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Garlic Chicken

This Garlic Chicken is so easy you could call it Idiot Chicken. I bought a fresh chicken at the grocery and 4 heads of garlic. I peeled all the garlic and came up with this:

It barely all fit inside the chicken. I rubbed the chicken with 1/4 stick of butter and placed it breast side down into the crock pot. My chicken cooked on low until morning. When I came out to the kitchen the house smelled delighful. As you can see the chicken made about 2 cups of chicken stock to save for another day, and then all of the garlic is now perfect for spreading on bread or whipping with butter to make it even easier to spread. Watch out.. the first time I made this I think I ate 7 cloves of garlic on crackers just standing in the kitchen. It is fabulous!!

1 Chicken

3-4 heads of garlic

1/4 stick of butter

The chicken is moist and flavorful and can be used in anything. In the morning I de-bone the chicken, put the meat in the fridge, put the garlic in a container and freeze the chicken stock. Now if I were really on fire I’d put all the bones and leftovers into a mesh bag then toss that, the chicken stock I just got from roasting the chicken and vegetables into a stock pot to simmer in water all day for a big batch of chicken stock to use for several soups etc..

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Need some great ideas for the new graduate in your life?

In a word luggage… as the Dr. Suess book says “You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!  Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!”

Help them get on to those new adventures with a new piece of luggage.  Beyond the Rack has a great selection of great luggage today. I’m especially fond of the Yak Pak Multi bags. Talk about CUTE!  As an added advantage with cute bright luggage you can spot it right away on the baggage carousel.

Ideas for Father’s Day – June 19th

Jasmere has a great tech product for the forgetful father, this small device will tell dad if he has that cell phone with him or if he left it in yesterdays jacket.  The Bringrr Charge plugs into your power port and sounds an alarm when you get into the car if you do not have that cell phone with you. This would be a great gift for the new mom or anyone else that may frequently forget their cell phone.  Jasmere is one of my favorite daily deal sites, they are reliable and offer a new deal every day.

Of course if dear old dad is a beer nut, he may be partial to the deal at Moolala; a one year subscription to Beer Connoisseur Magazine. Combine that with a basket of different beers or a beers of the world pack and you have a great gift for the beer lover dad.

Sigg Water Bottles

Sigg water bottles are back at Hautelook today. If you are a fan of the Sigg brand this is the time to get them. These reusable water bottles come in a variety of sizes, colors and prints to fit every personality. Its a great way to go green.. get rid of the plastic water bottles.

This would be great in that new grads gift basket as they head off to college or maybe a new water bottle for dad (Father’s Day is coming up!).

ReUsies

Groupon (San Diego) has a great online deal today on ReUsies. Considering how much plastic waste gets tossed into the trash on a daily basis these are a fabulous idea. You get $30 worth of ReUsies for $15.  These bags are washable and made locally in Seattle.

Check out Heartsy

 

If you are a fan of Art Fire or Etsy and love handmade or one of a kind items you will love this great daily deal site Heartsy. They feature a number of deals every day including art, bath items, jewelry, clothing etc.. I have purchased several deals from Heartsy and have been very satisfied with everything. Its a great way to try new things out, find great new products and sellers. I’m always looking for reuseable sandwich & snack bags or bath products without so many chemicals in them.. which I have been able to find thanks to Art Fire and Etsy.  I was able to get them at a discount thanks to Heartsy.

Eco Friendly Bowls, Accessories and Serving Pieces

Today we have a couple great deals on beautiful Core Bamboo and Acaciaware.

Today on Modnique there are incredible deals on Core Bamboo bowls, trays and accessories. Modnique is a daily deal site and they run a number of deals every day.

Rue La La has beautiful Acaciaware bowls, Acacia wood is a very fast growing species of dense wood with natural resins so you will not need to oil the pieces to keep them looking beautiful. Rue La La is another daily deal site also featuring a number of deals every day.

Today’s Mother’s Day Ideas

Zulily has Tag accessories on special, these cute things scream spring. They have a darling cupcake cookie jar and a set of cupcake plates, a butterfly platter and a butterfly table runner. A darling blue straw bag for only 9.99 (think cute gift bag for mom).  Click on over to Zulily and check out the sale on Tag.

