Thursday, August 21, 2014

Packing up for the move!

Hey there everyone! Just a quick little note to let you know that I am moving! To my own domain that is :)
This week I will be taking the week off to work on getting Daily DIY on to it's own domain name!!
I am super nervous about doing it, but I realize it is the best thing for me to do!
So if you are just finding us, please be patient for about a week while we get moved and work out the kinks.
There are plenty of links for you to check out while your here. And I wills till be checking emails and receiving comments.
Im super excited about the move and I think you will be too!  So until then ... I'm off to pack!
.....Heather!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Yard Sale Finds: Bulletin Board Make-over

As I have said in previous posts, I am a yard sale junkie! I love getting up on a Saturday morning (who am I kidding! I don't love getting up ANY morning, but I do it!) and hopping in the truck with mom and scoping out the neighbors trash wonderful treasures! I also love to share my Yard Sale Finds with all of you.
Sometimes we strike out that's for sure. But other times .... we Score!
Even if it's used and abused, every now and then you can find that needle in the hay stack. And make it into something you simply adore.

A few weeks ago I found this cork board/bulletin board. The color was sort of an off white, and to me it was dingy looking. Of course it didn't match the color pallet I am going for in the kitchen and I wanted to "beach it up " a bit.

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I don't know who Chic is .. but she certainly wasn't here! I knew I had to give this bulletin board a fresh make over.
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A little paint and some starfish should do it.

The wood frame got a fresh coat of white craft paint and a bit of light brown for de stressing. I wanted to paint the cork blue, but decided it would be a bit to wild for the theme I was going for. I gave the cork a fresh coat of brown paint and it was way to dark. I watered down  some white craft paint and blended it into the brown. To my surprise I was pleasantly surprised the way it resembled sand (to me anyway lol) The over all look of the white over the brown also softened it up a bit.

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The starfish I also found at a yard sale for 50 cents... With a little hot glue they are the perfect accent!

Here is the finished project! I know this really wasn't "trash" to treasure, but it needed a make-over for sure. I'm very happy with the way it turned out. It is eye catching when you first walk into the kitchen and functional for all of our daily notes. With the kids starting back to school this week, I know it will fill up fast. I'm thinking some cute sea shell push pins need to be made next to complete the look.

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This past week we have hit the jackpot when it comes to our Yard Sale finds! I got an adorable table with drop down sides I am going to make into my office desk. My favorite yard sale find of all a FREE solid wood dresser that I will be making over for the teens room.
You won't want to miss these 2 Make-overs I'm so excited about them!
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Do you have any trash to treasure stories of your own? I would love to hear about them!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Quick & Easy Meatball Casserole



Happy Saturday my friends!
I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend so far. I am a working mom, and I work on the weekends and in the evenings, so it is sometimes very challenging to make sure my teens and hubby have a good hearty meal on the nights I'm away from home.
My favorite things to make are the make ahead meals or crock pot dinners on those nights for quick and easy weeknight dinners or weekend dinners for that matter. It's easy for them to toss the pan I have prepared into the oven when it's dinner time. Or I can set the crock pot early in the day so everything is ready to eat when they are ready.

We do some meal freezing, but not as much as I would like. I really want to work on that. Someday I will have a months supply of dinners frozen and ready when ever we need them ... ahhhh in a perfect world LOL

I do like to freeze home made meatballs. They hold up well and are easy enough for the teens to defrost and add sauce to. For meatballs subs, meatball skewers (recipe here) even a quick spaghetti dinner on a busy week night.

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This past week we decided to try a meatball casserole. Everyone loved it, and not quite as messy as a meatball sub since you eat it with a fork :) I cheated a little and used a jar sauce since that is what I had on hand. Our favorite by far is Francesco Rinaldi. (not a plug or endorsement, it really is our favorite jar sauce in a pinch)
The meatballs I made from scratch. My kids don't like onions or peppers (weird I know!) so I just use lots of spices to compensate as much as I can for some flavor. Here's how I made them...



2 pounds ground beef (or turkey)
2 eggs
3/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
2 Tbs ketchup
1 Tbs mustard
1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbs garlic powder
1 Tbs onion powder
1 Tbs parsley
salt & pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients well but don't over mix, this will make the meat tough.
preheat oven to 350 degrees. Form your meatballs into 2 - 3 inch balls depending on your preference.
Bake in 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes. turning once half way through.
Drain off your grease and plunge into your favorite tomato sauce. Or let them cool and freeze in freezer bags.

Our Meatball casserole idea came from my 15 year old. He had a similar version at a friends house for dinner one night and has been requesting it ever since. They used lots of veggies like a good parent would LOL so I had to adapt :) It was the perfect dish for an easy weeknight dinner.



We tried to do ours as "loaves" but it was to messy to stay together like a lasagne would. Which was fine, it still tasted great!
Just layer  your casserole as follows...

a little sauce on the bottom so your bread don't stick.
one layer of good crusty french bread slices
a layer of meatballs and sauce (don't add to much sauce)
a layer of mozzarella cheese
another layer of bread, a layer of meatballs , a layer of cheese
last layer .... one more layer of bread. top your casserole with some sauce and cheese

bake in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes. Until the cheese melts and your casserole is bubbling along the edges.

Let it set for about 10 minutes before cutting right into it. Serve with a nice green garden salad.

Unlike most tomato sauce recipes this is NOT better the next day. The bread gets way to soggy the longer it sits. Just my opinion. We did enjoy it that night, and it was a very filling meal. Even for the growing teens.

