Sunday, July 24, 2016

Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Buffalo Drumsticks

This is a super easy recipe for game day.

I like to buy a bunch of the family pack of chicken legs when they are on sale for $.88 per lb.
You can use any cut of chicken, cut cook times might vary and need to be adjusted.

I always spray my slow cooker with cooking spray for easy clean-up.

Stack the chicken so it fits nicely in the slow cooker.
Pour half a bottle of your favorite buffalo sauce (or make your own) over the chicken.
This helps flavor it during the cooking process. 
Also, great with BBQ sauce!

For a slow cooker:
Cook on high for 3-4 hours
or low for 6-8 hours
The longer you cook them the more easily the meat falls off the bone.
If you want to ensure the meat stays on the bone for finger food, check right at the lowest set time.

For an Instant Pot:
add a cup of water or broth
Cook on manual for 30 min.

Once the chicken is cooked through, pour out the juices in the bottom of the crockpot.
Then, pour the remaining sauce over the top of the chicken and serve. 
If the sauce was cold leave in the slow cooker 5-20 mins. to warm.

We hope you enjoy these drumsticks as much as we do!
Leave a comment and tell us about them.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Chicken Ranch Tacos

This is a super easy family favorite.
Three ingredients:
3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 packet or 1/4 cup of your favorite taco seasoning
1 packet or three Tablespoons of your favorite dry ranch seasoning
if desired up to 1 cup of water or chicken broth
(if using an Instant Pot definitely include 1 cup of water or broth)

I always spray my pan with oil for easier clean-up.

Place all ingredients in a 4 qt. slow cooker.

For a slow cooker:
Cook 3-4 hours on high
6-8 hours on low

For an Instant Pot:
30 min on manual

For the Slow Cooker:
If I'm home I like to turn the chicken over half-way through cooking.
It's not necessary.

After cooking shred your chicken.
The easiest and quickest way to do this is with a stand up mixer.

After it is shredded, place the chicken back in the slow cooker.
Don't over shred!

Mix thoroughly in the sauce.

You can also make it in a frying pan or with leftover rotisserie chicken.

We like our tacos on a flour shell with warmed refried beans, avocado, salsa, and cheese.
You might also like onions, tomatoes, sour cream, peppers and/or a corn tortilla.

Fold in half or burrito style.

My girls love these tacos, and it is something they can make themselves.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Shaving Cream Fight

My kids teachers on the last day of school sprayed them with shaving cream as part of their field day.

So, we took that idea and made it crazier!

We invited a few of our cousins over, armed everyone with their own bottle of shaving cream, and had a shaving cream fight. We bought ours at the local dollar store.  

This was so much fun, it's definitely happening again.  Even the adults had a blast.  I only wish we would have started it a little earlier.  It was about 8:00pm when we had our fight.  After the fight we sprayed each other off with a hose.  This was a little chilly with the sun going down.
The kids did say it burned their eyes pretty bad at school.  So, we put goggles on the kids.
My cute niece just dyed her hair an hour earlier, so she opted to wear a shower cap too.
Take all safety precautions, not recommended for kids under 10.

Mom ready for the battle!

We made three rules:
Don't aim for the face
(The men of course broke this rule. Shaving cream doesn't taste good or come out of ears easy)
No tackling
No shoving it down pants

You know your participants, so add any rules that may apply to certain individuals.

Let the games begin.

This is what the yard looked like, until the sprinklers came on in the morning.
It didn't seem to hurt the lawn, from what we can tell.

This is definitely going on the summer bucket list for next year!

We'd love to see your crazy photos and hear your stories, leave us a comment.

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