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When the going gets busy, the busy get slow-cookin’

mommydo.com | Melt-in-your-mouth slow cooker ribs | quick and easy and delicious ribs you make in your crockpot

I’ve been crazy busy these past few *gulp* months. I even broke my own smug ‘takeout only once every 2 weeks rule’ last week and had takeout (or takeout leftovers) EVERY NIGHT. So yesterday I hauled out the slow cooker to help pull me out of my ‘too busy to cook, to smug to eat any more takeout’ blues and try the recipe that produced these succulent beauties… Ribs? In a slow cooker? Oh yes I did. The meat was from our local shop Rowe Farms (so good) and the recipe from Food Network magazine. Easy. Seen here with oven…

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Drunken Italian Noodles and a Green Thumb

Mommydo.com | Drunken Italian Noodles |Easy pasta recipe that's perfect for entertaining | uses fresh ingredients | 30 min or less

I just realized I haven’t posted about these noodles. Wha? I can’t believe you could have been eating these for months and instead I’ve been keeping this AMAZING recipe to myself. I feel like a bit of a jerk about that. How good are they? I now have a plant – AN ACTUAL PLANT – so I always have fresh basil to make this specific recipe. So, so good. I’m pulling the recipe from here at The Cozy Apron. If you try them and like them as much as I do – (you know, ‘go out and get the only…

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Meal Plan Follow-Up: Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Tacos

On Sunday, I talked about my new commitment to meal planning. I mentioned this weeks plan had me making Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Tacos from this recipe from Dinner With Julie. Let me tell you, it is both easy and delicious. The meat is so tender and so tasty. Husband couldn’t believe it was a 5-ingredient dish! Took me maybe 10 minutes to get it ready – and that includes pulling the recipe up online and digging out the slow cooker. We made soft-shelled tacos with avocado, cheese (lactose-free for me), salsa and fresh tomato. It’s only as I type…

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Food, Parenting

A fan of the plan. The meal plan that is…

Do you plan your meals for the week? There was a time when I shopped almost daily, made what I felt like, ate out on a whim and watched groceries wither and die in the fridge. Nowadays, I find having one less thing to worry about each day is really worth the time spent on Sundays making a plan for the week and shopping all at once. It very much helps to ensure have healthy, hot food on the table each night. I generally plan for each meal to last two nights – either as the same meal or using…

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I would give anything for Pulled Pork right now.

If you’ve ever said this…and what you meant was “I’d give almost $20 to have someone else to all the work so I could just brown some pork, plunk it in my slow cooker, pour some of the most delicious pulled pork sauce $15.99 plus tax can buy over top and have delicious pulled-pork-without-the-work for dinner, this is your post. Next time you’re at the mall, go to Williams Sonoma. Buy this sauce for $15.99. Bring it home. Brown a 2kg pork butt/shoulder. Put it in your slow cooker. Pour the sauce on. Wait what seems like a really long…

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What makes you feel like a winner?

For me, these days, it’s trying a new recipe and having it turn out to be as good as the picture looks. For one lucky blog commenter, it’s winning the stamp of their choice! For a little more on the stamp winner, scroll to the bottom of the post. This weekend I tried 2 recipes from Pinterest and BOTH were great. There’s no point in showing my photos since the original posters’ look far more appetizing. I have to say both of these will be part of the regular rotation around here. They def get the MOMMYDO two thumbs up….

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There’s nothing like Ray’s Simple Tomato Soup

There’s nothing like the first whiff of the holiday season to make you miss the ones you’ve lost. And the food they made. Like my dad Ray’s Simple Tomato soup. Today is Starbucks Red Cup day – for me, that’s when the countdown to the holiday season starts in earnest. And, of course, there’s no time I miss my Dad more. This will be the 14th Christmas without him. It’s true what they say, times does heal all wounds. At the same time, it makes the memories richer. Like my memory of a pot of hot soup on the first…

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Thanksgiving – the one where we stabbed the turkey.

Well, stabbed it with a rotisserie stick. I’m gonna call it Dizzy Turkey. And I’m also going to call it delicious. I’m thankful that we had the brilliant idea to stick the bird on the grill. I’m also thankful that there wasn’t much fanfare this year. There was food…lots of food…Dizzy Turkey, my Dad’s Secret Stuffing (oven style as many sources recommend not stuffing a rotisserie turkey), mashed potatoes, candied yams, squash, ginger-maple roasted parsnips and carrots, broccoli, homemade bread machine bread, gravy and even homeade cranberry sauce. Oh, and pumpkin pie, fresh baked by my¬† mom. A right feast….

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Leftover Makeover: Chicken Tac-over

So you know that feeling when you’re staring down a tupperware full of leftovers and you decide you just can’t eat that again. I hate that feeling. So I’ve come up with a new post category. Leftover Makeovers. I’m pretty pleased with myself and my ability to take leftovers and turn them into something else. Take today’s ‘creation’. Start with: Leftover grocery store roast chicken Leftover white rice Veggies originally bought for a stir fry but not finished ADD: cheese, avocado, salsa, frozen corn, sour cream and wraps (purchased for pulled pork tacos but never used as the pork was…

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30 Garlic Brisket

I was planning on making my bestie’s Roast Beef Dip sandwiches and called to ask for the 100th time what cut of beef she uses. She told me (eye of round) but then mentioned I should forget about beef dip and make brisket. 30 garlic cloves in one slow cooker brisket. As she is a far better cook than I, rarely do I not heed her advice. So off to get brisket I went. Of course, I used the trusty interweb to find a recipe. And it was DELICIOUS! I found this Better Homes and Gardens recipe on google and…

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