Smokey BBQ Brisket

I wondered why all my little Martha Stewart mice and spiders kept disappearing.

I caught the culprit. Apparently she thinks she’s a cat…

This was delicious. I chopped it and made sandwiches with it, but you could do tacos, put it on a baked potato or just have it by itself.

2 lb Brisket, trimmed
4 oz Bottle Natural Mesquite Liquid Smoke
1/2 Onion, sliced
2 tsp Garlic Salt
1 tsp Salt
1/3 cup Worcestershire Sauce
18 oz Barbecue Sauce

Place brisket in a gallon size ziploc bag. Pour liquid smoke over brisket. Add onion, salt and garlic salt. Seal and chill for a minimum of 3 hours, turning occasionally to redistribute the liquid.

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.

Remove brisket and place on a large piece of heavy duty foil. Discard liquid smoke mixture. Pour worcestershire sauce over brisket and fold foil to seal. Place in a roasting pan.

Bake for 5 hours.

Unfold foil and pour barbecue sauce evenly over brisket. Bake for 1 more hour uncovered.

Servings: 8
Calories 422
Total Fat 25.3g
Carbohydrates 26.3g
Fiber 0.6g
Nutrition Grade D-

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Bonnie Jean Girls Hooded Zip Front Fleece Poncho/Coat/Outerwear

Crock Pot Barbecue Chicken Sliders

The girls have been determined to make Halloween scary. They want me to get rid of all of my “cute Halloween stuff”. I’ve tried to sell it as scary, but they aren’t buying it. Yesterday they made it their mission to make our front yard scarier. They still think they need more skeletons, spiders and tombstones. (and they want my stuff to go away)


They don’t think my ghosts are scary enough.

Ghostly group yard decoration available here:  

 


Princess was supervising through the window.

These were super easy and Taylor loved them. Great for a football watching party on a cold day. The spicy mustard in it warms ya up!

3 lbs Chicken Breasts, trimmed (boneless and skinless)
1/2 cup Spicy Mustard
18 oz Barbecue Sauce
18 Kings Honey Wheat Hawaiian Rolls

In crock pot, combine barbecue sauce and mustard. Add chicken. Cook on low for 8 hours. Shred and serve on heated Hawaiian Rolls.

Servings: 18 sliders
Calories 297
Fat 9.0g
Carbohydrates 25.8g
Fiber 1.8g
Nutrition Grade B

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Isaac Mizrahi Jeans Women’s Lyla Crop Jacket

 

Barbecue Ham Sliders

My sweet little peanut had her first game last night. Football and Friday Night Lights are quite a big deal in Texas. I just assumed it was that way everywhere until we lived in New York and found out that they didn’t even know what a homecoming mum was! She did an awesome job. So proud of her! Go Saints!!!

1 lb Ham, sliced thin
1 cup Ketchup
1 cup Coke
1 Tbs Worcestershire Sauce
12 Hawaiian Rolls

In medium saucepan mix together ketchup, coke and worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 20 minutes. Add ham and simmer for another 7 minutes. Heat Hawaiian rolls according to package directions. Fill rolls with ham and sauce.

Servings: 12 sandwiches
Calories 201
Fat 4.3g
Carbohydrates 31.0g
Fiber 1.6g
Nutrition Grade B+

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Crock Pot Barbecue Chicken Sandwich

Meet our new furry neighbor…Mandy!

Isn’t she cute?? Megan and I found her wandering around in front of our house when we were on the way to cheerleading practice. When I got back I found her making her way to the main road so the rest of us had to get a leash and go rescue her. Our good deed for the day. Apparently she’s not adjusting to her new home very well and keeps escaping. Luckily, she’s 11 so she doesn’t wander off too far.

Okay, so this probably doesn’t qualify as a recipe. More like an idea. But it was good, quick and easy. I’m going to have to come up with as many crock pot ideas as I can for cheerleading practice days.

2 lb chicken breast, boneless and skinless
18 oz barbecue sauce
1 onion, sliced
6 hamburger buns

Place chicken in crock pot. Add onions and pour barbecue sauce on top. Cook on low for 8 hours. Shred the chicken with a fork. Serve on buns with or without the onions.

