Archive for June, 2016

Been a while…

June 21, 2016

I didn’t forget about this, but I have gone through many life changes during my hiatus which I am more than happy about but rather than discuss WHAT happened, I’ll choose to talk about what I’ve learned:

  1. Things don’t matter, people and relationships matter.
  2. People change but you cannot make people change for you.
  3. You are 100% a different person in your early 20’s than you are near the age 30.
  4. Life is funny.  Literally can’t take it too seriously.  Let it happen.
  5. You’re going to be okay.

With the life changing events came life changing finds: friendships new and old, support from friends/family, new people that are just made to fit your life, and things happen when you least expect them to.  Timing is funny and your life cannot be dictated by it because there is rarely such thing as perfect timing.

I am currently living with my best friend from college and her son so everyday is interesting.  Two women trying to do life together has been fun and I couldn’t have gone through all of this without her.  With that being said…

I have acquired help in the kitchen which is something that I haven’t ever had before but I have enjoyed working in the kitchen with people.

Made a trip to Indy this weekend (as usual) and lots of kitchen time was included:  made chicken wings, homemade peach BBQ sauce and peanut butter brownies. All homemade and we enjoyed everything this weekend for ourselves and Father’s Day:

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Dry Rub Wings were the first of those made.  I have never taken a chance trying to make wings but I would say the first attempt was quite successful with the help of Christopher (because I do not mess with grills).  We let them marinate for about 3 hours and then threw them on the grill for about 8-10 minutes on each side.  They stayed pretty juicy and naturally were much more healthy than fried wings.

Next came the Peach BBQ Sauce which was really labor intensive; much more time than I figured but it was rewarding making it from fresh produce.  Chopped everything by hand and used the blender to make it thinner.  We used the BBQ sauce on chicken at my parent’s house for the Father’s Day cookout, it had tons of flavor.  My mom thought it had a bit of a kick to it (which it kind of did but she doesn’t love spicy) but it seemed that everyone else enjoyed it.  I am not sure I would go through the effort of making homemade BBQ sauce every time, but positive side was, it made such a large batch that it can be canned (as the recipe called for) or even freeze it for later use.

Also made dessert for father’s day.  I haven’t baked since February so it felt good to get back into the swing of things because it is so therapeutic.  Started back with it simple in case I lost my touch, and decided to make PB Brownies.  My sister is obsessed with peanut butter and I am not sure anyone hates it (other than Chase, who actually likes it but seems to be in denial).  They were rich and delicious. But the recipe called for quite a bit of the PB frosting so I had a lot leftover for my PB loving sister.  It would be great to dip fruit in.

Hoping to start doing this more often again because I have missed blogging about food and life; Happy to be back, hopeful you will all follow again!