August 4, 2015

Summertime Chicken Drumsticks

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I gotta be real with you.  

I’m not ready to let summer go yet.  

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it’s kind of weird for me because I’m the girl who is OBSESSED with fall.  I’m talking, the could-wear-uggs-year-round, hoards-cans-of-pumpkin-at-all-times, dreams-about-crisp-boot-wearing-days girl.  I’m the most basic of B’s.  SO BASIC.

so basic it should hurt.

but it doesn’t.

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So like.  where is my fall spirit?  Where has it gone?  Why am I holding out for JUST ONE MORE SUMMER WEEKEND. (yes, i know i have a few more weeks – but just go with it please?).

is it because i didn’t hit the beach this year?  I didn’t go on vacation?  I didn’t make it to Jamboree?  I didn’t see a Seattle summer sunset?  … oyyyy guys, this might be territory we don’t want to venture into….

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if i had to guess… i’d say it’s probably because I miss Seattle and my besties out there and THE DOYLES.  i miss them so SO much.  I think about them all the time and it’s weirdly ironic that I find the time difference much more difficult to deal with from this side of the country because I’ll get out of work and want to text Deb but she’s still working…

#firstworldproblems?

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SO anyway.  these wings remind me of them.  they’re like the lazy version, but with all the flavor.  ALL THE FLAVOR.

the only thing they’re lacking is a cute back porch and a mojito and some dominoes and a cute little puppy running around begging me to throw the ball just one more time.  they’re missing the most homey house I’ve ever been in and the most welcoming people I’ve ever met.  

chicken leg collage

deb and geoff and cameron.  these are for you.  because i can’t help but be like the most lazy person you know, so i just HAD to trash up my favorite part of summer.

because that’s what these taste like to me: summer.

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and um. can we talk about my SERIOUS grill envy? i feel like all the people are grilling things like woah and i’m like “WAHHHH CAN I PUT A GRILL ON MY FIRE ESCAPE FOR A FEW HOT SECONDS?” <- get it? HOT seconds? … I’m sorry.  

to make up for my missing grill I broil these suckers at the end just for a couple minutes.  it crisps them right up!

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I also wasn’t prepared ahead of time so I didn’t marinade them. UGH.  but you totally should if you have the time.  If you marinade them you could probably double this and make 12 instead of six drumsticks.  (I only had six in my freezer, but there was a ton of leftover marinade – such a sad day)

You could also probably just marinade the chicken drumsticks while you’re at work and pop them in the oven for 30-40 minutes and skip the crockpot all together… butttt i ‘m a chronic forgetter of the importance of  marinading sooooo. there’s that.

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if you just take a look at that though ^… i’m pretty okay with my forgetfulness at this point… LOOK AT THE SKIN!

Summertime Chicken Legs
Serves 2
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
4 hr 20 min
Total Time
4 hr 30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
4 hr 20 min
Total Time
4 hr 30 min
for the dressing
  1. 1/2 cup soy sauce
  2. 1/4 cup coconut oil
  3. 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  4. 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  5. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  6. 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
  7. 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
for the chicken
  1. 6 frozen chicken legs (preferably use skinless chicken legs, and you can use thawed chicken legs just cut the time in the slow cooker down by an hour)
  2. extra garlic powder, salt, and pepper, for dusting
Instructions
  1. Combine and whisk all the ingredients for the dressing together.
  2. Put the chicken legs in the slow cooker and pour the dressing over them. Turn the slow cooker to low and let the legs cook for 4 hours, turning them every hour.
  3. When the chicken legs are finished in the slow cooker, remove them from the dressing and place them on a baking sheet covered in foil. Transfer the dressing into a small sauce pan and simmer on low for about ten minutes. Drizzle some of the dressing on top of the chicken legs and then dust them with the extra garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Broil the chicken legs for about ten minutes to crisp them up.
  4. Serve with a little extra dressing for dipping!
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 Summertime Chicken Legs-11you know you want one. (pro tip: celery stick with the marinade… TOP NOTCH.)

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August 2, 2015

Sunday Sprinkles

 1. if you’ve popped over to the actual blog website over the last couple of days, you’ve seen the new vision!  I updated my theme to something new and fresh – I’ve been working with the ladies over at blogzilla – (which btw. they’re amazing!) and we have a couple other features coming along to make it a little easier to navigate and such, but overall – this is the new “look.” i’m SO excited about it, it’s something i’ve been thinking about for a while now… probably since my friend caitlyn used them for her blog re-vamp over at patternmepretty so i finally just bit the bullet and went for it.  I think frankie probably summed it up the best when he said “it just looks cleaner.”  YAYY!

2. um. speaking of MY FRIENDS WHO BLOG… my bestie from college Brittany started a blog! GAH.  it’s gorgeous and shes amazing and its just… so her. you should check it out and follow along!

