Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Wasting Time vs Being Productive

© 2011 Cizon Sauceda
All Rights Reserved
A few months back I was farming and listening to pandora radio, as I often did when gaming online, when I stopped to write this little ditty shown below.  My mind was  humming a tune similar to the Oh Buddha song by the Imperials as I was writing.   God was beginning his talks with me about wasting time and non-productivity.

Inspiration comes out of nowhere - NOT - inspiration comes by listening to the voice of God.  Diving into the Word, being in prayer and, in my life, through music is how I have found inspiration as of late.

Just out of the blue the words started coming to me and I knew it was time for me to begin to think about what I was doing, what I needed to be doing and obeying what God wants me to be doing.  When God speaks, you listen.  I had just started back at writing about two months prior and farming was getting in the way and then I started gardening!  What a wake up call these words spoke to me and since then I have given up the garden and the farms. 

Yes, FARMS.  Ten to be exact.  I had a lot of fun the last two years farming.  My goal was to not spend one dime of real money (and I didn't spend one dime) on the farm but rather to only spend farm coins and earned farm cash by leveling.  I was finally finding myself stagnant however in my farming and growing tired of leveling.  I hit level 151 and it hit me or I should say God's conviction hit me!   I scraped by until reaching level 162 before completely selling the farm.

I've now spent this year fiddling with writing again and in recent months have taken to blogging.  I enjoy writing.  I enjoy  music.  I enjoy reading.  Now instead of gaming while I listen to music I am writing.  I am purposefully writing each day to hone my craft and bring glory to God through it.

Here is that ditty God gave me that worked its conviction on my heart.  God is always there and somehow on the 2oth of June he broke through to me on the time wasters in my life.

Given up the time wasters
Given up that wasted time
No more gardens
No more farms
Given up that wasted time

Socially acceptable yet
Relationally objectable
Given up that time wasted
To spend it with my Lord

Given up the time wasters
Given up that wasted time
No more gardens
No more farms
Given up that wasted time

Today I planted trees
Today I grew a garden
Yet in the scheme of eternity
No seeds to harvest or lives were lead
To Jesus, my King, my Saviour

Given up the time wasters
Given up that wasted time
No more gardens
No more farms
Given up that wasted time

Now just a few more hours
Weary wasted hours
Jesus hear my plea
Lead me to your still water
So peace I may be

Lord I'm given up those wasted hours
No more wasted hours
Training in your Word
And in prayer is where I'll be

Given up the time wasters
Given up that wasted time
No more gardens
No more farms
Given up that wasted time
for you my Lord, my King, my Saviour.
© 2011.06.20 Wasted Time All Rights Reserved Cizon Sauceda

  • What is a favorite past-time for you that is really a time waster?
  • What would you like to be productively accomplishing rather than wasting time? 
  • How will you move from wasting time to being productive?
  • Comments below and Share With Me your thoughts today!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Keeping It Real! Successful People Journal

© 2010-2011 Cizon Sauceda  ~  All Rights Reserved
Keeping It Real! 
Successful People Journal

Journals have recorded time for centuries.  
Your personal weight loss journal will walk you through your journey to the triumphant ending you seek to obtain.  Your journal could be a small spiral notebook, a personal locked diary reminiscent of your youth or a laptop computer with various spreadsheet or word processing software.  It might be a scrapbook to journal photographically and in your own writing the steps you attained to win your goal.  There are many online tools you can utilize.  You can even ask me to create an online journal for you at the Journey 4 Living Community Forum Journals section. 

What it comes down to is that you just have to start somewhere.  Start today and begin writing, even if only a few lines, of what you are experiencing on this journey.