I think this is now one of our go to quick week night meals. It pleases everyone and is pretty easy to make. Even if you have to make a batch of meatballs. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
Do you have any "go to " quick and easy weeknight meals? I would love to see them!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Heather!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Building Traditions - Christmas Cookie Swap

Did you know there is just 20 Fridays until Christmas!!! ...
What ?? When did THIS happen!
It's TRUE! Just 20 more Fridays until Christmas! Wow, this year has gone by so fast.
It is already mid- August! That means fall is right around the corner, but it also means Christmas and the holiday season is just around the next corner.
I guess it really is true, the older you get the faster each year goes by. It feels like we just cleaned up all the wrapping paper and put the decorations away last week. (no, I didn't really do that , but it sure feels like it.)

When it comes to the holidays, we have so many traditions in our family. Some are very small like what we have EVERY Christmas morning for breakfast. French toast casserole! I think it has been 8 or 9 years now that we make this in our house. I make sure it is ready and all set to go in the fridge the night before, and when we all wake up Christmas morning it goes in the oven. By the time we are done opening our gifts, breakfast is ready. The kids look forward to it every year!  (Even the older ones)

One of my other favorite traditions that I have is with my girlfriends a few weeks before Christmas.
Every year we all get together and have an amazing cookie swap! Yes ... we share cookies! How fun is that? All the benefits of holiday baking and 1/4 of the work.
Have you ever been to or hosted a cookie swap?
If the answer is no, you will want to continue reading.
If the answer is yes, you will still want to continue reading :)

5 years ago a bunch of us girls wanted to have a Christmas paty of sorts just for the ladies. After poking around on line and reading a few suggestions for all girls parties, we decided a cookie swap would be the perfect thing to do. And the yearly tradition was formed!

It started small (just 7 people I believe) and as the years went on and people heard what a great time we were having the number of attendees grew and grew. Last year I believe we had 18 or 19 swappers. Every year I have to get more and more creative. So I decided to start this page for all the rookie and veteran cookie swappers out there. To share ideas, games, themes and of course cookie recipes!

I know it is only August, but this does take a little planning. You also want to get your invites out pretty early so everyone is sure to make it around their busy holiday schedules. Let's face it, there is always 100 different parties/events to attend as the holidays get closer.

If you are ready to start planning your party, Click on the Cookies below! It will take you to all the wonderful in's and out's of getting started. As always, feedback is encouraged!
If you have a game idea or a recipe you think is a must have for a cookie swap please email it to me! dailydiylife@gmail.com

I hope this page grows and grows with some wonderful family traditions from all of our readers!

Happy Swapping! ............. On to the Cookie Swap pages!

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

HELP - It needs a facelift!


Hey everyone!
At the risk of opening up my very cluttered and un managed home to you all, I have decided to start a help page. Not to help you LOL but to help ME! Wait .. don't leave! I need your assistance :)

My home needs A LOT of help. No seriously, it is very lack luster in appearance.
We live in a 2 family home, and my landlord is very flexible with what i do to the inside. As long as I don't make any structural changes, he is open to it. Paint, decor, ect is all fair game!

A little bit of a back story here before we go on ..
A year ago, we decided to pack up and move states. We sold/donated everything and came here on a whim with just clothes. So we are completely starting over from scratch.
Many of our items were given to us from some wonderful folks, and some we bought new and some found at yard sales.

When I first looked at this apartment, I hated it. The lady that lived here before was a slob! To put it nicely :) I don't think she cleaned a day that she lived here. I walked in and looked around a bit to be nice, but told my hubby absolutely NOT will we live there. After a few months of the landlord and my perfect next door neighbor (she lives alone and we hardly ever see her, but when we do she is as sweet as can be.) cleaned and painted and did some serious work inside, I decided we should take another look since the price and location was right for all our needs. And it's just 2 houses down from my mother, which I LOVE!
He did a great job cleaning up the place and making it "livable" enough that I decided why not? We can make this work for us. Some paint and decorations, we can make this home.

I have lived here since December of 2013 and really haven't done what I had planned to do. And I just don't know where to start. I attempted to paint the cabinets one day out of boredom and a can of paint he left in the basement. But I certainly didn't do it correctly and I haven't even finished them. half brown half white. They are really a mess !

Over the last few months doing this blog I have met some really wonderful and insightful people. As well as discovering some amazing blogs about home making and decorating and DIY projects for the home. It's inspiring! Sure I can whip up a batch of cupcakes and decorate them wonderfully. Or feed my family of 4 on a limited budget, and eat pretty well doing it. But I need some serious help when it comes to making my house what I want it to be.
That is where you come in!
I'm going to show you an area in my house that needs serious help (this could take a while! ) I will take all suggestions on the how to and what to do  to make it awesome.
Then we will choose one. Document the process of making it wonderful and reveal the final project.

I am going to show you these areas in my house as they are. I will not alter them  on the original pictures. (PLEASE DON'T JUDGE ME!! LOL) I already know I need help! Isn't that the first step to fixing a problem?

Also, I need to and want to do this on a budget. So please keep that in mind when you are pitching your ideas and products.

So here goes....

The first area I want to fix is the display cabinet in my kitchen!
I am leaning towards a beach theme for the kitchen. Natural browns and tans to go with the white. Accented with light blue and dark blue nautical themed items.

So here it is (I can't believe I'm showing you all this!!) ... My "junk drawer" of cabinets!

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As you can see it is a catch all for everything! Yarn, craft supplies, crock pot, empty picture frames, papers, party supplies. It is my "junk drawer" for the bigger things that don't actually fit IN a drawer!(That's a whole 'nother post! Yikes I have a junk drawer problem!)
It's pretty, and it has potential if it is done right.

My thoughts:
I was thinking of keeping the walls the sandy brown color and painting the wood white. Baskets are an option for the inside, but I feel with the glass it should be something a bit more "pretty".

How would you fix this major eye sore? What products and/or color pallet would you suggest?
Leave your comments and suggestions below. I will review them all and pick one that best meets our family needs and document the progress as it goes along.

Thanks in advance for all your help in making our house a lovely home ... on a budget!

