Friday, June 15, 2018

Honey Bourbon Brine - Chicken KETO

Are you a fan of brine? You know the salty highly seasoned water solution that you soak meat in for 24 hours. I'm not. I have tried it, now three times. None of the three have I enjoyed.
The ONLY reason I'm sharing this is because someone might like it. Like I said, I'm not a fan of brine, but I thought this would be good. No. It wasn't, well not to me. My husband ate it but wasn't a fan either.
If you try it, let me know. Are you a fan?
Brine mix
4 cups tea
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup salt
2 bay leaves
1 lemon sliced
2 oz bourbon
Place all ingredients in a gallon size zip top bag and drop in your chicken, on the bone or boneless, whichever you prefer. Place the bag in a bowl, in case there is leakage, place in the fridge for 24 hours. Drain the chicken and cook or grill.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Chocolate Chip Pound Cake with Fresh Strawberry Sauce and Chocolate Whipped Cream -Truth or Dare - BWF - June

Welcome to the June edition of  Blogging With Friends. Each month we choose a theme, always different and sometimes relative to the month/holiday coming up. Since we are all different "types" of bloggers our interpretation of the theme will vary greatly from one blog to the other.
I was out voted this month. Our theme is "truth or dare", which I honestly was not a fan of. You may ask why and I'll explain. Have you seen the commercial for the new horror movie? I had, and when I saw this as a potential theme I cringed. No way did I want to do it but alas here we are.
Also, truth or dare brought up some very unhappy teen memories. 

Dare I share? Well, that is the theme...when I was 14 I had a horrible crush on this guy. He was 18. One morning my friends and I were standing out front of the school, waiting on the bell. In pulls this car, music blaring and JJ got out. His brother, Roger, my crush was driving. He said "hey you girls want to have some fun?" My friend Kim ran to the car. The rest of us looked at each other. She was leaning in the window and talking to him. Then she turns around and says "come on!!" so we did. I have no idea what in heavens name possessed me that morning. But I got in the car and away we sped. OH MY GOSH I was skipping school AND with an 18 year old no doubt. My mother was going to kill me, I could see the newspaper headlines now. "LOCAL GIRL KILLED BY IRRATE MOTHER" or "LOCAL GIRL KILLED FOR SKIPPING SCHOOL, LET THAT BE A LESSON TO YOU ALL". 
We drove for what seemed like an hour, and it was close to it. He pulled in a local mom and pop store, and came out with beer. OH MY GOSH, yep, that did it, that sealed my faith. I was dead. Because if my mother didn't kill me, my dad would surely kill this guy.
Then we drove to his house. It was a cute house, surrounded by trees, perfect for a murder. Yes I've always had a dark mind. We sat around the living room, smoking cigarettes and being cool. He popped a top, drank it down and Kim grabbed one. She was the "cool" kid, daring, rebellious, my alter ego. She pushed a bottle towards me. "HERE Dawn, drink one", "no I'm okay." She laughed "oooh are you scared. I dare you." And so the day began. One dare after another. I "dare" you to drink a beer, I dare you to smoke a cigarette, I dare you to take a toke off this joint, I dare you to make out with Roger, I dare you to go in the bedroom with him and on and on it went.
The way the day ended is a horrible nightmare and one I'm not ready to share. But I will say this, NO I did not cower in every dare. I did not make out with him, I did not have sex or give him a hickie and yes Kim and the rest of my "friends" made fun of me. The goody goody girl. I was scared, embarrassed and then I was mad as hell. These were not my friends. Friends didn't treat friends like this. I did say no. I did not give in and "truth or dare" has always been a phrase that gets my dander up and brings on heightened anxiety because I see that scared 14 year old girl sitting in a house surrounded by trees and it could have very easily ended worse than it did. We were stupid to get in that car. Our parents had no way of knowing where we were or what we were doing. We didn't know him. We knew WHO he was but that's different.
Not long after that, just a few months, he shot and killed a man. His best friends father. The mom talked him in to it, offered him part of the insurance money. His best friend was an accomplice. He served 32 years in prison. So yes, it could have ended much worse.
So when I saw the movie advertise, all this came flooding back. THEN the group voted and this was chosen as a theme. Oy!

