Wednesday, March 26, 2014

What's Cookin Wednesday - Crockpot Ugly Chicken Dinner

One day in my pursuing of the internets I came across another crock-pot meal!  Yup - I love them (if you haven't caught on by now!)  This one promised to not be pretty....and it was right (but who needs pretty at home if it's yummy in your tummy?!)

  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and thickly sliced (I sliced mine about ½ inch thick)
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 pound chicken, diced into chunks
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 1 green pepper, seeded and sliced
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  1. Grease crock (I used a 5 quart). Lay potatoes in bottom.
  2. Place chicken on top.
  3. Cover with onions, carrots, and pepper.
  4. Sprinkle each layer with salt and pepper.
  5. Slice butter into pieces and lay on top of everything.
  6. Sprinkle with garlic powder.
  7. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until potatoes are tender.

Yield: 4 servings

This was YUMMY!  But I felt like it needed something else with it.  When typing this up - I realized her pictures had an added carb loving self would choose brown rice.  But overall - yum!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Makeover Monday

On a blustery day in Fall 2013 - one of my neighborhood neighbors posted that they were cleaning out their basement and everything on the curb was FREE!  So I called my trusty partner-with-a-truck over to investigate.  I got pictures of car seats and a cool chair that I had no room for and two piece of furniture (one was the one I sent him for!).....both were waiting on my porch when I got home.

 When I first saw this piece I thought I could work my magic and make a changing table with drawers for one of my employees that was expecting (this week actually!), but when it got to my house I realized it was chest high...and probably not the safest changing table for baby ;-)

So I e-mailed my sister who always has good furniture ideas and said something like "should I try to save it or should I just put it back out on the curb?!"  "SAVE IT!"  she replied.

So I started stripping.....  and found this pretty green color underneath....oooo

I thought about keeping the green (because I loved it), but in a few places the stripper went beyond paint and I saw this:

 Dark brown wood!  Could I save it?  Would it all be like that?  Turns out I could, but it would not.  The top is more of a veneer (boo) as are the drawers and doors, but everything else was a pretty wood.

So I worked on it...then let it sit....and painted the doors and drawers...and let it sit.... looked for knobs in a different state...  took a screwdriver to the X pattern on the front (that you can barely see in the first pic) and here she is in all her glory!

One day when I'm bored I might tackle those white feet, but for now I'm calling this piece done!