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Fried Chicken and Waffles

Chicken and Waffles: The perfect recipe for homemade crispy fried chicken and fluffy waffles, with warmed maple syrup.

Today I’m sharing this amazing recipe for Chicken and Waffles.  It’s perfect weekend food, and with Maple Syrup season in full swing here in Ontario, this really is the best way to enjoy some Maple Syrup.

Chicken and Waffles: The perfect recipe for homemade crispy fried chicken and fluffy waffles, with warmed maple syrup.

When I was a kid I had some pretty strict food rules.  One of which was no mixing sweet and savour.  I’m glad I out grew that one…except for Hawaiian pizza, cause it’s just not right, are you with me?

Chicken and Waffles: The perfect recipe for homemade crispy fried chicken and fluffy waffles, with warmed maple syrup.

Chicken and Waffles are the perfect mix of salty, crispy chicken, and sweet, soft and fluffy waffles.  This has become a real family favourite.

Chicken and Waffles: The perfect recipe for homemade crispy fried chicken and fluffy waffles, with warmed maple syrup.

Fried Chicken and Waffles

Ingredients

    For the Fried Chicken
  • 1 chicken cut up into 8 pieces
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Lawyer's seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • oil for frying
  • For the Waffles
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup butter -melted
  • maple syrup

Instructions

    To Make the Fried Chicken
  1. Marinade the chicken in the buttermilk from 12-24 hours.
  2. To make the breading, combine the flour, seasoning salt, paprika, black pepper, dried thyme, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder.
  3. Remove the chicken from the marinade and dip into the breading mixture to coat.
  4. Fry chicken in a pan with a few inches of oil heated to 350 degrees, until golden brown, about 5-7 min on each side. Work in batches of about 3 pieces, taking care not to over crowd the pan.
  5. Place fried chicken on a baking sheet and finish cooking in a preheated 360 degree F oven, until cooked through. (Wings may not require the oven cooking, they may be cooked through after they're fried.)
  6. To Make the Waffles
  7. Sift together in a large bowl the flour, baking soda, salt and sugar.
  8. Separate the eggs and beat the 2 egg whites until stiff but not dry.
  9. In another bowl combine the egg yolks, milk, and melted butter. Stir this mixture into the dry ingredients with a few swift strokes -batter will be slightly lumpy.
  10. Fold the egg whites into the batter until just combined.
  11. Cook in a waffle iron. Serve hot with fried chicken on top, and warmed maple syrup drizzled over top.
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Chicken and Waffles: The perfect recipe for homemade crispy fried chicken and fluffy waffles, with warmed maple syrup.

It’s also National Waffle Day, so I thought this was the perfect recipe to share!

Chicken and Waffles: The perfect recipe for homemade crispy fried chicken and fluffy waffles, with warmed maple syrup.

With homemade Chicken and Waffles, life really is a party!

Spring Home Tour 2017

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I’m so excited to be sharing my Spring Home Tour with you today, and joining in with 20 other Canadian bloggers for The Canadian Bloggers Spring Home Tour hosted by AKA Design and The DIY Mommy.  There will be beautiful Spring Home Tours all week, so be sure to check out all the others at the end of the post.

When I started working on the Spring Home Tour, I realized I’ve never shared one on the blog before, although I decorate for Spring and Easter each year, so I’m extra excited to share it with you today.  I’ve taken tons of pictures, so I hope you’ll grab yourself a coffee and enjoy.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

Let’s get started in the entrance way.  I’ve added a few Spring touches to my console table.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

You can see how I made the Gold Leaf Easter Eggs here, and I’ve hung them on some pretty pussy willows I found on a walk one day.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I painted a few wooden beads for a pretty pastel Spring look.  These wooden beads were a fun recycling project.  I found an old wooden bead seat cover at a garage sale and thought up-cycling the beads would be a great inexpensive way to make some pretty garland.  You can see how I made the Mason Jar Oil Lamps here.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

One of my favourite little touches in my Spring decor this year are the pretty faux mushrooms.  I made these ones from some air dry clay, and they turned out so cute.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

At the entrance of the dining room, my little bar cart is all ready for some Spring entertaining.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I picked up this little vintage toy truck ages ago at an antique shop.  I used it for Christmas a few years ago, and it hasn’t been out since.  I thought the pretty aqua was perfect for spring.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

And, I’ve found the secret to beautiful succulents…faux. 😉

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

On the dining room table, I’ve created a little spring forest.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I began with a beautiful moss runner down the centre of the table.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I picked the moss in the forest, and let it dry before using it as a runner.  I wanted a woodland spring look, so I added some ferns, and birch, butterflies and mushrooms, and a few spring bulbs.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

On the buffet, I added some pretty eggs to my wooden bowl.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

What could be more spring like than a beautiful bowl of eggs?

