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Feb 20 / Amy

My Weekend Menu

This weekend we hosted my in-laws for the first time in our new house.  Since we’re getting a little closer to being finished with the unpacking, they wanted to come see the new place.

I decided I wanted to be super domestic this weekend and cooked a few yummy treats.  I wish I would have thought about taking more photos along the way.

For dinner, I made ‘Easy Chicken and Dumplings’ in the slow cooker, which turned out quite delicious!  Josh and I have leftovers for lunch today, and he seemed pretty okay with eating it again, which is a bonus for me since I usually make our lunches in the morning.  This is actually the second time I’d made it, I think it turned out a little better this go-round.

I love slow cooker recipes, simply because they’re really easy to put together, and you rarely have to look in on them during the day.  Then a few hours later, you have yummy food ready to eat (and your house smells so good in the process)!

I do want to suggest a product for when you’re using your slow cooker, it helps with the cleanup once you’re done.  They’re called Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners.  I randomly came across them in the grocery store one day, and recalled that Josh hates washing the slow-cooker after a meal has been in it for 8 hours, so I threw them in my cart.  I kept forgetting that I purchased them until Josh reminded me that he’d really like for me to try them out.  Anywho, you place the liner in your slow cooker before you start adding ingredients – it keeps the ceramic portion clean (for the most part), making it much easier to wipe down after using it.  Josh (our resident dish-doer) is a fan!  And the plastic is BPA free, if that’s something you’re wondering about.

The recipe was shared by my 409 friend Jenny, but the original recipe comes from the Crockin’ Girls (formerly known as the Crock Pot Girls).

Easy Chicken and Dumplings

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 can Cream of Chicken soup
1 can Cream of Celery soup
3.5 cups of chicken broth
1 chicken bouillon cube (optional)
2 T. butter (since I get the butter flavored biscuits, I don’t typically add this to the mix)
1 cup diced onions
1 cup diced celery
1 cup diced/shredded carrots
1 can of Pillsbury Grands Biscuits [not the flaky layered kind!! I opt to use the Homestyle Butter Tastin’® biscuits]

Throw everything in the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours (OR cook on high for 4-5 hours). One hour before serving, shred the chicken in the soup and then take your roll of Grands Biscuits and cut them up into pieces (I cut my biscuits up into 5-6 pieces). Throw them on top and let them cook for about an hour or until they are not gummy on the inside.

Just after adding the Grands biscuits

While I don’t have pictures of the finished product, trust me, it’s delicious!

Later in the evening I made a great dip that I’d been introduced to by a book club friend, Allison.  She made it one night, and it’s fabulous.  Everyone that was there begged her to send the recipe to them!

It’s called ‘Apple Dip’, even though the dip itself doesn’t contain apples – it’s best paired with Granny Smith apples (something about the tartness of the apple and the sweetness of the dip causes an explosion of awesomeness for your taste buds).

Apple Dip

2 pkgs softened cream cheese
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 bag heath bar chips or 5-6 crushed heath bars

Blend cream cheese and sugars with mixer or by hand.  Add heath chips.  Enjoy! (Note: Josh, who hates green apples, tried it at the coaxing of myself and his mother and said that it was really good! I considered that a win for the day. :))

So. Good.

I will say that this recipe makes a lot of dip!  We ended up having it after dinner, so everyone was full and though I’d cut up 3 apples for the dip, the apples were consumed but there was a lot of the sweet stuff left over.  You could easily half this recipe if you were serving to a small group (3-4 people).

Sunday morning, Josh and I got up to make scrambled eggs, bacon and biscuits.  Even though we ate around 9 am, it was still too early for me to remember to take even one picture.  Oops.  And after all of my domestic energy was released, we opted for fast food for dinner last night.  Time to hit the grocery store this afternoon…

Did you try any recipes over the weekend?  If so, do share!  I’d love to hear about them (and maybe even try them myself)!


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