Hot Sweet Thighs (aka Sweet Chili Chicken Thighs)

These recipes are the concoctions of (fictitious) cartoon comic chef extraordinaire, Sherri’s neighbor and cooking mentor, Chef Chumley.  Chef and Sherri are happy to bring them to you on Wednesdays and Fridays.

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As we approach the warm swimsuit weather, we all worry about our thighs.  Well here are thighs that you won’t have to worry about.  Follow this recipe and you’ll have thighs that are sweet, zesty and delicious. Just… uh… be careful that your cooking doesn’t end up like the first time Jesse and I tried our luck:

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Hot Sweet Thighs (aka Sweet Chili Chicken Thighs)

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Prep time: 40 minutes  •  Cook time: 50-60 minutes • Yields 4-6 Servings

Ingredients:
1 medium onion
1 jalapeno pepper
(optional)
3 Tbsp oil
1/3 cup ketchup
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1½ tsp chili powder
1/4 cup water
4 medium chicken thighs

Directions:
Dice onion and jalapeno pepper (the heat is in the ribs and seeds, remove them if you want a medium heat, or omit for mild). Make sure not to touch any part of your body or face when handling jalapeno peppers and be sure to wash hands well when done.

On medium low heat stir onion and jalapeno peppers in oil for about 15 minute until tender. Add ketchup, mustard, brown sugar, chili powder and water. Cook for another 15 min until water reduces and becomes a spreadable paste. Let the mixture cool for about 10 min.

Dry chicken pieces well. Then spread mixture on chicken. Place on baking sheet so that pieces have space between them.

Bake at 375° for 50-60 minutes uncovered.

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Tuesday and Thursday are Tip Days! Come back tomorrow for new tips about Savings!

Wednesday and Fridays are Recipe Days! Stay ‘tooned for a new recipe this Friday!

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Bonus Tips: Cars!

Tip Days will be Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our first month of tips will be devoted to Savings.

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In honor of the blog launch, I’m including a few bonus tips today!  Here are a few ways to save through your car:

TIP #4 – CARPOOL
as often as possible. When friends go to the same location or event in separate cars it’s a total waste.

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TIP #5 – MAINTAIN YOUR CAR PROPERLY: For example make sure you have a clean air filter. Make sure your tires are inflated properly. Your gas millage will improve dramatically.

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If you missed the first few tips, click here.

Wednesdays and Fridays are recipe days! I’ll be posting recipes given to me by my next door neighbor, Chef Chumley. You can read more about him by clicking here. Until then, I hope you enjoyed the first day of tips!

~ Sherri <3

 

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Savings Tips – First Post!

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Tip Days will be Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our first month of tips will be devoted to Savings.

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Each week I will list and explain different tips that I’ve found for easy ways to save. I’ll even illustrate a few. Here are a few easy ways to save around the house:


TIP #1 – CHILL: 
Adjust the temperature on your home thermostat. Try to get a few degrees cooler in the winter and a few degrees warmer in the summer.  Example: Lower your thermostat in the winter and wear a sweater.


TIP #2 – LIGHT ‘M UP: 
Install CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs), energy saving light bulbs whenever and wherever you can. Don’t use higher wattage bulbs than necessary.


TIP #3 – GO TO THE DARK SIDE:
  Turn off all lights when you are not at home, or in the rooms you are not using. Pull out all electrical cords from electrical sockets for appliances that are not in use.

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Stay ‘tooned… In honor of the launch of the site I’m posting a few bonus tips and cartoons later today!  Check back soon!

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Weekly Challenge #1: Lights Out

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The thought of transforming or improving one’s self is overwhelming. So much to do – where to begin? Where to find the time? There’s no immediate all-encompassing solution. This is where the phrase “baby steps” comes in handy. Each week I will pick one “Weekly Challenge” (or as I like to call them, “Weakly Challenges”) to be completed within the week. This way, I (and you, should you choose to accept) can improve a little at a time. Focusing on one task is infinitely better, more productive, and less overwhelming, than many. Meeting that one challenge per week successfully will give us the strength, energy and enthusiasm to try to follow up with the remaining tips of each month.  Good luck with the challenges.  I know that I’ll need it!

Week #1: Lights  Out

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For the Month of Savings I was racking my brain trying to think of the endless ways to kick-start the weekly challenge. Then I saw the light (quite literally). Jesse left the bathroom light on…again. Then I had a brilliant thought!  The first ever weekly challenge will be: REMEMBER TO TURN OFF THE LIGHTS!

Are lights typically left on in your household, as they are in mine? It may then be a bright idea to spend this week focusing on TURNING IT OFF. Getting into the habit of  turning off lights when leaving a room is not always an easy task. So many times when I am in a rush, this simple act is easily disregarded.  However, it not only saves money but it saves energy too! This week’s challenge will be focused on getting everyone in the household to TURN OFF THE LIGHTS. Let’s all get  in the habit of turning it off!

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June is Savings Month!

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New beginnings are never easy. Getting married and starting a new life with the love of my life are challenging enough. On top of that I had to pack up everything I own and move to the other side of the country! I’m definitely not complaining; I’m so happy and very blessed to have so many great new people in my life on the West Coast. However, one thing I learned from being on my own here is the importance of savings. When you are just starting out and trying to be successful (whatever your definition of success is), it’s even more important to find easy and sometimes creative ways to get extra spending money.

That’s why the first month of my blog will be focused on savings.

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Each week I will list and explain different tips that I’ve found for easy ways to save. I’ll even illustrate a few. In order to immediately incorporate a few of the different ways to save into our daily lives, each week I will feature one tip as part of the Weekly Challenge. So for those who are up for trying this out with me, come back in a short while for our first “Weekly Challenge”.

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First Post!

Me cook?  Me clean?  I’m Sherri Burns, and growing up, if you ever told me that one day I’d willingly walk into a kitchen and put together some dish for supper, I probably would have laughed in your face. Cooking and I were two concepts that could never exist in the same universe. Cleaning?  What’s that?  Savings, bills, marriage, relationships! All foreign “grown up” jibber jabber.

I figured that once I was mature enough and ready for adulthood, all necessary skills would be acquired, much like The Hulk acquired his powers when he was zapped with gamma rays!

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Fun fact: that’s totally NOT true.

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My life completely changed when the love of my life, one Jesse Burns, asked me to marry him. Not only did I have to figure out how to perfect this whole marriage thing, but I was also relocated from east to west, from coast to coast! It was a far cry from how my life had always been: me, the freelance cartoonist, happily working away at the drawing board, perfectly content with having my family straightening up my room or preparing my next meal. Now there were meals to plan, bills to pay, errands to run, and relationships to maintain (both nearby and cross-country).

The past two years have taught me a lot about myself, but I know I have so much more to improve on. So here I am, sharing with you my ways I hope to improve my daily life. Each month I will have a new aspect to focus on (such as Savings, Relationships, Exercise, etc.), with each week filled with various tips and Weekly Challenges to achieve my goal of trying to “grow up” with as much fun as possible!  (***Warning: humorous cartoons and illustrations may follow.)

So if you care to join me, sit back, relax and let’s get started. Let’s motivate each other to start “playing grown-ups”.

Come back later today to find out about our first Monthly Theme: Savings! ENJOY!

~Sherri <3

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Launching June 3rd!

Stay ‘tooned for a brand-new site filled with tips, comics, recipes, challenges, and other fun ways to help ease the trials and tribulations of growing older. Because growing older doesn’t mean having to grow up.

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