Boba 3g Review




Boba 3g Soft Structure Carrier:
       First off let me say this has been a lifesaver! My little Bub for the first few weeks of life had a hard time falling asleep. That's until my brother saw this on my registry and purchased it for me. As soon as I put my Bub in it he falls right asleep! This leaves me able to get up and get things done around the house since I'm hands free. What I really love is, unlike the Ergo, there is no infant insert. You just flip it over and snap two buttons to shorten it and BAM! its ready for your infant! Mine was purchased off of Amazon for $120, and it was worth every cent my brother paid, ha! No but seriously, I would have paid (myself) more than that. 
      The only drawback is the color that I got. I got the black and with my cats and the floating tumbleweeds, the dang thing gets covered so I carry around a lint roller. I would suggest another color if you were to purchase it. But my loving husband said he would not use it if it were anything than the "manly" black....hmm...it's black and he has yet to use it....trickery! 











From Full-Time Career to Stay At Home Mom: An Unexpected Decision


Since the age of 16 and my first job at Sears, I have always held a full-time job. During most of those 11 years I attended school full-time as well. It wasn't something that I really had a choice in. I was brought up to be a hard worker, if I wanted things in life, I worked hard for them. My parents had always instilled the value of working for what you want in life, since hand-outs are never truly free.

I liked to work, I liked getting up in the morning and knowing exactly what the day had in store for me. It was a sense of accomplishment when I would get my yearly review or when a student would tell me they missed me over winter break. Never did I think I would be in a position where I wasn't employed.

When my husband and I found out we were expecting our first child, we were so excited! I rapidly started planning my maternity leave around the school calendar (since I worked at the near-by high school). It worked out perfectly. My little boys' expected due date was the week after April break and my leave would take me right into summer vacation, which meant I would have the entire summer off as well. I figured this would give us enough time to adjust to having a newborn and enough time to prepare for going back to work in September.

As the months flew by and my due date getting closer, I started to worry about going back to work the following September. How was I going to do it? Could I really leave my 4 month old baby in the care of someone I had only met a handful of times? Then the unthinkable happened.... I landed myself on bed rest 7 weeks before my due date! I had the perfect pregnancy, or so I thought, until my 33 week check-up. I had been having pre-term contractions and my midwife ordered me on bed rest, which meant no more work.

UGH! What was I going to do? I had lesson plans I was right in the middle of teaching, I had to start preparing the students for finals, there was no time to start my leave early. I HAD to work! But apparently my child needed me to slow down or he was going to make an early appearance, which I was not ready for. So, reluctantly, I took my leave early and stayed home.

During the course of those 7 weeks I slowly got accustomed to being at home. Even though I wasn't able to do much, I fantasized what it would be like if I could stay home with my boy once he arrived. As his due date grew closer, the idea became more and more appealing.

Then his due date came, April 20th, and so did he. Right on time! After the hoopla of the birth and the hospital stay was over and we were back home I was faced with the ultimate decision. I received in the mail my "letter of intent" that I had to sign stating that I was to return in September, a yearly formality. Never had I ever hesitated to sign it, I was always the first to mail it back to Administration. But this time, I held on to it for a few days, opening it and re-reading those few short sentences and that looming blank line with the "sign here" sticker pointing to it.

Could I sign it? Could I leave my boy after spending every waking moment with him for the past few weeks? No, I couldn't. But could I be a stay at home mom when I worked so hard to get where I was? I wasn't sure. This is where my amazing husband comes in. He made the decision easy for me. He told me that work will always be there when I'm ready to go back, but these moments with our son are so fleeting and I can never get them back. That was all it took for me to not sign the paper and to send in my resignation in its place.

It was a scary moment when I placed that envelope in the mail. I knew once it was sent out, I would no longer be employed, I would no longer be heading off to teacher workshops in late August, I would no longer be setting up a classroom. My entire world was now defined as a "stay at home mom", something I never wanted to be (until now). But my husband was right, I would miss my son growing up. And for what, to teach other children when I could be at home teaching my own?

