Fantasy Basketball Draft Strategies and Tips

Helloooooo Razzballers!  My name is Jonny, but most refer to me in the fantasy realm as Da Fantasy Guru (DFG).  I’d like to start off by giving thanks to Son and Grey for bringing me on the team.  I really look forward to contributing what I can, working with such great people, and sneaking in some 80’s movies references!  A little bit about me – I’m proud to say I just hit middle age and as I think about it, I have now been doing fantasy for over half of my life (25 years), you try to do the math.  Come to think of it I’d like to say I started fantasy right around when something amazing was created called Fantasy Football, at least when it became more mainstream. 

Halloween Popcorn Balls

Halloween Popcorn Balls combine mini candy corn and seasonal sprinkles with the traditional popcorn to make a fun treat that is perfect for spooky season! 

Pumpkin-shaped bowl filled with halloween popcorn balls

If you’re looking for a fun and simple Halloween inspired treat, look no further than these festive Halloween Popcorn Balls.

I have fond memories of enjoying popcorn balls with my family at Christmastime, so I thought, why not extend that joy to Halloween?

Although the popcorn balls I loved at Christmastime were not homemade, they were always something that I looked forward to every Christmas Eve as a kid!

There was just something about that sweet, salty and sticky combo that I just adored, so now I want to pass along this sweet treat and fond memories to my girl, but we’re making them homemade!

These Halloween Popcorn Balls are pretty simple to make, but they do involve boiling sugar, so you’ll only want little kiddos getting involved with the steps after the mixture has cooled enough to handle. But let me tell ya, rolling and decorating these adorable popcorn balls will be fun for the whole family!

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Wizards vs. Knicks: Preview, Predictions and Betting Picks

On Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, the Washington Wizards (0-3) are playing the New York Knicks (2-0)  at Madison Square Garden. This is the final preseason contest of the 2021-22 NBA season for both Eastern Conference contenders. BetOnline odds are listed below. Game Information Start time: 7:30 p.m. ET Location: Madison Square Garden; New York, New […]

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Kyrie Irving Update

Milwaukee Bucks v Brooklyn Nets - Game Two
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 07: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets handles the ball against the Milwaukee Bucks in Game Two of the Second Round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center on June 07, 2021 in New York City. | Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images

Irving continues to blaze his own trail

Former Blue Devil Kyrie Irving has proven a real presence in the NBA. First he dazzled with his talent and to be very clear, he’s not the most talented player in the NBA. When he was in high school a lot of analysts saw him as a modest “talent” at best because his athleticism wasn’t off the charts.

What was off the charts was his desire to work hard. We linked to a video the other day that showed some of what he does to improve. Among other things, he does a drill where he stands on two basketballs and dribbles with both hands. He also leans over in a way that would cause most people would fall. His core strength must be incredible and so are his skills. We’re not sure anyone outworks Irving.

He’s also picked up a reputation as being eccentric and, perhaps, a bit difficult. He left Cleveland and Boston amidst some unhappiness and is now with the Brooklyn Nets, where he was supposed to be part of a super team favored to win this year’s title.

But Irving, to slant a favorite Mike Krzyzewski phrase, has always run his own race. His qualms about the Covid-19 vaccines have become an issue. New York ruled that that Irving could practice with the Nets but not play home games and this week, the Nets decided that he would not practice or play until he was in compliance.

Now, according to this link and podcast, the Nets may be through with Irving.

We’ll all have different opinions on Irving’s case which fall into two rough camps, but whatever you think, he is willing to put his money where his mouth is. It’s not exactly Muhammad Ali vs. the draft but he’s paying a significant price for his decision.

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

You control the quality when you make these Homemade Chicken Nuggets. This easy recipe tastes better than any store-bought bag on the market.

black metal basket filled with chicken nuggets

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Chicken Nuggets

One of the things I love the most about this recipe is controlling what goes into it and knowing exactly what my family is eating. Like most families, my kids love those bags of store-bought chicken nuggets. I hate feeling like I can do better, so I set out to make a better recipe that my family would enjoy.

One of the things I typically do is double the recipe so we can have some to enjoy now, and I can freeze some to enjoy later. Work smarter, not harder. I’m a big fan of having quick and easy meals on hand. Plus, my kids love being able to grab some nuggets for a quick lunch.

hand holding a single chicken nugget

What chicken nuggets are made of

For this recipe, freshly ground chicken breast meat is combined with spices, cornstarch, and water. The nuggets are then coated in flour, egg wash, and breadcrumbs before being fried to golden perfection.

