Teriyaki Chicken

Teriyaki Chicken

Hello everyone! How are you all doing on this fine Thursday? (: x Up until now, I’ve enjoyed sharing tasty treats most weeks, but for now, I’m moving on to sharing lunches/dinners that I make for me and my family! (Well, who eats it depends on what I make. Haha!)

For this very first lunch/dinner post, I made Teriyaki Chicken for me and my brother! We had it for lunch, although it would make a lovely dinner, too. I was soooo full afterward! πŸ˜‚

I got the recipe from Eva over at L.E.E. Bakers! She shared it on their blog at the beginning of June, and ever since then, I kept saying, “I NEED to make that Teriyaki Chicken!” πŸ˜‚ I finally did, and I was SO happy with how it turned out!

If you’re interested in making this for yourself, you can get the full list of ingredients and directions on this post!

Teriyaki Chicken

I made the recommended amount of rice the day before I planned to make this dish for lunch and refrigerated it. I decided to spread out when I made each part of the recipe to save time at lunch the next day. πŸ™‚ I just followed the directions on the back of the rice bag, and with my mom’s help (haha I’d only made rice one other time and I appreciated her help with timing, etc), it turned out great.

The next morning, I made the sauce. These are the ingredients I used:

I followed the directions and didn’t change anything, although I did raise the heat a bit when low heat wasn’t bringing the sauce to simmering like it was supposed to. Having it between medium and low worked best, but it finally thickened (after adding the cornstarch) when I was letting it cool on another burner. πŸ˜‚

Closer to lunchtime, I started working with the chicken. Definitely not something I’ll happily do again, I’m quite squeamish with meat, but in the name of Teriyaki Chicken, I deemed it COMPLETELY worth it! πŸ˜‚πŸ™ŒπŸΌ my hands did get freezing from handling that cold meat, though, which was strange as we’re in the dead of summer. My hands only get numb like that when I handle snow in the winter, hahahah!

Anyway, I cut up the chicken to the recommended size and started cooking it.

Once they were thoroughly cooked evenly and slightly browned (I had to make sure they were fully cooked after that meat-cutting experience, lol!), I took maybe a fourth out and set it aside to make another recipe the following day (we’ll have to wait and see what that one is 😏), then poured all the sauce on top and stirred it in over low heat.

Meanwhile, I got some broccoli florets and heated them up in our microwave. Once that was done, I reheated the rice.

In the original recipe, Eva used carrots and peas, as well, but we didn’t have any on hand. Plus, there’s another Chinese dish called Chicken and Broccoli which is absolutely amazing, so in a way, I wanted to do my best to replicate that!

As soon as all the prep work was done, this is how they all turned out!:

My brother nearly couldn’t wait to get his plate, as half of our house was smelling like an awesome Chinese place most of the morning lol, and while I took these pictures, he was bouncing around and begging me to finish up. πŸ˜‚ (This is the thirteen-year-old, by the way. I’m just glad he was looking forward to trying my cooking! My last Chinese dish attempt turned out horribly, but he was obviously putting faith in my abilities lol)

This is how my finished bowl turned out:

After taking photos, I put in more chicken and sauce, which turned out to almost be a mistake. πŸ˜‚ You’ll understand why in a second!

{Final Verdict}

We both loved it!! The chicken and sauce turned out great, and I thought that the broccoli complimented it all very well. (Joshua didn’t have broccoli in his lol) The sauce did turn out to be spicier than I had expected (I can’t figure out if that’s because of the pepper in it, or what), and I’m not the biggest fan of spicy food, but it tasted SO good that I had to go ahead and eat it.

Next time I make this, the only thing I’ll do differently is how much pepper I put in the sauce. But even then, I won’t be altering it by much. πŸ™‚ Overall, this is a perfect Chinese dish recipe, and I highly recommend it! By making the rice, sauce, then the chicken at separate times, it took about an hour to cook and then serve. (And it only took that long because it took me forever to deal with that raw chicken haha!)

If you’d like to make this for yourself, you really should! It’s easy and delicious. Click here for the original recipe! ❀

How about you? Have you ever made a Chinese meal dish before? Let me know in the comments below!

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Thoughtful Friday | Little Life Updates

Thoughtful Friday | Little Life Updates

Hello everyone! ❀ This morning, I’m going to be sharing a bit of a ramble/thoughts post instead of something a bit more planned out (like I usually do, haha) because I didn’t have anything else ready. My beautiful planner works extremely well when I know what posts I’m wanting to do well in advance, but for days like this … there isn’t much help to be found.

I like to think that I’m a better planned and more organized blogger, and most of the time I am – just only when the inspiration’s there. During times when I don’t set as much time aside for post writing, and/or I haven’t pondered what to write about, I get really stuck. I like posting a couple of times a week, but sometimes that isn’t possible, at least not planned out ahead of time.

