Today started out as one of those chilly, fall, Saturday mornings, with the sun tucked behind the clouds, and me wanting to spend the day cozied up in bed. However, life usually does not work out that way. Instead, it began with homemade pancakes per Taylor's request. They were nothing fancy ~ my grandfather's recipe topped with mixed apples and oranges and a drizzle of maple syrup.
That was the beginning.
After breakfast, the sun had begun to climb its way out from behind those clouds. While I still wanted to throw myself on the couch, curl up under a blanket, and work on my new crochet project, my list of must do's began to bombard my thoughts and I realized I must continue on.
Crock Pot Day!
In the first crock we have Sunday Church Fellowship dinner. Since tomorrow is "Mexican" I am making chicken for tacos. This was really simple to prepare and a good alternative to hamburger taco meat. All I did was take boneless/skinless chicken breast (two family size packages), trim the fat, put it in the crock pot, cover it with some taco seasoning and about a half cup of water . I set the pot to low and let it cook for five hours. After the cooking time was finished, I turned off the pot and removed the lid to let it cool a bit before I drained the broth (which I will use in a soup later- YUM!). Then I shredded the chicken. Since we won't actually be eating this until tomorrow, I added taco seasoning, enough for the amount of meat I had, and water to make it a little soupy. It is sitting in the fridge now waiting to be heated up in the morning. Since I have never made chicken tacos like this before I am hoping it works!! Fingers crossed. ;-)
In the second pot I cooked up some meat sauce and meatballs. Now, I would like to be able to give you a complete recipe, but as with most of my cooking I don't do too much measuring. I mostly eyeball my ingredients and taste as I go! Simply, my sauce has tomatoes (crushed and puree) and cooked hamburger seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Today I opted for garlic and onion powder, but there are times when I use fresh. This was just the easier option for the day. To the tomato-meat mixture I added salt, pepper, basil, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, and sugar. The heat was set to low and I let it cook for about 5 hours.
After the sauce was prepped I made some meatballs. My meatballs are my other grandfather's recipe (adjusted slightly because, don't forget, I don't measure my ingredients). Once they were baked I added them to the meat sauce for extra flavor.
Now if I was all together with it, I would have taken photos of both the chicken and our pasta & meatball dinner. But alas, I did not! Rest assured, the sauce and meatballs were delicious and well... we'll have to wait and see about the chicken tacos.
I did not get to snuggle up under that blanket today, but I did get to work on my crocheted hat for a bit in between tasks and plan on picking it back up once I finish this blog post.
All in all, a good and productive day!