Crockpot BBQ Chicken

Happy Saturday!

Have you ever bought something at the grocery store with every intention of making it for dinner that night and then get home and decide you’re too tired/too hungry/too whatever to spend time prepping and cooking it? Well that’s exactly what happened to me last week. I bought a package of chicken breasts that I was going to simply bake with some salt and pepper, and ended up eating left-overs from the previous day’s dinner. Thankfully I had the foresight to throw them in the freezer when I didn’t cook them Tuesday, since I didn’t end up using them until the following Monday.

But that turned out to have been quite fortuitous. Monday (which was Memorial Day), I decided to use up the chicken trying a new recipe. After perusing my Pinterest, I settled on this Crockpot BBQ Chicken recipe from Family Fresh Meals. It didn’t call for many ingredients and allowed me to throw it in the crockpot to cook for a few hours while I planted some flowers.

Photo courtesy familyfreshmeals.com

Photo courtesy familyfreshmeals.com

And it was delicious! We shredded it and ate it on hamburger buns (left over from a cookout the previous night) and had some chips as a side. I think some corn on the cob along with it would have been fantastic, but really didn’t want to run to the store just for that.

I will definitely be making this recipe again! So simple and can easily be increased to cook for more people. Great for summer cookouts as it is easy to keep warm in the crockpot once it’s done cooking.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Tahlia’s Cinnamon Bookbinder Bread

Hello again!

So sorry I haven’t posted in such a long time. I guess I’ve just been too busy with seminars, friends’ weddings, reading, and PLAYOFF HOCKEY. Seriously, I love hockey.

Today’s post is actually thanks to a book I just read this weekend, Stray by Elissa Sussman. I finished it in just over 24 hours – picked it up on the way to work Friday morning, and was done mid-afternoon on Saturday (and I work Saturday mornings). At first I wasn’t sure about the book, but I quickly became engrossed: it has such an interesting take on magic, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. Unfortunately, wait, I must – Stray was only published last fall, and the next in this series of four isn’t due to be published until 2016. I hate when I start a series that’s in-progress! I don’t have the patience! Thank goodness I didn’t find out about Harry Potter until they started making the movies. I don’t know what I would have done if I’d had to wait for each of the books to come out.

This cinnamon pull-apart bread is made by a couple characters in the book, and I was delighted to find the recipe provided at the end of the book! Maybe the author will have a new recipe at the end of each of the books 🙂 But, you don’t have go pick up the book if you want the recipe (although I do recommend it for lovers of fantasy): you can check it out here.

Today was my mom’s birthday, so I had thought to make this for breakfast. It ended up taking a bit longer than I had anticipated (so I whipped up some chocolate chip muffins during it’s second rise), partly because I had forgotten to take the eggs out to come to room temp while I did prep work. Since the AC is on in the house with 80 degree days and high humidity, I used the pan of boiling water in the oven trick to help with the rise and it worked just fine.

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I loved the bread! I baked it for just over 35 minutes since the new oven seems to run a bit cooler, but I think I won’t bake it quite so long next time, as some areas seemed a little dry. But the cinnamon sugar crunchiness on top was wonderful, and the soft insides of the bread were heaven. Nothing beats fresh-baked bread! Unless it’s fresh-baked cinnamon bread!

As always, questions and comments are welcome! I’d loved to hear from you!