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Easy Party Food – Chicken Wing Dings Quick Prep Style


Hi Y’All!

We are so happy to see you here.  I have to tell you that we were busy with our own competition – A Wing Ding Cook Off.  Grab that coffee and your seat and find out what happened and who won the famous THHB Chicken Wing Ding Cook Off!

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How It All Started. . .

It was a Wednesday and on each Wednesday The Hard Hat Belles have a Summit meeting. This is where we do the “not always so fun” business work of our venture into the world of YouTube and blogging.  Wiebke and I were brainstorming ideas for future episodes back in February of this year. We actually like to keep the filming schedule at least two months in advance. This allows us to schedule around any family or personal events or needs that we have coming up.

We needed a recipe. . .

We usually try to work the recipes around events, holidays or the time of year.  For this particular episode we needed a recipe for the upcoming Memorial Day Holiday and graduation parties.  We did all our research and finally settled on chicken wings as the recipe.  Fairly easy, can be made in quantity for parties, and a crowd favorite.  At this point we had no idea what we were going to do with them (other than cooking them).Raw Chicken Wing

Wiebke had some recipe suggestions and I also had some as well.  She wanted something quick as she felt our viewers would be interested in quick. However, I felt that our viewers would be more interested in easy.  Both recipes were great, but we were divided on what to do!  Hence, we came up with The Hard Hat Belles Chicken Wing Ding Cook Off!


Finally. . .

Yes, we decided that we could pull off a competition between Wiebke’s recipe and my own.  Wiebke’s recipe is actually a two for one deal.  She uses the same recipe up until the end where she takes one single ingredient and comes up with two totally different flavored wing dings.  And her recipe is done within 25 minutes – beginning to end.

Now my recipe was one that my husband Bill and I sort of came up with together.  Before he passed away he use to prepare his own BBQ sauce once a year.  He tweaked a recipe from one he found in a Missouri newspaper several years ago and made it his own.  Once a year for a whole day, he would gather the ingredients for the sauce and work on it.  He even canned it himself.  I was always so impressed with him. . . and the sauce was yummylicious. . .seriously GOOD!  I have to say it was my very favorite.

What we would do is take the leftover sauce that didn’t fit in a pint canning jar and put it in a crock pot along with some chicken wings (or wing drums or any part of the chicken).  That’s it. . . two ingredients and 4-6 hours later – very tender, delicious BBQ Wing Dings.  The last jar of Bill’s BBQ sauce has been gone for a while.  Now I just use whatever BBQ sauce I have on hand – my family usually prefers Sweet Baby Rays.

You Decide . . .

I have to tell you that all the recipes were very good.  They each had merits of their own. We want you to tell us which recipe you tried and what you thought in the comments below.  Wiebke and I are very competitive and although all the recipes were very good – we couldn’t decide on a favorite.  We kept eating and tasting them all and still could not decide. . . So cast your vote!!

Wing Dings



Prep time 5 mins – Cook time 20 mins – Total time 25 mins

Serves 4-6

IngredientsVeeBee Wing Dings

Cooking spray (Wiebke uses“Pam” Olive oil)

3lbs chicken wings (with the tips detached)

1½ Tablespoons baking powder (check out the The Food Lab Website for information on why baking powder makes chicken crispy)

½ teaspoon salt

3 Tablespoons brown sugar

2 Tablespoons curry powder

For the Spicy Curry wings add 1 teaspoon red pepper

For the Tropical Ginger flavor add 2 teaspoons ground ginger

NOTE:  Wiebke adds the final ingredients to the wings except for the red pepper and ginger.  She then splits the batch and adds the last two ingredients separately.  She enjoys the tropical flavor while her guys enjoys the flavor on the spicy side.


  1. Preheat the broiler of your oven to high. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and apply cooking spray generously.
  2. Place the wings in a large mixing bowl. Add the baking powder and salt to the wings and mix together. Evenly spread the wings on to the baking sheet.chicken wings coated
  3. Place wings under the broiler for 10 minutes, turn them over and then broil them for another 10 minutes.Wing Ding Chicken
  4. Blend the broiled chicken wings in a mixing bowl with the brown sugar and spices until coated. Enjoy!


BBQ Chicken Wings INgredients

2 lb. chicken wings

1 cup Your Favorite Barbecue Sauce (Baby Ray’s, Hunt’s, Kraft, etc)

1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg (my secret ingredient)

Chopped green onion (for garnish)

1 cup Ranch Dressing or honey (dipping option-I like them plain)


  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in the crock pot (slow cooker); cover with lid. Cook on LOW 4 to 6 hours or on HIGH 3 to 5 hours, depending on how fast you need them.  NOTE: Do not add any other liquids to the crock pot.  There will be plenty of juices from the chicken.Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Wings
  2. Use slotted spoon to transfer wings to a platter. Drizzle small about of sauce over the wings. Discard sauce remaining in slow cooker.
  3. Sprinkle wings with chopped green onions. Serve with dressing for dipping (optional). I like to take Wiebke’s Greek yogurt(in place of sour cream) and add spices to it.

