#112 – MCH @ HMC

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This week we had the pleasure of recording our episode at the Handmade City Holiday Show at the Freight House in downtown Davenport, IA. We set up our pop up podcast right at the bar conveniently located next to Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. Thanks for the amazing samples Blaum Bros!

Next week’s episode will be a compilation of host and listener voicemails, SO WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please send us a voicemails! We want to know your holiday traditions and/or you can have your little ones tell us what they want for Christmas. HINT: Beth told Squishy he was leaving a message for Santa Claus.

We are Caroling for a cause and accepting donations for Winnie’s Place, a shelter for women with or without children. If you would like to make a monetary donation, you may do so here. If you are local we would love to have you join us for caroling! Check out our facebook event for more details.

Fabulous Finds

Lindsay – Woody’s Popcorn
Krissi – Four Daughters Coffee
Tawny – Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Cheers!!

Stop the Kids Birthday Bullsh*t

It is that time of the year again! Only this time, I am taking a stand! But let me begin with…Today, my youngest child turned three. It was great! We had a simple dinner, just my husband, birthday boy, and his sister. The servers did their annoying birthday song, and as a once-upon-a-time server who used to thank the restaurant Gods that my place of employment did not practice such a gimmick, we not only requested it, but we endured it.
(funny side-note: I believe these servers may have enjoyed themselves watching my son slap his forehead and shake his head at their ridiculousness.)

Following dinner, we played some video games and made our way home to bed. That’s it! Now, before I begin my rant, we have birthday festivities planned for this child this coming weekend to include very few of the things I’m about to let myself (and all you other moms who are consistently trying to one-up yourself from year to year) have it!! So, here it is…………… STOP THE KIDS BIRTHDAY BULLSHIT!!!!

Consider the following:

1. Theme

JustinBieberEvery year we decide on a theme. My daughter has had a luau, a princess, a crayon, a Justin freakin’ Bieber, among other silly themed birthday parties. So let’s say she decides that the next birthday party should be a Monster High party (since it’s all I hear about these days). Here is how this plan would develop:

a. We MUST search Pinterest, all online party shops, all local party shops, and the birthday party catalogs that conveniently show up in my mail box (black magic) in the weeks leading up to her birthday, for ANY and ALL Monster High related birthday paraphernalia.

b. We MUST buy the following Monster High crap: dinner plates, dessert plates, napkins, cups, banners, balloons, picture booth, table coverings, decorations, goody bags, goody bag stuffers, six-foot tall cardboard cutout (I am not shitting you… check our kid with the Biebs)!

c. Let us not forget the themed birthday cake. BUT… we should probably make or purchase some cupcakes as well. You know, because even though we have had an excess of sugary frosted goodies EVERY FUCKING YEAR, we MUST be sure there isn’t the slightest possibility of running out.
*I’ll mention abundance of food again later!

2. Guests

It isn’t just about who is coming to the party, but how are we going to get them there? Well, OF COURSE, we will not only announce the birthday party in a cutsie invite via Facebook, which is typically geared toward our adult friends who may or may not have kids that are friends with our kid, but we also need to make sure we remembered our Monster High (continuing with this fun example) invites that she can hand out to her school friends. Wait though… that’s not all!!

Because now we have discovered how adorable picture invites are. Those ones where your kid looks all cute and smiley and stuff. You know… those $2 per card invites that will end up in someone’s garbage can a week from now. But, we MUST order enough of those to send to our family members and some of our even closer friends…or… to the kid down the street who delivered their picture invite to your front door a few weeks ago ;) !!

3. Entertainment

Now, I will thankfully state that I have not yet become that mom who has hired a clown, a performer, or better yet… paid money to have farm animals shit in my yard so our kids can get covered in goat spit for fun. But, I have fallen victim in the form of a bouncy house, a karaoke machine, a ‘picture booth,’ and a stupid piñata at EVERY SINGLE birthday she has had. But wait, keeping with the theme….let’s see… what could we do for Monster High? I KNOW!! Dance party! Complete with Monster High theme music, kids’ fave jams, props, costumes, and we cannot forget a smoke machine and maybe some strobe lights or a disco ball. See! Out of control!