Some mom's don't have the opportunity to stay at home, or for some it just isn't for them. But for our little family, it was the right decision. But it doesn't come without sacrifice and hard work. And 3 months later I realized I didn't give up a career, I just changed my career. Being a stay at home mom is a full-time job.

Updates to come!

The face I get whenever I mention going back to work. How could I ever leave him???


5 Easy Work Week Dinners!



During the week it can be hard to make dinner when you have worked all day (whether going to work or being a stay at home mom - since that is just has hard of work!), kids to take care of, and you're exhausted! Here I have compiled a list of recipes that will get you through the work week! Each one is simple yet delicious! 






The Importance of Dating While Married

Just because you're married does not mean you have to stop dating. I'm talking about dating your spouse! Once that marriage certificate is signed and you're legally joined, it's as if people stop courting each other the way they did the week before their nuptials. I found myself doing the same thing. Slowly my husband and I stopped going out to dinner. Even dinners at home, which started out with candles and fine china, ended up in front of the television on paper plates.

What has happened? I think we're of the mind set of why date when you're already married, you are forever together, no more winning the person over. Well, this line of thinking couldn't be more damaging to your marriage! But once you add a baby into the mix it is even harder to institute those nights out or those well orchestrated dinners by candle light. And yet this is when it is the most important to make time for each other.

Over the past few weeks I have been really feeling the pressure of being a stay at home mom to my 3 month old. Seven weeks before my baby boy was born I was placed on bed rest, so I have been stuck at home now for 5 months. During my pregnancy my husband and I didn't go out much since I was constantly feeling nauseated, but we did take a "babymoon" to Mexico at 32 weeks. It was simply amazing. We were able to take a break from all the baby preparations and just relax together.

It wasn't until my boy was about 2 months old that I realized I was no longer a wife, but just a mom, or so I felt. We parented together, took care of our boy, talked incessantly about baby stuff, and spent every free moment trying to catch up on sleep. That lack of attention to our relationship was really taking a toll on us. We started to argue about small stuff, something we never did before, we were irritable and there was a distance between us. I thought it was because we just had a baby and this was normal.

I really analyzed what was going on to finally figure out it was simple. We had stopped dating and started co-inhabiting. We no longer tried to impress each other, even if it was with just a clean head of hair and clean clothing (showering is a big task with a newborn!). We were no longer husband and wife, we had become solely parents, but good ones we are.

I had had it. I wanted my husband back. I wanted to be a wife again. So we planned a date night. My mother came to babysit our precious boy, I put on makeup and earrings, and we headed out to a nice restaurant. It was wonderful! We didn't talk baby, we didn't rush, and we enjoyed each others company.

It was EXACTLY what we needed. I felt that hour long dinner really brought us back to husband and wife. Later that night, my husband said he really loved going on a date with me and he saw why we needed it.

I am a strong believer, especially once you add babies into the mix, that you need to take time to stop being parents and start being husband and wife again. To continue to date even after marriage is so important.


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Prince Lionheart Wipe Warmer





When I was registering for our first baby I felt like everyone had an opinion. Buy this, don't buy that, that's a waste of money, we didn't have that 20 years ago so you don't need it now. I learned throughout those 10 months to just smile politely and continue to add what I wanted to my registry.

I have always been a review junkie, so I never added anything on a whim. When it came to my Prince Lionheart Wipes Warmer I spent many hours looking at the pros and cons to finally decide that it WAS what I wanted. Well, I was not disappointed.

Lets start by stating that it is not a necessity, just a comfort that I wanted my child to have. If I could have the choice of a wet or cold cloth on my bum, you better believe I'd choose the warm one. This wipe warmer is great. It has a nice long cord, which is great for stringing around the changing table. It has a bright bluish-white light on the front emblem, which makes it possible to do a diaper change without turning the light on, but not too bright it wakes the baby. There are some reviews saying that the pad inside dries out quickly. I have yet to have this problem. I do, however, use Huggies Natural Care wipes (check out that review HERE), and they are extra wet, so that may help.

