Monday, May 17, 2021

Lemon Oregano Chicken Kabobs and Mediterranean Marinade

These Lemon and Oregano Chicken Shish-Kabobs are the best thing I've eaten in a while folks. I found the recipe on the Perdue website and have to say, if you're looking for an easy marinade for chicken, you can't go wrong with olive oil, fresh garlic and oregano. I think all the cool kids might call this a Mediterranean Marinade:@) Use whatever veggies you'd like, but zucchini goes well with both lemon and oregano. And whatever you do, be sure to add more onion, there isn't one bite that isn't enhanced by a grilled sweet Vidalia onion! Full disclosure, a few slices of lemon did fall off the skewers and through the grate, but I was still left with lots of flavor. Don't hesitate to try this one, it gets my Darn Good label and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Now, are you supposed to eat the lemons?
I really don't know.
I did try one with a piece of chicken, it was a little much for me personally.
I just squeezed the juice over everything with the remaining pieces, messy but good:@)

Lemon Oregano Chicken Kabobs-from Perdue
1 lb boneless chicken breast, cut into 1" cubes
1/4 C olive oil
2 tsp dried oregano
2 minced cloves garlic, how big should the cloves be? You know your crowd:@)
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
Assorted vegetables, onion and peppers 1" square, zucchini aim for 1/2" thick. Cherry tomatoes, scallions, etc. optional
2 lemons cut into 1/8-1/4" slices/rounds
  1. Mix olive oil, oregano, garlic and S&P. *At this point you have a choice, you can reserve 1 Tblsp or so of the marinade for brushing the veggies later, or just add the chicken to all of it. I added the chicken, then added the veggies to what was left in the bag after I took the chicken out.* Let chicken marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes or up to 8 hours. I cooked mine at 3 hours, it had lots of flavor.
  2. Preheat grill to medium high.
  3. Skewer meat and vegetables, aim for a piece of lemon next to each piece chicken.
  4. Oil grill grates and cook over medium/low heat approximately 10-15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  5. Sprinkle with salt once off grill and serve.
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

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Saturday, May 15, 2021

Saturday ReView: Easy Three Seam Barbie Skirt & Sesame Grilled Pork Tenderloin

These simple Three Seam Elastic Waist Barbie Skirts whip up in no time and only require about 6" of fabric. I've made a couple and think I might make more in solid colors so they go with any top or occasion. You can find my picture tutorial on DIY Barbie Blog. If you're trying to build an inexpensive doll wardrobe, this is a nice way to start. Barbie says it's the perfect little skirt for summer adventures:@)

And this Grilled Sesame Pork Tenderloin goes way back to the early days of Pig In Mud:@)
The marinade is fantastic and it goes equally well with chicken, and I hear it's great with beef too.
I also share an extra flavorful tip that really works!

Let's fire up the grill and have a happy weekend:@)

Friday, May 14, 2021

Inspirational Friday

 

Have a great weekend:@)

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Gardening Thoughts 2021 -And Portulaca Tower

Every year as we begin to look forward to warmer weather I kick around the idea of gardening... Do I want to build an inground garden again or stick with the planter gardening I've been doing for years now. I keep going back and forth, but do like the ease of the planters, especially when it comes to watering. The pots with extra yummy plants to rabbits, peas, spinach and string beans, are put on an old picnic table bench I found on the curb one trash day, tomatoes and rosemary can be placed right on the ground. 

Dollar Tree had these stacking planters early in the season, they sell out fast! Because they can can tolerate heat and dry soil well, ~and~ I would love a big riot of color, I planted some portulaca:@) Picked up two 4-packs and split each in half to fill the 15 spots in the pot, plus one for the very center on top. We'll see how they grow, at this time only the yellow flowers were blooming. I'll post periodic updates this summer. These pictures are from 5/1/21.
The slate Lynn's Garden sign was a gift from one of my son's girlfriends...
Ashley, if you still check the blog periodically, thank you:@)

I also have a large planter with squash and cucumbers on the other side of the patio.

Believe and have a happy day:@)

Monday, May 10, 2021

Three Ingredient Hawaiian Meatball Appetizer -Little Dipper Slow Cooker & Larger

I wanted a nice easy appy and these Hawaiian Meatballs fit the bill:@) Frozen meatballs, BBQ sauce and canned pineapple are all that's required, sesame seeds and chives or scallions for garnish might be a nice touch too. If you're looking for a dinner idea instead of a snack, simply serve over rice and add a veggie on the side. I also liked that this was a slow cooker dish, mix, cover and let cook for a few hours. Slow cookers can be great kitchen helpers in the summer as temperatures begin to heat up. I made a small batch in my Little Dipper Crock Pot, you can click the link for a larger version. 
We were grilling a ham steak for dinner,
I just used two pineapple rings for these meatballs and grilled the rest of the can.