4. FOOD

This is the one that really starts to send my husband over the edge, because I literally just don’t know when to stop. I’ve elaborated a little on my need to not only order a VERY over-priced themed cake and likely provide cupcakes as well, but cake must have ice cream. Then it is important to decide whether there will be lunch or dinner involved.

I often try to chose a time where we won’t be providing people with an actual meal, but I’m not sure what the point of that is since I usually provide a meal of snacks anyway. We need chips, which must have dip. But we also have tortilla chips, which must have salsa. This is a great opportunity to make all the cream cheese dips I like to make. They need crackers. We need candy. We need cookies. We need nuts. We need drinks. DRINKS. Juice boxes, soda, and water. That’s not all. Beer for the men. Mixed drinks for the ladies. Wine for my mom. Oh yeah… all snacks MUST be held in/on a bowl or plate that matches the theme. Duh!

Okay… you get it!! I’m out of my mind! But, I don’t think I am alone. Ladies (and maybe gents, but I’ve gotta be honest girls, this is our thing!), why are we doing this to ourselves? Why are we doing this to our kids? My husband, who is likely reading this and shaking his head and laughing with defeat because he reminds me every year that I am going too far, asked me the perfect question: Is this party for her (or him), or is it really for yourself?

He’s right! Who am I planning this for? Let’s again start with theme: Who says serving cake on some plain white generic plates is gonna hurt anything? Does anyone really give a damn about strategically placed themed balloons? Guests: Really? Picture invites? Shut-the-front door on that crap. Nobody cares.

You’re just making the next mom’s life more difficult (and expensive) sending that crap out!! Entertainment: What happened to a simple game of pin-the-tail-on-the-freakin-donkey? Or… just “go play with your friends in the backyard because this is the only time you get them all in one place at one time!!!” Food: People will not starve! AND, when they leave I won’t have to worry that my jeans won’t fit for the next week or two because all that junk I over bought is still sitting on the table waiting for me to devour it.

More importantly here though… what am I teaching my children? I think as parents we always want our little people to have the best that we can provide them with, but over-indulging them sets their expectations at a level that is unacceptable. It is not reality and it teaches them nothing about valuing and appreciating just the mere fact that their friends and family have come together to celebrate their special day. There is no need for fancy props and gimmicks in order to honor our kids birth and existence.

So, put your bottle of Xanax away girl…and stop that kids birthday bullshit! There is no need for that kind of stress in your life and I promise you, your kiddo will love his/her celebration all the same. Cheers!!!

#111 – Tom & Jerry Season!
Topic Gender & Race

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On this week’s episode we get a little serious and talk Gender and Race.  At the end of the show we interview Junior to get her take on the subject as a middle schooler.  On the lighter side, it’s Tom and Jerry’s season, so get it while you can!  Cheers!

Fabulous Finds

Beth – Serial Podcast
Fabulous Find Lindsay – Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps – Peanut Butter Crunch
Tawny – The Dads Corner (posts by the Dads of MCH)

Fit Tip Lindsay: Don’t eat straight Tom & Jerry’s batter!!

MCH UPCOMING EVENTS – We are Caroling for a Cause this month on December 20th, if you are local please join us!  We will be collecting non-perishable items for Winnie’s Place, a local women and children’s shelter.  If you’d like to make a monetary donation to the cause, please visit our donate page.

We will also be at Handmade City in Davenport, IA this upcoming Saturday.  This is such a great event with the best local indie artists in the area, please come support them and come say “Hi” to MCH!

Cheers!

 

6 Holiday Gift Ideas for Men
That Won’t Break the Bank

This is another installment of The Dads Corner.
This post was written by Corey, Tawny’s husband.

It can be difficult finding holiday presents for guys without falling into the stereotypical gifts like neckties. Also, once children are in the picture, the budget for gifts between spouses drastically decreases. In this post, I’ll share six holiday gift ideas for men that won’t break the bank and will leave your man happy.

1. Beer

Bent River Jingle JavaIf your man enjoys beer, buy him a beer for his stocking. Many grocery and liquor stores carry larger specialty bottles of craft beers. If your man is anything like me, he probably stands in the liquor department, lusting over the single bottle of beer that costs $10, but opts for the budget $5.99 6/pack. Not sure what kind to buy? Tell a clerk what your man likes to drink and they will have a few suggestions.

