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Sunday, February 7, 2016

A Sweet Pairing (Recipe & Giveaway!)

*Disclosure: I am required by the FTC to tell you that this post is sponsored by the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company  and Josh Cellars Wine for their #asweetpairing campaign.  Of course, I always keep a stash of Ghirardelli chocolate and my hubby is loving the Josh Cellars wine so all opinions are expressly ours. Company has also sponsored a great give-away at the end of this post! 

Josh Cellars wine and Ghirardelli sugar cookies!
Is there anything sweeter than wine and chocolate? 

Valentine's Day is fast approaching.  
We always like to make a sweet treat to celebrate and this year we've made rolled sugar cookies decorated with Ghirardelli chocolates!  

     My little helper liked to sample the dough!

Ready to decorate cookies!
I melted the 60% Cocoa Ghirardelli Chocolate Chips in the microwave, gently on half power at small intervals and stirring frequently.  The white chocolate I melted on the double boiler.  I put both melted chocolates in piping bags and bowls and we just had fun!  Be prepared to get messy! 

(P.S. I have a chance for another $75 card on my INSTAGRAM account ending on 2/8/16!)
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now to deliver some wine and cookies! 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

On What I've Been Up To...

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My oldest just turned eighteen.
I thought it would make me feel old, but it really didn't.  She's such a wonderful person.  Thank goodness she's smarter, and nicer than I'll ever be!  Happy birthday, Emily!

My youngest will be one in a couple of weeks.
I can't believe time goes by so fast.

Anyway,  wanted to let you know I've been blogging over on Arkansas Women Bloggers (as Miss February, no less!)

On Smiling

On Love Letters

On Growing Pains

and on Arkansas Better Beginnings.  

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

On Warm Bellies on a Snow Day (Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe)

My kids are picky.  
I mean seriously picky.  
A lot has to do with sensory processing issues, and the rest from sheer stubbornness I think.   I really don't understand it at all because as a kid I lived to try new foods.  My brother and I would beg for octopus or artichokes.  Things that I really didn't know other kids didn't want too.  
One thing my picky kids do like is Indian Food.   (Go figure.)  I guess the vegetables are sometimes so well hidden or changed with spices that they forget they are there?
Anyway, we have had a long weekend compounded with a snow day and we were all bored of the same old food, so I decided to make Chicken Tikka Masala for lunch yesterday.  

FYI, after a bit of research I realized that Indian Butter Chicken and Chicken Tikka Masala are actually the same thing, just in Butter Chicken the meat is usually left over and cut into cubes!  

I came up with this recipe.  I made it a bit on the un-spicy side because I wanted the younger three to enjoy it.  (Also left out onions which most recipes have.) I love Penzey's spices and order most of my spices from them online.  Their Tandoori Spice worked really well in this dish because it had much of what I wanted and nothing extra: coriander, cumin, sweet paprika, garlic, ginger, cardomom, and saffron. 
bottle of Penzey's Tandoori Seasoning
*And no I'm not sponsored by Penzey's, but would love to be! :)

                  This is what I call "Chicken Quickka Tikka Masala."

Chicken Tikka Masala

It was really easy and turned out great!  And best of all... EVERYONE ate it!
*I don't have a "go to" naan recipe yet.  I just googled "naan" and made one.  I'll try and get a good one and post it later! 
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