last january recipe

I made another crockpot meal for dinner…and then of course wasn’t hungry enough to eat it on Sunday night, so Monday it is. This was beer, chicken, and taco seasoning. Yes that’s it…cook on low for 8 hours. Then shred and add some cheese.

You can use the chicken for tacos, quesadillas, salads. Yes it’s yummy too!!


photos, photos, and more photos

So as part of my goals for 2012 I wanted to take 10 pictures in a month with my camera and blog about them. Well I did take way more than 10 pictures, but I don’t love all of them. So here’s some highlights and perhaps this is my motivation to get a few more taken and posted before the end of January.


Here are 2 pictures from Nashville. I didn’t actually take both of them in 2012, but I did download them in 2012 so I am going to count these:

Arrington Vineyards (just outside of Nashville)

The Country Music Hall of fame lobby:

Fast forward a few weeks and I took some cat pictures. Yes I get how that sounds considering I am single girl…but hey that’s life.

And fast forward to this weekend. I went to Charm City Cupcakes and tried my hand at learning how to make different cupcake decorations. Here are all 6 and a few of my favorites up close.

Then I headed outside and took some pictures of the sunset over the hill outside my house and through the trees.

What photo’s have you taken lately? I think my favorite one above is the cupcake with the green, blue, pink icing!

crock pot love continues

One thing I really do love about winter is that I use my crock pot A LOT!! Yes i know I could use it when it’s not winter, but it’s just so nice and warm thinking to have something simmering in the crock pot all day long. So this morning in my crazy busy (ok may be not that busy) running around the house I figured I needed some food for the week. I have been sadly eating lots of frozen lean cuisine meals lately, and although they are tasty, they are definitely not what I prefer. So I decided to make a pot roast type of meal.

Super easy has been my theme lately and today did not disappoint. Here’s what I had:

beef (i think i used a london broil)
onions (diced)
celery (diced)
carrots (cut)
Potatoes (cut)
packet of lipton onion soup mix
cup of water

Then you just let it all cook for 8-10 hours on low in the slow cooker. I didn’t have a full meal of it tonight because I ate a bunch of munchies watching football with friends (uggh what a great game and hard Ravens loss). So I took a small taste of it and can say it was quite yummy! I am looking forward to it being my dinner tomorrow.

What’s you Sunday cooking rituals?

Salad in a Jar!

I am in love!!! Best new lunch idea yet. Here’s the before:


And I know there should be an after but well it was just too yummy!

So what’s in this crazy, yummy, tasty, jar you ask? Well it’s a little bit of a lot. I feel like I did a kitchen sink lunch. Here’s today’s ingredients but I know I will be making this again.

I am starting at the bottom and working my way up:
Ranch dressing
Diced onions
Diced peppers (I used yellow and red)
Tortellini (literally like 2 TBS because that’s what I had)
Diced tomatoes
Buffalo Chicken (from the crockpot recipe)
Shredded cheese
Lettuce (yes I used it from the bag)

When it was lunch time I mixed it in the jar by shaking, then poured on a plate. You probably could eat right out of the jar if everything is chopped or diced and you left room to shake.

It was phenomenal!! I can’t wait to make it again. Also what’s so easy about this is I just cut some extra veggies from last nights salad and made this right after dinner.

I totally recommend to anyone that like easy salads!

quick and easy crockpot recipe

Want the easiest recipe (that NO ONE can mess up)? I made crockpot buffalo chicken. I didn’t snap a picture since it doesn’t look all that interesting, but someone on pinterest did, so check that out here: chicken.

So there are only 3 ingredients:

Boneless Skinless Chicken Chicken (and you can throw it in frozen)
Hidden Valley Ranch Dip Mix
Frank’s Red Hot Wing’s Buffalo Sauce

Depending on how much chicken you use is how much of the others to use. I used about 1lb of chicken, 1/3 of the packet of Hidden Valley Ranch Dip Mix, and half the bottle of Franks. I put the chicken in the crockpot first then, added the Franks and dip mix. Stir it all together and leave it on low for 7-8 hours. Then I pull the chicken breasts out of the crock pot and pull them apart with two forks. Finally just put the chicken back in the crock pot to soak up all the remaining “juice” from the sauce.

I have served it on roll with a slice of cheese and some ranch dressing. Tomorrow I am going to try it cold with a salad. Come back to see that recipe and what it looks like (you will be intrigued).

I like it because it’s one pot, it’s super easy to set and go, and it’s quite tasty for those that like buffalo sauce. I would also like to use this as the base for buffalo chicken dip, but for that I would need to be going to a party or have a party. Hmm perhaps a Superbowl party is in my future.

What new recipe do you have for a party?