If you’re within a few hours of MCH Headquarters (Quad Cities, IL), I’d strongly suggest buying the man in your life a six-pack of Bent River Brewing’s Jingle Java. Bent River’s distribution is expanding. If you live in the Quad Cities, a trip to Bent River on Christmas Eve for a fresh growler of Jingle Java will help make his season bright.

2. Bottle Opener Ring

Bottle Cap RingSince we’re on the topic of beer, let me sing the praises of this bottle opener ring. I purchased one of these at Strange Cargo while wandering around Wrigleyville before a Cubs game. It’s incredible. I’ve frequently found myself in situations where I need a bottle opener and have nothing to use. That’s no longer the case.

This looks like a normal ring on your finger, but on the underside, it’s a bottle opener. And talk about not breaking the bank, $1.29 on Amazon (with free shipping!). At that price, buy one for all of your guy friends. Trust me, they’ll love this gift.

3. Shaving Club Membership

Dollar Shave ClubAny man that uses disposable razors knows the feeling having to squeeze one more shave out of that torn up razor because he forgot to pick up a new package. A “subscription” to a disposable razor club like Dollar Shave Club would make for a great holiday gift for any male you will be buying a gift for this year. For as little as $1/month, the recipient of this gift will receive a razor and then every month, they will be delivered 5 replacement cartridges.

I am a Dollar Shave Club “member” and I am real happy with these razors. I purchase the mid-grade level razor cartridges, which cost $6/month. These are great razors at an affordable price. My $6/month cartridges cost me about half of what I was spending in replacement cartridges before. If you choose to give the gift of a Dollar Shave Club membership this holiday season, consider going through this referral link.

By the way, these razors work well for women. In a Mommy’s Cocktail Hour episode, Lindsay mentioned Bob purchases these razors and she uses them, too.

4. Wallet Phone Case

6beee6d8-39bf-41ff-8a4a-02712f38c110._V325838293__SR285,285_I absolutely hate carrying a wallet. There is nothing more uncomfortable than sitting on a lump of a wallet (not that mine is filled with money). Unfortunately, I’m absent-minded and combining that with hating to sit on a wallet means two or three times a day, I’m frantic trying to remember where I stuck my wallet. But, like everyone else these days, I can tell you where my phone is at all times because it’s within an arm’s reach.

Tawny bought me this wallet phone case and I love it. This case holds four cards and a few bills. It really allowed me to streamline and cut out the unnecessary things I was lugging around in my wallet. It’s also sleek and makes my iPhone 6 feel about the same in thickness as my iPhone 4 was.

Giving a wallet as a gift is about as traditional as giving neckties and by purchasing a wallet phone case, you can modernize this age-old tradition.

5. Portable Phone Battery Charger

Justin-1Staying on the cell phone theme, if your man has a hard time making it through the day without having to charge his phone, you might want to consider buying him a phone charger.

I purchased the Justin model pictured here at Kohl’s for about $25. I keep it fully charged and if my phone battery is low and I’m not near an outlet, I pull this out of my bag and charge up my phone. This phone charger holds about 2 or 3 charges before I need to re-charge it.

This is very handy when I go to conferences and I’m conference rooms of hotels that get poor service and my battery drains quickly.

There are tons of options for battery chargers on Amazon. It seems like the prices on these were much higher a few years ago and they’ve dropped a lot. You can now buy one of these for $15-25. This is a gift your man is sure to appreciate the next time the battery indicator on his cell phone is red and he doesn’t have access to an outlet.

6. Sporting Event Tickets

River BanditsYou’re probably thinking, “Hey Corey, you said you’d give us gift ideas that won’t break the bank. Have you seen the price of professional sporting event tickets?!” Yes, tickets to professional sporting events are pretty outrageous. Although, it’s always a good idea to check the secondary market for tickets. I typically use StubHub. Over the last few years, I’ve been able to buy quite a few tickets to Cubs game for $5-10 apiece.

