Hi…

Ok, raise of hands: who, out of all of you out there, actually cares about the goings on of my life?? Maybe 3 total?? ….oh well. It’s you 3 that give me motivation to keep blogging. Most people just look at the pictures, search for recipes, and leave the occasional comment (one of the most recent ones being: “will this still taste good if I stick it up my a**?”. Interesting….and the answer is most definitely yes, anonymous commenter….yes, it will.) ;) And that’s perfectly wonderful. I LOVE having people who love food reading my blog. Love it! I know for most of you, this is just a food blog, period. But for those 3 of you who actually like my non-food posts, thanks a million. Really.

Things are zipping right along for us- most of our boxes are unpacked, I’m getting things hung up on the walls (blank walls are so sad…), and the faux fireplace my dad, Grandaddy, and father-in-law have been building is almost finished (it’s going to look amazing!). We’ve actually met a bunch of our neighbors, too! Izzy enjoys socializing with her fur-neighbors behind us (two Westies and a Schnauzer- so cute!) and she’s settled right in. She absolutely loves her new backyard; there’s plenty of room to run, lots of sunshine, and dogs on every side of the fence! It’s so nice having a sense of “community” again (something we definitely did NOT have in our old town) and we’re loving being back home. I love my new kitchen and have finally been able to cook a few meals and have family over. I can’t wait to give you a tour of our house! :)

Our 6 year anniversary was this past Sunday and we celebrated by buying each other iPhone 5s, going to our favorite restaurant Saturday night, then taking it easy all day Sunday. Wow, 6 years of marriage (love you, sweetie!)!

Cassidy is 8 months old and more beautiful and funny than ever. She amazes me every day and I feel like the luckiest mommy in the world! She’s been working hard on learning to walk- she’s taken a few steps and I think we’re getting pretty close! She also waved “bye-bye” twice today, which, obviously makes her the smartest, brightest baby in the world. Of course. I’ve been working really hard (and long) on a post all about homemade baby food- breaking it down into easy to follow steps, tips, and recipes. I seriously can’t wait to share it with you!

I’ve got some good stuff coming up on the blog- a wedding shower post for a dear friend, homemade baby food, and some fun Halloween treats! Stay tuned!

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Crockpot Italian Chicken…

HI! I’m back! Whew, that was a long hiatus, huh? It was well worth it, though- we have almost the entire house painted (including all the kitchen cabinets), a few pictures on the walls, cable and internet set up, all the dishes are put away, and Cassidy’s room is all set up. Things are getting there. Now all I have to do is get my fall decorations out and I’m all set! :)

Anyway, with all this moving madness going on, there’s simply no time to cook. That’s why the crockpot is my dear, dear friend. Throw some chicken and seasonings in, let it do its thing, and you’ve got a home-cooked dinner. Which is good, because if I have to eat out one more time I think I’ll lose my mind! This is one of our favorite easy weeknight meals; every time I make it, Joel raves about it. I like to serve it along with some green beans and roasted potatoes, but it goes great with any side dish!

 Crockpot Italian Chicken

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup sundried tomatoes, roughly chopped
1/3 cup bottled Italian salad dressing (I like Newman’s Own Oil & Vinegar or House Italian)
1/3 cup water
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon flour

Place all ingredients in the crockpot and cook on low for 8 hours (or high for 4-6 hours), until chicken is tender and moist.

Remove chicken from crockpot and set aside. Pour all the cooking juices in a pan and cook over low heat. In a small bowl, mix the 1 tablespoon flour with 1 tablespoon of the hottest tap water. Whisk together with a fork until a smooth paste is made. Whisk the paste into the cooking juices to thicken. Whisk until bubbling and slightly thickened. Taste for seasoning.

Shred the chicken and spoon the sauce over the top. Serves 4.

Recipe source: Sing For Your Supper original

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Guess What?

Bye-bye, old house! We’re movin’ on! In fact, we moved Tuesday! :) Yep, all the drama is over and done, the old house is sold, and we’ve moved into our new house! Now, let the painting, cleaning, unpacking, and decorating begin!

Starting with this monstrosity….

See that? That’s our stuff. It’s a long story, but the short version is, pretty much everything we own is in this one room. Thanks, movers.

So anyway, now you know I’m not purposefully ignoring my blog, but have an honest-to-goodness reason! I’ll be back soon…REALLY soon! Just give me a little bit, and the yummies will continue! :)

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