Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Your Bijoux Box June 2015

Hello, my readers. I'm back with a slightly delayed post on the Your Bijoux Box goodies for June. It has been a busy time, as the end of school always is. So let's dig in to the new stuff!

As usual, I had to check out the description card.  So far, so good!

OK, let's begin with the necklace that was shown in this month's sneak peek.  This one's called the Pearls and Stripes Strand.  It's a good length with alternating pearls and flat enameled charms in red, white, and blue. It's very summery and patriotic.

Second, was a set of earrings called the Opal Deco Drops.  They're set in silver-tone metal. I like how linear they are. These actually really compliment the Meridian Silver Pendant from the May box. I love when things coordinate like that!

And last, the Puka Shell Pendant finished off the group.  The shell is golden metal, not a real shell, and there is a tiny faceted blue crystal just inches away.  It reminds me of a drop of water. So another very cute, summery piece.

 P.S. For the sake of transparency, I paid for this subscription myself. It was in no way "free" or provided to me for some exchange of services. I just really liked the products and wanted to share my opinion.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Oven Fried Chicken

Hello again my readers! It's almost summer time! That means less time running the oven in the house and more time outdoors with the grill. So to wrap up something I've been working on, let's get to it. Say Hello to my delish oven-baked "fried" chicken recipe.

A few months ago I tried something new and I'd been making a little tweak here and there, perfecting it. Now I 'm ready to share. But first, some back ground story.

When I was a tween and learning to cook, one of the first cookbooks I got was Kids Cooking: A Very Slightly Messy Manual by the Klutz Press. There was a recipe in there for oven "fried" chicken that used crushed cornflakes. It became a regular thing in our house, so I've had a spot in my heart for oven baked chicken since. Now, I've gotten away from using cornflakes and wanted something flour-dredged so it was even more like real fried chicken. And I found a way to do it.

I've only tried this with drumsticks, but I'm sure it will work with other cuts of chicken.  The cornflake recipe was good for everything, but you had to adjust cooking time depending on which part of the chicken might need more or less time in the oven.  For my own simple-is-better take on things, I stuck with all drumsticks so I didn't have to adjust timing too much.

I've made this pretty mild since I have one kid that loves hot 'n' spicy (him) and one that won't touch it if there is even any black pepper visible (her). I used to put a generous sprinkle of Luzianne Cajun Seasoning on my cornflake chicken so that is still an option for future batches when the rest of us want some spice.

For the flour dredge:
1/2 cup AP flour
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
For the chicken:
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 package chicken legs, about 6 pieces


1. Line a 9"x13" baking pan with aluminum foil.  Pour the melted butter into the bottom of the pan.

2. Combine the dry ingredients for the flour dredge mixture in a gallon size plastic baggie.

3. Add chicken legs, one or two at a time and shake until well coated with the flour mixture.

 4. Arrange the chicken legs in the prepared pan. I like to start them skin side up. Bake in a preheated 450F oven for 30 minutes.

 5. After the 30 minutes are up, remove the pan and flip the legs over. Cook for another 15-20 minutes (at high altitude) or until the chicken is done. That means clear juices when poked and the meat should loosen from the bone easily

 6. See how roasty and brown they got? That is some good stuff,  but beware I did set off the smoke alarms with my last batch. (Oops Jenny!)  Keep an eye on yours so they don't get to the point of smoking up your house.

7. Serve piping hot with some traditional sides, like mashed potatoes and gravy, saucy noodles, rice, some fresh or pickled veggies, or slaw.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

PopSugar MustHave Box May 2015

Hello friends, I'm back with another review.

The latest PopSugar box arrived yesterday.  Of course, I had to tear into it and see the goods.

So, first the description card, the hint at what lurks inside.

The first thing I picked up was the taffy because I couldn't resist. I received one grape flavored piece of McCraw's Flat Taffy by Hammond's Candies.  It was pretty good! Way better than Laffy Taffy.

Next, I inspected the tube of Sage and Row Shave Cream. It was very fresh smelling. I didn't try it yet, but I will soon.  The same goes for the cherry Batiste Dry Shampoo. In a few days when I'm feeling grimy and not up to a real hair-washing, I'll pull it out and give it a shot.

Next, I was excited to see some jewelry! I love jewelry! PopSugar showed the Kitsch Tri'd and True Y-Shaped Necklace as a sneak peek in their email blast for this month. I liked it. It's a very thin and simple silver-plated chain with a dangly chain instead of a pendant. The dangle has a teeny tiny triangle at the end. Cute!

The one thing that I really liked the most was the Mini Plum Vase by Middle Kingdom. It's a lovely glazed porcelain bud vase from China. It happens to look great in my dining room right now. What a great, vivid color!

Lastly, there was a beach towel by Sisters of Los Angeles. Not like I needed another beach towel, but there it was, all bright and cheerful.   Who can turn down such perkiness?

There you have it, the May subscription box from PopSugar.  See you again very soon!

P.S. For the sake of transparency, I paid for this subscription myself. It was in no way "free" or provided to me for some exchange of services. I just really liked the products and wanted to share my opinion.