Please note: I know I am probably going to get the negative comments, and the hate mail ect. from posting my home issues with everyone on the web. Please, if you have negative things to say just keep them to yourself. I genuinely would like help and ideas to pretty up my house, and it would be a great story to follow during the process of HOW I did it, and WHAT I did to take it to the next level.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Missy's Perfect Pumpkin Bread


Hey ya'll welcome to part 3 in the quick bread series. I was going to save this pumpkin bread recipe until the last addition, but my friend Missy has been on my mind so much lately, I had to share it now instead of later.
Before I just belt out the recipe, I need to tell you a little story (could turn into a big story) about an online relationship that I built with one of the most amazing women in the entire world.
If this is just not your cup of tea, please feel free to scroll down to the recipe below.

Many years ago (14+ years actually) My husband and I bought this new contraption to go online. It was a WebTV .. anyone else have one of these? You could hook it up to your TV set and get online. Websites, email ect. for a pretty cheap price. Was before computers were so highly in use.
Anyway, I was so new to the online world I decided to check out a few news groups.
I joined a group, at the time it was called Cyber Sisters. Everyone chatted with each other and shared so much. It was a nice escape.
I met Missy through Cyber Sisters, and we hit it off immediately. She loved to cook, loved to do crafts and we had so many things in common. What once was just a talking on line friendship, turned into hours almost every day of real talking on the phone. The more we talked the closer we got.
When I became pregnant with my 4th child, Missy and a few other girls decided to throw me a baby shower... ONLINE! How cool is that? All the ladies  had my gifts mailed to my house. And we had an online baby shower! As I opened the gifts via a chat room (we didn't have skype or a webcam like you could now a days) It was a blast.
Sadly, we lost Missy a few years back to a medical complication. I miss her every day and always have her on my mind and in my heart. I know she's watching down on us and yelling at me when I use the wrong pan to cook or bake something in! LOL
I have quite a few recipes that Missy shared with me, but this Pumpkin bread is my most favorite.
I have no idea if this was her original creation or if she got it out of a book somewhere. All I know is that it is perfect! Super moist, and oh so flavorful.

With the fall season right around the corner, Pumpkin is the perfect compliment to any dinner. Or just as satisfying as a quick breakfast in the morning. Give this recipe a try, you will keep it in your must haves for a very long time.


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3 cups canned pumpkin puree
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
4 cups white sugar
6 eggs
4 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves

Directions: 
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour three 9x5 inch loaf pans.In a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin, oil, sugar, and eggs. In a seperate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves; stir into the pumpkin mixture until well blended. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Perfect every time!

This recipe is part 3 of the quick bread series! Did you miss the first 2 ?
You can find them here:
Mouth Watering Zucchini Bread
Moist and Delicious Strawberry Bread

We have 2 more quick bread recipes to share  in this series!! If you love quick breads, and don't want to miss out on the up coming recipes be sure to  LIKE US ON FACEBOOK  or FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

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Now a few fun facts about Pumpkins!

Photo courtesy of Julie @ Cretinons Farm stand!


  • Pumpkins are a member of the gourd family
  • The largest pumpkin pie ever baked was in 2005 and weighed 2,020 pounds.
  • Pumpkins are low in calories, fat, and sodium and high in fiber. They are good sources of Vitamin A, Vitamin B, potassium, protein, and iron
  • The heaviest pumpkin weighed 1,810 lb 8 oz and was presented by Chris Stevens at the Stillwater Harvest Fest in Stillwater, Minnesota, in October 2010
  • Pumpkin seeds should be planted between the last week of May and the middle of June. They take between 90 and 120 days to grow and are picked in October when they are bright orange in color
  • Pumpkin flowers are edible.
  • Pumpkins are 90 percent water.
  • Pumpkins are  a fruit.
  • The name pumpkin comes from the Greek word ‘pepon’, meaning ‘large melon


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Pardon our dust!

Hey ya'll!
Happy Thursday! Hope everyone is having a good week. The weekend is right around the corner.
I'm trying out different themes for the blog this week, and I know things might not be where they are suppose to be, but it will eventually fall into place and work as planned.
I'm thinking I like this blue/lime green color scheme. So we will see how this one goes over LOL
If it is to hard to read or if you have any trouble, please give me a shout.

I made the header and the logo with picmonkey. It was super easy to use, even for a beginner. Let me know what ya think.
Back to regular scheduled programming. :)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Mouth Watering Zucchini Bread

Hey Hey! Welcome to part 2 of our quick bread series.
As I said Monday, I just love cooking up quick breads for breakfast for the busy teens we have at home. They are all pretty easy, and taste so wonderful, they don't even realize there is yummy veggies or fruits in them.
I have 2 of the pickiest teens ever. So that makes my job harder to get the veggies in them that they need. Sure there might be sugar and maybe icing LOL but they are getting some veggies to say the least.

One of the favorites in this house is definitely Zucchini bread!
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When I first made it, I made the mistake of letting them SEE me make it. The teens (then young boys) wanted absolutely no part of the bread with "the green stuff".
Honestly it took me paying them each a dollar (I have no shame) just to taste it. It was worth the $2 spent haha. Now they love it and ask for it every few weeks.

I found this recipe in a box that was given to me years ago. The box was my grams, and this one was written in her handwriting which made it all the more special and close to my heart. I remember eating her zucchini bread as a kid. So it definitely takes me back to some wonderful childhood memories.
I'm sure there are versions of this recipe and other zucchini bread recipes out there, but we make it as Gram tells us to. I wouldn't have it any other way.

I hope you enjoy it!

Ingredients:
3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
2 cups zucchini, grated
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Directions:
 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 8x4 inch loaf pans.
 In a large bowl, beat eggs until foamy. Mix in the oil and the sugar. Stir in zucchini and vanilla. In a separate bowl combine flour, cinnamon, soda, baking powder, salt and nuts; stir into the egg mixture. Divide batter into the 2 prepared pans.
Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


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Thats Grams Delicious Zucchini bread! Give it a try and make those kids happy!