Your journal should contain such items as: 

  • Food eaten during the day – everything that you put in your mouth including prescriptions, food, drink, etc.  It all counts.  KEEPING IT REAL!
  • Your water intake – are you getting enough or too much?
  • Record Calories, Fat, Carbs and Protein intake if you choose
  • Goal Setting
  • Marking of accomplished goals
  • Inspirational quotes or thoughts you receive by watching others on their journey
  • Your current weight whether you track it daily or weekly
  • Your lost weight
  • Medical Records such as blood pressure, blood sugar levels, etc.
  • Recipes
  • Magazine clippings that inspire you to move forward
  • If you exercise and if so how you exercised and goals obtained or reaching for while exercising
  • Counting of calories burned through exercise against calories consumed
  • Tracking the following of your diet plan
  • Medical/Dental appointments and how they relate to your health and weight-loss goals
  • Your personal thoughts and feelings as you journey

From my personal experience, when recently cleaning out notebooks (mind you I did not throw them out – just moved them to a bookcase), I reviewed my journals from 2007 through early 2008.  It was amazing looking back at what I was doing right and seeing where I veered to the far left of out of control.  Looking back at these journals made me aware of what I did, how I did it and what I need to do to find success once again.

Keeping a journal is important as it usually begins with a goal – take your reason for being here at Journey for Livingalong with your goals for weight loss or maintenance.  Tweak these goals to be realistic and achievable goals and this is YOUR purpose for journal.  Without a goal you will find it hard to keep your journal alive.  I have made it my goal to keep a spiral journal at just the right size it will slip into my purse or carry bag or fit in my hand to carry with me.  I have learned to write everything down.  Let me repeat that... EVERYTHING IS WRITTEN DOWN.  For example food, water, medicine, exercise, weight measurement, etc., should all make it into your journal.  If it makes it into your mouth then it belongs in your journal.  Of course you will find other inspiration to add to your journal as well as time goes along.  If you have a goal your journal is worth the effort.  I usually blog about my paper journal each day as I write in it so in a sense I journal twice…but don’t make it hard.  KISS – keep it simple sweetie.  Do what works for you but get busy and track.

Your journal will be your best friend and a great encouragement to your success.  You are a success!  Write it down as you succeed so when you are feeling at odds you can look back and say to yourself “okay…so this is what worked and now I need to do this” or when you need a pat on your back you’ll say “hey, look how far I’ve come!” 

Pull out a pen and notepad or just skip on over to the forum section to begin your journal today!  Don’t wait.

Today's Post Updated and Shared from
How and Why to Journal for Weight Loss
originally written by Cizon
 on 2010.02.08
© 2010-2011
 All Rights Reserved 
  • Do you journal or have you ever had a journal? 
  • If so, how did it help you? 
  • If not, why not? 
  • Will you begin your journal today? 
  • Head over to the Community Forum Journals if you would like your personal journal on Journey 4 Living.
  • Drop me a comment below to let me know what you think about journals!

Finding A Voice Thru Building and Design

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All Rights Reserved
Lost and Found Voices  - Designing for Living
     I've been in the construction business this last week.  I am constructing a sister blog.  I've been racking my brain these last few weeks to find my voice and then out of the clear blue I came to the conclusion that I really wanted to journey into a healthier new way of living.  I remembered how inspiring it was to journal on the old MSN South Beach group and wanted to get back into renewed health and inspired living. 
     The need to create and to build a blog dedicated to the journey for healthier living, finding purpose and potential propelled me into creating the new blog.  I have also been in contact recently with a few friends from the old MSN days and hope that the new blog can somewhat bring a portion of that defunct community back to life.  The words journey for living kept crossing my mind once I had made the decision to build.  Great joy!  These words became the blog name and they were available when I went to start the process.  The rest will be history and a journey in the making.  

     Get On With It! Quit Surviving, Thrive and LIVE!   Journey 4 Living is about my journey from morbid obesity with RA toward a healthier way of living and life.  Once I meet the weight loss goal I plan to keep the theme journey for living alive and follow where the Lord leads as He and I move on to the next goal.  It is not just about weight loss but it will be about taking life by the horns and living.  I mean it is really about living to the fullest potential, finding and utilizing the God given talents within ones self!  I hope you will join me on this journey.  I also want you to continue to return here to visit AS I C IT because in the process of building and constructing the sister blog it is finding its voice too.

     I AM SUPER EXCITED because I am growing and learning steps on how to build the new blog design within the blogger template system that I never knew were available.  It has been quite fun to go out and find widgets and other items to create a wonderful place to grow as I turn my health around and journey back to the Cizon that somehow became lost over the years or perhaps find the grown Cizon that evolved over the years.  She's there, somewhere in all the food and weight and health issues, waiting to get to know her family, friends, followers and to also live abundantly.

