What's for Dinner: Butterflied Herb Chicken Breast




Butterflied Herb Chicken Breast

by Brianne Williams, RD, LD

courtesy of amymyersmd.com

Serves 4 to 6


We love to eat chicken, but sometimes I grow weary of cooking it in the same old ways. Can anyone relate? I stumbled upon this recipe online one day, while looking for inspiration and something new. It was scrumptious! Plus it’s simple and quick to prepare, so it's totally doable after a day of homeschooling or running kids around. Serve with a couple of easy sides and you’ve got a healthy meal that should please everyone in the family. (Notes: I leave out the rosemary if I don't have it, and it's still really good. Also, the recipe says to cook for 20 minutes, but I find that if I butterfly the chicken as directed, it only takes 10-12 minutes total. Sometimes I use chicken tenders, which also cook quickly. I guess it depends on the thickness of your chicken. Use your judgement and check for doneness.)



4 organic chicken breasts (about 3 pounds)

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon thyme

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons garlic powder

2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped

2 tablespoons coconut oil (more, as needed)



With your knife parallel to the cutting board and your free hand pressing on top of the chicken breast, carefully slice the chicken breasts in half widthwise until you have almost reached the edge.  Once sliced, unfold the breast and repeat with additional chicken.  Pat dry with a paper towel and set aside.  


Mix together the ginger, thyme, pepper, salt, garlic and rosemary in a small bowl then sprinkle spices on both sides of all the chicken.  Press spices into chicken and let sit for about 10 minutes.  


Heat coconut oil in large pan over medium heat.  When the oil is hot place the chicken in the pan and cook for about 20 minutes, or until fully cooked, flipping halfway through.  Add more oil as needed.  Before removing chicken from stove make a small slit with a knife in the center to check for doneness.  You may need to cook chicken in separate batches or use two pans.  


These are great served hot with some roasted vegetables or save in the fridge to have with salads for lunch.



Click here for a printable pdf of this recipe.



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Scrip is a Win-Win




Here’s a great idea that is definitely underused at our school, shared by Brenda Tebbets. Brenda is a Track B mom of Tristan (Intermediate) and Jacob (LMS), as well as our Bookstore Associate, and the Assistant to the Development Director. Thank you Brenda, for sharing this fantastic explanation and bringing this to our attention!



Have you heard of Scrip?  If you have, are you using it?  Did you know that it can help pay your tuition?  Want to know more? 


Scrip is a company that sells gift cards for fundraising purposes.  They are purchased at face value and a rebate is kicked back to SLOCA.  Each participating retailer sets the percentage that they are kicking back.  There is a wide variety ranging from 1% to 20%.


How does this help pay for your tuition?  SLOCA gives 75% of the rebate you earn as a credit towards your Smart Tuition bill.  The remaining 25% is used to pay for the software to run the program and for the shipping fees. 


I won’t lie, it does take some work to make it successful in putting a dent in your bill.  It takes budgeting and planning in advance.  My family has been using it for a few years now.  Last year, my rebate that went towards our family tuition was $242.28.  For me, it is worth the extra work.


How does it work?  You need to sign up at www.shopwithscrip.com.  You need to register under SLOCA using this code: 9AAA727419779 


Once you have created an account, you can start ordering gift cards.  You must pay for the cards you order by writing a check to SLOCA, or you can sign up for Presto Pay that links your bank account with Scrip.  Sorry, you cannot use a credit card to pay for your order.  You need to place your orders online and have your payment received in the office (if you are writing a check) by Thursday afternoon.   Your gift cards will be ready to pick up the following Thursday in the bookstore.


Some of the retailers offer ScripNow, which means that if you are signed up with Presto Pay, you can print your gift card usually within minutes of placing your order.  Do you shop on Amazon?  They offer ScripNow.  I load up my shopping cart on Amazon, get a rough estimate of my expense, then log into Scrip and order a ScripNow gift card for Amazon.  I can use it within minutes to pay for my transaction.


