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)
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
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!
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
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.
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.
This week I have the opportunity to collaborate with a group of talented bloggers to produce the Mom’s Guide to All Things Holiday. The best gifts are those from the heart and made with love, so today I have a chic DIY holiday gift idea for everyone: hot chocolate in a jar. A personal hot chocolate jar has to be one of the simplest and inexpensive gifts to make. It is cute, time-friendly, and you can tailor it to the person receiving the gift.
Hot Chocolate Mix
Mason Jar (any size)
Peppermint Candy (Optional)
The basic idea is to create layers in your mason jar using the listed ingredients. Each element could have one or more layers but we have to ensure they’re organized in such a way that the jar can be dumped to create a proper serving of hot coco. Depending on the size of the jar, we are also able to create single or multiple servings while also customizing how much of each ingredient to include.
I hope this early addition to the Mom’s Guide to All Things Holiday helps someone out there in need of a quick but caring gift idea. If anyone decides to give this a try I’d love to see the end results, so tag me on Instagram (@beesosimple) or Twitter(@beesosimpleblog). And don’t forget to check out our collaboration host’s blog www.britneydearest.com.
Today I’m going to share with you my latest DIY project. For Easter I wanted to try something new and unique, so I decided to jazz up my daughter’s basket with some custom creativity. I love making tutus so I created a tutu-inspired Easter basket for my little BriMonster. In addition, I drew inspiration from a few Pinterest pins and the lovely pastel colors of Spring. Below is a simple No Sew tutorial to make the tutu that will be placed around the basket. For those of you on Instagram I would love to see your baskets and be sure to tag your pictures #beesosimple so I can spot them. I hope you guys enjoy this craft and remember to have fun and create.
Tulle Fabric (I cut 6 inch strips)
Ribbon (Optional I used it to accent the handle)
Hot Glue Gun ( to secure the band of the tutu and ribbon)