Month: June 2012

Paleo Without Pity- Mexican Style Slow Cooker Chicken

Before I started reading the Blog A Year of Slow Cooking, I thought that my crockpot was primarily a winter thing, where I would make chili, pasta sauce, meatballs, etc.

However after being reminded that cooking in the crockpot means that you are not heating up your kitchen, I became a devotee and the pot comes out all year long.

I make some great chicken in a variety of ways.  It always comes out moist and is great to have for salads, stirfries, mixed in with paleo mayo and stuffed into a tomato or just eaten straight out of the bag.

I usually do 2 bone in chicken breasts and get 1 full dinner for 4 out of it, or I add 3 and have some for leftovers.  This chicken also freezes well.

Place the frozen chicken breasts into the appropriate sized crock pot.  I find its better to crowd the crockpot a little than have things too spread out, but you can get around that if you add more liquid.

I use chicken broth, 3 garlic cloves per breast and an envelope of  Simply Organic Spicy Taco Seasoning and a chili in adobo and toss it in the pot with the chicken.

Then I set it on low and cook for about 8-10 hours.

Then I shred and we eat.  And its yummy!


Mexican Slow Cooker Chicken (2 Breasts)

2 Frozen bone-in, skin on chicken breasts
Chicken broth to cover
Envelope of Simply Organic Spicy Taco Seasoning
1 Chili in Adobo
6 Cloves of Garlic

Place breasts in slow cooker
Combine broth, taco seasoning, chili and garlic, pour over chicken
Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours
Remove from slow cooker, remove the skin, shred and use.


Kindergarten Graduation!

Today the Divine Miss Em graduates from Kindergarten.  My husband and I take issue with the comment on her report card about how she is a quiet girl, but we are very proud and can’t believe that the baby we held at her brother’s kindergarten graduation, is graduating herself.

So in honor of DME, I am posting Robert Fulghum’s All I really needed to Know….

All I Really Need To Know I Learned In


by Robert Fulghum

Most of what I really need
To know about how to live
And what to do and how to be
I learned in kindergarten.
Wisdom was not at the top
Of the graduate school mountain,
But there in the sandpile at Sunday school.

These are the things I learned:

Share everything.
Play fair.
Don’t hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life –
Learn some and think some
And draw and paint and sing and dance
And play and work everyday some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world,
Watch out for traffic,
Hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder.

Happy Graduation Sweetie!

Cleaning Out My Brain

Every once in a while my brain just gets too full for its own good and its impossible to string together coherent thoughts about anything.  And just like when you get a cheesy song stuck in your head, the only way to cure the full brain is to do a brain dump.

1. I love Crossfit.  I could do a whole post about it and probably will.

2. We are moving to Maryland next month.  Since my sweet husband is in the Army its a PCS move.  We’ve never had movers before.  My inner control freak is having an aneurysm.

3. Typically during a move, I handle the administrative end of things to avoid the packing, painting, etc.   So instead of touching up walls, I deal with transferring medical records, registering the kids for school, and making sure the cable is installed as soon after we move in as humanly possible.  My to do list has 40+ items on it.

4. I have less than a month at work.   Its a challenge admitting there are projects I am not going finish.  I really need to bind and gag my inner control freak.

5. My resume needs work.  I need to sit and focus on it, so I have it uploaded & ready to go when I start job hunting in July.

6. I’m going to BlogHer!  I’m so freaking excited, and it was awesome of my Husband to encourage me to go.

7. I love how with having a kindle on my Ipad I can read a book and no one knows if its a great novel, or a trashy one.

8. After 3 months of Paleo, I am almost cured of my bread addiction.  Almost.

9. My little princess graduates from Kindergarten next week.  It seems like yesterday that I was at her brother’s kindergarten graduation with her as a brand new infant.

10. Sometimes the hardest thing about blogging is finding the time to actually blog.

11. Do you hate when you really want to write a post about something, but you see a bunch of posts already written on it that say the same thing you wanted to say, but only more awesomely?

How much do I love my husband?  This much!



Special Needs Ryan Gosling

Its actually been a pretty peaceful week so far.  My sweet husband has been away for work, and its just been me and my handsome son this week.  We had a nice dinner together at Outback, and we have just been enjoying the quiet and each other’s company and I have learned ALOT about Minecraft.

I also found Ned Hardy’s pictures of a Minecraft theme wedding.  My guy is totally against the idea of getting married right now, and girls are still icky (which I should probably enjoy), but he did warm up to the idea of a minecraft wedding, and now I just have to get Wegman’s to do a Minecraft themed cake for his birthday.

When I looked at this picture of Ryan, I thought he looked mildly befuddled, so what better than to have him mention something that befuddles many of us.  Honestly, I do not begrudge Miss Jenny for posing naked.   I would just rather than it being for whatever awareness that she is going for, that it go towards awareness about how much of an uphill battle it can be for those who love a spectrum child or adult.

I have been reading a lot of your blogs (and not commenting often which makes me the stuff at the bottom of J-Mac’s shoe) but many of the posts seem to deal with the frustrations of dealing with doctors, schools, and most especially the insurance company.

But enough rambling.  Here’s Ryan.