Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Recipe: Slow Cooker Angel Chicken

I'm always looking for more easy slow cooker recipes - chicken and mushrooms are perfect for a weeknight dinner and this Slow Cooker Angel Chicken is a great meal - it's quick and easy - and I know you'll love it! 

In the crockpot, you put the mushrooms on the bottom - then add the frozen chicken on top.  

Melt butter in a sauce pan. Then you add cream of mushroom soup, Italian dressing mix, cream cheese and chicken broth. Stir until it's all blended and melted into a sauce.

Then you pour the melted sauce over the frozen chicken and mushrooms.  

Cook it for 4-6 hours on high (or 8-10 on low) - remove the chicken and shred it - then add it back to the mushroom sauce.

You can serve this over rice or egg noodles - I chose rice because Larry's a big fan and cooked that up in my rice cooker. It was good - I think that next time I would use as many mushrooms as recommended in the recipe (I just didn't have that many at the time) and I would double the sauce - it was a bit skimpy.

Larry just saw me typing this up and said, "Oh that was good!" - that's a victory for me!

Slow Cooker Angel Chicken (adapted from


* 3-4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
* 8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
* 8 oz fresh shiitake mushrooms, sliced
* 2 tsp butter
* 1 can cream of mushroom soup
* 1 pkg Italian salad dressing dry mix
* 4 oz cream cheese
* 1 cup chicken broth


* Place all mushrooms in the bottom of the slow cooker
* Place chicken breasts (frozen is fine) on top of the mushrooms
* Melt butter in a sauce pan
* Add the mushroom soup, Italian dressing mix, cream cheese and chicken broth. Stir until everything is blended and melted into a sauce
* Pour the sauce over the chicken
* Cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 8-10 hours
* Serve over rice or noodles

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Product Review: Brylane Home's Outdoor Furniture Set

I love finding a great online site where I can get a variety of quality products that I can count on! Brylane Home is that site! Recently I got a deep fryer from them and it's fantastic! We use it all the time! 

With summer coming up though - we have to get our deck ready! We have an inground pool and it's definitely a gathering spot for friends and family over during the summer.

I chose this Outdoor Furniture Oversized 5-piece Set that has 2 chairs, cooler, umbrella and carrying case. It comes in four color choices and popped out of the box and came together in about 30 seconds. 

We chose the khaki because of our other outdoor furniture. The umbrella snaps together, can go up or down and has these really hand slots that it slips into. The bottom of the umbrella post is pointed so you can secure it into the ground.  

Here's a close-up of the cooler and pocket area. It's great - you could stash a book, sunscreen or phone in the pockets on the front. Then between the seats is a cooler. It's a great size and could easily fit 6-12 cans of soda with ice packs or ice. (There are also cup holders in the arms of the chairs.)

Here's a shot of my helper husband Larry enjoying the new deck seating! It is PERFECT for our back yard!!! We have a bit of shade from the house on the pool side of our yard - but the deck side of our yard is ALL SUN. This will be fantastic for the summer! The other thing I liked is that the chairs are BIG - I have a big hiney - so I like big chairs! These are perfect for me! Larry and I could also sit together and feel completely comfortable - we weren't crowding each other at all. This set is a hit - and at only $79.99 - it won't break the budget! 

It all comes in this handy travel bag with rollers - and for a change - you can actually get it all back in the bag! The set is all one piece (except for the umbrella) - so you just have to squeeze it back together and slip it in. 

The good thing about that is we'll be able to take it with us this summer! Whether it's a parade or fishing - this Outdoor Furniture Set will be great for the back yard - or on the go. I'm so excited we got this! 

Plus - if you are like me - and still haven't gotten your Mom anything for Mother's Day - they have a ton of great ideas! My mom loves her flowers - so whether it's this cute garden trellis, these bucket brigade fence top planters or this translucent lighted fountain - I know I'll find something she'll love!

If you sign up for the Brylane Home email you'll get 20% off your highest priced item.

I hope you find something for you or for Mother's Day - and enjoy the outdoors this summer with Brylane Home.

Disclosure: Brylane Home provided me this outdoor furniture set free of charge but the opinions are all my own.