Thursday, July 24, 2008

Wow! Such goodies galore! (Stuff I bring home from my job and a slow cooker recipe!)

My job on Tues. and Thurs. nights has me baking lots of goodies and bringing samples of them home to a happy Husband who loves good desserts.

In the four weeks since I started this we have made: cupcakes (with a Mango frosting from a Food Network recipe that Bobby Flay won a throwdown with) and a frosting with cream cheese which I personally adored, an easy apple streusal cake on the first night with real apples we peeled and cut ourselves, brownies (from a box and from scratch), fudgie cookies with walnuts that were yummy, a granola cherry thing that I Must make again sometime, a pineapple upside down cake that we donated to one of the Churches that we bake in (we got a taste and it was very good, although the cake was a little flat in inches, but their youth group apparently liked it very much!), a spice cake, and a bundt cake with vanilla and real chocolate syrup swirls! YUMMY, I know!!

The unfortunate thing about working essentially 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and then driving a long ways to get home is that dinner is a real pain to have ready and I am often hungry when I get home (I don't eat this stuff, mostly just bring some home for Husband!). So I got to thinking that I should use my slow cooker, and I didn't have a lot of time today to make something sooo this is what I did:

Chicken Legs in a Slow Cooker:
Yes! It is yummy and let me tell you how to do it:
I went ahead and defrosted chicken legs, with skin (only 10 cents a pound at our local large discount club)
and placed 5 legs in the slow cooker
with two cans of condensed Cream of Chicken soup (I used two, plus two cans of water, because my little book on slow cookers said the slow cooker should be filled at least halfway with whatever you're putting in, but it did seem too bad to have to use two),
a can of peas
and cooked the whole thing for 6 hours.
I had Husband put in green beans when he got home before me for the last hour
because my little book said frozen things should be put in last so they would not be soggy.

It was great! The chicken meat fell right off the bone, the cream of chicken made a nice broth, and peas and green beans added a vegetable!

This was a low cost way to have dinner at home and I was not grazing or eating things I should not at home. Vive the slow cooker and a little bit of work!:)


Mike Golch said...

Tart,good post, and thank yor for the lbss I gaineed just reading it. (wink,wink)
I hope that you are haveing a great day! hugs and God's Blessings. Mike G. said that. (its an A.A.thing)

'Tart said...

Hey Mike,
Thank you!! Sorry about the pounds, avert your eyes and maybe they'll come right off!:)

Feeling good at the moment, thank you for the Hugs & Blessings and giving them right back at cha!:)

Hopefulsl said...

Yummy, you are making me hungry now.
To tell you the truth, i am not a baker. Even ask Tracy, she is my witness... When i fail at baking i have to call my sis Tracy and bless
her heart she saves me from disaster.
She always knows how to save a goop and turn it into something wonderful!
Now as for a slow cooker, i can do that....((YEAH))....
I have some wonderful recipes, and i attend to use slow cooker a lot in the winter.
Thanks for sharing all of this...
Hugs and Blessings sent your way>>

Tracy said...

Ohhhhhh Tart! Yummmmooooo haha as Rachel Ray would say. I plan on using the crock pot recipe!!!!! Haha probably in the next few days. Thanks for sharing..... I have to look up the mango cupcake one! gosh i am hungry, yep gaining as i think of it... haha....

'Tart said...

You ought to share those slow cooker recipes! I would Love to see them and I bet a lot of other people would too! HUGS & Blessings to you and yours!:)(((Stacy)))

Awww! Thanks for the Yummo! Especially coming from the 'Queen of Baking' I know the truth!!:)

Those Mango frosted cupcakes were a LOT of work and a long recipe right off of the 'Food Network' page is where I think my supervisor found it.

It scared me to look at that recipe on only the second day of baking opportunity, since it was soooo involved!! Cutting of real mangos and calling for a pound of butter (ew! We have learned to cut down on the butter in the next recipes!)

What I love about this class is not so much the finished product, which is Yummo! but the process in which to make it. I hate standing for so long, I'll be honest, but the following and making of a recipe and seeing how it comes out is very satisfying, I just know you know about all that.
Vive baking, my Jungletart!!

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