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Journey With Cookbooks #23

Well as I scrolled through Pinterest and I found this recipe!! Wow! I showed the hubby and it was decided that we should have this for dinner.

🤤

Since we decided upon this we had to go to the grocery store to get buttermilk, sriracha sauce, coleslaw, and buns. Yummy here I come!!

Buttermilk and the spices!

My luck of spicy is not the greatest so I decided to only do half the desired cayenne pepper. Hopefully it was still be yummy and not burn my face off.

Defrosting

The bacon will be cooked later. First I must deal with the chicken.

Start your engines!! Begin!

I decided to cut the breasts in half and do six smaller chickens. The recipe said to do a full breast for four breasts. I did three and made it into six-ish servings.

The prepared buttermilk.
Chicken.
😂 haha

When doing the smashing I got out the smaller of my two rollers. The hubby was next to me and he said, “Use the bigger one.”

I said, “I want to use this smaller one, in case it breaks.”

Him: “You don’t have to worry about that, you won’t have that much force…”

Me: “SMASH! Smash! Smash!” -the hubby walked off. Since one of my hits, broke off a piece of chicken from its whole. 😂 haha!

All the chicken has been beaten! Mwahahahaha!!
This is is lunch.

We have gotten to the point that one pizza can feed all three of us. It should be able to feed another person but the hubby was hungry…one piece for Eli, two for me, and the rest to the crazy eating machine!

😎

The recipe said to let it marinate for at least four hours. So I will be back in a bit to complete this blog…

Prepare the coleslaw and let it sit for a bit in the fridge.

We got a prepackaged bag of the shredded coleslaw. I found a secondary recipe for the dressing.
Yum!

I know some people are not a fan…I wasn’t either, but now I love it on certain foods!

I’ve been adding more songs to my favorites list!!
The spicy, honey sauce…

🥵 wow! That sauce is killer…as in melt my head off!! I split the concoction in half and added way more honey!!

My trusty frying pot!!

We got this pot from someone who was moving…best pot ever! Sturdy and free!!

Bacon…

Baaaaaccccccon…..!!! Mwahahahaha!!

Dust the chicken.

That’s a lie!! Coat that chicken with the flour mixture, until you think it can no longer take anymore…then add more!!

😳

That is for one sandwich… maybe next time I’ll cut the chicken breasts into thirds…

I also found out, that you should never place fried chicken on paper towels; it ruins the crunch. So I used my cookie rack.

More tunes!

Tunes are key to a successful dinner!! 😎

Oooooo

I know this is strange, but as I’m writing this post, the song, “Let’s Get It On,” came to my brain…haha 😅

Anybody order a tall sandwich?

It will be a challenge, but somehow this sandwich is going to fit in my mouth. 🤨

Looks Like Photo: 10! My sandwich is taller but that perfectly fine. Bigger is better!!

Taste: 10!!! 100!! Wow! It was amazing! Worth the wait and time! But for my sandwich I put the coleslaw on top of the chicken and bacon. My bun was not soggy!!

Easiness: 8…since there was lots to do and it did take some time. But I will say…it was easier than making orange chicken. Will definitely be making this again!!

I’m currently in a food coma… Enjoy your day! I will be trying to move…in the next hour…or more…🥱

Word Of The Day: Pulchritude 08-01-21

Synonyms: adorableness, allure, attraction, elegance, etc.

Please,

True desire;

I burn for you,

I’ll die for it…

Well maybe not,

But it needs me!

The shine,

The glam.

I know you agree.

I feel on fire!

What a pretty hue.

No better fit.

You know it’s true.

We’ll look smokin hot!

Shall I write a decree?

The design…

Oh, yes ma’am!

Don’t know really what my topic was. But pretty obvious the path. The allure of something…usually if I get that desperate need of something it is either food or something I will never actually use…

I have so many shoes that spoke to me in the store but never were worn…🥺

Haha! But to be honest when I was writing this…my mind kept thinking of a McDonald’s cheeseburger…those are the best!

I don’t get to eat them often…which I know, is good for me but…sometimes I just want a #7!! 🤣

My baby is asleep on the floor and I’m sitting here thinking about cheeseburgers…it’s going to be a long day…

Have a great Monday!

Think before buying it… say to yourself, “Will I actually wear this?” If the answer is yes, put it in your basket and continue shopping. Then before you go to checkout, ask again, “Will I wear this?” If the answer is still yes, then ask, “What Will the husband say?” Haha 😆

Ooooooo!
By emily2jane
08-01-21

Journey With Cookbooks #22

Ramen… I was craving ramen and we did not have any of the prepackaged kind…I love that kind!!……..

Sorry. Just got distracted thinking of ramen, and the many ways to eat it!! So I decided to attempt to make some from scratch. I already am expecting this to be a fail, but I’m trying it anyways!!

