Monday, June 28, 2010

Teriyaki Chicken

This chicken is super easy to make and always comes out juicy with great flavor.

To start, I pierce the chicken breasts repeatedly with a fork to get more of the marinade to soak in. Then I put the chicken in a ziploc bag and fill it with two parts Teriyaki Sauce to one park Soy Sauce. Then I lay the bag flat in the refrigerator for thirty minutes, flip it over and marinate for another thirty minutes. Then just remove the chicken from the marinade, cook, and serve it as you please.

Here are some of my favorite ways to change it up:

Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Salad
(pictured above)

This version is great in the summer! Grill the chicken on a charcoal grill for the best flavor. Then slice and layer over romaine lettuce. Top with shredded cheddar cheese and Kraft Fat-Free Dressing.

Baked Teriyaki Chicken with Mashed Potatoes
Bake chicken at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes, turning half way through. Serve with mashed potatoes. Great way to serve it in the winter.

Teriyaki Chicken with White Rice
For this one, I dice the chicken before marinating it. Then I cook it in a large skillet with a bit of vegetable oil. Serve with white rice (just make sure it isn't minute rice!).

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Candy Box Magnets

My latest creation: super cute candy box refrigerator magnets!

Seriously, how often do you get to use crafting as an excuse to eat candy?!

I picked up some Dots while I was at Dollar Tree the other day and after we chowed down on disposed of the candy contents, I took the empty boxes and cut down a piece of Styrofoam to fit inside.

Then I just hot glued the flap closed and hot glued a magnet on the back.

Ta-da! Took about two minutes to make some fun, colorful magnets that only cost twenty cents each! :)

Monday, June 14, 2010

Bulletin Board Jewelry Organizer

My jewelry box doesn't work very well for necklaces so today I decided to make my own jewelry organizer using a bulletin board from Dollar Tree!

Bulletin Board (I got mine at Dollar Tree)
Scrap piece of fabric large enough to cover the board
Mod Podge (or your adhesive of choice)
Foam Brushes

First, I sanded down the frame of the board. Make sure that you do a thorough job and sand through the glossy finish, otherwise your paint won't want to stick.

Next, I painted the frame with a black acrylic paint using a foam brush (you could also spray paint it). Once that was dry, I put on a coat of Mod Podge to protect the paint and give it a glossy finish.

I then cut my fabric to the size of the corkboard plus a 1/4 inch on every side. I put a coat of Mod Podge onto the cork, pressed my fabric onto it, and used a butter knife to push the excess fabric under the frame.

Finally, I used some straight pins to hang my necklaces and pendants on the board!

You can also customize this a variety of ways to fit your style including using solid colored fabric and decopaging the frame instead of painting it.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Chicken Fajitas, Cilantro Lime Rice & Fresh Tomato Salsa

I made these delicious Chicken Fajitas (which taste remarkably like the Fajitas Burritos from Chipotle, by the way) by combining a few recipes that I adapted from the awesome cookbook: Jamie's Food Revolution.

Fresh Tomato Salsa

You can make this ahead of time and use it on your fajitas or just serve it with tortilla chips.

1 Clove Garlic, minced
2 Green Onions, finely chopped
4 Ripe Tomatoes, diced
a small handful of Fresh Cilantro
juice of 1-2 Limes
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Sea Salt
Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Place the garlic, green onions and tomatoes in a medium sized bowl. Chop the cilantro (leaves and stalks) and add to the bowl. Squeeze the juice from 1 lime over your mixture. Taste and add more if needed. Add a splash of extra virgin olive oil, then stir and season to taste.

Chicken Fajitas

1 Red Bell Pepper
1 Medium Red Onion
2 Skinless, Boneless Chicken Breasts
1 tsp Smoked Paprika
a small pinch of Ground Cumin
2 Limes
Olive Oil
Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
6 Burrito Sized Flour Tortillas

Place skillet over high heat. Halve and seed your bell pepper and cut it into thin strips. Peel, halve and finely slice your onion. Slice your chicken lengthways into long strips roughly the same size as your bell pepper strips. Put the bell peppers, onion, and chicken into a bowl with the paprika and cumin. Squeeze over the juice of half a lime, drizzle over about a teaspoon of olive oil, season with salt and pepper and mix well. Put to one side to marinate for 5 minutes.

Using a pair of tongs, put the prepared chicken mixture into your preheated pan to cook for 6-8 minutes, until the chicken is golden and cooked through. Stir often to prevent them from burning. Warm the tortillas up in a microwave or a warm fry frying pan.

Serve with sour cream, guacamole, cheddar cheese, fresh tomato salsa and cilantro lime rice.

Cilantro Lime Rice

1 1/2 cups Basmati Rice
a large bunch of Fresh Cilantro
2 Limes
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Cook your rice in a rice cooker according to package directions. Pick the cilantro leaves off the stalks and finely chop. Mix the cilantro into your rice, then squeeze the lime juice over it. Drizzle over about a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Stir well and serve.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Getting Rid of Porcelain Sink Stains

My porcelain sink has acquired some really nasty stains, a problem I'm sure many of you have faced. I tried scrubbing at the stains and used all kinds of cleansers (some I'm sure you should never use on a porcelain sink) but nothing worked. So I looked online and everything required filling up the sink and letting it soak for a couple of hours. Well, not only is it a pain to find a time when you for sure won't need your sink for that long, but I also didn't have a plug that would work for the garbage disposal side. So I put it off.

I'm sure you are all asleep now after reading about my dilemma but here comes the exciting part: I read about this bleach and baking soda scrub on Homemade Mamas and it didn't require any soaking! I was sold! I immediately mixed up their two parts baking soda to one part bleach concoction and applied the paste to my sink. It INSTANTLY started removing the stains on its own. I spent literally two minutes scrubbing it into some of the more stubborn stains, rinsed it away, and it looks like new!!!



Ahhh...Cleaning bliss! I'm sure some of you have been using this for years but it was new to me and I wanted to spread the good news!