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      Colorful Eats: Mustard Roasted Chicken Thighs

      Colorful Eats: Mustard Roasted Chicken Thighs

      I'm about to head off for some much needed rest and relaxation. In our current times, I hope that we all can recognize when we need to step away from it all to rejuvenate and refresh. It's that time for me. It's critical at any time but especially now when the world is a bit chaotic and frenzied. So my wish for you everyday is peace and harmony - may you find you find your way to your own Shangri-la. And good food.

      But before I left, I just had to share the Home Chef Extraordinaire's latest flavorful take on chicken. This time, he's using thighs and he's concocted a dish that's great for lunch or dinner and perfect for kid's meals. The taste key is the use of fresh rosemary. It adds a depth of flavor to the dish and with the spicy brown mustard, provides an aromatic tanginess that is oh-so palate appealing. As is always his custom, to keep the dish healthy and juicy, the preparation is done in an Air Fryer but this main dish can be prepared in the oven as well. While the dish itself is not extremely colorful, you must admit that the addition of steamed brussel sprouts and carrots all on my beautiful serving platter makes it all photo fabulous! You can find the fast, super simple recipe below:

      Mustard Roasted Chicken Thighs

      I hope you love the products I recommend! While this blog post was not sponsored, it may contain affiliate links, which means that if you click on one and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. This helps support the blog and allows me to continue to bring you color commentary like this. You can find more about our site, privacy, and disclosure policies here. Thank you for your continued support!

       

      Noritake Co., Inc.

       

       

      Mustard Roasted Chicken Thighs

      (serves 4)

      PREP TIME: 3 MINUTES

      COOK TIME: 20 MINUTES

       

      Ingredients

      2 tbsp Dijon or spicy brown mustard

      1 tbsp maple syrup

      1 tbsp fresh rosemary

      ½ tsp onion powder

      ½ tsp garlic powder

      ¼ tsp paprika

      ¼ tsp salt

      ¼ tsp black pepper

      4 chicken thighs, bone-in, skin on

       

      Directions 

      1.  MIX together the mustard, maple syrup, rosemary, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl.

      2.  COAT the chicken thighs in the mustard glaze and set aside.

      3.  SELECT Preheat on the Air Fryer, adjust to 380°F, and press Start/Pause.

      4.  PLACE the chicken thighs in the preheated air fryer and top with any left over glaze.

      5.  SELECT Chicken, adjust time to 20 minutes, and press Start/Pause.

       

      Until next time, live a color-filled life!

      Love, Juliet

       

       

       

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        Colorful Eats: Jumpin' Jerk Chicken Wings

        Colorful Eats: Jumpin' Jerk Chicken Wings

        WARNING: This dish is NOT for those with tender taste buds. Stay away if when you think of spicy or hot foods, you think of buffalo wings or chicken curry. This time, the Home Chef Extraordinaire went full on blow-the-roof-off-your-mouth with his version of the Jamaican classic Jerk Chicken Wings. His process is not traditional, meaning these wings were not smoked and slow-cooked over an open fire, but as someone who has had Jerk Chicken prepared in that manor, this rendition is remarkably close.  


        Colorful Eats: Jumpin' Jerk Chicken Wings | The Color Lab Blog

        I hope you love the products I recommend! While this blog post was not sponsored, it may contain affiliate links, which means that if you click on one and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. This helps support the blog and allows me to continue to bring you color commentary like this. You can find more about our site, privacy, and disclosure policies here. Thank you for your continued support!

         

        To achieve the intense level of flavor for this dish, you might think that the prep time would be extensive but even though there are a lot of ingredients necessary to build the savory heat, this meal is so easy to make, you'll want to call on it again and again when you're in need of something fierce and fiery on the menu. As always the Home Chef Extraordinaire kept the cooking simple and healthy with the use his formidable power blender and air fryer. And the beautiful serving platter he selected makes this dish all the more spicy! (The platter seen here is currently unavailable but I love this one too!) Have no fear and give this delectable dish a try. The recipe is ready for you below:

         

        Noritake Co., Inc.

