Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Sweet & Spicy Sticky Chicken Wings Recipe


My husband isn't the biggest fan of chicken for dinner. He'll eat any kind of chicken breasts but chicken on the bone isn't his favorite. So I don't prepare it very often but when I do I attempt to be very creative. He was impressed with these chicken wings so I'm certain you and yours will like them as well. It makes for a great choice to to serve the guys alongside those franks n blanks, beer battered onion rings and thick cut fries when their watching sports on the couch, or any other occasion really. Prepare them well in advance, then freeze and reheat them or start fresh and throw them in the oven a couple of hours to when your company arrives, same great results either way! Fry them up, or bake them as I've done for a healthier version. Also, if you really like to amp up the heat add a couple of dashes of red chili pepper flakes to the sauce mixture. And now, here's my recipe.


Sweet & Spicy Sticky Chicken Wings


Ingredients:

Spice Mixture/Rub- 2 Tablespoons each- Garlic powder,  Sweet Paprika, Onion Powder and Chili Powder and a little black pepper
1-2 lb. Chicken Wings
1/4 Cup Honey 
1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce 
1/4 Cup Sriracha
1 Tablespoon Duck Sauce
1 Tablespoon Orange Juice
1 Tablespoon Corn Starch

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 450. Lightly grease a parchment paper lined/rimmed baking sheet/tray.

2. Combine 2 tablespoons of garlic powder, sweet paprika, onion powder, chili powder and a bit of black pepper as a rub. Sprinkle the mixture generously on both sides of every chicken wing and lay out on baking tray, keeping each piece separated a bit. Place in oven to bake for 15 minutes. Remove tray from oven and flip each piece of chicken, then place back in oven for another 15 minutes or until baked through and crispy on the outside. .

3. In a medium sauce pan, combine honey, soy sauce, sriracha, duck sauce and orange juice. Mix to combine. Heat over a medium flame until it simmers, then lower the flame and add the corn starch. Stir for a few minutes until the sauce is thicker and sticky. 

4. Coat each wing with a generous amount of the sauce  you've prepared and place back in the oven for 20 minutes. Feel free to add more sauce once removed from the oven if you feel it isn't covered in enough. 

5. Serve warm with any extra sauce to the side if you'd like. 

I really hope you will give my Sweet & Spicy Sticky Chicken Wings Recipe a try! Don't forget to leave me a comment below letting me know what it was like if you do! Criticisms and advice are welcome too! And feel free to tag me on Instagram or post your photo on my facebook page as well. 

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Glitter Metallic Purple Eye Look + Full Face Makeup Tutorial


I've already professed my love for these Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Shadows and I haven't even done my full review post on them. This is my second tutorial putting one to use on camera and if you weren't sure what all the fuss was about before I'm sure you can see now! Another exciting detail is that I've included my whole face look, not only focusing on the eyes this time around. Watch this weeks video here or read until the end of the post where it will be inserted as always.  



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Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday Fashion: Those Navy Velvet Boots OOTD




Navy velvet is so on trend at the moment. I'm just going to say this. I was obsessed with it before it became all the rage. I just had to. Now that we got that out of the way lets talk about what I'm wearing here.  I discussed these boots in my most recent fashion haul video. At the time I knew I had to have them but wasn't quite sure what I'd pair them with. I've since worn them several different times and have really loved what they've done for each look. Because they are such a statement, I tried to keep the rest of this look fairly simple. I really like them with this specific dress which has a mix of purple, grey and blue squares.  I wore it over the weekend at a friends house when we were over there for a meal but it's one of those really versatile looks that can worn for many different occasions. 

Here's the details:

Charcoal Grey Dress- Tiana B from JC Penny (out of stock, similar dresses by the brand)
Faux Fur Jacket- Forever 21 (out of stock, similar)
Gold Snap Clutch- Macys (similar)
Sunglasses- Charming Charlie (same pair in black)
Wig- Irene's Wigs



What has your favorite boot find of the season been? I personally think these navy ones will be with me for a while and I can't wait to see what other looks I can put together with them. Leave me some of your recommendations in the comments form, I love hearing from you! 

