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Marinated, Grilled, Flattened Chicken

Marinated, Grilled, Flattened Chicken -Spackcocked Chicken: The perfect recipe for marinated grilled flattened chicken, easy, moist, and ingredients you have on hand.  Perfect for freezer cooking, prepare marinade with chicken, freeze, de-frost while it marinades, and grill.

This Flattened Chicken, or Spatchcocked Chicken is a real summer favourite of ours.  We’ve made it many, many times and perfected our method.  It’s perfect for summer entertaining, best cooked on a low bbq for an hour our so, perfect for enjoying a few drinks and appetizers on the patio with guests while it cooks.  It’s delicious, and very moist and juicy.

Marinated, Grilled, Flattened Chicken -Spackcocked Chicken: The perfect recipe for marinated grilled flattened chicken, easy, moist, and ingredients you have on hand.  Perfect for freezer cooking, prepare marinade with chicken, freeze, de-frost while it marinades, and grill.

Marinated, Grilled, Flattened Chicken

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 6 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 whole chicken

Instructions

  1. To begin, remove the backbone from the chicken by slicing down either side with a sharp knife to remove it. Discard the backbone, and flatten the chicken out.
  2. In a ziplock bag (opened inside of a mixing bowl to keep it from spilling) combine all the rest of the ingredients to make the marinade.
  3. Mix together the marinade, add in the chicken, and seal, taking care to remove as much air as possible.
  4. At this point, either marinade for several hours, or freeze for another day. If freezing, on the day you'd like to cook the chicken, remove it from the freezer in the morning and allow it to de-frost in the ziplock bag as it marinades.
  5. To cook the chicken, use in-direct heat, by lighting one side of the grill, but placing the chicken on the opposite side of the grill. Place the chicken out flat, and discard any left over marinade. Cook for approximately one hour at medium heat, until chicken reaches a temperature of 165 F.
http://www.lifeisaparty.ca/2015/marinated-grilled-flattened-chicken/

Marinated, Grilled, Flattened Chicken -Spackcocked Chicken: The perfect recipe for marinated grilled flattened chicken, easy, moist, and ingredients you have on hand.  Perfect for freezer cooking, prepare marinade with chicken, freeze, de-frost while it marinades, and grill.

We started trying out this recipe when we were first married.  We have a local gourmet butcher, and they sold marinated flattened chickens, vacuum packed and ready for grilling.  We loved them, but we didn’t love the gourmet price.  So, we started playing around with our own recipe.  We’ve found over the years, that this recipe is great for freezer cooking too.  I often buy a few extra chickens when they’re on sale, make up the marinade and flatten the chicken and put it in a ziplock bag and pop it in the freezer.  On the morning of the day I want to cook it, I take it out of the freezer and let it de-frost and marinade at the same time, by dinner it’s de-frosted and beautiful marinated.

Marinated, Grilled, Flattened Chicken -Spackcocked Chicken: The perfect recipe for marinated grilled flattened chicken, easy, moist, and ingredients you have on hand.  Perfect for freezer cooking, prepare marinade with chicken, freeze, de-frost while it marinades, and grill.

With a easy, delicious and super moist marinated, and grilled flattened chicken on the bbq, life really is a party!

Weight Watchers Peanut Butter Sundae

Weight Watchers Peanut Butter Sundae -this is super easy to make, and delicious enough to eat even when you're not on a diet.  Only 5 p+ on Weight Watchers. 1 4

Sometimes you need a little treat, and this 5p+ Peanut Butter Sundae is just the thing for it.  It’s super simple…almost embarrassingly simple, and so yummy, especially for someone on a diet life-style change.

Weight Watchers Peanut Butter Sundae -this is super easy to make, and delicious enough to eat even when you're not on a diet.  Only 5 p+ on Weight Watchers

I first discovered this oh-so easy peanut butter sauce at camp many years ago.  It’s so yummy, and honestly could not be simpler to make.

