Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Easy Crockpot Chicken Chili – New Video!

Today's video is on making on of my favorite, easy, go to meals, Easy Crockpot Chicken Chili. I love this meal because it is so easy to throw together. My most loved crockpot meals are ones that don't take a lot of prep ahead of time and I can have the basic pantry ingredients on my shelf ready to go. These types of meals are perfect for busy days at home or when you just need to get dinner started before you head out for the day. 


You can find the recipe for this meal here:

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Hope you find the video helpful!!


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Homemaking Challenge for November!

Well.. November is still a few days away.. but, with my hectic October I did not get one posted.. and now I'm ready to tackle a few thing around my home..

So my 'Homemaking Challenge” for November is a little fall cleaning and some organizing.

My windows need some attention, so window cleaning is on the list. 

Dust & cobwebs. I don't know about you but with my doors and windows open all summer long I see dust and cobwebs. I'm going vacuum them up, move some furniture around and vacuum the hidden spots and prepare for the holidays! 

And finally.. I have a few kitchen cupboards that need a little organizing. My baking cupboard, while not horrible, is in need of having everything pulled out and wiped down and organized. This will make fall/holiday baking much easier!

So.. are you with me girls? A little fall cleaning and getting the kitchen organized for holiday baking!!


Monday, October 27, 2014

Menu Monday!!

Another week seemed to just fly on by here on my homestead and now it's time for the weekly menu once again. How is your menu planning going this week?

Easy crockpot chicken chili, tortilla chips & salsa, veggie platter (this did not get made last week)....

Teriyaki pork riblets, grilled veggies, rice

Chicken bacon chowder, biscuits, salad


Homemade Pizza

Crockpot french dip sandwiches, creamy onion soup, carrot sticks

Bibimbap (Korean meal that Leanne will be making)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

How to Braid a 6 Braid Challah Bread - My 1st Video! :)

I decided to wade into the video world. On Saturday Leanne was making some delicious soup for our dinner and I decided challah bread would go great with it.

So my first video is on how to braid a 6 braid challah loaf. In the video I do not show how to make the bread itself. (if you'd like a bread making video.. let me know.. ;)

I've posted the recipe below so you can make this bread as well.

I enjoyed making the video and would like to do more of them, if anyone would be interested. If you have something you would like to see me do a video on, please let me know!

I'm new at this video making thingy and have a lot to learn.. so excuse all the little mistakes.. Ha, ha, ha... ~smile~

But for now.. here is my first video..

Challah - Makes 3 Loaves
Crystal Miller

1/3 cup warm water
2 T yeast
1 ½ cups warm water
¼ cup butter
¼ cup olive oil
1 T salt
½ cup sugar
4 eggs
7 to 9 cups flour (white, or half white/half wheat)

In a small measuring cup combine the 1/3 cup warm water and 2T yeast. Let that sit to foam up a little. In a large mixer bowl combine 1 ½ cups warm water, butter, olive oil, salt and sugar. Mix for a few minutes. Add eggs and mix well. Add yeast and water mixture.

Add flour starting with the smallest measurements. Mix until well combined. Add more flour (a little at a time) if needed so there is no dough sticking to the sides of mixer bowl and the dough is not sticky, but not too stiff.

Knead for 7 to 10 minutes in a Kitchen Aid or 4 to 5 minutes in a Bosch. Let the dough rise until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes to an hour.

Mix dough down again, and let rise a second time.

Then mix it down again and divided dough into 3 pieces. Braid each piece, put on a jelly roll pan, cover and let rise until doubled in size.

When ready, bake bread at 350 for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pizza Night

I know I've shared recipes in the past on making pizza. Somehow homemade pizza never gets old!! We are not weekly pizza people. I have a few friends that serve it weekly. I've never done that, but do see the appeal!

Not long ago we had a pizza night. I have young boys in the house and to them it's not pizza unless it has pepperoni on it. So I made 3 pizza's. Two were pepperoni for the boys (and my hubby) and the other my daughter and I called.. the girls pizza. It was bbq chicken, bacon, feta with a white sauce. It was amazing!!

I began by making 3 pizza crusts. Here is my recipe..

My Basic Pizza Crust
Makes 3 crust

2 Tbs yeast
¾ c warm water
6 ½ to 7 cups flour
1 ½ c warm water
1 TBS salt
4 ½ T olive oil

In a mixer such as a Bosch or a Kitchen Aid add yeast and warm water. Let it sit for a few minutes to dissolve and activate. Add 2 cups of flour and all remaining ingredients. Mix dough well adding the extra flour until the dough will not stick to the sides of the bowl. Knead for about 4 minutes in the Bosch and 6 to 8 in the Kitchen Aid.

If you made this dough in a Kitchen Aid then let the dough rise for 1 hour. If made in a Bosch, skip this step.

Punch down dough, divide into 3 pieces and roll out to fit a 14 inch pizza pan. Either grease the pan or put parchment paper down first, this is my choice.

Par-bake each crust for 6 minutes at 475. Remove from oven, spread sauce over all and then top with desired toppings.

Bake an additional 15 to 18 minutes until the cheese has melted and the pizza is looking a nice golden color. Serve and enjoy!!

They both had the typical (at least for us) onions and peppers. I added olives to the “boys pizza”.

The pepperoni pizza was pretty basic.. sauce (I used spaghetti sauce that I had in the fridge, from a jar, that needed to be used up) and then topped with onions, peppers, olives and mozzarella cheese.

I took 1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken thighs and cut them up into bite size pieces. I cooked them in a little coconut oil in a frying pan until they were no longer pink. I then poured bbq sauce over them to coat them nicely. I also fried up about ¼ pound of bacon.

To assemble the pizza I used ranch dressing for the white sauce. I spread this over crust, and topped with the chicken, bacon, onion slices and pepper slices. Then put mozzarella cheese over the top and sprinkled some feta as well.

Both pizzas were baked for about 15 minutes. And we thoroughly enjoyed them!!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Menu Monday!


It was a busy week last week for me!  Hubby and I got away for a few days, my son has recovered perfectly from his surgery..  and my blogging was neglected..  This week should be back to normal for me!!  :)  How is your menu planning going this week? 

Asian sauced meatballs, brown rice pilaf, salad

Fish sticks, mac & cheese, green beans

Kalua pork, garlic roasted potatoes, coleslaw


Easy crockpot chicken chili, tortilla chips & salsa, veggie platter

Cheeseburger soup, dinner rolls, salad



Monday, October 13, 2014

Menu Monday!

Our weather is cooling down a lot this week!   So a little soup and chili is on the menu.

Tacos, chips & salsa

Fish sticks, mac & cheese, salad

Turkey burgers, potato salad, fruit


Navy bean soup, crackers, veggie platter

Chili, cornbread, salad

Crockpot chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans