Wisdom Teeth Surgery Survival Guide – Part Two | What To Eat + Meal Plan Ideas

Wisdom Teeth Surgery Survival Guide – Part Two | What To Eat + Meal Plan Ideas

Hi there! I hope you’re doing well. ❀ Last week, I shared how my experience with having my wisdom teeth removed went. In this post, which is the second in the series, I will be talking about what my diet was like while recovering! While my options for soft foods was highly limiting, it was worth it to not have hurting teeth and food in and around the surgery areas.

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Fall Harvest Chex Mix!

Fall Harvest Chex Mix!

Hi there, guys! I hope that you’re all having a beautiful day. πŸ™‚ ❀ I have an amazingly delicious treat to share with you today!! It was a breeze to make, a big hit for my whole family, and because I made a half-batch, I have enough to make more, haha! This treat/snack is called fall harvest chex mix!

I got the original recipe here! Like I said, I halved the recipe, and I also omitted the Bugles. Everything else stayed the same, and the directions were very easy to follow.

Let’s jump right into this!

Fall Harvest Chex Mix

The ingredients I used are below:

Fun fact: I over-eagerly dumped the wrong ingredients together in a bowl, so Joshua and I had to separate the rice chex out by hand. lol

^ Picture proof. That’s why you read the instructions carefully, kids!

Once the candy was in one bowl and the rice chex and pretzels were in another, this is how they looked!

I made the glaze that went with the rice chex and pretzels, then poured it over them and slowly mixed it until they were covered evenly. This was very easy, as well, and I was happy with how the texture of the glaze turned out. The other times when I’ve worked with a warm sauce/glaze that has to be whisked until it reaches a certain texture has been hard for me, but this recipe made it simple!

There isn’t much of a visible difference, except you can see that they’re a little bit shiny, haha!

Related Post: Homemade Candied Pecans

The next part reminded me of when I made the candied pecans recipe for the first time back in February; you spread the food out into an even layer on the baking sheet, then bake for 45 minutes, stirring them every 15. This was my first time using parchment paper in baking, actually, and it worked very well!

Once they had cooled, I was then able to pour them in with the candy ready in the other bowl. I had done it prematurely earlier in the day (lol), but now was the time for them to make a delicious snack combo!

Sorry about the overexposure on the picture above; sometimes, the metallic siding of the mixing bowl I usually use will make my phone’s camera think I’m pointing at DIRECT SUNLIGHT, and everything gets white and fuzzy. Haha! I kept having to manually bring down the exposure because the camera wouldn’t pick up the room’s lighting correctly.

Once I had transferred this treat to the glass container I was going to keep it in, I brought out the festive props and took some more pictures.

I have never been more happy with how a still-life photoshoot turned out!!! All of the fall vibes are killing me hahaha

{Final Verdict}

This Fall Harvest Chex Mix is the best treat I’ve made in a while! However, I do have a few complaints. (Nothing big; just things I’ll change or do differently next time.) The main one is that the candy pumpkins were hard to eat – me and my whole family much preferred the candy corn, which tastes exactly the same! Next time, I’ll do more candy corn and omit the pumpkins, even though they are very cute and picture-worthy.

My only other issue was that it was hard to get a nice handful of the snack that included pieces of all the different candy and pretzels/rice chex because the heavier items (mainly the Reese’s Pieces) fell down to the bottom of the glass container. I might have to store them differently next time so that eating this treat is easier!

I hope that you guys enjoyed reading this post! I was very happy with how it turned out, and I’m sure that you’d love it if you tried it, too.

Would YOU like to make this treat?
Click here for the recipe!

thanks to jirah and elline for my signature! xx

Apple Coffee Cake Muffins!

Apple Coffee Cake Muffins!

Hey there, guys! Hope you’re having a beautiful week so far. πŸ™‚ I have an epic fall recipe to share with you today!! Apple and pumpkin desserts are my weakness, haha, and they are especially fun to eat in the fall. (However, I’ll gladly have them any time!)

During one of my many Pinterest browsing sessions, I came across a wonderful recipe for apple coffee cake muffins, as you saw by the title! They were a joy to make, turned out great, and I’ll definitely make them again at some point!

Related Post: Caramel Apple Pie Bars!

You can find the original recipe by clicking here! The only thing I changed was the amount of time I baked them; I used my mom’s convection oven (as you’ll see in one of the pictures below), and I set it at the temperature the recipe gave me, then watched them until they were baked all the way through.

Let’s jump right into this!

Apple Coffee Cake Muffins

These are the ingredients that I used for my batch:

Sorry I forgot to include the apples, haha!

Once I had finished cleaning, peeling, and cutting up the two Gala apples, I mixed everything together for the crumb topping. It was super simple; you just stir the dry ingredients, then add the melted butter.

Setting that aside, I tackled the dough! It was also pretty basic, nothing exciting lol; just the dry ingredients in the big bowl, the wet ingredients in a small bowl, then you mix them together.