Anyway! I’m straying from the point of this post. Today, I’d like to share my thoughts with you in a tidy, as-it-comes-to-me list because I’ve had a lot on my mind recently, and I’d like to have a place to express them. πŸ™‚ I wrote most of this last night, so I didn’t have enough time to find pictures (aside from the featured image), but I hope this post will still be a joy to read. Let’s get into this!

  • I have memorized nine of the twelve major piano scales I’ve been working on for about a week and a half. Originally, I wanted to have all of them memorized by today, but that didn’t work out, so I’ll keep practicing them this upcoming week.
  • I finished reading Head in the Clouds a few days ago, and I posted my review of it yesterday evening! You can read it by clicking here. πŸ™‚
  • I’m already over halfway through another book by Karen Witemeyer (A Tailor-Made Bride), which I’ll probably also review sometime soon. Haha!
  • I found a great history series from the library recently, but I had to return them without even getting through the intro of the first one because I’ll need to dedicate more time to each country’s history and not read them all at once. I look forward to reading them one day, just not today.
  • My mom went to the OB/GYN yesterday and had another ultrasound done, and the text she sent me with a picture of my new little sibling warmed my heart so much! He/She has a beautiful heartbeat and still looks like a sweet little jellybean. It took me a while, but I have now been able to warm up to this precious child. ❀
  • I’ve gotten back into baking now, which makes me really happy! I want to bake at least once a week, not only so that my family and I can have homemade desserts around the house, but also so that I can blog about them weekly like I was for a while!
  • I didn’t get around to watercolor painting, but I’m planning on doing that today. I’ll have to decide what I want to paint first, though …
  • I need to go through my phone again and free up space; I always seem to be getting behind on clearing up apps and going through pictures.
  • My room and closet are a little bit messy because I safety-proofed everything yesterday afternoon so that my baby sister could come in there (she’s never able to because there are too many things within her reach), then yesterday evening I put everything back. It wore me out and there are still things that don’t have a place haha
  • Recently, I’ve been reading in Hebrews, Psalms, John, and Proverbs in my Bible. All four books have been encouraging and inspiring me, and I am so thankful that the Lord is helping me through their words. ❀
  • This past week, I planned out nearly two full weeks of blogging and that was an absolutely amazing feeling. I’ve been blogging on a day-to-day basis for so long! Predetermined post schedules provide so much peace of mind. If you have enough blogging inspiration, I highly recommend it.
  • Right now, I’m reading Hamlet for the fourth or fifth time (I’ve lost count)(I went ahead and counted, turns out it’s the third time who knew) and I’m perusing the CliffsNotes I own along with it. I fall more and more in love with this play each time I read it.
  • I’m thinking about trying out dinner recipes and sharing them on Thursdays. I have my eye on an awesome Terryaki Chicken and Rice dish Eva made not too long ago – every time I see those pictures, I get so hungry!
  • It’s getting hotter – and rainier – here in Georgia. I’m liking the AC more and more again. ❀
  • I’ve fallen a bit behind again in my Spanish learning, but I always seem to manage to catch back up again. I’ll be back to learning in no time. πŸ™‚

Thank you for reading, guys! How about you?

What has been on YOUR mind lately?

Happy Friday! β˜ΊοΈπŸ’–

— Maggie

Blueberry Muffins!

Blueberry Muffins!

Hi guys! I hope that you’re all having a beautiful Thursday. ❀

For this week’s tasty treat (this is the first time in months that I’ve gotten treats posted two weeks in a row, woot woot!), I have a very tasty recipe for twelve simple blueberry muffins!

This post is dedicated to Angela from lifeofangela, as she’s the reason I found out about this awesome recipe! She posted her batch of them last week (you can check out that post here), and as I had already been wanting to make blueberry muffins for a while, this was the boost I needed to finally make them!! haha

Related Post: Blueberry Cake!

Are you guys ready to learn how to make these wonderful muffins? Make sure to check out the original recipe (I followed everything, just converted Celsius to Fahrenheit haha). Let’s get into this!

Blueberry Muffins

Here are the ingredients that you will need:

I mixed all of the dry ingredients into a large bowl, and the wet ingredients into a small bowl:

Then I mixed them all together in the large bowl, making sure not to squish the blueberries too much:

Next, I poured them into the cupcake liners and dotted all of the tops with a few extra blueberries:

Then, last but not least, you bake them! (Look at how tiny they look in this picture, haha)

Because I’m still quite new to baking, I haven’t learned a good technique on pouring batter into muffin tins or cupcake liners yet … so the edges of the muffins didn’t turn out as pretty as I would have liked, haha. However, I still attempted to make them look alright!

Thank you all so much for reading! If you’d like to make these awesome muffins for yourself (remember to visit the original recipe), they are very good served warm with margarine or butter. Yummy!

How about you?

What was the last thing that YOU baked?

Have a great day, guys!

— Maggie