How to Defrost Chicken

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I'm spending the day with my daughter today inside since it is snowing!  We're trying to relax but that's not easy when she wants to run around.   Right now she is napping and I'm taking a break! She wasn't interested in playing when I was preparing the crockpot for the  Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan,  it took several attempts at distracting her in order to defrost the chicken and get all of the ingredients  into the pot.   I found a great tip on how to defrost chicken without making it rubbery. Tip: Check it out HERE! This is for one chicken breast. Put it on a piece of foil while you heat your oven to 200 degrees. When it reaches 200, turn off the heat, throw the chicken and foil in…
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Applesauce Muffins

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This past weekend I made these yummy muffins.  Sorry I don't have a picture. They were pretty much gone in a day! I found this recipe in the ad for Giant food - Jan 1 - Jan 7.   It looks like this is from Cheerios website but their recipe section is currently not working. Applesauce Muffins 2 cups Cheerios cereal (crushed) 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 tsp baking powder 1 cup applesauce 1/3 cup fat free (skim) milk 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil 1 egg 1/2 cup raisins (optional, but highly recommended!) 3/4 tsp. baking soda Heat oven to 400 degrees F.  Spray bottoms only of 12 regular-size muffin cups with cooking spray.  Crush cereal.  In a large bowl, stir together…
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The Best Ham Recipe

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I'm a huge fan of Food Network!  I love watching all of the shows especially shows that teach neat tricks and easy simple to do meals.   A couple years ago I saw one of my favorite shows Good Eats - Alton Brown host and it was a show about Ham!   I've never cooked a ham in my life.  I knew it wasn't that hard because City hams are usually fully cooked and besides when I've eating a honey baked ham they taste good but not GREAT!   I might prefer Turkey instead.   Well, my mind has since changed.  After I saw the episode of Good Eats - City Ham, I was sold! City Ham Recipe Source - Food Network - Good Eats- City Ham I've made some adjustments to the instructions…
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How to make Liquid Foaming Hand Wash?

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I'm a huge fan of Dial complete and other liquid foaming hand wash.  For several years I would buy the refills at Walmart.  Now, I look for good deals everywhere I go.   I've tried in the past to make my own but it would come out foaming for a day and then it would stop working.   The best deal I've found to buy it at Aldi I believe it is under $2 last time I was there. Then here is the recipe for refilling your container! 1. Find some gel like liquid soap.  I recommend gel form because it needs to dissolve.  The creme version will not dissolve and the pump will not be able to foam it.  You can get the gel form really cheap!  You could even try…
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Make Dinner Easy! Crockpot Cooking!

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A couple years ago a friend of ours gave me a crockpot that they had received as a wedding gift.  They already had one and didn't know what to do with it.  I was thrilled to take it!  It is one of my favorite kitchen items.   I love making chilli and meatballs in it.   Recently, I've been interested in doing different recipes. Thanks to several bloggers they mentioned  A Year of Slow Cooking.  Stephanie used her crockpots everyday for a year!  I'm so impressed with the number of creative recipes that she mentions. Here are a couple that I thought are great especially for working Moms. Cooking Dried Beans in your Crock pot - Talk about saving money!  You can buy a bag of beans at most stores for $1.00…
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Starbucks Gingerbread Latte Recipe

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I know this might be early but I can't help it.  It is that time of year again!  Starbucks will soon have Gingerbread Lattes available at a store near you.  I remember a couple years ago when a friend of mine told me how good they were.  I tried one and I was hooked.  I don't go to Starbucks that often but when there is an opportunity for a treat I will try and get one of these.  HERE is some more information including nutritional information at Starbucks.com. About two years ago I discovered this fabulous recipe for the Gingerbread syrup.  I like to make the syrup and use it in Dunkin Donuts coffee, that I make at home.  Yummy! Click HERE for the source. Source of Recipe -  Top…
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Cheap Dinners

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It's hard working full time to think about what to make for dinner. Some of the blogs have great recipe ideas especially for those of us that want to use our stockpile. I found this site that makes a goal of it - http://www.5dollardinners.com/ - $5 dinners for the whole family! What a great idea!
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