Hi there! Happy Monday to you! I can hardly believe that it’s Monday already. This weekend literally flew by faster than I can believe. I am so exhausted and I actually was able to sleep this weekend. I’m not sure what is going on with me and today I woke up and my allergies are really bad. I have a lump in my throat. I’m hoping it will go away. I see a lot of hot beverages like coffee and tea in my future for today. I pray it’s just allergies. I don’t need to be getting sick right now. There is way too much going on right now for me to be coming down with something. I’m going to try very hard to drink a lot of liquids and stay hydrated and get rest.
Anyway, how was your weekend? I’ll start recapping mine by going back to Friday. On Friday, I picked up Melissa and we ran some errands that we both wanted to do. We went to a few stores and the mall and then we picked up dinner. We ordered from a local Italian restaurant, which is one of my new favorites. It’s super cheap, they give you a ton of food and it tastes great. How can you go wrong with that? I don’t see how. I forgot to take pictures. Melissa, my mom and I spent the rest of the evening sipping coffee and glued to the television watching the manhunt of the Boston marathon bomber. I couldn’t believe what was transpiring before my eyes. I was glued to the television and twitter for non-stop updates. It was crazy! I am just so thankful that they caught the guy but we still don’t know if anyone else was/is involved and that is what makes me so nervous.
On Saturday, Mike and I went to see two homes. The one was absolutely disgusting and looked like it was a really bad development and Mike couldn’t even stand in the basement, that is how low the ceilings were. It was awful. The second one we saw felt like a dorm and we couldn’t picture ourselves living there. We have done a lot of soul-searching and we are still contemplating what we are going to do. We have to be out of our current condo by the end of June. So that is very stressful. I will speak more about that in another post.
After looking at houses, we came home for a little bit and I prepped dinner and let it marinate in the refrigerator. We then went out to Aldi, and stopped at a few other stores to pick up some items. We got back home and started on dinner that I had marinating. Last week two of my favorite food bloggers posted recipes that I was dying to try out. I thought what for a better night than Saturday night. So Mike and I made dinner and dessert together. First up, dinner!
Sweet Lemon Glazed Drumsticks from Recipe Girl
12 chicken drumsticks (skin-on)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 4 medium lemons)
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (oregano or thyme- or both!) (**I used both dried herbs)
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon minced garlic (1 medium clove)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Rinse the chicken and pat it dry. Lay the drumsticks side-by-side in a 9×13-inch glass dish that has been sprayed with nonstick spray.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. Pour the marinade over the chicken and turn it to coat completely. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour (or up to 4 hours). Turn the chicken every once in a while to reincorporate the marinade ingredients.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Drain the chicken from the marinade and transfer it to a roasting pan (or you can choose to bake it in the pan with the marinade). Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the chicken is tender and juices run clear when pierced with a fork.
We also roasted some veggies and I let two sweet potatoes bake in the oven for the same hour that the chicken was roasting for. Sorry for the below picture. It is an iphone picture because I forgot to take a picture with my actual camera.
My dinner plate
The chicken was so moist and flavorful and it literally fell off the bone! The lemon glaze sauce was absolutely delicious! Mike and I both agreed that it would taste wonderfully over chicken breast or a whole roasted chicken. I absolutely love Lori’s recipes and I am so excited that her cookbook just came out! I need to get my hands on that!
Another one of my favorite food bloggers who also has a cookbook posted a recipe for brownies the other day that looked amazing! So Mike and I tried our hands at making this for dessert.
Homemade Box Mix Style Brownies from Picky Palate
1 stick unsalted butter, partially melted
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup all purpose Gold Medal Flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup mini chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. and line a 8×11 inch baking dish with parchment paper sprayed with cooking spray.
Place butter into a large mixing bowl and microwave until partially melted. Add sugar and oil, mix until well combined. Stir in eggs and vanilla stirring until combined then add flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder and chocolate chips. Stir until combined and thick.
Transfer batter to prepared baking dish, spreading evenly. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until baked through. Remove and let cool completely, about an hour. Lift parchment and brownies out of pan and cut into squares to serve.
These brownies were some of the best I ever tried in my life! My stomach was not happy by them. I think it was too rich for me but Mike LOVED them! They were so fudgy and moist. I really liked them a lot. It was great to make them ourselves. It was overall, a delicious dinner followed by an even more delicious dessert!
On Sunday, I went out with Melissa and my mom. We had some errands to get done together and then went food shopping for the week. I bought a pizza that I wouldn’t normally get because with the sale and coupons it came down to $2.00. So Mike and I decided to try it for dinner last night.
My dinner plate
It was one of the best frozen pizza’s that I ever had! It was fluffy and really tasty. Was my stomach happy by this? No, but I sometimes want to eat things that I want to eat so I just deal with it. It was really good. Do you like frozen pizza? What is your favorite kind?
Alright, well that is all I have for today. Have a great Monday!
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