Sunday, September 6, 2015

Sunday Laziness

  Oh Sunday, here we met again. It's funny how Sunday's evolve as you get older. When I was a kid my Sunday's started super early (on purpose). No coffee needed, I was up like a rocket at about 7am. Sunday was not about relaxing. The second I could get out of the house I would. As I got into my teens, and moved into my Dad's house, Sunday's started early for him, pretty late for me. He would sometimes do these really elaborate Sunday dinners for us and a few neighbors. I also did my laundry and homework as late as I possibly could.
  Then came my pre-Child Sunday's, oh those were so nice. B and I would wake up when we felt like it. We would go to breakfast at our usual spot, sit in the same booth, and then order the same thing. Mountain Dew for him, Coffee for me. He got biscuits and gravy, I would get the "Sunrise" Skillet. Sometimes we talked and laughed, other times we read the paper and just enjoyed each others silent company. Then we would hit the farmers market by our house, and head home.  Sometimes I would make a nice dinner for us to enjoy, other times I did something simple.
  Now I'm on the Mom Sunday schedule. Tater is up at 7 a.m. which means I am as well. I mosey to my Keurig after getting him situated in the high chair. Then I make eggs and sweet potatoes for him, yogurt and coffee for me. He eats, and I pretend I'm fully functioning, and happy. 
Sometimes I'll start on the forever growing pile of laundry, or do a load of dishes. (I'm pretty sure I do at least two loads of dishes a day). Then I spend my day doing what needs to be done around the house. Sometimes if I'm feeling extra frisky I'll make a nice dinner, but usually not...
  The point of this whole story is that I've gotten really lazy when it comes to cooking. I used to have no problem spending hours in the kitchen; I lived for the meals I cooked. Now, I like easy. My issue is I really don't like "Mom Meals." I hate using processed foods, I think they are gross. Hamburger Helper is gross, and I don't like Stouffers. I know, blasphemy... I like eating good food that doesn't take a ton of work.
  When facing this dilemma, I remembered that my amazing Grammy-in-law got me a Crock Pot for my birthday. I had used it for a few things here and there before Tater was born, but now that he is here I use my crockpot 4-7 times a week. You can literally make ANYTHING in a Crock Pot... Believe me I have put that poor guy to the test. (Seriously best gift ever, if you don't have one get one). I can toss something in in the morning, and have it done by dinner. It's simple, delicious, and better than processed grossness.
  In addition to having a love for my Crock Pot, I also love sandwiches! Hot. or cold- you name it! I love it. There is a sandwich shop here called Cheba Hut, and they sell a sandwich called "the White Widow" (all the subs are named after strains of pot, I live in a state with recreational marijuana). It's basically a chicken, bacon, ranch sandwich. One day I really wanted one of those delicious creations, but the only location is in the heart of downtown.. There was no way in hell I was going to do that.... Ever... So being the creative genius that I am, I made my own!
So without anymore babbling... Here is this awesome recipe!
Chicken, Bacon, Ranch Crockpot Sandwiches!

What you will need:
  • Three Chicken boobies (Thawed or frozen)
  • 1 cup Light Mayo
  • 1/2 cup Fat free Sour Cream
  • 2 Tablespoons chives
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat Parsley
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 strips raw bacon chopped
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • 6 Strips cooked bacon (For topping the sandwich
  • Cheese of your choice
  • Bread of your choice
  • Red onions sliced into stripes!
 Place the chicken on the bottom of the crockpot. Mix sour cream, mayo, garlic, chives, parsley, and raw bacon on top of the chicken. Spread the mixture out evenly over the chicken. Put crockpot on low for 4-6 hours stirring periodically. About a half hour before the chicken is done Shred your lettuce, fry your bacon, and chop your onions. Red onions REALLY pull this sandwich together. They are delicious. 
  I like using sourdough bread for this, but you can use whatever you see fit. B likes it on a soft roll. When the chicken is done shred it with two forks. Super easy. 
On your toasted, or un toasted bread put a scoop of mixture on the bottom slice, add cheese on top of mixture (The mixture will be hot). Then I add lettuce, onions and the crunchy bacon! 
That's all there is to it, and it's so yummy! No, it isn't the healthiest dinner, but you can cut calories by using low fat Mayo, and sour cream. For the love of all that is holy do not use Miracle whip, unless you like ruining something delicious.

  I serve with veggies! 

Here are some links to things I talked about today:

I hope you all have a safe and happy Labor (Less) Day weekend!

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