The temperature of the wipes is perfect. It is wamer than luke-warm but it is not scalding. Once the wipes are taken out they do stay warm for a little bit. This warmer also has great holding capacity, it holds enough wipes for 2-3 days. Of course, it depends on who is doing the wiping (I tend to be more efficient with them than my dear husband).

Overall, I love this warmer. I would absolutely buy it again and recommend it to others as well. If it makes my baby smile to have a warm wipe on his tush, than it was worth every penny!

Thursday's Three!


This past week as been a little hectic with running out of diapers to cooking every night (which I never do!). There have been a few things that have made this week more simple and easier to manage. 


Tumbler Mug


I have such a hard time drinking enough water, but then adding a newborn to take care of makes it 10x harder! I forget to grab a glass of water until I have finally sat down with my Bub and he has fallen asleep....not a good time to be getting up! 
I got this cute tumbler as a bridesmaid gift from my amazing friend. It doesn't force me to drink water, but it makes me want too. It has an easy drinking straw that you don't have to use extreme sucking to get the water through. It fits into my Jeep's cup holder and the cup holder on my stroller - a definite plus!

What is also amazing about this tumbler mug is that since it is doubled-walled it doesn't sweat! That is my biggest pet peeve about any drinking container. I hate when they sweat all over the place. I want the water to drip in my mouth, not down my shirt...or on my Bub's head when I'm holding him! So this does the trick. It get's me to drink water since it keep the ice frozen for hours and it's also wicked cute!




Amazon Prime


Amazon Prime is a time saver and I could never go back to not having it. For those of you who don't know what it is, it is a membership through Amazon.com that allows you to buy items and get free 2-day shipping or over-night shipping for $3.99. For someone who rarely orders anything online, it would not be worth the $80 yearly fee, but for someone who orders something at least once a week or even once a month, it is a major savings on shipping and time! 
On Monday my husband and I realized we were going to run out of diapers and wipes, oh yea and I broke our Diaper Genie, so we ordered all of it on Amazon. We knew we could go two more days with the diapers we had left, so we used our membership and 2-day shipping and they arrived as promised yesterday. 

It saves me from having to pack my Bub up in my vehicle and drive all over town to grab stuff that we need for the house. I can stay home and it shows up on my door-step by the UPS man that I hate to admit I know by name now. This morning I even ordered a Schwinn jogging stroller and it will be here Saturday morning, in time to go for a walk that afternoon with some friends! 

One last selling point is they allow multiple shipping addresses on the account so you can go in on the membership with a friend to cut the cost. 



Nursing Cover
I bought the "Grace" nursing cover from UdderCovers.com before my boy was born. I figured I would be using it all the time since I was planning on nursing. Well in the beginning we hard a hard time nursing and I unfortunately had to go to exclusively pumping so I never got to use my beautiful cover! 

But to make a long story short and save you all the details of my troubles, for the past 2 weeks my Bub has been nursing like a champ! About 4 days into his return to nursing, my mother and I decided to take a day trip to Boston and I brought along the pale gray and white cover knowing I would have to nurse. As I sat in he back of my Jeep I pulled it out of my Coach diaper bag and placed it over my neck. I was a little skeptical since it was hot out, but the fabric is the lightest I have seen for a nursing cover. My boy didn't get over heated, and he never noticed when it was draped over him. He actually nursed better since he wasn't distracted. 

Since that trip I've used it a few times with great success. The only thing I wish were different would be the rings that the strap get's looped into. I wish that they were a little thicker so there was less slippage, but it's no big deal. It does on the other hand have a metal wire that is sewn in on the top so it holds itself away from your body, giving you a handsfree view of your babe. 