One Kings Lane has a darling selection of bright fun coffee mugs, tea cups etc. Think how much mom would enjoy this especially if you added a pound of her favorite coffee or her favorite tea.  There are travel mugs, dessert plates, tea sets… all in happy bright colors. One Kings Lane is another daily deal site. They have a handful of deals going every day, they focus on the home and garden sort of deals and most of the items seem to be higher end brands.

Rue La La has Picnic Time Items today but I love the cheese sets, these would be fabulous for that wine and cheese party. The one pictured above is on special for 29.90.  Treat mom to a new picnic basket and take her to the beach for a picnic, that would be a wonderful suprise.  As you may know Rue La La is a daily deal site, you may be seeing a trend here with these because I am so addicted to them.

Cake Pops

I have been trying a few new things in the kitchen. I had posted earlier about just how fond of the Starbucks cake pops I am, but I soon realized just how late I was to the cake pop party. Holy cow, there are a million designs for these things, all are cute and fabulous but I thought I should just stick to the plain ole ball style and see if I can master that first. You will see that this was the best plan for me.

 I’ve tried these twice and the first time I did a yellow cake with white frosting dipped in white chocolate, and my error was making them slightly too large and not waiting long enough after inserting the stick. You dip the stick into the chocolate and then into the cake ball and the chocolate sort of acts as a glue.

While I do not like any recipe with 47 steps, I had to try these again, they were good and I wanted to see if I could increase the number of the cake pops that actually stayed on the stick.

Milk chocolate takes longer to melt and uses more Crisco to get it to the right consistency to dip. I’d like to try using coconut oil instead of Crisco next time.

If you want to give this a try:  Basically buy a box of cake mix and a can of frosting (I used homemade frosting the first time so you can do this either way).  Bake the cake according to the directions on the box. After the cake has cooled crumble it into a large mixing bowl along with half a can of the frosting. Mush it all together into a large ball. When it stays together nicely you have about the right consistency.

Make small balls and put them on a lined cookie sheet (parchment paper or wax paper).  I wore food prep gloves for this step.

Meanwhile take a package of chocolate chips (you can choose white, milk chocolate etc) and melt them with about a tablespoon of Crisco (more if you use milk chocolate).  I used a small fondue pot to accomplish this task. Make sure you do not burn the chocolate, because if you do it will taste horrendous. When the chocolate is melted and Crisco mixed in and everything is a nice smooth consistency, dip each stick into the chocolate and then into a cake ball. 

Now this is where you need to wait. The chocolate on the stick is supposed to act as a glue… seriously wait, go do something else.

I used a tablespoon to help the cake ball stay on the stick and to drizzle chocolate over the ball itself.

The best plan for a lovely cake ball would be to stick them into Styrofoam to dry, but I’m ghetto so I put them back on the LINED cookie sheet. I stress lined because I didn’t line my cookie sheet the last time (thinking that it was nonstick – yeah nonstick my fanny. I was scraping those suckers off with a spoon!).

They are a mess to make but they are delicious and very popular.

Wall Art for Mother’s Day

Thinking of a portrait for mom for Mother’s Day?  I’ve got a couple deals for you to peruse today..

Groupon (Huntsville, Alabama) Has a 16×20 gallary wrapped canvas for $39 at Picture It On Canvas (shipping included)

Living Social (Toledo) $40 for $80 photo to canvas printing at CanvasPop (also entitles you to a $30 discount on a future order)

LivingSocial (Montgomory County) $28 for 11×14 canvas print or $39 for 16×20 canvas print at MyPix2Canvas

Groupon (Springfield MO) Has an amazing deal from Hal Jaffe Name Art for $60 you can get 3-11 letter name art (These are usually very spendy!)

Groupon (Albany GA) $60 for Custom alphabet framing at Frame the Alphabet

Groupon (San Francisco) $149 for 18×24 Hi Res digital image from DNA Imprints - Love this idea!

Groupon (New Orleans) Has another unusual idea from MetalPixs. $39 for 11×14 and $49 for 16×20 portrait.