Crockpot Barbecue Recipe (Perfect for Derby Day!)

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I posted this Crockpot Barbecue recipe a few months back – but I wanted to remind you guys to get out and enjoy this beautiful weather and this dinner makes that super-easy!  My recipe uses a pork roast – but you can switch out chicken breasts or thighs for scrumptious results too :) (I’m using chicken tonight)

Also check out Kasey’s yummy Crockpot Chicken with Homemade Barbecue Sauce

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Easy Kentucky Derby Pie Recipe

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Easy Kentucky Derby Pie Recipe

Just a reminder to give this pie a try this weekend, Derby Day 2015 is on May 2 this year!!

Kentucky Derby Pie is a beautiful beast of a pie.  Simply put, it’s pecan pie with chocolate chips. But that is not what your mouth will tell you. Your mouth will tell you “OHMYGAH- thank you for this chocolatey, nutty, gooey, flaky, beast!”  It’s just so darn good your mouth will probably need another piece or two to do it justice.  You’d best bake a double batch…. (I do!)

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How to Make a LEGO Cake

How to Make an EASY LEGO Cake

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Jamie here!  Having four boys means I make a lot of birthday cakes that revolve around super-heros, Star Wars, dinosaurs and LEGO’s.  If you’re looking to do a themed birthday cake but are looking for something SUPER-easy, a LEGO cake is your new best-friend :)  You can probably guess how to make a LEGO cake just by looking at the picture, but there are a just  a couple tips you might want to know going in.

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This is basically a rectangular cake, with 6 cupcakes on top (that have been sawed in half to make them shorter).  Frost the whole thing over in your kiddo’s favorite color and it’s party time!  I especially like that it’s easy to coordinate with primary colors – my colorful banner and napkins were random clearance finds that were just waiting to be used.

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What you’ll need:

To make this cake, all you need are two boxed cake mixes, an 11 x 13 cake pan and a cupcake pan. For the frosting, if you’re going to make buttercream frosting, you’ll want food color, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and a dash of milk.   Although a set of Wilton cake decorating tips are certainly handy (and solve the problem of spreading crumbs around) – they’re not strictly necessary for this.

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Directions:

Make the large cake and the cupcakes according to the directions on the box.  Let them all cool completely before assembling – in fact, you’ll want to stick your six cupcakes in the freezer for a good hour or so.  When you take them out they’ll be much easier to slice with a knife – otherwise they’d probably just squish while you were sawing away.

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Once you’ve cut off the cupcake tops, you’ll have six circular stumps – these will be your LEGO “studs”.  Using a little dollop of frosting as glue – place them on top of the rectangular cake so that they resemble a real LEGO.

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Mix up a batch of frosting and add food color – I recommend gel food color for a really vivid tint.  I try to pinch pennies anywhere I can, but you just can’t beat the color you get from gel.  Trying to drop more and more liquid food color into your icing to achieve the same color just ruins the consistency of the frosting.

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Using a piping bag (or a gallon-size freezer bag with the corner snipped off, if you don’t have an icing bag), go with one of the star-shaped decorating tips.  It won’t leave a nice smooth finish, but it’s sure fast and easy.  (If you want a truly smooth and shiny finish, you’d probably have to learn how to do fondant – and even I’m not that brave yet!)

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For the sides of the cake, simply smooth frosting on with a knife.  I also smoothed the sides of the “studs” so they’d stand out a little more from the cake.

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*Easy Buttercream Icing

  • 1 lb confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 stick butter or margarine
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3-5  tbsp. of milk

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Check out some more kids birthday cakes we’ve posted in the past!

 

Easy Cheesy Potato Soup Recipe! (Slow-Cooker & Stovetop Version)

Easy Cheesy Potato Soup Recipe {Slow-Cooker Version}

It seems like it has been raining for weeks here in East Tennessee.  I’m talking ark-building weather here, folks.  And since rainy days are about the only excuse after winter’s over for making potato soup – I plan to take full advantage of this flood to get one last crockpot full of cheesy potato goodness in my belly!

(Of course, evne in the warm months I do somehow manage to meet my cheesy potato quota with these grilled potatoes in foil ;)

Here my recipe for Cheesy Potato Soup that is SURE to be a crowd pleaser!

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Easy Chicken Piccata Recipe {Includes Healthy Version }

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A couple of weeks ago, my son and I went to Olive Garden for our date night. They had a new citrus grilled chicken that was absolutely amazing!! I recently found this recipe and thought I’d try to make it at home. You can change up this recipe to make it even more healthy. When I make it I’m going to leave out the flour and either use whole grain noodles or just leave out the noodles entirely. Serve with a side of steamed veggies and a green salad for a healthy meal!

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Crock-Pot Cola Ham Recipe (Take advantage of Post-Easter Ham Sales!)

Crock-Pot Cola Ham

With all the stores trying to get rid of their Easter hams, you can get some pretty good deals right now.  Might as well grab one and cook it up with this easy recipe – then feast on the leftovers for lunch all week!

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