Monday, January 13, 2014

On My Table

I'm feeling outrageously domestic after cooking a whole chicken in the crock pot, shredding it for a family meal and then many salads.....and finally making 9 cups of homemade chicken stock with the juices.

Used this tutorial, below, and I'm hooked.

There's nothing glamorous about it.....but for $6.50, I accomplished what many would pay $20+ for.  That, for me, makes sense of it. And, I'm home....I have time.....will do it again!

We're all about easy meals right now and eating healthy.  Carter is playing basketball, arrives home 3 days a week from a 2 hour practice FAMISHED, so I'm constantly finding ways to keep him happy.  Some recent go-to solutions:

honey and peanut butter sandwiches
kiwis (cut in quarters and eaten by hand, rather than peeling and slicing)
hard-boiled eggs

Other ideas?  I'd love some suggestions.

We're skiing for this holiday 4 day weekend ahead and I'll be packing lots of food to keep costs down.  I've learned, from past ski trips, that putting a ton of effort into gourmet sandwiches and the like doesn't always translate with this family. They love my cooking, but there is something about warm food on the mountain that I cannot compete with.  So, instead of making meals, I'm making lots of snacks.....we'll eat breakfast at the hotel.....snack on what I bring......and then buy lunch each day.  

Thinking about making Pioneer Woman's Best Chocolate Sheet Cake Ever into cupcakes.  Recipe HERE.

Anyone ever try it?  Not sure how the recipe will transfer.

Let me know if you have other recipes to share!


Emmy said...

Oh thank you for sharing that video! I think I am going to have to do that. I always love when I make things in the crockpot I just definitely do not do it often enough.

Dee Stephens said...

Brad always cooks our chicken. I need to figure it ou.
Hmm.. other recipes. I tend to do the same ole same ole :(

Jboo said...

Sounds delish!! You're making me hungry and that chocolate cake -- looks divine!!!

Tutus and Choo-Choos said...

Cara comes home from practice famished also. Quite often she eats leftovers or a bowl of cereal to get her full again. That chocolate cakes looks really good and easy to make!

Jodee said...

Holy cow! You are making me look so bad! Carson grabs a chicken pot pie (500 calories and 390 from fat) after practice! I must retrain him soon! That cake looks amazing!

Monica said...

What the hell? Why do you have this delicious chocolate cake for me to stare at while I still have 10 days left of gestational diabetes? Damn you! In a loving way :)