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How was your holiday weekend, friends? Ours was busy but we were about to carve some time away to pull out the grill! I LOVE grilling… the smell is so nostalgic for me. Lots of backyard barbecues when I was growing up. This weekend we decided to grill up some Tiki Orange Cornish Hens and veggies. Y’all… it was delicious!! Probably one of my favorite recipes for the grill to date. 

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 Tyson® Cornish Hens
  • bell peppers (any colors you like)
  • onion
  • 1 orange (+ zest of orange)
  • 1 1/2 tbs Kikkoman® Soy Sauce
  • 1 cup orange juice (pulp free)
  • salt
  • 10 drops lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tbs water
  • 3 tbs sugar
  • 5 tbs white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp ginger (minced)

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After you purchase your ingredients from your local Walmart, defrost the Tyson® Cornish Hens, chop your veggies, and heat up your grill. Once they are defrosted, squeeze a slice of orange (1/6 of the orange) over each hen and stuff the hen with the orange slice. Massage salt and the juice into the hens and place them on the hot grill to add grill marks on both sides (about 1-2 min on each side). Take the hens off and wrap each in aluminum foil. Turn the heat down low on the grill and place the hens back on. Cover the grill and cook for about 30-40 minutes.

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While hens are cooking on the grill, add your chopped veggies to skewers and set aside. In a bowl wisk together the juice of the orange, zest of the orange, cup of orange juice, water, vinegar, sugar, lime juice, garlic, ginger, and Kikkoman® Soy Sauce. Reduce to 1/4 on the stove top until it is the consistency of a glaze (as it cools it thickens).

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Take the tiki orange glaze and skewers to the grill and uncover the hens. Place the skewers on the grill and brush the glaze all over the hens and the veggies. Leave veggies on the grill for about 5-10 minutes while your are basting the hens. Be sure to turn your veggies so that they grill up on all sides.

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Remove everything from the grill and plate. This meal is great on a bed of fresh spinach, with a side of jasmine rice, or roasted red potatoes!

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Find all the ingredients for this recipe at your local Walmart. You can find the Kikkoman® Soy Sauce in the Asian Foods aisle and the two pack of Tyson® Cornish Hens in the frozen poultry section.

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So, I want to hear it! Do you love to grill? What are some of your favorite cornish hen recipes?

 

Food-a-licious Friday {109} Homemade Wing Sauce

Hello there!

Are you as ready for the weekend as I am? I have a great recipe to share with y’all today…perfect for a weekend of celebrating DADS! Are you ready to learn how to make Homemade Wing Sauce with just a few simple ingredients? This is my husband’s wing sauce recipe and it comes with a warning… it’s SUPER spicy! So be sure to read the notes on how to make the sauce more mild.

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Ingredients:

5 tbs olive oil/vegetable oil

1/4 c white vinegar

1 tbs minced fresh garlic

cayenne powder (1/2 packet)

1/2 c butter

1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1/2 c water

sea salt & black pepper (to taste)

 

Directions:

In a medium saucepan on low heat, combine oil, vinegar, cayenne powder. Make into a paste.

*You can find the cayenne powder packets near the seasonings and dry peppers. Sometimes it’s found with the Latin food items. It’s a red powder.

Raise heat to medium and add all other ingredients.

Whisk and caramelize sauce. Sauce will reduce by one-third. (Estimated time about 25 minutes)

**This sauce is VERY spicy. I mean VERY VERY hot! An old pizza joint trick is to add melted butter to a little bit of the sauce, mix and then put it on your wings. Be sure to taste the sauce before adding it to your wings. The more butter, the more mild the sauce will get. The less butter, the hotter the sauce.

Once you have your wing sauce the temperature you like (I’m a mild kind of girl but my nephew LOVES him some super spicy wings), pour some over your wings (baked or deep fried) in a mixing bowl and toss until your wings are covered.

Serve with carrots & celery…and don’t forget the Ranch or Blue Cheese!

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Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you have a fantastic weekend celebrating DADS!!

See you next week!

