So I'm pretty sure I have a curse on me. I may or may not just use it as an excuse to not overexert myself around the house. But at this point, I'm thinking I am legitimately cursed.
There are days when I am just on a roll around the house and get so much done. Little fun fact, I hate to clean. I'm actually the "messy" one in my marriage. Not that I am dirty and sloppy or anything. I just hate to clean. Especially dishes. However, there are rare occasions where I just can't stand anything to be messy and I'll go on a cleaning rampage. Or like I said, I will be on a roll getting so much stuff done that I will keep going.
Perhaps it's just a snowball effect....hmm...
Anyways, any time I am getting somewhere in my housework, something bad happens.The particular day I made these meatballs, I was preparing au gratin potatoes beforehand and then decided to clean up during making dinner. This resulted in me slicing my finger open on the bottom plastic piece of my blender. I thought for a good 20 minutes that I was going to have to go get stitches because it would not stop bleeding. My husband got home and gauzed me up, but also kept bugging me to go to the doctor. I didn't want to get stitches, so I waited. After an hour and a half, it stopped bleeding. Two days later, I finally was able to see how "deep" it was...and it was just a scrape on the surface. I was so perplexed with how much it bled for such a shallow scrape. What's even more funny is that my husband and I searched the bottom of the blender trying to figure out what I cut my finger on. There is literally nothing sharp on it...so I mysteriously scraped my finger on an unsharp surface and bled like I lost a limb. That, my dear friends, is why I cannot get too ambitious :)
Long story short, my husband clearly had to help with the meatballs and he did a great job with it. These were tangy, sweet, and just all around great. I think they'd be perfect as an appetizer at a party too!
If you are a regular Fantastical reader, you know that I decided to share a collection of themed recipes every couple of weeks. My first collection was 10 Soups to Keep You Warm. My family loves soup - and we even have a soup night (Wednesdays).
This week I was going to do bars and brownies, but decided to do that after Chocolate Week in February. So instead I went with crockpot. I love my crockpots and love to find great flavorful meals that I can make in them. So without further ado...
3 Envelope Chicken
I hesitated to make this one because I thought it would be very mediocre - I was so wrong. All the flavors of the three envelope mixes work together so well and the chicken becomes very tender and juicy. The chicken reminds me of what my Grandma Jane would make when I was a kid!
Ranch Crockpot Pork Chops with Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
I had just started to get comfortable with ranch seasoning mixes in my food, as well as, parmesan cheese. I decided to dive off the deep end and go for this meal. I would like to mention that I hate gravy - except for this roast beef white gravy my Grandma Jane makes...you get gravy from making the pork chops in the crockpot. Best. Gravy. Ever. Seriously, I slathered it all over my pork and potatoes. It was a filling, unbelievably delicious meal. Source: fantasticalsharingofrecipes.blogspot.com via Sarah on Pinterest
Absolute Best Crockpot Beef Stroganoff
The thing that I love about this particular recipe is that I didn't screw it up. I've tried a few times to make my mom-in-law's recipe and I always mess it up. This one was flawless. I cannot get over the richness that the golden mushroom soup adds. If you love beef stroganoff, you've got to try this recipe. It will blow you away! Source: fantasticalsharingofrecipes.blogspot.com via Sarah on Pinterest
Tender Roast with Veggies & Gravy
In this particular roast, you use au jus - which I had never had before. I'm definitely a fan now. I don't make many roast anymore that you also throw the veggies into the crockpot with it.