Looks yummy!

Well I am just going to admit early. It will probably taste strange since I don’t have several of the ingredients. I will say, this recipe does not call for the many authentic ingredients…but I want ramen so I’m still going to make some!!

First fail…

It called for green onions. I don’t have any. I was going to use a yellow onion…but I don’t have that either…so red onion it is…

At this point it is smelling similar to the instant ramen…maybe it will work!!?

Cook the noodles!

Again a fail…it called for ramen noodles…I had egg noddles. I thought that would be better than spaghetti noodles…

Can you feel my uncertainty and lack of confidence as you read…haha! I know I can!

Well…I improvised again…

The recipe didn’t call for celery, but me, with my “extensive knowledge”, decide to try it. Probably since I thought this was going to be a flop I decided to go with the flow…

Add the beef broth…

It smells delicious! I’m sure it would have been better with the right ingredients, but I must say it smells alright!

Round steak.

It said to garnish with some steak and green onions. I at least have the steak! I’m not a complete failure. I only was going to use a few pieces for my dinner. I’ll cook the rest up when I make leftover servings.

The broth…

Still smells good. I’m not going to try it until it’s complete.

Sizzling steak!

At least I know one part of the meal is going to be edible.

Noodles.
Add the noodle…
Looks pretty good!

It would look prettier with the green onion garnish…but alas the time has come to see if it is a fail or not…

Wow! 🥵 Spicy! I only added 1/8 tsp of red pepper flakes…maybe when you cook red pepper flakes they increase in spiciness…well that’s a bummer.

The overall taste is not too bad, but the spiciness really hits you. The steak is a nice addition.

Look like photo: 2. Let’s be honest it looks nothing like the photo. I gave it a two: since there is broth, meat, and noodles…

Taste: …? 3…wow that’s a sad, sad score. Reading these scores you are going to be turned away. But I gave it a three because I could taste the instant ramen flavor under the the spiciness… 🥵 the spicy…wow. But I think it would have been better if I had the right ingredients.

Easiness: 9. It was pretty easy. It consisted of putting everything in a pot and cooking it. I just wish I had done a better job.

Thankfully the hubby was on a night shift. Meaning my complete failure was not for both of us… and Eli had Mac n cheese.

Well…I might try this again in the future…but I think I will just bite the bullet and buy the instant ramen when I want some! Ramen………❤️

Enjoy the rest of your day!

Journey With Cookbooks #21

Duh duh dunnnnnnnm!

The dessert from the other day….

We bought apple cider for a slab of meat on the fourth and we had loads of it left. So I went on a hunt to find apple cider recipes. And found…

Baked not fried…all thanks to stressbaking.com

The first picture is the start. I measured out 1 1/2 cups of cider and had to cook it down until there was only 1/2 cup remaining.

My cider!!
The dough…

The dough looks way better than when I tried to make churros…I’ll have to try that recipe again…

Fill the zippy…

Well my first mistake…I used one of our cheaper ziplock bags thinking I was being thrifty. But instead figured out too late that the bottom edge is not to a single point but to two…so when I cut the hole I made two smaller holes…😑

My…muffin pan…?

I don’t have a muffin pan. So I made one!! Mwhahahaha! I used tin foil and made the holes for the donuts. We shall see of it works…

Well…

It works…I think…

No! Be positive and confident!! It will work!!!

Did not fill the entire pan. So instead I pour a small amount of water into the extra spots.
You are probably asking why…?

Well Eli put this hat on me when I was making dinner…and I am still wearing it!! I am the coolest mama ever!

Not too bad!

The hubby couldn’t take it any longer and came to see what the delicious smell was…he helped me take all the foil inserts out.

Yum!

The holes did not go through on each donut, but in a pinch the foil inserts did work!

Topping…

Butter and a sugar cinnamon combination. What could be better?

If you can see a few are already missing…

Well another recipe finished!!

Look like photo: 10! Even without the muffin pan they look similar!

Taste: 9.9! Wow! They were so delicious and worth the wait!! I think I had two, Eli had two, but I have no idea how many the hubby had… I gave it a 9.9 because I think next time I am going to make a glaze frosting. I think it will go better with the texture of the muffin.

Easiness: hmm….maybe an 9! The longest part was waiting for the reduction of the cider…the recipe said it would take 30min, but for me it was closer to an hour.

Well hopefully this has helped you find another recipe to try!! It was so delicious! The recipe says they will last up to three days….I don’t think there will be any left by then…haha!

Word Of The Day: Nonplus 07-12-21

Synonyms: confused, bewildered, puzzled, perplexed, baffled, etc.

A word that rhymes,

A phrase that sings.

This puzzle…

Does it need to chime?

Should this be here?

And that go there?

This baffling challenge stings.

Unable to express,

I feel the suffocating muzzle,

Quite clear.

