Saturday, April 02, 2016

Best Spicy Chicken Drummies

Best Spicy Chicken Drummies
This is the perfect chicken recipe for the grill or to roast in the oven! I roasted these in the oven because we haven't quite arrived at grilling season in the Midwest. They are quick to pull together and they have great flavor!
I buy my organic chicken drumsticks from Costco, an entire package of 15-18 drumsticks under $10!

Ingredients and Directions:
6-8 chicken drumsticks
3 T melted butter
1/2 c hot sauce (I use Frank's)
1 clove minced garlic
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Remove the skin from the drumsticks, rinse and dry with a paper towel.
  2. Melt butter and mix together with hot sauce, lemon juice, garlic, cayenne pepper and salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  3. Line a baking sheet with foil and preheat your oven to 425F.
  4. I take a small amount of the liquid out and use it for basting during the baking process. I do this before I dip the drumsticks so I don't contaminate the liquid mixture. (I'm weird like that).
  5. Dip each drumstick into the melted ingredients and place on the baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the chicken reaches 165F.
  7. Double the recipe if you need more drummies.
  8. Let drummies rest for a couple of minutes and enjoy!
Love and peace,

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Quick and Easy Twice Baked Potatoes

It's grilling season in the Midwest so I wanted to share my twice baked potato shortcut with you. This method is faster than baking the potatoes first and is perfect for entertaining or serving at family grill night!

Ingredients and Directions:
4 potatoes, I use russets
1 c Greek yogurt
1/3 c ranch dressing or your favorite dressing
1/3 c milk
1 c grated cheese, Colby-Jack or your favorite, and a little extra for topping at the end
Optional: bacon pieces, onions, finely diced peppers

Wash and dry your potatoes. Poke small holes in each potato using a fork. Wrap in wax paper or a paper towel and microwave on high for about 10 minutes. You will need to adjust this time based on the number of potatoes you are making. 
Let the potatoes cool just until you can handle them and cut each potato in half lengthwise. Carefully scrape out the middle and place in a medium size bowl. Using an electric beater, beat on low until the potato insides are mashed. Add milk, yogurt and dressing and beat until smooth. 
Fold in the grated cheese then salt and pepper to taste making sure all ingredients are mixed together. Place your potato skin sections on a baking sheet and begin filling them with your potato mixture, using a large spoon. When all have been filled, sprinkle some grated cheese over the tops. Bake at 350F for 15 minutes in a preheated oven. Serves 8.
Love and peace,

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Spring Crafting with Toddlers

If you have a toddler in your house you know it can sometimes be a challenge to find a craft project for them to do. This is a fun Easter or Spring project for kids of any age, but especially the little ones.  All you need are some cotton balls, glue and construction paper. You could also use something heavier like card stock, if you have it. I drew and cutout the bunny shape-you can use any shape, it turns out...toddlers don't really care! If they are older, they can cut out the shape themselves. Put a little white glue on a paper plate, plastic lid or whatever you have, and let them dip the cotton in the glue (you will go through quite a lot of glue, I just kept adding to it, instead of having one big puddle). You can also tear the cotton balls to make them go farther, or better yet, have them tear the cotton. This is a good project for building necessary preschool skills, like hand eye coordination and dexterity. Which helps them later on with reading and writing. Remember, it's not the finished project, it's the process of getting there. In the end it doesn't matter what it looks like, they are having fun and being creative!

~Simply Angie

Thursday, March 03, 2016

White Chocolate Coconut Easter Nests

White Chocolate Coconut Easter Nests
Every year around this time of year, I make these nests for the coconut lovers in the family. They are so easy, fast to make, and even if you don't like coconut, they look pretty on a tray! The kids can even help with this recipe.
2 cups flaked coconut
1 bag white chocolate chips
2 drops green food coloring
pastel color M&M candies or jelly beans to use for the eggs in the nest
  • Melt white chocolate chips in a glass bowl (I used my Pampered Chef batter bowl). I melted the chips for 2 minutes on 50% power in the microwave. You can use any flavor chips if you don't like white chocolate.
  • Stir the chips after they have melted and add 2 drops of green food coloring. 
  • Add coconut and stir until it is coated with the white chocolate. 
  • I use a small cookie dough scoop to form a ball and place the nests on waxed paper or parchment paper. Poke your thumb in the center to make a small dip in the nest. 
  • Place your candies in the middle of each nest and cool about 30 minutes. 
  • These freeze well or you can store them in tightly sealed container. Depending on the size of your nests, this makes about 20-30. I vary my sizes from big to small.
Love and peace,
~ Simply Tammi