Some companies also offer to Reload your gift card.  You must buy your first card through the Scrip program.  Once you have it, as long as the company offers a Reload option, you can keep using the same gift card and just keep adding money to that card.  You keep earning a rebate as long as you are Reloading the card through the Scrip program.  Arco, Exxon, Starbucks, and Target are just a few of the retailers that participate in this program. 


If you use the program, be sure to log in a few times a month.  Retailers at times offer a higher rebate for a short period of time.  This is a great time to stock up on some gift cards and get a better rebate.  Old Navy gives a 14% rebate, but sometimes has promotions when they give 16%. 


Gift cards are great for the holidays.  Sees Candy has a rebate of 20% but I have seen it go as high as 25% near the holiday season.  You can usually think of at least one person to give a box of chocolates to, right?


So, what are you waiting for?  Give it a try.  For some, this will be a hassle.  For those of us who stretch our pennies as far as they can go, well, you now have a tool to make it stretch a little farther.  


I would love to hear from some of those that use the system.  How do you make it work best for you?  Do you feel it has made enough of an impact on your tuition bill to keep using it? Leave a comment below and share your experience with Scrip.


If you have any questions please feel free send an email to slocash@sloclassical.org or come and talk to Susanne or Brenda in the bookstore.  We are happy to help!



SLO Classical Academy is not affiliated with any of the above mentioned websites or businesses.


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Magical Moments: Back to School BBQ


{photo by Rachel Neumann}


SLOCA parent Robin Lee share’s today’s Magical Moment, in which many of us participated! Robin and her husband Carl have two daughters at the school, Reagan (HS) and Ryan (Primary, Track B). This is their 4th year at SLO Classical Academy.



Gathering is good.


In this fast paced life of a SLOCA family, it can be too easy to forget to come together just to enjoy one another, can't it? On September 5th, we did just that at Cuesta Park and it was great!


A few of our dads bbq'd chicken legs, thighs and hot dogs, and each family brought food for a potluck. Everyone brought their own drinks.


Parents sat on blankets, at tables, and on lawn chairs eating and drinking beer, wine, sodas or water, while the kids played on the playground, bounced in the Medieval house made of rubber, and ran around. It was fun and relaxing. Both TRACK A and TRACK B families gathered, and high school kids sat in a circle chatting away. Well over 200 people came. We learned the names of people we didn't know before.


{photo by Rachel Neumann}


{photo by Rachel Neumann}


{photo by Rachel Neumann}


{photo by Jenny Bischoff}


It was a fantastic way to start the year, and an important reminder to all:


If you desire more community in your school experience, you need to calendar it in!


If the laughter at the park was any indication, our children love being together. Pick up the phone, send out an e-mail, invite some people to spend time outside. Bring pizza and slice some apples--keep it simple--and enjoy the rewards it will bring. Just like the work of cooking for a couple hundred led to a really fun evening for the school, gathering in your world will also enhance your school life!


{photo by Rachel Neumann}


{photo by Rachel Neumann}


{photo by Rachel Neumann}


{photo by Rachel Neumann}


{photo by Rachel Neumann}


{photo by Rachel Neumann}


{photo by Rachel Neumann}



Thanks, Robin! And thank you Rachel for the awesome pictures! It's so true, and we are grateful for those parents who are intentional about gathering in big and small ways. How can we help draw our school community closer together? Share any other ideas you have in the comments below:



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Friday Faces 2014: Little Wonders through Intermediate



Happy Friday! We have a couple of (somewhat) new faces to introduce you to today. Both of these ladies came to us mid-year last year, so they aren’t exactly new, but new to Friday Faces:



Kaitlyn Perry

Kindergarten - Intermediate Music Teacher


Q: What is your degree in?

A: Music Education


Q: What was your last job before your SLOCA life?

A: My last (and still current) job before SLOCA was teaching private music lessons at Music Motive in SLO.


Q: What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

A: The first thing I do in the morning is make coffee!


Q: What is your favorite local restaurant?

A: My favorite local restaurant is Firestone Grill.


Q: What was your favorite book when you were a child?

A: I loved all the Dr. Seuss books when I was a child – especially Green Eggs and Ham!


Q: What is your favorite piece of literature? 

A: My favorite piece of literature is To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.




