Sunday, April 19, 2009

Slow Cooker Jambalaya

I really need to use my slow cooker more often. This recipe sounds great!!

~ 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
~ 1/2 pound andouille sausage, diced
~ 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
~ 1 medium onion, chopped
~ 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
~ 1 stalk celery, chopped
~ 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
~ 2 teaspoons dried oregano
~ 2 teaspoons Cajun or Creole seasoning
~ 1 teaspoon hot sauce
~ 2 bay leaves
~ 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

~ 1 pound frozen peeled and cooked shrimp, thawed

~ 2 cups cooked rice

In a slow cooker, combine chicken, sausage, tomatoes, onion, green pepper, celery, and chicken broth. Stir in oregano, Cajun seasoning, hot sauce, bay leaves, and thyme.

Cover, and cook on LOW for 7 hours or on HIGH for 3 hours. Stir in the thawed shrimp, cover and cook until the shrimp is heated through, about 5 minutes. Discard bay leaves and spoon mixture over cooked rice.

~ Food Network Robin Miller

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Bunny Cake Pops

Today, I made these:

Aren't they cute?  They are from Bakerella.  If you haven't checked out this amazing blog, do it!   She's awesome.  These are very sweet.  Yes, they are cute sweet but also sugary sweet.  Like, REALLY sweet.  Just to warn ya.

Mine are a bit lumpier than hers but I still think they turned out cute.  Get the recipe here.  Happy Easter!!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Lovely Spring

I love to see that I have visitors from all over the world to my blog.  Thanks for stopping by!  I am just itching for spring right now.  In my neck of the woods in Canada, we had so much snow in March, all across the country.  I went to a garden show with a girlfriend today and now I'm really itching to get outside and plant.  I particularly love to set up my yard and eat, drink, snooze, read, laze and play outside with family, friends, my hubby and my girls.

Here are a couple of beautiful photos that inspire me to entertain outdoors.  When the weather is warm enough, get outside, make your space beautiful and prepare a simple, spring menu for friends, or just to pamper yourself while you read your favourite magazine.

Happy Spring!

Take a look at this beautiful spring table! (photo from House Beautiful)

I like the idea of little potted plants at the table in this photo.  Your guests could each take one home!  (photo from Colin Cowie)

This is a lovely outdoor table.  The candles would be gorgeous at night!  (Photo from Colin Cowie)

I love spaces like this because I love to lounge on a mound of pillows.  Beautiful.  (Photo from House Beautiful)