Lastly, they run deals on their website where if you have the code you can get it for free, just paying shipping. The code is: FREE


The Non-Cooker's Slow-Cooker Mac 'N Cheese

Mac 'N Cheese is one of those American dinner staples. Whether it comes in the blue box with processed Day-Glo orange cheese, or it is homemade, it makes an appearance on most dinner tables at least a few times a year...for some a few times a week! My household is no exception. My husband loves the Day-Glo and I love the homemade. I have recently broken out my slow-cooker and have been experimenting with different meals that are simple to make. I found a good base recipe for mac 'n cheese, but it didn't get great reviews, so I figured I would tweak it.

My first attempt crashed and burned...literally. It took two days of soaking and then scraping multiple times to get the charred hunks of cheese off the side (I blogged about it and included a picture...it was bad....). Determined to get it right, the next night I decided I would try it again, same recipe and everything, just cooking it 3 hours less. Well, it was fantastic and I'm excited to share!

Ingredients: 

3 Cups Cheddar Cheese (or cheese of your liking)
Cooking Spay
12 oz (1 can) Evaporated milk
1 1/2 Cup Milk
1 lbs UNCOOKED Macaroni 
(I sorta eyeballed it since I had a 3 lbs box - go big or go home right?)



How To Cook:

1. Spray (heavily) slow-cooker with cooking spray

























2. Place in slow-cooker: UNCOOKED macaroni (it will cook in the slow-cooker), evaporated milk, milk, 2 1/2 cups cheese


3. Mix thoroughly 

4. Add remainder 1/2 cup of cheese on top


5. Set Slow-Cooker to low and cook for 3-4 hours. Cook until macaroni is tender.

6. Stir before serving and ENJOY!


This is such a simple recipe and you can easily modify it to your liking! Please let me know if you've tried this, modified it, or have any recommendations!

Sunday Family Fun Day


I love Sunday's. They are relaxing, there's nothing on t.v. (which is great!), and my husband is home. Today, he actually asked if we, as a family, wanted to walk to the center of town (2 miles away) to grab a hot dog at the local stand. I was STUNNED! He never wants to do anything physical on his day off since he does physical work as a commercial lobsterman all week. I understand, so I never push it. But today, I jumped at the chance!

It has been really hot up here in my grand ol' state of Maine, and today was no exception. It was pushing 90 degrees and humid. But I was not going to let that stop us. So I loaded up the stroller with lots of water and off we went.

We didn't get but 200 feet before the sweat started dripping off of both of us. But man, those hot dog's did sound good...so we kept on trekking. It was really nice, despite the temperature. Our 12 week old boy was snoozing in the covered stroller, and my hubby and I cruised passed houses, talking about our "dream house" that we will have in the future. I am adamant on having a pool, he on having a boat shop.

When we got to the town center, I grabbed a bench in the shade and he fetched the grub. Now these hot dogs from Danny's stand are famous. No seriously, they are known around the country. As we ate, we people watched and chatted with our boy who woke up once we got to the bench. We didn't stay long due to the heat and we were egar to get back to our A/C'd townhouse.

On the way back the conversation was about the same, which is fun. It is so nice to have a relaxing day where we don't talk about work or how many diapers I've changed. We got to be a husband and wife for a few hours, not mommy and daddy since our boy was fast asleep as soon as we started moving again.

Ah, but to get back to the A/C was delightful!

Looking forward to next Sunday :)



Cooling down in front of the AC with daddy




Fast asleep after a long walk and a good feeding

Linky Party




This is Simply Anchored's first linky party! Please submit any craft, recipe, DIY, or anything else you find that helps keep a simple or entertaining life! 

I will feature one submission on my page to highlight!

The only rules to this party is that there is only one submission per person and that you follow my blog!

I look forward to your submissions!

Happy Linking!


The Non-Cooker's Creamy Pesto Tortellini

I love pasta, everything about pasta. It is quick to cook, it goes with just about everything, and it's loaded with carbs! Yup, that'a right, I love carbs too! However, my husband was getting sick of the regular linguini and red sauce or linguini and meat sauce. So for tonight's dinner I thought I'd mix it up a little, but still keeping it wicked simple! So Creamy Pesto Tortellini it is!

