The Dreaded Writer’s Block

I believe my husband found a cure for my writer’s block. Yesterday I was at a complete standstill on which direction I wanted to go with my latest book.

The weather was nice so Mat decided it was the perfect time for a motorcycle (bike) ride.

Being out there on the open road for three hours (and a nice sushi lunch) really helped my mind flow. As soon as we made it home, I opened the lap top to let the words flow.

Not only did the bike ride give me the direction I wanted for this book but another 2 new stories as well. The keys (computer) were on fire yesterday. Hopefully I will keep up the momentum today.

Sharing my husband’s Chicken Sauce Picante Recipe

“Cooking my Famous Chicken / Jalapeño Sausage Sauce Picante on the M/V Ampol Recovery and celebrating Capt Doug’s FORTIETH Bday!!”

RECIPE:

* Chicken / Jalapeño Sausage Sauce Picante *

I used a 12inch Black Iron Pot and cooked for 10people today

TWO Chicken Thighs per person
ONE 12oz Hillshire Jalapeño Sausage per 5people
TWO Cups Rice per 5people.

– Put one inch of water in the pot
– Put ONE handful EACH of Dehydrated White Onion and Bell Pepper. (Use FRESH if u have it) OR use 2 cups of Pace Picante Sauce (medium).
– Dust (very thin layer) the top of the water with BEAZELL’s – then a layer of Paprika and then one tablespoon of Cayenne.
– Add a “Layer” of Chicken Thighs.
– Dust chicken with Beazells, Paprika and Garlic Salt.
(Repeat for each layer)
– Cut/Dice/Add Sausage
– Dust the top with Black Pepper and another Tablespoon of Cayenne
– Cover, Bring to boil, then reduce to Medium for approx 45mins until Chicken is cooked.
– Stir every 15 minutes to “Rotate” the Chicken
– Remove Chicken from pot and let cool (until u can remove skin/fat and debone without burning your fingers) OR Skip this step by using Boneless/Skinless to begin with.
– It is now time to start your RICE.
– If you are health-conscience, it is now time to spoon out the Grease. But I leave it in because Pork/Chicken Fat RULES!!
– Now we are at the Step of the Recipe where I “cheat” by using HUNT’s Garlic and Herb Pasta Sauce instead of making my own Tomato Sauce due to time-constraints.
– I used THREE 24oz cans for this Recipe.
– Put your Chicken meat back in the pot (if u had to debone)
– Cook for an additional 20-30 minutes
Then tell your Crew to COME AND GET IT!!
Enjoy! — with Malwen Mat Theriot

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Chicken Sandwich Recipe

1 pound chicken breast marinated in Wow Wee Dipping Sauce for at least 5 minutes

Season with Beazell’s Cajun Seasoning and Dat Sauce.

In a preheated skillet cook chicken breasts until done.

Cut pretzel rolls in half, in place of mayo I used Wow Wee Dipping Sauce. Add chicken breasts, Gouda cheese and bacon inside pretzel roll. Enjoy

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Making Liquid Soap

Yesterday I decided to venture into making liquid soap from semi-scratch. Resa had a few bars of soap that she loves however we could never find it in liquid form since it came from a recent hotel stay.

My mom told me how she melted down soap so I decided to give it a try. We may never have to buy liquid soap again.

I bought a gallon of purified water to use. Next I grated the bars of soap. She had enough where I ended up with 2 cups (we do tend to stay a lot at La Quinta).

Now since the stove and I are not the best of friends I used the microwave. Heat to boiling. Once hot add the grated soap and whisk until melted.

After it was completely melted I added 2 tablespoons liquid glycerin and 1 tablespoon coconut oil as well as one tablespoon grapeseed oil (I love the way grapeseed oil leaves your skin feeling).

Next comes the hard part – you have to wait. The one mistake I made yesterday is that while still warm I poured into a gallon container. Unfortunately I should have listened to Mom and used more water. I just thought 6 to 8 cups of water was way too much.

This morning the soap is extremely thick so now I have to decide if I want to try and thin it out now or just leave it.

Next time I know to use 8 cups of water, if not 10.

For families wanting to be frugal (or have a daughter like mine who loves using tons of soap) this is a very economical way to make liquid soap.

Even if you have to purchase a bar of soap the cost would be minimal – around $2 or so. The glycerin was inexpensive as well at Hobby Lobby. The bottle was right around $3 but from that one bottle you can get at least 10 gallons from it, if not more. The gallon of water was $1 but I also ended up with a jug to store the unused soap in – another plus.

Next Resa wants me to try making her bath bombs. My first attempt did not go so well. They were more like flat discs than round balls. But boy did they fizz. Maybe today’s attempt will go a little better