My brother thinks it’s weird I get excited over little things like I do. I think it’s weird he only gets excited about big things. After all little things happen far more often then big things. Here are a few little things I am excited about right now.
I have loved to read since I learned how. I blame it on my first grade teacher, Sister Mary Theresa. I loved her with all the love a 7 year old can muster. I would have done anything to make her happy. What seemed to make her happy was when you would read your chapter books to her so I was going to be the best darn reader she ever saw.
I still love to read. The first hour of my day is dedicated to a good book and a hot bath. It helps me get into a good mind set for the day.
Yeah, so this happened last week. My parakeet, Harper, laid an egg. I highly doubt it’s fertile and I am okay with that. I am way too young to be a grandma.
To give you a little perspective, the egg is about the size of a dime and takes about 1/3 of the belly of a 3 1/2 inch, from the top of her head to the start of her tail, bird. I don’t know how she did it.
I love this picture of me and Squeak. I took it just after I threatened to feed him to the gerbil if he didn’t quit plucking on the damn cage bars. As you can see he is quite terrified of my totally meaningless threat. Plucking the cage bars does drive me insane though.
Everything Bagel Muffins
Adapted From Good AF Eats
1 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 TBS nutritional yeast
1 1/2 TBS melted butter or canola oil
3 TBS lightly beaten egg
1/2 cup milk
Everything Bagel seasoning
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 6 cup muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar, and nutritional yeast. In a small bowl, combine melted butter, egg and milk. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Fill each cup of the prepared muffin 2/3 full of batter. Bake 20 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove the muffins from the pan and place on a cooling rack.
As a food blogger, I try 2-3 new recipe adaptions a week, sometimes more. I am constantly looking for new recipes to adapt so how the heck did I miss Everything But The Bagel chicken? I knew Trader Joe’s had an Everything But The Bagel seasoning blend and I had even made a homemade Everything Bagel seasoning for some biscuits I made. I never even thought about using it as a rub for meat. Boy, I was missing out.
I found the recipe in a packet that someone posted in my Whole 30 group. I had all the spices I needed to make the seasoning and two chicken thighs that needed to be used up so it was meant to be. I don’t use words like amazing or the best when talking about food very often because I realize that everyone has different tastes. But guys, this Everything But The Bagel chicken was amazing. It was, seriously, some of the best chicken I have had in a long time. Added bonus, it’s super easy. You can have it prepped and in the oven in 5 minutes, that includes mixing the spice blend. Seriously good eats with almost zero effort.
Everything But The Bagel Spiced Chicken
Adapted from The Whole 30 Facebook Community
2 TBS dried minced onion
1 1/2 TBS caraway seed
1 1/2 TBS poppy seeds
1 1/2 TBS sesame seeds
1 TBS kosher salt
1 TBS ground black pepper
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
Mix everything together until well combined. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
1 lb chicken thighs, about 4 thighs
2 TBS olive oil
1 TBS minced garlic
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat the chicken with the olive oil and garlic. Sprinkle the Everything But The Bagel seasoning over the chicken. Be generous. Bake 20 minutes, or until cooked through, flipping the chicken half way through the cooking time.
I would like to introduce you to the newest member of my flock, his name is Jonas. He is a little blueish grey parakeet. He came to live with me last Monday. It is always fun to get to know a new animal but it has been a long time since I got a new bird and an even longer time since I got such a young bird. I had forgotten how much work the little ones are.
Slowly, Jonas is revealing his personality to me. I have already learned Jonas is pretty fearless. When I took him out of the box he came home in, he immediately jumped on the big cage and introduced himself to everyone. Instead of needing a few days in a separate cage to get used to eveyone else, Jonas just climbed inside the big cage and took over a perch. Jonas is starting to let me pick him up and hold him without having to chase him around the cage. I should be able to start finger training him and training him to stay where I put him soon.
Everything Bagel Spice
1 TBS dried onion flakes
1 TBS sesame seeds
2 tsp poppy seeds
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
pinch black pepper
pinch red pepper
Using a spice grinder or mortar and pestle, gently grind the spice mixture. You just want to break up the onion flakes a bit not grind it into powder. Use it anywhere you need a bit of spice.