Did you miss the first recipe in the Quick bread series? Check it out here ...
Moist & Delicious Strawberry Bread

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Did you know?
A few fun facts about Zucchini

1. One zucchini has just 25 calories
2. The flower of the zucchini plant is also edible (I've seen this on food network! Have you ever eaten a stuffed zucchini blossom?)
3. A zucchini has more potassium than a banana
4. The most flavorful zucchinis are small- to medium-sized.
5. Need more reasons to eat zucchini? How about this: Zucchini is fat-free, cholesterol-free, low in sodium, rich in manganese and vitamin C


Monday, August 4, 2014

Moist & Delicious Strawberry Bread

It has been such a crazy end of the month around our house. With school starting up again in just 2 1/2 week (yay and yikes!) We have been running around like crazy people trying to get everything ready and in order so the boys  are all ready to go when the day comes.

Having 2 teenage boys at home is worse than having all 4 when they were little. One of the teens (15) is so laid back and a "what ever you think mom" kind of kid. And the other (13) that is a little more high maintenance. Very picky about everything, from clothes to school supplies.
It's funny tho, all 4 boys are so different in so many ways. Sure they have a few things in common, but their individual personalities are all from different ends of the spectrum. I wouldn't have it any other way!

The one thing they all love (besides their mom :) ) is breakfast! Any kind of break fast really. Bacon, eggs, pancakes you name it. And cereal .. Nick (21) is a cereal fanatic. I think he could have cereal for breakfast lunch dinner and a few snacks every day.

I like to make different quick breads for breakfast. Especially on those busy mornings when we are all rushed and trying to run out the door. This week, I think I will focus on a few of my favorite quick bread recipes.
Moist & Delicious Strawberry Bread
We just made this super easy Strawberry Bread that was a huge hit with the teens. So I will share this one first. We just love fresh fruit (and veggies) in quick breads. I hope you enjoy the recipes as much as we do.

Be sure to like our FACEBOOK page and/or our TWITTER page so you will see when we post the next in the  Quick breads series !

Enjoy! ...

2 Cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 large egg
3/4 Cup sugar
1/4 Cup brown sugar
1 Cup buttermilk (or 1Tablespoon lemon juice added to a 1 cup measuring cup. Fill with whole milk to make 1 Cup. Let sit for 5 minutes to "spoil")
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups fresh strawberries - chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour loaf pan.

In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside
In a medium bowl wisk together the egg and both sugars until combined. Wisk in the buttermilk, oil and vanilla until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix, just until combined. Do not over mix.

I like to coat the chopped strawberries in a little flour before adding them to the wet mix. So they don't sink to the bottom of the bread.
Fold the strawberries into your mixture.
Bake in 350 degree oven for 50 - 60 minutes. Until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Moist & Delicious Strawberry Bread

Occasionally I add a quick glaze to the quick breads I make. If you would like to make a glaze, combine 1 cup powder sugar, 2 Tbs milk and a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla together until smooth. Drizzle over your cooled bread.

There you have it! Super simple and very easy to whip up for a nice quick breakfast on the go.
Coming up this week will be fabulous zucchini bread,  Scrumptious Banana nut bread, and my personal favorite My dear friend Missy's award winning Pumpkin bread! (You won't want to miss the story of how we met and bonded so quickly online.  She became one of the lords angels way to soon. But I'm sure she is watching over us and smiling) 

Did you know: Some fun facts about strawberries!
  1. Strawberries are the only fruit that have their seeds on the outside
  2. An average strawberry has 200+ seeds
  3. Strawberry plants are perennial - will come back year after year!
  4. There is a strawberry museum in Belgium
  5. Eight strawberries will provide 140 percent of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C for kids.
  6. Strawberries are a member of the rose family
  7. Strawberries are rich in nitrate, which can increase the flow of blood & oxygen to the muscles by 7%.  This prevents muscle fatigue, making exercise easier.




Friday, August 1, 2014

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Red Lobster - Copycat Cheddar Biscuit


I am so jealous of all of you that have a Red Lobster in their area! There isn't one anywhere close to me (unless we want to take a day trip) And the last 9 years we lived in Massachusetts on the water, there wasn't a Red Lobster for miles n miles!
We did have the luxury of the wonderful local seafood places that sit right on the oceans edge. Which was incredible and the best most fresh seafood anyone could ask for.
But, I love love red lobsters Cheddar bay biscuits! The salty flavor from the cheddar cheese and the moist  fluffy center are just the perfect combination.

I found this recipe and tweaked it just a bit to satisfy my taste.

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Check it out and let me know what you think!! There is also a picture  at the bottom of how we transformed these wonderful little biscuits into big biscuits for a very satisfying breakfast sandwich!


Ingredients:
2 cups All purpose Flour
1/2 teaspoon Paprika
1 teaspoon Onion Powder
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon Sugar
2 heaping teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
6 Tablespoons cold butter
1 Cup Cheddar Cheese
1 Cup butter milk (Make your own:  To a one cup measuring cup add 1 tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar and top off with whole milk to make 1 cup.  Let sit 5 minutes.  Stir well.)

Instructions:
Mix flour, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, sugar, salt and baking powder together in a large bowl.
Cube your cold butter and  add it to the dry ingredients above.  Using a pastry cutter (or 2 butter knives), cut the butter into the flour until the mixture is crumbly.
Mix in the cheese
combine the egg with the buttermilk and beat well.
Add your milk/egg mixture to the dry ingredients. Mix well.
Drop large spoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt.
Bake in 400 degree oven for 12 - 15 minutes. Until golden brown on the top.


Recipe adapted from An Extraordinary Day

It is best to serve these biscuits warm and right from the oven. If you have left overs, don't worry they are still great the next day! Fry up an egg or 2, add some bacon and cheese and breakfast is served!
Take a look at that! Yummmmm!


