Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Asian Chicken Drumsticks

I haven't done this very often, but when I do share a recipe, you better believe that it is a good one. This morning during MOPS, we made a take home dinner. Of course, I didn't have anything else planned for dinner, so this was it. It took less than 5 minutes to put together and then it simmered in the crock pot the whole afternoon. I hope you enjoy it!

Asian Chicken Drumsticks

1/2 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon bottled chopped garlic
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
6 skinless chicken drumsticks with thighs attached

In the bottom of a slow cooker, place all of the ingredients except for the chicken, stirring well to mix. Add chicken; stir to coat with the sauce. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours.

Notes: We used chicken with the skin still on it, and I cooked it that way. When it was done the skin came right off. The chicken was also really tender and came away from the bone easily. It makes a lot of sauce, so you could add more chicken if you have to feed a lot of people. This might also be good as a frozen dinner. Just put all the ingredients in a freezer bag, freeze, and put it in the crockpot when you're ready. I served the chicken with Basmati rice and green beans. It was really good!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

South Dakota

Jason had to make a quick trip to Rapid City for work this weekend, and we decided to go with him. We stopped at a couple of fisheries along the way. The girls had a great time feeding the fish. We stayed over night in Rapid City and went to the WaTiki water park there. The girls had a blast playing in the water, but I couldn't get Lindsey to go down the water slides at all. Even the little ones. She just didn't want to. Megan went down a couple of the big slides with me. I think she got a little nervous. The best part though was the hot tub. Megan thought the jets were so funny. Every time she walked past one in the water, she would start to laugh. My favorite part was how well they slept that night. We decided the way to go was to keep them up late and wear them out in the water. That is a good way to make sure they sleep well. The next morning we headed home through Mt. Rushmore. That was my very first time to see Mt. Rushmore. It was pretty impressive. I think the best time to see those types of things are in the off season because there weren't any crowds and good parking.

The huge fish at the first fishery.
Lindsey feeding the fish.
Megan feeding the fish.
Watching the fish eat.
Megan trying to get more fish food.
Lindsey trying to get more fish food.

My cute girls.
Mt. Rushmore.
Jason with the girls.
Me and Megan.
A nice lady there took a picture for us. It turned out pretty well.

Happy Halloween!

We had a lot of fun this Halloween. Lindsey decided that she wanted to be a "scary witch" after she saw part of The Wizard of Oz. She really wanted to paint her face green and she would even say, "I'll get you, my pretty." On Friday night, the city sponsered a Monster March where all the kids dressed in their costumes and trick-or-treated downtown. This was the first year that we have gone. The girls had a great time, but next year, I think we will go early and take the stroller. Megan decided that she didn't want to walk and I ended up carrying her for most of the hour and a half that we were out there. Then on Saturday, we went to the trunk-or-treat with the ward. Megan loved trick-or-treating! She would hold her bag open really wide for everyone to drop candy into. Lindsey had a great time too, but was a little more shy.

Lindsey with her witch costume. I painted her face for this picture.
Megan refused to wear a costume for the Monster March, but she did want a little paint on her face.
Halloween Night. Jason painted her face this time. Notice a difference?
I was able to get a costume on Megan on Saturday night, but she wasn't too happy about it.
Our lanterns.
Lindsey helped me make the green lantern.
The only picture of both girls in costume together.