 

DIY Sugar Scrub {gift idea}

With only 4 days left until Christmas, I thought it would be a good time to share an easy and homemade gift you can give to almost anyone… DIY Sugar Scrub. There are only 3 main ingredients and it only takes a couple of minutes to make. We made this in my monthly craft class and my preschooler made some for her grandmas.
The ingredients are: sugar, almond or coconut oil, and essential oils. Since this batch of sugar scrub was made for Christmas gifts, I thought it’d be fun to use peppermint essential oils (but you could easily use lavender, vanilla, etc.). The exact measurements of each ingredient really depend on the size of jar you will be using to store the scrub in. 
To Make:
For my particular jars (purchased at Hobby Lobby), I needed 1/3 cup sugar, 2 teaspoons almond oil, and 2 drops of peppermint essential oils. (I filled the jar up with sugar first to see how much it would take…then slowly added the almond oil). Put the sugar and almond oil into a bowl and stir with a spoon until combined. Then add the peppermint and stir again. Fill your jars and tie a candy cane to it with some ribbon or raffia. 
Important:
The sugar scrub should be fluffy and soft…not wet and oily. So start out with a teaspoon or so of almond/coconut oil, mix, and add more as you need to. If you find that you made it too wet, add more sugar to the mix. 
Tips:
Almond oil, coconut oil, and essential oils can all be purchased online or in a health food store. I purchased mine at Sprouts.
The jars and wooden spoons (used to assist with getting the scrub out of the jars) were purchased at Hobby Lobby. (I also find cute jars at the dollar store all of the time.)
I stamped my wooden spoons with “Sugar Scrub” just to give it that homemade touch.
Mini candy canes and raffia were purchased at the dollar store.
Other awesome sugar scrub recipes to check out:
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Merry Christmas!

Happy Handmade Holidays: Homemade Biscotti

It’s Friday!!
So today’s Happy Handmade Holidays post is also a Food-a-licious Friday post…and is also a guest post.
Fun, right?! 
My talented sister-in-law is stopping by today to share a crazy easy, crazy delicious handmade holiday gift recipe for Biscotti…
Arlena is a creative entrepreneur by blood (I tease her and my husband about this). She is the eldest of 5 siblings and a mother of 4. Arlena and her family have traveled the world…one “luxury” of being married to a military man. She owns a catering company and is the owner of the Children’s Culinary Institute and even teaches aqua zumba on the side. Today my sister-in-law is sharing an easy and frugal recipe that makes a great gift this holiday season!
Homemade Biscotti…and it is SO yummy.
Ingredients:
1 box of white cake mix
1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup flour
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Directions:
Toast the coconut and macadamia nuts in the oven.
Mix all ingredients (minus the chocolate chips) in a mixing bowl.
Shape into a rectangular block on parchment paper on your baking sheet. 
Bake at 350* for 25ish minutes. Remove and let cool on cooling rack.
Cut into 1/2 inch slices and place back on the baking sheet on their sides. 
Bake 10-12 minutes longer, until ends are golden brown. Remove and let cool for 30 minutes on cooling rack.
Melt chocolate chips and drizzle with a fork over the biscotti.
Wrap in cellophane and give as a gift!
Thanks so much for stopping by and thanks to Arlena for sharing this yummy Homemade Biscotti recipe with us!
Don’t forget to enter the Happy Handmade Holidays GIVEAWAY and pop by Delicate Construction for more handmade gift ideas!
Thanks for joining Michelle and I for a week full of handmade gifts! 
See you in a bit for even MORE fun prizes up for grabs!
‘Tis the season!

i HEART you {Homemade Valentines}

There were SO many awesome homemade Valentine ideas floating around cyberspace this year!
I had a hard time deciding exactly what I wanted to help my daughter make for her friends’ Valentines this year because I have an entire Pinterest board full of great Valentines ideas!
So I thought about my daughter’s interests which are music, dancing, art, and movies. When I saw this idea, I knew I found something that her little friends (ages 3-4) would and something that my almost 4 year old could help me make.
i HEART you 
{Homemade Valentines}


For the how to on making the recycled crayon hearts, click HERE
They were easy and fun to make with my daughter. She is so excited to pass them out to her friends tomorrow at our Friendship Valentine’s Party. 
I created the baggie tags for the Valentines. These were the first baggie tags I’ve made, so I’m sure the next ones will be even cuter. If you are interested in using the baggie tags, you can download them here.
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Enjoy your week and I hope you have a Valentine’s Day full of !