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I love the mix of the wood, and white and soft pastels -along with more of the moss and few pretty feathers.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

It’s amazing how some green and fresh flowers makes everything feel alive again.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

From the dining room, we head into the living room.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I’ve carried the spring forest feel all through the main floor, with little touches.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

This Spring Mantel is one of my favourite spots this year too.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I found a few free printables for the pretty antique specimen art and used some mini wooden clothes pins to attach them to a branch.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I wanted to create the feel of a walk in the forest, and all the treasures I’d found and brought home with me.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

More mushrooms here, some that I made out of paper mache last year, and a beautiful antler that I really did find on a forest walk this Spring.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

There are a few little wire fairy lights too, so everything can sparkle at night.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

Over on the over side of the room, tea and some Spring recipe ideas.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I’m just loving the simplicity of the wooden beads in all different sizes right now.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I’ve added some pretty floral cushions for Spring too.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

On the book case I’ve kept things pretty simple and neutral.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I had to bring out my Spring Dioramas -see how I made them here, that are from last year.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

Over in the kitchen, I love the Spring sunshine, now that it’s back.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

On the table, a really simple wooden trough -I think it might have been the top tray of an old tool box, and I found it at an antique market.  I’ve filled it with more moss, and pretty eggs, including these simple Cement Easter Eggs I made last year.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

Over on my little cupboard, I’ve strung more of the wooden beads, for just a tiny bit of Spring colour.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

The copper houses have turned into pretty terrariums for Spring.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

And this little nest is the perfect Spring detail.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I seem to be completely in love with tiny mushrooms, and these little wooden ones I bought at the Christmas market this year just had to stay out to welcome Spring.

Spring Home Tour: A forest inspired spring home tour with lots of woodsy details to inspire.

I think because I have a new puppy, I’ve been out walking and exploring the green spaces and forest around my house more than ever this past year.  It’s inspired me to bring the outdoors and the sense of wonder and tiny treasures inside.  I hope maybe I’ve inspired you a little too -get out for a walk and see what you can find.

With a pretty Spring Home Tour, life really is a party.

Now be sure to check out all the inspiration from my Canadian blogging friends!

 

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Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Italian Sausage

Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Italian Sausage: An easy, semi-homemade pasta dish that's a easy enough for a family weeknight, and delicious enough for company.

This Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Italian Sausage is a real family favourite.  It’s easy to put together, since it uses premade gnocchi from the pantry, and it’s so, so good.

Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Italian Sausage: An easy, semi-homemade pasta dish that's a easy enough for a family weeknight, and delicious enough for company.

I discovered gnocchi one day after a discussion at a play date.  A friend of mine who comes from an Italian background was talking about what she was having for dinner.  I had only tried gnocchi once or twice before at a restaurant.  I was certainly intimidated by the idea of trying to make my own little potato pasta pillows, which is what they are.  I was surprised to hear that she bought hers in the dry pasta section of the grocery store.  And I thought that if she liked it, I should give it a try too.

Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Italian Sausage: An easy, semi-homemade pasta dish that's a easy enough for a family weeknight, and delicious enough for company.

She mentioned that she sometimes made gnocchi with a little wine, garlic, mushrooms, parmesan cheese, and sometimes a bit of cream.  I thought that sounded delicious, so that very night I picked up the ingredients, added Italian sausage, and we’ve been enjoying it ever since!

Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Italian Sausage: An easy, semi-homemade pasta dish that's a easy enough for a family weeknight, and delicious enough for company.

Here’s my version of the recipe, easy enough for a weeknight family dinner, but delicious enough for company.  It’s great with a nice green salad, crusty garlic bread, and a bottle of wine.

Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Italian Sausage: An easy, semi-homemade pasta dish that's a easy enough for a family weeknight, and delicious enough for company.

Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Italian Sausage

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. packages of potato gnocchi
  • 1 lbs Italian sausage
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 10 oz. white mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 Portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • parmesan cheese to taste

Instructions

  1. Begin by removing the sausage from the casing and frying it in a large skillet over a medium high heat until it is cooked through and crumbled. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  2. In the same pan, add the olive oil and sauté the onions, mushrooms, and garlic until they are cooked about 5 min.
  3. Add the cooked sausage back to the pan, and add the wine. Scrap up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan, bring the wine to a boil and let reduce slightly.
  4. Meanwhile bring a large pot of water to a boil, and cook the gnocchi according to the package directions.
  5. Add the cream and parmesan cheese to the sausage and mushroom mixture, and then add in the hot drained gnocchi. Stir to combine, and enjoy.
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Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Italian Sausage: An easy, semi-homemade pasta dish that's a easy enough for a family weeknight, and delicious enough for company.

This is a one skillet dinner too, so easy clean up.  Just another reason to love it.

Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Italian Sausage: An easy, semi-homemade pasta dish that's a easy enough for a family weeknight, and delicious enough for company.

If you happen to have any leftovers, it sure is a lunch to look forward to the next day.

Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Italian Sausage: An easy, semi-homemade pasta dish that's a easy enough for a family weeknight, and delicious enough for company.

With Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Italian Sausage, life really is a party!

Easter Egg Bath Bomb with a Surprise Toy Inside

Easter Egg Bath Bomb with a Surprise Toy inside: the perfect diy fizzy, scented bath treat, with a surprise toy inside! Kids will love.

My little girls love taking baths, and playing in the bath.  If your kids do too, then this is the perfect little Easter treat for them; an Easter Egg Bath Bomb with a Surprise Toy inside!

Easter Egg Bath Bomb with a Surprise Toy inside: the perfect diy fizzy, scented bath treat, with a surprise toy inside! Kids will love.

This treat offers a beautiful scented and fizzy bath, with the fun of a surprise little toy inside.  What could be better?  And they’re simple enough to make and add to your Easter gift baskets for your own kids, or to give as gifts.

Easter Egg Bath Bomb with a Surprise Toy inside: the perfect diy fizzy, scented bath treat, with a surprise toy inside! Kids will love.

I used some sweet little Easter bunny plastic toys I found at the dollar store, but you could certainly personalize it for someone special.  How about mini dinosaurs for the dino lover you know, or shopkins, or little plastic unicorns?  So many fun possibilities.  And you can vary the colour and scent too of the bath bomb too.  We made some light pink, some light blue, some vanilla, and  some lavender scented.

Easter Egg Bath Bomb with a Surprise Toy inside: the perfect diy fizzy, scented bath treat, with a surprise toy inside! Kids will love.

Materials:

  • 1/2 cup citric acid (we found ours at the health food store in bulk)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • witch hazel -a few sprays from a spray bottle
  • food colouring -few drops
  • scented oil -few drops
  • plastic Easter egg to use as a mold
  • small toy for the surprise
Easter Egg Bath Bomb with a Surprise Toy inside: the perfect diy fizzy, scented bath treat, with a surprise toy inside! Kids will love.

Instructions:

1.  Combine the citric acid and baking soda in a mixing bowl.
2.  In a separate bowl, combine olive oil, food colouring, and scented oil.
Easter Egg Bath Bomb with a Surprise Toy inside: the perfect diy fizzy, scented bath treat, with a surprise toy inside! Kids will love.
2.  Slowly add oil mixture to dry mixture until it reaches the consistency of wet sand.
3.  To bring it all together, spray lightly with a few sprays of witch hazel.
Easter Egg Bath Bomb with a Surprise Toy inside: the perfect diy fizzy, scented bath treat, with a surprise toy inside! Kids will love.
4.  Pack the mixture tightly into the plastic Easter egg mould and add the toy surprise to the middle.  Fill it completely and click it together, and let it set for 24 hours.
Easter Egg Bath Bomb with a Surprise Toy inside: the perfect diy fizzy, scented bath treat, with a surprise toy inside! Kids will love.
5.  After 24 hours, open the Easter egg and carefully remove the bath bomb.  These are fiddly, and we did break some un-moulding them.  If you’re worried you could just give them inside the plastic Easter egg.  We did get the hang of it though, and had lots of successes too.
Easter Egg Bath Bomb with a Surprise Toy inside: the perfect diy fizzy, scented bath treat, with a surprise toy inside! Kids will love.
We wrapped some of ours up in cello bags and tied them with ribbon to make the perfect addition to any Easter basket.
Easter Egg Bath Bomb with a Surprise Toy inside: the perfect diy fizzy, scented bath treat, with a surprise toy inside! Kids will love.
With Easter Egg Bath Bomb with a surprise toy inside, life really is a party!
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