Perfect BBQ Chicken Marinade 

 

I mean really who doesn’t love chicken on the Barbie? This perfection of a marinade came from just throwing random stuff in and winging it! Now the vinegar, you can use whatever you have. I typically use red wine, apple cider, or rice wine, but any vinegar should work great. The vinegar really helps to tenderize the meat. So if you are grilling skinless/boneless this will make them so much more tender! This is my summer go to grilling marinade. Enjoy. 

 Birdie’s Summer Marinade 

Equal parts: (typically 1/4 cup) 

Ketchup

Soy Sauce

Vinegar

1/2 that amount of vegetable oil

2 cloves crushed garlic 

Salt & pepper 

Salt & pepper chicken in both sides. Mix everything else together, dump on chicken and allow to marinate at least 4 hrs up to a day or two. Grill and enjoy! 

Mama Bird 

Quinoa Salad


I can’t say the quinoa craze has really hit me, the few times I tried it I thought it tasted like dirt! But, then  a friend made a salad that was good. So, I am giving it another try. And this is yummy!! Full of flavor, which I think is the key!! Mint, parsley, lemon juice & zest, balsamic, feta I think you are getting the idea! FLAVOR and lots of it!! 


1 cup quinoa 

2 cups water 

Cook according to package directions. Let cool. 

1/2 red onion, chopped 

1/2 English cucumber, diced

1/2 pint grape tomatoes, quartered

1/4 cup kalamata olives, chopped 

1/4 to 1/2 cup feta cheese 

Fresh mint & parsley, finely chopped

Dressing:

1/4 cup balsamic

1/2 cup olive oil

Zest & juice from 1/2 lemon

1 tablespoon honey 

1 teaspoon Good Seasons Italian dressing powder (my secret ingredient to so many recipes!!)

Season all the veggies with salt & pepper  place in large bowl. Make dressing and add 1/2 to bowl of veggies. Add quinoa, feta, and more dressing as needed. 

Again flavor is why this is so good but, it’s even better if you make it ahead. I make in the morning or even the day before. Enjoy this healthy gluten free salad. I’m serving with my favorite grilled Greek chicken! 

Bye bye makeup! 


How do you say bye-bye to your makeup? Well, if I’m feeling lazy or just plain worn out, which is most nights let’s just admit that now! The make off remover wipes by LimeLight by Alcone are by far the best I’ve ever used. And y’all I’ve tried a ton of them. Expensive ones, mid grade, store brands, baby wipes you name it and these are top notch. They feel like cloth and are huge! Moist enough to get every shred of makeup off. ALL of it. None of the other brands I’ve tried ever actually get all the makeup off. My white washcloth always had makeup residue. Not now! And the box you get 24 for $12.95 or 80 for $30 

Did I mention they also remove stains from your clothes? Hey hey, another multi use product!! No wonder all the celebs carry them in their bags! 


I am an independent Lead Beauty Guide with LimeLight by Alcone you can click the makeup icon to the right to visit my site. 

I don’t use it because I sell it. I share it because I LOVE IT! 

Xoxo, Mama Bird 

Best Ever Baked Chicken

  

Talk about easy and delish! This was a real hit! It couldn’t be easier! Inspired by a Pinterest recipe, but like all recipes, I use them for inspiration and tweek as I see fit! This was no exception! I do love s dump and bake recipe!! So here goes:

chicken breast boneless/skinless season with s&p, place in casserole  dish sprayed with non stick spray

1/2 cup mayo

1/2 cup sour cream 

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon dry Italian dressing mix

2 teaspoons dry Ranch powder 

Mix everything together and dump on top of chicken. Make sure chicken is covered completely with mixture.  Bake uncovered 1 hour at 350. 

I served it with roasted broccoli. YUM 

ENJOY! Mama Bird

What’s that smell?! Roses

  
  As a beauty industry veteran and self proclaimed beauty product hoarder, I gotta tell ya that I still love to try new products, I have my tried & true favorites (will do a post on that soon).

 Yesterday  I ran to the supply store to get a boars hair brush for a friend (simply the best brushes ever! Will change your hair!) Anyhoo, while shopping I asked what’s new, what are you currently loving? “Do you like the smell of Roses?” she asked. Why yes, yes I do! 

Y’all I am in heaven. The smell is perfection. Just enough to remind me of sitting and playing at my Mema’s house when I was s little girl.  

Matrix has really stepped up their game. This oil, yes oil shampoo leaves your hair feeling super luxurious without any weight what so ever! I’m amazed!! 

I’m sure your hairdresser can hook you up or you can find it at Amazon, ulta, etc. 

enjoy!! 

 

Fried Chicken 

  
I posted on Facebook last night that I was in search of some great fried chicken right here at home. In Hickory, NC who makes some tasty chicken? I mean I love the Bo and all but, Jack & I had been talking about fried chicken and decided we would add this to our search. And boy lots of my peeps shared their favorite spots. Mountain Fried Chicken, which I had never even heard of came up more than anywhere else. And after a quick Google search I was able to locate and see that they indeed were open on Sunday! So yeah we had a lunch plan after church, which can be a real issue. We are horrible at picking a place! 

