Give Me Crock-Pot or Give Me Death

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Holy cow or in this case holy chicken!
I recently made a crock-pot meal I saw on Pinterest (surprise, right?)The pin was just a screenshot of a Facebook post showing the recipe. Sweet Baby Ray’s Crock-pot Chicken.

You have easy and then you have EASY. This was EASY.
I threw everything in the crock-pot before leaving for work yesterday morning. Cooked the chicken slow and low for 10 hours. The recipe instructions gave a 4-6 hour cook time. My chicken cooked while I was at work that’s why mine cooked as long as it did. The chicken was delicious, wasn’t tough. There was a nice dark glaze on the meat.
I shredded the chicken with a fork for BBQ sandwiches. There was a tasty sauce left in the pot that worked get as a sauce for our sandwiches. This will be a regular dish here at the crypt.

BBQ chicken sandwich- yum

BBQ chicken sandwich- yum

Sweet Baby Ray’s Crock-pot Chicken
4-6 chicken breasts
1 bottle Sweet Baby Ray sauce (I used a small bottle it was perfect for 4 breasts. I would use a bigger bottle for 6)
½ cup vinegar
1 tsp red pepper flakes
½ cup brown sugar
1 tsp garlic powder (I didn’t have powder so I used fresh chopped garlic)
Mix everything but chicken in a bowl. Place chicken in crock-pot, pour in sauce. Turn crock-pot on low and forget about it. Go to work, read a book, relax, hide a body or take over the world. Let the crock-pot work its magic. 4, 6 or even 10 hours later sit down and enjoy a great meal.

A snapshot from the pot.

A snapshot from the pot.

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Captain My Captain Morgan Coconut Rum Cake

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I was in a cake baking mood. Also in a coconut rum mood. Those who know me know I am a lightweight when it comes to drinking. I may have a mixed drink once a month sometimes not that often. Tonight was Captain Morgan coconut rum night. So we have cake baking and coconut rum. What not combine both?

Searching Pinterest I found several recipes I liked but they were so involved. I was in the mood to bake but I had just got home from work so I didn’t want to spend a whole lot of time in the kitchen. Gotha needs to rest sometime.

So I just found a basic white cake recipe and used the rum in place of the liquid. I had a small dilemma during the mixing of the cake. I had only a small amount of rum. If I use all for the cake I wouldn’t have any to drink later. After a whole two seconds of deliberations I used half the rum along with milk in the cake. To give the cake a strong coconut taste I added two tablespoons of coconut bakery emulsion. FYI: I’m drinking the rest of the rum now. Public Service Announcement: Friends don’t let friends drink and blog.

Okay the cake is in the oven. I’m baking two 8 inch round pans plus two mini round pans. The mini rounds are a test. I’m baking Ms. K a smash cake for her first birthday, I want to see if the minis will be big enough. RESULT: nope not big enough. The mini round will make a good top layer to a small tier cake.

While the cakes are baking it’s time to toast some coconut. Here is where I give short but sweet instructions to toast coconut. That went by so quickly I had time to find some spooky pins I plan to try out soon.

Cakes are out of the oven and cooling. I planned on making the frosting from a recipe I found on Pinterest. Uh…nope not happening. I am a lightweight drinker. I had just enough to give me a tiny buzz now I’m just sleepy. So, Betty Crocker to the rescue. I just happened to have a can of white fluffy and a can of milk chocolate frosting. I mixed some coconut emulsion into the white fluffy. That went on the tiny cake. It was going to go on the big cake also but once I saw that can of milk chocolate frosting all I could think about was Almond Joy. Holy toasted coconut Batman! That was a good cake. The white frosted cake was okay but much better the next day after the emulsion had time to mingle with the frosting.

Here is the basic white cake recipe. Maybe one day I will try that frosting I planned to use.

The tiny cake photos turned out okay but once it was time to snap some shots of the chocolate coconut cake I was so tired. I snapped a few shots. I don’t think you can tell in the photos but I didn’t even frost the whole thing. Also the hubby was in such a hurry to try a piece he was standing over me with a knife. He had been waiting all day to eat cake by then his patience was wearing thin. I’m going with the theory the knife was for the cake and not me. Now if I would have taken more pictures making him wait longer who knows, that knife may have been used to get me out of the way. The hubby loves cake.

Mini Captain Morgan Coconut Rum Cake

Mini Captain Morgan Coconut Rum Cake

coconut rum cake with milk chocolate frosting

coconut rum cake with milk chocolate frosting

Another Pinteresting day in the life of Gotha Stewart ended with a belly full of cake hubby and me taking my lightweight drinking self to bed.