Guys don’t need professional teams to have fun at a sporting event though. Minor league baseball, minor league hockey and arena football are great affordable alternatives. I love minor league baseball.

As a family, we’ve had a ton of fun at minor league baseball games. Most minor league ballparks are very family friendly with activities like bouncy houses. Minor league baseball teams frequently have fireworks after Friday or Saturday night games. These teams aren’t working with huge budgets, so they’ll do about anything to get fans in the stands. They typically offer great promotions, such as giveaways, post-game concerts and cheap beer nights (usually $2 or $3!).

And…these games are cheap. Teams offer great gift packages like voucher books. Our local Quad City River Bandits offer a 10-ticket voucher book for just $60. These tickets can be used for any home game. $6 per ticket is a great affordable alternative to the big league prices. Whether he uses it for a guys night out or a family night with the kids, any guy will appreciate getting this gift.

Gift buying for men can be an intimidating thing. I hope these ideas help you find the right gifts for the men on your shopping list.

Have you found inexpensive gifts for men that you’d like to share with other Mommy’s Cocktail Hour listeners and readers? Tell us about those gifts in the comment section below.

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This is a guest post by Corey, Tawny’s husband.  

You can read Corey’s blog posts on podcasting and social media at CoreyFineran.com.  You can listen to Corey’s podcast on the Chicago Cubs at IvyEnvy.com

My Struggle With Sugar Addiction
and the Holidays

This is another installment of The Dads Corner.
This post was written by Bob, Lindsay’s husband

About three months ago Lindsay set up a doctor’s appointment for me because she was sick of me complaining about the pain in my back. For most of the summer I was functional, but in pain. Towards the end of the summer that pain started to really slow me down. I couldn’t sleep, stand still or even sit in a recliner. I couldn’t argue with my wife any longer, I had to go to the doctor.

I started 2014 weighing 307 lbs…the highest weight of my life. My new years resolution was to lose weight using one of those late night infomercial DVDs. It was working for awhile until I injured my back. At the time of my doctors visit I weighed in at 296, which was my average weight for the past five years or so. My doctor told me that I most likely injured my back pushing myself too hard and that my obese size was preventing the injury from healing. He recommended I change my diet and try yoga.

So I did. I remembered an early “Mommy’s Cocktail Hour” episode where Beth and her husband Andy had decided to cut sugar out of their lives. I’m not going to do the research and find that episode, but what I took away from that episode was, and I’m paraphrasing, ‘shop on the outside perimeter of the grocery store and don’t go up and down the aisles.’ That stuck with me for almost three years until eventually I finally tried it.

The first two weeks were two of the most miserable weeks of my life. My wife has always been in shape and for the most part able to eat whatever she wants. She was not a fan of my new diet. I became so miserable that if my schedule was interfered with even a little bit I would throw a temper tantrum like a three year old. I knew I was doing it, but the common sense side of me was locked up while my body was withdrawing. I could see myself acting ridiculous and I couldn’t control it.  wpid-fed-up-trailer-header

In the middle of all of this Lindsay and I discovered the movie “Fed Up.” This movie messed me up. I’m a sugar addict. The movie more or less compared sugar to cocaine and basically said that when we were growing up our parents and schools were unknowingly getting us hooked on sugar and now we’re doing it to our kids. The big difference between overcoming a cocaine addiction vs a sugar addiction is that when you’re coming off of cocaine you have to go and find your drug dealers, but when you’re coming off of sugar you can’t walk 100 yards without seeing a soda machine or fast food joint. It’s everywhere. But at that point in time, the movie mixed with Andy and Beth’s success had me motivated.

In a matter of one month I lost 25 lbs just from removing sugar and doing yoga. I felt so confidant I dressed up as “Magic Mike” for Halloween and won the Sexiest Costume Contest (by the way I’m fully aware that a fat person dressed as “Magic Mike” is funny and why I won) I’ll spare you the pictures because I like I said I was still fat, although rumor has it Tawny managed to capture a few shots on her phone.

