Brick Chicken Recipe

The weather at the beach as cooled to a delightful 68 degrees this morning and I am soaking up the feeling of fall until the sun peaks out. Coffee in hand, Nat King Cole radio playing and a candle lit. What better ambience to write about a hearty home cooked recipe?

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This is the kind of chicken recipe that will make your friends and family look at you and ask themselves if you’ve been abducted by aliens and magically replaced with a culinary genius, no I’m serious.

Brick Chicken has been our go to meal for a few months and is always a crowd pleaser. Pair it with some braised brussel sprouts and a beautiful loaf of french bread, beyond!

Ingredients:

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary

3 tablespoons chopped fresh sage

2 tablespoons very finely minced garlic (4 cloves)

1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

Grated zest of 2 lemons

4 bone-in, skin-on chicken (breast, thighs, quarters – whatever floats your boat)

2 tablespoons canola oil

Here’s where it gets fun, you will also need 2 bricks. Yes, you know like from Home Depot. Or use anything you have on hand that resembles a brick. No joke, the first time we made this recipe we pulled up our dogs memorial stones from the yard and used those. This chicken is that good people!

Let’s get cooking!

Combine the olive oil, rosemary, sage, garlic, red pepper flakes, 1 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper and lemon zest. Pat your chicken dry and then rub this heaven all over each piece before placing it into a baking dish. Cover and let refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

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Wrap your bricks, or dog stones, in a two layers of foil.

Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add the canola oil, then add the chicken skin side down, and weight it down with the bricks. Now don’t touch the chicken! Let it sit and simmer and char for a good 10 minutes, you want it to be crisped and deep mahogany in color. You know your stove if it takes 20 minutes, so be it. Then remove the bricks, flip and do the other side.

Now if you really want to impress, once all the chicken is cooked and removed from the pan, quarter some lemons and char those bad boys. You end up with the beautiful yellow crystallized zesty heaven. Serve on top of the chicken, just make sure your guests don’t eat them (yes, this has happened in our home)

And…. blogger fail, we were all too hungry and I forgot to take a picture of the end masterpiece. As much as I wish I can credit this recipe as one of my own, it came from the Chrissy Teigen’s book Cravings so here is the picture of her masterpiece.

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I hope you share this meal with your loved ones and enjoy it as much as we do.

xx

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Bachelorette Party #FLOCKEDUPTILLOCKEDUP

Well, better late than never!? It’s no secret that the entire wedding process had me pulled in every direction under the sun and my sweet blog was left in the dust. But because the post wedding activity depression is upon me, and I want to relive every moment and also perhaps since the end of my sweet sweet summer is eminent, let’s go back to June and party with my Flock of Beezy’s shall we?

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We’re Married!

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We are married and the chaos this year has brought with all of the wedding planning is finally behind us!

Desi and I were married in my childhood home in the yard on July 22 with 250 of our nearest and dearest. The entire day was a dream come true and the only words we can use to describe the day are: perfect & epic. I may or may not have ended up in the pool with my dress. Like I said epic.

The honeymoon is officially over as Desi headed back to work today and we are ready to get into our rhythm and continue our fairytale.

I’ll leave you bums with just a little sneak as I patiently await more pictures along with you.

We have felt your aloha throughout this ride, we are truly blessed.

xx Kels

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Guardians of The Galaxy: Mission Breakout

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Last weekend we were invited to the Friends and Family ride preview for the new Guardians of the Galaxy ride at Disney’s California Adventure. Which meant waking up at 5 am to get to the park by 7. Keep in mind if you are planning on conquering GOTG: Mission Breakout this summer, there were already crowds of people lined up to get their fast pass and wait in line 2 hours before the park even opened. We however, were able to walk right on, which I am thankful for because if you saw my Instastory that day you know that the nerves were so real!!

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Memorial Day Weekend

I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day and allowed yourselves to reflect on the sacrifice so many before us and after us make to ensure we live in a free country that stands by the Declaration of Independence and allow us a holiday weekend to officially kick off summer.

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Well, it’s been a minute.

Exactly two months since my last post.

