While dad’s out grilling this 4th of July – prep and pop these sweet potatoes in the oven to bring a nice side dish to the table. (Or make cheesy grilled potatoes in foil packets!)
Roasted Sweet Potatoes are so yummy and delicious! I used to make them all the time, I don’t know why I forgot about this recipe.
In my quest to continue to eat clean and healthy this recipe came to mind. It was super easy and my kids LOVED it! Looks like we will be adding Roasted Sweet Potatoes to the dinner rotation.
I made a pork tenderloin in the crock pot and served with a side of green beans and a salad.
Crockpot Barbecue Chicken Recipe
Jamie here! I really, really love barbecue and if given the choice – would eat it a couple times a week. But my husband is not a big fan, so I don’t make it very often. However today he ate a big lunch out, and that means he won’t want any dinner, and therefore friends – it’s Barbecue Night!
The kids and I have a really hectic day ahead of us – so this is going to be a perfect night for my crockpot barbecue chicken – this slow cooker recipe is easy and delicious!
Here’s the ingredients you’ll need!
- 3 or 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- Bottle of BBQ Sauce (I've got KC Masterpiece here, since it was in my stockpile)
- 1/2 cup Coke, Pepsi, or Dr. Pepper (or a generic brand is fine)
- 1 tsp Red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp onion flakes
- Put the chicken breasts in the crockpot for 4-6 hours on Low. Shred about an hour before it's finished and put it back in. Sooooo good!
Normally I add vinegar and some brown sugar when I cook BBQ in the crockpot – but when I got out my bottle of vinegar it looked like this:
And that’s when I noticed it had expired in Feb. of 2012 (It’s now October). Since Vinegar’s job is to break down the meat and make it more tender and easier to shred – I went for the next best meat-breaker-downer – Coke. Actually – nix that – I didn’t have Coke either. Pepsi will do in a pinch, although it’s less acidic and therefor a little less effective for our purposes.
And since Pepsi is full of sugar – we can leave out the brown sugar as well! We killed two birds with one stone there!
So put the chicken breasts in the bottom of your crockpot and turn it on low. Pour in 1/2 cup soda, 1 bottle of sauce*, then sprinkle the red pepper and onion on top. Let cook for about 4-6 hours on Low. Near the end, shred the chicken and return it to the crockpot until it’s finished.
*If you don’t like your BBQ very saucy, only put in half the bottle of sauce and reserve the rest for the end so you can eyeball it to perfection.
Now – when I run in the door tonight at 5 and have to turn around and leave again at 5:30 – all we’ll do is spoon BBQ Chicken onto our buns right out of the crockpot with a side of quickly microwaved corn and baked beans and voila! Dinner is served! Check out that yummy, saucy chicken….
We wanted to wish everyone a Happy Father’s Day. My daddy is celebrating in heaven. Although, I miss him so much I know nothing on earth can compare to his eternal home. I am so thankful that we will see him again and spend eternity together. Today, my kids and I celebrate my hubby. He is an incredible husband, father, and friend. I am blessed beyond measure, and so thankful. Hold tight to the Father’s in your life you celebrate today, I hope that you can relax and lay the cares of this life aside.
On a not so serious note, my kids asked a couple of years ago how Father’s Day started. Don’t know about you, but I had no idea. So, we looked up some Father’s Day Facts and included them below in case you were wondering yourself.
Facts about Father’s Day
- The first local Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington.
- Father’s Day was first celebrated on the third Sunday of June.
- Sonora Louise Smart Dodd, of Spokane, Washington, started the tradition of Father’s Day in the honor of her dad, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran.
- In 1916, US President Woodrow Wilson approved the idea of observing an annual Father’s Day.
- In1924, US President Calvin Coolidge made Father’s Day a national event.
- In 1966, US President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father’s Day.
- Father’s Day is the fifth most popular card-sending holiday, with an estimated $100 million in card sales. Husbands, grandfathers, uncles, sons and sons-in-law are honored as well as father.
- The first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.
- Father’s Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent.
- Neck ties, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, are the number one gift for Father’s Day.
- In terms of popularity, Father’s Day gifts include hammers, wrenches and screwdrivers. Other presents for dad have a sporty theme: Golf clubs and fishing rods.
- In Costa Rica, attempts were made to celebrate Father’s Day on March 19, which is the feast day of St. Joseph. However, the official Father’s Day date in Costa Rica is still third Sunday in June.
- Rose is the official flower for Father’s Day. Wearing a red rose signifies a living father, while white one represents deceased father.
- It has been claimed by Hallmark, the renowned greeting card maker that Father’s Day makes up the fifth-largest card-sending holiday in the world.
- It is believed that the word “Dad” dates back to as early as the sixteenth century.
- In Australia, the first Sunday of September is observed as Father’s Day, while Finnish people celebrate the festival on the second Sunday of November. In Thailand, 5th December is observed as Father’s Day every year.
If you’ve been on Facebook at all this week, then you’ve probably seen a picture or the video
of the amazing skillet s’mores. I showed it to my kids and they begged me to make it for them. Since I get one cheat day a week, I couldn’t wait to try this as well.
I sprayed a skillet with Pam, covered the bottom of the pan with chocolate chips (you can use semi sweet or milk chocolate) then added jumbo marshmallows. I baked it in a 450 degree oven for 8-10 min, then served with graham crackers. It is truly “smack yo mama” amazing!!
You can find the original recipe and step by step video here.
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Make your own water bombs with sponges!
I saw this project on Pinterest a few weeks back and I ran out and bought several sponges and made them with the boys. It was so easy and you would not BELIEVE how popular they were at the community pool! All the kids loved them – and I sat on the edge of the pool tossing them back and forth with all the boys. It got me wet – but hey, when it’s 100 degrees, getting wet is really not so bad is it?
Photo courtesy of Make and Takes
- 2 Ocello Sponges per Water Bomb (or similar sponges)
- Rubber Bands
- Cut each sponge into 4 long strips and group them together in your hand.
- Fasten the middle with a rubber band very tightly so that the sponges fluff out all around it.
- Dunk in water – throw – enjoy!
For more water games – check out our post on 15 water games HERE!