Crock Pot Shredders

Shredded Pork
Ingredients:

  • 1 Pork Shoulder
  • kosher salt
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • Preferred seasonings (I like creole and seasoned salt)

Directions:
Season or rub your pork shoulder and put in crock pot with salt and wet ingredients poured over top. Cook on high 8 to 10 hours and shred with two forks or with a beater on low.
Perfect for sammies, sliders, or even pork nachos!

Shredded Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 tbsp Italian salad dressing
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar or honey
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • kosher salt

Directions:
Cook on high in crock pot 4 1/2 – 5 hours, shred chicken with forks or a beater on low, serve.

Shredded Beef
Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 pounds chuck roast
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • kosher salt
  • desired seasonings
    Directions:
    Cook on low 6-8 hours, shred, enjoy!
    Great for tacos, sandwiches, sliders, or nachos!
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Christmas Goodies

Every year at Christmas time, my mom and I make all sorts of Christmas goodies. The kitchen counters are littered with wax paper and crock pots full of melted chocolate. Here are a few of the treats we like to make during the holiday season.

Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Crackers                                                                            It’s as simple as it sounds. Use round Ritz crackers and peanut butter to make an oreo type sandwich. Dip them in melted chocolate and cool until hardened. It’s a simple concept but it turns out really yummy!

Peppermint Bark                                                                                                                            This one is very easy and one of my personal favorites! All you need is peppermints or candy canes and white chocolate bark.

Put the unwrapped peppermint candies in a freezer bag and smash them into chunks and crumbs. They need to be easy to chew up in bite. Melt the chocolate bark in a crock pot, or on the stove. Line a flat, baking sheet with wax paper and spread your peppermint crumbs on the sheet. Pour the melted chocolate over the candy pieces and spread it evenly. Refrigerate it until hardened. Once the white chocolate is hardened, break the sheet into bite size chunks. And that’s it!

Dipped Pretzels                                                                                                                         Again, another very easy one. You will need a bag of hard pretzels, melted chocolate and sprinkles if you want. You can use white and milk chocolate. Melt your chocolate and dip the pretzels. Lay them on a sheet of wax paper to dry. I like to dip in milk chocolate and drizzle a bit of white chocolate across the tops in a zig zag pattern. You can mix it up with the chocolates and use sprinkles where you like. I personally like to use red and green sprinkles on the white chocolate.

Candied Pecans                                                                                                                                For this you will need shelled pecans, sugar, egg whites, and cinnamon. Whisk one egg white and one teaspoon of vanilla until frothy. Put one pound of pecans in a gallon size freezer bag and coat the pecans with the egg white mix. Then, add one cup of sugar and about two tea spoons of cinnamon to the bag and coat the pecans with the cinnamon and sugar until even. Pour the pecans onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Peanut butter Balls/ Buck Eyes                                                                                              This one can be done one of two ways. Just plain peanut butter balls call for 16oz of powdered sugar, one cup of peanut butter, one teaspoon of vanilla, and three table spoons of softened butter. Mix all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and chill. Once your mixture is chilled, roll out ping pong sized balls in your hand or you can use a watermelon ball scooper. Refrigerate the peanut butter balls and keep chilled until serving. If you want to make them buck eyes,  just dip the balls in melted milk chocolate and allow to dry. When you pull the chocolate covered balls off of the wax paper, you will see a small circle of the peanut butter peaking through the chocolate at the bottom. This resembles the pupils of a buck’s eye ball. Hence the name ‘buck eyes’.

 

Super Simple Sweet Potato Pie                                                                                                This is a recipe that I used on Christmas day to take over to my mom’s house. I used one small can of yams, two table spoons of butter, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, two table spoons of sugar, and about a teaspoon of cinnamon. I mashed the yams until smooth and mixed all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Then I poured the mix into a graham cracker pie crust and baked it at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. Then I took it out and placed marshmallows over the top of the whole pie and made some marshmallow cream by microwaving a handful of marshmallows with a splash of milk and stirred in a teaspoon of vanilla until smooth. I poured the marshmallow cream over top of the pie, filling the spaces between the whole marshmallows. From there, I topped the cream with cinnamon and graham cracker crumbs.

