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2020 Cards, Cards, Cards …
2020 is what happens when you mix up cards from your Tarot Deck and your box of Cards Against Humanity. 🤪
Don’t do it again… 😆
Meat Flag! (4th of July)
Show Me Your Charcuterie!
—Blueberries & PepperJack stars
—Hot Bacon Jam & Cream Cheese
—Babyback BBQ pork ribs
Does it look like the American Flag?
I assembled the FLAG tray using items available at our neighborhood Kroger and Walmart stores. Our family enjoyed snacking on the goodies on the tray throughout the afternoon on the 4th of July while waiting until it was dark enough for the firework festivities to start! We hope your family had a fun day, too! —AmberHH
Little Fairy Garden in a Big Birdcage!
Inside of a big, old metal birdcage that we welded on top of an old base to a bird bath that no longer had a bowl, we assembled a little “fairy garden.” You won’t see the fairies in the photos of this garden, because that is the nature of fairies. They are quite camera shy. We just trust that they visit and enjoy this whimsical little place!
“The World is very Old;
But year by year
It grows all new again
When blooms appear!”
National Book Lovers Day!
Well, yes, I do love books!
Story time? In!!
In the event you enjoy unusual thoughts, you might like this post. If you have enough “eccentric” friends, keep scrolling. 🌿 Here it is: For awhile, I’ve had my books stacked in the shelf cubbies. While it’s less practical for retrieving them, I can fit far more books per shelf. However, this afternoon it occurred to me that it looks like my books are “asleep.” Thus, I’ve decided to “wake them up” by standing them all up-right next week. So, there ya go! 🌿 You’re welcome. I’m “waking up books” one day next week. Down the rabbit hole I’ve gone … 💕📚
I cannot decide whether I prefer reading or writing, nor will I.
Do you ever smell a faint scent of something and it brings back a memory? Only you can’t remember the memory, just the way you felt at that very moment?
Also, if one door closes and the other door opens, your
house might be haunted. 🚪💋📕💋🚪#GhostStories
I’m currently reading A Gentleman in Moscow. Next, I plan to read A Secret History of Witches.
What book are you currently reading or have read recently that you recommend?
Kabob it up!
Cilantro and spicy chili come together on these tangy chicken skewers mixed with peppers and onions. Full of flavor from the fresh cilantro, this dish can be made by using the broil setting in your oven or over medium-high heat on the grill.
1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup red chili paste
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 pound boneless chicken breasts
cut into 1-inch cubes
1 onion, roughly chopped
2 green bell peppers, roughly chopped
—In a large bowl, combine the cilantro, olive oil, red chili paste, soy sauce, garlic, onion powder, ginger, and black pepper.
—Add the chicken meat. Toss to coat. Refrigerate for 15 minutes to marinate.
—Remove the chicken from the refrigerator. Skewer the chicken cubes, alternating with the onions and peppers between each piece.
—Place a foil-lined baking sheet on the lowest oven rack.
—Grill, turning as needed for a bit of char on all sides. Finish cooking in the oven on foil lined baking sheets.
—With a meat thermometer, check the internal temperature. When it reaches 165°F, remove from the oven to cool.
RATIO: 3:1 CALORIES: 355 TOTAL FAT: 25g CARBS: 11.2g NET CARBS: 9g FIBER: 2.2g PROTEIN: 21.7g
(Sidenote: Obviously, I multiplied the recipe so that we could enjoy leftovers in the days that followed.)
Your friend that brazenly posts sweaty selfies on social media,
Bubbly, Hot BLUE CHEESE Dip!
Easy Recipe! This BlueCheese Dip is great with buffalo wings, pita chips, and more!
16 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 ounces bleu cheese, crumbled
1/3 cup Heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon garlic pepper
2 green onions, dark and light parts,
Bake at 350*F for 20 minutes
Are you watching a football game today or next weekend? Try this BlueCheese Dip as a snack while you root for your team!
Your Friend, AmberHH
🤣 I amuse me …
Quick Afternoon Meditation
Lemon Monkey Bread!
It is pretty easy to make, and it makes a great presentation! I make it for our kids! It will be a big hit with our girls! 🙂
To make the Monkey Bread:
1. Start with 28-30 oz. of canned biscuits (I use a generic 4 pack of buttermilk biscuits that work great!) Tear or cut each biscuit into 4 pieces and toss the pieces into a lemon/sugar mix a few pieces at time, tossing with your hands; I use a bowl with about 2 cups of sugar and fresh zest of 2 lemons.🍋
2. Heavily coat the inside of a Bundt pan with Crisco. Loosely pile the coated pieces into the pan, dotting with melted butter occasionally.
3. Bake at 350F for 40 minutes, then immediately flip onto a plate when removed from oven and add glaze while the bread is still hot.
Make the glaze while the bread is baking. I soften 4 ounces of cream cheese in the microwave, stir in a tablespoon or so of lemon juice, and then gradually incorporate powdered sugar 1/4cup at a time 4 times.
Instructional Details in Photos: (Click on any photo to enlarge it.)
Do you make Monkey Bread? Is your recipe similar? I make a cinnamon monkey bread, too. You can find my recipe here: https://whatamberloves.com/2013/12/28/cinnamon-monkey-bread/
If you have another recipe for a monkey bread with a different flavor profile, please leave me a comment or share a link in the comment section of the post, please!
Amber Hamilton Henson