Sweet Shredded BBQ Crockpot Chicken

This is one of my favorite, no fail recipes that my whole family loves.

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Ingredients
3-4 frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce (I used Sweet Baby Rays “Sweet Vadalia Onion”)
1 small bottle of Italian dressing
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup of brown sugar

Instructions
Put the chicken in the crockpot. Mix other ingredients separately and pour over chicken. Cook on high for 4 hours. Take some forks and shred the chicken. Place back in sauce. Keep warm until you serve. Serve shredded BBQ goodness on buns or plain.

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We ate ours with Trader Joe’s tater tots and corn on the cob. So easy, so delicious!

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Mini Pizzas

In February, my MOPs group got the kids together to exchange valentines and make pizza. The ladies that arranged everything used mini biscuits for the dough (already in perfect portions or each child.) I’ve been wanting to try this recipe for a while, but everything lined up to do it tonight. I already had most of the ingredients. I picked up the biscuits at the store-on sale 10 for $10…Score!

This recipe is EASY…great for little hands! My kids, especially the girls, love to help cook! Just grab pizza sauce, shredded cheese, and any toppings you want. Spread out the mini biscuits on a greased baking sheet and top to your liking. Use the baking instructions on the biscuit packaging. Ours was 400 degrees for 8 minutes.

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Mini pizzas were a hit!

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Spring Break at Home-Day 3

This morning, I had the hardest time waking up.  I really got started when I decided to get dressed.  I did let the kids watch a little more TV this morning then usual, but I was able to do my devotion and read for at least 15 minutes uninterrupted (a daily goal of mine.)  My poor coffee though.  I had to microwave it at least twice and, by then, its whole chemical make up had changed. I never finished it.

At this point, it had been microwaved twice.

At this point, it had been microwaved twice.

 

I didn’t have a specific craft idea for the kids today and left them to themselves for most of the afternoon.  The activities they chose really show their personalities:

 

I even spied the older two silent reading at one time or another today while I was cleaning.  This makes my heart so happy!

 

My one major goal today was to bake something.  Origianlly, I wanted to do Snickerdoodles and then discovered I didn’t have all the ingredients.  I looked up “easy cookie recipes” online and found one for Peanut Butter cookies.  My sweet princess girl was the only one interested in helping.

 

Afterwords, we got ready and met Daddy at the local kids’ museum.  We only had about an hour before closing time, but it was great and most families had already gone home.  We all but had the place to ourselves.

 

Afterwords, we Redboxed Rise of the Guardians for the third time.  We’re watching it as I type, movie-theater style, with every single light in the house turned off.

Another great day.  (I even managed a few rounds of laundry!)

Spring Breat at Home-Day 2

Today was a busy day.  It was a MOPs morning and they provided child care not only for my preschooler, but my school-aged kids as well.  We all had a nice break from each other and our speaker today gave us some really great info today about Kindergarten readiness and many general parenting practices.  She let us in on some good resources, including this book:  How to Behave So Your Children Will Too by Sal Severe.  I’m excited about checking it out soon.  (I love the self-test on the back cover.  It made me LOL.)  The kids got to play, craft, and snack.  We all came home better for it.

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We had a simple lunch and then I brought out the craft box to attempt the “recipe” I found last night, Coffee Filter Flowers, on Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.

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Before I could get it together, the girls went off the grid and started to improvise with markers, clothes pins, and pom poms.

The clothes pins went from stripey worms to fuzzy caterpillars-a real metamorphosis.

We finally got to the coffee filter flowers and I realized I didn’t have a key ingredient for this recipe: the pipe cleaners.  Yet another opportunity for me to stretch my patience muscles.  They enjoyed coloring the filters with markers and spraying them with water to watch the colors run.  That was about the extent of that, but it was fun.

It was so nice, we went outside.  There was bike riding and running. My sister called and we met her and my nephews at the park for another hour.

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Another great day.  Lots of crafting and Vitamin D.

Spring Break at Home-Day 1

How did Spring Break sneak up on me? Easter weekend is over.  All of the kids are home.  For a week.

It’s Monday.  I wanted to make sure we weren’t parked in front of the TV all day with Wii games, DVD’s, etc.  (That’s so tempting, especially coming off of such a big weekend.)  I got onto Pinterest and looked at my “Kiddos” board for some help.  I came across this pin from a while back that I’d never done. (That’s like 98.5% of my other pins.)  BINGO!

After a wonderful lunch of Easter leftovers at my parents and some great outdoor time, we headed over to one of my absolute favorites, the teacher supply store, where we picked up beads, pom poms, and dice.  We got those cute, squatty rocket water bottles {Deer Park Aqua Pods} at the grocery store, and super glue at the drug store.

The process was REALLY simple:

1. Drink or empty the water down to half-full.

2. Fill the bottle with beads, dice (full disclosure: kind of hard to fit), pom poms, etc.

3. Fill the water bottle to full.

4. Super glue the top back on to the bottle and let it dry.

5. Enjoy!

It’s amazing how mesmerizing those little floaty bottles really are.  This craft “recipe” is geared toward toddlers, but my 6 and 7-year-olds enjoyed it as well. My girls made bracelets with the left over beads.

{This craft is brought to you by Pink Pistachio.  Another great website/blog!}

I’m gonna get on the ball tonight and do some more “recipe” planning for the rest of the week. Stay tuned!