Holly’s Weekend Hermit Guide for January 31, 2014

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Oh hey, the Big Game is this weekend so there’s that. If you’re planning on chilling out tonight and tomorrow to gear up for some big parties, here are a couple of things to read, watch and eat.

Read

“Twilight Eyes” by Dean Koontz

twilighteyes Hollys Weekend Hermit Guide for January 31, 2014

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This book is a good, fairly quick read perfect for curling up with on a chilly Saturday afternoon with a fluffy plus blanket throw and some whiskey-spiked coffee (Isn’t that a dreamy picture I just painted?) I enjoy Dean Koontz because he’s got paranormal suspense and creepy stuff but without all the ooze and barf that Stephen King usually serves up. The premise of this book is cool: people with blue-grey-purplish eyes possess special powers to seek out and destroy evil “goblins” that walk amongst us and hide out as normal folks. There’s more to it than that, but I don’t want to give anything away, so just give it a whirl, okay?

A couple of interesting long-form articles for you to check out this weekend: “A Former Ravens Cheerleader Tells All” because you’ve always wondered…

“The Day we Lost Atlanta. How 2 Lousy Inches of Snow Paralyzed a Metro Area of 6 Million” puts into perspective weather conditions facing an area of the country that just isn’t prepared for a polar vortex. The scene in Atlanta this week was like the opening of The Walking Dead, except people had to live in their cars, schools and Home Depot with their kids. Totally scary.

Watch

I’ve said before that I’m a huge New Kids on the Block fan, so naturally I needed to check out the new reality TV show Wahlburgers all about the restaurant that Donny and Mark Wahlburg own with their brother, Paul. This show is wicked awesome and I’m hooked on how sweet their family is. Tune in and you’ll be hooked too.

Saturday is the perfect day to go back and re-watch past seasons of Grey’s Anatomy because they’re not starting back up until the end of February. And I can’t wait that long for McDreamy. Not at all. Thank goodness for Netflix.

Oh, and there’s a little thing called the Super Bowl the Seahawks are playing in starting at 3:30 Sunday afternoon.

Eat

Honey Balsamic Chicks on Sticks

Want an easy and awesome treat for game day? This chicken rocks, and who doesn’t love food on sticks? I found this Balsamic Chicken recipe from Giada de Laurentiis but tweaked a few of the ingredients and then used chicken breasts on skewers rather than drumettes, but you can check hers out if wings are more your thing. Plus they’re baked so you can do a bunch at once and they’re not drowning in grease!

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds chicken breast tenders (or you can take boneless, skinless breasts and halve them and slice into strips, but tenders take all the work out of the slicing)
  • 1/3 c. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 c. honey
  • 1/3 c. light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp cracked red pepper
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Bamboo skewers
  • About 2 tbsps. of toasted sesame seeds
  • Green onions for garnish

Instructions

  1. Pat the chicken dry with a kitchen towel and place in a covered container.
  2. Make marinade by mixing together the balsamic vinegar, honey, soy sauce, cracked red pepper, chili powder and garlic.
  3. Add marinade to the chicken, mix, cover and let sit in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 450F.
  5. Thread the chicken onto bamboo skewers and place on a baking sheet lined with foil (sprayed with a little cooking spray so they don’t stick!) Reserve the marinade
  6. Bake chicken for 20 minutes or so, checking to make sure it doesn’t dry out.
  7. While the chicken bakes, boil the marinade until thick and syrupy. If it’s not thick enough for your liking, temper about ¼ cup of the marinade with 1 tbsp of corn starch then add back into marinade.
  8. Take the chicken out of the oven and brush with the boiled marinade. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and green onions.

Pair with BEER FLOATS! Take some of Pike Brewing Company’s Stout, add a scoop of Dreyer’s vanilla bean ice cream and thank me later. I kid you not, this is one of my favorite Super Bowl treats. Beer floats, friends, beer floats. Go Hawks!

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