         

        Jumpin' Jerk Chicken Wings

         (serves 4)

        Ingredients

        2 spring onions, roughly chopped
        1 sprig of thyme
        1 fresh red Scotch bonnet, stems removed and roughly chopped
        1 tbsp garlic powder
        1 tbsp ground cinnamon
        1 tbsp ground allspice
        1 tbsp smoked paprika
        1 tbsp ground nutmeg
        1 tbsp cayenne pepper
        1 tbsp dried parsley
        1 tbsp white pepper
        1 tbsp ground cumin
        2 tsp sea salt
        1 tsp ground cloves
        1 tsp brown sugar
        1-12 oz bottle Red Stripe lager or any amber lager beer
        3 lbs chicken wings, cleaned, tips removed, drums and flat separated

        Directions

        1.  ADD all ingredients except chicken wings into a blender and mix well to create a marinade.

        2.  PLACE chicken wings in a large sealable refrigerator bag. Pour marinade into the bag. 

        3.  SEAL bag and toss chicken wings so they are well coated.

        4.  PLACE bag into refrigerator and marinate chicken wings for 1 hour. (Marinate for 12-24 hours for more intense flavor)

        5.  PLACE marinated chicken wings into a pre-heated air fryer. (Alternatively, chicken can be placed on a foil lined baking sheet and baked at 400 degrees, about 45 minutes)

        6.  COOK chicken wings in air fryer on the Chicken setting - 25 minutes at 380 degrees.

        7. SHAKE the air fryer basket about halfway through cooking.

        8. REMOVE the chicken wings and place on a serving platter.

         

        Enjoy!

        Love, Juliet 

         

         

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        Color Craze Holiday Gift Guide: Apricot Brandy and Fig

        Color Craze Holiday Gift Guide: Apricot Brandy and Fig

        Color Craze Holiday Gift Guide - Apricot Brandy and Fig

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        The Holidays seem to come earlier and earlier each year. I know it's not actually possible for that to actually happen but the busier I get, the more pressure I feel to pack as much as possible into a 24 hour day. I've managed to squeeze in a bit of time to knock a few gifts off my shopping list and my last color-themed gift guide was a great help! How far have you gotten on your gift list? Perhaps my latest gift guide can offer you some assistance.

        Apricot Brandy and Fig are the colors I've selected colors for the 2nd part of my Color Craze Gift Guide series. They are two of the warmest colors you'll want to wrap yourself in and share with those you love! Not only are they what I call delectable comfort colors, they are season-less classics. Think of them for places in your home that may need a touch of cosiness. They work well together in your wardrobe as well whenever your mood is mellow - at that candlelight date night dinner or lounging in front of the fireplace on a frigid Winter night.

        I hope you love the products I recommend! While this blog post was not sponsored, it may contain affiliate links, which means that if you click on one and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. This helps support the blog and allows me to continue to bring you color commentary like this. You can find more about our site, privacy, and disclosure policies here. Thank you for your continued support!

         

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        Before we start shopping, I just had to share this great recipe I found while searching for appetizer ideas for an upcoming Holiday party. You'll find some of the ingredients quite apropos for this post: apricots, brandy and figs! I taste tested this dish  and it will be one of the standouts on the buffet table for sure! You can find the recipe for quick and easy Brie with Jeweled Fruit Compote here.

        Now, let's SHOP in color! Here are my top 9 gifts in Apricot Brandy and Fig:

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        1.  For the Fashionable Hipster - Herschel Supply Co. Seventeen Hip Pack - Amazon

        2.  For the Eternal Sunshine Seeker - D'BLANC Beach Vida 53mm Square Cat Eye Sunglasses - Nordstrom

        3.  For the Colorful Kiddies - OLIVER & RAIN Fawn & Fern Kids Gift Set - Nordstrom

        4.  For the Comfort Seeking Man - Champion Life Men's Stretch Woven Sleep Pants - Champion

        5.  For the Motorcycle Mama - BB Dakota Teagan Reversible Faux Leather Drape Front Jacket - Nordstrom

        6.  For the Well-Heeled Lady - ECCO Shape Motion 75 Booties - Nordstrom

        7.  For the Man Who Hates Dress Shirts - AGAVE Box Canyon Men's T-Shirt

        8.  For Those Who Love to Snuggle - Vellux Faux Sheared Mink Blanket - Bloomingdales

        9.  For the Hostess with the Mostest - Divina Fig Spread - Amazon

         

        I'd love to know how you feel about these colors and how your Holiday shopping is progressing. Follow The Color Lab Blog on Facebook or Instagram and leave your comments!

        Until next time, live a color-filled life!

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        Colorful Eats: My Healthy Energy Blast Smoothie Recipe

        Colorful Eats: My Healthy Energy Blast Smoothie Recipe

        I am a Smoothie Queen.

        Yes, I have anointed myself and I don't wear my title lightly. I have been a smoothie devotee since well before they became trendy and have enjoyed not only the incredible health benefits and the convenience of getting a few servings of necessary fruits and green vegetables in a small number of sips but also the vast number of vibrant color-filled food combinations you can use to make these multi-benefit drinks. I have the pleasure of drinking one almost every day of the year.

