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Archive for January, 2013

valentine’s day craft

Another holiday, another craft with tiny handprints Smile  I love these little hands so much and wish they could stay this small forever…DSC_0026

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crockpot chicken and homemade twix bars

It’s been way too long since I shared any recipes, so I have two good ones for you today!  I recently bought a whole chicken with all intentions of roasting it in the oven.  However, I later remembered that I had a party to attend that day and it wouldn’t work out logistically to put the bird in the oven and still be ready to eat at 5 o’clock.  So, I threw it in the crock pot and the result was nothing short of fabulous!

Crock Pot Chicken

  • 4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 3-4 pound roasting chicken
  • 1 cup chopped onion

In a small bowl, combine the spices.  Remove any giblets from chicken and clean chicken.  Pat dry with paper towels.  Rub spice mixture onto the chicken.  When ready to cook, put chopped onion in bottom of crock pot.  Add chicken. No liquid is needed, the chicken will make it’s own juices.  Cook on low 4-8 hours.  I cooked my chicken for 5 hours but it was definitely done after 4 hours.

I was too busy devouring this moist, flavorful chicken that I forgot to take my own picture (the one above is from here), but I was able to reuse the chicken stock and leftover chicken to create a delicious chicken noodle soup, that I did capture a picture of.  So, we actually got two hearty meals out of this.

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And what’s a nice meal without dessert?!  I found this recipe on Pinterest and since Twix candy bars ARE my favorite, I decided that I needed to have these.

Homemade Twix Bars

  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 cups caramel, cut into small chunks
  • 3 Tbsp. heavy cream
  • 3 cups milk chocolate chips

For the crust:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Spray a 9×13 in pan with cooking spray, or line with parchment paper. Set aside. In a medium-sized bowl, beat together the butter, sugar, and vanilla.  Add the flour – at first the mixture may seem dry, but will come together quickly. Take the dough and press it evenly into the pan. (Lightly flouring your fingertips will help with any sticking.) Prick the crust all over with a fork – this allows steam to escape so the crust will bake evenly with fewer bubbles.

Bake until lightly golden brown on top and edges – about 30-35 minutes. Remove from the oven and immediately run a knife around the edges to loosen the crust. Set aside to cool completely.

For the caramel layer:

Melt the caramel and cream in a small saucepan over low heat. Pour the caramel over the cooled crust and set in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to firm up.

For the chocolate layer:

Melt the chocolate, slowly, in the microwave- stirring often. Pour evenly over the chilled caramel layer and spread until it covers the entire surface. Return to the refrigerator (or freezer) until the chocolate is well set.

Cut and enjoy!

The only thing I may try differently next time is dipping each piece into melted chocolate so that it really resembles a Twix bar, but otherwise, these were excellent!

image (20)PS- I can’t make any guarantees, but I am considering sharing at least one recipe every Friday from now on.  This will encourage me to try some new things and it will hopefully give you some new ideas for dinner.  Does that sound like a good idea??

mini wine tour

Another fun thing I did over the weekend was reunite with my bestie, Tiffany, for a mini wine tour.  First we went to Cherry Valley winery, where we did a little sampling and then headed into a separate building for some pizza.  Little did we know that it was “Sangria Sunday” which features a pitcher of sangria and a pizza to share.  Sign me up!  There was even live music beginning at 1. 

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image (19)Next, we traveled a few miles to Mountain View Vineyards.  Remember when I went to a wine pairing dinner at Frogtown Inn that featured this local winery?  I don’t recall loving any of the wines (and in fact I stated that in my post), but Tiff and I found that we enjoyed a lot of them!  Maybe it was the sangria…  I also loved that the woman behind the counter is the owner (she lives above the tasting room!) and was so friendly.  It was a nice personal touch.

A best friend, wine, pizza, and live music all add up to a wonderful Sunday afternoon!  When can we do it again?

little miss daisy

My aunt and her five month old daughter, Daisy, came over for a play date the other day.  We haven’t played with a baby this small in a while, so it was lots of fun for me and the girls.  Macy always loves babies, but I was surprised to see that Avery was also very sweet to our little cousin.

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Macy has since renamed her baby doll “Daisy.” Smile

disney on ice

Last weekend we had the pleasure of attending our very first Disney on Ice show.  I have to say that it was quite the show! The songs were great, the skaters were very talented, and they kept our attention almost the entire time.  The show was a little long (about two hours with an intermission) for my kids, but overall we had a great time!

The girls dressed up before the show- Macy as Cinderella and Avery with a crown and wand. 

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Our friend Ariel Violet and her parents sat right behind us for the show.

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I think that the “princess phase” has officially started in our house and I’m pretty excited about that!  Bring on the Disney movies and dress up clothes!  My favorite Disney movies are Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and The Lion King.  What are yours???

swim class- round four

We started up another round of swim class at Elevations.  The girls simply love swimming and it’s a fun winter activity, since there’s not much to do outside these days. 

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Macy is getting really good at kicking her legs and I think if she used her arms a little more, she could be doggie paddling around by summer!

headbands to ponytails

Our little Avery Kiwi has been sporting little to no hair for quite some time now.  Kiwi seems to be a fitting name because for a long time, all she had was a little bit of fuzz on top.

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But, now her hair is finally growing!  So, she can graduate from headbands…

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to ponytails!

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