I no longer know,

And way less aware,

Creating a confusing distress.

Why is it so unclear?

Nothing flows,

Anymore…

So ironically I wrote a poem, about being unable to write a poem. Haha! I liked this idea. Also I was actually having trouble writing a poem about something baffling to me…so…I decided that would be my topic.

Writing a poem about being unable to write a poem. (I know I pretty much just reiterated what I said previously, but it is so funny to me that I needed to be said again.)

Have a fun, and hopefully a non confusing, baffling day! 🤩

Digital Art
by emily2jane
07-14-21

Pretty much what I looked like racking my brain trying to figure out what I was going to write…

Uhhhhh…haha…

I forgot to set an alarm today and I just woke up…😳 I’ll post tomorrow. I even had it all ready to be posted but it’s a little late today.

Enjoy the rest of your Thursday 🤩

(My cover photo is a picture I took from a movie about Nature.) Just wish my day would resemble this place. Calming, busy, beautiful, peaceful….☺️

Journey With Cookbooks #18

I tried a new recipe. I asked the hubby…

“Any preference for dinner?”

“I really want some spicy fried chicken!! But I’ll wait for when we go pick up my parents.

“So any idea?”

Something spicy!”

So if you can tell by that statement…I choose a spicy recipe!

Spicy Mongolian Beef

The picture looks delicious! But I wonder how spicy is spicy….

Well…

I didn’t realize I was “doing a new recipe” until I was beginning the frying of the beef…so I have no photos of the process beforehand.

To sum it up: I used round steak; because that’s what I had. I thawed and sliced it in strips along the grain. I marinated it in 1 TBsp of soy sauce for 10-ish min. I then added and coated the meat with 6 TBsp of flour. It called for cornstarch, but I never have cornstarch. Then I prepared the pan for frying.

I already did the first round of meat!

I will say. I know understand why you use a wok. It’s tall, deep, and the oil that explodes won’t burn you. I got burned. Not bad, but wow did it make a mess. This was my solution…

It worked. But man did it hurt when the oil got me…!

I was pretty proud of myself coming up with this idea on the spot. I only had about 30sec to think of something. Since the meat was already cooking.

I stopped mid way to take a picture. This round I cooked less time.

With the guard, mitt, and tongs, I probably looked like I was battling the stove.

But I won in the end! 😎 Yum!

Round steak is quite tough but it looks like it cooked correctly. We will have to see when we eat it. Soy sauce and flour made a thick goop that covered the meat before I cooked it. It really does look like I fried it. It has some crunchy spots!

The sauce. And the additional spices…for the SPICY!!

The recipe called for red peppers. Which of course we don’t have and I don’t want to go to the store. Mostly because I am in my pjs already. So instead I used cayenne pepper. I only put 1/2-3/4 tsp. I didn’t really measure. I just sprinkled it; we will see how spicy I made it!

sauté…Sauté…SAUTÉ!
Our trusty rice cooker.

I started the rice when I was defrosting the meat. So it should be done here soon. Right around the perfect time, I might add. 😎

I added the sauce.

The sauce consisted of soy sauce, brown sugar, and oil. I believe since the spicy part needed to sauté, the sauce will just take on the flavors.

I will explain this picture.

I realize this picture looks the same as the one above but I added the watered flour mixture. (Most people use cornstarch) but if you can see those small clumps in the top center…that is flour that cooked and formed a lump. I tried to whisk it in…it wouldn’t so I… just scooped them out and then…

Look! No more white clumps and thickening up nicely.

Yep. I cheated! I decided to take out the imperfections instead of trying to make it work. Mwahahahaha!

Add the steak!

Looks really yummy. I think I should have cut the meat up thinner, but since it is not the steak it really called for I wanted to make sure I didn’t make a texture similar to shoe.

Looks yummy!

I still don’t know if it’s too spicy. I didn’t taste it.

Well I finished the food, and I will say… WOW! That was a bit spicy. Good! Definitely still delicious, but spicy. So two and half glasses of milk later…

Taste: 8.5! I think I will measure out the cayenne pepper next time. And maybe stay between 1/4-1/2tsp. Just to be on the safe side. I give it an 8.5 because it was almost too spicy. I prefer spicy to be enough where I can still enjoy it.

Look like photo: 9.5! Just because their steak looks thinner.

Easiness: 8. It wasn’t the simplest recipe to follow. Since some steps were left out and I had to improvise. Also the exploding oil; which is considered my fault because I did not have the correct pot. To understand look at the next photo…

😳

I don’t know if you can see all the oil splatters…but I will be cleaning this stove constantly these next few days. Because the burners are probably covered in oil splatter as well. 😑

Leftovers

It made a decent amount of leftovers. Two servings like this.

Leftover sauce

I might use this on some chicken. I think the flavor of the sauce will taste just as good on chicken.