Weight Watchers Peanut Butter Sundae -this is super easy to make, and delicious enough to eat even when you're not on a diet.  Only 5 p+ on Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers Peanut Butter Sundae

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Vanilla frozen yogurt
  • 1 tbsp light peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Place peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl, and heat until runny. Be careful not to burn it, by starting with 10 sec. and repeating if necessary.
  2. Drizzle warm peanut butter over the frozen yogurt and enjoy!

Notes

Weight Watchers 5 p+

http://www.lifeisaparty.ca/2015/weight-watchers-peanut-butter-sundae/

Weight Watchers Peanut Butter Sundae -this is super easy to make, and delicious enough to eat even when you're not on a diet.  Only 5 p+ on Weight Watchers

I put this together for a mommy treat, but it wasn’t long before my kids were digging in too.

Weight Watchers Peanut Butter Sundae -this is super easy to make, and delicious enough to eat even when you're not on a diet.  Only 5 p+ on Weight Watchers

With treats this yummy, this easy, and this calorie friendly, life really is a party!

Simple Summer Mantel

Simple Summer Mantel -a simple summer mantel with juice bottle vases hanging in a vintage window frame. Easy DIY

We’re having a lovely summer.  We’ve been to the zoo, and the beach, and VBS.  We’re staying up late, and sleeping-in.  We’re swimming and going for long walks, and watching too much tv.  We’re doing all that you should do in summer and loving it.  Tuesday posts are turning into Wed. afternoon posts, and it’s probably a good thing.  I hope you’re soaking up some sunshine too.

Simple Summer Mantel -a simple summer mantel with juice bottle vases hanging in a vintage window frame. Easy DIY

My sweet sister gave my this vintage window frame for Christmas, and ever since I thought it would look so pretty with some little bottles of flowers hanging from it.  Summer was the perfect time to try it, all the little blooms are from my garden, and it inspired a new Simple Summer Mantel.

Simple Summer Mantel -a simple summer mantel with juice bottle vases hanging in a vintage window frame. Easy DIY

I used some simple glass juice bottles and a little twine to make my vases, and added some white and pink and purple blooms I snipped from the garden.

Simple Summer Mantel -a simple summer mantel with juice bottle vases hanging in a vintage window frame. Easy DIY

Of course I had to include a mason jar of beautiful hydrangeas from the garden too, since they’re so beautiful right now.

Simple Summer Mantel -a simple summer mantel with juice bottle vases hanging in a vintage window frame. Easy DIY

I finished up the mantel with a few old books, my vintage scale, some garden balls and my cute collection of mini oil cans on my antique spool stand with the glass cloche.

Mini oil can collection

With a simple and pretty summer mantel, life really is a party!  Happy Summer friends.

Beauty and the Beast Party -Part II “The Activites”

Beauty and the Beast Party Activities -5 great Beauty and Beast themed party activities with inexpensive and easy to find materials that every kid would love.  Set-up stations in your backyard and have the best party ever!

Yesterday I shared all the amazing decorations and food from Allie’s Beauty and the Beast Birthday Party, and today I want to share the fun activities.  Allie’s mom, Heather did a great job thinking up some really great, and simple ideas that tied into the movie really well.  It’s not a really obvious theme when it comes to activities so she really had to put her thinking cap on and get creative.  I think she did a great job.

Beauty and the Beast Party Activities -5 great Beauty and Beast themed party activities with inexpensive and easy to find materials that every kid would love.  Set-up stations in your backyard and have the best party ever!

There were five fun activity centres set-up for the kids in the backyard.

The first activity station was to “Decorate An Enchanted Mirror”.  Remember the enchanted mirror in the movie that Belle uses to see her Father?  Heather found some clear plastic mirrors at the dollar store, and then had some glitter glue, stick on gems, ribbons, and letter stickers.  They all had great fun personalizing their mirrors.

Beauty and the Beast Party Activities -5 great Beauty and Beast themed party activities with inexpensive and easy to find materials that every kid would love.  Set-up stations in your backyard and have the best party ever!

