into a smaller quart size bag.
  3. Staple or tape 2 bags together, label and freeze.
  4. On cooking day, thaw meat in microwave (or the night before).
  5. Follow instructions in the original recipe above.

How to Make Chicken Parmesan in the Slow Cooker Crockpot