We arrived about 12:40 and there was a line out the door! What? Well, it moved really fast at this no frills spot. It’s a bit shabby, plastic silverware, foam plates, packaged lemon for the tea! Hush your mouth, this is a sin in my opinion. However, for good food I’m willing to deal with the fake lemon. Once, but really in the south you gotta have good tea & real lemon. Anyhoo, you order cafeteria style, choose how many pieces of chicken along with what cut. I’m a single breast girl.  J had 2 legs, and hubs had thigh & leg. The chicken was great. Just like the tag line on the sign said, “It’s not greasy”, it wasn’t. Very moist even the breast, crunchy outside, great flavor. Very good. We all ordered different sides, my plate pictured above was by far the most monochromatic and not my typical plate! Mashed potatoes were really peppery, baked apples were not too mushy or cinnamony which was good with me! The green beans seemed to be straight out of the can. Pintos (I don’t eat them) boys said were good and both enjoyed the potato wedges. Chicken is definitely why you’re going to go here and you’ll be happy. Next time I’d probably get a box of chicken to take home and have my own sides.

Mountain Fried Chicken is open daily and the staff was very nice. They have daily specials and off 10% off on Sundays with your church bulletin (dang it I tossed mine in the recycle bin!) next time. 

What did you have for Sunday lunch? 

Perfect Lemon Chicken 

  
An all time favorite & perfectly simple dinner that’s easy enough for a week night or can be dressed up with your sides for a divine dinner party. 

I am a chicken snob, I prefer organic not pumped to the size of my head pieces! Goodness they taste so much better. Really there is no comparison. 

Slice an onion & lemon. Drizzle chicken with olive oil, sprinkle with salt & pepper. Place chicken on top of several slices of both along with some fresh herbs, thyme is my favorite, along with a few garlic cloves. Squeeze half lemon juice over chicken and roast on ribbed baking sheet or casserole dish at 350 for apx 45mis to 1 hour or until juices run clear. 

What’s on your face?

  
I’m sure I’m not telling you anything new, but the products you put on your skin are absorbed in mere seconds. I for one am sick of all the crap that is so carelessly put in the beauty products that we use on ourselves & our kids! That’s why I’m so proud to be representing LimeLight by Alcone. 

  
 The products are phenomenal. I have used zillions of products over the past 20ish years and I’m blown away by the hydration that these products have given me! I’m even further sold at how they have worked on my sons skin! Bye Bye red patches!!

  
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xoxo- Kat 

Carolina Salsa

carolina salsa

Carolina Salsa is my favorite go to app for any gathering,

not to fancy just great tasting!

We (my friends) call it Carolina Salsa and I have been making it for so many years I can’t even remember where it originally came from.

My sister and her family espically love this as they are not tomato people, the horror!

You guys know I am in love with tomatoes but this is a great fresh app and

IT IS EASY ON THE WAISTLINE!!

My newest obsession is to make a big salad with grilled chicken, a big scoop of this yummy Carolina Salas, avacado slices and Tomatillo Ranch

(recipe to follow and I will link)

This recipe makes a ton, apx 2 quarts, feel free to half it but, you’ll wish you hadn’t, it’s that good!

Everywhere I have taken it everyone loves it!

I hope YOU do too!!

Carolina Salsa

2 cans black beans, drained & rinsed
2 cans mexicorn, drained & rinsed
1 large cucumber, seeded and chopped fine
1/2 red onion, chopped fine
1 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
Just mix everything together and as always I must say, it is BEST if you make it the night before or the morning of serving it.

It just gets better as all the flavors meld.
Serve with tortilla chips.

Or with your favorite salad, on top of tacos, possibilities are endless!

ENJOY!

Roasted Beet Salad

beet salad

Visiting the Farmer’s Market is my favorite Saturday morning ritual

and last Saturday these beets were calling my name!

What to do with them? I pondered.

And remembered a yummy salad I had ages ago and thought…

Roasted Beet Salad

sounded like a winner!

Fresh beets, like anything in my opinion, fresh and local just taste better than what you find in the grocery.

These, did not disappoint!

Getting started…

First, BEETS WILL STAIN THE HECK OUT OF EVERYTHING!

Your hands included. I was a lovely magenta color until about Monday!

Start by washing and I mean scrub the beets well, trim the ends, dry with paper towel and wrap individually in foil.

Line baking sheet or dish with foil as well, just in case they leak.

Place in a 400 degree oven and roast for 1 hour. *

(*if they are tiny adjust the time by about 15 mins)

while they roast make your vinaigrette

Mustard Vinaigrette

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup olive oil

1 tablespoon your fav mustard*

salt & pepper

pour all in jar and shake!

Arugula Salad

Prepare greens, nuts and cheese; set to the side

arugula & baby spinach (I love mixing the two!)

1/3 cup roasted nuts (pecans, walnuts whatever you enjoy)

crumbled goat cheese

when the beets are done roasting, allow to cool about 30 mins so you can handle them, unwrap (over foil) and cut on parchment or foil to avoid magenta hands (like myself!) place cut beets in bowl and add dressing to the warm beets, they will absorb the flavor and you can even do this a day ahead. The beets were amazing the next day! SO MUCH FLAVOR!

Add beets to salad and toss! Enjoy! This is an impressive and yummy salad, even the Hubs who HATES beets said it was great!

My secret ingredient!

mustard

This mustard from Braswell’s  is just amazing and adds so much flavor to everything!

I highly recommend! Found it on a grocery tour a few months back and have added it to all sorts of stuff!

LOVE