The next activity was “Chip’s Bubbling Tea”.  Remember the part in the movie where Chip, the little teacup shows Belle his trick, of blowing bubbles in his tea?  Heather used a drink-dispenser jar with a pouring spout, and filled it with bubbles.  Such a great idea to cut down on the mess!  The kids filled up plastic disposable plates, and then blew bubbles until their hearts were content.

Beauty and the Beast Party Activities -5 great Beauty and Beast themed party activities with inexpensive and easy to find materials that every kid would love.  Set-up stations in your backyard and have the best party ever!

Bubbles

I love the look of wonder on Allie’s face as she watched the giant bubbles – it was wonderful.

Beauty and the Beast Party Activities -5 great Beauty and Beast themed party activities with inexpensive and easy to find materials that every kid would love.  Set-up stations in your backyard and have the best party ever!

The next activity was “Gaston’s Target Practise”, again from a scene in the movie where Gaston is practising with his bow and arrow.

Beauty and the Beast Party Activities -5 great Beauty and Beast themed party activities with inexpensive and easy to find materials that every kid would love.  Set-up stations in your backyard and have the best party ever!

Heather picked up a few toy nerf bow and arrow sets, and set up a picture of the Beast for target practise.  The kids loves this game.

Beauty and the Beast Party Activities -5 great Beauty and Beast themed party activities with inexpensive and easy to find materials that every kid would love.  Set-up stations in your backyard and have the best party ever!

The next activity was to “Make a Teacup Bird Feeder”, based on the scene in the movie where Belle and the Beast feed the birds in the garden.

Beauty and the Beast Party Activities -5 great Beauty and Beast themed party activities with inexpensive and easy to find materials that every kid would love.  Set-up stations in your backyard and have the best party ever!

The teacups were all hung in the tree, and everyone picked one out that they liked -it looked so pretty!

Beauty and the Beast Party Activities -5 great Beauty and Beast themed party activities with inexpensive and easy to find materials that every kid would love.  Set-up stations in your backyard and have the best party ever!

To make the bird feeder, Heather super-glued the cup to the saucer, so it could be filled with bird seed for the birds, and sent it home in the favour bag, along with a little container of bird seed.

Beauty and the Beast Party Activities -5 great Beauty and Beast themed party activities with inexpensive and easy to find materials that every kid would love.  Set-up stations in your backyard and have the best party ever!

The final activity was “Maurice’s Inventions” centre.  Belle’s father Maurice was an inventor, and always working on his inventions in the movie.  Heather set up the table with lots of fun things, and open ended materials like construction paper, egg cartons, felt, tin foil, wire, tape, glue, markers, pencil crayons, and pipe cleaners.

Beauty and the Beast Party Activities -5 great Beauty and Beast themed party activities with inexpensive and easy to find materials that every kid would love.  Set-up stations in your backyard and have the best party ever!

There was also a tray of fun bits and bobs, like styrofoam balls, coloured string, old caps, wooden cubes, wooden buttons, toothpicks, skewers, and different sizes of popsicle sticks.

Beauty and the Beast Party Activities -5 great Beauty and Beast themed party activities with inexpensive and easy to find materials that every kid would love.  Set-up stations in your backyard and have the best party ever!

Everyone had a little notebook, to work out their invention ideas, and then they could make whatever they liked.  Some of the kids made a quick invention and then went off to play.  Others, lingered at the table for a long time, and kept thinking of new things to make.  It was the perfect last station, so the kids who loved it could say there as long as they liked.

All the stations stayed open throughout the party, so at the end, the kids could return and play where ever they wanted -the bubbles, target practise, and inventions were re-visited over and over.  It was a wonderful party, enjoyed by all.  The birthday girl was well celebrated, with a joyful afternoon.  Happy Birthday Miss.  Allie!  With an afternoon of creative and fun activities like this, life is really a party!

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