Honey Butter

There is this amazing restaurant here in Chicago called Honey Butter Fried Chicken.

They do fried chicken served with honey butter.

This is an amazing combo. I never thought it could be so good. It is like heavenly.

Now I know I cannot go out and eat there every few nights. We would become poor and fried chicken is not the greatest thing for you. Taste wise it is the greatest thing for you.

So armed with my taste knowledge of honey butter I knew I had to be making some for our “fried” chicken nights. ( I bake my chicken in olive oil instead of pan frying. Perfect crispiness and still taste great)

I used Kerrygold butter for this honey butter. I wanted something of a higher quality. I wanted the taste to be just right.

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I let the butter sit out to get room temperature. Using my stand mixer I whipped the butter till creamy smooth and then added about 4 table spoons of honey.

I used clover honey but I am sure orange honey or some other flavoring would be great. Maybe cranberry honey for thanksgiving. Noms!

Beat until fully combined.

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I stored mine in tiny mason jars. One jar is for us and the other jar is for some friends who also love the honey butter fried chicken.

Look at those tiny specks of delicious honey!

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Honey Butter 

2 Sticks high quality butter at room temperature

4 Tablespoons honey (or more depending on your sweetness level)

Beat room temperature butter till fluffy. Add in honey. Beat till fully combined.

Store in covered container in the refrigerator.

Enjoy that stuff on everything! I am tempted to make corn bread just for this honey butter. :)

WIP Wednesday and Sugar Cookies

This week i have not felt terribly motivated.

I haven’t done much sewing work. I have looked at a lot of pictures on Instagram and Pintrest.

I did do a little prep work for our baby shower that is coming up in a few weeks. We were depending on my mom to do a bunch of things but the past few weeks she has just flaked out on us. This is pretty typical for her so at least we were not surprised.

I made sprinkles for some of the other desserts that I will be making.

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I used my tried and true recipe for these and I used almond extract for the flavoring.

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So much better than store bought sprinkles! Totally worth the work.

I then made a batch of cookies. We haven’t had cookies around here in a while- especially sugar cookies. I wanted something easy that would come together quick and taste good. I am not interested in doing a lot of work the days before the baby shower. But these cookies I think will be worth it.

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I wanted to get the taste of my icing down before the baby shower as well. So even though the icing on these cookies may be ugly and uneven I wanted to get it done quick. I was doing it for the taste after all and not the prettiness. At least not yet. I hope they will be a bit more even and pretty for the baby shower. Ill probably be more motivated to get them done for the shower as well.

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My husband called these little babes “heart coins”

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Every thing turned out and taste great.

Sugar Cookie Recipe

3 Cups Flour

Pinch of Salt

2 Sticks of Butter at room temperature

1 Cup White Sugar

1 Egg

2 Teaspoon Almond Extract (or Vanilla)

1 Tablespoon Milk

In large bowl sift together flour and salt. Set aside

In electric mixer beat together butter and sugar until fluffy.

Add egg, almond extract and milk. Mix until fully incorporated.

Add flour mixture. Mix on low speed till fully combined.

Form dough into two balls and refrigerate/ chill for about an hour.

Preheat oven to 325

After chilling let the dough sit for a few minutes. Roll dough out to about 1/4 inch thick. Consistency is key here. If any cookies are thinner they will cook and brown faster.

Cut out cookies using cookie cutters. Place cookies on parchment lined cookie sheet.

Bake 10-14 minutes or until the cookies are slightly golden brown on the bottom.

Let cool for about 5 minutes on cookie sheet before transferring to wire rack to cool.

Enjoy those cookies!

Felt Ball Garland

Another make for Rohan’s nursery.

I made about 5 feet of needle felt balls for garland.

My wool for needle felting.

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I decided to go with the stabby method of making these balls. I could have gone with what I think is the easier method- using hot water and soap to make them. But I wanted to sit and watch tv while making these.

To start I teased my wool a bit and rolled some into a ball. Some is a size guess. Sometimes I had to add more. Other times my balls were a bit big. To fix the big ones I just stabbed them down some more. Rolling them in between my palms intermittently.

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It took me two days to make these. I worked slowly.

Seriously the hot water method is faster.

My first day balls. I had decided that these were not enough for the garland line. Which is why it took me two days to make them.

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All of the balls.

Instead of using embroidery floss to string them up I decided to go with that sparkly gold thread.

