Air Fryer Chicken Wings

I broke down a few weeks ago and picked up the air fryer at Costco. It was only $49.99. Since I don’t have to justify the expense to anyone besides myself, I’m fine with it.

My biggest hangup all this time to purchase an actual air fryer, quite honestly, was the valuable countertop space it would take up. Like seriously, some of these are the size of a microwave which I already have one sitting on my counter that I don’t use very often.

It’s larger than the Mr. Coffee. But a little smaller than the microwave. In the beginning, I would let it cool off clean it up and then put it on the floor of the pantry. But then I started using it more often to heat up things such as leftover pizza (again, another Costco buy … Motor City Pizza Co – Detroit style deep dish), leftover burgers, left over fries and so on. Now it has a permanent space in the counter.

Ok ok, back these delicious wings. For years, and I mean YEARS, I wouldn’t go near wings. No thank you. Now? I could almost eat them daily. And I think these might be an ok diet food (grain, dairy free, no carb etc.) so I may need to stock up on wings!

Let’s also have a small discussion about wings, ok? I used to buy the big bag of frozen wings from Costco. Not sure what has happened with those wings But they are gigantic and, in my opinion, too meaty to be called “wings and flats”chicken thighs and chicken legs. Not at all like the little two or three bite wings that we are used to seeing. This last time I bought the six pack, fresh party wings that are already cut/separated. Highly recommend going that route!

Let’s get cooking!

12 or so wings … depending on appetite and who is eating

1 tbs oil (I use avocado but olive or veggie will work too)

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper

Cook for 10 minutes, shake your basket, or flip each individually and cook 8 more minutes.

Serve up on a platter. Go big and toss some celery and carrot sticks with ranch on the platter. Snag a wing for yourself and call in your gang to give a try.

Try to contain your excitement. In the old days I would be calling out to Mark … oh I think you are really going to like this (now, I get a little weepy and say I wish you were here as you would love this honey).

Go ahead, grab your grocery list and add wings and paprika to that list so you can do this again soon!

I made a small caprese salad this particular night because I had everything on hand to do so (with a blackberry – No. 3 – White Claw) … beautiful patio dinner for one 😉

Enjoy!

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Ranch Water aka Easy Margarita

Ok, so maybe it’s not a true margarita but sure is tasty and easy to make!

The pictures are from when I made a small taco bar for Mark and I. He had one small taco. I had a taco bowl with cauliflower rice and a few Ranch Waters.

*food waste lately is awful around here with. Mark not eating much at all … plus some days I feel like a short order cook but then I pinch myself and think how thankful I am to be able to feed him when he is ready to eat*

So anyway. Back to the cocktail of the month. If you love margaritas but hate the calories and sugar in the premade aka easy mix stuff, you need to give this a whirl!

Super simple … my only issue is the last 2 times I’ve not been able to find the mineral water …

1 bottle Topo Chico Lime sparkling mineral water (12 oz)

6 oz good tequila

Juice of 1 lime (or lime lime juice)

Lime slices

I cheated and wanted to see how I could use this as a pantry type (snowed in/quarantine/etc) cocktail so opted to use the lime juice and it was perfect and beats squeezing limes!

Ok, ready? Grab a large picture, dump in all the ingredients. Taste and add more lime juice if desired. I liked it with a lot, personally.

Fill up a couple of tall glasses with ice and serve up.

Yes, you can do a salt rim. I did it both ways and well, I like salt but don’t think this is a requirement, especially if you are going with a ‘skinny margarita’

Enjoy and make sure you drink responsibly!

#Margaritas #StayAtHome #Tequila

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Watermelon Lime Cocktails

It’s been a long time and I am ready to get back in the groove of things!

We went from one hotspot (south Florida) to another (Houston) this past week. We landed at 5pm on Wednesday and sitting in the #tinycondo by 7pm on Friday. In and out of MD Anderson. Blood work, scans, trial board and lead oncologist all done. I’ll share the results with another post!

So. It’s summertime. And this is like no other summer …. 2020 will go down in the history books for so many reasons! One of those is the amount of watermelons we’ve been using around the #tinycondo! Mark likes to eat it during g the week of chemo and I think it’s a good, easily digestible food for him so I’ve been buying a whole watermelon every 2 weeks. *check out the easiest way to deconstruct a watermelon!*

Sometimes we have leftovers that are getting a little too ripe and those get frozen. This time, however, I processed it a little to make this yummy drink!

Ready? Let’s do it!

2 cups of watermelon, cubed

1 Tbshoney

1 oz fresh lime juice (one lime)

3/4 simple syrup – mix 3/4 cup water and 3/4 cup sugar in saucepan, heat til sugar dissolves and chill

4 oz vodka

2 oz fresh lime juice (2 limes)

12 mint leaves, torn up

Watermelon sparkling water OR boring club soda

Add watermelon, honey and 1 oz lime juice to blender and run til smooth. Toss this mixture in some ice cube trays and freeze at least 2 hours

To make the yummy cocktails, mix vodka, 2 oz lime juice, mint leaves and 2 oz of simple syrup in container filled with ice. Top with sparkling water or club soda. Stir

Grab 2 highball glasses (tall, narrow) and add 3 to 4 cubes of watermelon in each and pour cocktail mixture over the top. These are best if you let them sit for 5 minutes to let the cubes melt a bit. Add a a straw and sprig of mint if desired, make a toast to summer and enjoy!

As always, remember to drink responsibly. Since we are semi locked down and no longer allowed to have house parties, I can drink as many of these as I’d like 😉

#watermelon #cocktails #summer2020 #vodka

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Awesome Onion Dip

This is a super yummy and easy to make appetizer for all those upcoming holiday parties …

FYI … THIS IS VERY ADDICTIVE AND YOU WILL WISH YOU HAD MADE A DOUBLE BATCH!

 

It’s been a looooong time since I made this as we were making it every weekend and both Hubby and I decided that it was a little too indulgent to make “just because it’s Saturday!” BUT now the Boat Parade Party is coming up and well, we are attending as GUEST, what better time than that to make this again! Yippee!! Continue reading “Awesome Onion Dip”

Classic Margaritas

I love margaritas. Yes, I know, I also love those Peach Vodka things … but a classic margarita is really hard to beat!  And when one of my girlfriends showed up with a bottle of Patron, I knew we had to make these.

Old picture and do not have any of these bottles, except the skull dude Continue reading “Classic Margaritas”