Thursday, October 23, 2008

Slow Cooking Thursday - Oct. 23rd & Cookin' Deals

I love the responses to yesterday's Question of the Day...some where hilarious and the ones wanting a child just warmed my heart. We dealt with a decade of infertility so I understand wanting a baby in a box! ;-) I just have to say that I really enjoy reading all of your answers to the QotD everyday. Thank you for being so kind as to take a moment to share your thoughts! I, on the other hand, haven't had much time to respond in the same manor this past week. Please forgive me for not being able to browse your blogs as often as I usually do. I'll get back into the swing of things soon. I promise! To the new readers, THANK YOU for joining in on the fun here. Me loves you all!

OK, and for the best part of the day....FOOD...

Chicken & Bacon Meatballs in Cider Broth

I found this one on RecipeZaar and just had to try it....

1 1/2 lbs skinless chicken thighs, taken off the bone
5 slices bacon
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 cups leeks, cut in half lengthwise and then sliced
2 cups fresh button mushrooms, sliced
2 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 cup apple cider
1 teaspoon dried tarragon
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
3 cups medium pasta shells, dried

--Roughly chop the skinned and boned chicken thighs into chunks and put into a food processor. Chop up the bacon and throw in with the chicken and then pulse until the mixture is ground up.

--Transfer the mixture to a bowl and add the first tablespoon of Dijon mustard, dry onion flakes, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and the dried parsley. Mix up really well with your hands so that everything is combined. Form into medium sized meatballs.

--Heat olive oil in a nonstick pan and then add the meatballs and just brown them off. Put your crock pot or slow cooker onto high and transfer the browned off meatballs into the dish. Add the sliced leeks and mushrooms on top of the meatballs.

--In a bowl whisk together the chicken stock, apple cider, second tablespoon of Dijon mustard, tarragon and garlic powder. Pour mixture over the meatballs and then cook on high for 2 to 3 hours or longer on a lower setting if you are going to be out.

--Just prior to serving, cook the pasta shells according to the package and then divide up into bowls. Pour over the meatballs and broth and serve with some nice bread.

Head over to
Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for more Slow Cooking recipes and to participate in Slow Cooking Thursday!


Deals for the day....

Take 60% off $25 Gift Certificates. Pay $4 for $25 certificates! Coupon code SAVOR - Expires 10/26/08.

I read in last week's comments on Slow Cooking Thursday that there was someone who didn't have access to purchasing a crock pot. Well, that's just a shame! I have a Rival and love it. Here you anyone who doesn't yet own one and is looking for a great deal...
Rival 3-1/2-Quart Slow Cooker
List Price: $24.99
Sale Price: $21.30 - 15% off

This one is a whopping $0.05 off - lol So, it's not really on sale, but I think it's a good deal still. If you're looking to upgrade your slow cooker...
Hamilton Beach 6QT Stainless Steel Oval Slow Cooker
List Price: $40
Sale Price: $39.95 - WOW! ha!

Oh and kids like to cook, too! My niece is having a 'Baking Birthday Party' next month. I put the coupon codes that I posted on Monday for to GOOD use and got her some adorable things to wear to her party.

Personalized with "Baker in Training" & her name
Price: $14.95 - SALE: $11.95

Personalized with "Baker in Training" & her name
Price: $16.95 - SALE: $13.55

Total before sale & coupon: $31.90
NEW TOTAL with $5 off Coupon Code: $20.50!!

And last but not least, a BIG THANK YOU to Stan who gave me this fabulous deal...

Halloween costumes are all on sale with free shipping at can also use a $10 off $49 minimum purchase coupon, too!You can always grab the latest coupon code directly from at this link...

Thanks, Stan!

Question of the Day
On Monday's post I had asked for
readers to submit their own Question of the Day.
This is the one I picked...
(Submitted by Em)

What is the one thing you would do
if there was absolutely no chance for failure?

If you haven't already,
go enter the
GIVEAWAY I've got going on!


Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Yeah I'm with tattooedminvanmom on this's got to have a big jackpot though.

Mari said...

Those are some good looking meatballs. They have to be with bacon in them!

Shell in your Pocket said...

Become a principal!

Love the cute!!!

