Crockpot Monday: Buffalo Chicken

Posted by Katrina Roets at 12:00 PM

Monday, May 25, 2015

The "omgit'salmostsummer" countdown continues and with it comes another family favorite meal.  The best part? Not only do my boys love it, but it's one of the easiest things to throw together ever. Three ingredients go into the bag and you throw a fourth in right before it's finished. Serve this one up with some summer side dishes and if your house is like mine, you have a serious homerun favorite.


Buffalo Chicken:

Ingredients:
3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
12oz bottle of your favorite hot sauce (I use buffalo sauce)
1/2 pkg dry ranch dressing
2 Tbsp butter

Place chicken, hot sauce and ranch into your gallon sized freezer bag. Squeeze out any excess air, seal and freeze.

Cooking instructions: Thaw in refrigerator. Place in crockpot and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Half an hour before serving, add butter and shred the chicken. Serve on rolls or buns. I like to top mine with a bit of ranch dressing for extra yumminess.


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Book Review: Big Gay Ice Cream

Posted by Katrina Roets at 1:30 PM

Friday, May 22, 2015

Welcome to Big Gay Ice Cream’s debut cookbook, a yearbook of ice cream accomplishments—all the recipes you need to create delicious frozen treats

• New to making ice cream at home? Never fear—freshman year starts off simple with store-bought toppings and shopping lists for the home ice cream parlor.
• Sophomore year kicks it up a notch with tasty sauces and crunchy toppings.
• Junior year puts your new skills to work with shakes, floats, and sundaes inspired by some of Big Gay Ice Cream’s top-selling treats, including, of course, the Salty Pimp.
• In Senior year, get serious with outrageously delicious sorbets and ice cream recipes.

Along the way, you can enjoy Bryan and Doug’s stranger-than-fiction stories, cheeky humor, vibrant photography and illustrations, and plenty of culinary and celebrity cameos (including an introduction by Headmaster Anthony Bourdain)

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I think I found the most enjoyable cookbook read that I've ever had. Big Gay Ice Cream is full of great stories and even better recipes. Honestly, I can't wait to get home from Phoenix so that the boys and I can start experimenting with some seriously delicious summer treats. After all, who doesn't like ice cream? Okay, I suppose some people don't, but they certainly don't live in my household! I love that this book takes you step by step, yearbook style through all the different components that go into making delicious treats. Seriously, every time I walk by this book, I find myself picking it up and reading more of it and perhaps trying not to drool as well. If you're an ice cream lover or just a lover of super fun books, I hope this one makes it to your shelf.

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Book Review: How to Sell Books by the Truckload on Amazon

Posted by Katrina Roets at 8:48 AM

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Amazon wants you to sell a lot of books. And How to Sell Your Books by the Truckload teaches you exactly how to do it. Internationally renowned Amazon book marketing expert, Penny Sansevieri, has created the ultimate guide for mastering the Amazon marketing system.

And in moments it can be right at your fingertips! The savings in time you’ll gain is enormous—when compared to painstakingly researching this information yourself.

When you follow Penny’s time-tested proven formulas you’ll instantly skyrocket the exposure you receive and kick your book promotion campaign into overdrive!

Plus, you can bypass all of the misinformation out there about how Amazon works. That’s because every secret you need to know to understand the Amazon marketing system inside and out is right here. Penny Sanseveri takes you step-by-step through simple and dynamic processes that show you how to:

    Get top visibility for your book on Amazon
    Increase sales through perfectly-timed pre-order campaigns
    Leverage a secret tool to get hundreds of reader reviews
    Use Kindle Unlimited to your greatest advantage
    Boost sales by knowing when to give away your e-book – it really works!
    Use keywords and book descriptions that puts your book in front of tons of buyers
    Identify and locate secret categories that drive bigger sales

Get your booked ranked #1 in your category!

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As someone who has not one, but two books that I'm working on writing, I was really excited to get my fingers on this book. Once my books are done, I intend to put them up as ebooks on Amazon and after reading through this book, I have a far better understanding on how to do this! I've heard that Amazon actually makes it quite easy for the novice, but this book is filled with tips and tricks that will make that process even simpler. While I was more interested in the first half of the book, the second half on how to get reviews is also handy for those who want to get the word out about their book. Honestly, if you have a book that you're intending to publish via Amazon, get your fingers on this book and use it!

