Where does the time go?? I swear I blink and the time just flies by.  My niece is already eight months and saying, mama.  Now that she is in my life, I can’t recall life without her, and not feel as though something is missing.  I was never a baby person, but ever since my Cali girl was born, all babies make me melt! It’s already April even though I feel like I just got back from Vegas in August, and Palm Sunday is happening this weekend! Palm Sunday is equally as big as Easter, in my family, so I’ll be posting lots of delicious food pics.

Speaking of family, I come from an extremely large family, predominantly on my father’s side.  When I was a kid, I loved having ample amounts of aunts and uncles on both my mom and dad’s side.  Unfortunately, my mom’s side has dwindled since the loss of my grandmother several years ago, but my father’s side has continued to grow.  My father is one of 30+ cousin’s.  He is the second to the oldest, and they range from ages 70 through 45.  Many of which I’m extremely close too.  I consider them the second generation of cousins, while I am part of the third.  Many of the second cousin’s have kids, and now the third cousin’s have begun to have kids.  So together we range from 70+ to 8 months (Cali is currently the youngest in our large brood).

Growing up, I wasn’t always thrilled to be a part of such an enormous bunch, but as I’ve gotten older, it’s something I have really begun to cherish.  We have always celebrated an enormous amount of holidays in our family, but aside from  the obvious ones on the calendar we have created a few of our own like my grandfather’s birthday mid July, tomato day, wine day, my annual halloween party which is now larger than thanksgiving, and the annual cousin’s weekend getaway! Did I mention every bridal and baby shower, must also include the men??!! You get the picture..

The holidays always remind me of the many memories we’ve made together.  I can still remember protesting about Aunt Marietta making all the kids sit at the “kids table” when I wanted nothing more than to sit at the grown up table, Christmas Eve at my grandmother’s house when I was the only child and grandchild, and perfectly happy without the six others that soon followed.. I might add! Ha!

Sooo many stories to reminisce about and not all happy memories.  Like any close knit family, there have been arguments through the years, and sometimes even hurtful things have been said, but forgiveness is key to keeping family together.  I learned that from my mom a few years ago when I found myself at the brunt of a situation I did not like.

Time has a way of fixing things, and my family is far from perfect, but they are the people that are in my corner no matter what, the people who truly love me, and because they are my family, they are to me, irreplaceable even with all their imperfections.  Many of them are my closest friends and confidants.  In order for us to continue to make many more memories to come, we must in some instances, continue to set aside our differences, and even tip toe around each other at times, but that’s what you do when you really love someone.. even if it means making a few sacrifices along the way, for the greater good!

Now go make these yummy wings for someone you love or serve them up to your family.  Nothing brings family together like good food on the dinner table.. And these wings are done from start to finish in as little as 20 minutes with bare minimum clean up.  Don’t you just love the instant pot?? I know I do and if all that wasn’t awesome enough, these wings reheat deliciously in a cast iron skillet, in case you have leftovers.

Honey Garlic Instant Pot Wings

serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds of wings
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 shallots, diced
  • 2 inches ginger, grated
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon anise seed
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup coconut aminos
  • pinch of red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot flour
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • pinch of sesame seeds, white and black
  • handful of green onion slices

Instructions

  • Rinse the wings and pat them dry
  • Add the sesame oil and the shallots to the pot and saute until slightly translucent, about one minute
  • Add the wings, ginger, garlic, anise seed, sea salt, honey, broth and the slurry
  • To make the slurry, combine the arrowroot flour and water, and whisked together until smooth
  • Place the lid on the instant pot, close the valve, and set the timer for 5 minutes
  • Heat the coconut aminos in a saucepan over medium-high heat until they reduce and thicken.  About 15 minutes (the thicker they are, the stickier they’ll be)
  • Pour the aminos over the wings and sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onion

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