Thursday, August 17, 2017

Awesome Life Friday #125

Welcome to Awesome Life Friday!

We're so looking forward to seeing what you've been cooking, creating, growing, decorating, reviewing, giving away, and thinking about this week!

While you're here, leave your posts at the other link up we co-host here - Party in Your PJs!  It starts on Tuesday evenings, and runs through Sunday.  I hope you'll join us there as well!

Here's what we've been up to this week - I hope you'll go check it out!

So, now our favorite part - the FEATURES !  If you're one of our featured posts, we'd love it if you'd grab a button, and thanks to all of you who shared with us last week!

My Thrift Store Addiction // Mosaic Garden Art as Camouflage
"Today I have some unique garden art to share with you. It's not so much the mosaic design that makes it unusual, but rather its location."

The Country Chic Cottage // DIY Tray From an Old Coke Crate
"...the Coke crate was in an old barn and the bottom was completely rotted off.  I was left with a little of the sides.  Enough to read the “Coca-Cola” basically.  So I promise I did not destroy anything precious to make this tray.  If you are in the same situation, read on to find out how to make those pieces useful again."

The Boondocks Blog // School Bag Makeover
"This small school bag was given to one of my girls when she visited a factory...  We were going to give it away but it was a nice size, not too big for those days she has few books and it was very sturdy.  The only problem was that sticker on the front."

Crazy About Expresso // Chicken Parmesan Sliders
"Slider sandwiches are one of my favorite meals to make for dinner because they are usually easy and fast.  Two of my favorites when cooking."

The Ramblings of an Aspiring Small Town Girl // Balsamic Grilled Vegetables
"So our new favorite side dish is this simple and easily adjustable dish. For recipe’s sake I’m sharing the everything version I usually make which included potatoes, zucchini, crookneck squash, onions, cherry tomatoes, and artichokes."

Simply Stacie // Mediterranean Chicken and Rice Bowl
"These rice bowls contain an assortment of Mediterranean flavors. We’ve got dill, sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives and crumbled feta cheese. When you mix those flavors with chicken and rice, you’ve got a remarkable meal!"

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

No-Beer Beer Can Chicken with Cave Tools

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So, I am back with another one of Cave Tools awesome grilling products to review!  Last time, I tried out their Jalapeno Popper set - this time around they offered to let me try out the Beer Can Chicken Rack!

I had heard of making beer can chicken before and always wanted to try it, so I was super excited to review this item.

For those of you who haven't heard of this way of cooking, it is really as simple as it sounds.

Originally, you'd use an actual can of beer.  With Cave Tools, you fill the included reusable can with beer and place the roaster chicken upright, right on top of it, and the beer steams away from the inside of the bird, infusing the chicken and keeping it moist and flavorful.

The Beer Can Chicken set runs you a mere $19.99 for a full set up. It is equipped with a 100% stainless steel deep tray so that when you are roasting your chicken, the grease will not overflow!

The "can" itself is about the size of a regular beer/soda can but a little more narrow to fit easily inside the chicken. The site boasts that the can has an unique locking mechanism that prevents you having to struggle while removing the chicken, but I had a little trouble which I will get to later.

This tray also comes equipped with two 2 pronged spikes which you can use to grill up some veggies at the same time.. How cool is that?

I happened to have made my chicken in the oven, but it can also be made on the grill.

It would probably crisp up and be amazing on the BBQ, and I will definitely be trying it that way next, we just so happened to have run out of propane when I decided to make this up!

Bummer, I know!

Getting the bird onto the can was super easy! I imagined that I would have a little trouble getting it on  - you know, maneuvering it to make it fit, but it slid right on.

In our house we do not drink beer, so I had to improvise for my moisture. I made a mixture of fresh garlic, red onions and melted butter plus a little chicken stock.

The mixture itself was delicious so you can only imagine how good it would taste infused into my chicken.

So here's what I did:

No-Beer Beer Can Chicken
makes 1 whole roast chicken

1 whole roasting chicken
juice of one lemon
Weber Chicken and Rib Seasoning (or your poultry seasoning of choice)

1 cup butter, melted
2 small red onions, diced
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 cup chicken broth (or beer!)

Start by cleaning the chicken and patting it down with some poultry seasoning.  Squirt lemon juice on the bird, and put the chicken in the refrigerator to rest for at least an hour.

Prepare the butter blend.  Saute the onions until they are slightly translucent, then add garlic and cook for another minute or so until they are fragrant. Add the onion mixture to a bowl with the butter and broth.

Once you are ready to cook, put the butter mixture into the can, and put on the ventilated cover.

Place the chicken onto the can by inserting it into the large opening of the bird, then set the canned chicken on the Beer Can Chicken Rack, following instructions to place the chicken and can onto the Cave Tools rack.

Adjust the racks in your oven to fit the upright chicken without touching the top of the oven or walls. (You may need to completely remove one of your racks)

Put the  in the oven at 350 degrees for 2 hours (or onto your grill). I did not baste or move the chicken around at all. After two hours, check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer. Once it hits an internal temperature of 170 degrees, pull that bad boy out!

