Wednesday, January 19

Easy Wednesday Chicken Thighs

This is a really simple and quick chicken recipe. Paired with steamed green beans and rice, it's a perfect mid-week dinner. If I'm missing one of the spices, I just fill-in with another teaspoon of a flavor I like. It always turns out delicious, no matter what. The times on the recipe are for boneless-skinless thighs. Make sure to add a good three minutes on each side if you decide to do bone-in or larger pieces.

Set oven to broil.

In a large bowl, mix together:

1 tsp Curry
1 tsp Cumin
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp Chili Powder
2 tsp Ground Red Pepper
1/4 tsp black pepper

Wash and dry the chicken pieces, then one by one, toss them in the spice mix til well covered. Arrange pieces in a glass baking dish and set under the broiler. Cook five minutes on each side (remember to add time here for larger or bone-in chicken pieces).

While cooking, mix together well:

6 Tbsp Honey
2 Tsp Apple-Cider Vinegar

Remove Chicken from the broiler and brush top side with the Honey-Vinegar baste. Return to the broiler for 1-2 minutes (until dark-golden brown). Turn the chicken over and baste the other side, then broil for another 1-2 minutes (or until done).

Now Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 4


Ok, I have to admit that with all the reading I had to do last semester with school, I haven't had much brain energy to read during my Christmas break. The other day, though, my favorite seed catalog arrived in the mail, and I haven't wanted it to be out of my sight very long since.

I always love this time of year. Winter is really settling in (which I do love) but the hope of spring isn't too far around the corner. And with it, the possibility of new growth, pushing up from the dirt outside that's now frozen, holding remains of last year's flowers...and just a few weeds. And with the new seed catalog comes excitement, planning what to order for the next year...promising to actually plant the seeds I order for this year...reading through all the descriptions of the different varieties of tomatoes or eggplants...envisioning the yard in the early summer, full of green and growth and life.

Last spring, shortly after I planted all my seeds, I decided to put my house on the market. Shortly after that, all the spare time I had went towards focusing on the inside of my house, and my new raised beds quickly got overtaken by weeds. This year, though (now that I know I'm staying put) I am finally gonna plant that asparagus! I cannot wait!!!!

If there are any of you out there that love planning and planting, here are a few great websites to order catalogs from (Click on the name to visit their website). Or, you can just peruse online through their catalogs as well!!

Seeds of Change: my top favorite! Growers committed to organic agriculture and making high-quality organic seeds available to farmers and gardeners.

Renee's Garden: a charming catalog full of heirloom flower and vegetable seeds. I got some amazing foxglove seeds from here.

All right! Back to my reading and planning! Hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday!

Saturday, January 1

Christmas, a bit late...

I would've been a bit sooner on posting all of this, but unfortunately me and my son both got the stomach flu Christmas night, and then a few days later we few to Disney all our Christmas memories got put on hold for a bit. Wanted to share just a few before it got too late. Anyways...We had a lovely Christmas. My kidlings arrived home from their dad's house around noon, and the rest of the day was spent with Mimi and Pops opening presents and eating and playing. My new camera (HIP-HIP-HOORAY) documented the whole thing. I hope everyone else had a wonderful Christmas as well. And now, we're on to the New Year...time to start baking!!!