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Quick & Easy 5 Ingredient Bird Seed Ornament Recipe

Matthew 6:26

Hi Y’all!

We are grateful that you have blessed us with your sweet presence. Grab that beverage and a seat as we chat about feathered friends today.

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Do you love to watch and feed your wild feathered bird friends?  Do they look at you hungry when the bird feeder is empty? We have the perfect solution for you and your feathered friends! You’ll want to try this healthy recipe for those birds and the kicker is………It’s very simple and quick to make.

Peonie and birdseed ornaments

Here in Michigan it is February and normally we have really cold (freezing)  weather.  We have been so blessed with receiving some beautifully warm days here and there in Michigan; about 30-50 degrees Fahrenheit, just enough to give us a peek at spring. We are starting to see more and more birds gracing us with their sweet chattering and plumage.

Soon, Wiebke will be checking her cool Hummingbird radRed Breasted Hummingbirdar on the computer to find out where in the United States the Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds are week-by-week:  http://www.learner.org/jnorth/humm/index.html.  She likes to see when they will make their way here to Michigan. Both her and her husband are avid bird watchers and enjoy finding sightings of the different birds.

At the beginning of each of our blog posts we insert Psalms 86:11a picture with a verse inserted into it. All those pictures are taken by Wiebke – she has TONS of bird pictures (psst….I think she is a pretty good noBible Verse Proverbs 18:24n professional photographer too!). We have been looking for a way to share the beauty of them with others and what better way to do that than to glorify God by inserting a verse.


For me – I like birds. They’re okay. I mainly like the colorful ones, but I am by no means a bird watcher other than when they get in my way when I am driving and end up in the grill of my car (sorry Wiebke). Speaking of that – Does anyone else have this problem – For some reason whenever I get into a car I seriously think birds that want to commit suicide band together and decide I look like a good target and work to fly into the road right in front of my car (gross).

I do have to say that my favorite bird is the Robin.  It has been a longstanding Michigandering folklore that when they start migrating back – we can start anticipating spring around the corner.  (Picture an accent – From Wiebke: “Actually, according to ornithologists – professional bird experts –  the Red-winged Blackbirds are the REAL sign spring is here to stay. Some Robins don’t even leave Michigan if it is a warmer winter, or if they do migrate, they don’t migrate too far”). Even if her professional bird experts are right it is still the Robins Michiganders rely on for signs of spring (Even though shes been here for years she’s originally from South Africa anyway and she is still a Michigander in training).

So let’s celebrate those birds (Wiebke calls them feathered friends), that stuck it out through the winter and those who will soon migrate here!  We decided to treat them to some healthy birdseed – the bonus……..they can double as an ornament while they feed the birds. You get two beautiful visuals for the work of one!

This recipe is so easy and only takes 5 ingredients.  Just a note of caution though……… When Wiebke and I were filming we had a guest on site and we talked too much and too long…… and the blessed birdseed mix was much more difficult to put into the molds and didnt’ want to stick together.  We recommend that you leave the talking until done with this recipe.  Also,mix the recipe all at once and put into molds immediately to insure success!

Bird Seed Recipe Ingredients

  • Mix together the flour, water, gelatin and corn syrup in a large mixing bowl. Stir until well-combined.
  • Next add the birdseed to the mixture, blend until well coated. We put half in and mix then added the other half.
  • Spray the insides of your mold(s) with cooking spray, and spoon birdseed mixture into each mold. Pack it down and smooth it out, using the bottom of the measuring cup.
  • If you want to hang them like a Christmas ornament try using a drinking straw to make a hole through top part of each birdseed mold, making sure it goes all the way through. Wiebke got her’s to work – I did not. You may want to try something a little bit more sturdy.
  • Leave the birdseed mixture in the molds for two to three hours.
  • Then, remove the straws (or whatever you decided to use in anything) and lay them out on a sheet of waxed paper. Gently remove the hardened ornaments from the mold, and place them upside down on the wax paper.
  • Allow them to dry for at least two to three more hours, or overnight.

Birdseed heart mold

  • When they have dried, cut the ribbon and carefully put it through the hole, making a loop and tying a knot. I just went ahead and wrapped the string around the whole thing…seemed to work pretty good for me. We also put a couple of them in empty bird suet holders.  Those worked awesomely.

Peonie and hung snowman

When you have completed this project please comment and let us know how things turned out.  You can also post on our Facebook page (icon floating around somewhere) and post your project as we’d love to see it!

To watch the tutorial on how to do it please click our video here or watch it below.

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If you have any comments about how your birdseed ornaments turned out or other ideas for us to try, please let us know below in the comments.  We’d love to hear from you – truly.

Love & Hugs,

Denine & Wiebke

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