Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I found another great recipe last week and made it to share with my mom and dad while we are still in Virginia. I have to admit if you just read the ingredients to this recipe you might talk you're self out of making it but I beg you to not do that. My family loved it and my sister even made it the next day for her pregnant friend that's about to pop. Pretty good endorsements right? If you make it leave a comment and let me know it really is a great easy hands off recipe!!!
Cheddar Bacon Chicken (in the crock pot/slow cooker...did I forget to mention that? )
2tbs of olive oil, spread around in the bottom of the crock pot.
6-8 Chicken tenders or 4-5 chicken breasts whichever you prefer, FROZEN. Place chicken in slow cooker after spreading around the olive oil.
Mix together 1/2 cup Ranch dressing, (any kind will do) and 1/4 cup Teriyaki sauce. (I use Kikkoman Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce, so don't worry if you can't find Teriyaki sauce in a bottle without the label saying marinade too!) Stay with me, these ingredients, I will admit sound rather odd together but the combination is amazing and I was incredibly pleased with how great this tasted in the end.
After the ranch and sauce are mixed, pour it over the chicken. If you're chicken is kinda laying on top of other chicken pieces cover all the chicken as best you can. But DON'T STIR THE CHICKEN IN THE SAUCE, it will mix the oil in and your food can end up stuck to the bottom of your slow cooker. That's never good. :)
Next, cook 12 slices of bacon, and crumble them up over the frozen chicken in the slow cooker.
Sprinkle on a cup of cheddar cheese, put the lid on your slow cooker.
This will cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8.
Oh the smell of this while it cooked kept me coming back into the kitchen sneaking peeks. All of the Cheddar Bacon Chicken was GONE by the end of the night. The kids weren't to hip on it but Kenzie did try it and say it was pretty good though she didn't rave over it like the adults did.
I hope you enjoy. We certainly did!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Oh so easy, oh so delicious, oh so worth not ever buying a box of brownie mix again. For real!!! This recipe is totally freezable to so I'm adding it to my bulk once a month cooking menu!!
1 cup or 2 sticks of butter
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the butter and chocolate chips, stirring until smooth. Set aside to cool.
In a large bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, flour and vanilla. Fold in chocolate mixture. Batter will be runny.
Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.
Bake at 325 degrees for 35-38 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
Sprinkle 1 cup of chopped pecans in muffin cups before baking if desired.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Seriously, you have to try these!!! I'm not kidding. When I read the recipe I thought, 'this has potential to be a really great dessert or one of those that you just don't like enough to ever make again.' I also thought, 'hmmm I don't much care for honey but I'll give it a try.' So I made them the other day and man oh man oh man were they a hit. Everyone in the house ate them for the rest of the night. The. Rest. Of. The. Night.
No kidding, the recipe is simple and easy and delicious and it's such a change up from brownies and cookies. Yummm I'm already wondering how soon is too soon before I make these wonderful things again? Here's the recipe for Delicious Honey Bars:
3/4 c. oil 2 c. flour
1/4 c. honey 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 c. sugar 1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg 1 tsp. cinnamon
1 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
A few drops of milk
Mix the oil, honey, sugar and eggs together.
Set aside, and mix the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon separately.
Add dry ingredients to the first mixture. Mix well (it will be thick).
Spread into a greased pan (I used an 11 x 7), and bake at 325 degrees for 15-18 minutes.
Meanwhile, mix icing ingredients together; the consistency shouldn't be too thick, but not too runny either. I add the milk 1/4 tsp. at a time while stirring until I get it right.
Ice while warm.
Cut into squares after it has cooled.
Seriously, go out and get the ingredients for these Honey Bars if you don't have the ingredients in the house. This should be tonight's dessert!
The toothbrushing soap finally arrived!!! Yay!!!! So far I'm the only one that has used it. Mackenzie is our brush your teeth girl at nighttime for the two yonger ones, and I haven't taken the time to show her how to use it yet or the right amount to put on the younger ones brushes. It's easy, wet the brush, rub in a circular motion until you coat the bristles, then brush and rinse.
