Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Crock Pot Applesauce

Wow. Today's weather was absolutely GORGEOUS!! Summer has definitely been over-staying it's welcome but I think Autumn is finally stepping in!

The sun was warm, golden and and the air was crisp and fresh. So it wasn't all out chilled (which I would have LOVED) but we're getting there.

This morning, as I sat and sipped my coffee, relishing the cool early day air caressing my cheeks from the open windows, I suddenly had the urge to make some type of comfort Fall-ish food.   What better than some homemade applesauce? I pulled up the recipe for it that I just pinned days ago on Pinterest, then the kids and I rushed out to the store to get our ingredients.

I will admit, I HATE peeling apples. Like seriously HATE it, but for anything apple, I'll suffer through it. And next time I may just double my peeling and fire up BOTH crock pots becuz even though I peeled and chopped up 20 smallish apples, it still cooks down a LOT in the crock pot. My changes/adaptions are in italics.

I want more applesauce!

Serving Size: 12
Size: 1/4 cup

20-ish small apples (the original recipe calls for 8 medium apples. SO not enough!)
1 strip of lemon peel (use the vegetable peeler)
1 tsp fresh lemon juice (I really just guestimated and squeezed like half a lemon in)
5 tsp brown sugar
cinnamon (again, I don't measure, so maybe it was like 2-4 tsp?)


1. Peel, core and chop the apples.
2. Add the sugar, lemon peel, lemon juice and cinnamon.
3. Set crock pot to low and cook for 6 hours. (I ended up only needing about 5 hours). Stir apples occasionally.  Use an immersion blender OR let applesauce cool and blend in your blender (this is what I did, since I don't have an immersion blender).
4. Can it however you normally would! Since we will be eating this up quick, it's in our fridge. But the next batch I will can it for sure!


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Slow Cooker Cheesy BBQ Chicken Bacon Sandwiches

Wow it's been so long since I posted in my food blog...does anyone even read it anymore??? ;-)

This is a SUPER easy but crazy delicious meal I've made a couple of times already. It is now in our rotation. This recipe was found through Pinterest...if you want to see what else we're cooking in my house, go check me out!

Slow Cooker Cheesy BBQ Chicken Bacon SandwichesIngredients:
4 chicken breasts (I like leftovers so I used 6 breasts)
1 (16-20 oz) bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce (my favorite is Sweet Baby Ray's, I usually use I think 18 or 20oz)
1 lb bacon strips, fully cooked
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I don't measure my cheese. We are a cheese-aholic family!)
6-8 large onion rolls/buns

Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray (honestly, I forgot to do this the second time I made it and it made no difference). Place chicken breasts in the slow cooker and pour bottle of BBQ sauce on top of them. Cook on low for about 6-7 hours or high for 3-4 hours. Shred chicken and set aside.
Set oven at 425 degrees. Split onion rolls in half and lay on a large baking sheet covered in foil.

Put some shredded BBQ chicken on the top of half of the bun.
Place 2-3 strips of bacon on top of the chicken and top with a handful of shredded cheese.
Put the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 3-4 minutes (until the cheese is melted and the edges of the bun are golden.
Top with the other half of the bun and enjoy!  YUMMY!