Fun

The Entertainer

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Nicole and I both LOVE a good party! Even if they cause some stress and craziness before the event, it is all worth it when our homes are busting at the seams with conversation, laughter, friends, family, and kiddos running around.

From getting the house cleaned top to bottom, serving dishes ready, decorations prepared, invitations, the list goes on! But with The Entertainer chapter in our new cookbook It’s Our Crockin’ Life we were on a mission to make food prep one less thing to stress about! Not only does it free up time for you to take care of other party prep obligations, but it stays perfectly warm until everyone is ready to eat! There are lots of great party dishes in this chapter that will definitely make your get together a success!

In May we threw Stella a “Puppies That Wear Crowns” party per her request… HA! She loved every second of her one of a kind themed party. Here are some pics of that tail waggin’ good time…

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My mother-in-law recently celebrated her 58th birthday… She is constantly doing for others, so it was the family’s chance to do for her. Now if we would have suggested all getting together to eat, she would have insisted on cooking the food herself- and that just wasn’t in the plan for us… so we had to make it a surprise!

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We decided on frying up some fish and having a pool party at my brother in law and sister in law’s house, and Stanton kept her occupied for the day while the rest of us party prepped.

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Everyone brought their own dish to compliment the meal- and with the wild and crazy week we had with shipping books out, I knew my dish would have to be crockin’! The DELICIOUS shrimp jambalaya that we will be featuring in an upcoming video was the perfect answer! Another complementary crockin’ side was the crock of beans my sister in law brought. It was nice to have two things that didn’t have to be cooked in the last minutes before she arrived for the surprise, and they stayed warm so nicely in programmable crocks. She was surprised, the food was great, and a good time was had by all! SUCCESS!   

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Recipes that are perfect for entertaining:

Pork and Pineapple Luau Kabobs

Honey BBQ Chicken Sliders

Game Day Nachos

Italian Chicken Sandwiches

Book Signing Calendar

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Hey y’all! It’s that time again- with the launch of the new cookbook It’s Our Crockin’ Life we are hitting the road to do book signings! We don’t have all the details on a few signings and things are subject to change, but we will make those changes as they come and keep this updated!

AUGUST:

Friday 14: Doc’s Drugstore, Early TX 11-1

Saturday 15: Texas Star Trading Company, Abilene TX 11-1

SEPTEMBER:

Saturday 5: Blanton Caldwell, Albany TX 11-2

Wednesday 9: Hendrix Medical Center Gift Shop, Abilene TX 11-2

Thursday 10: Bradbury Lane, Richardson TX 5-8

Saturday 12: Mills County General Store, Goldthwaite TX 11-2

Tuesday 22: The Kitchenette, Atlanta TX 6-8 *Cooking Class and Signing

Saturday 26: Wild West Show, Dodge City KS

OCTOBER:

Thursday 8: Sweet Gourmet, Tyler TX 10:30

Sunday 18: Positively YOUnique, Granbury TX 10-12

Thursday 22: Texas Threads, Hereford TX 5-7

Friday 23: McWilliams Pharmacy, Snyder TX

Saturday 24: The Vintage House, Carrollton TX 11-4

Tuesday 27: Out of the Box, Houston TX

NOVEMBER:

Thursday 12: Ace Home Place, Stephenville TX 7-9

Saturday 14: Early Blooms and Things, Early TX 1-3

Thursday 19: Spice, Waco TX

Friday 20: Paper Affair, Frisco TX

Saturday 21: Amazing Grace, Madill OK 12

 

Getting in Shape

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Hey y’all! I had a lot of questions earlier this week about what I am doing to get in shape, so here it goes! I am not a hardcore dieter or workout fanatic, but I like to go at a steady pace and still enjoy myself with food and fun!

When Crockin’ Girls first started up my baby girl was just over three months old. Between carrying around some of my baby weight and the craziness of the Crockin’ whirlwind we were in, I couldn’t even think about taking time for myself to get back in shape! This past September when Stella was about 16 months old, I was finally ready to get back into my groove! Here are some of the changes I have made:

Crockin’ Christmas Desserts

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H is for Hectic and Holiday! How can Christmas be a week away?! If you want to avoid the mall and long lines this week, but you’re still in need of a few last minute gifts, use your slow cooker silly! These desserts require easy-prep and make a ton in a short amount of time. Now that’s what we’re talkin’ about! Just wrap them up in festive bags or tins and your list is done!

Chocolate Covered Marshmallows with Peppermint Sticks

Chocolate Drizzled Rice Krispie Treats

Peanut Clusters

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