Delightfully Easy Crock Pot Roast Chicken Recipe

Crock pot recipes are great for the days when you don’t have time to cook and need a hot meal ready when you get home. This recipe super easy and very tasty! This post contains affiliate links. When you make a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you.

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Crock pot chicken with lemon and marinade.

Crock Pot Roast Chicken

There is something so comforting about having a meal ready to eat when you get home. We eat crock pot meals 2 or 3 times a week during the fall and winter season because they are so easy to throw together and taste delicious.

This roast chicken recipe can be made with frozen chicken breasts, whole chicken or even chicken legs and thighs. I look for chicken on sale and stock up when I can find it less than $2.00 per pound. You can order organic chicken by the case and have it delivered to your door for only $1.39 with Zycon Fresh. 

Crock Pot Roast Chicken Variations

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There are several ways to make this dish, I tend to vary it depending on what’s lurking in my refrigerator at the time. Sometimes I use fresh garlic, olive oil and lemon juice, some times I use the bottled salad dressing as listed. Either way it turns out great and your family will love it!

Crock Pot Beef Roast Recipe

Crock Pot Beef Roast Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs. chicken breasts, thighs, or legs (thawed)
  • 1 bottle Paul Newman's Olive Oil Italian Dressing (or 4 cloves chopped garlic, 1/4 cup olive oil and 1/2 cup lemon juice)
  • Green Olives
  • Lemon slices and fresh cilantro for garnish
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Wash and clean chicken.
  2. Add to crock pot.
  3. Pour salad dressing over top of chicken, cover.
  4. Cook on high for 6-7 hours or until chicken is falling off the bone.
  5. Add lemon slices, olives and cilantro for garnish.
  6. Serve hot with your favorite rice or potato dish and cooked vegetable.

We love this dish as leftovers too. You can remove the chicken from the bones and serve it on a salad or in a sandwich with mayo and your favorite veggies.  I cook a large quantity of chicken at a time in this manner, freeze any leftovers and add it to my next batch of homemade chicken soup. Anyway you look at it, it’s easy and fast!

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15 Fall Apple Recipes You Need to Try

Fall is almost here! What shouts fall more than tasty apple recipes?! Here are some we found around the internet that we’d love to try this apple season.  15 Fall Apple Recipes You Need to Try as Soon as Possible|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Do you need an impressive looking treat to take to a party?  Look no further! Inspired by Charm has created this tasty apple cranberry slab pie.  It tastes as good as it looks!

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Not all apple recipes are sweet! Apples also make an excellent addition to many savory recipes as well.  Check out this quesadilla that pairs apples with bacon and cheddar, a classic combo.  The details for this simple recipe are all over on Home & Plate.

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While apples make a great mid-day snack, sometimes they can get a little tiresome.  Vicky at Mess for Less used some extra apples she had to make these tasty chips.  What a great way to salvage apples that have been sitting around a few days too long, and also get a great snack out of it!
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Pork and apples are always a great combination.  The Blond Cook shares a great slow cooker recipe that would be great for a fall afternoon.  Who wants to spend these beautiful days inside cooking? Not me!

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Pam at House of Hawthornes decided to find a new way to make this childhood favorite.  Baked apples are such a simple desert, sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.

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This apple butter recipe is a result of hard work paying off big time! I spend years perfecting this recipe.  Who doesn’t want a special apple treat that will last throughout the year?! Head over to my post on Designers Sweet Spot for the recipe.

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Dessert for breakfast? Sign me up! This apple crisp smoothie would be such a great start to any morning, or an excellent (while still healthy) late night snack.  The Recipe Rebel has perfected this smoothie using only 5 common ingredients.  You don’t want to miss this one!

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Mom Loves Baking does an excellent job of explaining how to make this tasty treat, along with great step-by-step photos.  I might have to make these in the next few days! Yum!

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Nothing says fall to me like a fresh apple donut and some cider.  The Cake Blog created a healthier (and easier) version of this favorite over on her blog!

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Are you looking for a fast dinner idea before running off to football practice? Domestic Superhero shares an idea for a take on grilled cheese.  You might even be able to sneak these apples into the kids sandwiches! (It’s worth trying at least.)

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Angie shares this easy snack recipe with us on  The Country Chic Cottage.  This would also be a great option to handing out candy on Halloween!

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After all these tasty treats you might need to go on a diet! Cook Eat Paleo has you covered. These Paleo apple muffins will keep the apple train rolling even while you try to make healthier eating choices.

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What would a fall apple roundup be without caramel apples?! Don’t these make your mouth water just looking at them? Head over to Just a Taste for some tips and tricks on how to perfect your caramel apples.

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Here’s another breakfast treat, apple cinnamon breakfast cookies! This is a great alternative to that granola bar you grab on the way out the door in the morning. The Crazy Craft Lady describes these as the perfect cross between a muffin and a cookie.

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Craving apple pie but not wanting to go through all the work? That’s exactly why Celebrating Sweets creating this no-churn apple pie ice cream. Perfect for those that are craving fall but still sweating in the summer heat.

I don’t know about you, but I’m heading to the grocery store for some apples! This article has me craving something sweet.  Do you have a favorite apple recipe for fall? We’d love to hear about it!

 

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How to Make a Monte Cristo Sandwich

We love this easy sandwich for a hearty lunch or a late night snack. Delicious on a budget and quick to make anytime!

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The Monte Cristo Sandwich with grilled ham and cheese

What’s a Monte Cristo?

