Seven Guilty Pleasures #MFRWauthor

This week our challenge is seven guilty pleasures. This was tougher than I thought it would be.

 

#1 is easy. Fried chicken.

#2. Who doesn’t like a good juicy, burger and fries once in a while. Sometimes it’s hard to decide between regular fries or sweet potato fries.

#3. Pie. I’m a southern girl and I love anything peach, strawberry or pecan, but pecan pie is to die for and a splurge.

#4. This one probably should’ve been number 1. I have to have my chocolate.  I keep a jar of kisses or dove by the bed and allow myself one to two pieces a night. Yes, I can eat just one.

#5. Still on the food theme, I love to veg out and watch the cooking channel. My problem is I turn it on and I am stuck all day long. I have to make sure I don’t have something I have to do before  turn it on.

#6. another guilty pleasure is reading. I admit it. I love to read. I am addicted to books. I take so many free books a day, I buy so many bargain books a month and of course, I have my favorite authors on alert at Amazon and Bam! It’s one click on new releases. I bet I have over 300 on my kindle. I will never get them all read. I get arcs from lots of authors and a M/M publisher so it makes it hard to get to any I buy or download myself. Now I have another way to feed this addiction monster. Audio books. This makes doing dull chores much more enjoyable.

#7. What kind of Mother would I be not to say my family? I love spending time with my kids and grandkids. I love playing with my furbabies. After a morning on the computer, an afternoon of cleaning and or crafting, cooking dinner it is always nice to sit with the hubby and watch a tv program or movie together before I delve into my book stash.

Let’s go see what the other author’s guilty pleasures are.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Exploding spoons!

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Hi, everyone!  It was a beautiful but hot day today. We took our morning walk, and there was a huge Corvette show downtown today. It was fun seeing all these cool car. Unfortunately, I didn’t bring my camera or phone along.

If you follow me on Facebook you are probably aware of my knack for exploding eggs and burning teapots. Tonight at dad’s I did an entirely new trick. I exploded a plastic spoon.

Please do not try this at home because yes some hot grease flew. I or no one else got hurt.

My brother and his family came over dads. My Sister-in-law was taking the two little boys to the park. New Luke wanted to crochet, and the other Luke went with his mom to help out with the little guys. Brother  watched the game with dad..

Dad has a perfect kitchen for a cooking show or entertaining since it opens into the living area so I could stand at the stove and cook and visit. I was on my last three stuffed Jalapenos when I heard some popping sounds. I took it for hot grease or escaped cheese. I heard a few more pops, this time it sounded more like popcorn.  Before I had time to think, the spoon made a loud pop. I hopped back and escaped the grease drops.

Just in case you still find it hard to believe here is the spoon. I learned my lesson to use a metal spoon.

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How has your weekend been? Have you had any silly mishaps lately?

Drunken Chicken Part Deaux

Hello everyone. If you didn’t read last week’s post about whole chicken cooked in wine, check it out because this week I am making not one more meal from the same chicken, but two. That’s right. I got three meals for two from one chicken actually four since the enchiladas fed dad and I twice. I even used the leftover au jus for gravy last night and it was the best I have made in a long time.

Last week dad and I had the leg quarters for dinner leaving the backbones and breast meat.

To make the enchiladas, I took and shredded the meat into a dish and took out a smaller bowl for chicken salad ,the other I made chicken enchiladas.

For the enchiladas I took about 2 cups of meat, cooked it in a skillet with diced onion and a packet of  taco seasoning with a cup of water. I cooked it down and let it sit about half an hour. I shredded some Monterey Jack cheese and some sharp cheddar about 4 ounces each .  I put about 1/4 cup salsa verde in bottom of a baking dish.

Six 10 inch flour tortillas and divide the chicken among each and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese in each. Roll burrito style and place in dish. Cover with salsa verde bake about 15 minutes until hot and bubbly add cheese  put back in oven for a few minutes to melt cheese.

Serve with diced tomatoes, pico de gallo quacame sour cream and any other condiments you like. If you have a bigger family you can serve with rice and retried beans to make it a meal .

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for the chicken salad I simply added diced celery, onion and a small amount of Mayo.  It was simple and yummy.

Do you have any recipes you like that you cook once and get two meals?

 

A drunk chicken and tired me

Earlier in the week dad was telling me about a dish he remembered growing up that his friends dad made a lot.

All he could remember was it was while and good.

We got a whe chicken the other day. I have around 5 dollars or so for it at Aldis. We got a bottle of white wine at County Market . I got Berringers  Chenin Blanc. I gave around 6dollars for that.

Here is how I made mine.

I preheated the oven to 400 degrees

wash your chicken and pull the skin back leaving it in tack rub meat liberally with your choice of seasonings I used a little salt an Italian blend, sage and garlic. Then pull skin back down and rub with same seasoning.  I then brushed with melted butter and roasted 1 hour breast side down.

meanwhile, peel and quarter 1 medium potatoe per person into a bowl. Cover with water and salt liberally. Get a crusty loaf of French or garlic bread ready to bake.

After Chicken has baked an hour , drain potatoes, push chicken to end of pan add potatoes cook about 30 minutes until potatoes are almost tender now turn chicken breast side up add wine and cook about 30 minutes more take out to set while bread cooks.

I served the au jus in a dish.

Dad was very pleased  at the outcome

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carve at table for dramatic effect or cut up in the kitchen whichever you prefer. Since it was just dad and I I cut us each a leg and thigh and wrapped the rest . I will either make chicken salad or chicken enchiladas

Be sure you have a cork screw! Dad didn’t and I had to walk downtown in search of one. Luckily the Mainstreet Marketplace had some gadgets and it was reasonably priced. It was a hot walk and by he time dinner was over and dishwasher loaded I was beat!😺

This is an easy meal for a Sunday dinner for 4 or a romantic dinner for two.

You could easily make this for date night straighten your house and get dressed after work while it cooks . Add candlelight and a rose to the table serve the rest of the wine to drink!💋

Do you have a dish that sounds fancy but practically cooks itself?

My masterchef in the making

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 This weekend my oldest stepdaughter had her visitation with her three kids my step grandies. Stepgrandie 2 loves to cook. whenever she comes, she likes to help me in the kitchen. Friday night we made simple brownies. She is only 9 but knew how to double the ingredients to make two boxes. she also knew to get all the powder in the brownies. They were delicious. the only problem was…. she had wanted to make them fancy.  The next time I will let her to a brownie Sunday or frost them. I have lots of nice dishes to plate them on.

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Saturday she announced she wanted to make dessert again and I wasn’t in the mood. on Facebook a friend showed me some cute snack ideas made from fruits and veggies.There were apples cut like owls, banana and strawberry race cars, kiwi and grape turtles and a bell pepper octopus in ranch dressing. Wen my kids were young they liked snow on trees ( broccoli and ranch and ants on a log cream cheese on celery with raisins or carrot sticks with peanut butter and raisins. She told me whe she grows up she wants to be a MasterChef. actually she said she wants to be on the children’s Masterchef show. She will make a fine one.

My friend sent  one of bananas  that look like dolphins in a sea of grapes with a ball(grape in its mouth) I figured this would be the perfect thing for Anna to make. She made a few adjustments adding kiwi and strawberries and a dollop of whipped cream to be them sea foam. they were simple enough she could make herself..

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I think she did a fine job. It was healthy, fun for her to make, and not too expensive since we used up fruit from the fruit bowl.

Do you have any simple, healthy snacks you like to make? Do you have a MasterChef in the making?

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