Topic-Changing Thursdays: The Chiplet is 18 Months Old!

Hello hello. It is time to update you on the last 2 months with the Chiplet! He has still been causing quite the stir here. Sometimes he is super sweet and snuggly, and other times he is throwing food and heavy objects. So, you know, all the fun parts of a toddler. He still causes just as much worry as when he was a baby, if not more. I read a post the other day that newborns are the best and it only gets worse. I don’t know if I agree with that completely but I do feel that there are ups and downs with all of the ages. I do like that he can express himself even if I don’t always understand him completely.

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Halal-Cart Style Chicken with Rice

This is a perfect recipe to share since I am currently without an oven and you can make all of this with just the stove. In fact, I am making it again because of this. If you’re wondering about the sauce, we were able to enjoy it as a family since I used a dairy-free alternative for part of it, and you don’t even notice it mixed with the other ingredients.

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Friday Favorites 31

As I write this, I have no working oven. I had someone come yesterday…and all they did was damage the screws that held the oven into the wall. So then I had to have a different person tackle the screws so that tomorrow the first person can come back and hopefully repair the oven. Because I really do miss it. I’ve been terribly sick all week with a cold and am finally getting better, which means I am finally up to more cooking. Like cakes. I luckily had some cake because I made it shortly before my cold and I couldn’t taste anything so just saved it. But I am running low and I also want to use the oven for other things, like dinner. I have a stove, a microwave, and a toaster, so I am not entirely without appliances, but the oven is making me sad. Fingers crossed it gets repaired, otherwise I will have to wait much longer if it needs to get replaced. In the meantime, I am sharing some recipes I wish I could make.

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Grilled Halibut with Black Garlic and White Wine

Keeping it simple today for one of our family’s favorite proteins: halibut! It was on sale, fresh, and wild so I picked some up to grill. I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but I decided to have some fun and mix and match. I did use some flavor ideas from The Flavor Bible which is a great resource. The fish turned out perfectly and even if I don’t have black garlic, I will make it again.

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Classic Chocolate Cake with Caramel and Fudge (Chocolate Millionaire’s Cake)

I started to make this cake just as chocolate with chocolate, but then the recipe mentioned caramel and chocolate drizzle. It was 8 am and I had already been up for hours but decided to go for it. I’m glad I did! It ended up a lot like this cake I had made for my birthday awhile ago. But, it was basically the easier and better version. I had no issues with the caramel’s consistency for using it inside the cake. I didn’t quite follow the full recipe, but it was still good as is.

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Mixed Bag Mondays: Unnecessary

It’s been a couple months, so it is time to share some more recipes that were just “eh.” Happily, like last time, these are mostly okay and we even enjoyed them but I doubt I would make them again for reasons I will share below.

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It has been a rough week plus here. I’m hoping by the time that this posts everything is back to normal. For now, though, I am still in the middle of it. We started the week with bad sleep, lots of bad behavior, and a fever that turned out to be nothing. Then the week ended with a virus for half of the family…did I mention this was with Easter? Sigh. And then just as that half of the family got better, another family member started with a different virus. Here I am worried and wondering when it will hit me. I mean, I can’t possibly dodge all of this, can I? I really hate seeing my boys sick and so sad. But let’s try to remember the happier moments with some pictures to transition back to our usual Friday Favorites content:

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