Monday, October 20, 2014

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken

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A slow cooker meal with only 3 ingredients, perfect for those busy weekdays!


Well, I have another crock-pot recipe to add to your list! This is a great, easy recipe. Keep the ingredients on hand for those days when you just simply don't have much time to spend making dinner. I think I love slow cooker recipes because you start them early in the day so you feel ahead of the game. Like, maybe I have mounds of laundry to get done and a million places to run but I've got dinner started :)

 We enjoyed this dinner over brown rice and a side of broccoli. Speaking of broccoli. I love the frozen organic broccoli from Costco. You just put it in the microwave and in 6 minutes you've got a healthy side dish. Plus, strangely enough, my super picky 3 year old will eat it! (Only the top part but it's something!) Just thought I would pass that tip along. 


{Slow Cooker} Hawaiian Chicken

Ingredients:
  • 4 to 6 chicken breasts
  • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple
  • 1 (16 ounce) bottle barbecue sauce
  • 4 to 6 cups brown rice, cooked
Instructions:
  1. Grease a 3-5 quart slow cooker. Place meat on the bottom. Combine the pineapple and barbecue sauce then pour over the meat.
  2. Cover and cook on high heat for 3-4 hours or low heat 6-8 hours. 
  3. Serve over rice.
  4. NOTES: This is great served with a side of broccoli. Also, I used frozen chicken and it worked well.
  5. Recipe Source: 101 Things to Do with a Slow Cooker

Monday, October 13, 2014

Glazed Blueberry Donut Muffins

Lemon, blueberries and a lemon glaze make these muffins almost too good to eat!


My family and I spent a couple weeks in Utah this summer. My in-laws live there and we love when we get a chance to go visit. It was so nice to escape the Arizona heat too! They live on the side of a mountain, and my kids love walking down to the creek. They could spend hours there throwing rocks into the water. One of the mornings we were there, I made these muffins. They are pretty much the best of both worlds. A donut/muffin?! Yes, Please :)


I love donuts but after I eat one I usually don't feel great. A muffin probably has as much sugar but it's baked so it doesn't make me feel as guilty. The texture of these muffins is very unique. They are more dense than a typical fluffy muffin. And the tart, lemon glaze is just perfect.



I hope you give these a try!

Blueberry Donut Muffins
Ingredients:
  • FOR THE MUFFINS:
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 2/3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/3 cup fresh blueberries
  • FOR THE GLAZE:
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon warm water*
Directions:
  1. FOR THE MUFFINS: Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Line a 12 count muffin pan with paper cups or lightly grease.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, combine the lemon zest and sugars. Use your fingertips or a spoon to incorporate the zest into the sugars until moist and fragrant. 
  3. In another bowl, cream together the butter, oil, and sugars until smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla. Beat till combined.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour. Fold in the blueberries.
  5. Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared muffin pan. (The cups will be full)
  6. Bake the muffins for 15-17 minutes, or until they are pale golden brown and a knife comes out clean.
  7. FOR THE GLAZE: in a medium sized bowl mix together the melted butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, lemon juice and water* Whisk until smooth.
  8. When the muffins have cooled slightly, dip the muffin crown into the glaze and allow the glaze to harden. You can then dip them again for a thicker glaze. I glazed them twice.
  9. *For a more tart glaze, use 2 T. lemon juice instead of the 1 T. warm water. I did this and really loved the extra tart flavor.
  10. Recipe Source: My Baking Addiction



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Friday, October 10, 2014

Meet the Mormons

Sharing something a little more personal than a recipe today :)
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We belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints otherwise known as "The Mormons". We are proud of this part of who we are! We are excited to team up with over 65+ of us strong... to extend an invitation to see a film. A film entitled "Meet The Mormons". This film is not meant to be an "in your face" - you must join our church film. It is simply designed and produced to uplift and inspire you through six stories of those of our faith who have followed promptings to follow Christ more fully in their lives. We hope you take the opportunity to enjoy this film. We hope your hearts are made light as you feel the goodness that comes from following our Christ and Savior. All proceeds from the film will be donated to The American Red Cross. So not only will you be uplifted and inspired, your money will be going to an amazing charity!!


We also would like to take a moment and share our personal testimonies, stories of our own personal conversions, and our own stories of how following our Savior, Jesus Christ has changed our lives. The light of the gospel of Jesus Christ offers a joy and hope that only following him can provide. We hope as you click through and read our stories and testimonies of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, you will feel uplifted and encouraged. We are by you! We love connecting with our readers, that is why many of us do what we do! Please be kind and considerate in your comments. It takes great bravery for us to open our hearts and our mouths to share with you such a tender and personal part of who we are. We share because we feel strongly the need to share the peace and the hope that is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I'm A Mormon #1
Anita | Live Like You Are Rich, Landee | Landee Lu , Tara & Devin | Salt & Pepper Moms , Mallory & Savannah | Classy Clutter Kelli & Kristi| Lolly Jane
McKenzie | Girl Loves Glam , Pam & Lisa | Over The Big Moon , Melanie | Forty Eighteen , Sky | Capital B Adell | Baked in Arizona
I'm a Mormon #2
Andie | Maybe I Will , Shatzi | Love and Laundry , Robyn | Create it Go , Rachel | R & R Workshop
Tiffany | Feel Great In 8 , Katelyn | What Up Fagens? , Brittany | BrittanyBullen , Ginger | Ginger Snap Crafts , Stephanie | Crafting In The Rain
Chelsey | Cee Me Be , Amber | Crazy Little Projects , Kallie | Smitten By, Elyse, Kristen, Lauren, Steph, Kendra & Camille | Six Sisters Stuff Annette | Tips From A Typical Mom
Kierste | Simply Kierste , Tayler | The Morrell Tale, Jennifer | My Daylights , Cambria | Live To Be Inspired, Danielle | Today's The Best Day
I'm a Mormon #3
Nat & Holly | My Sister's Suitcase, Britni| Play.Party.Pin , Montserrat | Cranial Hiccups , Heidi | A Lively Hope , Ashley & Meegan | Flats to Flip Flops


I am so grateful for the peace that comes from my faith in Jesus Christ. Even when things aren't going just perfect, I know I can rely on my Savior and turn to him. He is always there and he hears our prayers. I know our Heavenly Father loves us and cares for each one of us. - Adell

I am so excited to go see this movie tonight! I hope you will join me!

To read more about why I am a Mormon and other peoples stories you can visit: Mormon.org
For a free copy of the Book of Mormon click here!

If you want to join in and share your story please link up!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Creamy Peanut Butter Bars

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A creamy peanut butter layer, topped with milk chocolate!

These bars will always remind me of my older brother C.J. Whenever my mom would make these he would be so excited. They are one of his favorites. No wonder he loves Cutlers Peanut Butter Cookies so much! When I made these bars I had to bring my brother a plate. And because today is his birthday, I thought it was only fitting I share this recipe with you.


These bars are much like a Reese's candy bar. A simple creamy bottom and milk chocolate top. Really easy to make and taste amazing. Cause I'm pretty sure peanut butter and chocolate are one of the best combinations ever! I hope you enjoy these!



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