     It is so awesome to announce that there will be a Community Forum at Journey 4 Living!  It will be so exciting to motivate, encourage, and to entertain our community as we draw together to journey thru life.  I am hoping that a few of my friends from the former MSN SBD group will find me and join me in the forum to visit and that new followers will emerge and become fast friends too.

     All things considered and said, I can't wait to finish the new design over there because in spending time creating, building and caring for Journey 4 Living I have been sensitive to what is evolving as my voice at As I C It and creative energies for design here at this blog.  Over the last month I have read the news, watched the news, and heard the news and have had several questions pop to mind over stories.  These are little points popping out of items in the news that begin to motivate me to stop to ponder the who, what, when, where, why and how of that nugget of the news for the day.  The gal who once wrote for the college information services desk, news paper, fine arts department and worked in radio emerges to question and to develop these nuggets.  This will be what I will share with you in addition to other items that pop in my world.

The voice of As I C It has basically been 
"Hey! - Here is what I, Cizon, See ... This Is What I Am Thinking" 
and it will remain to some degree to be just that ...  As I C It, but I will also look forward to hearing from you for your viewpoint as well!

  • Do you Blog?
  • Do you know your voice for your blog?
  • Is there ever a moment that stops you out of the blue and you must contemplate that little miniscule nugget of information from the news that may have needed more observation?
  • What do you like about Journey 4 Living or not like?
  • Will you join the Community Forum at Journey 4 Living?
  • Share with me your view and comments please and let me know your opinion today.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Visions and Goals: 5 Steps to Success

© 2011 Cizon Sauceda
All Rights Reserved

Visions and Goals:  5 Steps to Success

(as originally posted 8/18/11 on Journey 4 Living)

Reach Your Potential - Stretch - You Can Do It
Be Determined.  Stick With It.  And make right decisions.
In forming new habits at first it's difficult. 
But if you will stick with it you'll come
to a point where it doesn't take much effort at all.
It will be natural to you. 
~ Joel Osteen ~ 

Do You Have A Vision? 

What is the purpose that you have in your heart?  What value do you hold most clearly, the vision, that you must achieve?  Have you thought through what it is you want to clearly achieve?  You must without a doubt know what it is that you want to accomplish in order to begin.  Do not make the goal so reachable that you obtain it very easily but do not make it so lofty that it is an unattainable pipe dream.  It is the short-term goal I am addressing today.  You can also have your five-year and ten-year goals in place but be sure that while you are working on the short term goal that it is in line with your long range goal.  For instance if you are studying to be a dancer today but really want to be an attorney in ten years then you need to rethink what your purpose is for your goal.  Bring your purpose, your goal, within your vision.  Seek guidance from your family, mentor and pastor if necessary so that your vision is a healthy, viable plan for your life and success. 

Position Your Support Team 

Who is your best supporter?  Who is there to cheer you on or set you straight when you stray away from the plan?  A support team is vital to your vision.  Do you have that person(s) in place who is your best cheerleader to help you, stimulate you, encourage you and support you as you work your plan?  The support team will know clearly what you want and have your best interests at heart.  They will know how to help redirect your focus when it fails and know when to step behind you and let you sail. 

Outline Your Vision 

Much like a business proposition you need to sit down and make a list of how you intend to reach your vision and the steps it will take to get there.  Make a list of pros and cons to visualize if this vision is pure and attainable then begin to jot down the steps you will take to reach your goal.  You must daily work toward your goal.  In weight loss for instance you will need to possibly journal each day everything you eat and drink as a method for staying on track to reach your final weight goal.  You may also want clearly state your current weight and amount of weight you want to lose.  You may even want to set bar dates for reaching your mini-goals to achieve the larger goal.  Another suggestion would be to track the exercise or calories each day to stay on target.  In this example your vision is weight loss, a specific amount of weight to be lost, and you will accordingly write out your plan and work it. 

Make Your Plan Apparent 

Goal posters are not relegated to the young student.  Break out the butcher paper, the science fair three-way poster board, or the poster paper along with your crayons, paint, markers and any other visual effects you have to put on the goal poster to make it vibrant and alive.  You will want to place this in a spot where you can see it on a daily basis.  In fact, you may want to make several goal posters and place them strategically in your daily paths so that you do not deter from the plan before you.
Stretch For The
Finish Line

Now you have your vision, your support team, your plan and your goal poster so work your plan and be ready to check off the list each mini-goal as it is reached and before you know it you will be at the finish line and have won your race.