i HEART you {Homemade Valentines}

There were SO many awesome homemade Valentine ideas floating around cyberspace this year!
I had a hard time deciding exactly what I wanted to help my daughter make for her friends’ Valentines this year because I have an entire Pinterest board full of great Valentines ideas!
So I thought about my daughter’s interests which are music, dancing, art, and movies. When I saw this idea, I knew I found something that her little friends (ages 3-4) would and something that my almost 4 year old could help me make.
i HEART you 
{Homemade Valentines}


For the how to on making the recycled crayon hearts, click HERE
They were easy and fun to make with my daughter. She is so excited to pass them out to her friends tomorrow at our Friendship Valentine’s Party. 
I created the baggie tags for the Valentines. These were the first baggie tags I’ve made, so I’m sure the next ones will be even cuter. If you are interested in using the baggie tags, you can download them here.
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Enjoy your week and I hope you have a Valentine’s Day full of !

Food-a-licious Friday {65} Crockpot Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Happy Friday!!
So glad you could come by today. I have such an easy and yummy crockpot soup to share with you today!
I’ve said it a billion times and I’ll say it again…
I my crockpot!
This recipe is great for a chilly day or when you are feeling under the weather.
It’s the perfect meal to make during a crazy busy week or throw all of the ingredients in the pot before church and dinner is ready later that night with NO fuss!
It’s the little things, people. 

{Ingredients}
2-3 pounds of broccoli florets 
1/2 cup of chopped carrots
3-4 cups of chicken stock or vegetable stock
2 tbsp butter (I use I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter)
3 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese (I use 2%)
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 cup of half and half (I use reduced fat)
1/4 cup of minced onion (I substitute for onion powder b/c the hubs is allergic)
salt & pepper to taste
flour to thicken (optional)
{Directions}
1. Spray the inside of your crockpot with olive oil spray and set to low if you want to cook it for 6 hours and high if you want it done in 4 hours.

2. Roughly chop the broccoli florets and carrots, mince the onions, and put them into the pot.

3. Add 2-3 cups of chicken or veggie stock (just enough so that the veggies are barely covered in liquid…not swimming in it) and butter.

4. Add the garlic, salt, and pepper and allow to cook.

5. About 45 minutes before the soup is done, add the cheese and half & half to the pot and stir well and allow to melt.

6. After the cheese has melted, I stick my immersion blender down inside the pot to smooth out my soup. I do NOT like chunky broccoli cheddar soup. You can leave it as chunky as you like. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can use a regular blender or the magic bullet to smooth out your soup.

7. At this point I start adding flour gradually to the pot and whisking it into the soup to thicken it a bit.

8. Let the soup finish cooking for the remaining time (about 15 min.) with the lid off and serve with bread!

I love dipping my bread into the last little bit of soup in my bowl.
YUM!

Have a wonderful weekend! 
We have a busy weekend starting with my husband’s concert and ending with Disneyland.
See ya on the flip side ; )

Food-a-licious Friday #13: Chicken Pot Pie {feature recipe}

Happy Friday, bloggy friends! I am SO glad it’s the weekend. I have lots of projects and crafts I’d love to get started :)

I am so excited to share one of Family Q’s yummy recipes! Perfect for fall, quick, easy, inexpensive…not to mention DELISH!! Megan shares such yummy recipes…

Chicken Pot Pie
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Prep Time: 5 min.

Cooking time: 20-25 min. 

Ingredients:
2 pkg. crescent roles
2 broiled chicken breasts (cubed)
2 cups mixed veggies
1 can cream chicken soup
1/2 can milk
1 egg

Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 375*
2. Use one pkg of crescent roles and line the bottom of a pie dish.
3. Bake for about 8-10 min.
4. In a bowl mix together cooked, cubed chicken, mixed veggies, soup, and milk.
5. Pour mixture on top of prepared crust.

6. Cover pie with the other crescent role pkg.
7. Lightly beat the egg and brush it along the top of the pie.
8. Put back in the oven and bake for additional 10-15 min.
*Edited to add: I actually needed to bake mine for about 35 min.*

THAT’S IT!!!

Mmmhmmm…told you! Fabulous, right? We are actually having this tonight for dinner :) Make sure you stop by Family Q’s blog for more delicious recipes and lovely decorating inspiration!

TGIF! Have a great weekend!

