Thursday, May 10, 2012

Pinterest Attempt #3: Honey Bourbon Crock Pot Chicken

Ba-da-ba-ba-ba, I'm lovin' it! This recipe of course, but also Pinterest. Thanks to Pinterest, I'm a freaking amazing cook all of a sudden!

Honey Bourbon Crock Pot Chicken = Huge Success. Huge. Scrape my plate, lick my fingers, make orgasmic sounds kind of success. The original recipe came from Real Mom Kitchen.

The recipe called for boneless chicken thighs, but I used chicken breasts. I also substituted the canola oil with olive oil. I did not have red pepper flakes on hand, so I used a very small amount of crushed red pepper.

Honey Bourbon Crock Pot Chicken

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
salt and pepper
1/2 cup diced onion
1 cup of honey
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1-2 Tbsp cornstarch
hot white rice
sesame seeds, optional
cashews, optional

  1. Salt and pepper chicken and place in your slow cooker.
  2. Place onion on top of chicken.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, ketchup, oil, garlic, and crushed red pepper. Pour mixture over the chicken in the crockpot.
  4. Cook on low for 3-4 hours.
  5. Remove chicken from crock pot and slice into approximately 1-2 inch pieces.
  6. In a small bowl, combine 1 Tbsp cornstarch with 1 Tbsp water. Pour into sauce remaining in the crock pot and stir to combine. If sauce is not thick enough repeat with another Tbsp of the cornstarch/water. *I think I ended up using 4 Tbsp. of cornstarch and 3 Tbsp. of water, because it just wasn't thickening at all for me. I was happy with the results*
  7. Place the chicken back in the sauce and stir around to recoat the chicken in the sauce.
  8. Serve over cooked rice and sprinkle some sesame seeds and cashews on top (optional).

Good Communication

I'm constantly amazed at the amount of stuff I say that my daughter understands. Every day she seems to comprehend at least one command that I completely did not expect her to get. The following exchange happened about two weeks ago in my living room...

Me: "Do you want to go outside?"

Addy: *points and walks toward front door* "Yaaa"

Me: "Okay, you need to put shoes on first. Go get your shoes please."

Addy: *nods head, walks through house, retrieves shoes, we put them on*

Me: "Okay, mommy needs shoes on too. Can you get mommy's shoes please?"

Addy: *nods head, walks through house, retrieves my tennis shoes*

Me: "Thank you! But I have to blow my nose first. Will you please get me a tissue?"

Addy: *stares at me for a second, nods her head, gets one square of toilet paper from the bathroom and brings it to me* "Eh?" (this means, "Is this what you wanted?")

Me: "Oh, thank you honey! *tries to blow nose with single square of tissue* "Mommy needs more though. More, please?" *makes hand signal for "more"*

Addy: *marches to bathroom, unrolls what sounds like the entire roll of toilet paper. Excitedly marches back to me, holding a huge wad of tissue* "Yaaa" *smiles proudly*

I'm not sure if the awesomeness of that exchange translates well in blog post format, but it was a really cool thing. She's been good at getting her shoes for a while, but I was mildly surprised that she brought the shoes I wear. I didn't expect her to be able to follow the tissue command, and was totally amazed when she brought me back the huge load of it. There are certainly moments where we have a breakdown in communication, and she throws a tantrum because she can't figure out how to express something, so I treasure moments like this!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

An Update on Updating

Hello, dear readers. Did you know that updating a blog can be exhausting? And the longer you go without updating, the more daunting the task becomes. It's like each day that passes without updating, a little bit of fun is sucked out of the whole thing. All the awesome ideas for blog topics floating around in your head get tired of floating around, so they abandon you. And all the people that used to check the blog every couple days get tired of seeing the same old blog title, so they check it every five days, then once a week, then suddenly, they have forgotten you exist. And since I only have something like six regular readers, I'm probably posting to thin air, so really, after so long, what's the point?

Ah, yes....the point is that this blog is ultimately for me and Addy, so if I'm lucky enough to still be here even if I have to piss in a bed pan and have someone else wipe my ass, I will at least be able to have these memories.

I gotta say, however, April left a little to be desired in the way of good memories. On April 5, my sister/best friend/pseudo mother/current housemate was taken to the hospital after suffering a stroke - at the ripe old age of 33. No, it's not because she's grossly obese, or eats a big mac everyday, or lays on the couch non-stop. It's because her arteries are shredding, for no good reason (which is a really stupid statement, because, really, is there a good reason for arteries to shred??) She spent almost three weeks in the hospital. She lost a great deal of muscle strength, and she basically cant do anything to gain it back without jeopardizing her arteries. She's sad, which makes me sad. While in the hospital, she said to my father, "What if I die and Addy doesn't remember me?" I mean seriously, how sad is that? She's home now, resting and slowly regaining a "normal" life. We missed her.

So April was jam packed full of daily trips to the hospital, managing the invitation business I formerly operated with my sister, working my part-time job when I wasn't calling off due to the latest downgrade in Steph's condition, and of course, taking care of my munchkin. And, because life can certainly be a bitch, the final week of April found me hacking up a lung, yet again. I realize I'm not the poster child for healthy living, but why why why why am I continually getting sick, while everyone else in my household is perfectly fine?? It's rather frustrating (though, don't misunderstand me, I in no way *want* the rest of my household to be sick!)

So, in a nutshell, (can I even call that a nutshell? definitely not a peanut shell, it would have to be at least the shell of a brazil nut to fit all that info in there...) that is why I did not post the entire month of April. Hello May!