Trapped in a Web

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I saw this Pin last fall and wanted to make it so bad. Who wouldn’t want a person trapped in a spider web in their front yard? It wouldn’t be too scary for the neighborhood kids plus it looked so awesome. With the tree I have in my front yard it would be tricky. The branches start close to the ground on my tree making getting close to the trunk difficult. I felt with some strategic moves on my part it could be done.

Picture from Pinterest. Link below.

Picture from Pinterest. Link below.

Spider web Pin link.

Sadly my work schedule picked up causing me to work a whole lot of overtime. I still found time to decorate for Halloween, just not as much as I wanted to. I was able to accomplish one Pin. I will share that at a later date.

But the idea of a victim trapped in a spider web stayed with me. Haunted me you could say. My dark soul longed to witness this. I was getting the twins ready to go hang out on the porch for October. FLASHBACK 4 YEARS AGO:

How I adopted the twins. The hubby and I were at Morris Costume one September day. I needed liquid latex for my zombie make-up and the hubby needed rigid collodion to make horrific scars on his face. We were heading to the check out counter when we noticed these Halloween props. Little demon boys. So cute, I knew there was no way we could afford one so I kept walking to the register. The lady running the register smiled then said, “I noticed you looking at the monster boy props. I don’t know if anyone has told you but we received a whole truckload of those props but the power switch is bad. The props are being sold for $5 each.”
The hubby immediently piped up. “we’ll take one.” he said.
I said, “No, we’ll take two.”
Now we have the twins. Vincent and Boris, our evil boys.
FYI: the switch wasn’t broke. On/off writing was reversed. The boys work just fine.

The twins: Vincent and Boris

The twins: Vincent and Boris

BACK TO THIS PAST FALL:
Vincent is always popping up at the most unexpected places and scaring the crap out of me. The hubby is always moving Vincent around the house when I’m not looking. I hope it’s the hubby doing it anyway.
While getting the twins ready to be in our Halloween display I had an idea. I can stop both Vincent and my hubby dead in their tracks.

Vincent was placed in the ‘time-out’ chair. With the help of some spider webbing, a few thumb tacks and some tape Vincent became a prisoner of the time-out chair. Boris sat on the back porch with a bowl of body parts on his lap.

Vincent in the time-out web chair

Vincent in the time-out web chair

It wasn’t a spider victim trapped in a tree web but I was happy. Next Halloween there will be one in the tree just like the Pin. Even if I have to use a real body.

Until next time remember: You can pin if you want to. You can leave your friends behind. Cause if your friends don’t pin and if they don’t pin. Well they’re no friends of mine.

Now that you have that little ’Men Without Hats’ tune stuck in your head my job is done. Gotha…out.

Duck, Duck, Baby Shower

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I am helping my demonic offspring plan Ms. K’s first birthday party.  Wow it’s been almost a year since we were graced with a granddaughter.  I have been trying to teach her the important things in life, for example: when chewing on a severed hand it is not polite to use the hand to hit people.  She also likes to push the hand along the floor like it’s a toy car.

Helping to plan Ms Ks birthday party reminded me of the baby shower I threw for my daughter. She choose rubber ducks for the theme. I have this thing for rubber ducky’s. I love them. If you take a tour through my home, every room you enter is decorated in dark and evil things. But go into the bathroom and…bam. Bright yellow walls, rubber ducks lurking about everywhere and a rubber duck shower curtain. Surprising huh? So I was pretty darn excited about that shower.

Pinterest, Amazon, and the dangerous mind contained in my skull came up with the following.

SAMSUNG

Ducks ducks and more ducks

Ducks ducks and more ducks

ducky

Stuffed ducks came from Amazon, Wal-Mart and Dollar General. Now not all were ducks, some were little chicks. It was close to Easter so chicks were everywhere. We made them work.  Ducky gift box with bag, rubber ducks, blue rocks and glass bowls came from dollar store.

Ducky S’mores (take home treat for guest)

Yes I know the peeps are chicks but I had a stern talk with them. After our talk they were okay with being ducks for the day.

To make the Ducky S’mores you need:

Marshmallow Peeps

Graham crackers

Small Hershey bars

Small clear treat bags

Ribbon and printed cards for decoration.

Ducky (no longer chick) S'mores

Ducky (no longer chick) S’mores

I would tell you how they tasted but everyone snatched them up before I had a chance to get one.  Actually, half way through the baby shower I had to run to the kitchen and assemble more.

That day was a great day. The demon I birthed was soon to birth her own. Yes little Ms. K is a little demon, I have pictures to prove it. You can look at those eyes and see she is plotting evil things.

