Sunday, March 9, 2014

Two Great Recipes in One Post

Here are two very easy and simple recipes that can either be made separately or done together.  The first is a basic & easy way to cook chicken breast in the crock-pot.  I used my small 1.5 quart sized crock-pot which was perfect for the size of chicken breast I was cooking (just enough for Aaron and I). The chicken will be really moist and somewhat healthy, since it was cooked in it's own natural juices. 

You could actually just make "Ranchy Chicken" at anytime when you have a different recipe that calls for cooked shredded chicken.  Make it ahead in batches and throw it in the fridge or freezer till your ready for your next meal. Than pull it out, let it thaw out (if you froze it) and just skipped a few steps and your chicken will have an extra bit of flavor (than if you were to use plain chicken breast).

1# chicken breast (boneless and thawed)
Dry ranch package

Rub chicken breast in about half of the dry mix, making sure to coat both sides. Let set for several hours, remember the longer you let set, the fuller the flavor.  [Mine set in the fridge for 2 hours.]

Cook in crock-pot with no other ingredients for 3 hours on LOW (or until fully cooked).  Let cool for 30 minutes in it's own broth before shredding the chicken with a knife.  [Mine literally fell apart without really cutting into it.]

Now the simple way to turn the "Ranchy Chicken" into "Buffalo Ranch Chicken" is by adding two little but very powerful ingredients:

1/2 cup Hot Wing sauce
1/4 cup Ranch dressing

Mix together with chicken until evenly coated, place back into crock-pot and cook on LOW for approx. 2-3 hours (depending on how intense you want the flavor to be; the longer it's cook, the bolder the flavor).

Serve as pulled chicken sandwiches, in tortilla or pita roll-ups, as a pizza toppings, mix in with mac 'n cheese, etc....the list of ways to eat this is ENDLESS!

Now this is just my own personal way of cooking and making Buffalo Chicken, on a weekday for Aaron and I.  According to Aaron he said, "It's got just enough spice, which is nice"; meaning it's not too spicy and is really creamy with the addition of the ranch being added in.  If you prefer more kick from the hot wing sauce, add more of it or if you like less spice, add more ranch dressing.  This recipe is all about what your preferences are and when your cooking for yourself and one other person, you have more freedom to do that.  This is why this is sort of the ideal cooking for 2 recipe and depending on how you serve the shredded chicken, you may have enough for leftovers later in the week.  Try it as something different when you eat the second time and you'll never run out of recipes!


~ Kellie Anne

P.S - this recipe is the first of many that will be shot with my new DSL camera that Aaron got me for Christmas.  It took me a while (with the help of my sister), to figure out the settings on the camera and now I can't wait to shoot all my blog photos with it.  I just think it make the food turn out better and look more appetizing than when I took shots with my camera phone.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Goodbye Grandpa

Romans 14:8

For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's.

My grandfather left this earth today and is in Heaven with the good Lord.  I was able to say my goodbyes to him last week and made peace that he would be passing, sometime shortly after seeing him.

Two years ago, my mom's dad entered an Alzheimer's unit at an area nursing home.  He wasn't a fan of leaving his wife or the farm, but he wasn't able to take of himself (and my grandma couldn't do it either). He was in his late 80's and had worked hard for his family and other's all of his life.

It was hard to see his mind slowly depreciate over the years and his health  follow shortly after.  But the one thing that he always had was a smile on his face (though he may not have always known who you were). When he finally entered the Hospice unit at the hospital on Wednesday, the only thing the doctor kept saying was she couldn't give us an exact timeline because his heart was so strong. I believe that's because he wanted to give everyone a chance to see him one last time and to say goodbye.

Thursday will be hard,  when they lay him in the cold March soil,  but I know he will be watching over all of us. Smile and all.

I'll always love and remember you Grandpa! ♡

~Kellie Anne