Regifting because it's that good.

First, I'd like to take a moment to share my love of organic brown sugar. Usually I don't buy organic brown sugar. I don't see it something I'd spend extra money on for it to be an organic purchase. Until now. I wanted to only shop at ONE grocery store this trip so I picked up a bag of store brand organic brown sugar.

O.M.G. I really would like to fill my bathtub up with this stuff and roll around in it for a couple of days. It is the most beautiful textured brown sugar I have ever seen. I never knew that someone could actually lust over brown sugar.

I was just measuring out some brown sugar pressing it firmly in the measuring cup when the affair started. It felt so awesome on my fingers. Seriously! This picture doesn't do it justice.

Breath in. Breath out. Okay.

In recent posts I have mentioned all the new cookbooks and cooking going on in the superhouse. I really haven't had the time to share the recipes with you. I am making myself sit down this morning and type a couple up for you. Now, if I can get Lil O and Baby M to stop distracting me that would make things easier! Even breastfeeding Baby M while typing with one hand at times!!!!

I am going to give you the easiest chicken recipe you will ever need for your crock pot!!!!! I found it in a Fix-It and Forget-It Slow Cooker Magic magazine. Thankfully I found the recipe online to make things easier. I love copy & paste!!!

Chicken Stroganoff

INGREDIENTS

* 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cubed
* 1/8 cup margarine
* 1 (.7 ounce) package dry Italian-style salad dressing mix
* 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
* 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup

DIRECTIONS

1. Put chicken, margarine and dressing mix in slow cooker; mix together and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours.
2. Add cream cheese and soup, mix together and cook on high for another 1/2 hour or until heated through and warm.

Add something green and Bob's your uncle!!! You can easily change the recipe up! This week I am going to use a dry Ranch mix. Add some frozen peas when I add the soup. Sprinkle with fresh Parmesan cheese! (I didn't even cube the chicken. I just put whole breasts in. The chicken was so tender that when I added the cream cheese and soup I was able to break it up with a spoon.)

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Pork Chops. Looking for the perfect recipe? I found it! BONUS, you can cook it in the crock pot!!!! I am all for crock pot cooking. Anything to make my extremely busy life any easier is a winner!!!

This recipe came from one of the America Test Kitchen cookbooks that Superdad gave me for Christmas.

America's Test Kitchen

I wasn't able to find the recipe on their site without signing up for a free 14 day trial. I think NOT!!! So I did a quick search and found the recipe on another blog!!

Slow-Cooked Smothered Pork Chops

Serves 6

These pork chops are so tender that you'll need to remove them from the slow cooker with a spoon.
4 slices bacon , chopped fine

Vegetable oil (if necessary)
6 bone-in blade-cut pork chops , about 3/4 inch thick
Table salt and ground black pepper
3 yellow onions , halved and sliced into 1/2-inch half-moons
1 teaspoon light brown sugar plus 1 tablespoon
1/4 cup water plus 2 tablespoons
3 cloves garlic , minced
2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme leaves
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley leaves

1. Fry bacon in large skillet over medium heat until lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels, leaving fat in pan (you should have 2 tablespoons fat; if not, supplement with oil). Refrigerate bacon.

2. Heat fat over high heat until smoking. Meanwhile, pat pork chops dry with paper towels and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook 3 chops until golden brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer chops to slow-cooker insert. Repeat with remaining chops and transfer to slow-cooker insert.

3. Pour off all but 1 teaspoon fat from skillet; add onions, 1 teaspoon brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 cup water to now-empty skillet. Using wooden spoon, scrape browned bits from pan bottom and cook over medium-high heat until onions are soft, about 6 minutes. Stir in garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds longer. Pour onion mixture over chops in slow-cooker insert. Add broth, soy sauce, and remaining 1 tablespoon brown sugar to skillet, bring to boil, and add bay leaves. Pour mixture over onions in slow cooker.

4. Cover slow cooker and cook on low until pork is very tender, about 8 hours (or cook on high for 4 hours).

5. When ready to serve, reheat bacon in large saucepan until crisp and transfer to small bowl. Carefully transfer chops to serving platter with large spoon and tent with foil. Discard bay leaves and pour liquid through mesh strainer into now-empty saucepan. Transfer solids to blender with 1 cup liquid and blend until smooth. Stir back into remaining liquid in saucepan. Mix cornstarch and remaining 2 tablespoons water together in small bowl and stir into sauce. Cook over medium heat until thickened, about 8 minutes. Add vinegar, season with salt and pepper, pour over chops, and sprinkle with bacon and parsley. Serve.


I discovered that you can actually add more pork chops to the crock pot so you will have leftovers. There is plenty of leftover gravy and room in the crock. I love having two meals from ONE recipe. Feeding 5 (almost 6) that's a rare event and should be treasured when it does happen.

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"Compacting" history in the making.

Here's an organic product that can totally blow your grocery bill. They are the only thing that H will eat before school. A grab and go meal. Since we had the Target 911 day I
encourageMAKE H eat before leaving the house in the morning.


This little box of 5 bars will cost you about $5.00 a box. There are usually 3-4 boxes in the cabinet at any given time. That's about $15.00 every grocery visit. Not much you say. Multiply that by 4. $60.00 a month. Multiply that by 12. $720.00 a year. OMG! Is that right? Let me do my math again. For GRANOLA BARS/APPLE BARS!!!!!!!!!! You've got to be kidding me. I wrote this blog out on paper without doing the math. Now that I am typing it up I am figuring it out! I spend that a year (give or take) on convenience snack bars?!?!?!?!? That's way to much. For a "compactor"or any other type person that too much to spend.

I told Mrs F about cutting that out of my grocery bill and making my own granola bars. She emailed me a NO BAKE bar recipe. I am going to use that as a draft for making my own bars today. I'll go into more detail after I have made the bars. Telling you what I changed on that recipe and of course there will be a taste testing!

I figure I can cut some into bar sizes for H to eat for her grab and go breakfast, cut some into smaller squares for Lil O snacks (cutting out buying convenience snack food) and perhaps crumbling some up for cereal!!!!!

I'll be back with pictures, a total cost for this venture and tell you how they taste!!!! BTW I haven't forgotten the thermometer review. I was busy yesterday and was unable to type it up. I'll have it up and the giveaway started before the weekend is over.

*I posted this a couple of years ago but I had a friend looking for the delicious pork chop recipe so I wanted to post it again because you will want it too!*

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