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Plan Ahead - 10 Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas for Busy Moms!

We may not have little ones running around our house any more. But we do have 2 big strong teen boys left at home. So getting creative with breakfast is always a challenge.

I work nights, and have such a hard time getting up in the mornings to cook. Thankfully they are very independent and can manage to feed them selves and get themselves off to school. (In my defense LOL I work til 4 am. I can't run on 2 hours! I need my beauty sleep! )

I'm always looking for great make ahead breakfasts that I can cook up and maybe freeze on my days off. So I at least know they are eating something satisfying and good for them before school.

I found  lots of great tips and recipes for make ahead breakfast ideas for the teens. I hope you find something you like here. I can't wait to give them a try. School does start in a month! YAY & YIKES!
Plan Ahead: 10 make ahead easy breakfast ideas

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Well there you have it! Some fantastic ideas to get your kids, hubby or anyone on the right track each morning. Now, some of these recipes I posted for myself. I have the pickiest boys on the planet (One doesn't even like bacon! Who's child is he??) So I have to get a little creative when I need/want them to eat fruits and veggies. Even at 13 it's still hard convincing him it's GOOD! 

Do you have any great make ahead recipes you want to share? I would like to compose a list for lunch and dinner as well, and would like to include my readers' recipes before the ones I have acquired. Just let me know! Would love to add them! 

Until then .... Have a wonderful day :) 
Heather


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Frosting, Fondant and cakes Oh My!

Have you ever wanted to be able to make custom cakes like the ones you see on TV?
It's really not as hard as you think. Sure, you need patience and the willingness to learn. But if I can do it you can do it.
I am NOT a professional and I do not claim to be. I'm just a girl that found a hobby that kept her busy for a while. I did alot of poking around on the internet and reading tutorials on how to create things using clay. Yep CLAY. I just applied the techniques to fondant instead. It really is alot of fun to "play" with.
I haven't made a cake like this in a while, but I think I might have to do so soon. Have a few birthdays coming up and I'm feeling pretty creative!

There are many recipes you can use for your cakes. What ever your favorite is, use that one.
Even tho you are using fondant to cover the entire cake, you need something for the fondant to stick to. I am very particular about my icing. My absolute favorite one is ...

White Wedding Cake Icing
Makes 4 cups
Ingredients:
1 cup shortening
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons clear imitation vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup milk
8 cups sifted confectioners' sugar

Instructions:
Mix shortening, milk, vanilla, almond extract, and half of the powdered sugar with a mixer for 5-10 minutes. (it's very important to mix this long)
Add the rest of the powdered sugar and beat just enough to mix in.
Add additional milk for desired consistency.
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For the fondant - There are many different fondant recipes out there. I prefer to use a marshmallow fondant because it is very user friendly. LOL I don't particularly care for the taste of any fondant (it is very sweet) but it sure does make your cakes gorgeous.
This is the recipe I use for my cakes:

Ingredients:
1/4 cup butter
1 (16 ounce) package miniature marshmallows
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 pounds confectioners' sugar, divided

Instructions:
  • Place the butter in a shallow bowl, and set aside.
  • Place the marshmallows in a large microwave-safe bowl, and microwave on High for 30 seconds to 1 minute to start melting the marshmallows. Carefully stir the water and vanilla extract into the hot marshmallows, and stir until the mixture is smooth. Slowly beat in the confectioners' sugar, a cup at a time, until you have a sticky dough. Reserve 1 cup of powdered sugar for kneading. The dough will be very stiff.
  • Rub your hands thoroughly with butter, and begin kneading the sticky dough. As you knead, the dough will become workable and pliable. Turn the dough out onto a working surface dusted with confectioners' sugar and continue kneading until the fondant is smooth and no longer sticky to the touch, 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Form the fondant into a ball, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight. To use, allow the fondant to come to room temperature, and roll it out onto a flat surface dusted with confectioners' sugar.
The best way to add color to your fondant is by using Wilson's cake gel colors. They don't add any extra moisture.

To cover a cake:
Frost the cooled cake entirely. Roll out your fondant as thin as you can. Be sure to add corn starch to your table or surface area so the fondant doesn't stick to it. Carefully cover your frosted cake with the sheet of thin fondant. Smooth out any lumps or air bubbles. Then trim the excess. around the base of the cake.

Play with your food! Mold and shape and create anything you would like with fondant. There are some very cool classes you can take in stores and even online on cake decorating and even working with fondant.
I chose to teach myself. Which at times could be very stressful. Since I didn't know exactly what I was doing I made many mistakes. Like I said I do not claim to be a professional or even a baker for that matter. Just a girl that likes to have fun with food!

Here is a few pictures of the cakes I have done in the past .... Hope you enjoy them! Maybe you can find some inspiration to get started!



If you would like some extra information on any of the cakes, or some suggestions on how I did something, please just shoot me an Email dailydiylife@gmail.com
Or you can just comment below and I will get right back to ya!

Hope you all enjoyed seeing some of my amateur work. I had great fun creating each and every one of these cakes/cupcakes. And if one of these cakes were made for YOU please speak up!

Have a wonderful week!
Heather!

The best SECRET Ingredient!

Does your family have a famous recipe that they won't share with others? Is there that one secret ingredient that you just won't give away so someone else can make your dish?

I think everyone has a secret! I have a few that I like to keep under wraps, and use as my secret weapon when I'm making certain things.