Servings: 6
Calories 463
Fat 6.9g
Carbohydrates 46.4g
Fiber 1.4g
Nutrition Grade B

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Duffle / Gym Bag …

Barbecue Chicken Pizza

I’ll never forget my first time trying barbecue chicken pizza…Las Vegas, California Pizza Kitchen at The Golden Nugget. This wasn’t quite the same without the wonderful sounds of slot machines in the background but it was still pretty good!

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place chicken in baking dish. Pour 1/2 cup BBQ sauce over the breasts and turn them over to coat on the other side. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and dice. Set aside. Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees. Stretch out pizza crust. Lay it on a pan drizzled with olive oil. Spray a little olive oil on the crust.

Spoon 3 tablespoons of extra BBQ sauce on the crust and spread it evenly. Top sauce with the mozzarella and then sprinkle on the diced chicken.

Bake for 15 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and toppings are bubbly. Remove from the oven and sprinkle on chopped cilantro. Cut into squares and serve.

Ingredients:

1 Refrigerated Pizza Crust
1 Chicken Breast, boneless & skinless
½ cup Barbecue Sauce
3 Tbs Barbecue Sauce
8 oz. Mozzarella Cheese
Chopped Cilantro
Olive Oil

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Place chicken in baking dish. Pour 1/2 cup BBQ sauce over the breasts and turn them over to coat on the other side. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and dice. Set aside.

Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees. Stretch out pizza crust. Lay it on a pan drizzled with olive oil. Spray a little olive oil on the crust.

Spoon 3 tablespoons of extra BBQ sauce on the crust and spread it evenly. Top sauce with the mozzarella and then sprinkle on the diced chicken.

Bake for 15 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and toppings are bubbly.

Remove from the oven and sprinkle on chopped cilantro. Cut into squares and serve.

Servings: 8
Calories: 290
Fat: 8g
Fiber: 0g

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Manicure Set …

Character Dining at Walt Disney World

Back from a fun but totally exhausting week at Walt Disney World. It was a fabulous trip. We have now done almost all of the character meals. I thought I would share my rankings with y’all. Here they are from best to worst. I listed the characters we saw to give you an idea but they are all subject to change. The Disney dining plan is a must.

Crystal Palace at Magic Kingdom - Breakfast with Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Tigger and Eeyore. They do a parade every 45 minutes where the kids get to walk around the restaurant with the characters. Buffet style with an omelet station, Mickey waffles, cereals, freshly baked pastries, fresh fruit, breakfast pizza and cheddar cheese potatoes. My favorite time of the whole trip is the walk down Main St. before the park opens. It is so beautiful and peaceful.

Supercalifragilistic Breakfast at the 1900 Park Fare at The Grand Floridian - Breakfast with Mary Poppins, Alice, the Mad Hatter, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger. Buffet style with an omelet station, Mickey waffles, mini pancakes, pecan rolls, strawberry soup and vanilla sauce. Easy to get to by the monorail.

 

Cape May Cafe at the Beach Club. Take the boat from Hollywood Studios. Breakfast with Minnie, Goofy and Donald. Fresh cantaloupe, honeydew melon, watermelon, and fresh berries, mixed fruit and yogurt selections. Scrambled eggs, omelets and eggs to order, biscuits and gravy, French toast, and Mickey waffles, bacon and sausage, seasoned potatoes, assorted hot & cold cereals, bread pudding with vanilla sauce, muffins, danish, and donuts. Bagels and breads toasted to order, coffee, tea and juice selections.

Tusker House at Animal Kingdom. Breakfast with Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Daisy. Buffet style with a yogurt station, fresh fruit, waffle station, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, potato wedges, cereal, biscuits & gravy, veggie frittata, ham & cheese frittata, corned beef hash, cheese blintzes, beef Bobotie quiche, yam casserole, carved rotisserie honey ham, oatmeal, porridge, cinnamon rolls, assorted muffins and breads, turnovers, danish, and croissants and donuts. They do a parade for the kids here as well. Also great to get here before the park opens.

