Another yummy Crockpot chicken recipe

I found some chicken tenders on manager's special pricing this week so I made WAY TOO much of this yummy recipe for Creamy Chicken from the Cozycakes Cottage blog.  In fact, I had to double the ingredients because I had so much chicken.  But that means lots of great leftovers for lunches so it is not so bad.

The weather being cool in the evening and warm in the day just compels me to use my crockpot.  Does it do that to you?

<^..^> Lori


Hey honey

Oh boy!  This looked so good but what drew me to it was the ingredient of honey.  I rarely use honey.  I have a bear shaped bottle of honey next to my tea bags in case someone visiting would want to use it but I don't like it in my tea.  LOL!  This summer we tried a new grill recipe for pineapple that used honey.  I will have to post about that because it was really good.  Anyway, I saw this recipe for Crock Pot Balsamic Pork Roast on Pinterest from Skinnytaste.

I thought it looked good but what really put the icing on the cake was that at the grocery store they had a small package (1.79 lb) of pork tenderloins on manager special.  Do you have a manager special where the meat manager goes through his shelf product and drastically reduces close dated meat before it goes bad?  I often base my meals around these specials.  I save money and try new recipes that I might not otherwise try.  I used the same recipe even though I didn't have 2 pounds of meat and it worked well.

I did have to buy some balsamic vinegar because it is not something I normally stock but I am sure it will make some nice salad dressing down the road.

My family loved it!  

<^..^> Lori


One of my best friends is called the slow cooker or "Crock"

I have long been a fan of the slow cooker or crock pot or just "crock" for short.  Over the years as a working mom, it was a great way to prepare a meal the night before and stick the insert into the fridge.  In the morning, put the insert into the crock and set it to run.  Then no matter if I was late getting home or right on time, dinner was ready.

Now that I have retired from the company after 33 years.  I still love crocks!  I own several of them.  I have two 6 quart versions and one of those units with three small crocks in it.  I use them year round but I especially like to use them in the winter because the house is closed up and the crock makes it smell so good, so homey.

I found a great recipe and wanted to share that it is fool proof.  I am the fool to prove it.  I messed up and added the gravy right in with the broth and chicken.  IT STILL TURNED OUT GREAT!  Hurray!

Here is a link to the blog post where I found the recipe on Ciao Chow Bambina for Chicken & Gravy in the crock.  Doesn't that look yummy?
I served mine over mashed potatoes also.  I made Rhodes parker house dinner rolls plus a salad and my family was VERY happy.

<^..^> Lori


Give your Awana leaders a little "Excitemint"

No, I didn't give up my blogging.  I just stink at keeping up with what is going on in my crafty life.

Jim is the Awana commander for our church.  We like to give the leaders a little treat during the year.  We have a lot of great people that are willing to volunteer their time to work with kids age 3 through 6th grade telling them about the Gospel of Christ.  We thought a thank you was in order.

We had our kickoff meeting for the Awana leaders at church.  I made up a little thank you gift for each of them.  I found Aldi sells Excitemint gum at $.99 for 6 packages.  That made them affordable for me as I would need about 40 packages.  I am all for easy so I printed out labels created in MS Word on Avery 5167 address labels that said "Thank you for your commit "mint" to Awana".  I put one on each package of gum.  Hannah helped me hand them out at the meeting by saying here is a little "Excitemint" for you to start of the Awana year right.

I got the seed idea for this treat from one of my all time favorite Ladies Ministry bloggers, Julia Bettencourt.  She has a section she wrote on using different types of candy bars with catchy phrases for table favors and thank you notes.  When I saw this gum brand, I knew it would work.

<^..^> Lori


Free Valentine download from Jennifer McGuire

Don't miss Jennifer's cute tutorial to make a great calorie free Valentine here.  Jennifer is the real deal crafter keeping us informed with great ideas and great videos and now this great free download.  I am so grateful when people share their talents.

I ordered the card decks from Amazon by following her link.  It got here in 2 days.  I printed the free download and made them in super fast time.  They are going to be treats for kids in our Sunday school class and our Awana class.

Here they are…

<^..^> Lori


Just posting this under the wire

Merry CHRISTmas to you!  I rejoice that the God of the universe saw mankind could not reconcile to Him by obeying the law described in the old testament of the Bible.  So He sent the Word, His Son, to earth to pay for our sins.  Jesus chose to empty Himself of His glory and come to earth in the form of a man for our sakes.  He didn't have to do it.  God could have wiped out mankind and started over or given up on mankind.  But that wasn't His plan.  Instead He sent us a wonderful gift through His Son!

I pray that you know all about that gift and have accepted it so you may rejoice with me!  If not, please seek a Bible believing church in your area to hear the message of the Gospel of Christ.  It is life changing to all who hear and believe.

In Jesus name, Amen

<^..^> Lori


Christmas Treat

I did make some time to create a little Christmas gift for the pastors wives this week.  I had bought some dollar bin chocolates from Target with the idea of dressing them up for a Christmas gift.  I almost forgot about them but I spied them last night.  So I put them in glassine bags and prettied them up for Christmas.   I made 6 of them.  They are similar but not exactly the same.  I haven't figured out how I am going to label them yet but I decided to get a picture of them before the thought fell out of my brain.

<^..^> Lori