Crockpot Barbecue Chicken Recipe

 

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!

Crockpot Barbecue Chicken Recipe

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. 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!
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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….

Ravioli Lasagna Recipe

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Jamie here!!  I love baked pasta in all it’s many forms – be it the super versatile Meat Lover’s 3-Cheese Baked Rigatoni or our much loved Freezer Lasagna Recipe – you can’t go a week in this house without having pasta (and Mexican) for supper!

This Ravioli Lasagna bake is the same concept as any other baked pasta that I make – with one exception – MORE CHEESE!  Guys- there is cheese within cheese within cheese here.  Not to mention you really oughtta serve it with parmesan cheese just for good measure.

We have a high school girls’ retreat coming up at church and I want to make stuff the girls will really like.  Since I know how much they *heart* cheese and carbs, and are picky about certain veggies, etc…  I figured this would go over well ;)

Here are the basic steps to layer up your ravioli lasagna – note that MORE cheese can be added in any of these steps – this is just to give you an idea how I did it.

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Ravioli Lasagna Recipe Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Pour a layer of sauce in the bottom of the dish
  3. Lay out frozen ravioli side by side in sauce
  4. Cover ravioli with sauce (You see, the sauce on both sides makes sure the ravioli does it’s boiling in the oven)
  5. Sprinkle Mozzarella Cheese on top
  6. Lay out ravioli side by side again (Photo 1)
  7. Cover with sauce (Photo 2)
  8. Plop on several dollops of ricotta cheese (Photo 3)
  9. Finish with another layer of mozarella (Photo 4)
  10. Bake for 35 – 45 minutes

I used up about a jar and a half of sauce for this when I cooked it on Monday – and put the extra half a jar of sauce and half a container of ricotta back in the fridge for Friday – when we made it again for our Meatless meal.  Noone complained – they boys said they could eat this every day!

Regarding ravioli stacking…. I had an extra large 10″ x 15″ Pyrex dish (It is my FAVORITE baking dish for our large family) – so I was able to make 2 layers of 24 ravioli.  If you have a smaller dish, you’ll probably want to do 3 layers since less will fit in the dish.

Apple Cinnamon Freezer Pancakes

Apple Cinnamon Freezer Pancakes Recipe

Jamie here!  With the weather going through cold spells every few days here in Tennessee, I thought it was a good time to remind you that pancakes are a great way to use up those apples and bananas that are starting to go soft!  You can make a big batch and freeze them for easy school morning breakfasts :)

I may have mentioned before to you that I am not a morning person.  My kids know this – and yet they still suffer under delusions that I might get a wild hair one morning, hop out of bed early and whip up a batch of pancakes before they leave for school.  The poor dears.

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Easy Minecraft Cake & Creeper Cupcakes

Easy Minecraft Cake & Creeper Cupcakes

(Seriously – the easiest ever)

Hi guys,  Jamie here!  It’s Birthday Eve for my nearly 10 year old, and I’m getting ready to bake my second Minecraft cake in as many years.   I’m scrolling through images online of Marzipan Steves and meticulously placed fondant pixels – and feeling a little worried this time around.  See, last year I was able to get away with the easiest, most cheater cake in the history of cheater cakes.  This year – I’ll have to do something different, new and not  completely dependent on Hershey bars….

But if you’re looking for an incredibly easy Minecraft Cake, I hope this helps you!

{Please excuse the terrible pictures – I would tell you the long sad tale of how I lost two years of photos except for what’s on my Instagram account – but that is a story no one wants to hear (not even me).}

To make a Minecraft cake that looks like a Creeper – just bake a rectangular cake according to the directions.  Then dye a can of icing green and spread it across the cake.  And lastly, use a few Hershey Bars to create the Creeper’s face.

There’s not really an exact science to this – but I will say it helped to plan my chocolate face out on paper before I started breaking it into sections.  Those Creeper jowels can be a little tricky ;)

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For the Creeper Cupcakes, we thought we were fancy for a quick minute and bought a box of black fondant.  FAIL.

It was difficult to work with, sticky, tasted terrible – and didn’t look half as good as a perfectly delicious Hershey bar would’ve.  So my advice – stick with Hershey – he won’t do you wrong.

The good news is, that both of these are easy enough for your child to help you decorate.  My son was thrilled to be able to decorate the cupcakes for his class all by himself – I’m sure he was proud to tell them all that he’d made the faces :)

 

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Healthy Instant Pot Recipes

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These healthy instant pot recipes will make you so glad you have an instant pot to help you out on busy days.  Anything that makes healthy eating a little more manageable is pretty worthwhile in my book!

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Ready to try out some new recipes in YOUR instant pot?  Check these out!

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3. Pressure Cooker Applesauce

4. Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

5. Quick Pressure Cooker Bone Broth

6. Pressure Cooker Spaghetti Squash

7. Perfect Baked Sweet Potatoes in the Pressure Cooker

8. Pressure Cooker Mexican Beef

9. Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

10. Simple Veggie Soup in the Instant Pot

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