I had forgotten that I was posting when I tried new recipes. So, here is an update. I think I included all of the pins I have tried, but I will have to be more diligent in the future!
I have tried Crockpot Chicken Fajitas. You slice all the onions and peppers still and put them in the bottom of the crockpot. Then, you season the chicken breast/meat and put it on top of the veggies. After cooking for 4-6 hours, you remove the chicken and shred it. I kept the chicken separate because then people can decide how much chicken they wanted and how many veggies they wanted. You could also dice this, but I enjoyed it shredded. It was a keeper.
I made the Restaurant Salsa by the Pioneer Woman. It appealed to me because 1) I LOVE the salsa at a Mexican restaurant, and 2) it used canned rather than fresh tomatoes, and I do not like needing to peel tomatoes. It was pretty good. It may have needed just a touch more salt, but overall, I think it was a winner. It does make a large batch – 3 small mason jars (12 cups, I think). My mom suggested freezing it if I thought it would go bad. Might try that.
I found a new favorite side thanks to my friend, Christi. We went to Cookbook club at the library and talked a bit about food and a bit about life. I mentioned I had the Pioneer Woman’s cookbook, and although I thought many dishes looked good, I had yet to try many. (It is a beautiful cookbook full of pictures from her life on the ranch.) Christi told me to try her Crash Potatoes. It was a winner – EASY and DELICIOUS!
I also made No Bake “Food Storage” Granola Bars (long name!) I thought they were easy to make and pretty good. My complaint is that they crumbled easily, so it wasn’t a very good snack to let the kids munch on as they mosey around the house. If I was any good at tweaking recipes, I would do that to this one. What I liked about it originally is that it had things that I have on hand – hence the name “Food Storage” granola bars. The idea was good, but end product was not as sturdy as I had hoped.
Oh, and one more thing to mention…. it is not food related. We bought an iPad when we cashed in some visa card points. I had looked for things that I thought Madison might enjoy. I have a puzzle game, a letter activity, a drawing and coloring app, but her FAVORITE thing I found is this website (not an app) where I lady has recorded herself reading books aloud – not animated or done-up. It just shows the book and you hear her voice. It does make me jealous that Madison prefers that over me at times, but we compromise, and she gets one on the iPad and one from me (or Jeremy) before bed. The website is http://justbooksreadaloud.com/ It is awesome! Enjoy this if you have kids! (A bonus is that, currently, Jeremy has a cold and little voice, so this is a perfect way for him to “read” stories with Madison.)