Delectable Arts: my new blog

I’ve decided to stop updating this blog to write a new blog about my adventures in baking and cooking – two of my biggest passions.

The new blog will be up and running soon at delectablearts.wordpress.com

Please check it out if you have a minute! Thanks!

Thank goodness I’m still (somewhat) needed

Well, I’ve been bad. I really haven’t blogged as much as I hoped to this year. I haven’t been slacking though! I’m super busy, as a matter of fact. I don’t think I’ll be writing another post anytime soon considering how much I currently have on my plate. And since I seem to get really ambitious and excited about most things, I’ve probably taken on more than I can chew. Not that I’m complaining though — I’m actually quite happy. Here’s what I’m up to for the next little while:

  • I’ll soon be featured in a training video for my company’s flagship product
  • I’m putting in a lot of hours to build my own e-commerce website
  • I’m doing volunteer work for the animal shelter where I adopted Harvey from
  • I’ve already purchased tickets for two highly anticipated concerts for early 2013

That’s all for now. Toodles.

Sunshine Meadows (near Banff, Alberta)

“I love being near the mountains. It’s good for the soul.”

A former co-worker once very wisely told me that, and he’s absolutely right. How could it not be good for you? I believe in what he said so much so that I now live near the Rocky Mountains.

A while ago, I went hiking with three others at Sunshine Meadows near Banff. At first I wasn’t sure if I would go since they asked me sort of at the last minute.

Boy, am I glad I went. It is beautiful up there. At some point, I contemplated building a shack out there so I could live there and see all that beauty every day. Alas, I eventually came back to reality.

We were up there for about half the day. We took tons of photos, ate our packed lunches with the company of squirrels, soaked up some sun, and remained in awe of the vastness of Mt. Assiniboine.

If these photos don’t do anything for you…. well, then you’re just weird. ;-)

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“A charmed life” – more goodies at my store

MOAR CHARMS!

Yes, more charms have been added to my online store: facebook.com/potioncrafts

Charming charms – New goodies at my store

I love the versatility of charms. You can wear them on a bracelet, necklace, or anklet. You can even attach them to zipper pulls and keychains. Keep it simple by wearing a charm by itself or create many different looks by mixing and matching charms together.

How do you like to wear your charms?

 

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Lemon pepper chicken (Oh, for the love of chicken! Part I)

I often avoid using things such as oil and butter when I cook. The good thing about chicken is that a lot of its natural oils come out when you start cooking it – especially when you’re cooking chicken thighs or wings.

I’ve been cooking chicken a lot lately. I find that it’s really hard to mess up chicken dishes even when you put in very little effort.

I was feeling lazy one evening and created this easy recipe below.

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Lemon pepper chicken

(serves 2)

Ingredients:

  • 6 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • a bit of parsley (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Debone the chicken drumsticks and cut the chicken into strips.
  2. Marinate the chicken with salt, pepper, thyme and basil for about 30 minutes.
  3. On medium to medium-high heat, grill the chicken with lemon juice in a skillet for about 10 to 12 minutes. Keep stirring the chicken so it doesn’t burn.
  4. (Optional) Garnish with a bit of parsley.

I tried this recipe with chicken wings and it was really good too.

TIP: If you plan on using the oilier parts of chicken, such as thighs or wings, I highly recommend using a deep skillet so that you won’t get a lot of oil splattered on you.

And that’s all. :-)

lemon pepper chicken wings

lemon pepper chicken wings

deep skillet

deep skillet