Puppy Chow/Trash/Muddy Buddy

Two weeks ago, I found this as a prepackaged Chex Mix. I’m ashamed at how much I paid for it.

Today, I made it because I had a craving for it.

9 cup Chex
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Put cereal in large bowl. Melt chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour over Chex cereal, put into a large plastic bag with powdered sugar and shake well to coat. Spread mixture evenly on wax paper and allow to cool.

Mmm, Crock Pot Meals

I don’t know about you, but I love putting dinner in the crock pot and having it ready a few hours later. Little Bear had a really rough night Friday into Saturday, so yesterday I was all about ease. I turned to Pinterest for a good crock pot recipe. I found this one, which I adapted to fit our style. It says it serves sixish, but because it was just Butter and me eating last night, I don’t know how many it will feed. I do know I had a ton of leftovers. And I took pictures!

4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts [I used 4]
2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 onion, diced
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1 cup low-sodium beef broth [I used low-sodium chicken broth, because that’s what we had in the pantry]

Only three of the chicken breasts fit in the pan at a time.

In a large skillet, heat the butter/olive oil.  Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and cook them for 1-2 minutes on each side, until nicely browned but not cooked all the way through. Remove the chicken to the slow cooker .In a large bowl, combine all the other ingredients. Whisk well. Pour the sauce over the chicken. Cover the crockpot and cook on low for 6 hours.  Serve with rice or noodles.

Because I started so late in the day [around 12:30 pm], I put the crock pot on high for an hour, then turned it down to low. About three hours in, I pulled the chicken out and shredded it.

After I did this, I added a little more broth, vinegar, and soy sauce. I made rice to serve it over. This is the final product.

It’s Butter approved – he asked for more twice! M ate it on a tortilla when he got home from work. I have a huge container of left overs. I also made entirely too much rice [two cups]. If it’s just two of us eating it when I make it again, I won’t make that mistake.

Let me know what you think if you decide to try it out!