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Helllloooo! Just checking in between feeding sessions, diaper changes, snippets of sleep, and endless cuddles with my main squeeze, Casper.

I have plans to share some of my experience with this whole motherhood thing and some of how things went down labor/birth-wise (which ended up being not at all what I wanted/expected)…are you all interested in any of that? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below.

Anyhoo (yeah, I just wrote “anyhoo…”), here are a few recipes that went live recently on BettyCrocker.com. Lots of delish end-of-summer fare before we transition into fall (YAY)!!

I hope summer treated you well!!

XO, Cindy

Easy Strawberry Ice Cream Shortcake

Easy Ice Cream Strawberry Shortcake

Slow-Cooker Bacon Caprese Dip

Slow-Cooker Bacon Caprese Dip

Waffle Donuts

Waffle Donuts

Skillet Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chip Streusel

Skillet Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chip Streusel

Raspberry Mint Limeade

Raspberry Mint Limeade 

Texas Sheet Cake Cupcakes

Texas Sheet Cake Cupcakes

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Jalapeño Fruit Relish

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Jalapeño Fruit Relish

Chicken and Waffle Melts

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So…yeah…that’s a chicken and waffle with melted cheese all up on it. I made these rosemary-laced waffles with a decidedly savory slant for a project I was working on for Bisquick that didn’t end up getting used…and I couldn’t hold out on you and just let it whither away on my desktop. I had to share it! I mean, it’s crispy chicken and rosemary waffles meets cheesy melt, with a little sweet and spicy condiment, and it’s real good.

I’m a firm believer that most things are better with cheese. It’s just science, ya know? The waffles can be made with whatever your favorite, basic waffle recipe is with the addition of a heap of rosemary. It makes for a savory, herbal waffle that pairs perfectly with the super-crispy, Panko-crusted chicken. There’s a maple drizzle that’s spiced up with tangy Tabasco…it’s pretty amazing as a dipper for chicken fingers and makes total sense with this savory waffle concoction. The chives bring a little savory bite and the cheese does it’s magical, melty cheese thing. This crazy dish was intended to bring together breakfast and dinner to make everyones favorite meal: brinner! I think it works for a savory + sweet + cheesy + spicy breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or brinner…it’s a versatile one.

[recipe]

Print Recipe

Chicken and Waffle Melts

Since these waffles were intended for a project using Bisquick, they are made with the mix. I have not included a recipe for the waffles here, but you should use whatever waffle recipe is your stand-by and add 1 to 2 tablespoons of chopped, fresh rosemary.  

4-6 rosemary waffles

1/2 lb. chicken breast cut into chunks

1 tablespoon flour

1 egg

1/4 cup milk

5 dashes of hot sauce, like tabasco

3/4 cup panko bread crumbs

1/4 cup flour

salt and pepper

canola oil

1/4 cup maple syrup

as many dashes of hot sauce (tabasco) as you like

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

3 tablespoons chopped chives

Mix the chicken with the 1 tablespoon of flour to coat. Place the egg, milk, and hot sauce in a shallow, wide dish and whisk to combine. Place the panko, 1/4 cup flour, a big pinch of salt and pepper in another shallow, wide dish and mix to combine. Dip the flour coated chicken pieces in egg mixture, and dredge through the panko mixture to coat. Set on a plate and allow to rest for about 10 minutes so the breading adheres well to the chicken. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat with about 1 inch of canola oil. Once the oil is hot, shallow fry the chicken in batches until cooked through and golden on all sides. Drain on a paper towel lined plate.

Preheat your oven’s broiler.

In a small bowl whisk together the maple and hot sauce. Place waffles on a baking sheet and layer with chicken pieces, and a generous amount of cheese. Place under the broiler and cook until cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove from over, place on plates and sprinkle with chopped chives. Drizzle with the spicy maple and eat! [/recipe]

 

So, this is the New Year…

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Dear 2011,

It’s been fun, strange, and terrifying, but most of all, exciting.

It’s been a year of change and discovery.

Thanks for everything.

Dear 2012,

I’m not big on resolutions, I feel like they’re just a set-up for failure. So, I’m keeping my goals for the year simple:

patience, patience, patience. learn some. 

eat a few new vegetables

be nicer to my body

get back into arts/crafts

learn to temper chocolate

try to remember that comparison kills joy

I’m looking forward to this new year. Let’s get into it.

Dear Friends,

I can’t even begin to get into how much your comments, and the fact that this little blog is even on your radar, mean to me. It’s a big, bad world of blogging and there’s a ton of things to look at, read, and be inspired by. Your support means the world.

I thank you from the deepest reaches of my little, ol’ heart. Truly.

So, to cap of 2011, I say we have a drink. I know many of us will be popping the corks off of some bubbly tonight and toasting to a brand new year with the ones we love the most.

My favorite guy and I will be staying in, after a long and much needed trip back home for the holidays. We’ll be lounging and sipping these cocktails with our pups. Soda water makes it bubbly, rosemary + ginger syrup bring aromatic, herbal sweetness, there’s a little squeeze of lime for some tang, and gin makes it all boozey and right.

Cheers!!

XO Cindy

Rosemary-Ginger Gin Cocktail

makes 1 drink

ice

2 ounces gin

1 tablespoon rosemary-ginger syrup

1 lime wedge

soda water to fill

Fill a rocks glass with ice and pour in the gin, syrup, squeeze the lime over the top, fill the glass with soda water and stir to combine. Toast and drink.

Rosemary-Ginger Syrup

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup water

2 inches ginger root, peeled and sliced

2-3 sprigs rosemary

Add sugar and water to a small saucepan and stir to combine. Add ginger and rosemary, heat to dissolve the sugar and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes, then remove from heat. Allow ginger and rosemary to steep in the syrup as it cools to room temperature. Once cooled, remove ginger and rosemary (strain if needed) and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.