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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Valentines Decorations are Done


Valentines is coming soon so I got out my bins of February Valentines Decor and got busy today...

It's amazing how much stuff I've got stashed in those flippy white and red bins! 
This is my coffee table.....I love this little stained glass heart box....
This is great little pillow for a Hot Potato Game....for a kid's Valentines Party
I can't believe how much stuff I've accumulated.....This fake plant I put different stick decor in it for each holiday and different ribbons. 

Living Room Valentines Table decor.....All my candleholders I just change out the color of candle for each holiday.
 I worked at Kohls while getting my Master's Degree in Education....so I got great discounts
on lots of their fun decorations at holidays..... It's hard not to go overboard though....:D

So anyway, here's inside my front door......
My dining room picture wall....each season I change the black metal cone contents.....and
hang some new ribbons or a swag of some sort on the wrought iron bar.....
Great Room entry......I love this jingle bell heart.....
Hanging from the dining room chandelier...lots of hearts here....
I got some heart suckers for my grandbabies....
Kitchen table....I love placemats and runners.....and I change out the candle colors each season....
This little plate rack in my kitchen I've got Holiday plates for every season now....
Well....except for 4th of July...Maybe I can find some red, white and blue ones....hehe....

Valentines Picture Wall of my family and grandkids....
Outside on the front door I hung a heart ornament on a beaded wreath....I'm so crafty...hehe....

Front entry table....I love this light up LOVE lamp....it stays on all season long.....

My 3 sons and my darling first granddaughter....some of my fav peeps.....
My grandkids love all of my candy dishes...only thing is....these conversation
hearts are like a year old....I buy them after the season...they are for looks only! I actually think they might break your teeth if you chomped down on one of em......

I love this little cupid lamp.....Got it at Kohls after Valentines Sale.  
 I've got Valentines Decorations all up now! Ye Haw! 



Sunday, February 3, 2013

Buffalo Chicken Tenders with Wingers Copycat Sauce


Buffalo Chicken Tenders...with Copycat Wingers Glaze and Buttermilk Ranch Dipping Sauce....
 I LOVE Buffalo Chicken. But I like the sauce to be a bit hot and a bit sweet. After some trial and error, I think I have the perfect, delicious Super Bowl Party food!  These Buffalo Chicken Tenders are soooo yummy! They will really be a crowd pleaser...and they are not hard at all. You probably have all of the ingredients at home right now, except maybe for Franks Hot Sauce and Buttermilk.
Yummy Buffalo Chicken Tenders....Perfect for party food!
INGREDIENTS for BUFFALO CHICKEN TENDERS in Wingers Copycat Glaze 
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 egg
1/2 cup buttermilk 

2 chicken breast fillets cut into 1/2 inch strips OR 8 to 10 chicken tenders


 Yummy Buffalo Chicken Tenders....homemade! 
2 ingredients I had to purchase to make the Buffalo Chicken Tenders...Buttermilk for the dipping sauce and
Franks Red Hot Sauce for the Buffalo Glaze on the Chicken....

I used a leftover chicken breast sliced into strips  and some purchased chicken tenders for this recipe.....

Wash and pat dry the Chicken Tenders before breading them....

Directions: 
Combine flour, salt, peppers, and spices in a bowl. Whisk together egg and buttermilk in another bowl. Dip chicken pieces in buttermilk/egg mixture first and then roll into the flour mixture. 
Dip chicken strips into the buttermilk and egg mixture....then dredge into the flour and spice mixture....


Flour and spice batter for dredging the  Buffalo Chicken Tenders in after dipping in the buttermilk egg mixture.  

 Set the plate of chicken tenders in the fridge for 30 minutes. Heat up a frying pan with oil  (1/2 inch in pan) and add a few Tablespoons of real butter just before frying. It makes the flavor better. Then fry chicken a few minutes on each side till it's golden. 

Lay fried chicken pieces on a napkin to soak up excess oil. Then mix up your Buffalo Wing Sauce. 
Put the Franks Hot Sauce into a pan and add the brown sugar and real butter.....mix it up!  That's it! 
 Then pour it over the fried chicken or toss in a large salad bowl with the chicken....either way works great.

I read this cool review on taste testing the top 4 rated hot sauces to decide which one to buy for my sauce recipe. Here it is from Serious Eats.


All 4 hot sauces were in my local market but this is the one recommended by Serious Eats! 

Boneless Buffalo Wings Glaze (like Wingers)

1/2 cup Franks Louisiana Hot Sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar (or use 1/3 cup if you like heat more than sweet)
2 Tablespoons Real Butter
 This is very similar to the flavor of Wingers Buffalo Wings....very sweet and a hint of heat.

Dipping Sauce for Veggies and Boneless Wings 

1/3 Cup Greek Yogurt
1/3 Cup Ranch or Blue Cheese Salad Dressing
Mix it up and use for a great dipping sauce
All I do for dipping sauce is mix half greek yogurt (plain) and half ranch dressing or blue cheese dressing depending
on who loves which dressing! My hubs is a blue cheese man. I love the ranch flavor.


Put celery, cucumbers, red peppers, carrots out in bowls to dip with your Boneless Buffalo Chicken Tenders with Wingers Copycat Glaze. 
In the meantime, I wonder WHO WILL WIN THE SUPER BOWL? Here is my class' graph and it looks like the 49ers have it. We shall see. 

This would be a perfect football game food or a party appetizer of any kind. How about for the Super Bowl? Yum. Dig in!



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