Honey Mustard on that Chicken!

Honey Mustard on that Chicken!

Let me start off by saying that Ryan is, truly, the master of chicken on the grill. He has the magic grilling hands… or something, because it’s always so juicy and tender. Grilling just isn’t my thing. I know this because the night before last I tried to grill hamburgers. Who can mess that up, right? Yep, they were bad. And it made me sad, so sad. So, Ryan took the reins and voila…the magic happened.
These puppies have like 8 ingredients, if you count the seasonings and oil…which I do. It amazes me how simplicity can be so stunning. All three of my kids scarfed them down! That’s when you KNOW the meal is GOOD. I, myself couldn’t stop making the nearly inappropriate foodgasam sounds.




Ryan insists on using lump wood charcoal, which can be a little bit hard to find sometimes. He stacks it up in a crecent moon shape in the grill, rather than covering the entire bottom. This leaves about half the grill without any charcoal. He starts off placing the chicken on the charcoal side, just long enough to sear both sides. Then he moves them to the other side to finish them off. ┬áThis grilled chicken is what makes the dish… there’s just something about how the smoky flavor meshes with the other ingredients.




Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken Flatbread Wraps

4 chicken breasts
olive oil
roasted garlic and herb seasoning
4 TBS honey mustard dressing
multi grain flatbread wraps
baby romaine
crumbled feta

Lightly tenderize the chicken breasts. Wash and place in a bowl. Toss in a dash of olive oil and garlic and herb seasoning until coated. Then add the honey mustard and toss again.
Grill over glowing coals at around 300-350 degrees, until juices run out clear from the thickest portion when pierced with a fork.
Slice chicken and set aside.
Prepare wraps by spreading a small amount of mayo on the flatbread. Add romaine, crumbled feta, chicken, and honey mustard dressing. Roll up and slice in half. Beautiful and delicious!

Oh, the sweet sweet cider!

September 27, 2016
Oh, the sweet sweet cider
Today I made homemade apple cider from some of the apples we picked at the orchard a couple days ago. I would love to say that it was my first time ever and that it went perfectly, but this is not the case. This second go around was much better.
Yesterday, I tried to make it on the stove top and simmer the apples for a few hours. I really wanted to try making it the ‘sort of old-fashioned way’. I think I simmered them too high. The flavor was good, but it turned out syrupy and I had like a cup of cider after all the straining. And lets not even talk about the mess.
Enter awesome technology… I took my genius husband’s advice and juiced those babies. I also simmered the mixture at a much lower temp and hooray! We have apple cider!
It does take some time to complete, but for something you only make a few times a year…it is well worth it. I loved it warm. Loved, loved, loved. I thought there was no way I would like it as much chilled. It is a serious toss up. That’s what’s great about it, you can have it either way.





12 apples juiced = 35 oz of juice
3/4 cup of sugar
1 TBS cinnamon
1 TBS allspice
a pinch of cloves
1/2 tsp vanilla

Put all ingredients in a pot, plus an equal amount of water to the juice you produced (I added 35 oz of water to mine). Bring to a low simmer on medium low and put lid on. Cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour. I strained two times through a fine mesh strainer into my jars. This made 64 oz of cider. I strained off 1 1/2 cup of apple pulp. It was sooo delicious… I hope you enjoy it too!

Lots and lots of Apples!

September 25, 2016
Lots and lots of apples!
Today we took our annual harvest time trip to our local apple orchard. They were $0.80/ lb! So we’re going to be making many apple dishes. We will even dabble in apple cider, yum!
Last year we went too late and all the apples were gone, so I’m glad we made it in time this year. We were able to nab a golf cart AFTER we were done picking apples, but it’s Gunnar’s favorite part so it was a must. I’m pretty sure that poor golf cart wasn’t meant to hold all 6 of us. I was a little scared especially with Ryan driving…but we survived and it was fun.