Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings

Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings

IMG_20141026_172023I love this recipe!  My mom has been making this for years and years.  Today I finally decided to make it myself!  The wings are full of flavor and the meat is so tender it falls right off the bone.  Perfect for game day or just a fun appetizer or even the main course for dinner.

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Assemble your ingredients.  You will need 3 lb. bag of chicken wings, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, lemon pepper seasoning and Louisiana hot sauce.IMG_20141026_141151

Arrange all of the wings in a 9×13 pan.  It may take a bit of re-arranging but you should be able to get all of the wings into the same pan.  As they cook, more room will be created too.IMG_20141026_141755

After pouring the apple cider vinegar and lemon juice on the legs, slice up the butter and place on the chicken wings.  This is for a more rich flavor.  For a healthier dish, feel free to skip the butter.IMG_20141026_141855

Sprinkle the wings with the Louisiana hot sauce.  The amount is up to you depending on how spicy you want the wings.  Ethan and I are not big on spicy foods so I just used a fairly small amount.IMG_20141026_141945

Sprinkle the lemon pepper seasoning over the wings.  Again, the amount is up to you.  Place in the oven for 30 minutes.IMG_20141026_145025

After the first 30 minutes take the pan out of the oven and flip all of the wings over.

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Baste the wings and sprinkle more hot sauce and lemon pepper seasoning.  Put back in the oven for 30 minutes.  Continue basting the chicken every 30 minutes until the liquid is almost gone.  This will usually take about 2 hours.IMG_20141026_171609

They will be done when the wings are a nice golden color and the meat starting to fall off the bones.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • Louisiana hot sauce
  • Lemon pepper seasoning
  • 3 lbs. chicken wings
  • 1/2 stick of butter (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a 9×13 pan, arrange the wings.  It might take a little puzzle piecing to get all of them to fit in one pan.
  3. Mix the lemon juice and apple cider vinegar and pour over the wings making sure each wing gets wet from the mixture.
  4. Take the half stick of butter and cut little pats and place them on top of the wings.
  5. Shake Louisiana hot sauce over the wings.  Amount is up to you depending on how spicy you want them.
  6. Shake lemon pepper seasoning over all the wings.
  7. Place in the oven for 30 minutes.
  8. After the first 30 minutes, take out of the oven and flip the wings over.
  9. Sprinkle with more hot sauce and lemon pepper seasoning.
  10. Put back in the oven for 30 more minutes.
  11. After the next  30 minutes, take out of the oven and baste the liquid over the wings.
  12. Return to the oven and continue to baste every 30 minutes.
  13. When most of the liquid is used up, keep in the oven until the wings turn a golden color.
  14. Remove and serve with a side dish of your choosing.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does!  Happy cooking!

Crock Pot Cheesy Potatoes

Today I am trying a new recipe that I found recently on Pinterest.  I’m a big fan of cooking in the crock pot so I was exciting to find a new recipe for it.  There was one change to the ingredient list I made.  She used onion flakes but neither Ethan nor I like onions so I skipped that ingredient completely.  Also in her directions she doesn’t explain where to add the salt and pepper so I just mixed it in with the first set of ingredients.

Here is the link to the recipe I used.  Crock Pot Comforting Cheesy Potatoes

Original recipe is from Taste Of Home

IMG_20140920_145809Ingredients:

  • 1 – 10 3/4 oz can of cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 – 32 oz frozen cubed hash browns, thawed
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese

Directions:

  1. Combine the cream of chicken soup, sour cream, butter, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  2. Add hash browns and 1 1/2 cup cheese and stir to combine.
  3. Pour into a 4 qt slow cooker, cover.
  4. Cook for 4-5 hours on low or until potatoes are tender.
  5. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over potatoes and continue to cook 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

IMG_20140920_194837-1Final product… A delicious creamy, cheesy potato side dish, perfect to go along with barbeque!

Bridal Shower Gift

So one of my good friends is getting married next month and her bridal shower and bachelorette party were this past Saturday.  I had never been to a bridal shower so I was a little unsure about the whole bridal shower gift versus the wedding gift.  I did some research and found that they are supposed to be 2 different gifts so I started to think about what to get her for the bridal shower.  I wanted to do something a little more than just getting something off of her registry (which is what the wedding present will be haha).  She pins recipes on Pinterest like crazy but she just looks at them on her phone.  I figure that if she had printouts of those recipes it would be less hassle and less chance her phone would get dirty.  So I went through all of her recipes on Pinterest and picked out a bunch to fill 5 categories: Main dishes, sides, pastas, breakfast and drinks (both alcoholic and non).  I typed up all of the recipes in a font I know she likes and printed photos of at least the finished product.  Some of the recipes had photos of the whole process so I used some of those sometimes.  I got a cute sticker from Michael’s to put on the front cover.  (I have also made a binder similar with the same stickers for my own recipe binder).  Once I had all of the recipes and photos I started to put them into clear sheet protectors so if they got dirty she could just wipe off the protector and it wouldn’t affect the paper.

I also wanted to get her a couple of the kitchen utensils that were on her registry for a little something extra.  Then I wrapped the binder up in brown paper wrapping paper from Target and tied these cute ribbons I got from Michael’s around the binder and tied the utensils into the bows.

I finished the binder before I thought about posting about this so I don’t have photos of the items I used.  I only have photos of the finished products.

Items Used:

– Pink Avery durable binder (Target)

– JoLee’s Boutique stickers (Michael’s)

– Pink, blue, purple and green gingham pattern scrapbook paper (Michael’s)

– Avery sheet protectors (Already had these but you can get at Target or Walmart)

– Rubber cement (Already had this but you can get at Target or Walmart)

– Scotch photo squares (Already had this but you can get at Target)

– Scrapbook letters (already had these, they were from Michael’s I believe)

– Brown paper wrapping paper (Target)

– Cute wedding ribbons (Michael’s)

 

Front cover

Front cover

Main Dish Category

Main Dish Category

Recipe Example

Recipe Example

Breakfast Category

Breakfast Category

Wrapped Up

Wrapped Up

Ribbon Close-Up

Ribbon Close-Up

This was the first gift that she opened.  Everyone loved it!  I even had a few requests from some of the girls to make one for them!  I must admit I myself am a little jealous haha.  I have a recipe binder that I made that is similar to this one but nowhere near as neat and cool looking.  Everyone loved the way it looked, loved the recipes and how it was more personal than just a registry item.

Any questions just ask!

Oh, I should add that I made sure to include credit for all of the recipes and photos from the website/blog the recipes came from!