Journey Points To Poinder:
  • Successful Goal Achievement Depends On You - Are You Willing To Go The Extra Mile and Work Your Plan To Win and Succeed?
  • Do You Know What You Want - Without a Doubt:  Do you have a vision?
  • What Steps Do You Need To Take Today To Make Your Goal Succeed?
  • Share With Me Please Your Comments On How You Turn Dreams to Goals and Goals into Reality. 
Where there is no vision, the people perish... 
Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) 

Friday, August 12, 2011

Just An Old Fashioned Letter

© 2011 Cizon Sauceda

Just An Old-Fashioned Letter

Remember when the sounds of music like An Old Fashioned Love Song as well as other songs would bring you to a feeling of drawing closer to the ones you love or provide memories of good times with friends? The Old-Fashioned Letter is another method of which memories are provoked. Do you remember the first letter that you received or the first letter that you mailed?

I went searching online for the first recorded letter and stumbled across a website called Hand Written Letters to learn that “The first recorded handwritten letter (epistle) was by Persian Queen Atossa around 500 BC.”

Famous Love Letters

My dear daughter and I were at the library recently. She picked up a book that she started reading to me on the way home. The book is entitled “A Little Book of Love Poems and Letters” edited by LenaTabori and Natasha Tabori Fried. 

Credit for Picture

I recommend that you pick up this short little book that is a fast and whimsical read to explore some poetry by William Shakesphere, a letter from Winston Churchill to his wife or the letter from the poet Keats to Fanny Browne among others. A few lines that really sparked my interested were on pages 64 and 82-83 of the book.

Page 64 begins the letter from American President Thomas Woodrow Wilson to his wife, Ellen....

...I've been reckoning up, in a tumultuous, heartfelt sort of way, the value of my little wife to me.

I see love in those lines as he ponders the value of his wife. He goes on to distinctly relay to his wife exactly the love his has for her and the things that bring such meaning and success to him as a result. Would not any wife want to read such a passion filled letter from their spouse?  I dare say that today's verse is not like the past.

Pages 82 and 83 are letters shared between American President John Adams and his spouse Abigail Adams. I love Abigail's first line on page 83 to John...

...To John My Dearest Friend, ...should I draw you the picture of my heart it would be what I hope you would still love though it contained nothing new.

This letter is a heart filled with pure love for John Adams.  A love she shares with us showing her heart expanded fully and one that any husband would delight in receiving.

Of course not all the letters present love because there is correspondence from Napoleon Bonaparte to his wife Josephine that drips with repudiation. It is clear his love is no longer alive.

There is a letter from a clot of man named Simon Fallowfield to Mary Foster that I found to be hysterical. Fallowfield was a farmer looking for a wife (or better read between the lines a replacement for his ill mother). He promised to provide a good name and home in exchange for basically servitude in my opinion. His letter did not invoke love or anything resembling love but more of a depiction of a marriage that was more a contract than a relationship. Pick up a copy of this book and read on pages 40-43 to see why this proposal was rejected!

Not So Famous Love Notes and Letters of Friendship

Do you remember the first note you received from your first crush or that letter you received in the mail? Do you still possess that note or letter? I remember the first love letter correspondence I received and exchanged was when I was a young girl of 12/13 years full of “puppy love” for the handsome fellow I had met a few hours away. You always remember those first letters and in a packed box somewhere is my childhood keepsake box that may or may not have a picture or a letter lost inside of it. What really moves me however is that, according to my mother, my Mee Maw kept most of (if not all of) the cards/letters that she and my PaPa gave to each other over the 68 years of marriage. Now if that is not a blessing to show each other affection I couldn't tell you what else would be.  I too have in my possession the cards and letters exchanged between me and my spouse.

Or what about those constant notes back in forth during your History, English or Science class as a teenage student  – before texting? Do you remember those notes passed back in forth between friends?