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Meatballs-adapted from I Heart Naptime
7 oz frozen meatballs
1/2 C BBQ sauce, your favorite brand
1/2 C pineapple chunks
1 Tblsp pineapple juice
Sesame seeds for garnish-optional
Chives or scallions for garnish-optional
  1. Mix BBQ sauce and pineapple juice in vessel of slow cooker.
  2. Add meatballs and pineapple chunks, mix well.
  3. Place paper towels under lid and cook on high 2-3 hours.
  4. Stir, garnish if desired and serve with fun food picks. 
Snack well and have a happy day:@)

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Saturday, May 8, 2021

Saturday ReView: Mother's Day Pizzelles & DIY Swaddled Barbie Baby

If you're looking for a nice light dessert for your Mother's Day brunch, may I suggest pizzelles. Yep, like the cookie press and spritz cookies, I do use mine year-round:@) One of my favorite ways to give them a little something extra is to add colorful sprinkles (nonpareils) to the dough. This is a fun idea for any special occasion, and I called them Birthday Pizzelles in my original post. 

And Barbie would like to wish everyone a Happy Mother's Day too:@)
It was a fun outing and we really do need to plan another trip.

Happy Mother's Day Weekend everyone,
Wishing you all sunshine and flowers-enjoy:@)

Friday, May 7, 2021

Inspirational Friday

 


Have a great weekend:@)

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Quick and Easy Weeknight Chicken and Bisquick Dumplings for Two

Seeing the original recipe for Bisquick fluffy dumplings was the inspiration for this super easy Weeknight Chicken and Dumplings meal. I took ~all~ of the shortcuts here folks, cooked chicken, canned veggies, Bisquick and a gravy mix... But some nights, you don't need gourmet, you just need quick, and this was on the table in about 30 minutes:@) I might add some parsley to the dumplings before mixing them the next time for a little color, and I did sprinkle the stew with dill weed right before serving. The dill just added a little something extra.

My inspiration:

Best made and eaten the same day:@)

Weeknight Chicken and Dumplings-serves 2 people (maybe 3 with small appetites and a salad or fruit)
Up to 1 C cooked chicken, cubed
15 oz can mixed vegetables, drained
Splash of olive oil or a little butter, enough to cook onion and celery
1/2 C onion, small dice
1 stalk celery, sliced
envelope chicken gravy
1/2 C Bisquick
1/6 C milk
S&P to taste
Parsley for garnish, optional-I just poked it in for color, minced is nice, it does add flavor
Light sprinkle of dried dill weed before serving would be good too
  1. In 2 quart pot, cook onion and celery in olive oil/butter for a couple minutes, until softened.
  2. Whisk gravy mix with 1 C water.
  3. Pour gravy into pot and bring to light boil, stir until thickened, reduce heat to light bubble. Add a little more water if too thick, the gravy doesn't need to be stick to the ribs thick for this meal:@)
  4. Add vegetables and chicken to pot.
  5. Mix Bisquick and milk, drop by tablespoon on top of gravy making four dumplings. Cook 10 minutes uncovered, 10 minutes covered.
  6. Garnish with parsley and dill if using.
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

Monday, May 3, 2021

Salmon and Dill Deviled Eggs

These Salmon and Dill Deviled Eggs would be a nice addition to Mother's Day Brunch. There really aren't any rules folks, we're simply mixing egg yolks and salmon with mayonnaise and some dried dill. Any amount works, love fish? Add more salmon. I used a little envelope from Walmart, I'm sure some fancy lox from the deli would be great, or maybe even a little leftover grilled salmon from last nights dinner. I chose to garnish mine with some fresh dill, but I'll be honest and say, a quick sprinkle of dried dill would have been just as nice. And this is one time you won't have to worry about having enough filling for the deviled eggs... There will be plenty:@)

Salmon and Dill Deviled Eggs
6 hard boiled eggs, cooled, peeled and cut in half lengthwise
2.5 oz envelope of salmon, squeeze the extra liquid out of the pouch
Mayonnaise as desired
A few shakes of dried dill, to taste
S&P to taste
Paprika and dill for garnish
  1. Pop yolks into bowl, mash with fork.
  2. Add salmon and enough mayonnaise to make a creamy mixture.
  3. Add dill and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Sprinkle with paprika and dill for garnish if desired.
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

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