Saturday, October 13, 2012

just call me little susie homemaker

I’m not sure what it is, but something about this time of year really brings out my “little Susie homemaker” side. I want to cook, bake, organize, and enjoy all things home-y. Last night I must say, I even impressed myself. I’m typically not the best in the kitchen but you see, I have a new friend. Her name is Pinterest, and she's helped me step up my kitchen game.  I thought I’d share our super easy, super scrumptious dinner AND dessert. That’s right, I made dessert. See, I told you it was impressive. The first recipe is from my sweet friend Beth at work, dessert is courtesy of Pinterest.

Crockpot Shredded BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

I know I know, the name sounds amazing and fancy. We live in the BBQ capital of North Carolina. When I say capital, I mean we host the annual NC Barbeque Festival. Yep. Be jealous.

This recipe was super easy, and super yummy, and I didn’t have to smoke a single pork shoulder. Good thing, ‘cause I have no clue how to work that smoker hubs got for Christmas.

Here are the ingredients…prepare yourself, its a lot.

3-4 boneless skinless chicken breast
One bottle barbeque sauce of your choice (I used some cheapo honey hickory something or other…)
1/2 diced onion
whole wheat hamburger buns

Place chicken in crockpot, pour over barbeque sauce and let cook for 8 hours on low. When you have about 3 hours to go, I pulled each chicken breast out onto a plate and shredded them with a fork. Then put the shredded chicken back into the crockpot to continue simmering in the sauce. I also added the diced onion at this time. Then when you’re ready to eat, pile it on a bun and enjoy! So good. So easy. And makes a ton of food so there are plenty of left overs! We enjoyed ours with sweet potato fries.
I didn’t take a picture :( But here’s one that looks almost identical to what my dinner looked like:


Dessert was a whole other story….this one I found on Pinterest, but it is originally from Deep South Dish.

Apple and Cream Cheese Dessert
(which really just tastes like a yummy apple pie.)

1 can large cresent rolls
1 can apple pie filling
4 oz cream cheese
1/4 c sugar (I cut the amount in half from the original recipe)
a dash of vanilla extract
1/4 c butter
brown sugar


Grease an 8x8 pan, and then lay half of the cresent roll dough on the bottom of the pan.
Mix cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in a separate bowl, then spread on top of the dough.
Pour apple pie filling on top of the first two layers.
Cover with remaining cresent roll dough.
Pour melted butter on top, and then sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon.
Bake for 30 minutes at 350.


Husband says both dishes were winners- he went back for second helpings of both, and he is not an easy one to impress.

I would definitely make both again. They were easy, cheap, and filling. Not to mention, our house smelled incredible!

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