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Book Review: Old Fashioned

Posted by Katrina Roets at 10:00 AM

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Former frat boy Clay Walsh has given up his reckless lifestyle and settled down to run an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town. Determined to put his partying ways behind him, Clay has become notorious for his lofty and outdated theories on love and romance. But when Amber Hewson, a free-spirited woman with a gypsy soul, rents the apartment above his shop, Clay can't help being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life. New to the area, Amber finds herself surprisingly drawn to Clay and his noble ideas, but her own fears and deep wounds are difficult to overcome. Can they move beyond their differences and their pasts to attempt an "old-fashioned" courtship?


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Are you ready for a very different take on life? Let me introduce you to Clay, bad boy turned..well..old fashioned. He's changed his ways and he has his reasons. Enter Amber, his opposite in so many ways and their lives are never going to be the same. I enjoyed this book. It wasn't a page turner that kept me up all night, but it intrigued me and even after I finished it, it hung around in my memory, urging me to ponder its message. Is it one that I'm going to return to time after time? Most likely not, but it's a good read on a quiet afternoon.

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Crockpot Monday: Steak Fajitas

Posted by Katrina Roets at 12:00 PM

Monday, May 18, 2015

I honestly can't believe how close we are to summer break. When this post goes live, my boys will only have 3 weeks of school left. I'm already thankful for having meals like this one in my freezer because like I mentioned last week, summer break is no longer a break for us. It's just plain exhausting and a part of me almost longs for them to be back in school, not because I don't want them around, but because it seems easier...seems...it really isn't, now that I think about it....

Steak Fajitas


Ingredients:
1 large onion, cut into 1/2" strips
1 green bell pepper, cut into 1/2" strips
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2" strips
2 lb. boneless, sirloin steak, cut into strips*
3/4 c water
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp. lime juice
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder


Place onion, peppers and meat into gallon sized freezer bag. Mix remaining ingredients and pour over top. Remove as much air as possible, seal and freeze.

Cooking instructions: Thaw in refrigerator. Place in crockpot and cook on low 6-8 hours. Serve on warmed tortillas with our favorite toppings.

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Book Review: Bianca's Vineyard

Posted by Katrina Roets at 9:30 AM

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Bianca Corrotti's vineyard is more than a piece of mouth-watering real estate in Tuscany. It's an inheritance; a storehouse harboring the secrets of her Uncle Egisto, a world-class sculptor, and his troubled wife -- a woman whose destiny converges with Mussolini's when WWII overtakes them all. Based on a true story, Bianca's Vineyard follows a devoted family of strong-willed men and lion-hearted women waging an epic battle against a gathering storm intent on destroying their lives.

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Another up all night read! This book pretty much had it all -- mystery, romance, war, tragedy, and family. If nothing else, this book is an amazing family saga filled with characters who all have their own personalities and flaws. Too often, writers forget that people are flawed and leave out those imperfections. Not in this book though! On top of that, the attention to historical detail and just detail in general is fantastic! It was very clear to me that the author spent ages doing her research into not only this story, but the times and locations surrounding it. Honestly, the whole book just made me want to visit Italy and stay in some exotic villa while I explore the countryside. I may have to put that on my things to do list...

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Book Review: Better All the Time

Posted by Katrina Roets at 11:00 AM

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Seraphina Darling has always struggled to stand out. With her weight issues at the forefront of her mind, Sephy prefers to place herself comfortably in the background. But when Sephy's best friend and older brother announce their engagement, she vows to make a permanent change in her appearance and her life.

Meanwhile her younger sister, Amy, lands her dream job: coordinating the restoration of the community theater's arts programs. As the deadline for the project's completion approaches, Amy continues to run herself ragged, struggling to delegate and trust anyone but herself.

As the Darling sisters move through tragedy and triumph, between shadows and the limelight, each must find a path into the freedom of who God intended her to be.

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Another night of lost sleep, another great book. Funny how the two happen to go hand in hand more often than not, isn't it? In this follow up book to All Right Here, Ms. Gardner kept me turning page after page. The characters were well written and I challenge any of you to find one that you don't relate to on some level. As someone whose family is comprised of just her and two teenage boys, reading about a large family was a fun change of pace. The best part? There's a third book coming!

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