Ingredients:

3 Tbs Pesto (homemade or store-bought) 
2 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
1 1/2 cups Milk 
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
2 bags frozen tortellini

(serves 4 - or two with leftovers for lunch the next day!)



How to cook:

1. Fill a large pot with water and turn on to boil.


2. Take a large sauce pan set to medium/high heat, and put the oil and pesto in - constantly stirring
I froze mine into cubes 1 cube = 1 tsb






















3. Take milk and warm up in the microwave 30 seconds. Never put cold milk in a hot pan. Bring it to room temperature first.



















4. After cooking the pesto and oil for about 4 minutes take the pan off the burner and add milk. Stirring constantly.


5. Place pan back on burner, turning it down to low heat to simmer.

6. Once the water is at a boil, add both bags of tortellini's

7. Once Pasta is done - strain and set aside.

8. Add parmesan cheese to pesto sauce and stir.




















9. Toss tortellini in the pan and mix sauce & pasta.





















10. Enjoy!







Finally Got Burned

My slow-cooker that is! This past week I have been all about the slow-cooker and making easy-peasy recipes. I was so excited to try slow-cooker mac 'n cheese last night, that I went out to the store the night before and got all the ingredients (only to find out we actually had half of them stashed around the kitchen). Yesterday morning I got up, took care of my Bub, laid him down for a nap, then got to work on the mac 'n cheese.

I was just bouncing around the kitchen with excitement. I love mac 'n cheese and I have a new found love for my slow-cooker, so what an awesome combo right? Well, as I was all enthralled in the awesomeness, I misread the recipe. Actually I read the recipe just fine, and got all the ingredients in the pot and ready to go. I misread the cooking time. Actually I may not have read it at all since I figured if you put something in the slow-cooker and set it to low, then it ALWAYS takes 6-8 hours. WRONG! Oh how so wrong I was.

As the day passed and I checked (shhh don't tell, but I lifted the lid for a second to take a peak - that's a big no no in the slow-cooker world!), and it looked delicious! Wait a second, it actually looked like it was cooked by noon time. But that can't be, it still had (by my knowledge, or lack of) another 6 hours. So I put the lid back on and walked away, not giving it another thought.

Then 5:00 rolls around, my Bub is sleeping so beautifully on my chest, and I hear this popping and hissing sound coming from the kitchen. Ugh, well I can't get up since you never, ever, ever wake a sleeping baby. So I just let it be, things don't burn in the slow-cooker right? HA! Thankfully my Bub woke up about 15 minutes later, so I quickly put him down and rushed into the kitchen to find a brick of charred mac 'n cheese. My heart sank....but my mind went right to "yayy we can have take-out pizza!". But then it went right back too, crap I have to somehow scrape a congealed mound of cheese and overcooked noodles out of this pot.


After about 10 minutes of breaking it up I was able to get some big hunks out, then let it soak overnight. I came back to it this morning and was able to chisel out the rest, and let it soak again. It is now 9:55am and I will attempt my mac 'n cheese again tonight, but starting it at 2pm....

The Sharpie Mug!


 When my husband and I registered for our dinnerware for our wedding I fell in love with these square white plates and bowls. They are simple, yet beautiful. However, I wasn't fond of the plain white mugs. I loved that they were a decent size, but they were just blah! They have been sitting in my cupboard for a year and a half and never really get used since I had clear glass ones (another wedding gift!). Then I got the bright idea to decorate them.

I'm not an artist by any means, so I wasn't sure what I'd do with them, then I saw a few idea's on Pinterest. I used to be in to stamping and scrapbooking, but never really got that far with it because it was too much of a hassle to take it all out just to put it all back an hour later. But being me, I spent quite a bit of money on the supplies, that have come in handy lately!. So I trekked down to the basement and looked through my stamps. I figured I could stamp on a mug, bake it, and call it good!