Let the chicken rest for a few minutes and then disconnect it from the can*. Carve as desired to serve.

I added this to my dinner with a side of wild rice, a simple salad and mini potatoes. This would be a great recipe for anything you would normally serve with a rotisserie chicken.

*Ok - so... theoretically, after removing it from the oven, you'd lift the chicken off and it comes right off the can but for me, it got stuck on.

I turned it sideways which dropped all the liquid in the can out, and then I had to take a fork to pry the can out.

It was not a big deal, nor did it inconvenience me in anyway, BUT it did not lock into place or slide right off like it states. I made sure that I locked it the best I could and it still happened. Not sure if my chicken was maybe too narrow or what, but that's what happened to me!

But on the subject of how it handled my chicken - let me tell you that I have a weird thing about poultry.

When I cook normally, it has to be burned; like super well done. The idea of undercooked chicken freaks me out enough that I'm more comfortable with it being overcooked, even if a side effect is that it is more dry than it should be.

I had no worries with this chicken! It was so perfect - completely cooked yet still very moist!

Even my kids were raving and asking for more. That is always a good sign.

I would highly recommend the Cave Tools Beer Can Chicken Set to any of my friends and family. It would make a fun get together meal, and it is so simple to use.

I want to thank Cave Tools for again letting me review their product. I have had such fun trying out new things when it comes to cooking and BBQing.  And since I now know for sure that  this works in my oven, I can use this method for roasting chicken throughout the year!

I will definitely be utilizing this product again in the near future!

Cavetools is offering our readers 15% off this product by using promo code: 
Just enter BEERCAN15 at check out on their site!

The Cave Tools Beer Can Chicken Set is also available for purchase on Amazon.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Party in Your PJs #170

Happy Tuesday!

Welcome to the Party in Your PJs Link Party, where your posts will be seen on four different blogs each week.

You'll also find the Awesome Life Friday link-up here at RCHReviews, every Thursday evening at 8pm ET so we hope to see you there as well.

Are you ready to party? I can't wait to see what you've brought to share!

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Awesome Life Friday #124

Welcome to Awesome Life Friday!

We're so looking forward to seeing what you've been cooking, creating, growing, decorating, reviewing, giving away, and thinking about this week!

While you're here, leave your posts at the other link up we co-host here - Party in Your PJs!  It starts on Tuesday evenings, and runs through Sunday.  I hope you'll join us there as well!

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S'Mores Muddy Buddy Mix // Wife Mommy Me
"...a no bake, no heat S'mores Muddy Buddy Mix. It's simple to put together and everyone will be asking you to make more! The best part? You don’t have to turn on your oven to make it. It’s a great snack mix for the upcoming heat that August brings with it."

Fall Maintenance Tips & Checklist with Autumn Bucket List // Comfort Spring
"Depending on where you live in the country, most folks  probably have a couple of months of good weather left before the temperature drops. That means now is a great time to create a plan and take some precautions in getting ready for the new season."

Black Bean Soup // Stone Cottage Adventures
"This is a wonderful hearty soup, the perfect evening meal after a long day of mowing and working in the garden."

Upholstering a Wood Chair // Vintage, Paint, & More...
"Today I am going to show you how I upholstered the chair seats to bring this set together and make it look as though it had been sold this way."

Reverse Decoupage Bottles with Decorative Seashells // Purple Hues & Me
"With this technique you just decoupage a paper napkin on the back of a bottle, giving off a see-through the glass picture which allows you to use the front and also the back of the bottle to add additional decorative themed items!  It's a wonderful dimensional decorative effect!"

10 Tips For What to Wear in Family Photos // Pretty Extraordinary
"For us, family photos are an annual Fall tradition, which means every year I need to tackle the ever important question: What will we wear?"

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Peppery Peach Skillet Chicken


This month's Improv Cooking Challenge was Peaches and Peppers - a flavor combination that sounded just like late summer to me!

This summer has been pretty busy and otherwise challenging, so I wasn't going to be up to doing anything insanely complicated, and I'm glad of that, because in my quest to find a simple way to bring these flavors together, I managed to come up with something that instantly went onto our list of favorites to work into the menu regularly.

I got my inspiration and starting point here, switching out the basil for Hatch chiles and some red pepper flakes, giving it a more piquant flavor balance that was both more to our taste, but also would meet this challenge.

It hits all the right buttons here - good protein, good fruits and veggies, and tastes rich and well seasoned without being overloaded with either fat or sugar. (There's a bit of each because moderation is a delicious thing!)

For the two of us it made one hearty meal for two plus lunches for the next day.

