Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Yummy Orange Chicken

My son LOVES orange chicken!
This is hands down the best recipe I've used. Originally found it on  Of course after making it over a dozen times, I've made some changes of my own. This is what I come up with:

Ingredients Needed:
1 1/2 cups water
2 Tablespoons orange juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup rice vinegar
2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/8 tsp ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons chopped green onions
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 teaspoons Cornstarch
1 Tablespoons Water

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into pieces
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Olive Oil

 Step 1: Pour water, orange juice, lemon juice, rice vinegar, and soy sauce into a saucepan.  Warm over medium-high heat.  Stir in the orange zest, brown sugar, ground ginger, garlic, chopped green onion, and red pepper flakes. {I crush the red pepper flakes in the palm of my hand before throwing them in the saucepan, this helps release some of the flavor}. Bring to a boil.  Remove from heat.  Allow to cool 10 to 15 minutes.
Step 2: While the sauce is cooling, I cut the chicken breasts into chunks.  Then, I place them in a storage bag.
Step 3: Once the sauce has cooled, place 1 cup of sauce into the bag.  Seal the bag, and refrigerate at least 2 hours.  Put the remaining sauce into a container and place in the refrigerator to save for later. 
  Step 4: Once it has been at least 2 hours, place the flour, salt, and pepper in another resealable storage bag.  Add the marinated chicken pieces, seal the bag, and shake to coat.
 Step 5: Heat the olive oil {I use just enough to cover the bottom of the skillet} in a large skillet over medium heat.  Place floured chicken into the skillet.  Brown on both sides.  Place browned pieces on a plate lined with paper towels.
 Step 6: You can wipe out the skillet with a paper towel and use it or grab another one.  Add the sauce you saved in a container in the fridge.  Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.  Meanwhile in a separate bowl, mix together the cornstarch and water.  Then, stir it into the sauce.  Reduce the meat to medium low.  Add the chicken pieces.  Simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Enjoy over rice!

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Friday, February 15, 2013

EASY Homemade Pizza Sauce

So Yummy & Super Easy!
My kind of stuff!
Love the flavor in this sauce.  This recipe makes enough for 3 large pizzas, if you use about 1/2 cup of sauce on each.  This also freezes well!
Recipe has been adapted from a recipe found on

1 {15oz} can tomato sauce
1 {6oz} can of tomato paste
1 tablespoon oregano
1 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 tablespoon basil
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon onion powder

I mix together the tomato sauce and tomato paste first until it's smooth.  Then, I add the rest of the ingredients.  Stir. Done. 

I use about 1/2 cup of sauce per large pizza

Cooked a little longer than I wanted.... the baby was crying.  We all know how that goes. :)

I put a half cup of sauce in each freezer bag.  Spread it out and lay flat in the freezer.  Then, it's easy to thaw when I want to make pizza for dinner!

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!
Check out the Teacher Valentine, Kid Valentines, and Snack I did this year!

This past month I've been crazy busy! We moved! And with 3 kids ages 3 and under... that is craziness! Still unpacking but had to take a break to share what Valentines I did this year:

Teacher Gift/Valentine:
 As a teacher, I got WAY too many goodies and candles as gifts during the holidays.  So, I figured I'd get a teacher what they REALLY need for Valentine's Day~ Expo markers!!  She loved them!  I found these new WASHABLE Expo Markers!  Figured they are perfect for Preschool!

Valentine Snack:

Found this recipe for Valentine Chex Mix on Pinterest.  Made it and loved it!

Found these little baggies at the Dollar Tree- SCORE! 25 of them for $1! Used them for snacks and Valentines! Love a two for one!! :)

Kid's Valentines:
Bubbles are 3 for $1 at Dollar Tree.  Bags are from Dollar Tree too!  I bought a couple of Blow Pops to throw in there too. My little guy was excited to hand these out to his friends!

Happy Valentine's Day!

  Eating our breakfast before running out the door!

My flowers the Hubs gave me! :)
Made the Love sign with a tray from Dollar Tree and Chalkboard Paint. 

For Valentine dinner we are having homemade pizza where the pepperonis are cut into hearts. 
{found the idea on pinterest} 

Happy Valentines Day! :)

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