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You should make this tonight!

It’s pouring down rain here — it’s not really miserable and cold, but it cries out for comfort food tonight.  Of course tonight I have to pick up my short child early from school to take to a lesson and then race home and supervise homework and then the short child also has jazz at dinner time (yes, this is all due to poor planning on my part)  that ends at exactly the same time I am supposed to show up looking all clean and shiny for parents night at her school.  Oh, and somewhere in between all that I need to make dinner for 6 people.  Can you say “crock-pot”???  By the way I own a crock-pot cookbook – I won’t make 95% of the recipes in it because either they have steps like browning and adding ingredients 1/2 hour before serving or they are based around cream of mushroom soup – seriously YUCK!

This is 2 steps.  Put in ingredients and shred.  That’s it.  And it tastes awesome and it keeps well and you can serve it as leftovers if you need to.  It is also immensely adjustable to feed the size crowd you need.

RECIPE Shredded BBQ Chicken on Ciabatta Rolls:

  • 5-6 boneless breasts of chicken (this is totally flexible – I have 7 in tonight because they looked small)
  • 1/2 cup Italian dressing
  • 1/4 light brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 bottle BBQ sauce (your choice – I like Bulls Eye Original because it doesn’t have High Fructose Corn Syrup or ingredients I cannot pronounce)

And that’s it.  Seriously.  Dump it all in.  Mix it around if you feel the need to create more steps. Turn it on and forget about it.  I have it on low for the next 8 hours.  It would be fine in 6.  I have cranked it up to high and had it ready in 4 hours.

Because you should make this tonight I am posting this now with just the in process picture.  I have no idea if it will be possible to grab a final product pic with my night tonight but I will try 🙂

When you are ready to eat take 2 forks and shred the meat.  This will take longer than you think it should.  But it’s not remotely complicated.  Tonight I will either do it in advance of Jazz class and set crock-pot to warm for 1 hour or I will have my big girls shred it while I am gone so it is ready to eat when I roll in on 2 wheels and toss the short child out the window on my way to parents night.

I buy nice buns — Ciabatta Rolls – not hamburger buns for this.  It does make a difference – my kids voted.

Enjoy!!

It’s all about Balance

I’ll be the first to admit it.  This cake was a struggle.  I had very clear ideas of how I wanted it to come out in my head and IT WAS HARD!!!  I made some compromises along the way.  There was no way to make the balance beam elevated and still have the girl on top.  It was hard enough getting her to stand at all.  But I do think that the low beam fit the age group – and also works with the other elements in the cake. I also had to sacrifice some form for function with the legs to get them to “hold her” which meant the leotard didn’t look as “real” as the gymnast wearing purple.  She was just way way too tippy and that frustrated me to no end.  But there are other things that really make me smile.  I LOVE how the foam pit came out.  I hollowed out the center of the cake and cut the foam bits out of fondant that I dusted with powdered sugar to resemble chalk.  And I like the chalk stand near the uneven bars.  I also like how I thought to work Charlotte’s age into the leotard of the gymnast.  She liked that!  And as caught up as “I” get in the details — I have to remind myself that I am making a cake for a child’s party and if the child it happy – it’s a winner!

Feeling Pinky

Well, it started with my 7 year old wanting a “dog party”.  Which is fine, except I’ve already done a dog party.  Not as much fun FOR  ME :-).  Thankfully, as we browse the pages of Birthday Express, she decides that a pink poodle pajama party (ok I added the pajama part – I’ve done a regular party) is really the way she wants to go.  And it’s not that she isn’t a cuddly kid that wouldn’t love a regular dog.  But she is kind of a “jazz hands” type of girl and she needs a little pizazz with her parties.  She has also requested that I pronounce fondant the way The Cake Boss” does.  So it’s not just me with the issues 🙂  Thank god for Pinterest. Can you say INSPIRATION???  I have a whole little board full of ideas, some I’ve stolen from my Valentine’s board because hey, pink is pink.  And thankfully, most of the people invited to the party haven’t heard of Pinterest yet and I can get all the credit for not only execution, but the imagination too!


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