So many of you mentioned these 3 Things posts as something you really enjoy about Eat at Home. I was actually surprised how many times it was mentioned. A lot of weeks I feel like I don’t have much to share here. After all, sometimes the things that work are the same things that always work – the no-fail meals, the kitchen tools that come through time and time again. I’m always looking for new tried and true solutions though, so I can see why others would be too.
You also said you like reading about the things that didn’t work. You’re in luck, because I’ve got a story like that for you today!
1. My so-so chicken recipe.
I’ve had a dry spell lately in creating new recipes. It seems like I’ve cooked every possible quick and easy meal. I’ve hit these creative droughts before and I know it’s temporary, but it’s also frustrating.
The other day I dug deep and came up with an idea for Asian Orange Chicken in the Slow Cooker served over rice and topped with Pineapple Salsa. Sounds good, right?
I put boneless chicken breasts in the crockpot with orange juice, garlic, ginger and soy sauce. It smelled great as it started to cook.
But when I served it, the flavor was missing. It wasn’t bad, but it just tasted like chicken over rice. The pineapple salsa was great, but a little strange on the plain chicken and rice. We ate it and debated whether it was blog worthy. In the end, I decided no. It sounded so promising, but it turned out to be a disappointment.
2. Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowls
This one is a success! It’s a recipe I created a while back for Savings Lifestyle. But I’ve since speeded up the process, making it work great for weeknight dinner. This meal gives lots of options for serving, lets everyone customize their dinner, works great when you’ve got people eating at different times of day and the leftovers hold up well for lunch the next day. Perfect! I’ll share this recipe with you soon.
3. Finished dining room!
I shared a few weeks ago (months ago?) about our dining room re-do. The goal was to put all the stuff behind doors so we didn’t have to look at it, but we wanted it handy to use. We only use the room for dining every once in a while, but we use it for sewing, photography, and school work every day.
We’ve come a long way! We started with the idea of just getting some new shelves. In the end, we installed new laminate floors, painted everything white and used Ikea cabinets to create a large buffet area along one wall. I’m really happy that it still looks and functions like a dining room.
My dad helped us come up with the plan. He also built and stained the countertop and installed the cabinets. I love it! Everything is behind doors. The sewing machine, a new smaller ironing board, my tripod and photography lights, Mia’s fabric stash, our ugly homeschool books and more. We even have a few empty shelves, thanks to some serious decluttering.
I still want to add some plants and curtains to this room. And the opposite wall is blank and in need of something, but the room is functional and mostly finished.
I’m really happy with the plate wall too. I’ll let you in on a little secret – those plates are all plastic, purchased at Target. I hung them with Command velcro stickies. It was so easy and cheap and I love the way it looks.
I’m not great at taking photos of the house (and these are all cell phone photos), but these give a good idea of how it looks. We also gave the living room a makeover. We’ve never had furniture for this room, other than my desk and a bunch of bookshelves. It’s like we added another room onto the house, because now we can really make use of it.
It’s quirky and fun and light and bright. From the rainbow bookshelf, to the gold arrows begging you to take a book and plop in a chair, to the gold antelope head that we named Clarence – I love it all! (And I know the rug is too small according to “rug rules”, but I don’t care.)
Since I’m showing you all of this, I might as well throw in a photo of my work corner. This is where the blog action takes place 😉
It’s not much to look at in this photo, but it’s a very nice place to work and I’m loving having the glass white board to use.
This week I’ve got a Sheet Pan Roasted Chicken and Vegetables recipe to share along with a few results from the survey.