July 17

A New Taco Night – Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

One of my husband’s favorite food nights is taco night. We used to just buy some ground meat (either Turkey or Sirloin) and cook it with a little taco seasoning. We usually serve it on tortillas and have a taco bar of sorts. The bar generally has olives, cheese (the Costco mexican blend), Cholula and home made pico de gallo. Then I visited the Country Cook’s website and I made our taco nights even better!

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We like to use hard taco shells:

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Adapted from The Country Cook:

Yummy Ingredients:

  • 4 frozen chicken breasts (I love that I can use frozen! You can also use boneless thighs)
  • 1 cup of your favorite salsa in a jar (I use pace mile–> for my kids)
  • 1 10oz can Cream of Chicken Soup (I use Campbell’s)
  • Taco Seasoning (1 packet or I use the Costco sized container and just sprinkle as much as I want on)

Directions:
Spray your crockpot with cooking spray. Place frozen chicken at bottom of crockpot (you can use non-frozen chicken but you need to adjust your cooking time). Sprinkle taco seasoning on top of the chicken (put as much or as little as you want but keep in mind the more you put, the more spicy it might be). In a separate bowl, mix together chicken soup and salsa. Pour soup/salsa mix on top of chicken. Cook on low for 6 to 7 hours. Once chicken is ready, shred chicken in the pot or if you prefer not to mark up your crock pot you can take out the chicken before you shred it (and then put it back in). Serve on your favorite kind of tortilla and create your taco bar. Yummo!

**These are good the next day on top of some chips. Simply warm the chicken, put on top of chips, add some cheese and bake at 375 degrees on top rack until cheese is melted.**

July 15

I Have an Obsession With Cake Batter

I have to say that I love all things Cake Batter flavored. The place that introduced me to the flavor is Cold Stone Creamery. It is absolute delicious-ness wrapped in whatever dessert is flavored with. It reminds me of my days as a kid when I used to like the spoon after mixing cake. Um…who am I kidding, I still like to lick the spoon! 🙂

You can imagine my delight when I found this on Pinterest. It’s from one of my favorite sitesSix Sisters’ Stuff. It’s a simple recipe and you can adapt it in different ways.
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The first Time I made it, I think I over baked it but it was still delicious. You have to remember that even though you take it out of the oven, it still cooks afterwards, so it is good to take it out early. I actually have a convection oven so, mine bake even FASTER. So bake it a few times and adapt it to YOUR particular oven. In my oven, 16 minutes was perfect–I like it moist.

Adapted from Six Sisters’ Stuff website

Yummy Ingredients:

  • 1 box Funfetti (or any yellow) cake mix
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • Sprinkles from the cake mix (if it comes with it)
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • Sprinkles for the top
  • Frosting (see recipe below)

Directions:
Combine the cake mix, oil, and egg in a large bowl. Add the milk slowly. Then mix in the rainbow sprinkles and white chocolate chips. Spray pan or Pyrex baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Pour batter (the batter is kind of doughy, so it’s not like normal cake batter) in pan and spread to the edges. Bake for 16 – 20 minutes at 350 degrees. While the cake is cooling, make the frosting. Frost when cooled and sprinkle with sprinkles (my girls’ love doing the sprinkling as you can see in the picture below).

Frosting:

  • 1/4 cup margarine or butter, softened
  • 2-3 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar (more or less depending on how thick/runny you like it)
  • 3-4 drops food coloring to match what ever occasion you may be celebrating.

Combine all ingredients until well-blended. Spread on top of blondies.

For the Fourth of July, I made it with a box of patriotic cake mix. I put half of the red and blue sprinkles in the cake and saved the remainder for the top.

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I think it tastes better when the cake is only LIGHTLY brown. Not like this:

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July 14

The Blogs That I Enjoy

One of the effects of my addiction to Pinterest is that my feedler app now has sooo many food blog subscriptions. Sometimes it is overwhelming (usually when I haven’t read my feeds in a while) and other times it is inspiring. Before, I used to try Googling “food blogs” or “recipe blogs” and I only found bloggers that really no longer blogged about food. So I thought that I would compile my own list, since I found them on Pinterest. So here are some of my most favorite food blog feed subscriptions in alpha order. I would encourage you to visit them like I do 🙂

It’s a lot, I know. You can see why I get overwhelmed. I actually subscribe to more, but these are my favorite. Enjoy!!

May 25

Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken

I found this teriyaki chicken recipe that looked absolutely delicious on pinterest. It was a pretty tantalizing recipe for me because it:

  1. was a crock pot recipe
  2. crock pot = little hassle
  3. it called for chicken thighs–> a very cheap cut of meat
  4. and the picture from Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen was gorgeous

So…with good intentions, I made the recipe.  When I made it, it didn’t taste so good.  My problem though, was that I didn’t follow the timing. I couldn’t start and stop the crock pot with just a 4 hour window because I decided to make it during a week night.  Plus, I figured that it was a crock pot recipe…it wouldn’t hurt to let it cook a little longer (I thought it would just make the chicken more tender).  Long story short– it tasted good but the chicken was a little rubbery because I cooked it for too long.

The sauce was delish, though. I recommend trying it and sticking exactly to the timing directions…




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