I still haven’t decided if this was the best choice. With out a lot of light it is hard to tell that the string is gold and sparkly.

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It took me a bit to figure out the layout that I wanted. What colors go to next to what.

This is what I decided to go with.

 

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I cut about 6 feet of thread.

I used an embroidery needle to thread these balls up. The threading up process was slowed by the cats wanting to play with the balls attached to the string.

Luckily the string and balls were fine.

They are now with my sewing stuff locked away from the cats.

Destructive cats.

 

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Recently we found mold growing in our laundry room. Supposedly the landlord already knows and is sending someone out next week. We went through the whole process of him telling us this same thing about the last place we had with him. So I totally don’t believe that the laundry room is getting fixed. I am so done with this landlord but moving for a third time in a year just makes me want to cry.

On a bright side of moving. The baby could actually get a real nursery. :)

WIP Middle Earth Map

I have started to fret about the nursery for Rohan.

Im not sure if I have said this before but the room we were planning to use for the nursery has no heat filtered to it. We normally keep the door closed and the other day when I walked in there I could see my breath! No way Im keeping a baby in there!

So now the nursery is a corner in our awkward shaped room.

Ive already made the banner for his wall- and after that it took me a couple days to decide what else to make.

How about a Middle Earth embroidery!?! I knew I wanted it much in the style of my Game of Thrones embroidered map. But beyond that I was clueless.

This is still all a work in progress. Ive been pretty slow on making anything.

I printed out my map and made the outline a bit darker with a sharpie maker.

Got all that sweetness embroidered up petty fast.

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I pretty much followed the spacing on the map. The reason there are such large gaps in between the letters is because there will be mountains or water ways there.

Got the big towns embroidered and moved on. I left the smaller town areas for after the mountains and water. I haven’t figured out if this is a good idea or a bad idea. We shall see.

 

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And this is where I am today. The water ways are mostly done. I am moving on to the mountains next. Just need to decide what brown to use for the mountains.

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Really. What brown.

I have been stuck on this for three days.

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Easy Fudge

Easiest fudge since sliced bread.

During the Valentines weekend we bought some marshmallow fudge and since then I have been wanting more.

More fudge!

Some of the recipes Ive seen called for using semi- sweet chocolate chips. This one that I have made used only milk chocolate. I enjoy that sweeter taste, and I don’t find it too sweet.

I used Ghiradelli chips cause I like the taste. I don’t particularly enjoy the taste of other chocolate chip brands.

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I added three cups of milk chocolate chips, 1/4 cup butter and a can of sweeten condensed milk to a microwave safe bowl. I like to give everything a good stir so it melts evenly.

Yes we are microwaving this baby.

I told you easiest fudge since sliced bread.

Microwave until the mixture is melted. I like to do minute intervals so I don’t over heat the chocolate

While the mixture is melting I lined my pan with foil and butter. The extra butter is so the fudge doesn’t stick to the foil.

I add my layer of marshmallows. I call this the bottom layer of marshmallows. I like a lot of marshmallows.

I think overall I used the entire bag of marshmallows. Except I ate a few (lot).

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Add the melted fudge mixture and give it a good even swirl around.

Noms!

 

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I know I said I like a lot of marshmallows.

I added a top layer. Just for good measure.

Give those mallows a nice soft push down. You’ll want them in the fudge mixture so they don’t fall of when the fudge is set.

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Bam! Top layer of mallows!

Double noms!

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Now the hard part. Place your fudge in the fridge for a few hours so it will set.

I know you are suppose to share fudge with others, but I try not to. I try to save it all for myself.  (Ok I do share, mostly with my husband)

Triple noms!

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When the fudge is all set I like to cut a row or two at a time. That way I can just go to the fridge and grab my fudge square. No hassle there!

This fudge usually only lasts a few days around here.

What do you like on your fudge? Nuts? Extra salt? Carmel?

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Easy peasy microwave fudge

3 Cups Milk Chocolate

1 (14 ounce) can Sweeten Condensed Milk

1/4 Cup Butter- I used salted sweet cream

1 Bag Marshmallows

Place chocolate chips, butter, sweeten condensed milk in microwave safe bowl and heat till melted. Stir occasionally.

Pour over bottom layer of marshmallows- into a well greased dish. Add top layer of marshmallows. Refrigerate until set- a few hours.

Enjoy and eat often.

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