Ok, first off, I didn't fix a salad. I just didn't feel like it, and Dave didn't want one.
But otherwise, this meal was a success!
Last night, before I went to bed, I made the BBQ sauce:
I followed the directions in the RECIPE except I used 1/2 cup of brown sugar and 1/4 cup of vinegar. Some of the comments in the recipe said the BBQ sauce was runny so I added more brown sugar hoping that would thicken it up. It did. Mine wasn't runny at all. I also used fresh chicken breasts and not frozen ones. Some comments suggested that frozen chicken made the sauce runny.
I put the chicken and BBQ sauce in the crockpot's crock :) and in the refrigerator.
I washed the potatoes last night too. I let them sit out and dry overnight.
During lunch today, I started the chicken crockpot cooking on high. It needed to be ready by 4:30 for Dave's "lunch" tonight. The chicken is in the wide oval crockpot.
Guess what's in the tall crockpot . . . Baked Potatoes!
Do you still call them "baked" potatoes if they're cooked in a crockpot?
In my internet surfing this weekend I found an awesome food blog called A Year of Slow Cooking. In 2008, Stephanie O'dea made a New Year's resolution to use her slow cooker every day during the year 2008. She recorded her journey -- recipes, successes, discoveries, and failures -- in her food blog. She has some awesome knowledge about crockpots because of this year-long resolution to herself.
One of her discoveries . . . you can cook baking potatoes in the crockpot!
You may already know this fact, but I didn't know it at all! I tried it today.
I followed her directions. <------ There's the link.
It was very easy. I pricked the dry (after washing) potatoes with a fork and wrapped them in tin foil. Put them in the crockpot on high (since I was starting at 12:30). By 4:30, when I was packing sweet Dave's "lunch", the potatoes were squishy (or soft) like they're supposed to be when they're done. You can cook them on low all day too. Stephanie O'dea suggested this would be a great way to cook the potatoes when having a potato bar for supper or a party. Cool.
Anyway. Here is the baked potato fresh out of the crockpot:
It was really good. You know . . . Good . . . like at the steak house - I didn't have to cook it -- Good! The potato really tasted like the potatoes you eat when you go out to eat . . . not at all like the ones I cook in the oven or microwave. That little beauty was 3 points. 6 points after I added the low-fat margarine and sour cream. So worth it!
The chicken turned out pretty good too. My chicken:
I tried to lighten it up . . .
So all day I've been thinking about the possible bobcat encounter I had last night and about my poor missing black cat.
The good news is . . . when I got home from work today . . . black cat was on the patio! He didn't get eaten! I was so glad . . and I don't even like cats.
So now, tonight, Dave has texted me -- after showing my pictures at work -- and he says it was a coyote!
Is that any better!?! If I see it tonight . . . I think it might meet it's maker . . . if you know what I mean . . . I practiced shooting this afternoon with Dave . . . so I'm ready. . . I think . . .
If I get it . . . we'll know whether it's a bobcat or a coyote!
Why don't you look at the picture and tell me what you think it is? I have no idea since I haven't seen either one in person before! Do coyotes move like a cat?
That wraps up the past couple of days at Ferrell Farm. The boys have been quiet tonight . . .
almost too quiet . . .
I've got to go check on them. See you later!
Tina and the Ferrell boys