Monthly Archives: November 2015

Orange BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

Here’s another super easy but super yummy crock pot recipe. All you need is:

  • 4 pounds of chicken drumsticks
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 cup of Orange marmalade
  • 1.5 cups of barbecue sauce

I defrost chicken overnight and salt and pepper the drumsticks in the morning. But if you don’t salt and pepper the drumsticks until you’re ready to do the other steps, that’s fine too. They just might not absorb the taste as much. I do recommend making sure chicken is fully defrosted before starting this recipe.

1. Place salt and peppered drumsticks in crock pot

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2. Pour 1 cup of orange marmalade on top

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3. Pour 1.5 cups barbecue sauce on top of that

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4. Stir it all together so marmalade and barbecue sauce are mixed and drumsticks are coated in the mixture

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5. Cook on high for 4 hours (if you are home move the chicken around every hour or so, this will help it cook in the sauce evenly.)

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By the way, I saved the leftover sauce in the crock pot and cooked asparagus in it for a few hours the next day!
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Excuse me while I brag

Being a mom is the most rewarding experience, but it is also hard. Really hard. At the end of most days I feel that I haven’t been as good of a Mother as my kids deserve. I vow every night to be a better Mom the next day. And it’s a vow I will keep making because we can always be better. But it’s also important for Mothers to give themselves credit for the good things they’ve done for their children, their positive influences and their victories. And that’s what this post is, because yesterday, I felt like I was actually rocking this Mom thing.

Lucille and Lennon love each other so much. He loves watching her and she loves entertaining him and giving him smooches. But yesterday they were actually playing together. Lennon wasn’t just watching, he was interacting with her. Actually, he was pulling her hair! Which she thought was hilarious. They just laid next to each other for 10 minutes. He’d pull her hair and they’d both laugh, then she’d tickle his belly and they’d both laugh. It made me so happy! I realized I must be doing something right to be raising such loving, fun, interactive children. (And yes I’m aware that 2 years from now I will be constantly complaining that Lennon won’t stop pulling his sister’s hair!)
Yesterday was also Lennon’s 4 month wellness visit. There are no words to describe how badly I was dreading this appointment. Last time I took them both to the doctor’s Lucille would not stop emptying the contents of every single drawer and cupboard in the patient room. And I was having a heck of a time stopping her while feeding Lennon. I was so embarrassed and scared that the doctor would walk in while all the hospital gowns and gloves were covering the floor! But this time I brought just the right snacks, books and toys to distract her. All 3 of us had to get shots and both my babies were comforted very quickly. Plus Lennon is meeting all his milestones and has been given the okay to start solids.
I’m also proud of the interest Lucille has taking in books lately. For awhile when I was reading to Lucille I felt like she couldn’t care less. I love how energetic she is, but I was worried she was too busy to sit down and listen to stories. So I would just read them anyways as she ran around the room. And now she often sits and listens for a good chunk of the book. She even reads to herself while I am busy.
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I swear she really does look at the book when I walk away… but when mommy tries to take a picture… not so much!

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So tonight, when you go to bed, don’t beat yourself up for being short with your toddler, or running out of bread so you couldn’t make her peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Think about the lovely person your baby or babies are becoming. Your influence is what is making them flourish. Good job, Mommy!

Chicken Parm Bake

I hate when people say “I can’t cook” and then proceed to give me a recipe with 45 ingredients and 37 steps. I wish I had the patience for these recipes… I wish I had the patience to purchase all the ingredients these recipes require. I don’t. I’m much more comfortable with maybe 5 or 6 ingredients. Like this recipe: Chicken Parm Bake!

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Here are all the ingredients you need:
1 lb chicken breast
1 jar of pasta sauce
1 box of pasta (I use shells)
2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
bread crumbs

And here’s all you need to do:
Before you start: pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and get out a 9 by 13 pan, skillet and a pot.

1. Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces and cook it in a skillet.
2. While the chicken is cooking cook pasta according to the directions on the box.
3. When the chicken is just about done being cooked add half the jar of pasta sauce and continue cooking it for a few more minutes.
4. Add the chicken to the pan, cover it with the (drained) pasta, remaining pasta sauce and cheese. Stir together.
5. Lastly, sprinkle bread crumbs on top. (I’m a big believer that bread crumbs on top make any meal tastier.)
6. Bake for about 30 minutes.

Easy as can be, right? I hope you like it. Let me know what you think or if you made any changes to the recipe!
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Easy, Cheesey Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

Here goes, my first recipe blog! I’d like to start with a disclaimer: I’m not a chef. I don’t do elaborate, fancy meals. I do quick, budget friendly meals that I find to be rather tasty. They often involve a crock pot so I can set it and forget it. And very common ingredients you will find in my recipes are: chicken, potatoes and cheese. This recipe has 2 of the 3!

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I originally found this recipe on Food.com and made my own adjustments as I hate mushrooms but love cheese. For the original, less cheesey recipe, click here.

Ingredients:

8 white potatoes

1 lb of ham steaks

1 onion

2 cups of shredded cheese

10.5 ounces of cheddar cheese soup

Directions:

  1. Poke a few holes in your potatoes and microwave them for 3 minutes. This will make them soft.
  2. Slice potatoes and put them on the bottom of the crock pot.
  3. Dice the ham and layer it on top of the potatoes.
  4. Dice an onion and layer that on top of the ham.
  5. Pour 2 ounces of shredded cheese, which ever kind you like best, though I warn you mozzerella will be very sticky if that’s what you choose.
  6. Pour the cheddar cheese soup on top.
  7. Put the lid on the crock pot and cook for 5 hours on high or 10 hours on low.

That’s it. One of my very easiest recipes! That’s why we have it pretty much every other week in this house!

Let me know what you think or if you made any changes to the recipe yourself.
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