For an easy way to prevent snacking, add half an avocado to your lunch. It makes you feel more satisfied and can decrease your appetite by 40 percent! So, try it in your favorite smoothie, salad or sandwich.
There are tons of fried chicken recipes out there (I’m sure someone in your family has a “secret recipe” they’re reluctant to share), but I do a few things that make it super easy and give me perfect results every time. So, the next time you’re ready to whip up a batch of fried chicken, you’ll need a few things—your favorite fried chicken recipe and these:
A Dutch oven.
For me, this is the holy grail of cookware. Why? Mainly because of its versatility. Made of cast iron that is coated with enamel, it heats up evenly, retains that heat, and transfers from stove top, to oven, to table better than any pot I know. For things like fried chicken, retaining heat is crucial and Le Creuset ovens do that superbly.
If you’re not in the market for a Dutch oven that’s this pricey, there are a lot of options that you can find at department stores and even Target. Le Creuset is a brand that has been tested and tried for a long time (since 1925), so you’ll have to judge for yourself if the other brands work just as well.
An odor-absorbing splatter screen.
If you don’t have one of these yet, at $15-$25 (depending on where you shop), it’s a pretty inexpensive and useful kitchen tool. This screen not only reduces splatters—protecting your stove top, countertop (and your arms) from a barrage of hot oil—it also absorbs cooking aromas. Impressive, right?
Sandwiched between the two layers of wire mesh is a carbon fabric that filters the odors and helps to reduce their “linger”. Also, the mesh design won’t trap any steam or stop you from keeping an eye on what’s cooking. Storing the splatter screen is simple because, it’s slim and lightweight. Plus, it’s easy to clean and dishwasher safe.
On our trip out of town this weekend, Justin and I made a quick stop to grab some snacks for the road. Justin’s usually the type to run in and out of the store, while I’m like, “Ooh! Look at this! And this!” But, this time, I was focused on getting in and out without being distracted. We had a long drive ahead of us and I didn’t want to waste any time.
On our way to the chips aisle he stopped short and said, “Honey, have you seen this before?” There was a display of lemonade bottles and I picked one up and did what I always do with new products — look at the ingredients. “Hmm…water, lemon juice, honey, flaxseed, and mint. Sounds good!” Justin laughed because he knows I’m an easy sell when it comes to cute packaging. But, when we read the story behind BeeSweet Lemonade on the label, even he was intrigued. It’s not every day that you come across an entrepreneur who’s only nine…
At four years old, Mikaila was given a vintage cookbook by her great-grandmother, Helen. In it, was a lemonade recipe that called for flaxseed and honey. Enhancing the recipe with local Texas honey, and mint from her family garden, Mikaila entered her creation in the Austin Lemonade Day contest. It was a hit from the start, and in 2011, her special recipe won “Most Creative Lemonade” at the Austin Lemonade Day Contest. She also has a passion bees and educating families about their importance in our ecosystem.
Let me tell you guys, the lemonade is outstanding. We didn’t even get to our chips before we finished the whole bottle! (We only bought one, just in case we didn’t like it). It’s not overly sweet, and the touch of mint makes it even more refreshing. I think we’ll be drinking this all summer.
Mikaila, we are so proud of you!
Head to the BeeSweet Lemonade website to read more of their story, and for info on where to purchase. Buy a bottle, save a bee!