Thursday, July 26, 2012

Maple-Glazed Chicken

As you  know my mom and I are big fans of tasty yet simple recipes! We're both busy gals and always on the go so we're always searching for new and easy ways to dress up the ordinary chicken dinner; and here is a new one!

Maple-Glazed Chicken

2 TBSP pure maple syrup
1 TBSP reduced sodium soy sauce
2 tsp lemon juice
1 clove garlic minced
1 tsp minced fresh ginger
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Whisk syrup, soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic, ginger and pepper in a small dish and transfer to a Ziploc bag.  Add chicken and marinate anywhere from 2 hours to overnight. 

Remove chicken and grill on medium heat, approximately 6-8 minutes on each side or until thermometer in the thickest part of the breast reaches 165 degrees.  While the chicken is grilling, put reserved marinade in a small sauce pan and cook over medium heat until it is reduced by half.  Baste chicken liberally with reduced sauce and serve.   I served with rice and veggies.

Enjoy! Mama L


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

S'mores on the BBQ

Looking for a fun summer dessert? This is a good one for kids of all ages!

Foil, Graham Crackers, Marshmellows and Hershey Chocolate
Take a pice of foil and start to build your S'more

Wrap tightly and put on the BBQ for approximately 5-8 minutes
The best part about these is that they can all be made ahead of time. Make a bunch and when dinner is over and everyone is relaxing out by the pool you can pop them on the BBQ for a sweet finish to the night.


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Vintage Inspired Vases

With an upcoming baby shower for a friend, I was trying to think of a way to decorate the table with somthing girly, sophisticated and with a touch of vintage.

And here is what I made...

So simple! Old wine bottles and mason jars wrapped with twine, burlap, lace and adorned with a little bling.

I was then trying to think of fluffy, romantic flowers to add to the vases. I came across a wholesale flower shop in Santa Ana called Minas Flowers. I found white hydrangeas, pink lizianthus (it is a shower for a baby girl), and some pink gerber daisies (one of my favorites).

I think these will look amazing down the center of a long table. With a few added votives for a twinkle of light, it will be a very posh shower for a princess in the making!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

White Chicken Enchiladas

White Chicken Enchiladas

10 soft taco shells
2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (I used a little more-you can never have enough cheese)
3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp flour
2 cups ( 1 - 14 ounce can) chicken broth
1 cup sour cream
1-4 ounce can of green chiles

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease or spray a 9 X 13 pan.
2.  Mix chicken and 1 cup cheese.  Roll up in tortillas and place in pan.  (I microwaved the tortillas for 15 seconds or so to soften so they would crack when I rolled them).
3.  In a sauce pan, melt butter and stir in flour and cook 1 minute. Add in broth and whisk until smooth. Heat over    medium heat until thick and bubbly.
4.  Stir in sour cream and chiles.  Do not bring to a boil, you don't want the sour cream to curdle.
5.  Pour over enchiladas and top with remaining cheese.
6.  Bake 20 - 25 minutes and then under high heat for3 more minutes to brown the cheese.
7.  I served with chopped cilantro and tomatoes.

From the Joyful Mamma's Kitchen

Monday, July 16, 2012

Mustard Chicken

This recipe is delicious.  You got to love mustard - its really yummy....

The World's Best Chicken

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 c Dijon mustard
1/4 c maple syrup
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  In a small bowl, mix together mustard, syrup and vinegar.  Place chicken breasts into a 9X13 baking dish.  Season with salt and pepper.

Pour mustard mixture over chicken.  No need to marinate.

Bake for 40 minutes at 450 degrees.  Top with rough chopped rosemary.

It was quick, easy and delicious... 

Modified from Witty In The City

Enjoy! Mama L

Friday, July 13, 2012

Fabulous Finds on Etsy

I can't even begin to tell you how much I LOVE Etsy! I have found so many amazing things on there. Handmade, One-of-a-kind amazing products! And on top of that everyone that I have purchased from has had amazing Customer Service, in a world where Customer Service is a thing of the past.

Here are a few things that I have purchased....(shhhhhhhh don't tell my husband)


Adorable stylish fashion bibs! So cute and Melissa, the shop owner is fabulous to work with!

Betsy's Drawers 

Adorable for a Mother's Day Gift, Birthday, Graduation, or even a Thank You. I bought my mom one for Mother's Day and she loves it. She gets compliments on it every time she wears it. I think I've ordered 5 of them now and I'm sure to order more!

In addition to the great products, the shop owner Erika is another great one to work with. She will do her best to get your rush orders and will crop and adjust your pictures so you get the best possible finished product!


Looking to plan a party? Check out the adorable printable party supplies on BloomDesignsOnline. My daughter was recently Baptized and I used the Apple of My Eye themes supplies and it was a hit.

Jenny was so quick to respond and personalize everything I needed for Savannah's party.


My very first Etsy purchase was for my daughters nursery room bedding. I couldn't find anything I liked in the stores so I decided to order custom crib bedding...and it turned out PERFECT! Just what I wanted, fun and whimsical. Girly pink and a touch of bright blue with hopscotch patterns, little shoes and dresses and of course some pin wheels for my little princess.

Again, Kelly, the shop owner was fantastic to work with. She helped me design the perfect bedding for my daughter to grow with!

What have you found on Etsy?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Honey Sauced Chicken

Honey Sauced Chicken

3/4 pound chicken (i used 2 breasts, cubed)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 c honey
1/4 c soy sauce (I used reduced sodium)
1/8 c chopped onion (i used green onions)
1/8 c ketchup
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp minced fresh ginger (optional)

Season cubed chicken with salt and pepper and set aside.  In a small bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, garlic and pepper flakes.  Pour over chicken in an oven proof dish.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes and serve over rice or steamed veggies.  It's  fast, easy and delicious!

Can be made in a crock pot.  Put all ingredients in the crock pot and cook on low for 3 hours or high for 1 1/2 hours.  I thought it was actually easier to oven bake this one. 


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My mom, referred to as Mama L, and I have been talking about starting a blog for quite some time now. We are always trying new recipes and making new crafts - always being told by friends and family that we need to sell our creations. Instead of selling them we've decided to share our crafty ideas, yummy recipes along with our funny adventures here on our blog. Please follow us and enjoy. We are always trying to find new places to explore, new recipes to cook for our families and most of all we're just having fun!