Brown Sugar Chicken

I will be the first to admit I’m not the best when it comes to meal planning. However over the weekend my husband and I decided to plan out our monthly budget and realized we were spending way too much money on food delivery services and fast food. So, we made a goal to focus on meal planning for the week and sticking to eating at home. One of my favorite go to recipes is Ayesha Curry’s Brown Sugar Chicken from her cookbook The Seasoned Life. 

My family loves this recipe even my 6 year old daughter whose main food groups currently includes: mac and cheese, cheese quesadilla, green beans, and jelly sandwiches.  Can’t get 

enough of this “sweet chicken”. 

Ayesha Curry Brown Sugar Chicken 

(courtesy of thereal.com)

Ingredients:

4 Chicken Quarters

salt and pepper to taste

2 tbsp butter

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp chopped shallots

3 cloves chopped garlic

3/4 cup chicken stock/broth

1 cup low sodium soy

2 cups brown sugar

1 heaping tbsp freshly chopped ginger

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Heat a dutch pot on med high to high heat with your butter and olive oil.

3. Generously salt and pepper your chicken quarters. Brown the skin of your chicken in the pot for about 2 mins on each side until it’s crisp and golden brown.

4. Remove the chicken quarters and reduce the heat to medium. Add in the shallots and garlic.

5. Deglaze the pot with the chicken stock. Scrape down all of the sides to make sure you get all of the delicious seasonings and flavors into the broth.

6. Add in the soy sauce, brown sugar and ginger. Simmer the sauce for about 5-10 mins.

7. Add the chicken quarters back into the pot, place the lid on and bake for 45min to an hour.

8. The chicken will be flavorful and falling off the bone. Enjoy!

DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts

February is the month of hearts, love, and flowers, but if you tend to procrastinate in the gift department like me then you’re probably rushing to find the perfect gift for your significant other. Don’t fret, because I have some last minute DIY Valentine’s gifts that your loved ones will fall in love with.

(pictures via pinterest)

Valentine’s Day Jar

Step Outin Style!

Mugs Set

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Sweet Treats

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Spa Time

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Love Notes

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Let me know some of your favorite DIY projects in the comments below and don’t forget to follow my Pinterest board for tutorials of the projects listed above.

 

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MommyMode: After School Snacks

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I hit a parenting milestone: my once squishy, chubby face baby girl is now a 3 year old toddler. Even though she’s still a little body her eating habits have grown and grown each and every year. Between being more active at school (she’s in the big toddler’s room now, Yay!) and random growth spurts her appetite has increased to the size of a grown man. Lately I’ve noticed after school she has started asking for a snack to hold her over until dinner. In the past her post-daycare snack was gummy fruit snacks or crackers. However, incorporating healthier whole foods into my family’s diet has been a recent goal of mine so the junky food had to go. I always want to be the best role model for my daughter and one way I can do that is by making sure she starts learning healthy eating habits early.

 

Snacks

 

Please be sure to follow my Pinterest page for more yummy recipes and don’t forget to post or share your after school snacks on Instagram with the tag #beesosimple!

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DIY: Turmeric Face Mask

Beginning as far back as high school, I have always been an advocate of healthy skin care. Like many unlucky teens I struggled with acne breakouts, making it a necessity to increase my skin care knowledge. As I got older my breakouts greatly decreased but I still maintained my healthy skin care regimen. Lately, because of the summer weather and an increase in exercise, I have noticed my face has not been as clear as it usually is. Being the natural product junkie I am, I did some research and discovered the benefits of using turmeric facial masks to help with my resurfaced skin issues. Turmeric powder aids in fading dark marks, creates glowing skin and helps fight acne without the use of any harsh chemicals. Youtuber Bianca Renee has an amazing tutorial on making and applying a homemade turmeric facial mask.

 

 

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MommyMode: Easy Pepperoni Rolls

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Quick and easy are my favorite words when it comes to cooking, so today I wanted to share one of my go to delicious snacks with everyone. Pepperoni rolls were an absolute childhood favorite of mine, so I came up with a way to create my own yummy pepperoni rolls in under 15 minutes. My recipe below will help save you time while keeping your family full.

Quick & Easy Pepperoni Rolls

2 cans of Crescent rolls (Pillsbury Honey & Butter are my favorite)

2 bags of Pepperoni

1 Large bag of Mozzarella Cheese

Step 1: Open crescent rolls and section into triangles

Step 2: Sprinkle cheese and place pepperoni on each triangle and roll into crescent roll shape.

Step 3: Place pepperoni rolls on a baking sheet and follow baking direction time on crescent roll container.

Step 4: Let cool and Enjoy!

Remember to have fun and try adding various fillings to your crescent rolls for new tastes. I’d love to see your results by tagging your Instagram pictures with #beesosimple.

XoXo,

Bee