A weekend w/ visiting friends also means a weekend of lots of cooking and eating. :) I made some of their favorite dishes and topped it off w/ an extra special dessert for an extra special friend who's b'day is coming up this week. Happy Early Birthday, Amy! :)
This first picture is of one of my all-time favorite, all-time easy crock pot meals: Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches. It was perfect for a day on-the-go and SOOO nice to still be able to come to a home cooked hot meal. Found this recipe on allrecipes.com - one of my favorite sites for finding delicious and easy recipes. I've only made this dish like 8 times since I found it last year and it's ALWAYS a hit.In this meal:
- Allrecipes' Slow-cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches served on Nature's Own 100% Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns along w/ baby spinach, tomato, provolone cheese and ranch dressing
- Sauteed Okra, onions, green peppers & red chards - veggies c/o my CSA Papa Spuds
- Sensible Portions Garden Veggie Straws (though I like Snyder's eatsmart naturals Garden Veggie Sticks better because they have less sodium and still taste great) :o
This second pictured "meal" is a birthday pie. The birthday girl actually prefers apple pie over cakes, so apple pie had she! I combined 2 recipes to make this one, since a little birdy told me she loved apple crumb pies and my favorite apple pie recipe is a 2-crust pie.
I took my go-to apple pie recipe: Caramel Glazed Apple Pie and used the crumb topping recipe from this one: Allrecipes Apple Crumb Pie instead of the 2nd pie crust to make the above pie. I used Fuji apples just because that's pretty much the only apple Big Sis likes and therefore what we have on hand.
It was topped off w/ some extra special extra homemade ice cream my "occasionally epicurean" hubby made. He prefers EXTRA CREAMY ice cream instead of the "ice milky" kind I made last time (well excuse me!) so he decided to take matters into his own hands to ala mode our pie w/ Ben & Jerry's Sweet Cream Base Ice Cream. And let me tell ya - it turned out FANTASTIC! I will gladly give him the title of "Ice Cream Man" in our house! :)
I'm happy to report that the apple pie ala mode was a big hit w/ the adults - YAY!! but not my girls who don't actually like apple pie. Boo! Oh well, they did like "Daddy's Ice Cream" so all was not lost. :)
There was actually another really yummy meal the hubby took charge of: Saturday Night Surf and Turf which consisted of NY strip steaks, shrimp and scallops (I contributed mashed potatoes and roasted asparagus) that I didn't get around to taking pix of 'cause we were all too hungry! I should get that grilled shrimp recipe from him though because it was rather delish.
Ok, that's it for now. I've got a busy week ahead of me filled with lots of vball and indoor paining (worthy of a future post) and sadly won't be very bloggy this week... which may just kill me a little bit. :)
Have a wonderful week! :)
EasyLunchBoxes - You know I love ya Kelly!
Allrecipes.com for so many pretty awesome recipes
Papa Spuds CSA - love their awesome produce delivered right to my doorstep!!
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