Mixed-Bag Mondays: Mustard Chicken

This is obviously not a recent meal because we are getting snow right now…not grilling weather at all. This is a basic grilling recipe where there is a marinade and then you throw the chicken on the grill.

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Wayback Wednesdays: Lazy Frosting

Now, this frosting isn’t maybe the laziest of methods, but I like that it covers the sides of the cake evenly, it goes quickly, and I don’t have to go over and over with smoothing the sides. K was not a fan of how it looks and thinks it looks messy, but maybe you will think it is fun like I do.

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Cinnamon Swirl Bread

I really liked how soft this bread was. I also really liked the cinnamon flavor, but I can agree with my family that it was perhaps a bit strong. I made a few changes, including halving the recipe and modifiying the amount of cinnamon. I missed that you are supposed to use a 2 lb loaf pan, which isn’t the most common loaf pan. I ended up having mine overflow as it baked. It still made a delicious loaf, but it also made a mess in my oven before I noticed what was happening.

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: The Chiplet is 5 Years Old!

Happy Thanksgiving, if you celebrate. Here is someone we are thankful for….

It has happened! The Chiplet is 5 and getting big. He is gaining more independence regularly, and continues to show his personality traits. What is interesting is how similar my two kids are to me and K. In many ways, the Fudgelet matches me with personality, and in many ways, the Chiplet matches K. This doesn’t always help when dealing with our own faults we don’t like, and the faults of the other parent when they show up in our children, but it is what it is. They also help us see our good parts, too, like persistence, empathy, creativity, and more. Some of their interests line up with our own, and not always along the same lines as how the personalities line up. For example, I thought the Fudgelet might be like me with helping in the kitchen, and so on. And he certainly does like it sometimes, but the Chiplet ends up helping me more frequently. He doesn’t find any jobs beneath him, and is almost always up for helping, even if it is just to open a drawer for me because my hands are dirty. The Fudgelet is better about following the directions for Lego sets and maintaining order; the Chiplet is able to be more creative with mixing and matching pieces, which is more like K, but then often loses pieces during his process (not a K trait).

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Tips-y Tuesdays: Blowing Out Candles with Germs

Here you are, all set to celebrate. You made a cake, got it all ready, and then…oh yeah, you don’t want people spitting germs all over everyone else’s treats. What to do?

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Chocolate-Frosted Cookie Cake

I was looking up another cake recipe and happened to come across this recipe. I wanted to try it to see how it would be, and it was popular with all of us. Usually the kids don’t go back for repeats of desserts I make, or at least not more than a couple servings, but this time, we all finished the cake very quickly.

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Sally Lunn Bread

I checked repeatedly because I really thought I had shared this one already. And yes, it is another recipe from Cheryl Day. Essentially, each time I have wanted to make a new recipe, I have been checking to see if it is within this book. This recipe seemed like a simple easy white bread to try.

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