This is a great alternative for regular chemical FULL toothpaste and another good way to go green.
There's very little flavor here even though it says it's Strawberry Lime and since I don't get that burn/tingle feeling I often wonder how well it's cleaning but it's getting the job done no doubt. I'm curious as to how the kids will respond. Evan Grace HATES toothpaste cause it's 'spicy'. We'll see I'll have to post an update when I finally get the time to show them the new toothbrushing soap!
Monday, June 8, 2009
One of the pretty good finds I bagged was 2 loaves of French Bread for $0.94 EACH. So before I tossed it in to my cart, ok ok, AS I was tossing 2 loaves into my cart I started thinking of what to make with these wonderful loaves of fresh french bread. I had menu planned spaghetti for tonight so I thought, garlic bread, then I went a step farther because I know my mom like's Brushetta bread but doesn't really make it often. Soooo I made this up on the spot. Mixed up my own garlic butter, spread it on both sides. Baked it for 5 minutes, flipped them, brushed on some oil, sprinkled on Italian seasoning, chopped Roma tomatoes and Parmesan cheese and cooked another 5 minutes. Wow was it good.
Oh, for those of you wondering what I'm going to make with the second loaf....all I'll say is it involves a crock pot and a dozen eggs. Maybe I'll get a chance to make it this weekend.
At the end of the tour our guide took us back to the large open area where we started and explained to us that if we were ever lost in a cave without a flashlight that we would go blind after a week because the human eye would strain so hard to focus on something it would simple wear out. Then and only then would hysteria set it. (Why didn't I bring a flashlight?) Then our guide calmly told us she was going to shut off the lights so we could experience cave darkness and that she would be back in about a week to turn the lights back on. Ha ha. Very funny. She did turn the lights off and I'm telling you it was darker than anything I had ever experienced before. But the best part had to be when Isaac spoke up above the group a few seconds after the lights turned off and said, 'Whoa, I just turned invisible'. The entire trip was worth it just to give him the experience of 'being invisible'.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Then my dad, always ready to use the power washer, took it upon himself to clean the rugs in my van and shortly after Isaac caught sight of the water jetting out of a tiny hose, he had to get in on the action. After awhile my dad let him do it all by himself, which he loved and afterwards Isaac even decided to help with the scrubbing of the van's carpet. He was in a state of excitement the entire time, he kept going on and on about how clean the van was getting.
Once my dad had the power part of the power washer turned off, Evan Grace got a turn at the rugs with the watchful eye of big brother Isaac looking on and waiting to help or possibly another turn. (Sorry about the different light in the pictures. I was playing around with the setting on my camera to get a good, realistic shot. This one isn't it!)
This is what my lovely Mackenzie did the entire time. Wait, that's not true. She took a car cleaning wipe and swiped at the dashboard a few times. Oh yeah! Then she decided it would be better to clean my arm with it??? Yuck! She looks simple doesn't she...ha ha; pay back for smearing my arm with car cleaner stuff.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
After I dumped one of the bags of rice in the Rubbermaid we loaded it full of small toys that I let the kids pick out at the DollarTree. Ahh don't you love the DollarTree for things like this?
Isaac picked out pirate coins and some bug rings to put in the rice box but he ended up playing more with the magnetic fishing pole set. Evan Grace and I would half bury the crab, sea horse and octopus and he spent his time finding them and then catching them with his pole. Over all I'd have to say the rice box was a big success. Both of them asked if they could play with the rice box again after dinner. I'm glad they like it.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
....Lots of swinging. Thanks to my dad, who made each of the rope swings. The one on the far left of the screen he made twice. For some reason Isaac and Ev were afraid of the first one????
....Watering plants and planting flowers.
Daisy is addicted to rolling and eating the grass.
Kenzie, well I'm not sure what she's doing in the bottom left of the picture collage but she's having fun. :)
(Yes I know that the two youngest kids clothes don't match. But hey, they got dressed themselves so can I really complain?) At least Kenzie has some fashion sense about her.