Slow-Cooker Hawaiian Chicken

I am a big fan of cooking chicken in the slow-cooker.  It always turns out moist and delicious and you literally plop it in with a little sauce or broth and forget about it for a few hours.  Genius!  I particularly like to use chicken thigh quarters as they are fall-off-the-bone-good after just a few hours.  Because of that, I have used those in this recipe although you can use any cut you would prefer including boneless chicken breasts or thighs.

As I've stated before, with J being home, meals like these are easy for me to prep the night before {this can also be prepped and frozen for an easy freezer meal}, and I leave instructions for him so he simply has to pour the contents of the bag into the slow-cooker and turn it on.  And just like that, he's cooked dinner!


We've had quite the stretch of hot and humid weather these past few weeks.  The type that results in conversation about it with virtually everyone you run into.  But finally we get a brief break.  It's wonderful!

We did a little necessary shopping this weekend.  Because J is laying hardwood flooring next week and finishing the drywall in the office and the molding {fingers crossed} in the dining room, we still had a few things to get such as a paint for the 2 rooms, light for the office and an area rug for the dining room.  And in the midst of all of the shopping, someone got a new gas grill..... 

$60.00 A Week Grocery Budget Challenge + Meal Plan - August 22, 2016

We are supposed to get some relief this week to the summer's very hot and humid days.  I plan to celebrate by cooking a few comfort meals.  A couple of new recipes have also made it into the line-up this week.  The Citrus Chicken and the Gnocchi meals are both recipes I've never tried.  J has let me know he's already reluctant to try the gnocchi recipe.  He's only had one type of gnocchi that he's liked but he's willing to give it a shot.  We shall see....

Once again, all of the meat comes from our stockpile{s} in the freezers.  I did purchase pork chops this week that were on sale to replenish my existing stash since it was getting low.  I also have some yogurt leftover in the refrigerator that I bought either last week or the week before, which means I likely won't need to make any.  Have you ever tried Noosa yogurt?  It is by far my favorite {the dogs like it too!}.  After homemade, of course.

Dessert will even be made this week!  Our favorite "Easy As A Box Mix Brownies" {but SO much better} will be mixed and baked Sunday to enjoy with a little vanilla ice cream throughout the week.

Weekly Meal Plan:

Slow-Cooker "Baked" Potatoes with Broccoli-Cheese Sauce {Grill Instructions Included}

I enjoy baked potatoes, J does not.  So, the only way to get the buy-in and agree to have them from time-to-time is to add toppings that he does like.  This falls right into that category.  The good thing is that this is super easy, perfect for the weeknight.

I like to "bake" potatoes on the grill or in the slow-cooker during the hot months.  As I've mentioned before, my oven gets turned on very little when heat and humidity are at an all-time high.  Regardless of how you choose to bake your potatoes, this makes a DELICIOUS topping for them!  How can you go wrong with cheese????

Chicken-Mozzarella Poppers with Honey-Jalapeno Glaze

These are a delicious little chicken meatball, of sorts, that are accompanied by a glaze that is the perfect combination of spicy and sweet.  Easy enough to make for a quick weeknight meal or as an appetizer, this is a very versatile recipe that would be perfectly suited for kids {or adults} who would prefer spaghetti sauce, sweet and sour, or even honey mustard as the sauce.


we have a plethora of cucumbers!

there's nothing like homegrown tomatoes

squash blossom

pole beans

Happy Sunday!  It has been HUMID - disgusting, really.  I am not a fan of high temp's or humidity so when you combine the two this makes for an unhappy girl......  Thankfully, it is rumored we will feel some relief soon.  At least for a day or two.

I had Saturday off!  I'm so very excited to have finally had a day to sleep in {6a.m.} and to leisurely

$60.00 A Week Grocery Budget Challenge + Meal Plan - August 15, 2016


All meat this week comes from the massive stash I've purchased over the last couple of months.  Our 2 stand-alone freezers are FULL.  I have successfully stockpiled a plethora of chicken, steak, pork ribs, pork chops, burger, and a bit of seafood all at rock bottom prices.  Add to that a garden full of veggies and we are set for quite some time.  In fact, J wanted to stockpile a few boxes of an Italian Ice he likes and, well, there just wasn't room for more than 2 boxes of it.

We're still in the midst of summer weather which means I continue to try and utilize the grill and slow-cooker.  I have started using the grill more as an oven so I don't have to turn the actual oven on and heat up the house.  I have no idea what's taken me so long to give this a try.  It has worked out great!

Weekly Meal Plan

$60.00 A Week Grocery Budget Challenge + Meal Plan - August 8, 2016


It's going to be another hot week here so the grill and the slow-cooker will be put to good use.  I'm trying a recipe this week I had wanted to try a year ago and completely forgot about.  The Chicken Fajita Pasta from Kevin and Amanda's blog.  Have you tried this?  Fingers crossed for a good result.

Have you made homemade tator tots before?  It can be a bit of a process but they are delicious.  This week I'm going to try a new way of cooking them - in a mini muffin pan, and sprinkle a bit of cheese on top.

A quick note about last week.  I have updated the food cost section as I found a GREAT deal on Pork Butt Saturday and picked up two boneless pork butts {18 pounds} for $25.00.  We have portioned it out to freeze it and will get 10 meals plus leftovers from it. 

Weekly Meal Plan

Easy Weeknight Chicken Cordon Bleu

This doesn't seem, at first glance, like it would be a weeknight-friendly recipe.  Rest assured, it is!  Although you dirty a few dishes in order to pull it all together, it's really quite simple.  And delicious!! 

$60.00 A Week Grocery Budget Challenge + Meal Plan - August 1, 2016

Squash Tart
Can you believe I'm FINALLY posting about our weekly grocery budget again????  It feels like forever ago since I've posted, but I'm back!  While I have not had the time to actually blog about it, for the most part, we have been great about staying in budget.  I've continued to write meal plans which helps to make sure we are eating homemade food that is within the budget, and have continued to use a lot of what we have stockpiled in addition to adding to the stockpile during sales.

Almost all of the veggies on the menu come from our garden and the meat for all of the meals this week comes from our freezer.  You'll remember that we raise chickens for meat so all of our chicken comes from our home-raised flock, and the remainder of the meat and seafood I've purchased in bulk on sale throughout the year.  We use a vacuum sealer to store all of our meat in the freezer ensuring it's quality isn't compromised before we eat it.  We'll be sealing veggies from the garden this year too.

I ordered a pizza box for the grill so I can make brick-oven style pizza.  We don't have central A/C so turning on the oven in the middle of summer is not something I enjoy doing.  We should receive it this week and I'll be testing it out on Thursday.  Sunday isn't supposed to be as hot or humid so I will be turning the oven on so that I can make dessert this week too!  Because my zucchini is growing by leaps and bounds {I know....whose isn't???} I'm going to whip up our very FAVORITE Chocolate-Zucchini Cake recipe.  Yum!

Weekly Meal Plan


new coffee mugs!

our Cobble Hill Farm Apothecary booth

This weekend was all about craft shows and farmer's markets.  One of my favorite craft shows to participate in was this weekend - the "Made In The Adirondacks" craft fair at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, NY.

Luckily for us the weather was great for almost the entire day with rain arriving about 4:15, 45 minutes before it was time to pack it up.

The museum itself is just beautiful, and add to that a bunch of very talented artisans and you have one great event!  Once I set up I walked the grounds and immediately fell in love with some local pottery.  Two coffee mugs and a batter bowl were quickly in my "going home" bag.