Easy Crock Pot Chicken Zucchini

Y’all know when it comes to cooking, I like it fast and easy.  While cooking in a crock pot is not necessarily fast, it is definitely easy. 

Here’s what you need:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 6 or so zucchini
  • 9 or so small potatoes
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • seasonings to taste

Here’s what you do:

I start out with about 4 frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts.  I put those in the crock pot first.

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I then cut up and added several (and yes I used all 6 pictured here) zucchini and lots of potatoes.  I would have put more potatoes in, but I was trying to control myself.

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I added some seasonings to taste and 2 cans of cream of chicken soup, not pictured.  This time I used reduced sodium (go me!!) soup and added several cans of water to fill up the crock pot. 

I cooked on low for 6 hours and the chicken was soooo tender!  The first night we usually just have it in a bowl as shown.  You can also serve this over rice or noodles.  It was yummy for my tummy!

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I do make more than we would eat for one meal as I love this as leftovers!  It reheats well. 

Let me know if you try it and what you thought!

(((hugs))) ~lisa

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Easy drawer knobs makeover

So my hubby, aka Mr Awesome, painted the desk that we purchased off of Craigslist that went into my office.  The knobs were plain and I went to the store to purchase some newer ones.  Wouldn’t you know it, all the knobs I like were 8 bucks a piece!!  No way was I going to pay that.  So what did I do?  I bought some super cheap ones for about $.70 each and covered them with fabric. 

I gathered my supplies:

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  • Drawer knob, $.70 at my local hardware store
  • Fabric, $.80 and I clearly bought more than enough
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Mod Podge
  • Applicator

Basically I traced the lid of the Mod Podge onto the back of the fabric to get a circle larger than the face of the knob. 

I cut it out and then used the applicator to put some Mod Podge on the face of the drawer knob.  I placed the knob on the material and let it set for a few moments and then turned it and set it on the base and let it dry.

Next, I cut notches around the material that had since dried to the top of the knob, so when I glued those down they wouldn’t be too bulky.  I applied the Mod Podge and tucked the material around the knobs.  I then let those set until dry.

Now to attach them to the desk. 

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I think they turned out pretty good and I like how it pulls the color of the wall (True Turquoise by Glidden). 

When I mentioned above that they didn’t turn out perfectly here’s what I’m talking about.  On one of them it’s a little bit uneven on the underside.

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On another you can see the gaps in the material.

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All in all, for about $3, I’m very pleased with how they turned out. 

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Have you tried any DIY projects lately?

(((hugs))) ~lisa

Easy Peach Cobbler

You’ve seen the pics on Pinterest of the easy peach cobbler, right?  Well I decided to try my hand at making them for dessert tonight.  We had just finished eating my easy crock pot pepper steak and I had high hopes for this cobbler. 

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Here’s what you need:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 dash salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 stick melted butter
  • 1 can peaches pie filling, diced
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • Brown sugar to taste

The recipe I used actually called for 2 cans of peaches but I apparently didn’t read that closely when I was buying the ingredients so that’s how I ended up with the peach pie filling.  What can I say, things happen.  haha!!!

Here’s what you do:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Put 1 tsp of melted butter into each regular-sized muffin tin

Combine the sugar, flour, baking powder, salt and milk by hand

Put 2 T of batter into each muffin tin on top of the melted butter

Next, put 1 T of the diced peaches on top of the batter in each tin

Sprinkle with the brown sugar and cinnamon to taste

Bake for 12 minutes

Now I must share a little secret.  I put too much butter in about 1/2 of the tins.  Again, I *thought* I had read the directions to say  1 T of butter when in fact, it is 1 tsp of butter.  I didn’t panic or start over.  I just went with it and followed the rest of the directions.

I put them in the oven and then I thought…well they aren’t looking *right*.  I didn’t have any pics to compare them to so I just had to hope for the best.

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Again, I apologize that my photography skills seem a little off lately.  I had the flash on and it made everything look so much brighter than it actually looked in person. 

Well I waited the 12 minutes and pulled them out.  They smelled so yummy and when we tried them I found out they turned out great!!! I was doing a ::happy dance:: I was so happy! 

Here’s the finished product.

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Yes that is correct.  There are three mini cobblers on my plate.  Don’t judge me!  haha!!

(((hugs))) ~lisa

 

 

Easy Crock Pot Pepper Steak

Today I made a really delicious supper that was super quick and easy!

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Here’s what you need:

  • 1 lb beef stew meat
  • 1/2 c chopped onion
  • 1 large green bell pepper, sliced into big strips
  • 3 T soy sauce
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • 1 large can stewed tomatoes with liquid

Now please remember that I “modify” my recipes and usually make them the same way each time.  But not always!  This is how I made it this time.

Here’s what you do:

I lightly coated the stew meat with cornstarch and put it in the bottom of the crock pot.

I then added the bell pepper and onion and then the stewed tomatoes.  I added about 1/2 a can of water. 

I poured the soy sauce on next and also sprinkled some garlic powder over it all.

I set the the crock pot on low for 6 hours, serve over a bed of rice and that’s it!  See?  Easy peasy!

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And yes, I know that this pic is not the best but by the time I realized it I had already eaten my meal!  It was that good! 🙂

(((hugs))) ~lisa

 

 

We are bananas for you!!

I made a super cute little craft for my grandkids and nieces and I thought I’d share with y’all because it was so easy! 

You will need:

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Several boxes of Runts candy – Depending on how many you are making will determine the number of boxes that need to be purchased.  I bought 7 and it was enough to harvest enough to do 9 projects with 15 pieces of candy in each.  Now if someone tells me there’s a way to just buy the banana part that would be genius. 

Monkey stickers – the inspiration for this project came from this “I’m bananas for you” that I have on my Pinterest board – Cute and fun ideas to make.  If you take a peek you will see that my version will save you some time and possibly some sanity. 

See through pouches or sandwich bags – I opted for the little bags that you can find at most craft stores.  If I hadn’t had these on hand then I was going to use a sandwich bag and just tie it up an attach the card to that. 

White cardstock – I had these that are a fun shape but square cards would work just as well.

Ribbon – I bought a color that I thought would coordinate with my monkey stickers.

Hole punch – to punch out the holes to put the ribbon through

I laid out how I thought I would place the monkey sticker on the card

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I then wrote on the cards and determined where I wanted to place my holes for the ribbon.  I punched out the holes and placed it on the banana filled bag and marked where the holes were so I could punch them out. 

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For some reason when I put on the monkey stickers I placed them all the way in the corner and that resulted in some “empty” space that I’m not totally happy with. 

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And here’s how it all turned out!  I hope the grandkids and nieces like it!

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(((hugs))) ~lisa