Thursday, April 24, 2014

Spicy Sriracha Chicken Wings Recipe + a Side Dish~

Those of you that follow me on instagram know that we had Spicy wings for dinner last night.  They were super easy to prepare and tasted delicious.  Just the right mix of heat and sweet.

Spicy Sriracha Chicken Wings
Recipe originally found on paleoleap.com

Serves:  2     Prep:  15 min.     Cook:  35 min.



Ingredients:

2 lbs.  chicken wings
1 tsp. garlic powder
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 tbsp.  fresh cilantro leaves, minced

Ingredients for the Sriracha-based sauce

5 tbsp. olive oil
1/4 cup raw honey (optional, we used-this is gives it the sweet factor)
1/4 cup sriracha sauce
1 tbsp. coconut aminos (we used regular organic sugar since I cannot have coconut)
Juice of 1 lime

Preparation

1. Preheat your oven to 400*
2. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, honey, sriracha, coconut aminos and lime juice.
3. In a large bowl, combine the chicken wings, garlic powder, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
4. Arrange chicken wings on a parchment paper covered baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes, flipping them over halfway through.
5. Brush the wings with Sriracha mixture and place them under the broiler for 3-4 minutes, or until crisp and crusted (I broiled them about 3 minutes, then flipped and broiled approx. another 2-3 minutes).
6. Serve immediately, garnished with fresh cilantro (we omitted this part since I didn't have any on hand).

We served it with a side of Gluten-Free Potato Salad with Fresh Green Beans and Tarragon Dressing.

Prep:  30 min.     Cook Time:     15 minutes

Ingredients:

3 lbs. fresh new potatoes
1 lb. gluten free bacon
1 lb. fresh green beans
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. gluten free dry mustard
1 tsp. dried, crushed tarragon leaves
1 minced clove garlic
1/4 cup tarragon vinegar (we found this at Whole Foods)
1/4 cup gluten free chicken broth
1/2 cup light olive oil
Freshly ground pepper, to taste

** If you do not have celiac's or a gluten sensitivity you can use your normal version of the ingredients.

Preparation:

1. Fry bacon until crisp and drain on paper towels. When cool crumble.
2. Slice unpeeled potatoes 1/4 inch thick and boil just until tender, but not soft, about 15 minutes. Drain. While potatoes are boiling, cut green beans into 2-inch pieces and steam for about 7 minutes, or just until tender.
3. Place cooked potatoes, green beans, sliced green onions and parsley in a large bowl.
4. In a medium bowl combine light olive oil, gluten-free chicken broth, tarragon vinegar, minced garlic, dried tarragon, dry mustard, salt and pepper. Whisk until combined. Pour dressing over vegetables and use a large spatula to gently coat vegetables. Add crumbled bacon and combine gently.
5. Serve immediately at room temperature or chill (we made our the day before and had it chilled).

A nice twist on the traditional mayonaise based potato salad, and perfect for picnics as it keeps longer.

Enjoy!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Another victim~

As I mentioned yesterday, the console table in our foyer was not the only one I was having an affair with  victim.  The mirror above our piano in our library was due for an update.

The mirror had been sporting a bronze brown color and I was not thrilled with it against the ebony black of our piano.

I love the new look.  Again, Benjamin Moore Beach Glass...




Sorry for the poor lighting, we are experiencing some more crazy Atlanta weather, 80 Sunday, rainy today, 40-50 tomorrow??? Ugh...I just planted my herbs and veggies.

You will notice in the background my new Ahhhmazing oyster sconces custom created by none other than Tery Hodges of Lure Coastal Design (Etsy).  Tery is a pleasure to work with and her work is  stunning.  Will feature a close up soon!!! A huge thank you to Ron, Uptown Acorn for the referral!

Will feature my final victim shortly! Bawwwahhhaaaa.

Monday, April 14, 2014

I've been having an affair...

No, not that kind of affair...I have been happily married for 25 years (26 in May).

No, I have been having an affair with a paint brush.  Well, that and my new favorite color...Beach Glass by Benjamin Moore.

It all started with a console table in our upstairs hallway.  It never really quite felt right.  It was a bit too modern for our home.  So, I decided I would move the one from our downstairs foyer upstairs.

Well, that left that space a bit naked!

We had a Pottery Barn piece in our basement that used to be in our family room.  However, we were no longer fond of the China red color.

I decided to tackle sanding and painting it so we could use it in our foyer.  Of course, when I told my sweet #1 what I was doing she exclaimed, "you are sanding and painting a $$$ Pottery Barn piece...dad is going to kill you!"  I informed her dad already knew and thought it was in fact a good idea.  LOL  Plus, I have learned it is easier to ask for forgiveness after the fact.

So, here it is before...

Sorry, not the best pic of it but you get the idea.

And, here it is now...


The mirror is not staying.  It is finding a new home in #2's room shortly (we are redoing her room in a fun Lilly print, once mom's hand recovers from all the painting over the weekend-if you follow me on IG you know the console was not my only victim).

Okay...here is where you come in.  I am having a hard time deciding on the type/shape/color of mirror to replace the current one with.  I saw this one at Target and like the fact that it is round, black, a bit distressed with some gold and mimics the handles (colors/shape) on the console.  It is just a tad smaller in size then the current mirror.

I have thought about something with a bit more detail too, but was it afraid it might be too formal looking.

Thoughts???  Am waiting to style the console until I have the mirror in place.