Not only is this recipe a really simple one to throw together and to serve, it was my first experience with salsa verde. The green crazy looking salsa is OH SO GOOD! I think the particular kind I used was garlic and lime - doesn't that sound amazing? And as with most crockpot meals, the pork was very tender and juicy! Source: fantasticalsharingofrecipes.blogspot.com via Sarah on Pinterest
Slow Cooker Tex Mex Chicken
Excuse the picture, as you can see, it's from August 2010 - the month I started my blog. My how I've progressed :) And also a sign that I need to make this one again ASAP. I got this recipe from one of my online buddies and it was one that we made all the time around 2010. Everyone who I have made it for or tried it, loved it. It's got corn, peppers, chicken, rice, and lots of cheese on top! Source: fantasticalsharingofrecipes.blogspot.com via Sarah on Pinterest
Creamy Chicken with Noodles
I always feel like I never make this one enough. Every time I do make it, I wonder why it's been so long. It's a very rich dish and very filling. And it's also super creamy with the cream cheese. It doesn't look like anything special, but I promise you will be very surprised when you take your first bite. Source: fantasticalsharingofrecipes.blogspot.com via Sarah on Pinterest
Family Favorite Slow Cooker Roast
Now you may be asking why two roast recipes made my list...here's the scoop: when I was first married and had all of 20 recipes to make, I attempted to make roast so many times. I made it in my oven and it always took way too long to make, was still pink/red in the middle, and was so dried out that it was nearly inedible. Crockpots saved pot roast! This particular one uses cajun seasoning and coffee and makes for a unique flavoring. Source: fantasticalsharingofrecipes.blogspot.com via Sarah on Pinterest
Philly Cheesesteak Sliders
Another poor picture to represent the amazing recipe - and again, a great excuse to make it again ASAP. What I really love about this recipe is that you put 3 ingredients into your crockpot. You make the cheese sauce and onion/pepper medley closer to serving time. The three parts together on a Hawaiian Sweet Roll (a homemade one pictured here) - just wow! You just want to keep eating them! Source: fantasticalsharingofrecipes.blogspot.com via Sarah on Pinterest
Crockpot Chili Dogs
This chili dog recipe was one of the very first recipes I posted on FSOR. I have since heard so many compliments and raves about how simple and hassle-free this recipe is. I'd have to agree. It was one of the selling points for me that made me want to try it. You throw it all in the crockpot and when you're ready to eat, you plop it on a hot dog bun! It's great for when you need chili dogs in bulk too. Source: fantasticalsharingofrecipes.blogspot.com via Sarah on Pinterest
This is by far the easiest, most versatile way to make a whole chicken. I'm lucky to have my husband who survived on cornish hens during his deployment to Afghanistan. He loves to pick off all the meat when the chicken is done - and he is fantastic at getting every last single piece of meat. You can make this chicken in so many different flavors: herb, lemon pepper, spicy, etc. Source: fantasticalsharingofrecipes.blogspot.com via Sarah on Pinterest
I hope you all enjoyed the 11 Epicly Delicious Crockpot Recipes.
Like the title implies, these recipes are all epicly delicious!
I'm always looking for a little treat that I can put in my five year old's lunchbox that isn't going to be like sending him to school with a buttload of sugar. This recipe was so so easy to make (you dirty minimal dishes - score!) and the results will blow your mind. I'll be honest - only one made it into my son's lunchbox. I'm fairly certain I ate at least half of the bars. My husband and kids did have a couple and then I had to make myself leave him ONE. Just ONE bar. Because the whole purpose of making these was to pack in his lunch :)
I was immediately drawn in by the jalapeno in the title, but followed through to the post to see what all was in the chowder. As a child, my stepdad used to trick my mom into eating clam chowder by saying it was potato soup all the time...so I have a long-standing weariness (for no real reason!) with chowder. I looked at the ingredients and wanted it immediately. Cheese. Bacon. Corn. Jalapeno. Potatoes. I'm sold!
The soup was rich with flavor. We ended up with some weak jalapenos, so we didn't get any kick - we'll be leaving in some seeds next time. However, it was still an extra amazing soup. Definitely one of my all-time favorite soups, even beating out broccoli cheddar soup. This soup just has so many layers of flavor and texture. It's the BEST!
I'm making a real effort to stay on task lately. Especially with the busyness that's been going on - with Matthew in Kindergarten, me volunteering in Nick's unit, and trying to stay afloat with two blogs and a kitchen full of dirty dishes. I want to make more of an effort to reach out to Fantastical Readers. So do not hesitate to share a couple links of your favorite finds this week in the comments! I want to know what YOU found!
