Monday, November 24, 2014

What's Cooking? Slow Cooker Cranberry BBQ Chicken (Guest Post)

We all love our traditional Thanksgiving dinner, but what do we do with the left-over turkey when we have already had one turkey sandwich too many? Jade from Jonesin' For Taste is here today to share a great Slow Cooker Cranberry BBQ Chicken recipe. Not only is this recipe great (and easy) for a cold winter's night, the Cranberry BBQ Sauce is perfect for Thanksgiving leftovers!

Hi! I'm Jade and I blog at Jonesin' For Taste! I'm on a mission to make fantastic food on a really tight food budget. Originally this dish was going to be done in the oven but the day before I made it my oven broke. So we had to move on to plan B. This dish is fantastic with turkey as well so if you see it on sale and wanted to do that go for it. I happened to use boneless skinless chicken breasts because that was what I had on hand but honestly I think it would be even better with a whole chicken - and cheaper too! The real winner to this dish is the cranberry BBQ sauce. It's a little different, oh so festive, and a fantastic deal this time of year because cranberry everything goes on sale! So stock up and get ready to make this! 

Slow Cooker Cranberry BBQ Chicken

Slow Cooker Chicken with Cranberry BBQ Sauce
Recipe Type: Main
Author: Jonesin' For Taste
For Chicken:
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder (optional, if you don't like it spicy don't use it)
  • 3/4 tsp black pepper
  • At least 3 lbs chicken
  • Olive oil
For Cranberry BBQ Sauce:
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 16-oz. can whole cranberry sauce
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp mustard
  1. Combine all spices in a small bowl. Reserve 1 tsp of mix for BBQ sauce.
  2. Place chicken in slow cooker and drizzle a little olive oil over the top. Sprinkle the spice mix over the chicken. You may not use all of the spice mix and that is okay.
  3. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours.
For the Cranberry BBQ sauce
  1. Saute the onion in about 1 Tbsp olive oil until softened, about 3-4 minutes. Add whole cranberry sauce, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and 1 tsp reserved spice mix. Cook until heated through.
  2. Remove chicken from slow cooker and top with BBQ sauce.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Cash for Christmas Giveaway!

I am excited to be a part of this fun Cash for Christmas Giveaway! A group of us have gotten together to help you out with your Christmas shopping.

MLA - Tammy Creative K Kids - Tammy
Tammy from My Life Abundant and Tammy from Creative K Kids have gotten together with a few of our bloggie friends to have a giveaway!

Cash for Christmas Giveaway $250

We are so excited to be giving away $250 in cash prizes for you to use starting Thanksgiving weekend.  Here are the prizes:
1 - $100 Amazon Gift Card 1 - $50 Target Gift Card 2 - $25 Walmart Gift Card 1 - $20 Khols Gift Card

Amazing. Right? Well, whats a gift card and getting up early, early to shop if you can't focus on your shopping.   So how about we add a $5.00 Starbucks gift card to each one of the prizes above!!
But wait. There is one more prize.
1 - $5 Starbucks Gift Card

Now its time to meet our wonderful co-hosts who have made this giveaway possible.
Starting at the top row we have:
Kim of KidPep | Jody of Mom 'N Daughter Savings | Penny of Penny's Passion | Jeanne of Home Garden Joy | Leticia of Desafio In The City | Barb of A Life in Balance | Tricia of The Good Mamma | Mary of Your Designer Dog Blog | Alecia  of Detours in Life, Family Vacay, Family Time Travelers | Katie of The Ramblings of an Overtired Mama | Michelle of On A Wing and A Prayer | Lauren of Heart of Deborah | Christine of Your Strong Tower | Lindze  of Interior Fun | Michelle of The Happiness Blogger | Stacy of A Moment in our World | Nikki of MBA SAHM | Paula of Beauty Through Imperfection | Sarah of Mommy of Two | Scarlett of Scarlett's Excellent Adventures

Please stop by and say hi to these wonderful ladies and their blogs.
The giveaway will end midnight on Wednesday, November 26th, the night before Thanksgiving.  You will have 48 hours to respond to the email claiming the prize.  If you respond right away, we will get you the gift card promptly so that you can shop with it on Black Friday!  If we don't hear in 48 hours, we will choose another winner. 
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Product Review: Real Simple Magazine Meal Planner

This post is NOT a sponsored post. I have not received any kind of compensation for writing this post and all thoughts are 100% mine.
This year I became a subscriber to Real Simple magazine. I have always eyed this magazine in the grocery store, but I never really got a copy due to newsstand prices. I loved that Real Simple always had organizational tips, which I desperately need, so when a magazine fundraiser came around, I subscribed. It was also nice, that my Barnes & Noble Nook allowed print subscribers to get the electronic copy for free with a current subscription. Double win!

