Breakfast Fail

I like to dabble in lots of things. I enjoy crafting, decorating, organizing, baking, couponing, playing sports with my man, and since I’ve been married I have desperately been trying to dabble in cooking. Some days it’s great and others…eh…not so much. I have learned so far that cooking doesn’t come naturally for me and I must plan ahead for things to work well in the kitchen. Now over the last 2 years of marriage, I have succeeded on several occasions to prepare a noteworthy meal. And then, God chooses to teach me humility. One time I somehow put 2 cups of sugar and butter into white rice and served it with dinner. I also tried to make calzones once, and used twice as mush dough as I should have and ended up with a meal served 2 hours late and still raw. I have other stories, but I’ll spare you.

This week I tried to make a simple Avocado Bacon and Eggs breakfast dish I had pinned here. Below is the pretty picture from the recipe and my sad attempt.

PINTEREST FAIL.

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I’m very confident that this disaster was my own fault for not following the directions close enough. I am also here to admit that I failed at this breakfast attempt. I sure hope you appreciate my honesty. Ryan and I got a good laugh about this before I scratched it and made just bacon and eggs. If you attempt this one, I recommend carving a good amount of the avocado out of the shell BEFORE cracking an egg in it. 🙂

Happy cooking.

Love, Steph

 

Man-Pleasing Chicken

So Ryan and I currently live with his sister and her husband and their wonderful adorable TWINS. And my sister-in-law does most of the grocery shopping. But we will be moving out in December and I will again be responsible to do the grocery shopping for me and my hubby. With that in mind, I have dived into coupon-ing. And I am very pleased with the outcome of using coupons at the grocery store. However, I have recently seen so many bloggers talking about freezer meals and making dinner ahead of time. This seems like such a foreign idea to me….but I love it because every day around five-o-clock I have these thoughts.

Wow! It’s five-o-clock already!

Ryan will be home really soon.

And he will be really hungry….because he is always hungry after work.

I wonder,  what do I have in the pantry to throw together?

Man, there’s not really a whole meal here.

I wonder how fast East Wind Chinese Bistro can get dinner ready for us?

FAIL! So I have decided to introduce myself to freezer cooking and planning. I started this endeavor with a simple recipe that I did not make in bulk or freeze, but I made to try the recipe to see if it was worth freezing and making in bulk. I chose a funny one called Man-Pleasing Chicken that I found by Kirstin and Jordan at Kojo Designs. I made some of my own slight modifications to work with what I had in my kitchen already and because I misread the instructions. But we were really please with how it turned out. (I’m  sorry that I didn’t take any pictures of this meal) Here’s my version:

2 green bell peppers

3 carrots

1/2  red onion

2 zucchinis

2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts

2 tablespoons flour

2 cloves garlic

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup dijon mustard

1/4 cup maple syrup

1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Chop. Chop. Chop. 2 cups peppers (rough chop), 1 cup carrots (thin slices), 1 cup onions, 3 cups zucchinis.  Combine mustard, syrup, vinegar, flour, garlic, and salt. Salt and pepper chicken breasts. In a foil-lined glass pan, add chicken then veggies, and cover in sauce. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Enjoy!

When I made this earlier this week, I made the mistake of chopping the chicken into 1 inch pieces, so the chicken cooked much faster and in the end, the carrots were not fully cooked. I think I got confused by another picture on that blog, but I am not entirely sure why I chopped up the chicken. I won’t do that next time. And next time I’ll prepare this a little different so I can make a few batches and freeze it.

Thank you Kirstin and Jordan at Kojo Designs for your inspiration for this post. Check out their blog! These sisters are always up to something fun and creative.

Pancakes

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I want to share something. with you that makes my heart happy. Pancakes. And not just any pancakes. I have been blessed to marry into a family with stellar pancake making skills. My father-in-law has a pancake recipe passed down over several generations that is better than any pancake you have ever experienced. No one ever believes me. But then he comes to visit and makes several large batches for all my friends and turns everyone into believers. These pancakes are so delicious that they do not require syrup or butter or anything to sweeten them. They are by far my favorite breakfast treat. I can’t wait for Ryan to learn his papa’s tricks for our kids one day. Until then you should come over some time for pancakes when my in-laws are around.
Pancake tip: fold the ingredients together gently, do not wisk or blend