Entries from July 19th, 2013

Hello Weekend!

25

19.7.13

Flutter Flutter Vignette

What a week! Hubby’s been out of town, window installation was in full effect, and I’ve been sick. Thankfully the kids had summer camp this week. So, while they were off having fun, I was able to catch up on work, deal with contractors and spend some time crashed on the couch with a cup of tea and my favorite magazines. But, of course, time spent flipping through home decor magazines is bound to inspire change. So, I brought some pretty pink hydrangeas in from our yard and framed up one of my flamingo posters to finish the vignette. It makes the view from the couch that much nicer. 😉

We’ll be celebrating my lovely sister-in-law’s big number birthday this weekend, and a family reunion too! Can’t wait! How are you spending your weekend? Whatever you’re up to, I hope it’s a good one!

Honey Garlic Crock Pot Chicken Recipe

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12.7.13

Honey Garlic Chicken

This had to be shared. It’s just that good. It’s like pulled pork and ribs all rolled into one… only it’s chicken. And it only take a few minutes to throw together. You’re welcome.

Honey Garlic Crock Pot Chicken Ingredients

  • 2 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • salt and pepper
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (I used Bragg’s to make it gluten free)
  • 2 diced onions, chopped into large chunks
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp tapioca flour or cornstarch mixed into 4 tbsp of water
  • sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Sprinkle both sides of chicken with salt and pepper, and place in crock pot.
  2. Combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, and garlic. Pour mixture over chicken. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
  3. Remove chicken from crock pot, but reserve sauce in the pot. Dissolve tapioca flour or cornstarch in 4 tablespoons of water and pour into crock pot. Stir to combine with sauce. Cook sauce on high for until it thickens slightly.
  4. Add the chicken back into sauce and mix to coat.
  5. Serve chicken over quinoa or cooked rice and spoon on top. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Enjoy!

Photo by Rosa Pearson. Recipe adapted from Kitchen Meets Girl.

How to Make Spider Dogs

12

05.7.13

Spiderdogs

There is a whole lot of celebrating going on in North America lately! We just celebrated Canada Day with a sunny three day long weekend here in Canada. And I know many of you are celebrating the Fourth of July today! So, with summer in full swing and another weekend upon us, I thought this would be a good time to share a fun idea for roasting up Spider Dogs. Have you heard of these before?! They are SO much fun to make. And here I thought kids couldn’t get any more excited about eating hot dogs! I was wrong!

Spider Dog

These are really so simple. Just cut the ends of your hotdog lengthwise, creating four sections, which will become the “spider legs”. Be sure to leave at least a 1/2″ to 1″ section in the middle uncut so that you can stick in your roasting tool of choice. You’ll want to use All Beef wieners for this I’ve been told, in order to get the good curling action, but I haven’t actually tested out other types to see if they work. I do know that these hot dogs fit a lot better in hamburger buns than hot dog buns.

Fireplace

I hope you’re enjoying your summers so far! The sunshine and hot temperatures in Vancouver have been amazing lately! The local pools and beaches will be crowded this weekend! Happy Friday everyone!

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