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9.01.2014

What's For Supper: Menu September 1, 2014

I hope everyone is enjoying their long Labor Day weekend. We are calling it our second Sunday and truly making it a day of rest. It is hard to get re-calibrated, post-summer break, to the back-to-school clock, so the timing of this holiday is always a nice reprieve. For the menu this week, the popular Chicken Dumpling casserole returns, so, as I cook the chicken for that favorite, I will include extra for use when we make our Chicken spaghetti (essentially it's shredded chicken in marinara rather than the typical beef or sausage). It's a nice change the kids will enjoy, too. The Italian sausage and brats were on sale last week, and I had a meat department coupon for our favorite grocer, which played a role in both showing up on the menu this week. I am looking forward to making the Apple Cider Bundt cake; it's a new recipe and I will share the results with you in the near future. 
Happy September, everyone!

What's For Supper: Menu September 1, 2014

8.31.2014

Faith Comes By Hearing #52

Choose friends carefully way of wicked leads astray Proverbs12:26


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Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs
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8.30.2014

Queso Blanco Cheese Dip: Slow Cooker

We've always enjoyed making our gatherings into events, whether it's a game day, birthday, or holiday, we like to go big. Early in the day, the slow cookers are already heating the sides, the grill or smoker is hot with the main course, the fridge is chilling the dessert, and the hubby has already set up the inflatable mascot in the front yard. Mealtime is either halftime or just after the final whistle, depending on kickoff.
But I find that the forgotten ingredient in many gatherings are the snacks that fill the gaps between seated meals. This is where I rely on my smallest slow cooker and this recipe for Queso Blanco Dip. 

Queso Blanco Dip and Chips
Queso Blanco Dip and Chips...ready for a party!

8.27.2014

Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs

The hubby is a big fan of barbecue sauce and dry rubs. He likes to use both on his wings, ribs, and chicken. We usually rub the meat the night before (regardless of method - smoker, grill, or, as we did here, slow cooker), then cook it dry. About an hour from the end of cooking, add the barbecue sauce to add another layer of flavor. This rub-sauce combination is savory without being hot...just right in my book. The house fills with a mouthwatering aroma from these Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs. The slow cooking method just makes the process so convenient and fail proof. The ribs are fall off the bone tender and delicious. 

Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs
Fall off the bone...finger lickin' good!

8.25.2014

What's For Supper: Menu August 25, 2014

This week I have to purchase chicken breasts for the Cobb Salad and the Chicken Strata Divan. I already have the smoked sausage  as well as the ground beef (sirloin). I had a big package of pork chops last week, so I had 3 chops left over that I cut into strips for the stir fry this week. With 4 proteins already on hand, my shopping is simplified. As a practice, I try to buy 2 proteins (chicken, pork, beef, etc) when on sale and freeze one for later use. When I check the sales, if I cannot find a second...well, this week we are covered.
Shepherd's Pie is a great recipe using mashed potatoes, green beans, carrots, and corn; during garden season, this is a great way to use leftovers that are not full servings, thus cleaning out the fridge while making a family favorite.

What's For Supper: Menu August 25, 2014
What's For Supper: Menu August 25, 2014

8.24.2014

Faith Comes By Hearing #51

Proverbs 16:3 Commit your work unto the Lord, then it will succeed.
 
 
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Easy Game Day Snack Mix
 
 
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