Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Crock Pot Fiesta Crack Chicken

I love chicken. I love the crock pot, so anything with crock pot and chicken, is something our family will eat! I had Sunday to prepare a few dinners to prepare us for a busy week of harvest.

We had rain over the weekend, it has really slowed down farmers the beginning of the week.  Some are trying to get back in the bean fields, and it took 2-3 days for beans to dry down.  Bean yields are coming in high, corn yields are still variable.  We will still have a great crop in Northwest Indiana.

Crock Pot Fiesta Crack Chicken is another meal we enjoy during the busy week.  It is easy to warm up, and eat a sandwich on the go, or home after a late night.

This was my first time "cooking" bacon in the oven. Cook on 400 degrees,  I put in on a cookie sheet and 10 minutes later, I flipped the bacon, and put back in oven for a few more minutes.  No greasy mess on the stove.  Win for me.

Place your chicken breasts in the bottom of the crock pot.  Add your softened cream cheese, and ranch seasoning.  I used Fiesta Ranch for an extra kick.

If you don't want the extra kick, use regular ranch seasoning.  I cooked on high for 4-5 hours. Keep a eye out on the cream cheese, and make sure it is evenly distributed over the chicken. If you like a special flavored cream cheese, go for it.

The chicken was so tender, I was able to shred it in the crock pot.

Husband asks, "How did you get the chicken so creamy?"  At what point do you tell him it's the cream cheese?

These buns are awesome too. We picked these homemade buns from our local bakery. These are the buns that sell out in a hurry.  Dave remembers his grandma using these buns for cheeseburgers! Sounds so good!

This recipe is easy, and delicious.  Enjoy!

Crock Pot Fiesta Crack Chicken

2 lbs chicken breasts
2 8 oz cream cheese
2 packets fiesta ranch seasoning
12 slices of cooked bacon

Spray crock pot

Lay the chicken breasts in the bottom of the crock.  Add the cream cheese and the ranch seasoning.

Cook on high for 4 hours, or low 6-8. Shred the chicken and add the crumbled bacon. Serve warm on buns.


I linked this recipe up with Whatcha Crockin Week 11. Lots of great recipes!

I linked up this recipe with Weekend Potluck at The Country Cook.

Monday, October 03, 2016

Pumpkin Spice Pull Apart Bread

Do you think September went by fast?  October is going to go by even faster. It's pumpkin time.  And while I do not have any pumpkins at my house because we are waiting for work to be done on our front porch, and the front sidewalk poured.  The kids can enjoy pumpkins at the grandparents house for now!

It was time to get a pumpkin inspired recipe done this weekend.  I have been craving pumpkin, and knew with the weekend off because of the  wet fields, I better get my baking done!

Get a can of grands biscuits, cut them in half and lay them out.  

On each biscuit, layer pumpkin, butter, and sugar/spice mixture.

It almost looks like mini pumpkin pies here! 

Love all the butter!  You know its going to be good!

 Stack them up to get ready to place in the pan. 

It's easier to tilt the pan when you stack all the biscuits in the pan, it will fill up the pan.

If you have any leftover butter, or sugar mix, add it here.

Bake for 40-50 minutes.

Mix powdered sugar, milk and vanilla to the consistency you would like for the icing. Use the remaining icing when you are serving.

Pumpkin Spice Pull Apart Bread

1 can grands biscuits
1 can pumpkin
1 ½ teaspoon pumpkin spice
¾ c sugar
4 tablespoons butter, melted
2 cups powdered sugar
¼ cup milk
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven 350 degrees.

Cut up grand biscuits in half and lay out. Use pumpkin filling and spread 1 tsp on each biscuit, then put melted butter, followed with the sugar/pumpkin spice mixtures.  

Stack the biscuits, then place in a loaf pan.  Hold the pan at an angle until all biscuits are in the pan.  Top with any remaining butter or sugar/pumpkin spice mixture.

Cook in 350 degree oven 40-50 minutes, depending on the pan.

Remove from oven.  Mix powdered sugar and milk and vanilla with a whisk.  Spoon over bread, and use remaining icing when serving.  


Friday, September 16, 2016

Crock Pot Company Casserole

Harvest is right around the corner.  I mean it's already here! Rain is forecasted for the weekend, but we have had a few customers hauling corn into the elevator this week.  Corn that was planted early last spring is testing 22-19% at the elevator. 

The sunrises have been amazing lately!! Sometimes it's hard to get the old iPhone to actually capture the exact colors of the sky, but this view is out of our back yard.  We are so blessed to have this view every morning! 

Time to start thinking about comfort food, crock pot food, and when you have the time between harvest, football food! Tailgating at it's best, brings best friends and great food.  

Company Casserole makes a big serving, so it is great for tailgating! If you love/need leftovers, this is the perfect recipe! 

There is so much happiness in this crock pot.  Cheese and pasta.

Your company will love this recipe! 

Crock Pot Company Casserole

1 lb . hamburger
1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
16 oz spiral pasta (or any pasta of choice)
1 cup sour cream
8 oz of cream cheese
1 cup cottage cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Garlic, sea salt,  pepper to taste

Preheat skillet on stove.

