February 27, 2013

Crock Pot Beer Chicken

Let me start by saying that Mike talked about this chicken for days after I made it.  He just kept saying 'nothing will ever be as good as that chicken' or 'that chicken was the best thing I've ever eaten' 

We had a party back around Christmas and since I was sick and hardly anyone showed up, we had some left over beer. I came across this recipe and decided to give it a try. 

Chicken breasts
1 can or bottle of beer (I used Coors light)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp dried oregano

Place everything except beer in crock pot. 

Pour beer in crock pot over top of chicken. (Sorry for the bad phone pictures)

Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. Keep an eye on it if you can because some comments on the original post mentioned their chicken dried out after 4ish hours. I know I cooked mine for at least 4 hours and it was fine.  

Sorry I don't have a better finished picture. My camera batteries were dead and all I had was my phone. 

February 26, 2013

Chili Dog Casserole

I actually 'pinned' this recipe to make more for Mike. I don't really like chili dogs, but I know he does.  Since we're still trying to get our house ready to put up for sale we were outside working all day and before we knew it, it was dinner time.  I threw this together in less than 10 minutes and then got back to cleaning.

2 (15 oz) cans chili with beans 
1 (16 oz) package hot dogs
10 (8 inch) flour tortillas 
1 (8 oz) package Cheddar cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 425. Pour one can of chili on bottom of 9x13 baking dish. 

Roll up hot dogs in tortillas and place in dish on top of chili. 

Cover with other can of chili and cheddar cheese. Bake at 425 for 30 minutes. 

Again, it was amazing!! I will definitely be making it again! 

February 25, 2013

Our daily happenings

Just wanted to share some pictures from our regular day to day life.

3 Cheese Chicken Alfredo Bake

Here is the recipe for Three Cheese Chicken Alfredo Bake that I found on Pinterest.

1 (16-ounce) package pasta (I used farfalle/bowties)
2 (10-ounce) container alfredo sauce
1 (8-ounce) container sour cream
1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
3 cups cooked chicken, chopped
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 cups mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Prepare pasta according to box. Drain and return to pot. Mix in everything except for mozzarella cheese. Spread mix in 9x13 baking dish. 

Cover evenly with mozzarella cheese. 

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes until cheese is bubbly. 

This was delicious! 

February 21, 2013

Doritos Taco Bake

This recipe caught my eye on pinterest because it had doritos in it. My brother loves doritos and can eat a whole bag at one sitting so we always had doritos in the house growing up.

1 lb. hamburger
1 pkg. taco seasoning
8 oz. sour cream
1 pkg. crescent rolls (8)
1 can tomato sauce
1 can diced tomatoes (optional)
1 c. shredded cheese
Dorito chips

Brown meat and drain fat. Add diced tomatoes, taco seasoning, tomato sauce and a small amount of water. Simmer. 

Put crescent rolls in bottom of 9x13 baking dish. 

Layer meat mixture then sour cream. 

Next put cheddar cheese and crushed up doritos. 

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. 

It was pretty good. Mike didn't like it the first night because the chips were really crunchy, but he took the left overs to work the next day and said it was better the 2nd day. I liked the crunchy chips. You win some, you lose some. HA!

February 15, 2013

Burrito Casserole

It was almost 7pm and I had no idea what to make for dinner. I had a pound of ground beef in the fridge so I decided to make hamburger helper. Well, we didn't have any milk so that idea didn't last long. So I hopped on Pinterest and searched to see what I could make with my already browned meat. It didn't take me long to find this recipe for Burrito casserole.

1 lb ground beef
1 (1.25 oz) package taco seasoning
6 flour tortillas
1 (16oz) can refried beans
2-3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 can cream of mushroom soup
4 ounces sour cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix mushroom soup and sour cream. 

Spread mix into bottom of baking dish. Tear up 3 tortillas and place on top. 

Brown meat and drain off grease. Add taco seasoning and refried beans. Mix well. 

Place half of the bean meat mix as next layer in baking dish. Repeat layers again. 

Put cheese on top and bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.

It was so good. Mike took one bite and said 'this is awesome' and I think the fact that he made me take a picture of him like this proves it's really good. 

February 12, 2013

Bacon cheeseburger chicken

I'm back for another recipe. This one includes BACON and ranch. What's not to love?! 

6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
1/2 cup Ranch dressing
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 lb bacon (or bacon bits)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put chicken in baking dish. Cover with ranch and teriyaki sauce. 

Put cheese and bacon on top. 

Bake at 350 for 35 minutes. 

Easy and quick to make. It was pretty good too.  

February 8, 2013


This past Saturday we decided to head up to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. The last time we went was before Mason was born and Marley's been asking a lot lately to go. We decided to get a year membership since we really like the museum and it was only about $30 more than what it would of cost us to just go once. We're already excited about taking our next trip up there. 

Inside the tornado machine. 

She loves those baby chicks. 

I didn't get very many pictures because I didn't have batteries for my regular camera, and my phone battery was going dead, but I figured since we'll be back soon I'll have plenty of opportunities for pictures later.