Can we talk about this for one more minute? Truth or dare, peer pressure, bullying there really isn't much difference. Were you the giver or receiver? How about your children? No I don't believe it's part of growing up, no I don't believe it's okay, yes I do think you can teach your children to be nice, kind and accepting without being door mats. It's called common decency and I believe it packed up and left. It all stems from one thing, low self esteem. If you bully someone, it is a deep rooted issue. The bully is vying for attention, self seeking, they are ultimately afraid of something. They may be receiving this at home, a dad who is trying to make him a man at 12 but really is just a mean old drunk. I'm actually going to stop right here because this is a major hot spot for me, a soap box issue.
I will say this. Teach your children kindness. Teach them to also stand up for themselves. Teach them that it's okay to be different and value their differences, strengths and stop focusing on the negative. The world will give them enough of that all too soon. Teach them to walk away even if it means being alone for a while. It is better to be alone than to walk with idiots.
Stop Bullying to your kids. Maybe read it and take it to heart yourself.

On to a happier topic and memory. How about this...a chocolate chip pound cake with fresh strawberry sauce and chocolate whipped cream!? Dare I? Yes this time!
The strawberry sauce you'll find HERE if you want the recipe. Yes the picture shows just chopped strawberries, I forgot to get a picture of the sauce over the cake, we were in a hurry to eat it. The down side of blogging, pictures MUST be taken first. LOL

Chocolate Whipping Cream
Homemade whipped cream
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup baking cocoa powder
Beat until light, fluffy and stiff peaks are formed. If you over whip, you'll end up with something close to butter and the cream will begin to break down and separate.

For the pound cake, I cheated. Yep I purchased a mix and added chocolate chips to it. You can bake your own from scratch. It will take about a dozen eggs but you will be able to control the other ingredients and less processed stuff.

That's it, simple, easy and super delicious.

Now be sure to stop by the other participants and see how they interpreted this theme.
Lydia Cluttered Genius : Survive the beach...with kids
Rabia from  The Lieber Family
 Tamara from Part Time Working Hockey Mom

Friday, June 8, 2018

Pina Colada Oreo Cupcakes

Guess what y'all...

That's right! Today is my birthday!! WOOT PAARTAY...BOOM
Can you tell I'm excited?

Here's how today is going to go, after getting up and getting dressed I will take Tucker to the vet/boarding where he will stay until tomorrow. I will then head to my favorite place, yep, Dunkin' Donut and get my iced coffee with mocha. Mmm just thinking about it makes my mouth water...okay. Then I will either sit under the umbrella outside or drive over to the park. Sit at a table in the shade and enjoy my coffee. Next will be the mall, Macy's to be exact, where I hope to find something nice to wear out to dinner tonight. If I don't find anything there I'll browse around the mall and head over to Cato, my other favorite place. Most likely it will be lunch time at this point. I'll grab a bite and meet my hubby. Then after lunch it will be errands. Renew my tags on my car, get a haircut (first one in six months oh yeah I'm way over due for a trim) grocery shopping and then home. I'll rest up a bit and then shower and change for an evening out with my wonderful handsome husband. We are going to a new place, a Colombian restaurant. 
It might not sound fantastic to anyone else, but it's my day and this is what I have planned and am very excited about.

In celebration of my birthday and because I love Pina Colada's , these fabulous cupcakes are my newest creation.

When I saw the new Oreo cookies for the summer, Cherry Cola and Pina Colada, I immediately thought about cupcakes. (there is also kettle corn but yuck)

I love putting Oreo's in cupcakes. Have you seen the ones I did several years ago? No, well you can check out the recipe HERE.
Here's what they look like. Mmm

So anyway I knew I needed to make a new version of my cupcake using one of the new flavors, but which one first. It was a hard decision but I went with PC first and I was NOT disappointed, except that the cookies are THIN not regular Oreo. Ugh..oh well, it still worked but with thin cookies and not as many in a package I had to modify my original recipe just a tad. The cherry cola are regular size cookies, that's next. Oooh boy!

Pina Colada Oreo Cupcakes
1 pkg of Pina Colada
1 white cake mix
1 container of whipped white frosting
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup finely diced fresh pineapple
Mix cake mix according to box instructions, then add the coconut and pineapple. Crush 8 Oreo's and add to the batter. Place one Oreo in the bottom of each liner. Scoop into cupcake liners, 24, and bake according to the box. I also added a little coconut and a few crushed Oreo's in to the frosting. Bake, allow to cool. Frost and add 1/2 of a cookie for decoration or not.

I'm not a decorator of cakes so I found this one online. I thought it was lovely.

 Making a wish but I can't share or it won't come true, or so they say. I think we make our own wishes and dreams come true.
 Have a great day, I plan on it.