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Slow Cooker Creamy Herb Chicken

Hello, Blog! I remember you!

I haven’t gone this long without blogging before. But, you see, I have a very good reason. A Big Announcement. The thing is… and if you know my husband, you know what a big deal this is…

We Got Cable.

For reals. Cable tv. In my house. I’m still reeling. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and go downstairs to turn on the tv, just to make sure I wasn’t dreaming.

I don’t really do that. But I am super excited.

I know for a fact that we aren’t the last people on Earth to get on board the Cable Train. But I know we’re pretty darn close to the caboose.

Anyway, there’s no time for blogging when there’s SO MUCH tv to watch!

So I’d like to share with you some things that you may already know, but that I’m just learning about cable tv:

  1. Frasier is on 87,000 times a day.
  2. MTV is nothing like it was when I was a kid. VH1 Totally 80’s is way better.
  3. iCarly is pretty annoying, but Good Luck Charlie is kind of cute (actually I kind of like it) (actually I don’t kind of like it, I do like it).
  4. The History Channel is not nearly as much fun as I thought it would be. Is there any actual history on that channel?
  5. Turner Classic Movies is as much fun as I thought it would be.
  6. Cupcakes are really popular. Especially red velvet ones.
  7. The Wonder Pets are just as annoying on cable as they are on DVD. Seriously, Ming-Ming. It’s called speech therapy. Go get some.
  8. I still love The Waltons.
  9. I don’t have nearly enough kids yet to get a reality tv show. I mean, four is nothing, when you could instead raise a small army. I’m looking at you, Duggars.
  10. Man vs. Food is gross. Just gross.
  11. There is absolutely nothing real about any of the Real Housewives. Seriously, Bravo. Where’s the sweatpants that have been worn one too many times before washing? The spit-up stained t-shirts? The Cheerios that are forming their own colony under the couch cushions? The mountain of laundry on every available square inch of space? Real Housewives? Real, my foot.

So those are just a few of the things I’ve learned. But with my new channel line-up I’m sure I will continue to learn new things each and every day! I haven’t even touched on infomercials yet!

When you spend so much time watching t.v., it’s good to have some quick, easy dinners that you can just throw into the crockpot in the morning, before Gilmore Girls comes on, that will be finished cooking by the time The Brady Bunch airs. This one is super duper fast and easy.

Slow Cooker Creamy Italian Herb Chicken

  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 10-oz package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 container Philadelphia Italian Cheese & Herb Cooking Creme
  • crushed red pepper for serving

Directions:

  1. Spray slow cooker insert with cooking spray. Seriously, do it! You’ll thank me later!
  2. Place chicken breasts into slow cooker. Cover with spinach.
  3. Add cooking creme, and stir it up a bit. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high 3-4 hours.
  4. Remove chicken from slow cooker. Shred,* return to cooker, and give it a good stir. Serve over pasta with a nice sprinkling of red pepper.

Click here for printable version.

*If you prefer, you can cube the chicken before cooking it, or even leave and serve it whole. I like the shredded chicken over pasta, but that’s my preference.

Slow Cooker Creamy Herb Chicken

Creamy Herb Chicken over pasta

Wow, really bad pictures. See what happens when you don’t blog in over a month?

I thought this meal was delicious! I thought it was, “You better learn to like it, kids, because Mommy’s gonna be making this a LOT!” good. Let’s see what The Critics thought:

Don Corleone: I love it!

Sarah Crewe: It’s really good, Mommy!

Batman: I don’t really like it. Then later: Actually I think I do like it.

Curious George: I don’t really like it either. Later: I like it mixed with the pasta.

Elmo: I don’t like this dinner. Me: How do you know? Did you taste it? Elmo: No. But I looked at it, and it was spicy.

Oh well, it wasn’t a huge success. But it wasn’t a huge failure, either. I’m definitely making this one again!

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Crockpot Hawaiian Chicken Drumsticks

We are home from our beach vacation, and a good time was had by all. The kids love the ocean, and it was a lot of fun to see them splashing around in the water, and building things in the sand.

Now that we’re home, and I’ve had time to reflect, I’ve put together a list of tips for vacationing with little ones:

Things You Should Know Before Taking Small Children on Vacation:

