Friday, March 9, 2012

A "NEW" type of CHALLENGE . . .

Happy Friday Everyone!

If you are a follower of my blog, you will know that my friend Lana (Blest With Stamps) and I have a friendly ALTERING challenge thing that we do from time to time  ... where we purchase the same 'trash' item from the Goodwill and each do our 'own thing' ... then don't reveal it until we are both done and can blog about it.  That is when we see what the other one has done with the same item.  It's great fun and so inspiring!

WELL .... here's something new
 that my friend Shelly - A Work of Heart   (Shelly's Images)
 and I decided to try. 


That's right and last night was our first try!  
We have been SKYPE CRAFTING for awhile now (which is awesome fun since she is in Kansas and I am in Ohio).  And of late, we have been doing a lot of skyping since Shelly is in the process of opening a NEW online store and I'm helping her 'stock the shelves' with her fabulous digi images. 

Anyways ... back to the food!  
 We decided that once a week we would plan something to make for dinner together while we are Skyping.  It was so much fun to be "in Shelly's kitchen" with her.  Of course, with Shelly being in Kansas, she is an hour behind me in time zones.  So we need to find dishes that we can prep together and while I am actually cooking mine, we have to make something that Shelly can cover and refrigerate to cook just a little later.
Shelly chose the first recipe which she found on Pinterest and is called "Man Pleasing Chicken".  We also made oven roasted red potatoes using Lipton Onion Soup mix ... that worked great since they took the same length of time to cook as the chicken.  Asparagus was our side dish while cauliflower was Shelly's. 
Here is the recipe for "Man Pleasing Chicken"
  • 1 package Chicken thighs- about 6
  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup Maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon Rice wine vinegar
  • Fresh Rosemary (we used green onion and added before cooking)
  1. Preheat oven to 450. Put a 1-1/2 pound package of chicken thighs into an oven-proof baking dish. Salt and pepper the thighs. Mix the mustard, syrup and vinegar in a separate bowl.  Pour your maple mustard mixture over them, turning the thighs in the mixture so they are fully coated.  I added some chopped green onion to the top of my chicken.  
  2. Put the chicken thighs into the oven, and let them bake for 40 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 155ºF. Baste the tops of the chicken with more sauce half way through. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before serving. Plate the chicken, making sure to spoon some extra sauce over the top. 

WOW!  Talk about a quick & easy meal and your kitchen smells FABULOUS!  We both agree, however, that next time we'll try to 'tame down' the mustard a bit ... maybe with a little sour cream or mayo.  Don't get me wrong, it was delicious and there was nothing left at the end of the meal but we think for our palettes, we might want to 'tweek' the recipe just a bit!
Well there you have it ... ANOTHER ADVENTURE I have embarked upon and having a great time!  Why not give it a try with a friend of yours?  And with the wonderful world of SKYPE, it was like having Shelly's sitting at the kitchen island while I cooked ... oh yea, she WAS on the island!  LOL!
 Lots of crafting to do today so I'd better get busy!  
Happy Day Everyone!


Shelly Parker - Shellys Images said...

It was SO much fun to cook with you my friend! I can't wait to find out what our recipe will be for next week.

Rita said...

Hi darlene, Your recipe sounds divine. I am going to give it a try. Love this Challenge and I shall keep my eye on it too. Hugs Rita xxx

Lisa B said...

Yum yum! That sounds like fun!!! I wish we lived closer together.

Selma said...

What a fun idea Darlene. Your meal sounds so good.

Dru said...

Ohhhh - this is right up my alley - quick and delicious. I'm making this entire dinner this week and I can't wait. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Dru

Cindy said...

What a great idea, Skype cooking!!
The meal you made looks just yummy!!! have a great day!!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Sounds like a fun adventure! I am not a fan of mustard, but my hubby and daughter would love this!