10712976_10205344274350596_5312046104924649443_nHeading into Thanksgiving I weighed in at 258. I couldn’t remember the last time I weighed under 280 let alone under 260. On the other hand I now weigh the same as all my fat friends. But then the wagon ride started to get rough. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving I had to take my daughter to work with me so we grabbed breakfast at a local diner where I managed to eat a clean breakfast. It was however free pie Wednesday. So I said, screw it, it’s Thanksgiving I’m going to take two days off’ and had a piece of pie.

Two days turned to three days which ended up being five days. At no point did I crave any chocolate, pizza, fast food etc. I ate it, but not like I used to. When I had pizza I would check the ingredients and portion sizes just out of habit. I cheated but my cheating was still cleaner than my normal diet of the past. I spent a large portion of those five days in a  restroom while my body rejected the little cheating I did. In a way it confirmed that i had been on the right track.

In the end I gained two pounds. I’m back to 260 and it kills me. I so desperately want the 240’s right now. Today’s another day and I’m happy to say I’m back on track. When we get a little closer to Christmas I will update you on my progress and share some tips I plan on using to maintain my clean diet and ultimately happiness.

 

This is a guest post by Bob, Lindsay’s husband. 

You can read Bob’s blog posts and interviews at www.zoiksonline.com.  You can listen to Bob’s movie review podcast at www.ihatecritics.net

Four Reasons to Consider
Backyard Chickens


On occasion, we will be handing over our website to the dads of MCH.
They will be posting on topics that we think you might appreciate and enjoy.
Welcome to The Dads Corner.


IMG_3675In March of 2013, Tawny and I decided we wanted to take on a project – backyard chickens. If you think you can’t take on this type of project because you live in the city, don’t be so certain that you’re not legally entitled to raise chickens. Yes, chickens are illegal in some areas, but you’d be surprised how many towns and cities are chicken friendly.

The best way to determine what the poultry policy is for your town is to call the city or look on their website. BackyardChickens.com is a good resource for this (and many other chicken topics). Since we live in Illinois, here is the list of city ordinances regarding chickens for Illinois. If you live in another state, the other states are listed on the left sidebar of that page.

In our year and a half of chicken-keeping, we’ve experienced the full spectrum of chicken ownership, from eggs hatching to raising chicks in the living room to integrating chicks into a flock to predators to EGGS. Rather than describing this entire endeavor, I’m going to give you five reasons to consider backyard chickens.

1. Project With Children

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Backyard chickens are a great opportunity for your children to learn responsibility. When they are young and in a brooder, chicks require quite a bit of work. Although they are contained, they make quite a mess by doing things like kicking wood chips into their waterer. When we have chicks in a brooder, we need to give them fresh water 2-3 times a day. A lot of the work with chickens, especially when they are very young, can be done by children, probably as young as 3 or 4 years old.

When chickens are grown and in the coop, there are several “chores” for kids of all ages to do. Every day, the food and water need to be checked, scratch can be thrown out for them and eggs need to be collected. This is a great opportunity to teach children the idea of responsibilities, outside of doing their regular inside cleaning duties.

We have also found that having chickens and the inevitable life cycle of chickens have given our children a better understanding of dealing with loss. Over this last summer, one of our chickens wandered into the road and was hit by a car. We went and out retrieved “Lacey” and dug a grave for her. During that time, we talked about her accident and how the other chickens in the flock would feel about losing her. Lacey was the mother hen, so we talked about how one of the others would need to step into that role. So we were able to not only deal with the loss of Lacey, but also discuss changing family dynamics during these times of loss.

There are many learning opportunities for children with raising chickens and it’s a great project to do as a family.

2. EGGS!

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Being vegetarians, our family eats a TON of eggs for protein and other important nutrients. I don’t believe we have purchased eggs from a store since July of 2013.

Right now, we have six egg-laying hens in our flock and we gather 4-5 eggs per day.

So let’s talk about the nutritional advantages of farm fresh eggs.  This is in no way a comprehensive list of the benefits of farm fresh eggs.

  • Eggs from naturally raised chickens contain two to ten times more omega-3 fats compared to regular eggs.
  • Backyard chicken eggs contain twice the vitamin E found in commercial eggs.
  • Natural eggs have three to six times the vitamin D content of regular eggs.
  • Backyard chickens don’t receive hormones or antibiotics.  They have a much more natural diet, receive more sunlight and more exercise. Overall, live happier lives than caged chickens that supply grocery stores with eggs.