Cut up a small onion, sauteed in the pan until transparent.  Add one pound of hamburger with simple seasonings, sea salt, pepper, and garlic salt. When hamburger is brown, add the spaghetti sauce.

Cook noodles, but remove from water before they are completely done, they will cook more in the crock pot.

In a separate bowl, add the sour cream, cream cheese, cottage cheese and 1 cup of mozzarella cheese.  

In the crock pot, start layering with the beef and sauce, then noodles, then cheese mixture. End with beef and sauce and top with remaining mozzarella.  I like to season with salt and pepper in between the layers.

Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours.


If you are ready for some tailgating fun, sign up for the Colt's Best Tailgate!

Indiana Soybean Alliance supplied me with this awesome Colts Crock Pot for this post!

I linked this recipe up to  Whatcha Crockin' Wednesday Week 9. Go check it out! So many awesome crock pot recipes!

I also linked up this recipe to The Country Cook, Weekend Potluck. Amazing recipes over there! 

I love Meal Plan Monday #31, I linked to their party, too!

Monday, September 05, 2016

Crock Pot Shoups Pork BBQ Sliders

It's football time folks! It's time to have friends over and enjoy some football!   Simple, easy food, made in a crockpot is the way to go this time of the year. I know my son is a big COLTS fan and was so excited when this crock pot showed up at home!

This recipe would also be great for late dinner nights with the family.  We have lots of sporting activites going on right now, and harvest is just around the corner.  We will be making this often!

We tried a new BBQ sauce.  We had friends a the Indiana State Fair who said we needed to try Shoups BBQ.  This BBQ sauce has a great taste, a little kick of spice, and everyone in the family likes. it! We picked up a lot of BBQ and I don't think it will last until next summer when we stock up at the State Fair again!

Use any type of cheese you like, I used mozzarella and it melted nicely on the pork BBQ.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Last Day as a Cavalier

This day is hard.  Writing this post is hard.  

We are not moving. Ever.  Again. 

Today is the last day kids are a Cavalier and last day at Tri-County schools.  

We didn't move across the country like some friends I know who are making that move soon.  We have always lived in Jasper County and in the Rensselaer school district, but it was convenient to take the kids to Tri-County because that was the same town I work in. If the school needed a volunteer, I was there. If someone was sick, I was there less than five minutes.  It worked.

First Day of School 2015

Macie starts middle school next year, this is a big move and decided it was time. Ryan will be in 4th grade, and Mason will be in Pre-K.

Great friends were made about eight years in preschool at Tri-County, and we continued to stay at Tri-County schools.  It was a great decision.  The teachers are amazing, the families are awesome. The school was a great atmosphere for the kids.

Preschool gang
We took lots of pictures in preschool!

First Day of School 2015
Student Council Homecoming Float


Student Council buddies - All Hands on Deck!

Tri-County Schools has always put on an amazing Christmas Program.  Such a blessing.  You can't help but get goose bumps every time the 5th graders sing Silent Night.

Tri-County Christmas Program 2015

Sports and clinics offered to the kids was a great opportunity.

Winter Basketball

Winter Basketball
DARE Essay Winners. I left a leadership meeting early to rush to the school to see the 5th grade DARE Graduation. I am so glad I did because Macie was the DARE Essay Winner from her class.  All the winners read their essays at the graduation.

DARE Essay Contest Winners

Spring Baseball
The kids won a lunch with the Principal during the TC PTO Spring Carnival.  She took the kids out separately and she wrote to me, "Enjoyed having lunch with this fine man. You have polite, considerate children who are a joy to be with!"

Ryan picked Bells in Wolcott. 
Lunch with Principal Mrs. Bordner
Macie picked Subway in Wolcott.  Mrs. Bordner said, "Enjoyed having lunch with your sweet Macie today!"
Lunch with Principal Mrs. Bordner

Field Day 2016

Planting seeds at the Intermediate School for a butterfly pollinator garden Monsanto and the TC FFA are sponsoring.

Macie almost getting her hands dirty.

Last bus stop in Remington. By the end of the year, the Brook's bus stop in town turned into our bus route as well!

Last Day of School 2016

The bittersweet day.  I didn't think we would make the switch to Rensselaer this soon, but I knew the day would come.  

It's amazing to think about all the friends and family who have helped with carpooling to and from preschool, games, events, feeding them snacks and subway, buying them Gatorade because mom won't, watching them while Dave and I work long harvest hours, making sure they did their homework.

I hope they are strong when they leave school today, hug their teachers and friends, and walk out proud.  We are so proud of them.  They both received student of the month awards, Honor Roll, perfect attendance, Cavalier Character award, and Student Council.  They make us so excited about what lies ahead for them!

It definitely takes a village to raise my monkeys, oh, I mean children.  

Our village is growing and expanding. We will meet new friends and family. Great opportunities are coming!  Rensselaer is dear to Dave because that is where he went to school, and he's excited about his kids becoming a BOMBER!
Last Day of School 2016