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Crockpot Lemon Pepper Chicken Thighs

This fall apart tender chicken, has delicious crispy skin and an amazing citrus taste.




Is it me, or have any of you also noticed the price of groceries increasing by the day. It makes it really hard to cook wholesome healthy meals for my family. I now see why people are so tempted to buy premade foods; it's much cheaper than fresh! Chicken here goes for about $5.99/lb. We sometimes get lucky and find some chicken legs or thigh for $1.99/lb. I'm thankful that the kids prefer dark meat cuts of chicken. Anytime it's on sale, I pick up several packages. 
That was the case a few weeks ago. I was grocery shopping and noticed the chicken legs and thighs on sale. So I bought a few packages of each. 
Wanting to cook them in the crock pot, while I spent the day at school, I went to Pinterest for ideas. I saw these gorgeous looking chicken thighs from The Magical Slow Cooker, so I decided to go over and give Sarah's recipe a peek. I'm glad I did, because it was perfect. It used …
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Meat n Tator Casserole

Ground beef is bathed in a creamy gravy and topped with home fries and ooey gooey cheese, in this delicious casserole.



This was originally suppose to be Tater Tot Casserole, but my plans went awry. I had every intention of making TT casserole, but do you think I could find tater tots at the two grocery stores near our house? Who the heck doesn't carry tater tots? I guess they just aren't as popular here in Canada, as they are in the U.S. After not being able to find them at the second store, I decided to buy some frozen home fries to use in place of the tots. Sure it was a small change, and I could deal with that, LOL.
I started browning up my meat, with the intention of making my own cream of mushroom soup. I open the fridge, only to find that my hunny had use all the mushrooms to make himself an omelette, the past several days. So, no homemade cream of mush soup. Hmmm, what to do. I decided to throw in some red pepper, and onions and make a cream gravy for the ground beef. Whi…

Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies

Making this restaurant classic at home is a snap!



It feels like I haven't posted all week, which is pretty much true, LOL. I've just been busy with life, to even think of creating in the kitchen. So today, I took the time (between 5 loads of laundry) to get into the kitchen and make some of the recipes I've had floating around in my head. Last week while my girlfriend was visiting with us, we went out to dinner at Red Lobster. It ended up that one of my daughter's classemate's Mom works there and she treated us to a complimentary dessert. What was it? The Chocolate Chip Lava Cookie! The kids pretty much devoured it in ten seconds flat; I didn't even get more than 2 bites! So, it's been on my mind all week and I had planned on making it. Today, I took the time, to try them out.




These are super simple to make. The outside is a no brainer, but the inside was a bit tricky. Do I used melted chocolate, hot fudge sauce or something else? I ended up using mini Kisses…

Chocolate Covered Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

A delicious twist on oatmeal raisin cookies. Chocolate adds a nice slightly bitter balance to them.


Ever get weird cravings? Like all of a sudden all you can think about it one food, for days on end? For me it always seems to happen when I'm trying to get healthy. I've always had a sweet tooth. I blame my dad, who fed me ice cream at only 3 months old, lol. This time my craving came from talking about movie theater candy. As a child I'd get Glossettes chocolate covered raisins when we went to the movies. 

 I ended up getting a huge bag of chocolate covered raisins on my last trip to the bulk store. Anyway, I decided that I wanted to make something with them. So I did a search and came up with tons of ideas. Brownies, blondies, cookies..... these cookies from Sally's Baking Addiction quickly caught my eye. I love oatmeal raisin cookies with chocolate chips in them, so why not just use choco covered raisins? I pretty much followed the recipe to a T, except for only using 1…

New York Cheesecake

I love cheesecake! Now I prefer chocolate cheesecake, dulce de leche, oreo..... I like a little extra in my cheesecake. When I was asked to make a cheesecake for dessert one night I searched online for a recipe and it was a total fail!! The directions said to bake it for 40 minutes, which I did. The cheesecake was so jiggly, that I left it in the oven for 15 minutes longer. Not wanting to over bake it, I took it out and let it cool for a whole day, before we even sliced into it. It was no where near set, the center was custard like and it was unsafe to eat. As much as it broke my heart, I had to toss the whole cheesecake :(



Well, I bought a ton of cream cheese the other day, since it was on sale. This time, I told myself, I'd ask someone I was sure knew what she was doing in the kitchen, LOL. I turned to my friend Amy, who writes the blog Crumbs in my Mustachio. I first found Amy's blog on Facebook and quickly became a fan. She is an amazing baker, which is what I liked about h…

Pumpkin Cheesecake

I love cake mixes! I know that some people frown upon cake mixes, because they are full of preservatives and what not, but I like them. The main reason I like them, is because they are very versatile. You can use cake mixes to make cookies, cakes and even in this case, as a crusts. So, when I was asked if I'd be interested to review Complete Cake Mix Magic- 300 Easy Desserts Good as Homemade, by Jill Snider; I quickly accepted. I am IN LOVE with this book. I've dog eared almost every page to try and try them I will, LOL. This book has every dessert recipe imaginable and they all use a cake mix, in one way or another. There are cakes, coffee cakes, cookies, bars, cheesecakes; just about any dessert you can think of. With a section for Special Occasion Cakes, frostings, glazes and other toppings, you are certain to find a recipe to fit your mood and your occasion.




I decided to try the Pumpkin Cheesecake on page 143, since Fall is in the air and I have some pumpkin puree still in…

Mini Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

These mini cheesecakes are delectable and oh so cute!



I love spoiling people and I usually do that with food. Whether it's bringing goodies for the teachers/secretaries at school, or bringing in treats for staff and co workers, I love feeding people. I made these cheesecakes to treat my co workers during a particularly stressful time. Everyone enjoyed the much needed boost and reminder that they are awesome. 


I am totally IN LOVE with my Pampered Chef Brownie Pan!!! I've been baking just about anything in them. I thought it would be cute and fun to make little mini cheesecakes in them; so that's what I did! I made up a simple cheesecake batter, used graham crackers as the crust (if using a muffin tin, feel free to use Oreo Cookies, or Nilla Wafers as the crust) and topped everything with a chocolate ganache. A-MA-ZING!!! All my co workers raved about the cheesecakes. Nothing like some decadent cheesecake, to ease a stressful work day!


Mini Chocolate Chip Cheesecakesprintable …