3. you guyssssss. i did like a MAJOR food prep sunday today. i’m totally wiped out now.  I made pesto and cold brew and mexican green goddess dressing and salads and baked oatmeal from jess’s cookbook and i chopped all the veggies and just now i’m tireedddd. i was supposed to roast a chicken but FRANKIE didn’t want one… he wanted french toast for dinner… the boy kills me and my savory lifestyle.  soooo tomorrow i’ll roast the chicken and a ton of veggies and just call it a day.  i honestly forgot how much work it is to like cook for a whole week…

4. YES.  did i tell you about the rice crispy treat ice cream cone I got from a place on the upper east side? oyyy, if i didn’t i’ll go back and get another one just so i can show you… it was life changing.  i’m pretty sure number 8 on that list is from the same place though!

5. I paid TWENTY TWO dollars for a jar of raspberry jam today from the place frankie and I got brunch at… and i can’t even be mad about it… because it was delicious and totally worth it and may or may not be plopped on top of my oatmeal tomorrow morning… 

6. um. two nights ago… frankie and I were laying in bed and I was reading him these and I swear to god he was CRYING laughing… at like two in the morning

7. the tv dealio is pretty much the same, I gotta say.  still loving lie to me, still loving sense8, just finished OITNB today (and um not to give spoilers or anything… but i totally called the Alex thing at the end.  I KNEW IT).  that’s about itttt.  frankie and i tried to see Trainwreck today and failed… maybe next weekend.

8. i’m still LOVING the coffee coconut exfoliator from bevs blog… i use it like any time i can.  frankie also used it… on his face… he really just goes straight for it, no testing it out on his legs or arms.. straight for the face.  THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS: bevs right, it IS the most fabulous thing i’ve done for myself in like FOREVER.

9. more like your boyfriend, amirite?! anyone?  alrightttt i’m leaving.

  

July 30, 2015

Watermelon Kiwi Vodka Punch!

watermelon kiwi vodka punch!  super refreshing and delicious for a summery drink!

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because… it’s thirsty thursday!

and i’m bringing you punch!  yes!

(what’s with the exclamation points?)

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i have no clue.  I’ll stop.  or try to at least.

KIWIS!  <- crap.  

is it kiwis or kiwi?  is kiwi plural?  i honestly have no clue.  i DO know they’re delicious.

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JUST LOOK AT IT.  <- that could have been an explanation point, but CONSCIOUSLY chose not to.

but seriously, look at it.  isn’t it GORG?

i had NO clue how to peel that sucker.  who knew you can use a spoon?!  not me.  i for sure didn’t know.  but you can, and its like super easy once you get the hang of it.

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can we sidebar JUST for a second?  I’m in Chicago right now and um it’s BEAUTIFUL out and i have a lakefront suite and there are all these SAILBOATS out on the water and I think i have a new life goal.  can I have one?  can I make frankie buy me one?  they’re just so PRETTY and i want to be out on the water and and and… frankie, i’d even settle for a speedboat! 

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okay. back to punch.

So frankie and I went to brunch the other week (for a future date “night” really date “morning”?) and had the most amazing vodka punch!  I kept thinking it was watermelon and mint.  i was like practically 100% sure… and then i asked our waitress and she was like KIWI! watermelon kiwi punch! 

whaaattt?

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it was so easy to drink and super smooth and i was obsessed and on the walk home I made us stop at the grocery store to get all the ingredients we needed for me to try and recreate it at home.

because…. do i really need a reason?

(p.s. I added mint to mine because i’m still convinced its necessary for the flavor explosion)

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now i’m pretty much convinced that its the only summer drink worth your time.  its most certainly the only summer drink worth MY time.

it could quite possibly be the only think i want to drink forevaaaa

and btw. you don’t need a juicer!  I just used a flour sack as a cheese cloth to strain the juice – to be honest, I don’t know how a juicer would handle watermelon? so i’d recommend using the method i wrote in the recipe!

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serve it with some super cute straws and ice cubes and chips and bean salad and you’ve got yourself a partay.

oh. oh. oh. you can also make this virrrrgin… if you must.  just leave out the vodka and maybe add a splash of club soda to make it a fancy shmancy spritzer?  oh yeah.  

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Watermelon Kiwi Vodka Punch
Serves 4
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Total Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 whole seedless watermelon
  2. 4 whole kiwis
  3. 1 cup vodka
Instructions
  1. Peel and slice the kiwi fruits, throw the slices of one kiwi into a pitcher and the other three into a blender (or food processor).
  2. Using a melon baller, measure out one cup of watermelon balls to add to the pitcher for aesthetics. Dice the rest of the watermelon and put five cups worth into the blender with the kiwi.
  3. Blend the fruit until it is broken down. Using a cheese cloth (or a fine mesh sieve if you don't have a cheese cloth) strain the blended fruit to get watermelon/kiwi juice.
  4. Add the juice to the pitcher and add in the cup of vodka. Mix to combine and serve over ice for a cool summer punch.
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sign me up for a glass… or three.

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July 26, 2015

Sunday Sprinkles

 1. why do weekends literally FLY by?  i can never understand.  I feel like it was two seconds ago – no, two MILLIseconds ago that it was Friday.  and now its practically monday.  i can’t deal.  i’m overrrrr being an adult, its the WORST.

