Awesome & EASY Slow Cooking Rice with Minerva Dairy!

Did you know that January is National Slow Cooking Month? I’m a pretty big fan of the slow cooker, and I use mine often! So when the folks at Minerva Dairy sent me some of their yummy butter and asked me to use it in a slow cooker recipe, I decided that their butter really needed to be the star of the dish! 

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The dairy is America’s oldest family-owned dairy producing traditionally-made cheese and butter! For five generations, the family has used fresh farm milk, old-fashioned churns and wholesome ingredients to make their butter and cheese products. They also offer gift baskets and yummy meats and mustards!

With that said…on to the recipe!

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I like cooking rice in my slow cooker. Have you ever tried it that way? I feel like, when I’m making a meal that utilizes rice as a side, I’m already using my stove and my microwave and my steamer for other things. Somehow it’s hard to get rice done in there, too, so I normally throw mine in the slow cooker. The result leaves me with two layers of rice: one that is almost the texture of risotto (which I love) and one that is a bit more firm (which my husband loves)! Both have an almost “sticky rice” consistency, but I can’t get those two combinations anywhere else but my slow cooker.

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EASY Crock Pot BBQ Ribs – with Stubb’s BBQ Sauces! GIVEAWAY INCLUDED!

**PLEASE NOTE: While Stubb’s DID provide me with these products to review at no cost, I was not in any way paid for my review. The following opinion is hereby my own.**

The 4th of July is practically upon us! (Can you believe that?!) The year is flying by, y’all!

When I think of the 4th of July, I think of BBQ. I mean, doesn’t everyone?! In fact, I think of BBQ when I think of most summer gatherings! Cookouts, pool parties, picnics…BBQ. And when it comes to BBQ, there’s no brand I love more than Stubb’s.

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BBQ is BBQ, you might say. You’ve had one kind of sauce, you’ve had them all! NOPE! Not true! You know why?

Stubb’s BBQ products are all-natural, gluten-free and non GMO. Plus, their sauces don’t use any of that nasty high-fructose corn syrup! They average out at about 20 calories and 110 milligrams of sodium per tablespoon. And trust me, you don’t miss all the “junk”. These products, from their sauces, to their marinades to their rubs, lack nothing when it comes to flavor!

So I decided to do something a bit different this year…

My hubby LOVES BBQ, and he’s a fan of ribs, too! He had just made mention to me not long ago that I had never made him any ribs, and I mentioned back to him that he had never grilled ME any ribs! HA! We laughed and left it at that, because we live in Florida, and let me tell you…IT’S WAY TOO HOT FOR GRILLING RIGHT NOW! 

Hence the crock pot idea. Of course!

I picked up two flavors of the yummy Stubb’s BBQ sauces and about 5 pounds of ribs (boneless this time).

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On the Road in February

Two months, y’all. Two months of 2015 are already GONE. I mean, February WAS a short month, to be fair. But WOW. 

I could go on for a while about how fast time is flying, but we all know that! So, without further ado, here are the top five posts, the one’s y’all loved the best, for the month of February!

1. Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili – This was the PERFECT post for February, wasn’t it?! Aren’t you hungry just looking at it? If you didn’t get the recipe, now is a great time to grab it!

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2. Famous Methods for Sofa Cleaning – I love to share things here on the blog that are helpful, so I hope this one was as helpful to all of you as it was me!

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Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili – A Guest Post!

I’m on a big slow cooker kick here recently. (If you follow me on Pinterest, you’re probably rolling your eyes and nodding right now, ha!) To me, there’s just not much better than coming home from work to a house that smells like dinner – where said dinner is already DONE and waiting for you! I mean, really! It’s fabulous! So when the lovely Elizabeth Gay contacted me about this post, I was understandably receptive! Let’s see how SHE uses HER slow cooker!

Thanks so much to Kristen for having me on her fabulous blog!

I’m writing from the Windy City of Chicago where we just got 18 inches of snow this week. Cold, wet, blustery days like this call for hearty comfort food. For that, I turn to my slow cooker. This recipe for White Chicken Chili fits the bill: it’s hearty and filling without being too indulgent (so we can all stay on those New Year’s resolutions…). It’s loaded with protein and fiber, and can be totally customized to your tastes. This recipe uses Ro*Tel Original canned tomatoes, but if you can handle the heat, feel free to use the spicy version – or the mild if you’re serving picky eaters. The best part is that it makes your house smell fantastic as it cooks away all day!

Thighs are the most tender cut of chicken, but if you prefer breasts you can use those instead.

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If I have them on hand, I add diced carrots or zucchini for an extra serving of veggies (or whatever vegetable might be getting old in your fridge right now).

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New Product Try-Outs: Crock Pot White Chicken Chili

Well, you know me, when I find a fantastic product I do love to share it! And this one is no exception.

We all love our Crock Pots, right? I find that, especially on Mondays, when it’s hard to get back into the swing of things after the weekend, it’s easy to throw stuff in the Crock Pot or slow cooker and come home to a nice dinner. One less thing to worry about after a long day! But I’ve found something that makes it even easier than that…

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Oh yes, these are what you think they are! Eight different Crock Pot meals in a box! Dump ’em in and add a few other things, in some cases, and you’ve got a fantastic meal!

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