Best Valentine’s Day Crafts

Are you looking for some fun valentines crafts this month? Whether you are helping your boys makes gifts for their friends, teachers, or if you are making something for them you will love the set How Does She?

Valentines CraftsHow Does She, is a fun crafty idea site that helps crafty moms share their crafty ideas with one another. Valentine’s Day is a great day to show those you love how much you love them, and what better way to do that than with a handmade craft.

There are lots of different ideas including a gumball dispenser, heart necklaces, flowers, and more! Hurry on over to learn more about these adorable ideas. We especially love the gumboil dispenser. Our little ones love gumboils an this is the perfect little gift just for them. Enjoy!

 

Best Boy Books: Dragons Love Tacos

Dragons are pretty fantastic. Tacos are pretty fantastic. Books are pretty fantastic. Put all three together? You have a pretty fantastically amazing book. This fun book will wow your little boys with its comic wit, funny illustrations, and tasty tacos.

Have you ever wanted a dragon to follow you home from school? Have you ever wondered how to catch a dragon? Well, Dragons Love TacosDragons Love Tacos. Chicken tacos. Beef Tacos. Tacos are good. If you have a bucket full of tacos you could probably get a dragon to follow you anywhere. Just be careful with the condiments, and most importantly the spices. Tacos are great, but don’t try and give a dragon a spicy taco, or worse. Salsa! Salsa is hot. H.O.T. What happens when a dragon eats something hot? Yep, you guessed it. FIRE. You just might burn your house down.

This fun and silly book written by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri will have your little guys laughing all day long. So if your boys love to laugh, and love to read, this is the perfect book to add to your collection this month.

Recipes to Try: Chicken and Waffles

Are you looking for some new and fun recipes to try this year? Check out our blog every month for one brand new recipe to try. We will share 12 recipes we think you and your family will enjoy this year that may be a little outside of you normal routine.

This month we are sharing a fun recipe that you may not have been brave enough to try before. Chicken and waffles. It sounds delicious, but also a little out of the norm, so you may have been hesitant to try it. But now is the time to hop off the fence and try it.

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Chicken and Waffles

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:

fried chicken:

8 cups water

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons kosher salt

1/4 cup honey

1 tablespoon black pepper corns

10 sprigs thyme

10 sage leaves

2 bay leaves

6 garlic cloves, lightly smashed

juice 2 lemons

rind of 1 lemon

2 cups all purpose flour

1 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder

1 tablespoon onion powder

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

8 drumsticks

peanut oil for frying

waffles:

2 cups all purpose flour

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 3/4 cups whole milk

2 large eggs, well beaten

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional

garnishes:

pads of softened butter

maple syrup

Directions:

1. For fried chicken: Place water, salt and honey into a pot and simmer until salt and honey dissolves. Stir in remaining ingredients and cool completely. Add 4 cups ice to mixture and add chicken. Brine chicken for 10 to 12 hours. Remove drumsticks from brine and completely pat dry.
2. Pour peanut oil into a cast iron skillet, 2 inches high, and preheat over medium heat.
3. Place flour, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and smoked paprika in a shallow dish and whisk together. Pour buttermilk into another shallow dish and dredge drumsticks in flour mixture. Shake access flour off chicken and dip in buttermilk. Repeat by dipping in the flour mixture followed by the buttermilk and the flour mixture again. Carefully drop coated drumsticks into the hot oil and fry on each side for 10 to 12 minutes or until skin has turned golden brown and chicken is cooked through. (juices should run clear when cut into). Drain into paper towels and lightly season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately with waffles.
4. For waffles: Preheat waffle iron to medium heat.
5. Place flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl and whisk together. Add remaining ingredients and stir together with a fork until fully incorporated and no dry spots remain.
6. Lightly spray the well of the waffle iron with cooking spray and pour 1/3 cup of batter into the center of the well. Gently close the lid and cook until golden brown. Serve immediately.