Thursday, November 14, 2013

Stream while You Steam

Now that  we have the van,  family budget is a bit tight due to the monthly dues of the car loan so I  ask my husband  if we could  switch to  Netflix with our   entertainment  access  instead of paying almost a hundred dollars with our  satellite television connection.  We are actually trying the free trial right now.  I just  opened my account a couple of days ago and  my kids are loving  the extra shows that we don't get from our current provider.  What I like about it is that, you can enjoy watching your  favorite shows for as low as $7.99 a month.  With the big holidays coming up, every home's kitchen will  be very busy again preparing for the feast.  

Netflix would be a perfect  avenue to stream while you steam on the kitchen .  If you are like me who love to watch cooking shows on TV, you probably know the  host of the show  "Take Home Chef", Curtis Stone.  My daughter and I love watching  the show and glad that  Netflix has partnered with this  famous celebrity chef to make recipes  for the  holiday.I found a recipe for Sticky Chicken Drumsticks at Curtis Stones webpage  and put my own spin to it.  Below is the original recipe of the  menu and the ingredients  I modified for my Sticky  Country Pork Ribs.

1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup Chinese BBQ sauce (I replaced it with Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce)
1/4 cup honey
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped (I replaced it with Golden Nugget Garlic)
1 tablespoon finely chopped  peeled fresh ginger (I used the ginger in the jar)
12 chicken drumsticks (I used  4 country style pork ribs)
2 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

1.  Mix the soy sauce, barbecue sauce, honey, garlic,  and ginger in a resalable  storage bag to blend (I used a pyrex bowl with mine).  Add the chicken, add the chicken, seal the bag, and toss to  coat with the sauce.  Refrigerate for at least one hour but preferably overnight.
2.  Position an oven rock 8-10 inches from the heat source and preheat the broiler.
3.  Line a large rimmed baking sheet with heavy-duty  foil.  Transfer the drumsticks (ribs) and marinade to the prepared baking sheet and broil, turning the drumstick (ribs) occasionally and watching them closely for 25 minutes (I cooked my ribs for an hour), or until the chicken is cooked through and the marinade  has glazed it is coked  through and the  marinade glazes the chicken (ribs)
4.  Sprinkle the sesame seeds  over the chicken and serve (I did not put sesame  on my ribs)..
It was my first  time using the broiler of our  oven and I am glad that it turned out perfectly and so delicious, thanks to Curtis Stone's recipe.  We had a really nice dinner tonight and I am so surprised that a little bit of  ginger in a marinade can do a  big difference in a dish.
I would definitely be enjoying the holiday with Netflix.  If you want to add some  spice to your home cooking for the upcoming holiday, try Netflix  for a month and see how  it could add some flare to  the family's holiday get together.  My kids love the  Home Alone series so we will definitely   watch that through Netflix if it's available there.  

If you want to check out  what Netflix is in store for you, Like Netflix on Facebook and  see their holiday  guide and ideas.  You can also Follow @Netflix and Follow Netflix on Pinterest as they have some amazing  ideas to share to you.

Customized Hats from Tita Chris

When we lost our internet connection for almost two weeks, we spent a lot of times visiting my sister -in-law and she did a lot of stuff to entertain us especially the kids. She taught Rylie how to make personalized hat like the one you see at the photo above. It's great when you have a talent to make or create stuff like custom hats  and dresses, how I wish I have that kind of talent.