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The easiest sweet & sour chicken recipe

For those of you that know this from my previous posts, I get SUPER excited to try crockpot recipes. This is only the 3rd or 4th thing I’ve made with my slow cooker. And it was a hit with my fiancé because it’s super delicious (the chicken becomes so tender and tasty), and a hit with me as well because of its taste, but also because of how quick and easy the recipe is.

Taken from 365 Days of Slow Cooking….here is the recipe:

SWEET & SOUR CHICKEN…crockpot style

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of fat
1.  Place chicken in bottom of slow cooker.
2.  Saute the onion in a teaspoon of oil until soft.
3. In a small bowl combine the ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire and onion.  Pour over the chicken.

First time I've used ketchup in a recipe EVER. Glad to make use of the huge bottle my fiancé purchased.

Uncooked chicken with sauce poured on top.

4.  Cover and cook on LOW for 4-6 hours (I cooked mine for about 5 hrs).  Serve over hot cooked rice.

Really easy. Really good.

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LIEBSTER BLOG AWARD for moi?!

A big, huge, enormous thank you to Danny at Danny’s Kitchen for awarding me with the Liebster Award!

I am so honored and proud and excited to continue my blogging adventures…

The Liebster Blog Award translates from German to mean “Favorite Blog Award”. It’s an award given to blogs that have 200 followers or less that deserve recognition. Anyone who receives this award is supposed to then reward it to their liebster blogs. Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
  2. Reveal your top five picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
  3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
  4. Hope that the people you’ve sent the award to forward it to their five favorite bloggers and keep it going!

So now, I am going to present the Liebster Blog Award to my 5 favorites…I did my best to choose blogs that had 200 followers or less, but it is difficult to tell just how many followers blogs have! (Hey, I’m new at this after all.) Anyway, here we go:

  • ALLABOUTLEMON – this is one of the first blogs I started following after joining wordpress. It is truly a unique blog full of random art games, inspiring videos, great quotes, and an overall very positive and happy theme. I look forward to reading this blog daily because you just never know what she has posted for you to enjoy…
  • SIMPLY SCRUMPTIOUS – “cooking and eating in san francisco” – this blog is written by a friend of mine who used to run college cross country & track with me. She tends to post on really healthy recipes, complete with beautiful pictures, but she also includes a personal look into life and our shared passion of running.
  • 365 DAYS OF SLOW COOKING – I am currently obsessed with trying to get a firm grasp on crockpot cooking (it’s really so convenient) and this website provides SO MANY RECIPES. I love it.
  • STRONG INSIDE OUT – Amy is extremely motivational and a truly positive spirit. In the past, we both worked together as personal trainers for the same fitness club, and now she has created an entire community where people can come and strengthen their entire self…after all, our mental & physical beings are one in the same!
  • MY NAME IS SNICKERDOODLE – tons of great recipes, giveaways, and a personal touch!

Thanks for reading!! Spread the LOVE!!

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Inspiration Silverlake and the De-Flowering of My Crockpot

Yay!! A beautifully confusing, but beautiful day. These days the mornings are absolutely freezing (aka 45 degrees) and the afternoons are scorchingly hot (aka 78 degrees), and I bring an entire selection of a tank top, short sleeve, long sleeve, jacket, gloves, and headband, just so that I’m prepared for weather changes while training clients. This morning was stunningly beautiful in Silverlake, and my reservoir run was refreshing as usual. I took some pictures of Silverlake, as well as the Silverlake version of “Santa Monica Stairs” – these sets of stairs can be found all over (totally randomly placed) the neighborhoods by the reservoir. It’s a very fun thing to explore!

…going up…

…going down…

Totally inspired by Silverlake.

I know I’ve written about Silverlake already, but I honestly have a thing for the place. I know it is known for its “hipsters” and whatnot, and to be honest, I have no idea what the people are like because there are pretty much only two people in Silverlake I know and regularly converse with. It’s the land, the nature, the aura that I absolutely have a crush on. I don’t care what anyone says – Silverlake is beautiful. The layered streets of cool, unique houses…the array of foliage interspersed between homes, the reservoir, the cool shops and restaurants that are staggered around town, the hidden runnable stairs waiting to be discovered, the flocks of geese flying overhead (this happened today and made me SO happy!!), and numerous other things that seem just so specific to that particular part of Los Angeles. When I am there, I feel happy, and motivated, and I could run forever outdoors, then drink a bottomless amount of Lamill’s Masala Chai Tea Latte afterwards. Ahhh.

Speaking of Lamill’s. I have now experienced the “Lamill’s Breakfast” (with sausage & baguette), as well as the cappuccino. Both very delicious. However, my favorite will still be the chai tea and the omelet (with gruyere cheese – the BEST!).

De-Flowering My Crockpot.

This happened last night. Ok, so maybe this statement isn’t completely accurate – this Crockpot was used once before. In fact, my boyfriend bought it for his sister when she came to town and wanted to make chicken + dumplings, so it’s not even really mine to claim! But that was at least 4 years ago…and now I’ve determined it’s mine, and I better start figuring out some recipes to use on that thing. Or in it, rather.

On Pinterest (c’mon, you know you’re obsessed with that site as much as I am) I found a recipe & blog that I adore. 365 Days of Slow Cooking. Pretty damn cool blog if you ask me, especially for someone who needed a good recipe to break in her new-ish slow cooker. Remember when I said I had a soft spot for a good soup? Well I wasn’t lying…this recipe is THE BOMB:

TOMATO-BASIL PARMESAN SOUP (via 365 Days of Slow Cooking)

It turned out phenomenal!! The only things I did slightly different were that I only slow cooked for 4.5 hours, then prepared the roux, and continued cooking for about 45 minutes after that. I used dried oregano, and fresh basil. And everything else I stuck by the book on, and it was excellent. Oh, I also served with several pieces of buttered multi-grain toast.

I LOVE THIS CROCKPOT! MY CROCKPOT! 🙂

Starting the Roux…this was such a fun task! I love this part, whisking away…

Not the best picture, but it IS delicious. I promise.

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