Cecelia Nutting

Intermediate Core Teacher and Level 4 Math Teacher (Track B),

Friday Foundations Intermediate Teacher


Q: What is your degree in?

A: B.S. in Liberal Studies with concentration in Elementary Education.


Q: What was your last job before your SLOCA life?

A: Right before I came to SLOCA I was working for a tech company here in San Luis Obispo called MindBody where I trained our clients how to use the software. Before that I taught back home in the Merced/Atwater area for 6 years as a classroom teacher. 


Q: What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

A: First thing I do is feed my bunny – he's a hungry fellow! 


Q: What is your favorite local restaurant?

A: That's a hard question to answer. It depends on my mood. I love to eat at MyThai, Shalimar, and Yanagi Sushi. 


Q: What was your favorite book when you were a child?

A: I loved reading the Nancy Drew mystery stories. I also adored the book, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg. 


Q: What is your favorite piece of literature that we've read at SLOCA? 

A: That's another hard question to answer as I enjoyed many of them, but the one that stands out is The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare as I really enjoyed the conversations we had in the classroom about this story.



CLICK HERE to read last year’s Friday Faces on our returning Little Wonders teachers.


CLICK HERE to read last year’s Friday Faces on our returning Kindergarten teachers.


CLICK HERE to read last year’s Friday Faces on our returning Primary teachers.


CLICK HERE to read last year’s Friday Faces on our returning Intermediate teachers.



It’s so nice to hear a little about you both – thank you for sharing, and for being part of our kids’ lives!



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Fred and Betty’s Invites You…


{photo by Lillie Lamm}


Our very own Fred and Betty’s Thrift Store is coming up on its One Year Anniversary and you are invited to the party NEXT FRIDAY, October 3rd, from 6-9pm! Not only will this special evening celebrate our first year of business, but the store will also be hosting Art After Dark that evening, and will be open to the public. 


There are three ways you can help us make this night a success:


1. Loan us your child’s art!

Being on the Art After Dark map means we need a featured artist for the evening and who better than our very own SLOCA artists?! Our store manager Lillie Lamm and SLOCA art teacher Caroline Vaccaro have arranged for original pieces from students to be on display for the evening. We could use your help with this as well. Any types of art are welcome! Paintings, sketches, ceramics, sculptures etc. As long as its SLOCA made, we want to display it! Submissions can be on loan or donated for us to sell – this can be a fun way for your child like to contribute to our school, by donating their art!


Please contact Lillie at llamm@sloclassical.org if you have any questions or to arrange to loan or donate your art pieces. You can bring them to her at the store, or bring them to school and she can pick them up. We need them at the very latest by Friday morning, Oct. 3rd, but earlier would be preferable. Thank you! 


2. Help us prep the store!

We would love to make Fred & Betty’s shine for the party. Do you have any time to spare during the week to help us spruce up the store? Come by Monday - Friday next week from 9 am - 5 pm to help with all the preparations for the event. We deeply appreciate any time you can give, and of course this counts toward your Fred & Betty’s volunteer hours!


3. Come to the party!

Next Friday, October 3rd, from 6-9 pm. Bring your families, bring your friends – we want to thank everyone for a great first year and acknowledge all the hard work so many people have put in to make this year a success. According to the Art After Dark coordinator, October is their biggest month. Hopefully we will have lots of traffic from the public browsing in the store that night. It would be wonderful to have lots of SLOCA families there to answer any questions people might have and provide a strong showing of the SLOCA community! 



We hope you can help us make this night amazing, and we hope to see you there! This store is about all of us, and we want you to be a part of the celebration. Thank you SLOCA families, for your support of Fred & Betty’s, which in turn supports and helps our wonderful school thrive!



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Welcome to Down Home, San Luis Obispo Classical Academy's blog! We are a classical school offering options to make education work for families. We have a full hybrid program for grades K-8, which means two days at school with three days of home education, all days following the classical model and curricula carefully laid out by the school. We also have a four day program available for grades 5-8. Our high school students attend school three days each week. This blog is meant to support and encourage on the home front because in so many ways, the heart of what happens at SLO Classical Academy happens down home. Semper discentes - always learning together.

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