Tasty Tuesday: Hawaiian BBQ Chicken

Another easy and delicious meal to keep your crock pot busy this winter. This one is a mix of sweet and tangy with the BBQ sauce and pineapple – which sounds like it might be a weird combo but it most definitely is not weird, it is delicious.

Ingredients.

Ingredients.

Ingredients.

4 chicken breasts
bottle of BBQ sauce
can of pineapple chunks
rice (whatever you prefer will be fine – white, brown, minute, etc.)

Directions.

Directions.

Directions.

Place chicken, BBQ sauce, and pineapple chunks in the crockpot.

Stir together

Cook on low for 4-6 hours

At around 5 hours, shred the chicken and return it to the crock pot to let it get some extra soaking up time.

Cook your rice while the chicken is marinating for the last little bit

Serve over rice and enjoy because it’s delicious.

Enjoy!

Enjoy!

 

Tasty Tuesday: Mini Pies

If you’re looking for a cute and delicious dessert for your Christmas dinner then I am here with your solution. Mini Pies. I made these for Thanksgiving and they were a little bit of work but they were so worth it. I like several types of pie but on a big meal day like Thanksgiving and Christmas there is no way I can have a taste of each kind of pie that is available so this year I had the genius idea of making mini pies so that I could have a tiny bit of all three kinds of pie I was making and not feel too guilty about eating three kinds of pie. They do take a little bit of work but if I made one type instead of three it may have not been so much work. I saved some time by using store bought ingredients and also because who has time to make pie from scratch? Not a working mom that’s who.

Ingredients.

Ingredients.

Ingredients.

Pie filling and Pie crust. I like to keep it simple folks.

I made cherry, apple, and pumpkin.

I needed 2 cans of filling for the cherry and apple to make 24 cupcake pies, but 1 can of pumpkin makes enough for 24 cupcake pies.

I did follow the recipe for pumpkin pie on the back of the Libby’s Pumpkin mix because it’s a good recipe for Pumpkin Pie in case you’re looking for a good recipe for it.

What you need.

  • Rolling pin
  • Circle cutter

Directions.

  • Roll out your pie crust and cut the crust in small circles a little larger than your cupcake tin size.
  • Fill your cupcake tins with your circle crusts
  • Fill the crust with pie filling
  • Cut some of the crust scrap to make lattices or decorations for the pie.
Before and After.

Before and After.

I baked the pies for close to the time recommended by the cans/directions. You will need to keep an eye on them because individually they are smaller than a full size pie so they won’t need all of the recommended time, but it’ll be close.

All ready to eat.

All ready to eat.

Monday Musings.

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you’re all ready for Christmas this week… or having a wonderful Hanukkah. Whatever applies, go with it. We’ve been having a pretty busy month so I just wanted to pop in with some random musings about what we’ve been up to lately on this lovely Monday morning.

Since we open our presents as a family on Christmas morning we don’t typically buy Hanukkah presents but this year I couldn’t resist this Hanukkah set and she really loves it. If you’re in the market for something like this I highly recommend the KidKraft Wooden Chanukah Set. It’s a sturdy, wooden toy and it comes with everything you see there plus a bag to store it all in. I haven’t decided if we’ll leave this out all year or not but my feeling right now is probably not so that when next Hanukkah comes around we actually have all the pieces to the toy but we’ll see.

Sydney's new Hanukkah toy

Sydney’s new Hanukkah toy

Friday night we had some family time with the in-laws. We celebrated “Family Hanukkah” and we all had a wonderful time. Sydney was more than spoiled by her wonderful Aunts and she loved all the attention (& gifts!) she got. She got the coolest symphony toy – there are 13 instruments that you add to the symphony and depending on which instruments you add your music will sound different. Sydney is loving that toy – she really loves music. She also got a play kitchen for Grammies house (since she has one at home) and she was so excited about that she played with that instead of really eating dinner (although, like a good little girl, she ate her Latkes). After Sydney was asleep we played Cards Against Humanity and it was riot! That game is seriously so funny and so much fun to play.

Friday night.

Friday night.

Sunday I woke up a little under the weather and wanted some good chicken soup for dinner so I threw this crockpot meal together that I had recently saved to Pinterest… and fail. It called for a whole onion – which I should have really known would have been too much onion. And then it called for chicken broth, which I thought I had, except I had chicken stock and that’s not the same thing at all… apparently. So it just didn’t turn out right and it was a huge disappointment especially after smelling it cooking all day. Because it smelled pretty good, but it tasted terribly.

Pinterest Fail.

Pinterest Fail.

At least I got to spend the day cuddling with this little girl. I think she’s feeling a tad under the weather as well because she did a lot of laying on the couch with me this weekend which is pretty unusual, but I’m not complaining because her snuggles make me feel so much better.

