Fridays Unfolded Link Party {#135}

It’s Friday again!!  YAY!!  Time to party 🙂

About a month ago, my friend so graciously agreed to pick up some lights at IKEA that I wanted for my kitchen.  They sat in the floor of my kitchen for a week or so, and my hubby asked if we were going to put them in…

I said “I will only start if you promise we will finish before Thanksgiving.”  And to that he went to get the ladder and a hammer.

Thankfully we finished with time to spare!  If you haven’t seen the reveal you must go check it out! Here is a peek 🙂

Thank you all for linking up and sharing your thoughts, yummy goodies, and creativity with us each week.  Be sure to check out and follow our Pinterest boards to see what we’ve been pinning! 

Here are my favorites from this week. Remember to check all the hostesses to see their favorites too!

If you are pinning one of these great ideas for yourself, please click over to the original link and pin from there – thanks!
I’m getting more and more antsy to start crafting and decorating for Christmas, and this post from Tanya at twelveOeight added to my excitement. She shares how to transform villages to a snowy wonderland.

How to Make a Glitter House Village {the easy way} from twelveOeight

Meal planning for Thanksgiving has made me hungry!  If you are looking for a yummy breakfast to serve to guests, or even just your family, these cinnamon rolls from Living the Gourmet sound delicious.

Easy Cinnamon Rolls {with Cake Mix} from Living the Gourmet

If you are like me you probably already have things booked for 2015.  If you need a calendar, or planner, you must check out these cute downloads and printables from Eliza Ellis that she is offering for free!  How sweet is that?!?

Updated Free Printables for 2015 from Eliza Ellis

I love repurposing things so much!  So, I was so excited to see what Mindi from My Love 2 Create did with a few drawers, scrap wood and some casters – brilliant!
Under the Bed Storage, Repurposing Drawers from My Love 2 Create
If you were featured grab a button!

Can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to this week!!

Remember the rules 🙂

  • Follow ALL of our hostesses in some way: NancherrowInspiring Hearts and HomeSew A Fine SeamMore Than MommiesFrazzled JOY, and Skipping Sideways
  • Link up as many posts as you like – recipes, decorating, faith, kids, homeschooling, humor, giveaways…whatever unfolded for you lately.
  • Grab the code and post the party button or linked text somewhere on your blog.
  • Visit a few links (it’s a party, people!).
  • Pin only from the original posts.
  • By joining Fridays Unfolded you are giving us permission to post a linked photo from your shared post.

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Summer Crock Pot Recipes {Family Friday}

Hello friends and welcome to another Family Friday!!  I use my crock pot a lot during the winter because I love all kinds of soups.  Soup is my form of comfort food in the winter.  But then, spring rolls around and my family I no longer want soup.  However, our schedule is such that using the crock pot here and there would be VERY beneficial – keep us from eating out.  So, as I was meal-planning today I pulled some of my crock pot meals out that aren’t soupy and added them to the menu.  

Then…I thought of you guys!!  Do you have a crock pot?  Do you use your crock pot?  Do you use it for things other than soup?  I have a whole board on Pinterest dedicated to crock pot recipes, and when I am in a rut, I check there and add a few new ones to the mix.  I very rarely share recipes with you but today, I am going to share with you a few recipes that I have found, that are tested and approved by my own family.

Hope you enjoy!!

This first one from Picky Palate was is a huge hit at our house.  I very rarely make the potatoes (although they are very yummy), but you can pair the pork chops with just about any side you would like.

Ranch House Crock Pot Pork Chops with Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
6 pork chops, 1/2 inch thick
1 packet dry Ranch Dressing Seasoning
10 oz can Cream of Chicken Soup
4 lbs peeled, cubed potatoes
5 Tablespoons real butter
1 Cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
6 cloves roasted garlic (click for directions how to roast garlic)
1- 1 1/2 Cups warm skim milk (any milk will do, I just happened to use skim)
1 Tablespoon salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper, or to taste
1. Place pork chops, Ranch seasoning and soup into a medium sized crock pot over high heat for 4 hours or low heat for 6 hours.
2. Place potatoes into a large pot of cold water. Place onto stove top over high heat and bring to a boil. Once water is boiling, cook for 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender. Drain and transfer to the work bowl of a stand or electric mixer. Mix on low until potatoes are mashed then add butter, Parmesan, garlic, milk, salt and pepper. Season to taste if needed. For thinner mashed potatoes add more milk, slowly until your desired consistency.
3. Scoop mashed potatoes onto serving plates and top with pork chops and soup gravy from crock pot. Enjoy!
This next one is yummy too!!  The recipe below is from Makin’ it Mo’ Betta which she adapted from Six Sister’s Stuff.  I usually serve this one with rice and broccoli, but would be good with just about anything.


adapted from Six Sisters’ Stuff

4-6 chicken breasts *I used 2 lbs boneless/skinless chicken breasts
1 cup packed brown sugar *I used 3/4 cup
2/3 cup vinegar  *I used apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup lemon-lime soda *I used Sprite Zero
2-3 Tablespoons minced garlic *I used about 1 1/2 T. fresh minced garlic
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
2 Tablespoons corn starch
2 Tablespoons water

Red pepper flakes (optional) 

  • Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. (Crock pot liners are also great!)
  • Place chicken (frozen, thawed or fresh) inside slow cooker. 
  • Mix together the sugar, vinegar, soda, garlic, soy sauce, and pepper, and pour over chicken. 
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4 hours. (Frozen chicken will obviously need a longer cook time.)
  • Remove chicken from slow cooker (it should basically fall apart) and pour remaining sauce into a saucepan over high heat. 
  • Mix together corn starch and water, pour into saucepan, and mix well. Let sauce come to a boil and boil for 2-3 minutes, or until it starts to thicken and turns into a glaze. 
  • Remove from heat and let sit for a minute or two (it will continue to thicken as it cools).
  • Sprinkle red pepper flakes on top if desired.  

I also use my crock pot for easy basic things like BBQ chicken – chicken and BBQ in and forget it, and taco meat – I usually cook my meat first, then toss it in the crock pot with my taco seasoning and forget it!!  I love the leave it and forget it part don’t you?!?  Oh, and speaking of taco seasoning, I now make my own, and I love it.  I love that I can tailor it to my families’ tastes and that I know what is in it!!  The recipe I use is from Smells Like Home and you can view that here.
I hope some of these are helpful and have inspired you to pull-out your crock pot!! 

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