Little Ms. K plotting evil.

Little Ms. K plotting evil.

 

Toasting Your Nuts…How To Toast Coconut

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This will be short and sweet. Today I toasted coconut successfully for the first time. There was one attempt in the past that did not work out well. I blame Tim Burton and Jack Skellington for that disaster. I tried the oven method of toasting coconut. I put the coconut in the oven and from the living room I hear Jack singing while visiting Christmas Town. I had to go sing along with him. Who knew you had to stand watch over the coconut because it could burn quickly? I didn’t know. Billowing smoke from the kitchen alerted me to the disaster.

Five years later I’m ready to try my hand at toasting coconut again. This time with the stove top method with no television on. Saw this on Pinterest. It was so damn easy and was over in no time. I needed the coconut for a rum cake which I will share in the next few days.

Toasting Your Coconuts
In a dry pan on medium heat. Toss in your sweetened coconut flakes. It will take a few minutes before the toasting to begin. Once it does, keep stirring and don’t walk away because things happen pretty fast. Wham bam before you know it your coconuts are toasted. Now throw them tasty things on some wax or parchment paper to cool.

Here is the toasted coconut pin.

My toasted nuts:

Easy yummy toasted coconut

Easy yummy toasted coconut

Cooling down on wax paper

Cooling down on wax paper

Thanks for stopping by to join me here at The Pinteresting Life of Gotha Stewart.

I Give Good Bread

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First off, please forgive the title. It’s been a long day and lack of sleep is catching up with me.

Awhile back the hubby and I were out shopping. I decided to buy a wax burner for scented wax. Here is the conversation the hubby and I had in the store.

Me: “I’m going to buy this to melt scented wax since I know how to get the used wax out now.”

Hubby: “Oh is that something else you saw on Pinterest?” This was said dripping with sarcasm and ending with a dramatic rolling of the eyes.

Me: “No, it’s has instructions here on the box.” This was said in the tone of voice that clearly translated into, ‘you’re an asshole.’

Hubby: “humph.”

I stood there in the store thinking to myself, “Self do you think maybe you Pinterest too much?”

Self replied, “hell no.”

I then giggled out loud.  The hubby stared at me like I had just jumped on the crazy train.

Me: “Let’s hurry up and get home.”

Hubby: “What’s the hurry? I thought we were going to get coffee.”

Me: “Not now, you got me wanting to go home to get on Pinterest.”

Hubby: I can’t put down his reply. Just know it contained strong language.

He is not always anti-Pinterest. He is extremely pro-Pinterest when I’m trying out a recipe I discovered while at that much loved site. Like last night when I found a new banana bread recipe. (As you have read before, my dad is always bringing me bananas) Normally I use my go-to banana bread recipe that I got from my Aunt Betty…Crocker. But with the over abundance of bananas I had this week I had used up all of the box mixes.  So when I saw a Pin that said the bread was so good people drove for miles to eat a slice, how could I not try it?

I gathered everything I needed. I began to doubt this recipe when I realized it did not call for water or milk. Just oil and eggs. But life is not about playing it safe so I went with it. The only thing I added that was not in the recipe was pecans. How can you not have nuts in your banana bread? That is insane!

Here is the recipe. I do not give a measurement on the pecans because I don’t measure them myself. I just throw some in. Okay I throw a lot in.

This is the link that will take you to the Banana Bread pin.

Banana Bread

Dry ingredients:

1 ¾ all-purpose flour

1 ½ tsp. baking soda

¾ tsp salt

1 ½ cup sugar

Wet:

3 lg. eggs

¾ cup vegetable oil (I used coconut oil)

2 mashed bananas

Pecans or walnuts. Hell both if you want. Remember the nuts are optional. Except at my house, here it is a must.

Preheat over to 350 degrees. Butter bottom of your bread pan.

Mix your dry items in a bowl. In another bowl mix your wet.  The recipe said to mix the bananas in with the oil and eggs until smooth.  In all the years I have made banana bread I have always added the bananas at the end after you mixed the batter. So I beat the eggs and oil together. Now you pour that in with your dry items. Mix. Add the bananas, mix some more. Now add your nuts. As much as you want, don’t be afraid to go nuts with them. Put in over bake 60 to 70 minutes.

Now let me tell you how this went down. Most breads I bake, I bake them between 375 to 400 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes. Never had an issue. But I followed the recipe. 50 minutes into my bake time I began to smell the bread burning. Hey must be done, I thought. Fork tested it. Nope not done. It took the whole 70 minutes. The top and edges were very darn close to burnt. My bread loving soul was not happy. Once it cooled I sliced us a piece to try. The hubby loved it. It was pretty good. Close to being just as good at Aunt Betty’s. This is a dense bread. If you want a lighter more fluffy bread, this is not for you.

