I have enough food & cooking-related stamps that I thought WELL DUH - I should make cards for What's Cookin' Wednesdays every now and then too!! This cute set is even called What's Cooking!! It's another Hero Arts cutie that I love. I paper pieced the apron, and then made the background paper with some of the fun utensil stamps in the set. I love that I also had some utensil embellies to go with it!!! Happy.
I even played a couple challenges that I love, which also makes me happy! The fabby colors are the latest Color Throwdown (or closest I could come, I don't have all the Stampin' Up colors), and the sketch is 2 Sketches 4 You. Well, 2S4Y-ish, my circle creeped up more than it was supposed to. :-) But it was my inspiration for sure!
Now onto the COOKIN' part!! I've been using my crockpot a lot lately. Wednesdays are my work days, so I don't really have time between getting the kids & getting dinner on the table to do much cooking AT dinnertime. So the crockpot has become my new best friend. I have two recipes that I go to a lot, which are quick, easy and quite yummy! The first is Dr. Pepper Roast...
For this one, just mix together a can of Dr. Pepper (No, REALLY! Trust me. It's good!) (Or any other sweet soda, actually), a packet of onion soup mix and a can of cream of mushroom soup. Pour it over a 4-lb beef roast in the crockpot and cook on low for 8 or so hours. It comes out tender and delicious! This can also be done with a 4-lb pork roast, but I didn't like that as well. And I've also thrown veggies into the pot too, as you can see. :-) But I recommend you try it first with just the meat, so you can see how exceptionally moist it can be!
The other one is a whole chicken in the crockpot! I first heard of doing this from Mary Dawn, and I also found a Lemon Chicken recipe in a Weight Watchers cookbook. I modified it a bit - they brown the chicken in a skillet first - pffft, too much hassle! If you like a crispy skin on your chicken, this isn't for you. But if you discard the skin anyway, this is awesome - the chicken turns out so moist and delicious!
For this one, mix together 3 minced garlic cloves, 1 Tbsp olive oil, 1.5 tsp dried oregano, 1 tsp salt & 1/4 tsp pepper and rub under the skin & into the cavity. Stir together 1/4 c chicken broth and the juice from one small lemon. Stuff the leftover lemon halves into the chicken cavity. Pour broth over chicken and cook on low for 6-8hrs. About 20 minutes before dinnertime, combine the juice and zest of another lemon and pour into the slow cooker, cover & heat until fragrant.
Now for the favor I'm asking from you. Do you have a favorite crockpot recipe? If so, please share it in the comments!! I'd love more ideas for family-tested-and-approved recipes! My family is getting tired of these two, LOL!
To sweeten the "pot" just a touch - I have a cute little message stamp from Hero Arts I'll send to a random commenter from all the crockpot recipe comments (because there will be lots, right? You won't let me down will you??). ;-) I thought this stamp was fitting, because if you have an awesome (busy!) mom who cooks yummy crockpot recipes, you truly are lucky! hee hee
Happy stampin' and happy cookin'!!
- Stamps: CL333 What's Cookin' from Hero Arts
- Paper: Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Old Olive from Stampin' Up, red from Bazzill, GP white
- Ink: Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black, white gel pen
- Accessories: Slit punch (SU), TPC Studio So Delish metal accents, SU ribbon, sewing machine