Buttermilk Baked Chicken

Because of my concussion, I spent this Thanksgiving alone at school. Plenty of friends offered to take me home (LOVE YOU ALL), but I needed the break to rest and do nothing. If I’m completely honest, I spent the majority of the break asleep in the dark little cave I call my room. It was glorious. I did, however, emerge to eat and cook. I spent Thanksgiving afternoon cooking this glorious recipe that I found on Damn Delicious. Chungah is one of my favorite food bloggers that I’ve recently discovered; I’ve tried out a good number of her recipes and they’ve all been fantastic. I strongly suggest that you take a trip over to her blog.

Since I had some extra time today for dinner, I decided to pull out this recipe again, conveniently, a week after Thanksgiving! The chicken was delicious still this time around and I took more pictures this time around too.

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At this point, the entire kitchen smelled like the spice rub, it was glorious.

The final product!

IMG_6778 IMG_6782Recipe below:

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Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

After my doctor relegated me to another week of rest for my concussion, I decided that baking cupcakes would be the most relaxing way to start this week of nothingness. I was inspired by this Food Network recipe. However, after reading through and seeing how complicated it was, I decided that it would be my jumping off point.

I wanted to make chocolate and peppermint cupcakes to pass out to friends, staff, and other people who’ve been supportive during my recovery. I spent a few minutes perusing the internet (Sorry, brain!) and stumbled across this recipe from the Pioneer Woman (Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting).

Now, because I just got a kitchen (thank goodness for being a senior), I’m missing some kitchen tools, namely, a hand mixer. That meant nixing the frosting part of her recipe. I made a few adjustments and voila! Delicious dark chocolate peppermint cupcakes, or so I’m told by my housemates.

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes
Yum!

Recipe below:

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