Slowcooker BBQ Ribs

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Slowcooker BBQ Ribs


  • 4 pounds Pork Baby Back Ribs
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Sauce Ingredients:
  • 2 cups BBQ Sauce (I use Montgomery Inn)
  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 1/2 cup packed Brown Sugar
  • 4 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tsp Dried Oregano

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place ribs in foil lined cookie sheet and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.

  3. Bake for 15 minutes.
  4. While ribs are baking, in a medium bowl combine BBQ sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, worcestershire, and oregano.

  5. Turn ribs over and bake for another 15 minutes.
  6. Drain fat.
  7. Place ribs in slow cooker (I cut each slab in half and stood them up on their sides in order to fit them all and cook more evenly).
  8. Pour sauce mixture on top.

  9. Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or until tender (6 to 6.5 is enough in my crock pot).
  10. Enjoy!

Gooey Cheesy Potatoes

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Gooey Cheesy Potatoes

  • 2 lb. Bag of Shredded Hash Browns (Frozen)
  • 2 1/2 Cups Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 Cups Sour Cream
  • 2 Cans Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 2 Cups Corn Flakes
  • Fresh Green Onions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Chop green onions.
  3. In a large bowl mix 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar, sour cream, cream of chicken soup, and green onions.

  4. Add hash browns into mixture and mix well.
  5. Spray 9x13 casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  6. Pour mixture into casserole dish and spread evenly.
  7. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes. (I checked mine at 40 minutes and added another 15 for a total of 55 minutes).
  8. in small bowl mix 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar and slightly crushed corn flakes.
  9. Add this mixture to the top of casserole and continue cooking for another 15 minutes uncovered. You can the potatoes bubbling and the top lightly browned at the edges.

Party Feature: UNDER THE SEA- Owen is ONE!

If you read my ABOUT ME section that you probably know that I own an Etsy shop. If not then you need to read my "about me" page! To do so just click the "ABOUT ME" link at the beginning of this post. My Etsy shop is called "That's So Cute!" and I specialize in custom invitations and party decor. My most popular item, by far, is my custom birthday chalkboard. I was the first shop, yes FIRST, to do digital chalkboard birthday poster signs however many other shops now have copied the idea. I love getting picture back of the little ones with their boards.

I will be sharing party feature here on my blog of the parties that I love! So, here is the first one!

How precious is Owen? I had so much fun designing his birthday board. Life is so much fun when you are turning ONE!
The party was in the backyard with about 40 family member and close friends. He enjoyed the bounce house and riding in his ‘birthday wagon’. The party was an Under the Sea theme, with a cake and some decor to match.

Owen’s mom cut out fish shaped sandwiches and called them “Peanut Butter and Jellyfish’ sandwiches.
The goody bags included sand toys, fish shaped fruit snacks, goldfish crackers, and a fish themed puzzles. The favors for adult were salt water taffy.
Owen’s big brother Aiden was happy to help him blow out his candle. He did not love his cake, but he did make a bit of a mess. Isn's his mom, Laura, beautiful?

Happy First Birthday, Owen! I loved your party.

Slowcooker Mac & Cheese

Monday, August 26, 2013

I have tried TONS of crock pot recipes for macaroni and cheese and they are usually totally disappointing. I was on the search for a good one to use for Foster's 2nd birthday party. With this recipe I finally found the perfect one!

Slowcooker Mac & Cheese

  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 10.75 oz. (1 can) condensed cheddar cheese soup
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup milk (I use 2%)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  1. Insert crock pot liner into crock pot (best invention ever!)
  2. Spray crock pot liner with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Boil macaroni in water for 6 minutes and then drain. (Don't overcook pasta)
  4. Mix butter and cheese over medium-high heat in a sauce pan. Stir until completely melted.

  5. In crock pot combine sour cream, soup, milk, mustard, salt & pepper.
  6. Add cheese mixture into crock pot and stir.

  7. Add drained macaroni and stir.
  8. Cook on low for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. (Don't let it cook too long or the noodles will turn to mush).