One of my favorites is nutmeg! (Woops the secret is out!) I love to add just a bit of nutmeg to my cream based sauces. It just adds that little extra "something" that makes people ask ..hmmmm what is that? ! Try it sometime :)

My biggest and my most favoriteeee secret ingredient .... don't tell! ... is BACON FAT !!
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I know I know bacon fat is not good for you. And I'm sure I will get loads of people to tell me that. I am aware of its risks and warnings believe me. But used in moderation it can add wonderful salty flavor to so many things! Just a little goes a long way when it comes to using bacon fat.
I'm not suggesting you run out and grab some twinkies, dip them in pancake batter and drop them in a big vat of bubbling bacon fat! (Have you ever had a fried twinkie?? )

The next time you cook bacon, save that grease!!  So many people just toss it. And they are throwing away one of the best parts of the  bacon.
Bacon fat has a good shelf life too. If kept covered it can be stored for months.  Many people leave their bacon grease out at room temperature and covered in an air tight container. For some reason I just cant do that. I keep mine covered and in the fridge. It will last longer in there as well.


I don't strain my bacon grease. I like having those little bits of crispy fried pork goodness in my food. If you don't strain it, it wont last as long. The actual bacon pieces will go bad long before the fat. So if you don't plan on using it very often, I recommend straining out the bits so you get a longer shelf life.

Now on to the best part !! .......What can you use it for??

Here are some wonderful recipes and links for you to use up that wonderful secret ingredient! Please remember if you pin any of the recipes or links please pin from the original source. If you want to pin or save this great flavorful tip please pin from here! Thanks :)

Eggs! Eggs and bacon go hand n hand! use a little bacon grease to coat your pan when cooking your eggs instead of butter.
Veggies! Saute your veggies in a spoonful of bacon grease with a little garlice for a great new twist and alot of added flavor.
Meat! Something about a steak seared in bacon grease makes my mouth water. I mean who doesn't like a steak wrapped in bacon? This adds the flavor all through it, with out the added pork.
Salad Dressing base!  Use bacon grease instead of oil in your favorite dressing
Beans! Beans love bacon!! Especially refried beans. Adds another dimension of flavor. 


A few great recipes!

Southern Cornbread - Courtesy of Local Milk
Fried Potatoes - Courtesy of Just Cooking
Southern White Gravy - Courtesy of CBSOP
Maple Bacon Cupcakes - Courtesy of Vanilla Garlic
Bacon Fat Biscuits - Courtesy of Domestic Fits
Bacon Cheese Sticks - Courtesy of Whiskey Bacon
Spinach Salad with warm Bacon Dressing - Courtesy of The Pioneer Woman
Bacon Peanut Caramel Corn - Courtesy of Buzzfeed
Bacon Burbon Chocolate Chip Cookies - Courtesy of Tidy Mom
Bacon and Cheddar Beer Bread - Courtesy of Brown Eyed Baker

TIP : 
Get a little bacon grease on your clothes when you were cooking??
Try this - Use Chalk to Get Rid of Grease Stains Instead of using  pre-treaters to treat stains, use white chalk instead. Simply rub it on greasy stains and the chalk powder will absorb the grease, making the stain easily removable by the laundry soap in the wash. It works wonders !

Do you have a container of bacon grease at home? How do you store it? Send us a picture and we will add it to this post ... Would love to see how everyone keeps theirs!

Show me your bacon!!!!!! ....grease that is :) 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Amazed and a little scared!

Hey all!

Just thought I would write a quick little note here. I decided to sit tonight and do a little research on the computer. The kids are all occupied, and the hubby is at work so it's a little "me" time with the computer.
I started this blog 3 months ago (april 2014). It was my 4th one that I started. The first 3 I lost interest in very quickly. (A couponing blog, another deals blog, and a holidays blog) About 2 years ago, a friend of mine mentioned it to  me about starting a blog and how well hers was doing. She was making some money blogging and I wanted in on the action.
Being an avid couponer, I thought what the heck I can do this. I can tell people what I bought and when the sales are. Wrong! I just couldn't keep interest in the searching and shopping ect. And everytime I tried to sign up for an affiliate company I was denied. I guess I thought it would be faster or a quick buck. I didn't give it a chance thats for sure.

So I tried 2 more times when the mood struck me. and that too wasn't what I wanted to do.
A few months ago when I was cooking dinner (Mongolian Beef Stir Fry) I took a picture, and shared it with my friends on facebook. It got likes and comments and lots of photo love!
That is when it hit me (like a ton of bricks!) I need to be blogging about the things I make and fully enjoy making. Because I LIKE to share that stuff. Sure money would be great, but I sincerely like sharing my recipes, trying new recipes, making crafts and decorating the house.
So here we are! That's how Daily DIY Life was made.

Back to the point of this post... (sorry I ramble!)

The past week I have discovered Link Parties (Check out where I party HERE ) and I have seen some amazing and very creative blogs. There are so many, I never knew existed. It's wonderful to see so many fresh ideas and wonderful creativity at all of these places.

I know everything takes time to make/create and build, but wow! I have so much to learn. I'm really anxious to move forward with this wonderful new project I have started, but extremely terrified that I won't be able to "keep up with the jones' "Only time will tell I suppose.

So, for the few readers that I do have, please stick with me! I will still be posting on a regular basis, but I need to also keep up the research to see what and how I can make this tiny little blog about our life even better.

Until tomorrow .....
Have a wonderful evening! :)
Heather

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

 I don't do much baking in the summer time, I admit that. But since the fall season is approaching fast, it's time to dig out all the yummy cookie recipes and get ready for baking! Next to chocolate chip, oatmeal cookies are one of my favorites. Especially when they are soft and chewy, melt in your mouth sweet yummy goodness *drooling* !
Here is my family's favorite recipe for Oatmeal cookies. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Soft & Chewey Oatmeal Cookies


1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup raisins (optional)


In a medium bowl, cream together butter, white sugar, and brown sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon; stir into the creamed mixture. Mix in oats. Mix in raisins. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. Roll the dough into walnut sized balls, and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. Flatten each cookie with a large fork dipped in sugar.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Garlic Butter Pasta Sauce




Do you ever have those nights when you forget to take something out of the freezer? Or maybe it is the night before you go grocery shopping and your cupboards are a little scarce? That happens to us all, and then we have to get creative and use our pantry to make something wonderful. Or make a run to Taco Bell (I did that this week...Yikes!)