WRONG! Even the "permanent ink" scratched off with a couple of washes. So this is how I decorated my mugs...and it is permanent - I promise!

Directions:
(I'll show the freehand and the stamped version)

1. Use a plain white mug you have laying around or buy one. You can get them cheap (for a dollar, ha!) at the dollar store. Or you could do this to any white dish for that matter!

2. Get a Sharpie. I suggest the normal sized ones, the "permanent marker" kind.


3. Find a design you like and draw it on with the Sharpie freehand (skip down to #4)

STAMPED DESIGN:
Okay if you are going to use a stamp follow this direction but use the same cooking direction for the Sharpie AND stamped design.

1. Find a stamp you like and use a permanent ink stamp pad.


2. Roll the stamp on. Do not lift stamp up! Careful because it will slip - so you've got one shot unless you can wipe it off real quick- and it's okay if little parts are missing since you'll Sharpie over it. 

3. Wait about a minute then go over the design with the Sharpie (this will make it permanent since the ink will scratch off)

4. COOKING FOR BOTH: Set oven to 350 degrees and cook for 25 minutes




5. Make sure you wait for the cup to cool - as it gets super hot!

6. Add coffee, tea, ice cream, wine even to you new coffee mug!

*You can also do this with the Sharpie Paint Pens! They come in metallic colors and look AMAZING!

Thursday's Three


This week has been more mellow than the past few. My baby has been sleeping through the night (thankfully!) my husbands' work schedule seems to be more consistent, and I'm more rested. So thinking of three things that made my life simpler this week was rather difficult. But after much thought, it really wasn't as hard as I thought. Sometimes I need to simplify my thinking and stop trying to make things a bigger process than they need to be. 
So here are my Thursday's Three:

Munchkin Diaper Kit:

  



















   I don't know how many times I have used this thing in the past 3 months that my boy has been alive. Not only do I use it for travel but I also use it when I don't feel like making the 79th trip up the stairs to his changing table. What is so great about it, compared to other brands, is this is one whole piece. The changing pad is connected by velcro (so you are able to take it off and wash it) but it doesn't go falling to the ground when you unfold it. It has a pocket inside that also has velcro so you can stash diaper cream, diapers, wipes, and they wont fall out. Then another pocket that's open on the top for quick access. On the outside there is also a zipper pocket, which I haven't used yet, but I'm sure it will come in handy one day. The Munchkin also has a padded bar that goes across the top so your little Bub has a soft place to rest their head, which is a major plus!
      Having the Munchkin really makes it easier to change him where ever I go! It is a little bit smaller than the other brands I have seen, but fits his long body wonderfully. It has a strap so you can hang it on your stroller or just carry it since it is super light. It is so much better then placing him directly on those Koala changing tables in public bathrooms (ew germs!) or using a blanket under him. Also, another plus for this money saving SAHM, is it was only $15! Other brands ranged from $18-$30...crazy! And you can get this one anywhere like Tarjay (Target) Wal-Mart, Amazon, Babies R Us, ect.
      I have been trying to think of great baby items I would buy for anyone having a baby (now that I know what I'm doing) and this would make the top of my list!



Pandora


Let me first start off by saying that I have no music on my computer. In an earlier post I wrote how I had to replace my own hard drive on my MacBook Pro because I heard the dreaded 'clicking', which apparently mean's your hard drive is kicking the bucket. So, as I realized after I put the new one in, all my 10k+ songs were no longer on my computer, ugh! I like to listen to music while I write so I can concentrate. Plus I'm not driving as much as I used too now that I'm a SAHM, so I don't get that time to listen to my Country music. And it's really my only time I can tune everything out and have 'me time' since my husband is awesome and takes care of our Bub when he gets home from work. 