 

These have been a few of the simplest Christmas goody recipes that my mom and I like to make each year. If you would like to see more like these, leave me a request in the comments for a recipe or idea for something yummy for the holidays!

Crock Pot Potato Soup

Now that it’s winter time, every one wants something nice and warm for dinner. Some comfort food. One of my favorite winter time dinners is potato soup. It’s yummy and it’s one of those meals that, as my dad would say, ‘sticks to the ribs’. That basically means it’s a good hearty meal that will fill you up and keep you full.  The best thing about this recipe, is that you can throw it in the crock pot and forget about it for a while until dinner time! Here’s the recipe that my mom and I have always used, but feel free to spice it up a bit to your liking!

Ingredients:

1 bag frozen hash browns. You can find them at almost any grocery store in the frozen foods section, but you could easily dice your own potatoes if you’d like.

28 oz chicken broth

1 can cream of chicken soup

salt

pepper

8 oz cream cheese

Optional:

Bacon Bits

Shredded Cheese

Chives for Garnish

Directions:

Combine the hash browns or your dice potatoes, chicken broth, cream of chicken soup, salt and pepper in the crock pot and cook on low for 5 hours. 30 minutes before serving, add your block of cream cheese and stir occasionally to give your soup a creamy texture. You can top with shredded cheese and chives if you wanna make it fancy. My dad usually mixes in a generous handful of shredded cheddar into his for even more creamy deliciousness! I prefer bacon bits in mine. They could be store bought, packaged bacon bits, or bacon that you fried up at home and crumbled in. Either way, I feel like the bacon adds a different texture element and a nice flavor to the soup. Of course, feel free to make it your own, get creative, and stay warm this winter!

Four Easy Dessert Recipes for Couples on a Budget

Sometimes you want something sweet but don’t exactly have the coin to rush to the grocery store and pick up a bakery fresh cake or maybe you don’t have the ingredients to whip up a fresh batch of homemade cookies. Here are four tasty dessert ideas that I have used along my journey of young married life and motherhood on a budget.


1.  Strawberry Shortcakes

Get you some strawberries, a can of whipped cream, some mini shortcakes, and maybe even some chocolate syrup or hot fudge ice cream topping. Stem and chop your strawberries into four slices, place them in a bowl and top with sugar. Put your bowl of strawberries in the fridge. This should really be done well before dinner is started as it takes a while for the strawberries to caramelize. You may want to bake or toast your mini shortcakes until lightly golden brown. When you’re ready to make your shortcakes, take the strawberries from the fridge, they should be swimming in a syrupy red juice by now. Spoon some of the berries and juice onto your cakes and top with whipped cream and chocolate syrup or whatever else you think would be yummy! You could even serve with ice cream or cheesecake! Yum!

2.  Apple Pie Ice Cream

No, not pie and ice cream. We’re talking new and improved, all- in-one! Grab a can of apple (or any other fruit) pie filling, throw it in a pan and bake it up baker’s man! It doesn’t need long at all. Take it out of the oven, let it cool just a minute, and spoon it over vanilla ice cream. You can top it with chocolate syrup or caramel ice cream topping, even cinnamon! It’s so yummy and an easy-to-do spin on an American classic!

3.  Wannabe Sweet Potato Casserole

If you’re like me, you always buy one too many of most things, then after the holidays, you’re left with cans of yams and cranberry sauce that has no use for another year. So here’s and idea! Grab that can of yams, some puff cream or marshmallows, and some graham crackers. In a pan, layer the crackers, yams, and marshmallows and bake. Done! You could even crumble some graham crackers on top if you wanna get a little extra fancy! Then just dig in! It’s ooey, gooey, yummy, and it’s quick and easy to make, plus it’s so fun to eat!

4.   Not Quite S’mores

Something my mom showed me that her mom used to make when my mom was growing up. Salted Ritz crackers covered in mini marshmallows and baked (or nuked) and topped with chocolate and/or caramel syrup and bam! It’s sweet and salty meets crunchy and smooth. A great treat for cold days with hot chocolate and a movie, snuggled up in your pj’s and fuzzy socks with a warm blanket with your honey! There’s not much in this world better than that!