Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Chicken stock/broth - slow cooker

This free and easy broth/stock will heighten the flavor of all your dishes! I do not add salt or pepper to the stock so that I can personalize it to fit any dish.

Thanksgiving Turkey - Day before prep = Day of ease

Easy... Beautiful.... Delicious.... Moist.... etc. 

Friday, September 25, 2015

The transformation tour

It's been a wild ride and a wonderful 7 years in the making... thank you for all your prayers and support. Enjoy the tour:

Monday, July 20, 2015

Brown Sugar and Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin - Slow Cooker

Brown Sugar and Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin
Recipe from Let’s Dish and Burn This Mama Down

Thai Coconut Pork Curry - Slow Cooker

Thai Coconut Pork Curry - Slow Cooker
2 pork tenderloins (1 package) - cut into 3 inch sections
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 TBS olive oil
1 medium onion - coarsely chopped
4 cloves garlic - minced
1 1/2 TBS mild red curry paste
3/4 tsp tumeric
1 TBS cumin
3 TBS ginger root - grated
1 can (14.5 oz) diced onions - undrained
1 can unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 cup stock (chicken or vegetable)
Steamed rice, cilantro and green onions

Place pork in crock pot.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Heat olive oil in skillet. Add the onion, garlic, ginger, cumin and turmeric and cook over low heat, stirring, until fragrant and the onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Add curry paste and combine. Scrape the mixture into the slow cooker.
Add the tomatoes (undrained), coconut milk and stock.
Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
Serve over steamed rice
Top with chopped cilantro and sliced green onions

Inspired by: Food & Wine

Friday, July 3, 2015

Parmesan Honey Pork Tenderloin - Slow Cooker

2 boneless pork tenderloins
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup honey
3 Tbsp soy sauce
3 Tbsp dried basil
3 Tbsp minced garlic
2 Tbsp olive oil

Cut tenderloins width ways into 3-4 pieces each.
Place pork in slow cooker.
In a small bowl, combine the cheese, honey, soy sauce, basil, garlic and oil.
Pour over pork.
Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 160°.

Adapted from:

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Slow Cooker Tikka Masala

Slow Cooker Tikka Masala
Picture next time...

Ground Beef Gyros

Ground Beef Gyros
1 lb lean ground beef
1 1⁄2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt (optional)
3⁄4 teaspoon pepper

Recommended toppings:
pita bread
3 cups shredded lettuce
1 large tomatoes, sliced or diced
1 red onion, thinly sliced.
Tzatziki Sauce

  1. If needed: prepare and refrigerate Tzatziki Sauce
  2. Add beef and spices to a food processor or stand mixer and process until a fine paste is formed into a ball, approximately 1-3 minutes. Stop the processor as needed to scrape down sides of bowl.
  3. Press into a loaf pan and bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes - or as my lovely and talented friend Julie suggested: form a loaf and bake on a broiling pan to skip step 4. 
  4. Remove from pan immediately and allow excess juices to drain off (onto paper towels or from a cooling rack)
  5. Beginning on the bottom, thinly slice meat. 
  6. (Optional: place sliced meat under the broiler until extra browning occurs)
  7. Serve on pita bread (or tortillas) with lettuce, onion, tomato and Tzatziki Sauce
Optional: make extra and freeze it raw - I freeze it in 2 lb increments in a quart sized freezer bag.

Tzatziki Sauce

Tzatziki Sauce

1 cup Greek yogurt
1 cucumber - peeled, chopped, & squeezed
3/4 tsp dried dill weed
1 clove garlic
1/2 tsp white vinegar
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 TBS olive oil
Salt and pepper to tast
- Blend to combine

Sunday, May 10, 2015

WWII Honor Flight Welcome - How we preschool

For the 70th Anniversary of V-E Day we celebrated with WWII vets by welcoming them to Washington, D.C.

The Vets thoroughly enjoyed the boys...

....and the boys loved the Veterans

Monday, April 20, 2015


I buy the big bag of garlic heads for a measly $3.49 from Costco. It lasts months and months on top of the fridge in the winter but it's getting warmer and I don't want to lose the last 3 heads. Rumor has it that you can freeze the peeled cloves in a ziploc and freeze it. The only thing is I hate peeling garlic.

I saw this trick somewhere on the internet. You break the cloves off the head and place them in a bowl.

