We have had a tough football season in our house – my husband and I are having the WORST fantasy football seasons so far, and we are both taking it pretty hard. The one thing that is getting us through this season is this Baked Buffalo wings recipe. Seriously
These wings are baked, so healthier than deep-fried wings. We also freeze them so that we can enjoy them on our Sundays, but not have to put all the cooking effort in at one time. Oh, and have I mentioned that my HUSBAND loves to make these?! So…I got to be in the kitchen with the camera, and hubby did all the cooking!!!
Touchdown!(That was super cheesy, right?! I know I know….I couldn’t resist)
Baked Buffalo Wings
Inspired by the Food Network Magazine
3 lbs chicken wings
3 stalks of celery, cut into thirds
2 large carrots, peeled and cut in half
2 bay leaves
1 cup fat-free and low sodium chicken broth
1 cup Franks Red hot Sauce (PLEASE make sure that you do not buy the superhot…it is SUPER hot)
2 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tbsp honey (yes, that is a super large jar of honey…)
1/2 cup of water
1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Coat the baking sheet with cooking spray.
2. Put the wings in a deep skillet, add the celery, carrots, bay leaves, chicken broth, hot sauce, paprika, butter, honey, 1/2 cup of water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook for about 20 minutes, the chicken should be almost cooked through.
3. Transfer the wings to the baking sheet, and arrange in a single layer.
4. Reserve the sauce in the skillet, and simmer for about 15 minutes, until thickened. Discard the celery, carrot and bay leaves. Save about 1 cup of the sauce to toss with the wings. Return the wings to the reserved sauce and toss together.
5. Serve the wings with some light ranch or blue cheese dip, celery and carrots if you choose.
6. To freeze the wings: Place on a baking sheet, and put in freezer, transfer to a ziploc bag, and keep in your freezer. To reheat, defrost selected number of wings, and heat in the microwave or in the oven at 350 for 10 minutes.
Note: I mentioned my husband did the cooking…he missed the important step of the cooking spray. So…please, don’t miss that step, unless this happens!
It is a car theme this week on MMB (in case you missed Monday’s post – we were talking MINI-VANS!)
We were leaving day care at the same time as one of my daughter’s favorite little friends – the one my son always calls her “boyfriend” (cute now…not cute in 13 years!). C and her “boyfriend” were walking out holding hands, and his mom and I were walking out to our cars together, and eventually separated the two cuties and got them into their car seats.
Now, even though the kids would see each other in about 14 hours, the separation was too much for their little hearts to take, and the tears started. Being the mom of 2, I was able to look past the crying and went to my happy place and just heard the clink of wine glasses. My friend on the other hand was trying everything to make her little guy happy, and handed over the favorite toy of little children everywhere….
He immediately stopped crying, and was happily playing away. We said our goodbyes, I hopped into my car, and noticed, my friend was not getting in her car. She turned to look at me with a panicked look on her face. And I immediately knew…her door was locked – she ran around and checked all the doors, and as she feared, they were all locked.
Long story short…police were called, the car was opened, everyone had a good laugh (especially all the parents who were coming right around the same time to pick their kids up – eek…), and my friend looked at me when it was all over, and with the smile I gave, she knew this story was going to be posted here. It is a hazard of being one of my friends
While this mommy brain moment was a tough one to live through and watch, a respectable amount of time has passed and we can laugh.
Lesson learned – think about wine when you hear cries….
I heard from one of my favorite people the other week and it was some of the best news that you can hear – she was pregnant! And…with twins A boy and a girl – how super exciting, right?!? She was asking me for advice, now that she has a reason to read Mastering Mommy Brain beyond Friday recipes!!
I passed along some of my favorite reads, favorite baby items, but honestly, this is COMPLETELY out of my comfort zone. I would have no idea how to handle two munchkins the same age!!
Here are some of my favorite “mulitples” websites which I read- 3 of which are from my blogging group…
We have been having some big discussions about cars in our house lately and if we need to change one of them up. We now have a small and a mid-sized SUV. While these cars work with our day-to-day life, we have faced some issues recently. The conclusion my husband is coming to is the “M” word…yes, a minivan.