Unacceptable.

I take full responsibility. Wedding plans have overtaken my life and we added in the fun of finding our first home!

So to say things have been a little chaotic is a bit of an understatement.

But I am here, thank you all for your patience, support and aloha. You’re the best bums a girl could ask for!

 

Four Months

Yesterday marked exactly four months until my wedding day. And yes, I did have a complete and utter freak out/meltdown/cry feast. Why? Because I simply needed it. I needed to take a moment to get sad, to let it out and feel every emotion I need to feel before I marry the love of my life.

All of my anxiety over the wedding stems from my fear that it will be here way too fast, when I’m not ready. When I’m not ready in regards to; did I enjoy every second of being engaged? have I really soaked it all in before this huge moment in my life? I mean, this is a moment that any little girl dreams about and fantasizes over since she is a little girl and then POOF! faster than the fairy godmother appears, and she’s all grown up and walking down the aisle! Um, did I miss something? Let’s go back and start all over again, I’ll be ready this time I swear!

Over the past few weeks, I have really felt God changing my heart. It has been the coolest thing. He has calmed my fears of moving away from my family and making me strong and capable to step into this next chapter clear headed. He truly has heard my prayers of desperation and fear, of clarity and guidance. Until yesterday.

This overwhelming anxiety crept up on me so quickly and shook me. You know what the trigger was? Typing in the addresses for the invitations and asking my mom “Are my Uncle Steve’s Steven or Stephen!?” To which she said one was StevAn, um, okay mom I know for sure that’s not right. And my lack of patience for that spelling error erupted into tears and hiding under the covers. (Sorry Uncle Steve’s).

I chose to close my computer, exit out of my Pinterest browser and leave every task sent from my wedding planner to the wayside and just cry for the day. An hour and half phone call from my best friend, being by my side and distracting me calmed me down and she assured me that this is all okay. To take the day and just feel every emotion I need to feel.

While on my “clarity run” as I like to call them I asked myself why did this reaction happen? Why am I feeling this way when I so noticeably had felt a change in my heart recently. And it hit me, I wasn’t spending time with God. I had let my devotionals fall to the wayside, I wasn’t diving into His word, I didn’t need my quiet morning time any more because I was where I needed to be. Well, he sure slapped the sense back into me, I need Him.

I had totally taken for granted the sense of peace and tranquility that came when I was so desperately seeking His guidance, once I had my answer I kept on going without Him. I think it is so easy for us to do, we only go to Him when we need something. Like a preteen who only talks to their parents for a $20 bill before walking out the door. So I encourage you all to invest and immerse yourself a smidge more into your relationship with Christ.

He will change your heart and change your perspective.

He will reassure you and make visible the abundance of blessings in each of our lives.

I can lean into Him the next time I simply just need to cry. And we all know, that it is bound to happen.

Damn, who knew I was such an emotional person!?

 

What do I want?

I want to be fulfilled.

I want a job that I love.

I want a job I can be creative in.

I want a job I can help people in.

I want a job I know I am a impacting others with.

I want a job thats fun.

I want a job that screams, me.

For me, I am feeling like this dream job can become a reality through this blog. For a while I have just felt off and for a while every post on here where I really open up and lay it all out, there is a bit of sadness mixed in.

So what do we do to fix this?

I have had so much positive feedback on my writing and what I have been creating and absolutely nothing makes me happier. So I am going to embrace this full force!

I am going to dive in deeper into my blog. I am going to make this page a much bigger priority than I have been.

I am going to just take the damn picture. You all know what I mean. I want to do more fashion style posts or photos of me in front of some super dope graphic wall and tell you all a story to go along with it, but I have been too scared. I am scared because I don’t feel worthy enough to “pretend” to be a rad blogger. But ya know what!? Let’s look at the list I just wrote out, about what I want. So girl, if you want it, ya gotta go be it.

What I need, is your help. What do you want to see? How can I help you? What do you want to hear about and what do you get excited about? Tell me what you love about your favorite blogs and why you keep going to their page time and time again!

I love you all and I am so glad you are on this journey with me.