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John’s “Birthday” Meal

We had plans for John’s actual birthday and the rest of the weekend but I wanted to have a special meal at home to celebrate so we did, a day early.

The Menu:
Raspberry Arnold Palmer
Leftover Salad
Grilled Corn on the Cob
Grilled chopped Potatoes
Grilled Sirloin Steak with Chimichurri 

8_15_132All the grilled items John actually cooked himself, and he told me he enjoyed it. If I can get him to enjoy cooking – I am all for the grill! I made the drinks and chimichurri sauce. Every cooking show I’ve seen always talks about this sauce and people always make it. I’ve never even tried it. So I decided it was time. I had a recipe from the Food Network Mag so we tried it. It was delicious!8_15_134 8_15_135 8_15_136

Everything was delicious! John loved it and so I deem that a huge success!

Saturday Cooking Day – New Recipes

John helped me pick out some new recipes to try from our large stack of them. We leafed through all the torn out pages from magazines until we had a menu plan we could work with. We ended up with the following:

-Homemade baked chicken tenders
-Jalapneo Mac’N Cheese
Cinco de Mayo Sippers
-Corn with Chili-Lime Butter 
   (We used chili powder instead of the paste)
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 John made the proclamation that the corn was the best he had ever eaten. That’s pretty cool too since he pretty much prepared it on his own. I had never bought ears of corn before. He even shucked them. It was so nice to have my husband helping me in the kitchen. We literally worked together on every aspect of the meal and then were able to sit down and enjoy it together knowing how hard we worked to put it together. It was rewarding and tasty!

BBQ Chicken & Hushpuppies

For Memorial Day weekend we decided to take it easy and make some homestyle food. I had a recipe for Crockpot BBQ Chicken that I had been wanting to try so we got that in the crockpot after breakfast and then had an early dinner. The chicken came out beautifully. I used chicken legs instead of breasts, but otherwise followed the recipe. The chicken was so tender, and so good. We paired it with some potato salad and hushpuppies. We also made some sweet tea trying a sample from Republic of Tea of their Watermelon Mint tea. It was so refreshing and just tasted like summer in a glass. I felt like we ate like kings. Nothing beats some down home cooking!

Crockpot BBQ Chicken
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Hush Puppies
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