There’s a noticeable difference in color and taste between farm fresh eggs from backyard chickens and store bought eggs. Also, if you can’t consume all of those eggs the chickens are popping out, you can always sell them. People love farm fresh eggs.

3. Good For the Environment

There are all sorts of ways that chickens are good for the environment of your backyard. Chickens love eating anything little that moves, including bugs you may not want in your yard like spiders and ticks.

Chickens also “produce” a natural fertilizer. Yeah, you know what I mean. Chicken manure is too strong to put directly on your garden or flowers, however you can use them in your compost bin/pile. I’m not a composting expert, but all summer and fall of this year, I put all of the used wood shavings from the chicken coop into a barrel. I plan to spread these on the garden in early spring and then till them into the soil.

You are helping the environment by raising your own chickens for eggs. Each dozen eggs you consume is a dozen eggs that doesn’t need cardboard or styrofoam packaging and it’s another dozen eggs that doesn’t need to be transported by inefficient trucks that produce lots of exhaust.

5. Personal Well-Being

I can say from personal experience that backyard chickens have benefitted my personal well-being. Taking on the project of building a chicken coop and run can be a stress reliever. Tawny and I aren’t terribly handy and we felt a great deal of accomplishment when we transformed the back of our garage into a chicken coop and built a chicken run off the back of the structure.

As parents, we have no shortage of responsibility in caring for creatures that are dependent on us. But it’s a lot easier to care for chickens than it is our children. I probably spend about 10 minutes a day taking care of the chickens and I will say that it’s a very peaceful 10 minutes for me. I enjoy watching the chickens interact with me and each other.

Our backyard chickens also provide entertainment for others. When friends come to our place, the first thing the kids want to do when they get out of the car is to go see the chickens. Watching the chickens do their thing brings a smile to everyone’s face.

I wanted to share information with this post on Mommy’s Cocktail Hour’s website because this is something that you and your family may be interested in. Backyard chickens aren’t for everyone, but if you’re interested in taking on a fun project and never buying eggs again, it might be something worth considering.

If you are thinking about having backyard chickens, I’d be more than happy to share more information on how to build a coop and run, as well as other things we’ve learned since we started our flock.

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This is a guest post by Corey, Tawny’s husband.  

You can read Corey’s blog posts on podcasting and social media at CoreyFineran.com.  You can listen to Corey’s podcast on the Chicago Cubs at IvyEnvy.com

#110 – White Sangria
The Kids Say Thanks

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It’s Thanksgiving week, YAY!!  It’s that time of year when we all reflect on what we are most thankful for and this week’s episode is no exception.  We give the mics to the kids of MCH as they share what they are thankful for.  Thanks to Kelly and Heidi for calling in with their kids as well!

By the way, this week’s cocktail will be a sure hit at your Thanksgiving dinner!

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Fabulous Finds

Beth – Muk Luk Slippers
Krissi – Taylor Swift 1989 
Lindsay – Snackeez
Tawny – Sugar Free Mom Flourless Brownies; 2 Ingredient Pizza Dough

Fit Tip: 3 Healthy Holiday Tips for Thanksgiving

  1. Move yo ass (turkey trot, football)
  2. Health that shit up (healthy sides)
  3. Eat breakfast!

Happy Thanksgiving!  Cheers! 

#109 – Hot Toddy

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This week we sip on Hot Toddy’s and talk about quick cleaning tips.  We listen to a few listener voicemails, thanks so much to Dina and Veronica for calling in, we love to hear from you ladies!

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Fabulous Finds

Beth – Big Hero 6 (and “feast” before film)

Lindsay – Smart Food Buffalo Cheddar Popcorn,  Zebra Popcorn

Tawny – Sleep Cycle App

Fit Tip:  Exercises You Can Do While Cleaning

Quick Cleaning Tips

Beth – Polish Chrome – cotton swab and alcohol on it.

Krissi – Get organized, kids help out if they can, little bits here and there when you can.