  1. There is no such thing as too many bottles of sunscreen.
  2. Someone will drop their ice cream cone on the ground.
  3. Seagulls have bad manners.
  4. It doesn’t matter how many times you tell the grandparents, “Oh, my kids never eat______.” If it is served on vacation, your kids will gobble it up as if they haven’t eaten in a week, proving you to be a liar.
  5. It doesn’t matter how many times you tell the grandparents, “Oh, my kids love to eat ______.” If it is served on vacation, your kids will look at it as if it is the most repulsive thing on the planet, proving you to be a liar.
  6. When you get home, you will discover that you inadvertently brought half the beach home with you, at the bottom of the bag that you designated a “sand free zone.”
  7. Sand will get into creases on your 2-year-old that you never knew were there.
  8. If your 4-year-old accidentally walks in on you while you’re putting on your bathing suit, he might ask why “your bagpipes are so big.”
  9. Swim diapers aren’t that great at holding in poop.
  10. Uncovered electrical outlets are toddler magnets.
  11. When you get home and unpack, the dirty laundry will create a mountain of such magnitude even Marvin Gaye wouldn’t cross it.
  12. When you realize you are the one responsible for cleaning Mt. Washmore, you might cry.
  13. When you look at the pictures of the little ones on their vacation, and you hear them talk about their favorite parts, your heart will swell. (And then you’ll resume crying over the laundry).

Of course when you are home from vacation, life goes on, and you must cook dinner. I promised I would try this recipe, and I did:

Crockpot Hawaiian Chicken Drumsticks

This recipe comes from the blog Thirty and Thrifty. I retyped it here to show a few changes that I made, mostly because of what we had in the house.

  • 12 chicken drumsticks (mine were frozen)
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 20-oz can pineapple chunks, undrained

Directions:

  1. Place chicken in the crockpot.
  2. Combine the rest of the ingredients and pour over chicken.
  3. Cook on low for about eight hours, moving chicken around every few hours if some aren’t covered by the liquid.

Crockpot Hawaiian Drumsticks

I served this with rice and a fresh can of pineapple chunks. It was just as wonderful as I hoped it would be! My Critics loved it. In fact, they were so busy gobbling it all up, that the most I got out of them for a comment is, “It’s sooo good!” Except for Batman, who said, “Don’t write that I said ‘It’s good,’ because that would be a lie. Write that I said, ‘I LOVE IT!!!!'”

Always so happy when a recipe is enjoyed by all 🙂

Summer Crock Pot Recipes

It’s hot.

I mean really, really hot. I think the temperature today reached eight-hundred million degrees. Roughly.

Of course, I’m a whiny baby when it comes to hot weather. Anything above 80˚ is hot to me. Once the temperature reaches 90˚, forget it. I’m done for.

I’ve had a stuffed peppers recipe that I’ve been meaning to share, but it’s been too hot to even think about using the oven. So instead, I’d like to share some summertime slow cooker recipes I’ve been collecting. Some of these I’ve tried and love, and others I will be trying very soon.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sooooo good! My whole family loves this. I don’t use pork tenderloin, as suggested, though. I usually use whatever kind of pork roast-type thing is on sale. You can even take it right from your freezer without defrosting (but you might have to cook it longer). Really tasty topped with cole slaw.

Easy and Tasty Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches Almost the same thing as above, but with chicken. Easy. Tasty.

Chicken Tacos We love tacos. I like this recipe because you can just take the filling out of the crock pot, put it in a tortilla, and call it a taco. Extra toppings are nice, but not necessary. For example, if you don’t have any sour cream because when you were standing in the dairy aisle at the store thinking ‘Do we have sour cream at home?’ and finally decided that yes, you do remember seeing some sour cream at the back of the fridge, but then when taco night rolled around and you removed said sour cream from the back of the fridge you realized  it expired three weeks ago, well, it’s okay. Skip the sour cream. It’s still good. Oh, and when your husband says, “Do we have any sour cream?” don’t yell at him. It’s not his fault.

I am also excited to try Creamy Chicken Tacos. The best part is, it has cream cheese in it, so there’s no need for any of that rabble-rouser sour cream.

John McCain’s Rib Recipe (in the crock pot) Haven’t tried this one yet. But I’ve been thinking about ribs A LOT  lately. Don Corleone isn’t a big fan of ribs, unlike the complete carnivore that he married. But I think he’ll just have to deal with it one night. Or maybe two:

Barbecue Beef Ribs Haven’t tried this one yet, either. But I will, I tell you. I will indeed!

Hawaiian Chicken Drumsticks. Oooooh…. I’m so excited to try this one! I love when the word “Hawaiian” is included in the title of a recipe. Even though Hawaii is hot.

I will continue to share summer crock pot recipes as I try them, and if you have any favorites, please share 🙂

Hope you’re enjoying the weather, wherever you are!

Crockpot Teriyaki Pork Chops

U.S.A.!! U.S.A.!!

Two major events that will go down in history happened in the last two days. One, Osama bin Laden was killed by US Navy Seals. And two, I made a dinner that every member of my family enjoyed.

I do realize that one is significantly more important than the other (but I won’t say which one).

Whenever the leader of a major terrorist organization is captured and killed by Navy Seals, you should make teriyaki pork chops in your slow cooker. That’s just good sense.