We travel out-of-town a ton to visit family and packing up the car is a disaster if you have the minimum kid “gear” of a pack n play, stroller, and travel high chair. We have also had family visit, and even though we have a 3rd row, we struggle to take just our car somewhere, with 2 car seats in the back seat, our parents (who are young, vibrant grandparents, but still…) would have to climb over car seats, navigate through the small walk through area, and make their way to the backseat. Having the 3rd row up eliminates any trunk space as well. We wind up taking 2 cars anywhere we go with more than just our family of four plus one other person. We have not even hit the point of carpooling with our kids friends.
My husband is on “Team Minivan” (specifically the Honda Odyssey) he thinks that the convenience they give is great, and that it would just make our lives easier. I am on the polar opposite side of this argument because I feel like the second I put my tush in the driver’s seat of a minivan, I might as well hand over my cool girl card (which I gave myself, I am very much an uncool person), and get the stonewashed mom jeans and bob haircut to go with it.
So here is what my stealth hubby went and did…on vacation, he went and rented a minivan. I usually make all vacation plans, but this time, he kept telling me he would take care of this one, because he knew I had a lot on my plate (totally hoodwinked me). Now, Team Minivan has one more member…one experience with pressing a button, and seeing the doors open on their own, my son was won over. Hubby went one step further and said that it was like Buzz Lightyear’s Space Shuttle. Really, he pulled out Toy Story…the jerk. This was a picture from our vacation this summer – clearly any Toy Story reference was going to win the argument with my son.
So, my son is now asking to go to the van store to see his favorite car and points out when we pass a “cool car” on the road (I live in a Connecticut Suburb – those things are all over). I have to admit, I might be breaking down.
Are you on Team Minivan, or can you PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE give us a better alternative?!? Really, anything…I am one step away from stonewashed jeans over here!!!!
In the last couple weeks, I have to say, I have been a bit frustrated. I am not the only one….in my “blogging communities” everyone is talking about the same thing…Algorithms, Interest Groups, and Pay to Promote. Facebook has made a change to their algorithm which will affect what page fans see. I have 480 likes on Facebook and according to FB, only a quarter of you can see my posts…unless I “pay to promote”. What does it cost me? Well, to reach all of you, it would be $5.00…to reach you plus your friends, I am looking at $10.00 per post.
After reading about the changes, I wanted to experiment…I paid Mr. Zuckerberg his $5.00. I had some very strange names with very bizarre profile pictures like my post. Now… for a while, this was me in my profile picture…
So I am not really one to judge, but please trust me when I say, I was a little freaked. It also started to make me mad when my friends were telling me that I wasn’t showing up in their newsfeed, and they had no idea why. Yes, I get people hide pages (I um, may have done this myself a time or 2) or just don’t read FB for a while…but people were on their newsfeed and looking, and they couldn’t find my post from a specific time. Honestly, I get all the sponsored stories, the over information…but I want to read about my friends, and the companies I am interested in through FB…not see another ad for a huge store or a sponsored story.
So what can you do as an MMB reader? Outside of Mr. Zuckerberg’s world, I am on Twitter and Pinterest.
To follow me on Pinterest, click here, and follow.
You can also subscribe in two ways…1) RSS: click on “subscribe” within my menu bar, 2) Enter your email address on the right hand side where it says (pretty geniusly) “subscribe to this blog via email”
If you would like to keep up with me on Facebook, which is the way that I follow 99% of the blogs that I read, my friend Christine at Half-Pint Photography put together the following picture to describe how to find interest groups.
Once you like MMB on Facebook (or Half-Pint Photography – because really, her pictures are too amazing to pass up seeing!), you can put it within your “Interest Group” and the posts should no longer be hidden. Additionally, if you see a post in your newsfeed, click “like” or leave a quick comment – if you do that, you will hopefully see the posts come up.
Here are two other great posts written on this topic.
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