One of my cherished memories is the package of molasses cookies and letter from my dear Aunt 'Nette when I was in my first semester of college eons ago. It was a delight just to hear from her, to have mail in my campus mailbox for a change and to have the added pleasure of the cookies. A love molasses cookies now and might not have ever tried them had it not been for this letter and her thoughtful loving gift.  I also remember the birthday cards received by not only Aunt 'Nette but also from Mee Maw and PaPa each year.  I do believe that my love from honoring your birthday and anniversary with words and cards stem from receiving their letters and cards.

Biblical Letters of the New Testament

There were several letters written in the New Testament of the Holy Bible. Paul wrote letters to the churches in Rome, Corinth, Galatia, Ephesus, Caesarea Philippi, Colossae, Thessalonica as well as those written directly to Timothy, Titus and Philemon.

These letters are known as the Pauline Epistles and are found in the Holy Bible at Romans, First Corinthians, Second Corinthians, Galations, Ephesions, Philippians, Colossians, First Thessalonians, Second Thessalonians, First Timothy, Second Timothy, Titus and Philemon. Other biblical letters included in the New Testament were presented by Luke, John, Phillip, Peter and Jude to their respective readers.

Delight In The Written Word

I enjoy the letters written to Timothy by Paul and written by Peter but my favorite is the Pauline Epistle sent to the church of Caesarea Philippi known as Philippians in the New Testament of the Holy Bible. I most love the words found in his letter at Philippians 1:3-4-5-6 (NIV): 

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

I am quite fond of verses 3 and 4 of the first book of Philippians.  I love the old song from Girl Scouts that said, "Make new friends but keep the old, One is silver and the other is gold."  I value my family and friends and because I do I send little love prayers to heaven for each person I've ever known on their special days. In the last thirteen years my letter writing and cards have diminished greatly. I have become lazy in sending snail mail cards because email and facebook are too convenient. 
I do not have addresses any longer for a few friends or family because they have either grown up and moved on from their family homes or have just lost touch after so many years.  I miss keeping in touch with these people.  In recent years I have found a love of making my own cards with hope of once again sending out the Old-Fashioned Letter. One advantage of facebook is the birthday reminders. It has increased my my prayers for you my friends because thanks to this social media forum I have insight as to what to pray for you and especially on your birthdays/anniversaries and those of your family too! I so hope to begin to bless once again in the near future those that I have addresses for, as the Holy Spirit leads, with snail mail in addition to praying for them.  Send me an email with your address if it has been ages since you have had a card or letter from me.  I promise to write back!

Points To Ponder:
  • When is the last time you sat down to hand-write a letter to a friend or a loved one?
  • Do you remember receiving any special mail or packages that bring fond memories of the tangible yet lost art of hand-written notes?
  • Do you have someone in mind right now that you can sit down and send a little piece of yourself to in the form of an old-Fashioned snail mail letter or package?

Share your comment below with me to let me know your thoughts on the old-Fashioned letter and these points to ponder.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Combat Hospital - vs - M*A*S*H

© 2011 Cizon Sauceda

YOUR PICK:  Is it Combat Hospital  - OR -  M*A*S*H
Do you watch the new show Combat Hospital on ABC?  I'd love to have you leave me a comment about your opinion of the show - especially those of you who have served in the ARMY. 

Do you enjoy this newer version portraying the lives of our mobile Army doctors?
So far I haven't missed an episode.   It's good and I'll keep watching it.

Combat Hospital, in this viewers opinion, is really a
dramatized version of M*A*S*H.

I miss the comedy slapstick of M*A*S*H that isn't shown on the new show
so my family and I enjoy watching M*A*S*H on DVD.

Of course nothing will ever replace the good old 4077th.

My hope is that they add a little more comedy to their drama at Combat Hospital.

So tell me, what do you really think of Combat Hospital - vs - M*A*S*H?

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


© 2011 Cizon Sauceda


No, not spinning like this

Nor this, Or that...

My mind is spinning like this...
My thoughts are racing to and fro as I work on my new website.  It's taken me only two days to locate the FTP file since became host to my new blogsite.   This is going to be a fun ride.  Ten years ago I played around with web-site creation with no problem in finding what I needed.  I'm not sure what is going on in this old mind of mine but I am so thrilled I finally found the FTP location.  I am hoping to have my new web-site up and running within the week.