This Garlic Butter Sauce is perfect for any type of pasta. And is a quick, satisfying meal for all. Even the picky teens like it enough for seconds! SCORE! We love quick and easy dinner recipes as well as make ahead meals.


Ingredients:
1/3 Cup Butter
1 Clove Garlic, minced
1/4 Tbs dried basil
1 tsp dried Oregano
sprinkle of paprika for garnish

In a small saucepan melt butter, add garlic and saute until cooked. Add dried oregano and dried basil and stir until heated through.

Toss with your favorite pasta for a quick and easy meal.
Serve with a garden salad and some crusty french bread! Yummmmm perfect for any quick weeknight dinner.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ice Cream Quick Bread




It's not cold!! It's not frozen!!  It's just simply delicious! :)
This quick and very easy recipe whips up to make a moist and flavorful loaf of bread. Perfect along side a hot cup of coffee in the morning. And just as satisfying at the end of a meal for a quick dessert.

We have tried many brands/flavors for this recipe. Using full fat ice cream definitely is a must to get the texture and consistency you want in any good quick bread recipe.

The stronger the flavor the better the bread. Good quality ice cream worked much better than store brand or generic. Might be the flavor and the fat aspect. Store brands tend to be a bit more mild in flavor.




Ingredients:
1 cup ice cream, softened (full fat ice cream works best!)
3/4 cup self-rising flour
1 tablespoon sugar



Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease and flour a  5-3/4-in. x 3-in. x 2-in loaf pan
In a small bowl, combine the ice cream, flour and sugar.
Transfer to your prepared loaf pan
Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
Cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan to a wire rack.
Yield: 1 loaf (6 slices).


Notes:
The stronger the ice cream flavor the better tasting bread you will have.To substitute self rising flour, you can place 1 tsp. baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt in a measuring cup and fill the rest with all purpose flour to make 3/4 cup.

Add some extras!! If you have some chopped nuts, or chocolate chips toss them in the batter too. It will just add another dimension of flavor to this already delicious bread.

Watch your cooking time! If this bread is over cooked, it will be a little dry. (nothing some butter or jam won't fix, but try to keep an eye on the bread.)

Enjoy!!
Let us know what flavor combo you try!

$1 DIY Dry Erase Board




We took a trip to wal-mart today to pick up some paint for some future projects. As I was wandering around the paint department, the paint samples caught my eye. All of those fantastic bright colors are perfect for inspiration.
I'm still working on the kitchen, and turning it into a beach themed kitchen. My accessories and decorations are seriously lacking. So why not grab some beachy colors and see how creative I can get?

My plan was to turn a $1 yard sale picture frame into a calendar using the paint chips as the squares. When I got into the backing of the frame, it was on there pretty good and I didn't want to damage the matte or the photo with out the right tools to take it apart. So I decided to go with something on a smaller scale.

And I came up with super easy and VERY affordable dry erase board!


Supplies:
Photo frame ($1 at the dollar store!)
Paint sample chips (FREE at walmart)
Glue or double sided tape

Trim your paint chips so the name or logo is removed (not all of them have this on the front, but some do)
Cut the chips to the desired size you want.
Lay them on the cardboard backing that came with your photo frame. Move them around until you get a look you like. I liked the gradient from light to dark look.
Glue or tape them down (i used hot glue. just a dab on the corners)



Pop it back into the frame.
The glass is going to act as your white board, just be sure to use a dry erase marker and not a sharpie :) I've done that before! Yikes!

For more quick and easy crafts, Check out our crafts page. You are sure to find something to spark your inspiration!

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tuesday Tips 7/22




This week were going to focus on things in the kitchen. I could probably go on forever  with a list, a long list of things I need to deep clean in the kitchen. But as always, start small and build  up.
You don't want to get overwhelmed doing everything at once.
That is how we get "bored" with the project were tackling.

Don't forget to use your timer (mentioned last week in Tuesday Tips)
Turn on your music and get to it!


Burnt Pans - If you have really stubborn  burnt on food, or a pan that has lots of residue cooked onto it, here is a solution to make it sparkle!!
Mix together baking soda, vinegar and water. Let your pan soak over night in the solution. They will be a breeze to clean the next morning.

Sponges - Here is 2 great tips for sponges!
1. Did you know sponges carry bacteria? lots of it! You can kill that bacteria simply by tossing your wet sponge in the microwave for 2 minutes! Always lay a paper towel down under the sponge. Some sponges are made with plastic fibers that can melt. So be extra careful when removing them.
2. Get DOUBLE the use out of your sponges, simply by cutting them in half before using them. Lets face it this makes total sense! We all use the edge of our sponge more than we do the whole thing anyway. Double the sponges for the same price!

Garbage Disposal - Lemon juice and hot water will kill any odor coming from the disposal. I also like to toss my lemon rinds in the disposal and grind them up. This also takes away the odor I think even a little better. *If your disposal is older and not so durable, stick to lemon juice and water.

Refresh those wooden cutting boards -
Wooden cutting boards that get used often can have a grimy build-up on the surface. To refresh your cutting board, cut a lemon in half pour a good amount of salt on the board, and use the lemon like a sponge to scrub off any old residue. Next, use a scraper to scrape up the salt and lemon mixture. Last, rinse with water and set out to dry.

Al tho this is not in the kitchen usually , I thought it was important enough to add to this weeks tips:
Pet Hair Removal from Carpet- (Moved furniture and did a deep sweep this week and I think I have enough dog hair to create a whole other dog! YUK!!)
Use a squeegee to remove pet hair from your carpet! Genius! Im am going out tomorrow to buy a squeegee! Reno (the 4 legged son) is shedding so bad right now, I'm kind of looking forward to winter so he stops LOL


There ya go .. this weeks Tuesday Tips to keep your home clean and neat with minimal effort! I am the first to admit I am not the best housekeeper and I hate to clean LOL So any little tips or tricks to make things easier or faster I'm all for!

