Foodie Friday – Air Fryer Recipes

An appliance that I thought would be more of a novelty item in my kitchen is our air fryer. I thought it would be good to have as a healthy alternative when I was in the mood for some fries or fried chicken. 2 items that are a staple in everyone’s diet right?!

I was so wrong.

Charlie and I use our air fryer almost every day. So much so that when we go grocery shopping we look for things we can try to throw in there. We’re obsessed!

The way air fryers work is almost like a commercial convection oven. It uses forced air to cook and crisp the item you’re cooking. This means you use virtually no oil when cooking, but are still able to get a crisp! I’m going to be real though, not all products come on the same compared to deep frying. But everything I’ve tried so far I’ve enjoyed!

I did a lot of research on air fryers – the pros and cons of each, factored in the cost, and evaluated which would be best for our home. We decided to go with the Phillips Air Fryer for a couple of reasons. First, the reviews. It got good reviews on Amazon as well as other store sites like Sur la Table and William Sonoma. Second, is the ability to buy parts for it. The biggest flaw that most consumers mention about air fryers is the basket. Some say that the non-stick chips, rusts, etc. But if your basket gets its wear and tear over time, Phillips sells the basket so you can easily replace it!

That was it, I was sold!

Today, I’m going to be sharing our favorite thing to make in our air fryer. French fries and chicken wings!

Garlic French Fries – Makes 2 servings
Note: Charlie and I like shoestring fries, but you can put any fry in there and it will crisp up nicely! Only thing to remember is the bigger the fry, the longer the time.

  1. Fill your air fryer basket with 10-12 oz of fries (this is about 1/2 of a small bag)
  2. Set your temperature to 350 and cook for 7 mins. Open up and shake fries around to prevent sticking.
  3. Set your temperature to 400 and cook for 4 mins. or until golden brown/desired color.
  4. While your fries are frying, melt a pat of butter and lightly brown 1-2 tablespoons of minced garlic. Set aside.
  5. Remove fries from basket and transfer into butter and garlic mixture. Add salt and pepper if desired.
  6. Enjoy!

Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings  – Makes 2 servings
Note: My suggestion would be to purchase cooked wings.If you want to go with uncooked wings then I highly suggest to boil them the night before or right before you put them into the fryer. Season your water with your favorite spices to give the chicken more flavor!

  1. Place 10-12 wings in your fryer (start with cooked wings for a shorter cook time) and set your temperature to 400. Cook wings for 17 mins or until golden brown.
  2. Remove wings immediately from fry basket and transfer into a bowl. 
  3. Toss in lemon pepper or your favorite seasoning.
  4. Enjoy!


Spring Cleaning Series – Maintenance Hacks

So, we’re all clean. House is looking good and the things that you’ve been keeping on your long term cleaning list are complete! Well now the goal is to maintain it right? That way come next spring it’s not going to be so hard (so much easier said than done, trust me I know). I’ve put together a few of my favorite cleaning hacks to help you keep your house clean.

  1. First and foremost, you can clean mostly anything with baking soda and vinegar. Keep that on hand at home at all times!
  2. Fill a microwavable bowl with water and lemon juice and heat it up in the microwave for 2-4 minutes. Carefully remove the bowl and wipe away all the stains.
  3. Fill a spray bottle with vodka and water. When you change your sheets or wash your couch covers spray the surface with your spray solution. Once the cushions are dry put your covers back on. This will help prevent odors and bed bugs!
  4. After you’ve cleaned your base boards and they’re dry run your dryer sheets over them a couple times. The dust will jump right off.
  5. Have a grease stain? Use some dish soap and baking soda on the stain and run it in the wash on the hottest setting the clothing will take.

Hope these help! Happy cleaning!


Spring Cleaning Series – Natural Cleaning Recipes

One of the things I want to do is start to purge my house of harsh cleaning chemicals. I’ve created a list of recipes from floor cleaner to glass cleaner so I thought I’d share!

Floor cleaner:

  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dish soap
  • 1 gallon water

We have tile floors at home so this is great for tile or laminate flooring.

Glass cleaner:

  • 1/4 white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbs corn starch

We also have granite countertops in our kitchen so I use a few drops of dish soap and water on a microfiber towel. This is gentle and won’t eat away at the stone.

For stainless steel appliances it’s a 2-step process.

Step1 – Stainless Steel Cleaner:

  • 1 part white vinegar
  • 1 part water

Step 2 – Once your surface is clean and dry polish with olive oil.

Happy cleaning!