Sicilian White Wine Chicken

Hey Guys- Keeper here. IMG_8723I’m going to go ahead and take some responsibility of why my Mom hasn’t been able to get to the coffee shop and write. I think I’ve been occupying a little extra of her personal time. I can’t help it though! I wake up every morning in this awesome fort thing with a blanket that smells like my other brothers that I love, but first hint of a roll from Sus and I have to get out!! The day is only so long and I have so much to do! I know she’s up even if she tries to fake it, I’m too smart for her tricks. I try this thing where I put my head in between my paws and look up at her with really big eyes and it gets her every time. What a newbie she is. Then she has to get up and feed me. I do this really funny dance in the morning and turn in circles and fall on my back because I know I’m about to get some salmon and rice!! Gah this life really doesn’t get much better. She makes me sit and wait every time before she feeds me and I don’t know why, but I’ve learned to just do it because for some reason it makes her happy and I get fed faster. Then we go for our walk. I show her all my favorite places and look back just to make sure she’s still there. I usually take her to Fulton’s house. Fulton looks like me and plays how I like to play… unlike my Uncle Boo. Anytime I try to play with Boo he never looks at me so I’m not really sure if he knows I even exist. IMG_8164Fulton on the other paw jumps right on me so I know she sees me.image image I think she might even like me more than just a friend, like my friends Murphy and Raven. Murphy and I love to go to play at this place that kinda looks like my bathtub, but soooo much bigger! Murphy runs super fast when we are there, but sometimes I trick him and run the other way to get ahead of him and then he chases me. It’s so cool.IMG_8650My friend Raven has this thing that I got to go on last weekend and it feels kinda like when we ride in my Mom’s car, but so much more fun. It goes really fast and I get a  huge gush of wind in my face. image image imageSo anyways enough about how awesome my days are living it up in Charleston with all my friends, I’m here to fill y’all in on a recipe my Mom made last week. It was super easy and I got to be her sous chef. IMG_8591 IMG_8594We only used two ingredients: about 3lbs. of skin on/bone in chicken thighs and a jar of Sicilian White Wine sauce. My friends Fallon and Shannon gave the sauce to Sus for her birthday and it smelled like nothing I’d ever come across! If she hadn’t of been looking I definitely woulda eaten it all up. IMG_0001 IMG_0002

Step one is to salt and pepper the chicken thighs and brown them in a skillet with olive oil. IMG_0003Step two is to put them in the bad boy and add the jar of sauce.IMG_0004 IMG_0005 IMG_0006 IMG_0007Then all you do is set the crockpot to 2 hours and cook on high! I’m telling y’all so easy I could even do it! I had to give my final sniff approval….IMG_0008and it passed! My friend freckles came over for dinner. I think she might like me, but geez does she play hard to get. It’s okay though I think I just have to be patient.IMG_0010So here’s the part I don’t understand. I help the whole time in the kitchen. I wait extremely patiently. I sit on my Moms foot the whole time. When she moves I move. I suffer through the heavenly smells of freshly braised chicken for 2 hours. And then. Nothing. Wait I’m sorry, one little bite after all the humans had a full plate! What is this about!??? Ridiculous, but it looked like they all enjoyed it. woof.IMG_0009Hopefully she makes something again soon and I can have more and tell you how I enjoyed it. In the meantime see what I’m up to on Instagram @KeeperOfTheKassel.

Bye everyone!

IMG_8544

ShuLaur in the house!

Crockpottuesday has a special guest in the house this week for Friday Feature. This person is probably one of my sweetest friends and nicest of my group of high school friends. Girls…the one that always said, “well you can if you want to…” Miss Lauren Shuler in da kitchen!!!!!

“About a month ago I was tailgating with Susu at a South Carolina home game (side note: go Tigers and go Gators!!) when I expressed to her my wish to use my crockpot more, which, by the way, I received as a Christmas gift but had never used it. She encouraged me to just research recipes and go for it. Crockpotting and cooking is easy and about experimenting. So my first crockpot experience which was 10 months after I received it began like this….picture of us

October. The best month of the year: cooler weather, college football, Oktoberfest beers, the return of The Walking Dead and post season baseball (the last two mainly because my boyfriend, Stephen, enjoys them). *Editor’s note: also the month Lauren and Stephen were born!!!* Alongside cooler weather comes warm comfort food, my personal favorite being CHILI! There are so many ways to make chili. We’ve already made this recipe twice this fall. One of the great things about this recipe is that it lends itself well to variations depending on personal preference and what you have in your cupboard. It’s easy to make and you have leftovers for days which certainly is a plus.chilliIngredients:
1 pound ground beef
1 cup chopped onions
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped celery
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 cans of kidney beans (rinsed and drained)
2 cans of pinto beans (rinsed and drained)
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
2 tablespoons of chili powder
1 teaspoon of cumin Red pepper flakes
Sriracha

Dircetions:
1. Brown ground beef in skillet with garlic.

2. Once meat is browned, add celery, carrots, onion, red pepper flakes (to taste, depending on your desire for spicy, we used about a teaspoon). Keep cooking in skillet on medium for about 6 minutes.

3. Transfer contents of skillet into crockpot and add beans, tomato paste, chili powder, and cumin. Add Sriracha. The amount of Sriracha will vary depending on your preference. We used about 2 tablespoons.

4. Set on low for 6.5 hours

It’s that simple! Add sour cream, cheese, green onion, cornbread, or whatever your stomach desires!

And, of course, a good fall beer, as pictured by our puppy Bailey below.bailey

Thanks Lauren- will definitely be copying this recipe in the near future!! Happy fall y’all…and get yo chilli on dawg!

Holiday Bourbon Cider

Hello Crockheads and Happy Holidays!

This year I decided I wanted to buy a Christmas tree for my own place and decorate early so I could fully appreciate the season for all of December. I bought my very own 8ft Christmas tree, I decorated the mantel with Santas, I placed festive candles with bows around the house, and had my first little tacky Christmas sweater party! I have to say, these things really do put you in the Christmas spirit!tree man

Kendall and I had our co-workers from the hotel over with a few other friends. Being a party on a Tuesday it doubled as CROCKPOTTUESDAY. I decided to take advantage of the beverage section of my crockpot recipe book for the occasion. I found a hot apple cider recipe and thought it would be fun to have people ladle cider out of the crockpot into their mugs.

Ingredients:
1 Gallon of Apple Cider
1 Cup Light Brown Sugar
3 Teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Cinnamon Stick
3 Teaspoons Vanilla
10 Whole Cloves
2 Cups Bourbon (I used Makers)

cider

Directions:
Combine all of the ingredients except for the bourbon in the crockpot. Cook on low for 6 hours. Remove the cinnamon stick and cloves. Then stir in the bourbon and keep the crockpot on a warm setting. Serve in mugs!

I don’t normally drink bourbon, but this might be my new drink of choice. Its warm, cozy, sweet, and goes down easy. It is the perfect holiday drink and taste like Christmas in a mug!

I also got a few food ideas from pinterest and made pretzels dipped in white chocolate with Christmas sprinkles, The Grinch fruit kabobs, Christmas Jell-O shots, and Puppy Chow!

treats

Thank yall for coming, it was really fun playing Salad bowl with yall Team Snowman, Team Rudolf, and Team Santas!!!

friends

group

Happy Holidays! HO HO HO