One of my favorite sandwiches is the Monte Cristo. It’s a french creation, originally called Croque Monsieur.  Rich and satisfying, it is as yummy as it looks! Traditionally served for breakfast this is a popular staple at french cafe’s and is often served with a sprinkle of powdered sugar and jam for dipping.

The high protein in the sandwich here comes from the bread being actually dipped in egg wash like french toast, then grilled to perfection. Load up your griddle with lots of grass fed butter when frying for the best flavor! I use coconut milk or almond milk occasionally for a different set of flavors.

Monte Cristo Sandwich (Croque Monsieur)

Monte Cristo Sandwich (Croque Monsieur)

Ingredients

  • White or whole wheat bread
  • Milk (1/3 cup per sandwich)
  • Eggs (1 per sandwich)
  • Slices of Mozzarella or Gruyere Cheese
  • Sliced Deli Ham
  • Butter
  • Powdered Sugar (optional)
  • Jam (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat griddle or cast iron frying pan.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of butter, let melt.
  3. Whip the egg and milk with a fork in a medium size bowl.
  4. Dip the bread in the egg mixture, add to griddle.
  5. Layer the bread with the cheese and ham slices.
  6. Top with another piece of bread dipped in the egg mixture.
  7. Fry the sandwich for 3-5 until brown and cheese is melted.
  8. Turn sandwich and cook the other side until done.
  9. Serve sprinkled with powdered sugar and jam for dipping if desired.

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Summer Fruit Sangria

This light summer cocktail is just the thing to go with those spicy dishes or a cheese platter. Make a batch for your next family gathering! This post contains affiliate links. Any opinions given are completely my own. 

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Summer Fruit Sangria

This light summer cocktail is just the thing for summer entertaining. It’s easy to make with fresh summer seasonal summer fruit. I like to find my fruit at the farmer’s market and make a batch when company comes over. You can use just about any combination of fruit and wine. I have found that reading the tasting notes on the wine bottle gives me suggestions for fruits that pair well with the wine.

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Sangria Wines

We have been having regular wine tastings with friends. I highly recommend having a tasting and inviting a bunch of friends to join you. It’s a very relaxing environment and people really enjoy trying out new wines that they have never had before. I will post more on this soon! But for now, sangria is a great way to start your summer entertaining!

I get my wine from Direct Cellars wine club (affiliate link). It’s a wonderful program, we get four bottles per month from premium vineyards shipped to our front door. Each monthly shipment includes two red and two white wines. I am looking forward to trying some more sangria recipes with the monthly wines that we get. You can choose reds, whites or a combination when you join the club.

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Sangria Tips

When you make sangria, be sure to leave the skins on the fruit. Not only does it add extra color and fiber to this delicious treat, but the fruit pairs well with the wine and the combination brings out the flavors of each. I personally believe the skins keep the fruit from browning, but this is more of a theory than fact.  I love this particular recipe with either peaches or nectarines. The raspberries can be frozen ahead of time to chill the wine further with out adding extra ice and watering down the wine if you choose. Either way, it’s delightful!

Summer Fruit Sangria

Summer Fruit Sangria

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peach nectar juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 bottle white Zinfandel Wine
  • 1/4 fresh lemon or lime juice
  • 1 peach thinly sliced
  • 1/2 pint fresh raspberries
  • Mint leaves for garnish.
  • 16-20 ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Combine juice and sugar in small pan. Cook until dissolved over medium heat. Pour into 2 quart container with lid (a large mason jar works well for this). Add wine, lime juice and ice. Garnish with mint leaves.

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Molasses Cookies

Molasses cookies are a classic treat. They are healthy and delicious, make a batch for your family in just a few minutes!

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Molasses Cookies

Molasses Cookies are always a hit at our house. We enjoy making them for just about any occasion.  I must admit I love to serve them with strong black coffee for dunking. This recipe is fun for kids to help in the kitchen.  They love the feel of the dough in their hands as it is rolled. Rolling the molasses cookie balls in course organic sugar is my preference. You can use regular granulated sugar as well. The coarse unprocessed organic sugar variety seems to hold up better in the oven and makes the cookies look extra special with its glassy texture.

By the way, I am Jessica from Designers Sweet Spot. I am thrilled to share my recipes with you here on the Shabby Creek. Thanks to Gina for letting me share this post!
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Molasses Cookies

Molasses Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 2 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk or regular milk mixed with 2 Tablespoons vinegar
  • 6 cups flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup coarse granulated sugar for rolling

Instructions

  1. Cream shortening and brown sugar.
  2. Add molasses, buttermilk or regular milk mixture, and eggs.
  3. Stir in flour and baking soda.
  4. Shape into 1" balls, roll in granulated sugar.
  5. Place balls on baking sheet 2" apart. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Balls will flatten as they bake. Store in an air tight container for up to one week.

Molasses Cookie Tips and Tricks

The cookie recipe calls for buttermilk, but as stated you can substitute regular milk with the addition of vinegar or even lemon juice instead. Let the milk mixture sit on the counter a minute or two until it begins to curdle, then add it to the recipe as usual. There is no difference in taste between the ingredients, just use what you have on hand. I am not one to make special trips to the grocery store for just one or two items!

My favorite type of molasses is the full bodied unsulfered, dark molasses. This is the molasses in it’s purest form, rich and nutritious. Look for it in the baking isle or next to the maple syrup.

Enjoy!

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