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o.p.p. – jalapeño popper chicken

jalapeño popper chicken (+ corn on the cob and a garden salad) was on tonight’s dinner menu at our house… an easy & delicious diy recipe. the dish seems to stem back aways and has been repeated + altered like a game of telephone. the recipe i followed  is from a post on elly says opa!

check out the how-to here.

*note: i did forget to pick up eggs at the grocery store, so instead i just brushed a thin layer of mayo on each chicken breast – it worked as a perfect substitute.


o.p.p. – baked sweet potato fries

so… in preparation for the big day (+ a much needed detox after 5 weeks of mexican, pizza, fried food, donuts & countless margaritas) i’ve gone healthy. yes… i’m stating it here on the blog so it’s for all to see – which will help me w/ followthrough, as everyone knows – i need it (i love food!).

i recently stumbled upon paula deen’s yummy recipe for sweet potato fries – and after reading some articles on how they are not only low in calories, but also help prevent cancer — I was sold.

i made my first batch two days ago and i must say that the prep and cooking was quite painless. just about 25 mins – and voila… a really tasty recipe!

have a stab at it w/ this recipe from the queen of southern cooking.

found @ the food network
what: baked sweet potato fries
where: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/baked-sweet-potato-fries-recipe/index.html


it’s the little things…

relaxation was the theme of the weekend here in our household… the cold bug has been buzzing around – so rather than push it, we took the opportunity to do a bit of lollygagging which included a little tidying, catching up on regularly scheduled tv shows (project accessory, top chef texas, parks & rec and the office) and then a couple little unscheduled projects.

the projects (as seen here…)
a) a collage on the wall above the fireplace in our spare bedroom (which includes some southwest inspired goods – including metal signs (note the howdy sign!), replica longhorn skull, a hanging tin mirror i purchased in santa fe, new mexico + a vintage accordion ruler from my family, scenic tea saucer turned butterfly, pedestal mirror i purchased in india – and more…)
b) homemade sugar scrubs for the body (more to come later in the week – with an artist interview & pics)

it’s the little things like this that make me happy…

o.p.p. – chili spiced chocolate pudding

have you ever eaten something that has your mouth watering for weeks?  last month i was in Sydney for work, when i caught up with friends for cocktails & some eats. the establishment was a place called L L Wine & Dine and the drink that had my mouth watering (and is still watering over) was a chili infused cocktail with peach liqueur, raspberries and a couple other sweet treats that i can’t remember at the moment. anyways… since then – i’ve been meaning to head over to the bottle shop for some absolut to pair with ross’ hot & spicy chilies from our garden. however, that is not the project that i bring you today – though it is of the same spicy variety…

it’s fall in Australia and in the cool weather months, i love a little a spice & a lot of chocolate (hence the 10 lb weight gain at the moment & the previous post of spicy sangria). i’m really excited to make this recipe that i found on craft maven not martha’s website. the concoction calls for chocolate, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and some other simple splendors.

found @ ivillage via not martha
what: firecracker chocolate pudding
where: http://www.ivillage.com/firecracker-chocolate-pudding/3-r-213756

o.p.p. – ‘holiday’ sangria

this blog could not come at a better time for me… as just this past weekend i thought to myself  “hmmm… I’m going to make sangria one day this month” – and now i have no excuse! the blog this recipes hails from is a pretty damn good blog, so i’m trusting that this too is a pretty damn good recipe. (backstory: i made sangria 1x about 5 years ago… i must have i added a bit too much cinnamon because it was awful + chalky tasting. the experience scarred me from trying to concoct it again)

she calls this a ‘holiday sangria’ (the post is from december) – and with the Australian autumn in full force, this sounds exactly what ‘holiday’ food & bev in the U.S. mean to me = warm flavors. plus, it’s a 5 day ‘holiday’ weekend here in oz! (happy easter)

the recipe calls for:

1 bottle Zinfandel
1/3 Cup Cointreau
1/3 Cup Gran Marnier
1 Can Natural Ginger Ale
1/4 Cup Honey
1 Honeycrisp Apple
1 Large Orange
1 Fuyu Persimmon
1 Pear
2 inches of Peeled Ginger, in rough pieces
2 Sticks Cinnamon
Pinch of Ground Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Dried Cloves
Fresh Mint for Garnish

found @ the sprouted kitchen
what: holiday sangria
where: http://sproutedkitchen.com/?p=2220

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