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Preserving Memories By Printing Photos


Time & time again a friend or family member comes over and pretty soon into their visit they are marveling over my insane collection of photo albums. They often flip through them and enjoy the memories as much as me and my family do. On several occasions someone will say how much they regret not having printed photos over the years. I would have to thank my mom in this regards because I think it his her emphasis and care for memories and old photographs that really pushes me to do the same. When we were all little she had a memory box for each of us, I still have it in my basement and it sits beside the two memory boxes I created for each of my little boys. Inside are hospital bands, first shoes and birthday cards from our childhood. I cherish mine and hope my boys will as well one day. The process of organizing which images you'd like to print, uploading them to a platform from which to print from and then actually setting size and quality and adding them to a cart to actually print them is quite a tedious process. Organizing each photo and then inserting them into albums is time consuming as well. The final result is wonderful and so worth it though. I love watching my 7 year old as he turns each page with wide eyes, impressed with all of the places he's been and all of the great times we've had together as a family. Even our little guy who's not 2 yet really seems to love looking through them when we pull them out. 
 

Here are some of my tips for preserving memories and printing your photos:

A) If you think it's too late to start, it isn't. Start today. Take all of those images that are sitting in the camera roll on your phone and in the vacation pictures file in your computer and upload them to a photo printing platform. In a year from now and 2 more you will be amazed at how happy you are to look back on all of the great memories you've preserved. This also means you will be able to delete the images and declutter your camera roll and computer (although saving them on a drive for a while is not a bad idea to print doubles or if one ever gets lost. I keep to a kind of rule where I order every time I have about 500 photos to print or at least every 6 months so as not to forget what order they belong in once putting them into my albums. 

B) Do some research and figure out which printing platform is best for you. I used to be all about Snapfish because they had a great tell a friend for free prints program. I would send links out to family and friends and get free prints for the recommendation. Lately their quality is not as good as it used to be so I am actually searching for something new. Shutterfly seems decent in price in comparison and I've created calendars and photo books through them but haven't printed any pictures with them yet. High resolution photos are worth every scent!

C) Purchase large photo albums that fit up to 400 photos in at a time. I like these because not only is there more images on a page but it means preserving some space on my shelves and inserting my pictures all in one sitting. 

D) Print doubles for friends and family in your images, they will appreciate it so much and possibly get inspired to start a photo album of their own. 

E) Don't put off inserting your images into your albums. In fact, order a few empty albums in advance so you always have one on hand when there are pictures to put in. Spend an afternoon and watch a movie on the couch while you organize your photos. Then put them into your books very soon after so that they don't end up sitting in their envelopes and collecting dust on a shelf where no-one will actually want to look through them. 

Those are my photo printing tips. I have many more where those came from too so leave me your questions or tips of your own in the comments form!

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Serendipity Kosher Creamery & Yogurt Cafe of Surfside Florida


Have you ever had cereal and milk flavored ice cream? Neither have I! If you were looking for it I actually know of a place that serves some. Serendipity Kosher Creamery &Yogurt Cafe in Surfside Florida is well known for their exotic flavored ice creams but they aren't just your run of the mill ice cream shop! We went in there on a particularly humid day and were pleased to find all sorts of delicious treats from ice cream to frozen yogurt, a fridge full of cold drinks, milk shakes and iced coffee too. Pints of their famous flavors are available in the refrigerator for purchase as well if you aren't satisfied with just a couple of scoops. It's a small shop but there was lots of room to sit with a counter and stools set up along a wall as well as tables and chairs inside and out front. My sister got a really tasty razzle style milkshake and I ordered some cheesecake ice cream like no other. My young ones enjoyed cotton candy flavored ice cream scoops and really appreciated the indoor quarters truck ride while they waited for the order to be prepared. The pricing was pretty typical and I have to say we really enjoyed our experience. I absolutely love the wall lined with jars of candy and all of the colorful decor, that is exactly what an ice cream store should look like! I definitely will recommend heading into Serendipity the next time you are Florida, it's really worth the drive from wherever you are staying. You will leave happy, refreshed and impressed as we did. 



Serendipity is located at 9457 Harding Avenue Surfside, FL 33154. Call them with any questions at 305-865-1506. 




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