Me and my girl

Me and my girl

I hope you all had a good weekend! Happy Monday friends.

Christmas Village in Baltimore.

Over the weekend Sydney & I visited the Christmas Village in Baltimore with my parents. The Village is in its second year and I believe someone from my Mom’s work had mentioned it and after looking at the website we decided it would be worth going.

Christmas Village in Baltimore

Christmas Village in Baltimore

I’ve read on some expat blogs (like Casey over at We Took The Road Less Traveled) all about the magic that is the European Christmas Market and I was excited. I guess my hopes were set a bit too high because I was let down big time. We were very excited to spend some time doing some specialty Christmas shopping and eating some delicious treats but we were let down in a huge way. AND we paid $5 PER PERSON to get in just to be let down.

Christmas Village in Baltimore

Christmas Village in Baltimore

First, it is really small. It advertised 60 vendors, which is a lot, but the space was very small for the market to be set up in. Also, I guess I was expecting some larger “stalls” than what was set up. The small stalls made it VERY crowded and if there were two people at some stalls it was too crowded to go in or see what was being offered. We probably ended up missing a lot because we simply could not see what was being offered by each vendor. Some vendors had stuff set up both inside and outside of their stalls and those were the ones that seemed to be getting the most business because they were the easiest to access.

Having some fun with the photo props

Having some fun with the photo props

Secondly, the items for sale were – in my opinion – extremely overpriced. Some of the wares were handmade, which is fine but those handmade wares were definitely priced higher than necessary. I ended up spending next to nothing because I knew I could purchase similar quality handmade goods at one of the local shops near my home. We purchased a few, reasonably priced items from a couple vendors but most of the stuff we saw didn’t seem to be worth the price tag. It was kind of disappointed because we were really excited to shop and we were extremely let down by the shopping experience we were greeted with. They did have this special shop in the back of the tented area that sold items “straight from Germany.” You had to wait in a separate line to get in to that shop – which was, you guessed it, super cramped. It was also REALLY expensive. I saw a relatively small, wooden nativity scene that I was interested in until I saw the nearly $300 price tag attached to it. It was plain wood. Plain. No paint, nothing fancy, plain. Needless to say I did not leave with that or anything else from the special market.

The Christmas Tree

The Christmas Tree

Thirdly, the food. Another let down. It seemed, on the website, that there was much food to be eaten and my mom and I were so excited to eat and shop our way through this market. At least there was mulled wine because I would have been seriously disappointed if there wasn’t.

Me and my girl

Me and my girl

Then, there was supposed to be a Kids Corner and a Kids Train but we didn’t see any of that set up. There is a chance we missed it, but really the set up was pretty close quarters so I don’t think we did. And – there was a train, presumably we would have heard that. I’m not sure if we went too early for that to be set up (it opens at 11 and we were there around 2), but we didn’t even see anyone that you could really ask about it except for two girls that were manning the ticket booth and swamped with a huge line so we didn’t ask because by that point we were too disappointed and way too over the whole thing to try to salvage anything of it.

Happy girl.

Happy girl.

Additionally, there was an inside tent with some vendors set up. That was a nice break from the cold but it was really crowded. The tent definitely needed more space because it was hard to maneuver around other shoppers with kids and/or strollers. The “beer garden” and entertainment section was right smack in the middle. They had some tables set up so you could enjoy the music/entertainment but the little section certainly didn’t accommodate a lot of people. We couldn’t find a table so we ended up standing to eat the food we bought. It didn’t make for an enjoyable meal and it made us glad we had stopped for a bite to eat before we got there since we had gotten a late start.

She loved the Carousel.

She loved the Carousel.

We definitely left the Christmas Village disappointed but we managed to salvage our day by wandering around the Inner Harbor and letting Sydney run off some energy since she had been stuck in her carseat for almost 2 hours and then in a stroller because it was too cramped for her to walk on her own (since she is a terrible listener sometimes and she would have likely just run off or broken something).

Selfies on the Carousel.

Selfies on the Carousel.

We also visited the Carousel they have set up at one end of the Inner Harbor. I wasn’t sure how Sydney would react to it but she LOVED it. She was excited about the horse (!!) and once it started going boy was she full of giggles and laughter. Her excitement about the quick ride around the Carousel definitely was the bright spot in the day.

Checking out the Ships in the Harbor.

Checking out the Ships in the Harbor.

After a slow walk back we headed home. Thankfully we weren’t sitting in any game day traffic (thanks to the Army Navy game that day) on the way home because we left during the game so our ride home was much quicker than the ride there. All in all I enjoyed spending the day with my parents and I’m glad we were able to do that but I don’t think I’ll we’ll stick to doing stuff that would be way less disappointing than the Christmas Village in Baltimore.

Grandpa and his girls.

Grandpa and his girls.