Last month the magazine advertised a new service - weekly Meal Plans. Each week for either 6 months or 1 year, your choice, you get a meal plan of 5 meals for the week emailed to you. It is $6 for 6 months or $10 for 1 year. I thought the service looked interesting so decided to try it. I bought the 1 year plan, since it was just $10. With a new baby coming, I can use all the meal planning I can get.

I have now been a meal plan recipient for 2 weeks, and I like what I see. The plans come in PDF form, and are about 6-8 pages in length. The first 2 pages are a full shopping list for everything you need for that week. The following pages contain a recipe and full-color picture of each meal.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Let's Get Real Link Party #62

I am so excited to be this week's co-host for the Let's Get Real Link Party. As a co-host I was tasked to pick a feature from the link-ups at last week's party. What a hard choice! I don't know how these ladies do it week after week. Check out below to see who I picked for my feature. Don't forget to check out the other hosts to see their features and of course, to add your link. Now on to the party!

Woot! Woot! Let's get this Friday started. Let's Get Real is all about Healthy Living. That's right! It's all about Real Food, fitness, health and wellness, and home life tips and tricks from Real people. That's you! Grab a cup of coffee (or other preferred beverage ). Relax into a comfy spot and take some time to get to know the great folks that link up here.

**This week you can enter to win next week's special co-host spot. If you are interested in co-hosting next week, please enter the rafflecopter give-away. We would love to have you join us for the week. 

 Let's Get Real Friday Linky Party

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

5 Easy Bento Lunches

This post is inspired my best friend, who has been trying hard to build a lunch her little picky eater will eat. She has been looking at the bento lunch posts here and at my Pinterest board and decided to try it out. When she posted her lunch "fail" on Facebook, I felt for her. She wants to make a lunch that her daughter just MIGHT eat but feels, as many of us do, that fancy bento lunches may be just to difficult or time consuming.

I took a look at my bento Pinterest board and found some easy bentos that anyone could easily create.

Here they are: 5 Easy Bento Lunches
(Keep in mind these lunches are made by a bento amateur and are made for a pregnant woman, so may contain larger portions than you would make for your child.)

"Lunchables" Lunch

This lunch was inspired by lunches made by my friend Christine at My Epicurean Adventures. She makes her own "lunchables" for a quick, easy and healthy lunch.
Lunch includes: turkey & cheese pinwheel rollups, baby carrots, cucumbers, crackers and dip

Pumpkin Lunch

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Rubbermaid lunch Blox Review

This post is NOT a sponsored post. I have not received any kind of compensation for writing this post and all thoughts are 100% mine.

During this back-to-school season, I saw that Rubbermaid had the lunch Blox lunch boxes available. In the past I have reviewed bento-style lunchboxes and these lunch Blox looked like a version that may be  more easily accessible to consumers. With a Rubbermaid manufacturer's coupon in hand, I headed to my local stores to find them. In August the only place I was able to find them was at Target. By September Walmart also had them. The pricing of the lunch Blox depends on the size - there are larger entree boxes, mini entree boxes, salad boxes, sets with cool packs, etc. Since I was thinking about back-to-school lunches, I decided on an entree box and a salad box. The entree box was about $15 on sale and the salad box was $7 on sale. 

Entree Kit: 1 large container with 2 smaller containers, 1 medium container,
2 small containers, 2 ice packs
Salad Kit: 1 larger container, 1 3-section insert, 1 small container,
1 ice pack

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Looking for Guest Bloggers!

I'm looking for guest bloggers for Halloween through the Christmas season while I am on "maternity leave". I would love any seasonal or healthy recipes and/or tips. Please contact me if you are interested. I look forward to working with you!