         

        I hope you love the products I recommend! While this blog post was not sponsored, it may contain affiliate links, which means that if you click on one and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. This helps support the blog and allows me to continue to bring you color commentary like this. You can find more about our site, privacy, and disclosure policies here. Thank you for your continued support!

         

        The Healthy Smoothie Bible has been a source of creative ingredient inspiration for a few years. With over 100 recipes, you're sure to find a smoothie for almost every meal plan or occasion. The book also inspired me to come up with my own smoothie recipe that I whip up in minutes in my trusty Vitamix Blender for a blast of energy first thing in the morning or in the afternoon to beat that 3 PM fade. As a bonus, I include some nourishing ingredients that may be beneficial for my skin. Try my quick and easy Energy Blast Smoothie recipe below or be a Smoothie Visionary and create colorful combinations to suit your own taste and/or health needs:

        Energy Blast Smoothie

        Juliet's Energy Blast Smoothie

        makes 1-18 ounce serving

        Ingredients

        • 1 cup of frozen mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
        • ½ of a banana, preferably frozen
        • 1 cup of frozen chopped spinach or kale
        • 1 heaping scoop of Collagen Peptides (I use this.)
        • 1 scoop of Plant-based Superfood Powder (l LOVE this one.)
        • 1 cup of Almond Milk (this is the BEST!)

        Add all ingredients to your blender, mix and enjoy!

        Love, Juliet

         

         

        HEALTH DISCLAIMER: I am not a health care practitioner. ALL information you read on The Color Lab Blog is purely for informational purposes. Information is not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease. Statements within this site have not been approved by the FDA, meaning information and statements regarding health claims on this blog have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. All blog posts are solely my personal experiences and opinions and should not be interpreted as an attempt to offer a medical opinion. The writer{s} or publisher{s} of this site are not responsible for any adverse reactions, effects, or consequences resulting from the use of any recipes or suggestions herein or procedures undertaken hereafter. If you have questions about food, diet, nutrition, natural remedies or holistic health, please do your own research and consult with your health care practitioner. If you are pregnant, nursing, have a medical condition or are taking any medications, please consult your health care practitioner before making any changes to your diet or supplement regimen.

         

        Rosebud and Festival Fuchsia

        Rosebud and Festival Fuchsia

        Purple hues like Rosebud and Festival Fuchsia combine the fiery, passionate red with the calm and stable blue in unstoppable and vibrant hues.  Who else do we know who is fiery, passionate, stable, calm and unstoppable all at once? Moms, of course!

        We chose this luxe duo to celebrate our moms.  Even though we here at the Color Lab celebrate moms everywhere every day, it’s always nice to do something special for mom on Mother’s Day.  I love Mother’s Day and make sure to celebrate the moms in my life every year with a special thank you for their hard work in raising the next generation of little thinkers and doers.  

        This year I decided to do something extra special for Mother’s Day through this week's Color Craze.  I’ve personally collected my favorite gift ideas featuring Rosebud and Festival Fuchsia finds. Find my ultimate Mother’s Day gift guide below.  With gifts for so many different kinds of moms, you’ll be sure to find the perfect gift (or maybe even a treat for yourself)!

        First up is a special recipe for those looking to go the homemade route for their Mother's Day gift!  This Roasted Blueberry Creme Fraiche Ice Cream from Savory Simple is an indulgent dessert sure to please moms with a sweet tooth.

        Image:  Savory Simple

        This ice cream is as decadent as it is fresh and fruity, with rich roasted blueberries for a luxurious take on dessert.  This recipe is a labor of love, so who better to make it for than mom? Find the recipe here!

        Next up, we have the traditional.  Here are my picks for some traditional stylish fashions, housewares and accessories for every mom in your life:

        1. For the homebody mom:  Simpatico Hobnail Glass Candle

        2. For the sporty mom:  Fitbit Alta

        3. For the working mom:  Urban CoCo Women’s Drape Front Open Cardigan

        4. For the mom who deserves a splurge gift:  Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

        5. For the jet-setting mom:  Lug Nap Sack Pillow and Blanket

        6. For the green thumb mom:  Floral Supply Online Spring Garden Vase in Purple Passion

        7. For the cutting edge mom:  Butter London Nail Laquer in Easy Peasy

        Whether you opt for a traditional wrapped gift or a simple homemade pleasure, mom is sure to love whatever way you celebrate her this Mother’s Day.  If you’d like to share any of your Mother’s Day gifts or celebrations with me, be sure to tag @JulReDesigns on Instagram and use the hashtag #colorfilledlife. Your photo could be featured on our Instagram, Facebook or even in our INsider newsletter!

        Until next time, keep living a color-filled life!