I interrupt this regularly scheduled blog silence to bring you… Giralph, the 13-foot giraffe decoration I made for Alice-Anne’s birthday “party” this past weekend.
Everyone who saw this epic wall hanging insisted that it make the front page of Kate Schmate, so I couldn’t disappoint.
Alice-Anne has had a giraffe lovie since before she was born, so of course her birthday had to be giraffe-centered. After a living room furniture re-arrangement, we had a big gap on the wall. JD thought of the brilliant idea, and after some sketching, Giralph came to life.
I rarely am totally satisfied with the things I create, but I was thrilled at how epic and fun the decorations were. Despite it being completely over-the-top for a *very* small family party, it was fun to celebrate with new art.
I also made a strawberry cake from this recipe, using Ponchatoula strawberries. It was definitely a winner with the least picky person in our household (Alice-Anne). I would recommend it for any occasion.
The birthday girl also had a great time!
Oh, hey! Yeah yeah yeah, I know… it’s been *quite* awhile. More on that later. Let me just PLEASE share this awesome recipe with you.
Ten years ago, some lovely person gave us a crock pot for our wedding. It was even on our registry. But it took us ten years to actually use it. JD and I literally wiped dust off of the top of the box.
But, when Alice-Anne was born (again, I’ll catch you up later), we were brought two amazing recipes… a beef stew and this sesame chicken recipe, both of which required a slow cooker. We wanted to try making them ourselves and decided to finally take the crock pot out of the box for the sake of yummy grub.
Some new things I’ve learned about the crock pot: your house smells amazing for a long time, the loose pot lid may scare your two-year-old, and I may have been missing something by not using this darn dish for so long! Here is an amazing recipe for a pretty great dinner, thanks to Damn Delicious:
Crock Pot Sesame Honey Chicken
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup soy sauce (we used the low-sodium)
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs (this is specific and important)
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 green onion, thinly sliced for garnish
Sesame seeds, for garnish
- In a large bowl, combine onion, garlic, honey, soy sauce, ketchup, vegetable oil and red pepper.
- Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper, to taste. Place chicken thighs into a slow cooker. Add honey mixture and gently toss to combine. Cover and cook on low heat for 3 hours and 30 minutes.
- Remove chicken thighs from the slow cooker and shred the chicken before returning to the pot with the juices. Cover and keep warm for an additional 30 minutes.
- Serve immediately, garnished with green onions and sesame seeds, if desired.
This was just awesome, and I highly recommend it!