Monday, April 26, 2010

Crockpot Shredded BBQ Chicken

This is so good. I make it probably 2-3 times a month. It is so simple and you can eat it with practically anything. I got it from


6 frozen skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 (12 ounce) bottle barbeque sauce
1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Place chicken in a slow cooker. In a bowl, mix the barbeque sauce, Italian salad dressing, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over the chicken.
Cover, and cook 3 to 4 hours on High or 6 to 8 hours on Low. Shred the chicken, and keep it on warm for about 15-30min before you eat.

We have eaten this a variety of different ways. On a bun, on a baked potato, as a dip for chips, with some cheesy scalloped potatoes and with rice. Try it! You'll love it!

Spring Cleaning and Family Vacation

We've been so busy lately. The weather up here in Minnesota warmed up about two weeks earlier than normal so I've been trying to tackle all my indoor and outdoor projects. I've about got the entire house organized, which is an amazing feeling. We've also put in a new patio and taken down a tree that was really in the way. I hated doing it, but it has made all the difference our yard feels much bigger.

We also went on vacation and had a great time, despite the COLD weather. I think it was warmer in MN than Florida that entire week. Here are some pictures from our vacation.

All in all it was a fun vacation. I'm just hoping our next one is warmer!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Valentine's Day

I had a wonderful Valentine's Weekend, despite having to do some training for work on Saturday. The Cock cleaned the entire house and had dinner ready by the time I got home. He and the little chicks made me a wonderful card and gave me some beautiful flowers. Then on Sunday we left the chicks at home and went to eat sushi and see a movie. It was a nice relaxing day, despite the snow we had to drive in on the way home. Here are some pictures from our weekend.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

YUMMY Oatmeal Pancakes!

I made some pancakes for my brood this morning and they were fantastic! My husband said he was still thinking about them after breakfast, my 3-year old ate 3 of them, and my 2-year old... well, she's just not a 'breakfast person'. Here's the recipe:

1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup quick cooking oats
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk*
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs

*I didn't have any buttermilk in the house so I used regular milk.

1) Place all ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth.

2) Heat a pan or griddle and cook pancakes as usual! Yields approx. 8 servings.

You won't be disappointed. These were soooo yummy.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Long day, short fuse

Sigh, today was one of *those* days. It's started out great. Kennedy had preschool so me and Reese hit the gym. Things were still going great at lunch and naptime. Then.... they awoke. They must have had too good of a nap because they woke up crazy! For the rest of the day I was having to tell them 4, 5, 6, times to do something or to clean up some toys. They dumped all of Kennedy's clothes out of her dresser, threw all our pillows off our bed, dumped their toybins and a big box of crackers. You would think I wasn't watching them or something, but I WAS! They were just nuts today. I even tried to calm them down with a couple different crafts and some fun 'fairy snacks'. Nope, didn't work. By the time my husband got home from work I was completely frustrated and exhausted. The only really great part of the day was that they got along so well. They both enjoyed destroying my house in a matter of seconds. Oh, I am actually glad to go to work tomorrow.

Saturday, January 23, 2010


I am so excited! I'm going out for a girl's night tonight. We're going to Benihanna (YUM) and then to watch 'It's Complicated'. I so rarely get to do something like this. It will be nice to have some fun.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Finally getting some sleep!

I feel confident enough to finally say that my 2 year old is sleeping thru the night (most nights). It has been a long road with her. She's been sleeping consistantly for the past couple of weeks. I wasn't sure if this day would ever come. I've been feeling much more rested and energetic, I hadn't realized how much the interrupted sleep really got to me. Let's hope this good sleeping continues.