Double Crunchy Honey Garlic Chicken

When it comes to cooking at home, you may get scared that if you are not an experienced chef that you may run out of ideas and that your cooking may get bland and boring. However, there are a variety of recipes that you can find that are cheap and easy to make that will be sure to excite your taste buds. This week, I have found a recipe for you that has been praised by hundreds of bloggers. The original recipe called for pork chops and I am sure that the pork chops are just as delicious, but this recipe calls for chicken. Most of the ingredients are probably already in your kitchen and if not, they are very easily found at your local grocery store and on top of that, the prep time and cook time in total is only about 30 minutes. If crunchy honey garlic chicken sounds like a delicious meal for you, then be sure to check out the link below to check out the recipe.

http://www.nlrockrecipes.com/2012/04/doube-crunch-honey-garic-chicken.html

Art lovers

Gainesville is known for its nature and beautiful outdoor spaces, and just as amazing as natural beauty is handmade artwork that can be found at the Gainesville Artisans’ Guild Gallery located at 201 SE 2nd Place. All of the pieces there are made by local artists whose talents deserve to be appreciated and admired for the works of art that they are. There are several exhibits throughout the year from paintings and pottery to jewelry, textiles, and mixed media. You can be a part of the art community by contributing and becoming a sponsor so that the gallery can continue to run. Sponsors can choose from one of four memberships that all offer different benefits, but are all equally appreciated by the workers and artists associated with the gallery. You can even purchase and own some of the pieces as well. Open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm and Sundays from noon to 5pm, check out the gallery today.

http://www.artisansguildgallery.com/index.html

 

Household uses for vinegar

Most people don’t think of much when they think of vinegar. They pretty much only associate it with cooking in some way and forget about it after that. However, you would be surprised to know that vinegar can also be very useful in a variety of ways around your home that will make your life way easier. From cleaning out that old shower head of yours, to several ways to clean, and even gardening, vinegar seems to have a way of making some tasks around your home, a lot more bearable. In this link below is the full list of ten uses for vinegar that you would have never thought of.

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20260150,00.html

Loose change turned into art

Do you have piles and piles of loose change all over your apartment home, car, etc. and you have no idea what to do with them? Well, here is a fun and crafty idea that will turn that loose change into unique, personalized artwork that you can hang somewhere in your apartment or house or even make as a gift for a friend. You can do it alone or you can make it an event and craft with your family or friends, but either way, you are bound to have a great time. If you already craft regularly, then you will probably have most of the materials, but if you don’t the materials are easy to find and nicely priced. All you need are paper mache letters, pennies, glue, copper acrylic paint, a paintbrush, and clear spray sealer. You can decorate one letter, or even end up spelling out an entire quote; the one rule is being creative and have fun. Click on the link below to read the full description on how to create this cool craft!

http://www.thecraftedsparrow.com/2012/01/loose-change.html

Homemade BBQ chicken burgers

Going out to eat can take a toll on your wallet, and sometimes the food you eat out at a restaurant is too heavy and just leaves you feeling guilty. However, if you are in the mood for a juicy, delicious, burger but you can do without the guilt and bloated feeling afterwards, here is a recipe for homemade burgers that you will be sure to love. What makes this recipe so special is the fact that it is just as delicious as a regular beef burger, but it is healthier because it calls for chicken instead of beef and wheat buns. You can even make it with sweet potato fries if you wanted to stick to the healthier theme.  Check out the link below for a scrumptious, mouth-watering burger, that will leave you satisfied, but is actually secretly pretty good for you too!

http://www.howsweeteats.com/2011/04/bbq-chicken-burgers/#_a5y_p=1159322

Valentine’s Day Treats

With Valentine’s day right around the corner, some of you may be trying to think of some last minute things that you can do for your sweetheart that is cute and fun, but won’t break the bank. One universal favorite gift to receive are homemade sweet treats like cookies, cupcakes, brownies, or whatever other delicious dessert your sweetheart loves to devour. Not only are homemade treats fun to get, but you will have a great time making them as well. One recipe that is sure to be a success are strawberry heart cheesecake bites, little cheesecake bites with a delightful strawberry sliced into the heart right on top. All the ingredients are easy to find at your local grocery and you probably already have most of them in your home right now. Check out the link to find the recipe and get started on making your sweetie some treats for this holiday.

http://www.thehappierhomemaker.com/2013/01/strawberry-heart-mini-cheesecake-bites.html

Jewelry lovers

If you love jewelry and you are often buying cute, trendy pieces from places like Forever 21 or Icing, then you know that those pieces of jewelry are not real metal and the more you wear them, the more their color will wear down, or maybe even turn your fingers green. Not much is worse than losing a cute ring, necklace or bracelet because of wear and tear. Here is a trick to keeping your cheaper jewelry intact, so that it will last much longer and you can even use it on real metal just to keep it from tarnishing. Get a can of Krylon clear glaze in any store that has a home décor section and spray a coat of the glaze onto your jewelry. Allow it time to dry and that is it! In one easy step, you have just made your jewelry last much longer. Now you no longer have to be afraid of buying jewelry just because it may not be real. The can of glaze is relatively inexpensive and one can will last you a long time, so go on and shop away!

http://thesororitysecrets.blogspot.com/search/label/Krylon

 

 

Silver Springs

For a day of fun in the sun, while learning about the beautiful state of Florida, one place you should be sure to check out is Silver Springs. The park can be accessed from two entrances, 1425 N.E. 58th Avenue, Ocala, Florida or 5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd. Silver Springs, Florida. Being the oldest tourist attraction in Florida, the park has a lot of historical information to offer and a museum where you can learn about wildlife and vegetation. There is a riverside restaurant for you to get your grub on, kayak and canoe rentals, and their famous glass bottom boat rides. The park even holds special events and concerts. Open everyday, all year-round, be sure to check out their website to find out what day you want to get on over to get a taste of Florida’s history.

http://www.floridastateparks.org/silversprings/default.cfm

Dinner for 2

This delicious dinner is great for any occasion, but with a certain holiday coming up (Valentine’s Day!) what better way to try out this quick, easy, and scrumptious dinner than to make it a perfect dinner for two with you and your loved one. This caramelized salmon dish will have your sweetheart thinking that you are a professional chef, when the fish itself only requires four seasoning ingredients! When it comes to side dishes, you can either choose to go healthy and have a wild rice or salad, or you can bring on the carbs and make a yummy creamy pasta, either way, the salmon will be a total success! Click on the link below to find the recipe.

http://pinchofyum.com/caramelized-salmon

Maude’s Café

While strolling along in very scenic Downtown Gainesville, you may feel the urge to sit down and take in the sights while sipping on a nice hot chocolate or coffee. One little café that offers you the chance to do just that is Maude’s at 101 SE 2nd Pl, right next to the Hippodrome Theatre. Yet another one of Gainesville’s hidden treasures, this little café has sandwiches, quesadillas, cakes, brownies, pies, and pastries with coffees, teas, hot chocolates, and beers to wash it all down with. There is seating both outside, where you can sit and chat with friends and soak in the sights of Downtown, and inside where you can choose from a variety of board games and let loose with friends. Even if you aren’t there to meet up with friends, there is plenty of space to study or get work done so feel free to stop by Maude’s any day of the week from 7 am to 11 pm to get your caffeine fix.

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