My Inner Animal

Good morning all. It is a miserable looking day outside and I am hoping and praying we don’t get too much snow. I really thought we were done with this weather. I’m seriously starting to doubt that groundhog!

Yesterday had some good eats! I had to get up early to take care of some Tasterie stuff, so I made myself another breakfast sampler.


1/2  cranberry scone, turkey bacon, strawberries, and an egg white scramble with frozen peppers and spinach.


I also had time to throw together a little trail mix to snack on throughout the day.


M&M’s, Special K Fruit and Yogurt, dried cranberries, walnuts, and sunflower seeds. Sweet and Salty!

Since yesterday was a very busy day for me, (Job’s 1, 2 and 3) I prepped another crock pot meal.

PicMonkey Collage

Chicken drumsticks are sooo cheap. Last time we shopped I think they were .99 a pound! We buy them in big batches and freeze them in groups of 5 or 6.

When I want to make them, I defrost them, remove the skin, and soak them in a sauce overnight. In the morning, just plug in the crock pot and cook on low for 8 hrs.

Last nights’ sauce was this!



When I got home, I popped a Green Giant steamer into the microwave.IMAG4717

This steamer was a combo of potato, zucchini, squash and carrots. To be honest, this wasn’t my favorite steamer. The starch from the potatoes kind of ….exploded? and the veggies were really saturated.

Idk if that makes sense but it’s what happened.



IDK about anyone else but I always feel like such an animal eating meat off the bone. 🙂


The chicken is almost impossible to pick up without falling off the bone! It’s so juicy and full of great flavor from the bone.

The leftover meat is really good on salads and  homemade chicken salad.

Alright, now that I have you salivating, time to hit the road! Enjoy the day.

Song of the Day:

The Animal Song-  Savage Garden

Question of the Day:

Breasts, thighs, or drumsticks?


Crock Pot Cacciatore

Kill me now. Tad dramatic? Possibly. All weekend I had an annoying sore throat that finally morphed into a head cold. It’s that kind of sickness where you just feel achy, swollen, and a bit faucet like. I’m about 2 tissue boxes down!

I attempted to go to work yesterday but I only lasted about 5 minutes before I disgusted everyone and was asked to leave lol.

Since I was stuck home all day I did some recipe research and threw together a new crock pot meal.


In the morning…


…8 hrs later


I know this next comment is going to piss some people off, including some of my friends but I really don’t like chicken parm. HUH?! GASP!

I don’t know why but I have never loved the chicken/pasta sauce combo. I prefer red meat on my pasta. But since the chicken sits in the juices and tomatoes all day, it absorbs it all and truly melts in your mouth. I kept (well Nolan kept) the mushrooms a bit thick so they were tender and meaty.


The best part of this recipe is that it’s just so simple. I’m sure, buried deep behind the pasta and canned peas, everyone has a can of diced tomatoes on hand.  Many of the recipes I saw used chicken thighs and then removed the bones in the end. I would have used ’em if I had ’em because they are so much cheaper per pound. Next time I’ll stock up!

Ok, time to get moving! Enjoy the day!

Questions of the Day:

Chicken parm vs eggplant parm?

Italian vs. Chinese? Food of course!