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All before 10am!

It was back to school today for Brinley after a week off (well only 2 days off for her since she only goes on Tuesdays and Thursdays).  Wouldn’t you know that the morning I have to be up and at ‘em, Nora decides she is going to “sleep in”!?  By sleep in I mean stay happily in her crib until 7:30am instead of screaming to get up at 6:15am.  Anyway, Brinley woke up in a superb mood and got dressed without a fight, off to a great start.  Got Nora up, dressed, fed both girls breakfast and did Brinley’s hair all before Scott was out of the shower, go me!  Ate my own breakfast, got the girls in their jackets, grabbed Brinley’s backpack (Let’s GO!  Sorry, Dora reference) and we’re out the door before 8:30am.

Wait, wait, it gets better.  I have a coupon in my pocket for a FREE, yes free, medium coffee at Dunkin Donuts (because I spent $25 there on my DD card last month) and we’re out of the house early enough for me to make a quick pit stop before heading to school, major score!  I grab my coffee but not without the obligatory munchkin demand from the peanut gallery in the backseat.  We pull in to school and I’m sort of anticipating a bit of crying/separation anxiety from Brinley since its been over a week since she’s been to school.  Much to my surprise she’s asking when she can get out of the car and go see her friends.  I let her out in the car pool lane with a huge smile on her face and I’m on my merry way home.

Nora and I head in the house for some one-on-one play time.  We have just about every toy out of the basket yet she insists on playing with the laundry and a tissue, ah kids!  After enjoying her belly laughs for 40 minutes, she starts to get sloppy which means she’s ready for her morning nap.  I put her in the crib without so much as a peep from her and head down stairs to get my dinner in the crock pot.  Peel, slice, chop, season and here you have it:

Pot Roast
I go throw a load of laundry in the wash and then plant my butt on the couch to watch some morning talk shows, catch up on blog reading, and update my own.  It’s a good day.  All that done by 10am.  Let’s see if we can keep this momentum going.  (I highly doubt it.)

The magical crock pot does it again!

So tonight we had pulled pork sandwiches and they were absolutely delish!  I was very skeptical about how this would turn out and I was extremely surprised.  I can’t take credit for this recipe but I want to share it anyway.  Again, I just used one of the McCormick seasoning packets found in the spice aisle at the grocery store.

Ingredients:

  • 3 lb pork shoulder roast, well trimmed
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • McCormick Slow Cooker Pulled Pork packet

Basically put the pork roast in the crock pot, mix everything else together in a bowl and then pour it over the roast.  Turn the crock pot on and cook for 4 hrs on high or 8 hrs on low.  Near the end of the cook time, remove the pork and shred it with two forks.  Return it to the crock pot and mix it together with the juices.  Let it all heat up for about 20 minutes.

I think the key to this one is getting a nice fresh bulky roll.  It was so sloppy and delicious.  The only issue I had was trying to trim the roast before cooking it.  It’s really hard to cut fat off of raw pork.  So I did my best and then I just cooked it.  What was good was that when I pulled the pork out to shred it, most of the fat just fell off anyway and I threw it away.

I wish I had had some sweet potato fries or corn bread to serve with it, but I did not so we just had it with corn.  Yum!

Crock Pot Savory Pot Roast

Over the past two weeks, I’ve made this twice.  It’s just so easy and so delicious.  Funny thing is, I vividly remember protesting eating pot roast as a child when we’d go to my Nana’s for dinner.  I just remember it being so much more bland than this.  Maybe its the crock pot, the thing is pretty magical :-)

Another confession is that I don’t really have a recipe for this.  I follow the directions on the back of the McCormick seasoning packet (found in the spice aisle at the grocery store).  Why mess with a good, perfect thing?

What you need:

  • 3-4 lb. chuck roast
  • veggies – potatoes, carrots, onion, celery
  • 1 cup water
  • the magical McCormick Savory Pot Roast seasoning packet

Basically just drop it all in the crock pot and cook it for 6-8 hours.  It makes the entire house smell delish and it’s so easy.  Though it’s no secret recipe or anything I’m posting it because a few people asked me about it and now I have a place to send them for the recipe.

Fiesta Chicken

3-4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
1 (1.5 oz.) Packet Taco Seasoning Mix
1 Cup Salsa (Mild, Medium, or Hot)
1 Tbsp. Cornstarch
1/4 Cup Fat Free Sour Cream

Spray crockpot with non-stick butter flavored spray. Place chicken into crockpot. Sprinkle Taco Seasoning Packet on top of chicken. Pour salsa over seasoned chicken. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4 hours.

15 minutes before serving, take chicken out of crockpot. Mix cornstarch with a little water and a little juice from crockpot. Pour mixture back into the crockpot and stir. Add sour cream and stir until smooth. Place chicken back into the crockpot and heat until everything is hot again.

Serves: 6
Per Serving: 179 Calories; 3g Fat (15.9% calories from fat); 27g Protein; 10g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 70mg Cholesterol; 727mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain (Starch); 3 1/2 Lean Meat; 1/2 Vegetable; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates. WWP: 4

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