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Crockpot Ranch Pork Chops

Today was definitely a crock pot kind of day.  With homework to do, keychain orders to fill, midterms to study for, 3 kids to watch (and clean up after)… I wouldn’t have been able to squeeze in cooking dinner any other way.  So I thought I would share one of my family’s FAVORITE crock pot meals :)

I saw this meal idea a while back and made it according to the original recipe which can be found here.  After making the recipe according to their instructions…it needed some adjustments to fit our family.  We are gravy lovers– so first and foremost I needed to figure out a way to make more gravy.  Secondly, the ranch flavor was too rich for me and the kids… my husband loved it– but he was out numbered.  I adjusted the recipe a little bit and made my own mashed potato recipe instead of the one they provided.  Here goes!

You will need:

6 boneless pork chops

2 cans Cream of Chicken Soup

1 packet (dry) ranch dressing mix

Empty both cans of Cream of Chicken soup into your crockpot along with the packet of ranch and mix together.  Once mixed well, add your boneless pork chops (I like to cover my pork chops with the chicken soup/ranch mix)  and allow them to cook for around 6 hours.

Sidenote:  I was in a pinch today and let the chops cook on high for 4 hours, but they were just as delicious and tender :)

So yummy and soooo simple!   If you are in need of a recipe for mashed potatoes, here is the one I used tonight:

Dee’s Light and Creamy Mashed Potatoes

You will need:

10 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed

3/4 cup margerine or butter

1/2 cup milk

1 cup mayonaise

garlic powder (to taste)

salt (to taste)

pepper (to taste)

1.)  Peel your potatoes

2.)  Cut your potatoes into cubes

3.)  Add enough water to cover your potatoes and boil until the potatoes are soft to bite and ready to mash.

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4.) Strain your potatoes, and reenter them into your pot.  Add butter, mayonaisse, milk, garlic, salt and pepper and mix with an electric mixer.

5.)  Serve and enjoy!

Did you try this recipe?  Let me know! I would love to hear about it :)

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PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE BARS

To get this section of the blog off to a delicious start I decided to feature these delicious Chocolate Pumpkin Bars that I made for Thanksgiving.  Personally, I don’t care for pumpkin pie but I always find myself making one in order to please everyone else at the table.  This year since we were attending a “pot-luck” Thanksgiving with my mother-in-laws family, I decided to spice it up a little.  I was lucky enough to catch this recipe on The Today Show (with Kathy Lee and Hoda) and now I will be making these bars every. single. year.

Here is the recipe!

Recipe: Chocolate pumpkin bars

credit:  Jansen Chan

Ingredients (Chocolate Bottom)

  • 5 ounces chocolate, unsweetened
  • 2 ounces chocolate, bittersweet
  • 4 ounces butter
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour

Ingredients (Pumpkin Topping)

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 15 ounces pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 ounce chocolate, bittersweet, melted

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9″ x 13″ baking pan by greasing the inside and placing a parchment paper or piece of foil that covers the bottom and two sides of the pan, with enough hangover to reach past the height of the pan. Over a pot of simmering water, melt the two chocolates and butter. Off the heat, add cocoa and sugar. Stir. With a whisk, add an egg one at a time. Add salt. Add flour and stir to combine. Spread over the bottom of the prepared pan very evenly. Reserve for pumpkin topping.

For pumpkin topping: In a bowl, combine cream cheese and pumpkin. Add sugar, salt, and spices and stir to combine. Add an egg, one at a time, and continue stirring until smooth and even. Pour mixture directly on the uncooked chocolate layer. With a spoon or piping bag, drizzle melted chocolate on top of pumpkin layer in rows. Using a sharp knife drag lines in opposite directions, across the melted chocolate.

Bake bars for 45 minutes or until puffy in the center. Allow to cool. Remove from pan and cut while chilled.

Serving Size:  Serves 10 to 12

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Welcome to my hectic, hilarious, AMAZING life!

Hey there!  Welcome to my blog that will have you laughing at my attempt to juggle life :)  This blog will not only share my experiences but I will also share recipes, interesting tidbits from my classes, craft tutorials, activities for kids, and so much more!

First- here is a little bit about myself…

I am a mother of 3 beautiful, smart, and crazy kids.  My oldest son, MJ is 4 years old.  He is the smartest and most kind-hearted child that I have ever met in my life.  Next is my only daughter, Kaydence who is 2 years old (almost 3!) and truly believes that she is a princess.  She is strong-willed, independent and already knows she will be a “Big Star!”  Finally is my youngest son, Jacob.  At only 9 months old his smile is infectious and he is the happiest baby in the world.  I am married to a wonderful man who has brought out the best in me and I am incredibly thankful for him and the family that we have created together.

In addition to running my household, I am also a full-time student at Florida Institute of Technology.  I am currently in the process of obtaining my bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Child Advocacy.  Please don’t make the mistake of assuming that because I attend on-line college that I am somehow taking a short-cut to my degree– the workload of my classes are equivalent to an “on campus” experience.

As if being a full-time mother, wife, and student weren’t enough I am also self-employed as a shop owner on ETSY.  Doing crafts provides a creative outlet for me and also allows me to bring in additional income (which never hurts with 3 growing children!)  When adjusting to life as a stay at home mom I initially believed that I would have endless amounts of time on my hands to run my shop but I have quickly learned that is not the case.  During the Christmas season I found myself staying up until 4am working on orders, waking up at 7am with an infant and using every spare moment (that my children allowed) working on constructing my customers holiday orders… all of this was in addition to my school work and household responsibilities.

I hope at this point that you understand just how busy I am and the truth is… I have only scratched the surface.  I try to find humor in every situation and I look forward to sharing my hectic, hilarious, AMAZING life with you!  My hope is that someone out there gets a good laugh and maybe even finds the inspiration to take on just ONE more task ;)

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