To see past Tuesday Tips click the links below: (This is just week 2...more to come of course!)
Tuesday Tips 7/15/14 - Stainless Steel, Microwave , Dishes, Using a timer and Playing some music

Monday, July 21, 2014

Candy Cane Wreath








Another wonderful Dollar Store craft for you to try out! I just love being able to come up with decorations and ideas that don't break the bank. If I can find the stuff on sale, on clearance and even better - at the Dollar store I'm in!

We found these cute plastic candy canes last year at the Dollar Tree. There were 6 candy canes per package and we used 3 packages to make this wreath.

Using a little hot glue we glued the 2 curved sides and a dot on the end to stick 2 together.
Once we had 9 sets of 2 (they look like a heart at this point) we glued each heart back to back with another set until we formed our wreath shape.

Then we decorated!
Everything that we used to decorate was also from the dollar store. Except the snowman in the middle, he was an ornament at one time. We just took the loop off of him and glued him to the center.

You can add as much or as little as you want to this adorable little wreath. They even sell "fat" candy cane ornaments those work great too. Just cut the loop off and glue away!

Atach a ribbon through your wreath and viola! It's ready to hang.

Another super easy craft that is very much craft fair worthy. Give it a try and let me know what you come up with.

"Virgin" Pasta Salad


You all know what the term "virgin" in drinks mean - no alcohol
Well in this wonderfully creamy "virgin" macaroni salad there are no carbs! Well, not from the pasta anyway. There is no pasta!! Perfect for those of you on the Atkins diet! (I'm not a nutritionist, so if something is bad for you in this recipe on the Atkins diet I apologize now! This is my girlfriends recipe and I'm just doing what I'm told! :) )

Ingredients:
1/2 head of lettuce, shredded
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
2 cucumbers, chopped
1 can of spam, diced
2 Tbs apple cider vinegar
1 1/4 C. real mayonnaise
salt & pepper to taste

mix together vinegar and mayo in a medium size bowl until creamy
Add in the remaining ingredients. Toss in the dressing to coat well.
Salt & pepper to taste

Pretty easy!!
This recipe is thanks to my best girlfriend Amy. She's been on a mission to make yummy recipes to share with all of you. She's a fabulous cook, so I'm sure you will like what she comes up with.

Enjoy .....

Sneak Peek! Cookie Swap....

Hello everyone!!
For the last 5 years, I have been the hostess for our annual cookie swaps. I am working on a page filled with ideas, games, rules, links to invitations and best of all COOKIE RECIPES!

If you have ever been to a cookie swap, you know just how much fun they are! If you have never been to one, there is no better time to start a new tradition than this year.
What a great way to get everyone together for a day of fun and some delicious cookies.

The pages are almost finished, and since the holidays are right around the corner it is time to start planning our party.

I'm hoping to go live with the cookie swap pages by August 1st.
I'm putting out this sneak peek so everyone that is interested in hosting a cookie swap can be sure to like our FACEBOOK page and follow us on GOOGLE+ so they don't miss out!

I'm very excited about the new cookie swap pages, and sharing traditions and recipes with all of you.
What a great way to get everyone together this upcoming Holiday season!


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Copycat KFC Coleslaw




I'm not sure if any one else on here is a "coleslaw snob" like me or not. I love love love a good coleslaw, but let me tell ya it really has to be good!
KFC coleslaw is wonderful, and I played around with this recipe for probably a year to get it the way i like it...Better I think!
If you are a coleslaw snob, and like the tangy sweet taste of KFC coleslaw you will LOVE this recipe.
I don't get a chance to make it much in my house because the hubby and the kids both hate mayo (somethings seriously wrong with them!)
So when I do get to make it,  it's usually for a party and I get to make a bigggggg batch. And keep the left overs.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! 

 1 (16 ounce) package coleslaw mix
2 Tbs minced onion
1/3 C. white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 C. milk
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/4 C. buttermilk
1 1/2 Tbs white wine vinegar
2 1/2 Tbs lemon juice

Combine the coleslaw and onion in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients mix until smooth.
Pour mixture over the coleslaw and onion; stir well and chill for atleast 1 hour.

Baked Honey Siracha Chicken



Coming from a girl that does NOT like super spicy, this recipe is crazy good!
I can hand some heat, mild salsa maybe even medium. As long as it is not burn your mouth so you can't taste the food hot. I want to be able to taste what I'm eating not suffer through dinner :)

Anyway, I had never purchased a bottle of Siracha til my oldest son and his family came to visit last Christmas. Actually I didn't even purchase it, they did when they did a little grocery shopping and they left it behind. So I tried it on  something, I cant even remember what now and I liked it! Who knew?

One of my favorite things to put Siracha on is re-fried beans (that I also don't like LOL) with cheese.
One day I decided to see what kind of recipes were out there and I found this super easy Honey Siracha Chicken recipe on damndelicious.net.
Hey why not ... sweet and heat! They go together nicely.

Ingredients:
  • 2 pounds chicken wings
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves(YUK..BUT TO EACH THEIR OWN!)
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish
  • For the honey Sriracha glaze
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup Sriracha*
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • Juice of 1 lime
Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • To make the glaze, melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Stir in honey, Sriracha, soy sauce and lime juice. Bring to a boil; simmer until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, combine wings, butter, vegetable oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Place wings onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes, using metal tongs to turn at halftime. Brush wings with Sriracha glaze and broil for 3-4 minutes, or until crisp and crusted.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with cilantro and sesame seeds, if desired.

 This recipe is from damndelicious.net I do not claim to have created the recipe.
The photos however are my actual cooking shots :)