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Monday, March 16, 2015

Easy Crock-Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Easy Crock-Pot Chicken Cacciatore

I dominated a couple projects yesterday and it feels amazing.

My office had become the dumping ground for all things that don't have a home. I hate it. It's impossible for me to feel inspired in that space when it's a mess. I reorganized my shelves, the closet and threw a bunch of junk away.

Now I can have a dance party in the open space and find the perfect photo props quickly.

The other project was reorganizing my kitchen cupboards. I don't know how but over time they just collect things that don't belong. I really have my eye on these pull out shelves but thought I should try some good old fashioned cleaning before I take that step.

The junk is gone and I can find ingredients and serving bowls in seconds.

You know what else was good about Sunday? I put this Easy Chicken Cacciatore in the Crock-Pot in the morning and later had dinner ready in minutes. Glorious.

This meal was so tasty! The chicken was so tender and flavorful. The leftovers will be just as delightful tomorrow too. Plus angle hair pasta is my fav.

Easy Crock-Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Easy Crock-Pot Chicken Cacciatore 

1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs, breasts, or tenders
3-4 garlic cloves, minced (optional, I skipped it)
28 ounces can diced tomatoes
6 ounces tomato paste
1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 small onion, diced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup water
1 package of your favorite pasta, prepared as directed on box

Season chicken with salt and pepper before placing in the Crock-Pot. Add the remaining ingredients, but NOT the pasta. Stir to combine.

Cook in your Crock-Pot/slow cooker on Low for 7 hours OR high for 4 hours.

Once cooked, prepare pasta according to package directions.

Serve over the pasta. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Source: Family Fresh Meals

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Mint Chocolate Cream Cheese Dip

Mint Cream Cheese Dip

Not gonna lie. I had a killer sweet tooth yesterday and there werer no sweets in sight.

I took a mental stock of what I had on hand. Cream Cheese. A variety of choco....Andes Mint Chips! Yep, I'm making a dip.

Mint Chocolate Cream Cheese Dip!

Within 10 minutes I was dipping graham crackers into this bowl of magic. Sweet tooth satisfied.

Shortly after I jumped on the treadmill for an hour to close out the weekend. It's all about balance, right?

Mint Cream Cheese Dip

Mint Chocolate Cream Cheese Dip

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
green gel food coloring
2 cup Andes Mint Chips, divided
graham crackers

In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix the cream cheese and butter until light an fluffy (2-3 minutes). Scrape down sides of the bowl. Gradually add powered sugar and mix until combined (another couple minutes). Add mint extract and green coloring. Stir in 1 1/2 cups Andes Mint Chips.

Transfer to a bowl. Top with remaining Andes Mints. Serve with graham crackers.

Adapted from Mom on Timeout 

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Perfect Combo: Chili and Cinnamon Rolls

I've lived in Kansas City for four years. Even though Nebraska and Kansas City are both in the mid-west the differences between the areas pop up when you least expect it.

Runza is a very popular fast food restaurant in Nebraska. Lucky for me there is one Runza in Kansas City. I convinced my co-workers to give Runza a try so we ventured out for lunch. While we were eating, they noticed a promotional sign for a chili and cinnamon roll meal. They asked why those would be on the same sign.

I was like, umm....chili and cinnamon rolls always go together. They had never heard of such a thing and thought it sounded horrible.

After a heated debate (well, more funny than heated) we got to the office and took to Google for an answer. Come to find out that the chili and cinnamon roll combo is something that only a small section of the mid-west is accustom too.

I was shocked. I thought everyone knew of this magical meal. The sweet. The spicy. It's perfect.

Growing up in Wahoo, Nebraska this was a common meal. Especially for school lunch. Chili and cinnamon roll day was the best! The cinnamon rolls were huge and covered in frosting. And yes, it's okay to dip the cinnamon roll into the chili.

Guess what? There's a way that I can get the whole country on board the chili and cinnamon roll train.

The now-iconic Lay’s “Do Us A Flavor” contest has returned to the U.S. with a $1 million grand prize for the best potato chip flavor idea. I think that Chili and Cinnamon Roll Kettle Chips would be probably the best creation of all time.

And this year, there is a super fun twist on the contest: Lay’s is asking fans to also include the location (city/state) that inspired each potential million-dollar idea.

Later this year, four delicious finalist flavors – representing flavorful cities and towns across the U.S. – will be fully developed, brought to store shelves and voted on by America.

Today through March 30, 2015, visit Lay's "Do Us A Flavor" to submit your idea for the next great potato chip flavor and read the official rules.

What flavor Lay's Potato Chips would you create? I'd love to hear the unique flavors of your area!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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