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This recipe is SO good and easy! Throw everything in the crock pot in the morning, and it’s ready to go by dinner! Of course, that’s how most crock pot recipes are; and I’d just LOVE to meet the person who came up with that wonderful invention, vital to any kitchen.

2 lb. boneless chicken pieces
1 C. packed brown sugar
2/3 C. vinegar
1/4 C. lemon lime soda (I used Sprite)
2-3 Tbs. minced garlic
2 Tbs. soy sauce
1 tsp. black pepper


Place chicken (uncooked), in the bottom of the crock pot.

Combine all remaining ingredients and pour over chicken. Cook on low setting for 6 – 8 hours.


~ When you combine all the ingredients, it WILL look like a science experiment (Sprite and vinegar are fun HA!). That’s OK, though!

~ Don’t let the chicken cook too much longer over the 8 hours. I’ve made this recipe twice because the first time, beyond my control, we didn’t get home until it had been sitting there 10 hours. We had brown sugar rocks and a crusted crock pot that night!

~ This goes really well with yellow squash and green beans!!


Today’s Saturday Social is “Do you like to cook? What is your best dish?”

I LOVE cooking, especially baking and entertaining for friends. Now if I could just get them to come over to eat it all… HA!

Growing up my mom was always in the kitchen cooking something. She has a huge passion for cooking! I guess that is why she has finally ┬ástarted her dream as a personal chef! If you would like to visit her site she is over at Cook’s Creations Personal Chef Service. So I guess her love for food rubbed off on me.

I don’t know if I have a “best” dish, but I have tons of favorites!

I made this Smoky Corn and Potato Chowder Dish a few months ago and hubby just went nuts about it! We make our menu plan for four weeks, and this was the dish that he requested to be put in the once a week spot. It is so very easy and quick to make. With no “work” in preparing except for cutting up the sausage or ham!

I hope you enjoy the chowder. Everyone I have shared with has tried on their families with raving reviews!

Oh boy. My boy. He’s certainly not my little bitty baby boy that we came home from the birthing center with fourteen months ago anymore! He’s my big baby boy, and just keeps trucking on to accomplish every new little thing.

When we started trying new solid foods with him, he just could not keep them down. I felt so bad for him. He would try, but he would either gag, or once it hit his stomach, he would end up throwing it up again. His little stomach is just so sensitive.

I am certainly the “Protective Mama Bear” kind of mom, so pretty much everyone would just look at me and roll their eyes when they saw me pull out a jar of food for his dinner. One of those looks where you just know they’re thinking, “Yeah right, he doesn’t gag, she just doesn’t want him to grow up.” Well, OK, that’s true that I don’t want my baby to grow up, but I certain have persisted trying to get him to eat, with no success. I just let those who doubted his own mother’s word try to feed him themselves. When they were wearing what I had so many times before, THEN they would finally believe me, HA!

BUT!! As of last week, he started wanting to try little things while we were sitting at the table. So I would give him a tiny bite of chicken, a little spoon of rice… and he LOVED IT!! Last weekend, after he had finished his entire lunch and milk, he still ate half of MY Chicken and Rice Casserole for lunch! So after he ate almost all of my food I decided to let him start eating more of our foods at lunch and dinner. He’s doing great!

So… I have a Big Boy who eats big food with Mommy and Daddy now!! He still hasn’t quite grasped the whole “spoon goes in the mouth but it needs to have the food ON it, too” concept… but little steps at a time!!!

YAY for Mommy’s Big Boy!!

I am SOOOOOO proud of our Little Bit!!!!

He has come into getting the hang of things a little later, but that’s always alright! He is now 14 months old (as of this Friday), and still ALmost walking! He will stand up and bounce by himself, or walk and practically run as long as you’re holding on. He can also take two or three steps to something very close by himself, but hasn’t QUITE taken off just yet. It’s any day now; and I can’t WAIT for him to be just bumping around all over the place!!

And the great news is that he is FINALLY eating solids!!! We have been trying to get him on more solid foods for a few months now without any success. We tried mashing up stage three foods to be more manageable, tearing up snacks into tiny pieces, and eating them in front of him so he would get the idea. When we actually got something in his mouth he would go on as if he were choking… when it was on the tip of his tongue! If he actually got it swallowed, it would immediately be thrown up and he would not keep it. He wasn’t throwing up on purpose, either. We couldn’t figure out what on earth it was!

But last night we had VICTORY! I ran out of fruit snacks, so I gave him the Gerber yogurt bites that disolve to try again. He wouldn’t actually put them in his mouth, but he would pick them up with his mouth. LOL! But nonetheless, they got IN his mouth and he swallowed them successfully!!! He only gagged a couple of times, but managed through it, swallowed and then laughed about it when he saw that I wasn’t making a fuss. The little clown!