This watermelon is from the 4th. I feel like I’ve been eating it everyday and it never seems to be making a dent…when will it be gone?

Enjoy your Thursday!! The week is more than halfway done. 😎

Life As A Mama #43

When visiting grandma we went on a new adventure…

The Beach!!
Chase the cousins!!
The wind, the sand, the…
The ocean!
It should be a peaceful relaxed day for mama 😎
What? Wait!?! NO!!!!
Runaway baby, straight to the water…!
I compromised. Went waist deep but must stay with mama.
Long exciting day! She napped the whole way home 🥰

So normally when little kids see the ocean for the first time you think… they will be timid, afraid, run away from the waves…

Yeah, no. Once she saw the water that is all she wanted to do. I spent the entire time holding her arms, otherwise she would have booked it out farther. 😳

We were at the beach for almost 4 hours and probably 3 of it was spent in the water. We played in the sand for a smidge. But two things ruined that idea. One: she was over it when I showed her the sand crabs. “She doesn’t like bugs.” Second: the water would destroy her castles, so it seemed like she gave up. 🤣

But overall it was a fun day. But I should say since we went out to waist deep, I spent the day lifting her up when a wave would seem to high. So I assumed the slight squat position while arm curling for those 3 hours. I was so sore the next day…

Journey With Cookbooks #17

Today’s recipe was a repeat with a twist!

The fried chicken taco, but as…

Only frying the tortilla and using ground beef. I wanted the crispy crunch from the tortilla but I didn’t want to eat something drenched in oil. The husband approved.

We are trying to eat better. I love food, but I am discovering I gain weight easily now as an adult…I miss the younger days…

Anyways…

Again defrosting. It seems to be taking forever.
Also the tortillas…

I forgot I already used up all the tortillas…so I have to section some off so they defrost faster. Now it is definitely a good thing I am frying them or they would be super soggy. 😣

I think, I thought I would be cooking for a billion people…I had a brain fart.
Only about 1/2” of oil.

Normally I would probably add some oil, but instead I just went with what I had. It should be fine.

So I decided to dry and remove as much of the excess oil as possible. Paper towels are awesome!
Huh?

At this point I decided to add to my cooking preparation. Salsa. Homemade! I found a recipe a while ago and it was a big hit with the hubby and Eli! And me. But no one really cares. Haha 😂

The recipe.
Combine all to bowl. The sweetness used in this recipe is honey. And I didn’t have a jalapeño, and I didn’t have any red pepper flakes…so I just used 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper.

We have a large food processor; I got it as a Christmas present. But sadly I never want to use it because I would rather not have more dishes. I know that is stupid and lazy, but I am that way occasionally.

The hubby wants 3 and I will have 2.
Meat!

So for the meat, I will say I did drain off all the excess fat off the meat. I didn’t want any extra calories. So didn’t add the spices and chilies until after.

4 rounds in my mini food processor later…!!
So the extra tortillas, I made as chips. So that when I want a snack I can have some chips and salsa.

The chips are just fried. I didn’t add any salt or lime juice. I wanted them to be a vessel for the salsa.

The garnish.
Eli’s dinner.

I was not about to fight the battle today. If she would eat…she ate some of daddy’s breakfast, all of her own, a big serving of Alfredo noodles, and some cookies today so far.

Back to the cooking. Now I know why to add more oil.

Because after I finished the chips I only had a thin layer of oil covering the bottom of the pot. Not good. Could have burned the pot…

The process of my creation. I thought of it after I made the hubbies plate. Mwahahahaha 😎
A dollop of sour cream.

The thought was…to cover the tortilla with the amount of sour cream you would normally top your taco. But let’s be honest. That dollup is huge…! I used way too much. Did I wipe the excess…no. I did that throughout the recipe but not now. Makes no sense.

Meat layer.
Cheese.
Topped with lettuce and drizzled salsa.

It was delicious. We had planned to eat it flat like that, but as soon as we picked it up, it folded into a taco.

It is not really a recipe I can score. Since it was a mash up of ideas.

But taste…10!!

Life As A Mama #41

This Spring is more like Summer… I’m missing the cooler temperatures here…

It’s hotter here than where my family lives…🥵
Warm weather does mean…walks in the neighborhood.
Water time with Daddy!!
We got a small pool. Eli loves the water.
Warmer weather means happy moods.
Funny faces contests…!
Splish splash!! More pool time!!
While making lunch she shoved an entire carrot in her mouth. (Her hair was also crazy!)
Day is over. Now time for sleep…
Just happy days ending with happiness! ❤️

When the warm weather is here it means we can do more things. Yes it means that Eli overheats in any temperature above 65 degrees, but playing in water she survives.

I hope your days can be warm, and spent with family! 💕

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by emily2jane
06-11-21