How to make Chicken Nuggets

  1. Place the chicken in the food processor and blend until the chicken is minced. Next, add the spices, cornstarch, and water. Process until combined.
  2. Using a 1-½ tablespoon measure, shape the chicken mixture into a rectangular shape in your hand and place it on a tray with baking paper and freeze in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  3. Heat approximately 3-4 cups of vegetable oil in a frying pan or deep fryer.
  4. Dredge each nugget in the flour to cover, then into the egg, and finally, coat it in bread crumbs. 
  5. Fry the nuggets in batches, if necessary, in oil for about 6-8 minutes. 
  6. Remove to a paper towel-lined platter or tray briefly to absorb some of the excess oil before serving.

What to serve with Chicken Nuggets

As far as dipping sauces, we love Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce, Asian Dipping Sauce, or my Homemade Ranch Dressing. Sriracha or Sriracha mixed with mayo is always good. Mae Ploy Sweet Chili Sauce is another favorite. If we have leftover Tzatziki Sauce, we use that. Lately, I’ve been digging a chipotle mayo dip. Of course, the typical ketchup and BBQ sauce are always hits, too. Feel free to experiment and use whatever your family enjoys.

When it comes to side dishes, our family enjoys my Stovetop Creamy Mac and Cheese with a side of green peas. My 7 Layer Salad is another hit. Of course, the typical salads – Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad, or Coleslaw – are always good choices. My kids like my Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes with Homemade Gravy.

Here are a few other favorites:

preparing the chicken filling

Chicken Nuggets FAQs

How to freeze Homemade Chicken Nuggets?

After frying the chicken nuggets, allow them to cool completely. Next, freeze them in a single layer on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper until frozen through. Then, transfer them to a large freezer-safe ziptop bag or freezer-safe container.

How long are chicken nuggets good for?

FROZEN: Use them within three months.
REFRIGERATED: Use them within 2-3 days.

How do you reheat chicken nuggets?

This recipe is so easy to reheat! You can microwave them, air fry them, or bake them in the oven until heated through.

Recipe Tips

  • Feel free to make these nuggets in any shape you like.
  • It’s easy to change up the flavor by switching up the seasonings and spices.
  • This recipe is a great meal prep idea!
  • Want to make this recipe even quicker? You can use already ground chicken in place of the chicken breasts.
how to make chicken nuggets

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looking down into a basket of homemade chicken nuggets
homemade chicken nuggets in basket

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Yield:
about 20-25 nuggets
Prep Time:
15 minutes
Cook Time:
15 minutes
Total Time:
30 minutes

You control the quality when you make these Homemade Chicken Nuggets. This easy recipe tastes better than any store-bought bag on the market.

Ingredients

For the nuggets

  • 1 to 1-¼ lb. chicken breast
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water

For the breading

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup plain breadcrumbs

For frying

  • 3-4 cups vegetable oil, or more as needed

Instructions

  1. Place the chicken in the food processor and blend until the chicken is minced. Next, add the spices, cornstarch, and water. Process until combined.
  2. Using a 1-1/2 tablespoon measure, shape the chicken mixture into a rectangular shape in your hand and place it on a baking tray with parchment paper and freeze in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  3.  Heat approximately 3-4 cups of vegetable oil in a frying pan or deep fryer.
  4.  Dredge each nugget in the flour to cover, then into the egg, and finally, coat it in bread crumbs. 
  5. Fry the nuggets in batches, if necessary, in oil for about 6-8 minutes, or until golden brown, flipping halfway through the cooking time, if necessary. 
  6. Remove to a paper towel-lined platter or tray briefly to absorb some of the excess oil before serving.

Notes

  • Feel free to make these nuggets in any shape you like.
  • It’s easy to change up the flavor by switching up the seasonings and spices.
  • This recipe is a great meal prep idea!
  • Want to make this recipe even quicker? You can use already ground chicken in place of the chicken breasts.

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 5

Serving Size: 4 nuggets

Amount Per Serving:

Calories: 276Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 629mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 15g

Please note that the nutritional information listed on this page is an estimation based on the products I used. Ingredients and nutritional information can vary greatly between brands. Always be sure to read labels.

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Cookies and Cream Pudding Mix Cookies

Cookies and Cream Pudding Mix Cookies
Cookies and Cream Pudding Mix Cookies

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