What’s for Dinner?

Tonight we are having Apricot-Orange Chicken over rice with salad and asparagus. The Apricot-Orange Chicken is yet another new recipe from my favorite cookbook The Busy Mom’s Slow Cooker Cook Book.

Here’s the recipe…now I don’t know if it tastes good, but if it tastes half as good as it smells, then I think it will be awesome!

1-1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup sugar-free apricot preserves
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup dry red wine
2Tbs cornstarch
2Tbs brown sugar
2Tbs lemon juice

Spray the inside of your slow cooker with cooking spray. Place chicken breasts inside and sprinkle garlic powder over top. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a medium bowl and then pour over top of the chicken. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. Serve over rice.

I’ll update tonight on whether or not I thought it was good:)

ETA: This was very yummy! Even my son…my picky eater, liked it!!!

Real Moms ROCK!

Imagine sitting at home, kids are asleep, husband is away on business and you’re starting to feel a tad bit lonely. It’s too late to call one of your friends on the phone. You could read a book, but you were really looking for something a little more stimulating. What can you do?

I’ll tell you! You can turn on your computer and log onto www.realmomsrock.com. This site was started by two women who wanted to connect real moms. If you log onto the site you will find a whole bunch of things being discussed. Things having to do with children of all ages (we’re talking birth all the way up into teens), TV shows, there’s a book club, and much much more!!

So log on today…make a screen-name…and start connecting with moms from all over. You never know…you may meet someone in your neck of the woods!

Could you do away with cable?

For quite some time now, I’ve tossed around the idea of giving up cable. The only problem, and I fully admit that it is REALLY silly on my part, is that I am a huge Days of Our Lives fan. I’ve watched the show since I was 11 years old. Sure, if I gave it up, I could watch the show on my computer, but do I want to do that? I don’t know about you, but I love to watch cable television. I remember when I was a kid, my parents refused to pay for cable. “Why should we pay to watch our television?”. So anytime I went to my friends house, I got my cable fix. They had every single channel! I remember it being the greatest thing in the world!

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Giving Up Cable Options

There are so many things you can do nowadays if you choose to give up cable and still be able to watch your television. When I was at Costco last, I saw this HDTV Antennacable. I was a bit unsure about it. I mean, growing up we didn’t have it and we had an antenna on our roof, so I guess, in theory this should work. However, my doubt was quickly erased away! I was at a friends house and they had one of these! She said it works great! They had the TV on so I was able to see the picture! It was NOTHING like the picture I remember on our TV back in the 80’s! It was great!

Other things I would get if I gave up cable would be subscriptions to Netflix, Amazon Prime and/or Hulu. Each of those subscriptions cost money per month (you may be able to prepay for the year…I’m not sure, but definitely check that out since that usually saves you money), however the amount you pay is WAY less than the amount you are paying for cable. It also gives you an opportunity to check out the Comcast Cable Internet packages to up your internet. That is one thing I cannot and will not live without!

Did you give up service? What’s it been like? Please leave a comment letting me know how it’s been!

Tex-Mex Chicken

I think this has got to be the BEST chicken recipe I have ever made. D raved and raved about it. I wish I could take credit for it but all I did was dump the stuff in the crockpot. And yes, this is from my favorite cookbook, The Busy Mom’s Crockpot Cookbook.

1 15oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 11oz cans Mexicorn, drained
1 cup thick and chunky salsa
1-1/2lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup nonfat shredded cheddar cheese

Combine beans, mexicorn, and 1/2 cup salsa in crockpot and mix well. Top with chicken breasts and pour the remaining 1/2 cup of salsa over top. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hrs or high for 2-1/2-3 hrs. Sprinkle cheese on top and cook for the remaining 10 mins or until melted.

**I did not use the cheese. I think it would be a lot better with it, but it tasted just fine without it. I also think that next time I may only use one can of corn instead of both of them.

Family Fun Day!

D took the day off and we had a family fun day. It was a great day. Right now we have Art in the Park going on in Plymouth, Michigan. If you are in the area, you should definitely check it out. I think this year is a lot better than previous years.

The kids had a blast riding around in the wagon. It was just nice being outside. We got to watch some really talented people on a half pike roller blading, BMX riding, and skateboarding. But best of all, we saw D’s friend who has a booth at this particular fair, every year.

His name is Jeffery Michael and he is one of the most talented musicians I know. Here is a link to his site. You are able to listen to some of his music on there. If you are looking for something soothing, this music is definitely for you.

http://www.fireheartmusic.com/

We picked up Cinematic Fantasy today and listened to it on our way home. It was very relaxing. So much so, both kids feel asleep in the back seat! Gotta love that!

Have a nice weekend!