Tuesday, March 16, 2010

lemon-rosemary chicken & sweet potato waffles with spiced maple syrup

lemon-rosemary chicken
4 bone-in chicken breast
1 lemon, zested and juiced
3 sprigs fresh rosemary, roughly chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
salt & pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a ziploc bag and massage the chicken. Let marinade for at least an hour for best flavors. Grill.

sweet potato waffles (alton brown)
1 1/2 cups peeled and cubed sweet potatoes
2 cups all purpose flour ***I substituted whole wheat flour here but only used 1 3/4 cups)***
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 egg whites, at room temperature
1 cup milk
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon grated orange rind
Vegetable spray, for waffle iron
Special equipment: steamer basket and waffle iron

Put cubed sweet potatoes in a steamer basket. Place the basket in a large pot of simmering water that is no closer than 2 inches from the bottom of steamer. Allow potatoes to steam for 20 minutes of until fork tender. Mash cooked potatoes and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.

In another bowl combine the sweet potatoes, milk, brown sugar, butter, and grated orange rind. Stir the sweet potato mixture into the flour mixture and thoroughly combine. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gradually fold egg whites into batter 1/3 at a time. The batter will be thick. Using a No. 20 disher (scoop), place 2 scoops of batter onto a preheated, oiled waffle iron, and cook until lightly browned, about 5 to 6 minutes

spiced walnut maple syrup
3/4 c maple syrup
2 tbsp honey
1/3 c walnuts, roughly chopped
1 tsp cayenne pepper

Toast walnuts on medium heat and sprinkle on cayenne pepper. Mix maple syrup and honey in microwavable bowl for 45 seconds. Stir in walnuts and serve over lemon-rosemary chicken & sweet potato waffles.


Sunday, February 28, 2010

hide and seek

Places your brother is probably NOT hiding when playing hide and seek:

the garbage can
the itty bitty laundry basket of towels
the washing machine
the top of the armoire
the 5 in pan cabinet
the refrigerator
the junk closet (heaven knows there is no more room in there)
the stove

Who you say might have looked in these places? One might think the 4 year old...but no, Tristan. He must have thought Tanner was very compactable.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

in the end it was merry and bright!

I've got a blog? Say what! I know...I've neglected. To be honest, quite honest, I haven't really cared. I've had lots to say but no energy to put the words out there. Life has happened, I've been there. Life has jetted by tooting it's horn, trying to get me to laugh. I sometimes acted like a 2 year old...huffing, puffing, and wanting to prove that I could win. I finally gave up all the while waving the white flag. I could either crumble or enjoy what was around me.

I'm a rather grand planner but when it comes right down to it I run, fail, or give up. When I do succeed I really don't realize it because I'm constantly looking at the negative. My patience was seriously tested this Holiday season. If it wasn't one thing it was another. Another trial, another failure, another child testing my string of patience.

I had so many projects to accomplish but instead my sewing machine decided to act squirrly, supplies decided to not show up in the mail, people decided to tick me off (I mean really, really tick me off), and my patience decided to go haywire. I was defeated. I was mad. I cried. Then I put my happy face on and moved on. I had no picture perfect Christmas. I took 2 pictures, yes...2. But I was loved beyond measure and had those I love around me. We were together. We laughed. We laughed some more. We drank. We were merry. After all was said and done we made it through the hectic Holiday craze. I hope you and yours had a happy, love filled Christmas and healthy, exciting New Year!

P.S. I'm ready to get crafty, start painting, and make (and succeed) at the boy's new shower curtain and valance.