That being said, I needed music! That's when I turn to Pandora. I love it...a lot. I have many channels (as you can see from the picture...which I took while writing this). I don't mind the commercials, but that's also because I'm not going to spend $35 not to have them, so I ignore it. But I can choose my music and I get to hear a lot of new songs that I'd otherwise never hear since they aren't on the radio. This has really gotten me through this week of having no music on my computer, and has helped my sanity. I also have the app on my iPhone so I can play it in my car when I am driving or play it from my iHome when I'm around the house with my Bub. 


Slow-Cooker


My husband and I got this as a wedding gift back in January 2012. I graciously accepted it, but thought "what will I EVER do with this? I don't cook!" Well, I found a use for it (no not as a plant pot!) but I'm actually cooking with it! If you've been following my blog you would know, or I'll let you know now, I hate to cook. No seriously, HATE it. But my husband is a commercial Lobsterman and works his tush off and I want to have dinner ready for him when he gets home. But having a newborn at home, it's hard to do. That's until I remembered I had this thing stashed in the depths of our cabinet! So I dug it out one morning, threw a few things in it, and BAM! I had dinner ready when he came home. 

It was seriously amazing. Why hadn't I been using it all along? Now, realizing how great they are, I am addicted to Pinterest and all the delicious recipes (check out my recipe section for a few I came up with). This has really helped me since I can throw a few things in it in the morning, when my Bub is the quietest, and not have to worry about it. Before, I was scrambling to put something together around 4pm, when he was the most needy, and I'd wind up getting frustrated and just order take-out. Yeah, not the cheapest thing to do! Not only has this saved us money, but my husband keeps telling me how much he loves what I'm making and how happy he is that I'm cooking. Not because "women belong in the kitchen" but because he truly appreciates my hard work. He understands how hard it can be to cook dinner, since he did for me every night for 7 weeks when I was on bed rest. 

My slow-cooker will never again be put under the counter, it has a permanent spot ON TOP! 


Are there things that help you get through the week? I'd love to know what they are, perhaps I could use them too! 

The Non-Cooker's EASY Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwich

I have been using the slow-cooker the past few nights because it has been hot and humid and there was no way I was turning the stove on. Oh yeah, and my husband said I was ordering out too much, oops! Well, come on, it's so easy and quick, especially with a newborn to take care of. Okay back to the slow-cooker...it is a staple in the kitchen I have realized. So many people have told me how fantastic they are and I just brushed them off, well I owe them dinner now!

So today I wanted chicken, but I was sick of baked chicken, so I decided BBQ chicken sandwich's sounded good. It's a nice summer taste, and it can be done without a grill (since we're out of propane!). When making it in the slow-cooker it turns into a pull-pork style BBQ chicken, which is delicious. So this is how I did it...and remember I make all my recipes wicked easy since I hate to cook!

Ingredients:

Chicken Breast (I used 2 breast so we'd have left overs)
BBQ sauce - I used Sweet Baby Ray's
Hamburger Buns

Now for the sides this is where it get's fun... 
I used left over corn from my pork ribs I made last night
and left over egg salad from a BBQ the other day. This sandwich is great
to use with any leftovers!

So pull any leftovers out of your fridge and use them up!

How To Cook:

1. Defrost chicken (if frozen - obviously don't need too if its not frozen!)

2. Layer the bottom of the slow-cooker with a healthy amount of BBQ sauce

3. Place chicken in the pot (if there is going to be more than one layer of chicken do the next step first then repeat)
4. Use another healthy serving of BBQ sauce to cover the chicken. You need a good sized serving because once it's cooked you'll need the extra - so don't worry -it's not too much!

5. Cook on low for about 7-8 hours. 


6. After the time is up the BBQ sauce will have a sticky crust to it - that's a good thing!

7. Once it's done you want to take a fork and rip the chicken apart. I found it was easier using two forks to tear it. It will come apart very easily. Then mix all that extra sauce in with the chicken

8. Dish it out on the hamburger bun and add your sides! 
Enjoy!





If you make this please let me know your thoughts, what I could do differently, or what variations you tried!