The burning was totally my fault, I know my oven. I should have sided with my oven and not the recipe. I will make this again but will adjust my temperature and bake time.

Here is a photo. You can see that the bread is extremely well done. Don’t let my photo turn you off of this recipe. It is really good.

My pretty-damn-close-to-burnt bread

My pretty-damn-close-to-burnt bread

Banana Bread from Pinterest

Banana Bread from Pinterest

Thank you for joining me in my Pinteresting addiction.

Dark Days Ahead

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Words to live by: IT IS NEVER TOO EARLY TO PREP FOR HALLOWEEN

With that being said let me share a little photo from my garden this past Fall. This is one of my all time favorite photos. When I see it pop up as my computer background my normally non-beating heart gives a little jump. I love Halloween, every aspect of it from the whimsical to the horrifying. The hubby and I are renters so I am unable to go all out on my gardening or my Halloween decorations. My landlords are very religious so I must respect their beliefs while celebrating my favorite holiday. In a neighborhood of thirty plus homes my house is the ONLY one decorated for Halloween. Which has all the neighborhood kids coming to look at the yard all October long. Most are young kids so between my landlords and little children I tone down my scary outside decorations. I’m okay with that, the scary is inside my house year round. Just ask my cable guy. He says when he sees my address pop up on the days rotation he is so excited he tells everyone he is going to the “Zombie House”.  Sad that I have so much trouble with my cable that he has to visit regularly. Okay now that I’m done rambling here is the photo.

My Happy Place

My Happy Place

Oh Halloween, how I miss you so.

Back to what today’s blog is about: Halloween prepping. Even though it is only March I use this time to stalk Pinterest for Halloween pins. Costumes, decorating ideas, projects, food, etc. Today I searched Halloween treats. Bite size candy apples caught my attention. There were several pins, I looked at them all. One common theme: everyone was having trouble with the candy coating not sticking to the bites. Seems it would just slip off the apple bites. If I would have had all the ingredients handy I would have tried it anyway. I think maybe caramel would stick better, sadly the only caramel I had was caramel sauce for ice cream. Yes I could have broomed it down to the store to buy what I needed but that would require me to change out of my spooky cupcake pajamas. Wasn’t going to happen.

Now I did have chocolate candy coating items on hand. Apples and chocolate? I have never tried it but I like apples and I adore chocolate. Why not?

What you need:

Apples (I used Granny Smith)

Lollipop sticks

Chocolate for melting (I used Wilton light cocoa candy coating)

Melon ball scoop

Tiny cupcake/candy liners (optional)

Sprinkles (optional)

Wax paper

Here we go:

Wash and dry your apples

Lay out your wax paper on counter.

Use what ever chocolate melting method you prefer. I used the double boiler method. Pot of simmering water with a glass bowl sitting on it.

double boiler method

double boiler method

As the water is heating go ahead and scoop you out some apple balls. Put peel side down, stick in lollipop sticks.

Scoop those apples

Scoop those apples

Once chocolate is melted, get to dipping.

After dipping I put some of the apple bites into the cupcake liners. A few I just sat out on the wax paper and tossed on some sprinkles before the chocolate set.

I was also working on another pin project that required the caramel sauce (holy giant pumpkin that pin turned out awesome).
For the photos I took one of the apple bites in a liner and covered it with caramel sauce. Looked nice for the photos, trying to eat that one caused a major caramel sauce incident. Which resulted in me having to change out of my spooky pajamas and into something not covered in caramel sauce.

Yummy apple bites

Yummy apple bites

Gooey goodness

Gooey goodness

One of the original pins: Candy apple bites

I must say that now having tried apples and chocolate together, I am a fan. I will be adding this to my Halloween line up. I would tell you what the hubby thought of the apple bites but my dad came by and we ate them all before hubby came home from work.

Candy apple bites are not something you should make a day ahead. I would make them a couple hours before any haunted events.

I think I will make these for the family trip to the pumpkin patch this year. I’m sure my little devils would enjoy them as a snack.

So this Pinteresting project turned out very well, very well indeed. I do plan on trying the apple bites with candy apple coating and the caramel coating. I will share that Pinteresting adventure with you.

I will be doing more Halloween prepping pins throughout the next few months. I also have a Halloween pin project from last Halloween to share. See you soon, same Pin time, same Pin channel. (Sorry had a flashback to my young days of watching Batman after school).