The one thing I struggle with when making muffins is transferring the batter to the little paper muffin cups. *sighs* This was actually the easiest time yet, but I still don’t enjoy it very much, lol!

Here’s how they looked before the crumb topping:

And after:

Here’s how they looked while baking(: x

My mom helped me make the glaze once the muffins had completely cooled, as my glaze-making history is rather poor, haha! (I’ve been known to add too much milk, fail to sift the powdered sugar enough, etc … ) I did my best to drizzle the glaze evenly, and once that was done, I took some pictures.

{Final Verdict}

They were very good! The cinnamon flavor really did remind me of my mom’s coffee cake, which I absolutely love. However … the muffins turned out dry, and the apple flavor was very mild. To cook them all the way through in the convection oven, it ended up sucking all the moisture out of them. If I make them again, I will bake them in our regular oven, and maybe add some spices to compliment the light apple flavor, as well! This is definitely one of those treats best warmed up and served with coffee, and I also think that apple cider would make a wonderful addition to them, as well! ❀

Happy fall, everyone! Let me know in the comments below:

What fall treats have YOU made this year?

thanks to jirah and elline for my signature! xx

Grilled Chicken Salad With Strawberry Dressing!

Grilled Chicken Salad With Strawberry Dressing!

Hi there, everyone! I hope that you’re all having a beautiful day(: x I wanted to share a quick lunch idea with you guys! I made a grilled chicken salad with strawberry dressing! Doesn’t that sound interesting? And it turned out soooo good. ❀ I’ll leave the instructions for how I made mine below, as well as provide the link to where I got the dressing recipe! Feel free to get creative and make this salad how you would like it, whether you choose different fruit, or use spinach instead of lettuce!

Grilled Chicken Salad
With Strawberry Dressing

Here is what I used:

  • Romaine lettuce
  • grilled chicken
  • fresh strawberries
  • fresh blueberries
  • the ingredients for the strawberry dressing!

The first thing I did was make the dressing! The only thing I did differently was skip adding the poppy seeds; I didn’t have any on hand, and I figured the dressing would taste great, anyway. Below are the ingredients I used:

Combine all the ingredients in your blender and mix until smooth. I made mine in the morning and refrigerated it in a glass jar until lunchtime.

When noon came around, I assembled my lunch-building area!

I didn’t include the sliced almonds in the pic above … whoops. Either way, I made my lunch (almonds included πŸ˜€ ), then took some pictures!

I’m really happy with how it turned out! It was a nice spin on my favorite type of salad. If I decide to make it again, I will probably make less of the dressing, as I almost always have too much left over of the things I’ve been making recently!

Thank you so much for reading this post! Let me know in the comments below:

What’s YOUR favorite type of salad?

Happy Thursday, guys! I’ll see y’all tomorrow!

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Crispy Parmesan Chicken With Zucchini

Crispy Parmesan Chicken With Zucchini

Hi there, everyone! How are you? I hope that you’re having a fantastic day!

I have another delicious recipe to share with you guys. As it turns out, this was actually the first successful dinner I’ve ever made for my family, haha! The last one I tried (which was months ago) was edible, but not at all tasty. lol

That aside, I’d love to tell you all about my experience making crispy parmesan chicken with zucchini!

I got this recipe from Pinterest, and the only thing I changed were a few ingredients in the breading. I got plain Panko breadcrumbs and some oregano and extra garlic powder instead of using Italian breadcrumbs, which was a substitution I knew would make it easier for us than buying more expensive breadcrumbs. Click here for the recipe, if you want to try this for yourself!

The first thing you do is chop up the two zucchinis.

Next, you prepare the breading for the chicken. I did this while my mom cut up the meat. These are the ingredients I used:

I stirred them all together in a glass bowl.

Next, you briefly soak the chicken breasts in melted butter, then toss them in the breading, which I did in a gallon-size plastic bag, then I put all four in the skillet!

While they cooked, I made sure to flip them every which way so they’d all be cooked equally. At that same point in the cooking process, I gathered all the zucchini slices together in another pan.

I did this for maybe fifteen minutes, stirring the zucchini and flipping/rotating the chicken. Here’s how my chicken looked when it was nearly done:

The zucchini finished around the same time as the chicken, so I transferred them to a plate to cool a bit, then I set everything up so we could assemble our plates.

My mom also made crescent rolls to go along with what I made, which was awesome because I’m always in the mood for crescent rolls!

Here’s how my finished plate looked:

Ooooh doesn’t that look good?! I am absolutely in love with how this dinner turned out. The chicken was amazing and tasted great, and the zucchini really went with it! This was my second time having this veggie and I must say that it was fantastic. (Definitely with a bite of chicken, not by itself!) I personally think that crescent rolls are a fine addition to any meal, although I’ll leave it up to you which roll or biscuit you’d like to have accompany this wonderful dinner!

My only complaint is that one piece of chicken for each family member was not enough food for us, lol. I will be making double the chicken next time!

Let me know in the comments below:

Have YOU ever made parmesan chicken?

Thanks for dropping by my blog, guys! I’ll see you all tomorrow!

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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, 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