Red Chicken Marsala

Recipe from rachaelraymag.com


Ingredients
  • A small handful dried porcini or mixed dried mushrooms
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon EVOO
  • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 pound sliced cremini or mixed mushrooms
  • 2 large shallots, chopped
  • 2 - 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, stems and leaves separated, each finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 14 1/2 ounce can  diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup marsala
  • Crusty bread, for serving




Directions
  1. In a small saucepan, cook the dried mushrooms in the stock at a low, rolling boil until the mushrooms soften and the liquid reduces slightly, 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large, deep skillet, heat the EVOO over medium-high. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and cook, turning once, until browned on both sides, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Add the butter and sliced fresh mushrooms to the skillet and cook until lightly browned, then add the shallots, garlic, thyme and parsley stems and season. Stir in the tomato paste and cook 1 minute more. Add the tomatoes and the marsala and bring to a simmer. Add the porcini mushrooms and reduced stock. Return the chicken to the pan and cook through, 5 to 10 minutes. Garnish with the chopped parsley leaves; serve with the bread.



DIY clay feathers

Article from 100layercake.com

You know how there are just some people that know how to craft their hearts out? Kelli Murray is one of those gals. Did you see the watercolor paper flower DIY she shared with us a few months back? Girl knows how to craft for sure, and you can add these DIY clay feathers to the long list of pretty things she knows how to make.

These would also be great to decorate gifts.


Don't throw away old tins!

Superglue old drawer pulls onto the tops of canisters/mason jar lids for a super cute way to store things/give gifts!

Taffy Apple Shortbread Bars

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Taffy Apple Shortbread Bars

For the Shortbread

2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 sticks of butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Topping

2 Granny Smith Apples, washed, cored and cut into 1/4-inch thick wedges
1 cup salted peanuts
fresh lemon juice from 1/2 lemon
1 (14 ounces) bag Caramel Candies, unwrapped
4 tablespoons butter, softened

Hop on over to diethood.com for instructions

DIY Easy paint for kids


Yes it is this easy!

Puffy Paint

1 cup. salt
1 cup. flour
1 cup. water
a healthy squirt of food coloring or tempera paint.

Put in squeeze bottles for Puffy Paint Paradise.

18 Natural Headache Remedies

Crush it with cayenne

Utilizing something spicy may not sound headache helpful, but cayenne is somewhat revered in the kingdom of natural remedies to treat pain and inflammation. The secret behind its success lies in an ingredient called capsaicin, which inhibits something in our body that is one of the main elements in pain perception called Substance P. In short, Substance P is part of what makes us feel pain, and the capsaicin depletes it. Numerous studies, the first in 1998 in The Clinical Journal of Pain, support that when applied topically to the nasal passages; people experience a significant decrease in the severity of their headaches, all thanks to capsaicin.

You will need…
-1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
-4 ounces of warm water
-cotton swabs

Dilute a ½ teaspoon of cayenne powder in 4 ounces of warm water. Soak a cotton swab in the solution and stir it around to make sure it’s covered-the powder can sometimes sink to the bottom. Apply the moist swab gently to the inside of each nostril until you can feel the heat. It may be a bit unpleasant at first, but take the burning sensation as a sign that it’s working. When it subsides, your headache will hopefully be wiped out, or at the very least better than before.

Go nuts

Instead of popping a pill when you get a headache, toss back some almonds. For everyday tension-type headaches, almonds can be a natural remedy and a healthier alternative to other medicine. It acts as a pain reliever because it contains something called salicin, which is also an agent in popular over the counter killers. Try eating a handful or two of these wholesome nuts when you feel the ache start to set in.

Note: People who suffer from migraines may find that almonds are a trigger food

See more remedies here