 

Chef Mickey Breakfast at the Contemporary Resort. Breakfast with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Chip ‘n Dale and Goofy. Premium Fruit Bar: Seasonal melon and fresh fruit display, assorted flavored yogurts and more. Cereal Selections: Almond granola, Frosted Flakes, Fruit Loops, Cocoa Krispies, hot oatmeal and grits. Breakfast Specialties: scrambled eggs, Pluto’s cheese blintz, 3 cheese omelet, Chef’s daily omelet, Corned Beef hash with cornbread, Goofy’s veggie lasagna, Mickey waffles, cheese potatoes with bacon, Breakfast potatoes, bacon & sausage links, Minnie’s breakfast pizza, Challah French toast, pancakes with a variety of toppings, and buttermilk biscuits with country gravy. Pastry Chef’s Creations: bagels, chocolate croissants, muffins, cinnamon rolls, Rice Krispie treats, peach cobbler, warm bread pudding, assorted danishes and more. The kids get to twirl their napkins over their heads whenever they start their music. Easy to get to by the Monorail.

Cinderella’s Royal Table at the castle at Magic Kingdom. Breakfast with Cinderella, Jasmine, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Belle. Family style with a traditional breakfast consisting of Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Cheese Danish, Fresh Fruit, Breakfast Breads, Potato Casserole and Blueberry French Toast. Books up fast! It’s all about the experience of dining in the castle, not the food.

Ohana at the Polynesian. Breakfast with Lilo, Stitch, Mickey and Pluto. Family style with scrambled eggs, Island-style fried potatoes, Hawaiian pork sausages, smoked bacon and a variety of fresh fruits and breads. Parade for the kids.

Mickey’s Backyard BBQ at The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Dinner with Mickey, Goofy, Chip ‘n Dale. Dinner includes BBQ smoked ribs, smoked chicken, hamburgers, hotdogs with all the trimmings, corn on the cob, watermelon and more. Lots of entertainment. Where else do you get a chance to dance with your favorite characters?

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall Princess breakfast in Norway at Epcot. Breakfast with Belle, Mulan, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Jasmine. Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Potato Casserole, Fresh Breakfast Breads and Fresh Seasonal Fruit.
Hollywood & Vine at Hollywood Studios. Breakfast with June, Jake, Agent Oso and Handy Manny. They played songs every 15 minutes. The girls wanted to kill me for this one. The food was good but no need to put yourself through all those Playhouse Disney tunes unless you have little ones that will appreciate it. Breakfast buffet featuring favorites like Mickey Mouse-shaped waffles, frittatas and fresh fruit.
The Garden Grill at Epcot. Dinner with Chip ‘n Dale, Mickey and Pluto. Family style grilled steak, roast turkey and fish of the day. Last time was soooo much better. When the food was brought to our table Taylor even said “Seriously, this is our dinner???” The rotating restaurant overlooks the Living on the Land ride.
Cinderella’s Royal Table at the castle at Magic Kingdom.  Lunch with Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother, Belle, Jasmine and Snow White. What a disappointment this was. Definitely not for the picky eaters.
Lunch menu:
Braised Cobia – Braised in Pomodorro sauce served with vegetables over angel hair pasta
Nicoise Salad – Pan seared tuna with mixed greens, eggs, Haricot verts, tomatoes and olives drizzled with house vinaigrette
Pork three ways – pulled pork with a bacon and andoulle etouffee sauce served with spoon bread topped with swiss chard
Vegetarian Cassoulet – Baked French style casserole of cannelini and garbonzo beans topped with wild mushrooms, zucchini, shallots, tomatoes and herbs
Almond cheesecake – With Lingonberry jam
Rasberry No sugar added Sorget – With berries
Valrhona Chocolate Mousse – A light chocolate mousse presented with berries and raspberry sauce
Kids Menu:
Choice of Garden salad or Bite size cheddar cheese and grapes. Choice of Chicken Breast Nuggets or Beef tenderloin with mashed potatoes and corn Cheese pizza with veggies and sliced apples or grilled fish of the day with whole grain pilaf, veggies and yogurt parfait.
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