Here's what I did:

Peppery Peach Skillet Chicken Over Quinoa
serves 4

6 chicken thighs (boneless/skinless)
2 med. Vidalia onions, chopped
2 T. olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, minced
sea salt to taste
coarsely ground black pepper to taste
red pepper flakes to taste
1/3 white balsamic vinegar
1 T. raw honey
2-3 peaches, pitted and sliced
1 lg. can fire roasted diced tomatoes with juice
1 can green chiles (I used diced Hatch chiles)

1 cup quinoa
2 cups rice

In a large, deep skillet, heat olive oil and add onions, cooking until softened and starting to brown (if you like, continue cooling on low heat for about 20 minutes to caramelize).

Push onions to the edges of the pan, and add chicken.  Season with salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes as desired and sear both sides of the chicken.

The chicken will not yet be fully cooked inside.

Remove chicken to a plate and set aside.

Add minced garlic, and cook on medium for just a few seconds until fragrant, then add white balsamic vinegar (regular balsamic will also be fine).

Cook on medium for a couple of minutes, until the liquid has reduced by half.  Stir in honey.

Add peaches, canned tomatoes and green chiles to pan, and stir to combine.

Nestle chicken into the tomato blend, season again with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes if needed, and cover.

Let simmer for 15 minutes, while making quinoa:  combine quinoa and 2 cups water in a pot and bring to boil.

Reduce to low and cover, cooking for 15 minutes.  Fluff with fork.

To serve, place a a serving of quinoa in a shallow bowl and top with chicken and plenty of of the tomato and peach sauce.


Because this was so popular in our house, I realized it could easily be made with frozen sliced peaches making it an equally good and satisfying meal deep in the heart of winter.  And I expect it will be!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Prized Pet Subscription Box: Review/Giveaway


I must say that I have some spoiled pets! I've had the opportunity to review more than one pet-themed subscription boxes with their help. Here I am again, ready to spoil my dogs with Prized Pet monthly subscription box for dogs!

You can purchase a single Prized Pet Box for a one time fee of $18.99, or a monthly subscription of $16.99. Everything that comes in the box is said to be all natural.

On their website, you can purchase other items for dogs and cats like toys, ice cream, party hats and other random items, but it looks as though the subscription box is only for dogs and only treats.

The prices you find on their site are pretty comparable to the ones you would find at a local Petsmart or Petco.

So, my package arrived and I put it up on the counter and let it sit for a day before I opened it and I kind of forgot it was there.

My dogs were being so weird and I couldn't figure out what the heck their issue was. They were obsessed with trying to get to that box!

I finally put the box on the ground and let them see what all the fuss was about. They both sat there and sniffed it and kicked it around, looking at me like Hello, can you please give us what is inside???

I opened it to find 2 bagged packages of treats along with a couple additional items.

The first bag was an 8 ounce bag of Paws Barkery Bow Wow Snicker Doodles. The second item was Lucky Dog Teriayaki Beef Bites in a 5 ounce bag. Then there was an individually wrapped rabbit stick and a beef hamburger patty from Barkworthies.

The dogs were doing circles around me so I of course had to open up one of the bags and give them a snickerdoodle cookie! Ummm - they smell like something I would eat!

I of course made the dogs sit and do the round of their tricks before giving them the cookie and they were happy to do it. They gobbled those things up so fast, I couldn't believe it.

The Teriayaki (as they spell it) beef bites were not a hit with my large dogs. It states on the package that these are perfect for small dogs which I understood once I opened.

The treats themselves were about the size of a quarter in a bone shape.

I tried feeding them to the dogs and they weren't as enthusiastic as with the cookies.

I gave it to them after doing their tricks again and they refused to eat them.

To me, they smell like your typical dog treats, but with a weird gingery after-tone.

The Beef hamburger patty I gave to Hudson one day after I had taken him to the vet.

He had his ears cleaned and was a little mad/sad at me for taking him in so I thought he deserved it!

I gave it to him and walked down the hall to get my phone to take some cute pictures and it was gone by the time I walked back.

I am talking less than a minute and the whole thing was gone! That's a great sign!

So, we will just go with hamburger patty is a hit and delicious, apparently!

The Rabbit stick I gave to my nephew pup, Buddy! I love going over with special treats for him randomly and brought this over one night when we were all having dinner!

The thing smelled so terrible. I mean, it made me gag by the stench it got on my fingers when I was taking the wrapping off and I had to wash my hands like three times!

BUT, boy did Buddy eat that thing up with a quickness! It was gone in a minute or two with him licking the ground where the crumbs had fallen off.. Another hit.

Real Food = Treats I LOVE to give my animals.

Although I am not budgeted to buy a subscription box for my animals at this time, the treat here and there for them is good enough for me as an occasional indulgence, and I liked knowing that Prized Pet's treats are good quality and mostly very popular with my dogs.

I know there are a ton of people out there who love to spoil their pets rotten, and this would be a great treat for them and their little furry loved ones. The price is good, the treats are good and the animals love them. Win win for everyone!

Prized Pet is offering a one month subscription to one of our US readers - keep reading to see how you can enter to win!

Three winners worldwide will receive a one month subscription to Prized Pet. 

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