Sweep Daddy, Sweep!

Mar 18, 2013

We had an action packed weekend, filled with friends, curling and crappy food.. but thats what makes it so good right?!

We started the day off with pancakes and fruit, and packed up quick and headed out for the curling rink to watch Daniel curl at 10:00am. It was great practice for Daycare today, getting everyone up, fed, showered and out the door on time! We did ok today, we were actually 10 minutes ahead of schedule today!
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Once we got to the curling Maddox and I headed upstairs where it was quiet to watch. We sat on the wrong side but since the rink isn't very big we were able to still watch Dan curl. The curling rink has cute little tables that were the perfect height for Maddox to stand at and eat cheerios while cheering on Daddy!
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We hung out at the rink most of the day, even ate lunch there! Maddox was pretty sleepy by mid afternoon so we headed home for some quiet time, a couple stories and a nap.
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We ended Sunday with take out for Daniel and I, and Maddox's favourite lasagna! My in-laws are officially back from their two month long stay in Mexico, and I'm looking forward to having babysitters here again to watch Maddox for me while I run errands and get my hair done (its only been growing out since November... yikes)!


Hoisin Glazed Chicken Wings

Mar 14, 2013

I've been craving chicken wings for a couple days now... no I'm not pregnant... Its just we usually have chicken wing sundays watching football, or hockey, and recently we haven't been around much to do that. I always look forward to Sundays as my splurge day. The day I can eat anything I want (within reason) as long as I was good during the week. Well, I guess I have fallen off the wagon a bit due to no sleep...  I have a post planned for that later.

Aaaanyway... Daniel had to be away tonight for supper so I whipped up these chicken wings, because I wasn't sure if he would like them or not. They were so very ooey-gooey-sticky-yummy-nummy. I would definitely make them again for Daniel, as I think he would also enjoy these.

(But without the scallions of course)


Hoison Glazed Chicken Wings

by Renee Pihowich
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Keywords: bake appetizer chicken

Ingredients (serves 2 (or more))
  • 3 pounds chicken wings, cut into drumettes and flats
  • salt and pepper
For the Glaze:
  • 1/8 cup maple syrup
  • 1/8 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoons freshly minced garlic (about 2 medium cloves)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese 5-spice powder
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/3 cup finely sliced scallions
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
Instructions
Preheat oven to 375F, while it's heating season the chicken wings with salt and pepper.
In a bowl mix all of the glaze ingredients, whisk until sugar is dissolved. Pour over the chicken wings and let sit for a couple minutes in the fridge.
Place the wings and sauce in a glass baking dish. Bake for an hour, turning a couple times to coat the wings with the sauce.
(Note: I finished mine on a baking sheet lined with tinfoil under the broiler for a minute or two because I like my wings a bit crispy.)
Plate the wings and sprinkle with the sesame seeds and scallions.
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Jalapeno Pepper Soup

Mar 5, 2013

I have a confession.

I love spicy food.

There I said it. I love to sweat after eating some hot and spicy and full of greatness. I love the mouth burning, bursting, exploding flavor of jalapenos. I haven't always loved spicy food, but I craved hot and spicy buffalo wings and jalapeno poppers when I was pregnant. Since then it hasn't really left, this wonderful craving.

This soup fills you with warmth. It's full of flavor, creamy goodness.

Jalapeno Popper Soup

by Renee Pihowich
Keywords: soup/stew chicken jalapeno

Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Onion (diced)
  • 1 green peppers (diced)
  • 4 Jalapeño (seeds removed and diced)
  • 3 Garlic Cloves (minced)
  • 1 + 1/4 pound Chicken Breasts (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 2 teaspoons Chilli Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano (crushed between fingertips)
  • 1 (14 ounce) can Diced Tomato
  • 1 + 1/2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 cups Black Beans
  • 1 cup Corn
  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese
Instructions
In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan heat 1 tablespoons oil over medium heat and saute onion, both types of peppers and garlic until soft and tender.
Season the chicken well with salt and pepper. Add another tablespoon of oil to the pan with the chicken and lightly brown chicken on all sides. Season with chile powder, cumin and oregano.
Add tomatoes, chicken broth, beans and corn. Bring to a simmer and cook 30 minutes. Taste and season as needed.
Add cream cheese and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
Serve with crumbled bacon and both types of cheese sprinkled ontop.
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