So tonight we are going to attempt his little pasta bites. I may have to help them in the process of getting them to his mouth, but as long as they go, I’ll be happy!

I’m so proud of our little man!!!!! He’s growing up way too quickly!!!!

1 pound Ground Beef
2 packages Au Gratin Potatoes
2 1/2 cups Hot Water
1 1/3 cups Milk
2 TSP Butter
Seasoned Salt
1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese


Brown ground beef and put it in a greased 9X13 baking dish.

Combine au gratin potatoes, seasoning mixes, water, milk, butter, salt, seasoned salt and pepper in bowl. Mix until blended. Pour into baking dish.

Bake covered 30 minutes at 400 degrees. Uncover and sprinkle cheese over top. Bake an extra 5 minutes until cheese is melted.

*This recipe makes TWO casseroles.

1 1/2 pounds – Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (or strips)
1 pound – Sausage (your choice of kind)
Approximately 16 – Uncooked Manicotti Shells
2 jars – Spaghetti Sauce
1 tablespoon – Garlic Powder
4 cups – Mozzarella Cheese *SHREDDED*
1/2 pound – Fresh Sliced Mushroom (OPTIONAL!)
2/3 cup – Water


Step One ~
Rub garlic powder over chicken, cut into 1-inch strips. Stuff UNCOOKED chicken into manicottii shells.

Step Two ~
Spread 1 cup of the spaghetti sauce in the bottom of TWO greased 9X13 baking dishes. Place half of the stuffed manicotti shells in each dish. Sprinkle sausage and mushrooms (if using) on top of the manicotti shells. Pour remaining spaghetti sauce over the top. Sprinkle with cheese.

Step Three ~
Drizzle water around the edge of each dish. (important!) Cover and bake one casserole at 375 degrees for 65 minutes. Cover and freeze remaining casserole.

To Thaw ~
Thaw in fridge. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Bake as directed.



~ The recipe calls for TWO 9X13 baking dishes. I have used two 8X8 dishes and they worked just fine. The only real difference is that you won’t have as much space and the manicotti will be packed in pretty tightly. We arranged them in two rows of four with the few left overs in the middle.

~ We also used more than 16 shells, 17 or 18 are fine as well if you have extra.

~ I used chicken strips instead of cutting chicken breasts. It works just as well and you don’t have to slice them.

~ You don’t necessarily need a full 4 cups of the cheese, just sprinkle until covered.

~ This recipe is intended to have one dish to eat fresh and one to freeze. I have not tried baking both at once (yet).

~ For larger families, however, both dishes will be needed. One dish per meal was just enough with a serving or so left over for my husband and me.

10 ounces – Frozen Broccoli *COOKED & DRAINED*
1 1/2 cups – Chicken *COOKED & DICED*
1 can – Cream of Broccoli Soup
1/3 cup – Milk
1/2 cup – Cheddar Cheese *GRATED*
1 tablespoon – Butter *MELTED*
2 tablespoons – Dry Bread Crumbs


Step One ~
Arrange broccoli and chicken in a shallow casserole dish.

Step Two ~
Combine soup and milk. Pour over broccoli and chicken.

Step Three ~
Sprinkle with cheese.

Step Four ~
Combine butter and bread crumbs. Sprinkle over cheese.

Step Five ~
Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

1 1/2 cups – Milk
1 can – Cream Style Corn
1 can – Whole Kernel Corn *DRAINED*
2 cans – Diced Potatoes *DRAINED*
6 oz (approx. 1 cup) – Ham or Sausage *COOKED & DICED*
1 cup – Cheddar, Swiss, OR Gouda cheese *SHREDDED*

Step One ~
Cook sausage through thoroughly.

Step Two ~
Add cans of corn, creamed corn and potatoes. Add milk.

Step Three~
Heat through, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in desired cheese until melted.


Personal Notes/Modifications:

~~ This recipe makes about 4 servings. It fed my husband and me just perfectly with no left overs. So for a larger family, I would suggest doubling the recipe. (add one additional can each to total two whole corn, two creamed corn and three diced potatoes, as well as an additional pound of sausage or ham)

~~ Add a side of broccoli, baby peas or green beans, and you have a full meal!!!

Hi and Welcome to Angel's Kisses! My name is Cara. I am a wife and SAHM. I also work for 5 Minutes for Mom as their Contests Administrator.

My husband and I have a two-year-old son who is the light of our lives. He LOVES cleaning, sharing and reading his books! We have two cats and a busy, busy life!

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