Food-a-licous Friday #12: Creamy Potato Soup {recipe}

Welcome to another Food-a-licous Friday, bloggy friends! It is FINALLY cooling down here in sunny Arizona and boy am I thankful. I feel like this was the longest summer of my life. :)

With the cooler weather comes LOTS of crockpot recipes in our home. One of my faves is Creamy Potato Soup. YUMMO! I shared this waaaaaaaay back when I started my blog, so I thought we could revisit this recipe. I know you will just LOVE it :)

Creamy Potato Soup

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Ingredients:

  • 5 green onions chopped
  • 5 large red potatoes cubed
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • 1 can Cream of Celery soup
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 1 can evaporated milk (I used non fat)
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (I used mixed cheeses)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • salt, pepper, onion powder
  • 6 pieces of cooked bacon, chopped (I used turkey bacon)

 Directions:
  • Pour Cream of Celery soup, chicken broth, evaporated milk, and hot water into crock pot.
  • Whisk together well.
  • Add all veggies and seasonings ( including bay leaf). Stir.
  • Set crock pot to low and cook for 5-7 hours.
  • Once veggies are soft, pull out bay leaf and blend 4 cups of the soup until smooth. You can use a blender, food processor, or a immersion blender (I poured the 4 cups into a mixing bowl and used the immersion blender until smooth).
  • Add blended soup back to the rest left in the crock pot.
  • Add the cheese to the soup and stir.
  • Serve in a bowl and top with shredded cheese, chopped bacon, and bread for dipping (we had Asiago Cheese Bread).

 So good! So easy! So homemade!

Thanks again for stopping by! You always make my day :) I hope everyone has a safe and fun-filled Halloween weekend!

I will be linking this recipe to some of these super parties. Join me!

Food-a-licious Friday #11: Mikey’s Cookies {featured recipe}

Let me introduce you to my brother-in-law…

Mikey, meet my bloggy friends; bloggy friends meet Mikey.

{Yes, Mikey is standing in the airport in Sponge Bob boxers accompanied with orange Vans, a dress shirt, tie, and vest. Roo, any suggestions?}

I asked Mikey to describe himself using only 3 words.  This is what I got:

Brilliant
Rugged 
In tune 
 (technically this is 4 words…which tells you a little more about Mikey)
Mikey was away on his mission when I started Mine for the Making, so while he has been home, I have been catching him up. I am asked everyday every other week or so, if something he has done, created, said, thought of, etc. is “feature worthy.” 
Well, ladies and gents, it’s your lucky day. Mikey has created something “feature worthy.”
Before you close Mine for the Making, I want to give you a very small piece of advice… Don’t let the title of this recipe scare you away. Just trust me on this one, okay?
Mikey, take it away…
Mikey’s VEGAN bannnan chocolate chip cookies
{Mikey has a hard time remembering how many “n’s” are in the word ‘banana’}
INGREDIENTS!

·    2 3/4 cup flour
·    1 tsp salt
·    1 tsp baking soda
·    1 cup margarine
·    3/4 cup brown sugar
·    3/4 cup sugar
·    1 tsp vanilla
·    ½ of a banana replaces one egg
·    12 oz vegan chocolate chips

PREP!
Preheat that oven to 350 degrees.
Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda in a large bowl and set aside.
In a separate large bowl, beat together the margarine, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and egg replacer.

*Side note: You can use 1/2 of a banana instead of “egg replacer”*

Add the dry ingredients to this and stir until combined well.

*Another side note: Sometimes I have to add 50/50 water and oil until the consistency is right.*

Stir in the chocolate chips.
Drop one inch spoonfuls of dough onto cookie sheet.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until edges are golden.
Enjoy your creation while the animals run free and play.

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I am not a vegan myself (nor is Mikey…he’s a vegetarian), and I am not trying to “convert” you. Rather, I’m trying to be more open-minded myself, and so I share this recipe with you. I did, in fact, taste-test these VEGAN cookies…and to my surprise, I had another 2 more. Try them- you may surprise yourself too!
Thanks for stopping by and sharing a recipe with us Mikey! {I’d tell you to grab a “featured” button, but I’m not sure where you would post it!}. And for those of you who stuck around after reading the recipe’s title, hugs to you! For those of you who take this one step further and try the recipe for yourselves, BIG hugs and *high 5’s* to you!

Thanks for joining me for another Food-a-licious Friday! Don’t forget to enter the *200 Readers* Fall Blocks Giveaway if you haven’t already!!