Place another bowl over the top of the first, crank up the dance music, and shake, shake, shake. The more you shake the looser the skins become.

Shake it enough and all the skins fall off or... give it to the preschoolers to shake and learn all about the delicious and nutritious biology lesson.

 As a bonus you can turn it into a service project if you have an arthritic family member who didn't want their garlic to go bad.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

O is for ostrich - ignore the sub par octopus - preschool craft

I am still loving the ostrich but the octopus could use some love. Ugh he's in rough shape. Here I was overly concerned with the ostrich and it shows.

c is for the very hungry caterpillar - preschool craft

Paired with a reading of Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar this is an easy one to master.

M is for monkey - preschool craft

I searched and searched for a monkey I loved. I found inspiration from this adorable print by Jen Montgomery. 

k is for king and q is for queen - preschool letter craft

The k is for king is all over the internet but he was lonely with only a capital Q for queen. I paired the two as lowercase letter... though the king still wins curb appeal:

W is for whale & waterspout - preschool craft

I'm cleaning up my computer and finding all sorts of previously unposted blog updates... oops.

You've seen W is for Whale everywhere... but I loved tacking on a w is for waterspout. So there you go...

Thai Peanut Chicken - Slow Cooker

This is altered from: Rival's "Crock Pot Best Loved Slow Cooker Recipes"

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sweet Italian Sausage - uses

Southwestern Pumpkin and Sausage Soup
Italian Chicken and Sausage

Chicken Thigh/Breast Uses

These are interchangeable with boneless skinless thighs or breasts but I sorted them by my preferred cut:

Italian Chicken and Sausage - Slow Cooker
Tikka Masala - Slow Cooker
Thai Peanut Chicken - Slow Cooker
Baked Maple Dijon Chicken - Budget Bytes
Baked Balsamic Chicken Thighs - Budget Bytes
Baked Honey Sriracha Chicken Thighs -Budget Bytes
Chicken Adobo - Slow Cooker -
One Pot Paprika Chicken Thighs -
Creole Chicken Stew - Slow Cooker -
Jerk Chicken - Slow Cooker to Oven - Budget Bytes

Basil Lime Chicken - grilled -
Quick Marinade For Grilled Chicken Breast - 101 Cooking for Two
Melt in your mouth chicken - baked
Tandoori Chicken - Budget Bytes
Teriyaki Chicken - Slow Cooker -
Slow-Cooker General Tsos Chicken -
Tuscan Garlic Chicken -
Skinny Honey Lemon Chicken -

Thigh or Breast:
Slow Cooker to Oven Enchiladas
Thai Peanut Chicken - Slow Cooker
Fiesta Chicken - Slow Cooker
Moist Cheddar Garlic oven-fried Chicken -
Zesty Slow Cooker Chicken Barbecue Recipe -
Honey Sesame Chicken
Baked Garlic Asiago Chicken -
Key West Chicken -
Honey Balsamic Chicken Tenders -

Bone in Skin on chicken:
Greek Marinated Chicken - Budget Bytes
Jerk Chicken - Slow Cooker to Oven- Budget Bytes
Amazing Middle Eastern Chicken - slow cooker to oven - Budget Bytes (see comment picture below)

Greek Yogurt Tartar Sauce

1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
2 TBS white onions, finely minced
2 TBS dill pickles, finely minced
2 TBS vinegar from dill pickles
1 TBS Chopped Capers (optional)
1 TBS Dijon Mustard
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
dash of salt.

Combine ingredients and keep refrigerated until ready to serve - max of 5 days.

Greek Yogurt Uses

Tzatziki Sauce for Greek food
This delicious sauce for Middle Eastern Food
Greek Yogurt Tartar Sauce

Use it instead of sour cream to compliment food
Stonyfield® published a fantastic PDF of different ways to substitute for other high fat options
With a cake mix to make a delicious high protein low-fat cake
In this amazing chicken breast recipe

Italian Chicken and Sausage - Slow Cooker

This is slightly altered from Slow Cooker Basalmic Chicken and Sausage from Popular Paleo.

Yogurt Garlic Sauce

Yogurt Garlic Sauce

This is a copy and paste because I am always terrified that recipes will disappear from the internet.

16 oz. plain cold yogurt
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
salt to taste

In a small mixing bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, and salt. Mix well. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 5 days.