Lindsay – Make the kids do it, coffee filters for windows

Tawny – Water to clean your mirrors

Kelly –  I keep a dishwashing wand in my shower. Fill it with half white vinegar and half blue dawn dish soap. Once a week or so, I scrub out my tub while showering. Tile and tub stay so clean with very little time and effort.

Next week we’ll be sharing recorded snippets of what our kids are thankful for, please send us your kids voicemails through the Speakpipe app, contact@mommyscocktailhour.com.

Cheers!

#108 – Go Go Rita – Quick & Easy Crockpot Recipes

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This week’s MCH is going make you very hungry!  We share our favorite quick and easy crockpot recipes. We also asked for your favorites and you gals really pulled through on some tasty meals that we can’t wait to try for ourselves.

Fabulous Finds

Beth – curious about Wakie app? Bananas Foster latte at Milltown Coffee (Moline)
Lindsay –  Tres Generaciones Tequila

Lindsay’s Fit Tip – Skinny Mom App: 5 ways to look in the mirror and love who is staring back

Quick & Easy Recipes

Tawny Crockpot Enchiladas – Tortillas, Enchilada Sauce, Shredded Cheese (I use Mexican or Taco or both), Veg All or any other veggies.  Spray crockpot with non-stick cooking spray, pour small amount of enchilada sauce on the bottom of the crockpot, layer in 1-2 tortillas to cover the bottom, add ¾ c. cheese, ½ veggies, add layer of tortillas, then sauce and repeat.  I usually do 3 layers.  Cook on high for 45-60 mins.  *This is my go to work potluck recipe and I usually cook on high for a hour and then set to warm until serving.
Beth Plain unseasoned pork loin, 1 apple cut up, pour over 1 can cherry 7up and sprinkled with cinnamon. Cook on low all day.
Krissi Veggie lasagna – sauce, uncooked noodles, ricotta, veggies spinach and mushroom, and keep layering.  Top off with shredded cheese.
Lindsay Pork loin, sweet potatoes, apples, onions, water, olive oil, spices  —- Chicken, peas, carrots, celery, water , crockery gourmet (chicken ala king.  Cook on low all day.

Listener Recipes

Danielle Chicken, diced carrots and celery, a few tablespoons of butter, a packet of ranch seasoning, and Frank’s red hot sauce. Cook on low all day and it makes an awesome buffalo wing sloppy-joe-like mixture to make sandwiches with.
Danielle Also this Crock Pot Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Tator Tot Bake
Danielle And this Mississippi Roast – Table for Two
Danielle And this was really incredible A Year of Slow Cooking: Slow Cooker Peanut Butter Cup Cake Recipe
Veronica Just made this last night. Recipe is for 2-3 servings, but could easily be doubled (I’d leave the meat amount the same) for a larger family. Smoky Chocolate Chili
Veronica This one was really good too! Chicken Posole
Veronica And this one was even better for lunch the next day. Mediterranean Chicken and Vegetables
Jennifer I just threw a frozen Jenni-o turkey breast in a bag in the crock this morning. Can’t get much easier than that! Will bake sweet potatoes & make stuffing and green beans too.
Amber Frozen chicken breast, sweet baby rays, a splash of vinegar, some brown sugar, garlic, crushed red pepper and black pepper. Cook all day, shred, and make sandwiches.
Amber I also make chicken tacos in the crockpot. Super easy chicken breast, a container of chicken broth, and taco seasoning. You can then save the broth and freeze it to use later for chicken tortilla soup.

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Cheers!!

#107 – Campfire Sour

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We are still embracing fall and refusing to let winter in the door on this episode. On this week’s episode, we celebrate what feels like the final days of Fall with a Campfire Sour recipe.

Mason Shaker provides us with the drink this week. They post great photos on Instagram and they some great gift ideas on their site. Check them out!

Campfire Sour:
3 shots Whiskey
Lemon Juice
3/4 shot Maple Syrup
Rosemary Sprig

instructions

Fab Finds

Beth – jambetty nails!
Tawny – Speakpipe App, Instasize
Krissi – recommends checking with your car insurance when you need roadside assistance

Beth was a guest on The Sci-fi Movie Podcast. They discuss the movie Wall-E so be sure to check it out, here!