Until then I'll try to get control on this spinning mind of mine and continue to post here little love notes each day.  Have a blessed day my friend.

Monday, August 8, 2011


© 2011 Cizon Sauceda

Hi y'all.  My daily quest to blog has been spent with searching, researching and a time-consuming hashing out of do I or do I not want to create a domain name to use here or maybe even at word press instead of this site so I haven't been here as I said I would.  I did go ahead and decide to create and register the domain name through google apps but for now I am waiting for my payment to go through (all $10) and whatever they send me to say the registration is official.  I'm not sure what the hold up is on the confirmation of payment/registration so hence the exasperation and frustration.

That's just it...for the $10 I receive a registered domain name but I will still need to find a host.  I am thinking I will go with (that's who google is supposed to be registrating the domain name through).  I feel a little out of the loop.  I've done this before but directly from the godaddy site but that was some years back and it lasted only a short while.   So I am frustrated because I am impatient.  I'm frustrated because I want to set this blog up to last for as long as forever lasts for  asicit!  I want it to be catchy, eye candy and just what you want to read when you want to read it.  That it will daily bring you joy, encouragement, knowledge, strength, peace, love and a bit of my friend, Jesus, to brighten your day.

My other piece of frustration is that my one year old computer is acting as if it were twenty years old, well, maybe not that old.  It is on the slow side and IE9 is just cranky and even making firefox a bit unruly.  I've ran the virus scan and the spybot scan but really it hasn't helped.  My kids always say I have too much open so maybe that is the culprit.  I'm still investigating.

Ok enough said, frustration vented, now you know where I've been this past week ~ so I'm dusting off the frustration and I'm moving forward.  If I will live in the spirit there will be no room for frustration and when I live my life in the boundaries of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control in my daily walk frustration cannot have a foothold because my God is in control. 

Why on earth would I let a computer and a blog take my joy from me today or any day for that matter?  If my risen King wants me to blog and write for Him it will happen on his terms.  Lord take this frustration and fill me with your spirit.  I give my writing and my blogging to you to do as you will.

I'll come back tomorrow and blog some more and eventually we'll all be reading and sharing that cup of java together at whichever domain hosting site that my new domain resides!  Domain.  Sounds like I could be a queen in that domain. I promise to try not to be. I'll just be your friend and I'll share my friend Jesus with you too.

Drop back by soon and I'll hopefully have grand news regarding the domain situation and our new jumping board.  If not I'll let you know what's new.  I will soon begin my 10-day Lemon-Honey-Cayenne Cleanse/Fast and then it will be on to the South Beach Lifestyle Adventure (aka South Beach Diet).  That should be some interesting fodder for conversation over the next year!

See you tomorrow, until then.....have a greatly blessed day!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


© 2011 Cizon Sauceda
Tested in Cizon's Kitchen
on 2011.08.02
Anyone remember Hee Haw and "Hey Grandpa - What's for Supper?" I'm not exactly grandpa but will a Mammaw suffice? LOL Dinner tonight consists of Baked Orange Chicken, Kentucky Style Cut Italian Green Beans, Chicken Flavored Rice, Ice Tea To Drink and Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream for Desert. Yum, Yum. Cizon's in the kitchen cooking again. Found this chicken recipe and decided it was time to try something new!
This recipe is my variation of an old Betty Crocker recipe.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and pull out your
glass baking dishes to use in this recipe.
Serves 9 - 10 People


Family Pack of Bonless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (usually 9 -10 breasts)
1/2 cup minced, dry onion flakes (or one medium onion, diced)
6 tbsp flour
1/2 tbsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tbsp thyme
3 cups orange juice

Place chicken breasts in the baking dishes and cover in paprika to your taste (I coated upside layer in a medium paprika covering).

In a mixing bowl combine minced onion, flour, salt, pepper, thyme and orange juice - thoroughly mix.

Pour mixed ingredients over chicken breasts.

Place baking dishes in pre-heated oven and bake for 35 minutes. Baste chicken with juices from dish about every 10 - 12 minutes until chicken is cooked.

Serve over rice or egg noodles with nice green vegetable on the side such as cut green beans, snow peas or a spring salad.