What I loved from everywhere else this week... The following pictures are owned by the blogs linked underneath. I have no rights to these droolicious pictures!
Chocolate Overload Loaded Brownies from Chocolate, Chocolate, and More I love what Joan talked about in her post and also love that this is an easy recipe to make. I cannot wait to replicate these treats in my own kitchen!
Don't go to Sally's blog unless you have hours to spare..because you will spend hours drooling over all the delicious food she has posted and all the beautiful pictures of that food. Source: sallysbakingaddiction.com via Sarah on Pinterest
Sweet & Sour Pork
from The Purple Pumpkin Blog
Nick, my husband, is incredibly picky with pork recipes. I'm determined to find a pork recipe that will become his favorite food and I think this is going to be "The One" - more details to come. Source: thepurplepumpkinblog.co.uk via Sarah on Pinterest
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For Christmas this last year, my husband and I decided to do homemade gifts. We ended up choosing to give his little sister, Emma, a recipe "book" of all our favorite drink recipes. She has seen me posting my frappuccinos and milkshakes. She always comments on them and tells me I need to make them when we come home. So my thought process was...the house has a blender, she is more than capable of making drinks like this on her own - it'd be perfect to have all these recipes at her fingertips whenever she has a craving!
This was one of the beverages that made it's way into Emma's book. I happily devoured it. I am so bad for buying a bag of Chips Ahoy mini chocolate chip cookies and eating the whole bag in a sitting. I mean, I do this all the time. It's horrifying. But they are so addictive! Because I didn't have regular sized cookies, I used the minis in this and they also made the perfect garnish.
I'm relatively unimpressed by most burgers nowadays. I think I'm burnt out on them. I'll eat them and "enjoy" them per se, but it's rare that a burger blows me out of the water. I think maybe it's because I grew up in a Norwegian-based town and Norwegian food is "bland" - my mom never really seasoned anything other than maybe a touch of garlic. So I've been very used to just a plain hamburger taste all my life and sometimes it's hard for me to get used to the Worcestershire and garlic and everything else. I just love a plain, unseasoned burger that has been cooked in its own juices.
This burger is one of those burgers. It's got a little onion powder, salt, and pepper, but for the most part the burger speaks for itself! It's easily one of the best burgers I've ever had in my life. I toasted the buns and the sauce was slightly adapted, but the perfect touch!
Lately, I have been making so many things homemade that I am ruining prepared food. My mom-in-law always teased me because I was particular about Ore Ida fries. I could only eat them. I didn't like off brand, generic ones at all. Since making Kamikaze fries, I have been turning up my nose at my old favorite frozen fries and turning to making them homemade. They take longer to make, but they are way better.
I have seen this recipe floating around on Pinterest and had to try it for myself. I'm not a huge fan of fried chicken normally, but this chicken is absolutely mouthwatering!
I'm sharing this recipe over on my personal blog for The Pinspiration Project - I highly recommend going and linking up something you've made from Pinterest lately. Any Pinterest-inspired project - hair, recipe, makeup, craft, etc.
We have our favorite cheddar broccoli soup that we always eat, but I thought it was time to branch out. I am going to try and do homemade Velveeta next time. As I said last Thursday, I am not the biggest fan of Velveeta. This was a pretty fantastic soup.
The weeks are passing me by quicker than expected! I cannot believe it's already the 20th of January!? We have had a very busy past few weeks and I've watched as my scheduled posts have dwindled down. I'm hoping with a very non-busy looking schedule this week that I can blog a ton.
I am really excited to announce that I will be contributing over at My Favorite Finds for desserts on the third Tuesday of each month - starting in February. I was so happy to jump to contribute to Carrie's blog! I'm going to be working really hard this year to build more blogging relationships. I have some great friends because of blogging! So here's to more friends - and more food!