2. I just made some of bevs diy coffee coconut scrub and it’s NOT the worst.  it might be the best?  it smells HEAVENLY and let me tell you, i’ve never been more excited to take a shower in the morning.  also, i’m super happy that i’ve found a new use for all my leftover coffee grounds from my cold brew – i hate wasting them! oh, oh.  i added a couple drops of coconut extract to bevs recipe, you know to amp up the flavaa. <- i’m never going to do that again (maybe.)

3. speaking of things i’ve been making from other blogs…. these GINGER beergaritas… what?  it was national tequila day on friday… soooo i made a pitcher of these and they blew my mind.  I didn’t have GM like jessica recommends so I used triple sec and squeezed a couple slices of orange zest over the pitcher to get those oils goin and then threw the rinds straight into dat pitcher and it was MARVELOUS.

4. i promise we’ll move onto something else, but i need to let you know that i’m also making THESE next weekend.  i ran around like a drunk lunatic last night getting all the stuff i needed (i.e. lucky charms and cream of tartar and eggs) and forgot… THE MILK.  who does that?  its a KEY ingredient.  

5. i’m like OBSESSED with the idea of going Paleo for a few hot seconds guys.  have you ever tried?  is it the worst? how do you eat out?  what do you do when you’re traveling?  i have all the questions and it seems like everyones like “plan plan plan” and eating out isn’t hard if you “look ahead of time at the menu” and i’m like… you guys don’t get it – sometimes my only options when i’m traveling is Subway.  or taco time. or apple bees.  it just seems really overwhelming.  is there a cheat sheet? HALP ME.

6. I WAS JUST LOOKING FOR A BUZZFEED ARTICLE TO SHARE AND SAW BOBBI BROWN JUST DIED?!  honestly, i didn’t keep up with her story after the bathtub incident and i just read up on it and it’s crayyyy how conflicting her relatives were with their stories on her condition. so sad.

7. TV. um. pretty much the same as normal.  we’re into Sense8 right now, thanks for that one Britt.  but yeah, we’re almost done with OITNB and i’m still trucking my way through bones.  we’re just super boring over here.

8. we had the MOST amazing NY pizza that we’ve had in the UES… last night… at four AM.  our judgement might not be accurate on that one now that i’m thinking about it… but it was SO GOOD.  frankie had a chicken bacon ranch slice that was apparently TO DIE FOR.  my pepperoni slice was pretty top notch if i say so myself.

9. this is lyfe. yahhhhsssss. 

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July 24, 2015

Date Night: Ichiro

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I REALLY need to be more on top of my stuff guys.

It was a serious struggle to remember what special roll frankie and i got at this place… you know, because it was MONTHS ago.  side note: i still can’t believe i’ve lived in new york long enough to be FORGETTING THINGS.. where does time go? for realz?

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can i say for realz?  or should i not? i probably shouldn’t.  let’s rewind.

where does the time go?

^see i can be normal.

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sort of.

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um, so.  remember the other day when I was telling you how much i’ve been craving sushi?  this date night is about sushi.  last night frankie and I got sushi. i think i’d be happy with just having a spicy tuna roll and a cucumber roll for every meal… with some pork dumplings and edamame of course…

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So let’s get do this thing:

| Date: | May 16th, 2015 – I tolddddd you this would be another archived one!

| Time: | 6:39 pm

| Place: | Ichiro, UES

| Food: | Japanese/Sushi Bar

| Drinks: | beer [frankie] + water [ash – I KNOWWWW, but i really don’t know actually… what was i thinking?]

| Appetizers: | edamame + spring rolls + gyoza + beef negimaki [to share]

| Dinner: |  cucumber roll + chicken tempura roll [ash] + angry dragon roll [frankie] + spicy tuna roll [to share]

| Dessert: | watermelon

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allllrighty.  SO.  frankie got a beer… a sapporo.  i drankkkkk water!  i’m crazy. i know.  sighhh. i hate saki (sake?).  andddd i wasn’t feeling any of their beers/wine.

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the apps were okay – we weren’t super into the beef negimaki but the edamame, spring rolls, and the gyoza were alright… not too memorable either way.

the sushi was top notch.  this was the first place I tried a chicken tempura roll and um, i sort of fell in love with it.  it’s like my new favorite – even more so than the spicy tuna roll (which used to be my fave).  anddd i mean it’s super hard to go wrong with a cucumber roll, so obviously there were no issues there.  Frankie’s crazy one was cool.  it had shrimp tempura, crab, avocado and some other stuff in there too, he ate it all so it had to be good.  

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my favorite touch was them bringing out the watermelon at the end.  it was super cute and the fruit was actually really fresh and flavorful!  i love watermelon pretty much all summer long so that was a fun little surprise!

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wellp that’s it for us this week.  tell me, where have you guys been going out lately?  tell me, tell me!

xoxo

a&f