Crock Pot Teriyaki Pork Chops

  • 4-5 boneless pork loin chops
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp water

Directions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add pork chops and brown both sides (about 2-3 minutes per side). Put chops in slow cooker.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients (except cornstarch and water) in a small bowl. Pour over chops. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.
  3. Remove chops from pot and keep warm. Combine cornstarch and water in a small bowl. Add to sauce in the slow cooker and cook on high for 30 minutes to thicken the sauce. Serve over rice.

Teriyaki Pork Chops


Do you believe every single Critic loved these chops?

Don Vito Corleone: It’s delicious!

Sarah Crewe picked up her chop with her hands and ate it like a barbarian. She was afraid if she cut it on her plate, some of it might touch her applesauce. But, she said: I like it!

Batman: This is really good!

Curious George: I like it! 

Elmo: Yes. Chicken. 

The Navy Seals rock! They know how to whack a bad guy when they find one. Here are some movies where the villain also gets his/her comeuppance:

The Wizard of Oz:

"I'm melting! Melting!"

Die Hard:

Bye-bye, Hans!

Raiders of the Lost Ark:

Ewwww... that's just gross. But deserved.

Saturday Night Live It’s a Wonderful Life Lost Ending:

Mr. Potter getting his butt kicked

Tombstone:

"You tell 'em I'm coming! And Hell's coming with me!"

Inglorious Basterds:

Re-writing history

Terminator 2:

"Hasta la Vista, Baby"

Charles Bronson, in any movie:

"Goodbye"

This is so not my area of expertise, so VC had to help me!

And now I leave you with this last thought:

“The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. It is our number one priority and we will not rest until we find him.” -George W. Bush

Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken

I have a friend who is the kindest, sweetest person you could ever meet. She never has a bad word to say about anyone, even people she doesn’t know. Whenever a celebrity gets into trouble, she says, “Oh, that poor girl! She really needs help, it’s such a shame what happened to her.”

It makes me feel bad, because most likely, earlier in the day, I referred to that same celebrity as “jerk,” “idiot,” or the Bugs Bunny classic, “maroon.”

I haven’t talked to my friend yet about Charlie Sheen, but I’m certain she’d be somewhat sympathetic.

She is a much better person than I.

Charlie Sheen, what a mah-roon!

Remember Lucas? He was so dreamy in that movie.  And he was nice.  It wasn’t his fault that Maggie liked him and not Lucas. Corey Haim (may he rest in peace) never stood a chance.

"Are you interested in being kissed?"

So, anyway, enough about Charlie Sheen. Seriously! Enough about Charlie Sheen already!

This slow cooker chicken is really, really good. I will probably never roast a chicken in the oven again. It’s so much easier to plop it in the crockpot in the morning and then forget about it, instead of having to carve out several hours in the afternoon to watch it in the oven.

Did you like how I used the word “carve” when talking about a chicken? The word popped into my head, and for the life of me, I just couldn’t think of any other word.

"Either you're an athlete or you're not an athlete."

Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken

This recipe is from crockpot365.blogspot.com

  • 1 whole chicken, 4-5 pounds
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 4 whole garlic cloves
  • 1 onion, peeled and quartered
  1. Skin the chicken and discard all the yucky stuff from the cavity.
  2. Combine all of the spices in a small bowl and rub all over the chicken, inside and out. I only do out. I just can’t put my hand inside that chicken and rub spices in there. I just can’t.  Put the garlic and onion pieces inside the bird. Place the whole thing, breast side down, into the crockpot.
  3. Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 8 hours.

Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken

Sometimes I make this and we eat it with traditional sides, like stuffing and mashed potatoes. But it’s also good to just carve the chicken and use the pieces in another recipe. Last night we had chicken tacos, and tonight we had fettucine alfredo with shredded chicken.

"You can't ever make me quit, EVER!"

Wow, I got soooo many compliments from the critics when they saw the chicken! Curious George thought it looked “so good” and said “I am definitely going to eat my dinner tonight!” And I’m pretty sure Don Corleone was salivating when he came home from work and saw it sitting on the counter, ready to be carved.

Sun-dried tomato alfredo sauce

Fettucini Alfredo with Chicken

 

This is what they thought of the fettucine alfredo (just used a jar of sauce, nothing fancy).

Don Corleone: It’s good!

Sarah Crewe: I think it is pretty good.

Batman: I like it. It’s deliciously good!

Curious George: I kind of don’t like it. It sort of tastes like pizza, but I don’t like it.

Elmo ate three helpings, so I’d say that’s a “good” as well!

"Not everybody has to be beautiful to have someone fall in love with them."

Look at little Winona Ryder in her very first movie! Now she’s all grown up and shoplifting just like a big girl.

Boy, the things my friend could say about the stars of this movie!

Happy Cooking 😀