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: Miss Air Fryer for the win!By Angie BridgesI ’ m a reformed kitchen gadget collector. Over the last 25 years or so, I’ve owned most every single one-use electric kitchen small appliance you could have. I could make you anything from omelets in a minute, cookie cups, a baked donut, mini quesadilla or waffle and even a whole pot roast dinner in less than an hour if you wanted, but the shine always wore off on these items because the hassle of cleaning and storing them got to be toomuch.One year, (ok-2020, when we all foundourselves spending A LOT more time at home) I said, “that’s enough!” and donated them all and felt quite liberated. Two days later, my dear hubby strolls in ever so proudly and announces that he got us an air fryer. He was spewing anticipation about “crispy chicken wings without frying” and things of that nature. I’ll admit I was less than enthused as I had enjoyed my kitchen gadget free life for less than a week.I danced around it for a few days in the box-daring it to try and make me want to use it, but I remained steadfast (some might say stubborn). Then, came the day my dh decided to make us our first meal: chicken wings of course. It only took one bite to know that this new addition in my life could be a game changer in the kitchen.While I still wasn’t certain I’d become BFFs with it, I began to tiptoe into exploring air fryer recipes, and then TIKTOK came into my life and there are literally thousands of recipes and ideas for some awesome dishes available. I. Was. Hooked. There is a way to make and enjoy crispy food in a healthier and less messy way and no one was more surprised than me. I encourage you to do your own research on what brand to purchase if you decide you want to try it out too. This month I’m going to share one of our go-to quick meals and made in a much healthier way. Enjoy!Ciao for Now, AngieDijon Parmesan Chicken TendersYou’ll Need: 1 1⁄2 lb., raw chicken tenders, salt & pepper to taste, 1⁄4 cup Dijon mustard, 1⁄4 cup grated parmesan cheese, 1⁄4 cup light mayonnaise (or Greek yogurt), 1⁄2 cup panko breadcrumbs, and 1⁄2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs. Olive or Avocado oil spray Directions: I a bowl, combine Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, and parmesan cheese. Add chicken tenders (that you’ve seasoned lightly with s&p). coat chicken all over with mix, cover and refrigerate for minimum of 2 hours but I like to do overnight if time allows. In a shallow dish (a pie dish is perfect) combine the panko and breadcrumbs. Working in batches, coat the chicken piecesin crumb mixture and set aside on a plate. Preheat Air Fryer to 400 degrees. Spritz both sides of chicken with olive oil spray and place chicken in a single layer in basket and cook for 12 minutes, flipping them halfway through cooking time. Serve with a side salad or your favorite side.Angie Bridges is owner of Copa Wine Bar in Stone Oak along with her husband, Jeff Bridges. Angie is also the founder of the Taste of the Northside Fiesta event and is the original Queen of the Vine.Give Your Deck, Fence OrFlagstone A Seal Of Approval!Have Medicare questions? I have answers.I’m Bertha Eliza Calpena, a licensed sales agent in San Antonio, Boerne and all of Texas. When it comes to Medicare,it’s important to consider all of your options. What works well for your neighbor may not be the best fit for you. I know the ins and outs of Medicare, and I’m ready to answer your questions and help you find a plan that fits your needs. Take advantage of my knowledge and experience to:• Take the confusion out of Medicare • Receive one-on-one service• Get help comparing plans • Make enrolling in a plan easierI look forward to helping you explore your Medicare options so you can enroll in a plan with confidence.It’s time to take advantage.Bertha Eliza CalpenaLicensed Sales Agent 210-612-5777, TTY 711 Sí, hablo su idioma.Plans are insured through UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company or one of its affiliated companies, a Medicare Advantage organization with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in the plan depends on the plan’s contract renewal with Medicare. ©2021 United HealthCare Services, Inc. All rights reserved.Y0066_22SPRJ55189_C SPRJ55189By Alissa ReinhardN o matter the surface of your deck, patio, pool area and even fence - don’t underestimate the importance of sealing. Here are a few common questions I receive from myclients.Q: Why does my wooden deck need to be sealed?A: Different woods have different chemistry. A treated yellow pine is a water based wood and will expand when wet and shrink when dry. This can cause the wood to warp, split or crack. Oil based penetrating sealer will move through the wood and prevent this constant movement due to weather. On the other hand, oil based wood like cedar or redwood will rot without proper sealing. The oil will evaporate and the wood will begin to rot from the bottom up. A sealer that can follow dry cell structure is important for these types of wood. I can help you choose the best sealant for your wood.Q: Do I need to seal my limestone, flagstone or rocks?A: Absolutely! These surfaces are very porous allowing for deep penetration of water. When the temperature reaches freezing, the water will expand and the rockwill contract, moving in opposite directions. The result? Cracking and flaking. A proper sealant will prevent this.Q: Do I really need to seal my wooden fence?A: Sealing your fence can double its life. Wooden fences can quickly deteriorate for many reasons. First, the bottom of the wood acts like a straw, sucking up moisture from the ground into the board. Second, fence boards are thin allowing for moisture penetration from all six sides. And finally, wood has tannic acid. When that acid comes to the surface and is hit by sunlight, the board can turn gray or black.Other questions? Not sure which sealant is right for your surface? I’d be happy to service your deck and patio today! Just call Barry Hagendorf’s Deck and Patio at (210) 822-9147 for a free estimate or visit www.deckandpatiocare.com18www.stoneoakhighlights.comMarch 2022

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