I love love my slow cooker...I even have a backup in case the first breaks!
-Sandy toes

~Trish~ said...

Put one quarter into one of those huge gaudy slot machines in Vegas and hit the jackpot!!!

Happy Thursday :)

Mandy said...

Cute aprons!

Hmmm....I would get up on a stage and sing my heart out! I love to sing, but I am not that great at it! :)

Margaret said...

I would have to say sky dive.

Your recipie looks great.

Jen said...

Go on the Price is Right and win BIG!!!

Heather said...

Open my own scrapbooking bed & breakfast retreat.

My big sis and I have been to a couple of these, and have had such a great time.

I live in a quaint little town with lots of old Victorian homes, any of which would make a great retreat.

Yep, that's what I would do.

Jess said...

Have a kid.

Screwing one up is what keeps me away from reproducing them.

Sandra said...

Wow those meatballs sound so good, I agree with Mari, with the bacon in there they have to be.

Don't forget to add the link to Mr Linky so the other ladies can come and check out the recipe :)

Michelle said...

Those aprons are to die for! And for the QOD:

I'd be a professional photographer!

Anonymous said...

What a great gift idea! I love that little chef's hat. How cute!

No chance of failure - launch my own business. I think I might just do it anyway!!!

Thanks for stopping by - always good to see you!

Anonymous said...

Ohh good question! I would quit my job and start my own animal rescue place. That's sort of a dream of mine and maybe if I win the lottery :) I'll get to do it!

Anonymous said...

I would be a photographer...

Take care:)

FROGGITY! said...

wow, i was going to say FLY, but the lottery ticket with a big jackpot at stake sounds mighty tantalizing...

so I'll go with that. :)

FROGGITY! said...
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FROGGITY! said...

wow, er, uh, sorry... my computer was REALLY excited about that comment. so much so that it posted 3 times. oopsie!

"The Queen in Residence" said...

No chance of failure. Wow now that would be something to think about.....
1) Finish my nursing degree
2) buy a lottery ticket
3) start my own business

I know you said just one but I had three. I guess we have to ask ourselves why we fail, really we CAN do these things. But that IF is so paralysing sometimes..... (rambling) :0

Lexie said...

Hmmm, no chance of failure... I would say lottery or something like that, but its still technically not in my hands or a failure if you don't win, so...

I think I'd write a book, and with no chance of failure then it'd become a bestseller and I could write lots of books :) All failure free!

Anonymous said...

What an unusual recipe! These meatballs sound yummy! I'm going to give them a try. I'm tired of the same recipes!

Anonymous said...

Publish a book :)

I love that Junior Chef stuff so cute, and the recipe sounds so good, I'll have to try that!

Anonymous said...

Publish a book :)

I love that Junior Chef stuff so cute, and the recipe sounds so good, I'll have to try that!

Ash said...

Easy - write a book. It will happen.

Maybe I'll make the central character a super savvy shopper who makes millions (you can be a part of the dream) advising bloggers where to find great deals, all while juggling a gorgeous baby AND fabulous menus.

Sounds like a bestseller to me :-).

Thanks for picking my question!! Totally, completey and thoroughly honored.


angie said...

Recipe looks delish. It's dinnertime and I'm hungry.

QOTD - New job! Not sure what - anything!

Anonymous said...

Probably write a novel.

Fifi Flowers said...

Being a SINGER in a Rock n Roll band!!!!!!!! More over Gwen! LOL

BTW... I know you like to tell people about SALES... wellll... I am having a 50% OFF sale for 10 days! Here's the link for more information...

Honey Mommy said...

Those are the cutest aprons ever!

Mer said...

The recipe looks amazing! And that jr. chef's hat is darling...I know a kid or two who would like that... :)

Anonymous said...

best wishes and such a great blog site. i will be back some how i found you looking for stuff on our sons birth defect esophageal atresia.

Renee said...

Great recipe! Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.


lynette355 said...

TattooedMinivanMom said...


Well you may only win $1.00. See you did not fail. So instead buy the one and only grand prize winning lottery ticket for my state that was on a current game winning more than $1,000,000.00. And make sure I do not loose or destroy the ticket in time for me to turn it in to be cashed by the state.
It always gets us in the details.