SW Chicken Recipe

I know, I know, I’m a homemaker now and always talking recipes, but this is too good not to share with you.

SW Chicken Recipe:

Add paprika, a pinch of pepper and a dash of salt. Rub liberally until the chicken is covered in the rub.

Move your grill to the SW side of your house and grill for approximately 35 minutes, or until done.

I was not expecting the relocation of the grill and that made me laugh out loud!

I Am Human. I Am Not a Baker.

I realized today that I am no baker, but I sure do love to bake, all the same. I have gotten much better with the mess and the kitchen does manage to stay somewhat clean and organized, so that’s an improvement.

Today I baked Donut Muffins. It was easy enough and I wanted something to send with MtnMan to give to the gentleman that made homemade caramel for me a couple weeks ago. I’ve got it all mixed and ready to pour into the muffin tins when I suddenly realized that I used baking soda when it called for baking powder. I know baking is a science, so I knew this was a huge mistake and a stupid one at that! I ALWAYS double check when using either baking soda or power with the recipe because it changes everything. All of the baked goods I’ve made over the last few months have called for baking soda so I grabbed it and didn’t double check for the first time ever. Oy! So, scrapped the first batch and started over. Thankfully it was a simple recipe and I had a fresh carton of milk, or else I’d have been annoyed and would have had to ask MtnMan to stop for milk on his way home from work.

I am not a baker. I am human. It happens. Although with that said, I don’t think it ever happened to Mom. She had it together in the kitchen and running a household. You’d think she had a degree in home economics but she didn’t; she was just good at making it all look easy. I am a disaster in the kitchen but I’m having fun learning in my 40’s what most figure out in their 20’s. Ha!

  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup margarine, melted
  • ¾ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour 
  • ¼ cup margarine, melted
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 24 mini-muffin cups.
  • Mix 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup margarine, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Stir in the milk, then mix in the baking powder and flour until just combined. Fill the prepared mini muffin cups about half full.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until the tops are lightly golden, 15 to 20 minutes.
  • While muffins are baking, place 1/4 cup of melted margarine in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together 1/2 cup of sugar with the cinnamon. Remove muffins from their cups, dip each muffin in the melted margarine, and roll in the sugar-cinnamon mixture. Let cool and serve.

Fall Days

I absolutely love the fall season, and it may very well be my favorite time. There is just something so beautiful watching the colors change, the wind blowing a cool breath and the cold nights.

It is the beginning of winter soups and chili’s, and I’ve already got a list of planned stews for the upcoming months. Granted, I tend to cook soups and stews through the summer months, but I usually don’t make chili unless it’s winter time. I don’t know if that’s planned as much as it is trained from childhood. It would get so hot in Texas that no matter how cold the a/c was, no one wanted a hot stew or any kind.

For chili I primarily use ground beef, but I also mix it up with brisket if MtnMan has smoked one recently. This winter I might even mix up the ground beef with some sausage, but I’m not sure. I really hate to ruin a dish by experimenting like that. There was no doubt about brisket chili being delicious because it is safe to say that it is my 2nd favorite cut of meat. The first being a bone-in ribeye. I am definitely a meat eater; I have no plans over ever changing that. lol.

What season is your favorite? What dish reminds you of that season the most? For me, fall is my favorite, until winter comes around and then that trumps them all, and chili reminds me of both..