The holidays are in full swing (Tell me something I don't know Jenna, right?) Okay, did you know our family celebrates Christmas twice? Because half of the family lives on the East Coast, and the other half here in Southern California, we are always sure to have the tree trimmed and decorated for Thanksgiving. Since my grandparents can't take an entire month off to visit, we cram all of the Winter holidays into one in November, then do it again with local family in December. Sure, after a 'dry run' on turkey day, the real thing goes off without a hitch- but it's still a heck of a lot of planning. After all, half of our shopping and gifts have to be done before Black Friday!
This year, I'm taking time out of our busy holiday season to schedule date nights- Scheduling time with your significant other may not be the most optimal scenario, but sometimes it's a necessity. If we didn't make time to reconnect with one another an entire season would go by lacking that intimacy healthy relationships require. So, inspired by our first date, I decided to make date night more memorable with homemade slow cooker cashew chicken and Frisky Fortune Cookies.
1. Simply prepare the recipe at the bottom of this post and place the batter into a piping bag with a small corner snipped.
2. Pipe tight spiral circles onto a well greased cookie sheet to about 2"- Only pipe 2-3 cookies at a time, as the cookies will set quickly upon removal from the oven and you will need time to fold them.
3. Next, tilt the tray left right, up, and down, to coax the batter to spread and thin in a round circular shape. Once your batter circles are near 2.5-3" place the cookie sheet in a pre-heated oven and bake for 4-5MIN, or until the outer edges are golden brown (the center will remain light.)
4. Immediately move from the oven and carefully remove the cookies with a spatula. The cookies will be hot so be mindful of temperature! Place one of our Frisky Fortune strips (FREE Printable here,) in the center of the cookie and fold loosely in half.
5.Grabbing the two creased edges pull down on the corners alongside the rim of a glass to create a crescent shape. Place folded cookies in a muffin tin to cool and set.
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What Daughter Says: There may be a lot of awesome things going on this holiday season, but it's important that you take time out to ensure your relationship is one of them!
Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken Recipe
***Click here for printable Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken recipe
3 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, Cubed
1 C Salted Whole Cashews
2 TBS Honey
4 TBS Corn Starch
2/3 C Teriyaki Sauce
4 TBS Rice Wine Vinegar
2 TBS Sesame Seed Oil
4 TBS Ketchup
2 TBS Chili Sauce
1 TBS Brown Sugar
2 Cloves Minced Garlic
1 TSP Fresh Grated Ginger
1/4 TSP Red Pepper Flakes
1/4 TSP Ground Pepper
1/4 C Fresh Chopped Scallions for Garnish
1. Combine cubed chicken, corn starch, ground pepper, and red pepper flakes in a plastic bag and shake to coat. You may wish to do this in batches to evenly coat all pieces of chicken.
2. Heat Sesame Seed Oil in a pan over medium heat and add chicken, turning just to brown all sides.
3. Place chicken in slow cooker.
4. Combine remaining ingredients, minus scallions, and pour over chicken.
5. Cook on LOW for 3-4 hours, or until chicken is tender and an even sauce has developed.
6. Serve over rice and garnish with scallions.
Homemade Fortune Cookies
***Click here for printable fortune cookies recipe.
2 egg whites
1/4 TSP Vanilla Extract
Pinch of Salt
2/3 C Unbleached Flour
1/2 C White Granulated Sugar
Preheat Oven to 400F
1.Grease 2 cookie sheets and print or prepare fortunes.
2. Combine egg whites and vanilla until foamy, but not stiff. Sift the flour, salt, and sugar and blend into the egg white mixture.
3. Pour batter into a piping bag and pipe 2 inch spirals onto greased cookie sheets- do no more than 2 or 3 at a time. Grabbing both ends of the pan tilt back and forth to spread the batter in a circular shape until 2.5"-3" in width.
4. Bake cookies for 4-5 minutes or until outer edges are browned. Remove from oven and remove cookies from sheet carefully with a spatula.
5. Place cookie face down in the palm of your hand and place fortune text up. Fold the cookie loosely from bottom to top to create a semi-circle.
6. Pinching both ends of the cookie draw the ends down on the top of a cup rim to create a crescent shape. Place folded cookies in a muffin tin to cool and set. Store in an air tight container.