We made it to Friday! I must admit, during the week I wasn’t sure I’d make it here all in one piece. I thought for sure I’d lose my sanity somewhere along the way. I think I’ve still got it though! Thank goodness. It’s been a rough week. My to-do list seems to be never ending. Then we had a computer update that I had to go into the office for yesterday. Of course my old fogey computer couldn’t handle it, so I didn’t get much actual work done. Now today old fogey doesn’t want to work again. Technology… love it, but also want to break it so much.
All in all, I’m doing well though. Stress is really knocking at my door, but I feel like I’ve made a plan to deal with it. I decided that I will work the three evenings that I am traveling next week. I think that will help me get caught up and ease some stress. Working evenings stinks, but I am at the point were I’m willing to do it to catch up.
Sad to say, but something tragic happened this week that has been helping me put work stress in perspective. One of my coworkers found out last week that he had untreatable pancreatic cancer. He then passed away on Monday. Since my coworkers are remote, and I don’t see them often, it still doesn’t seem like it happened. His obituary was sent out yesterday, and that is when it hit me a little bit. He’ll be greatly missed.
SO… should we get a little more upbeat? I don’t mean to be a Debbie Downer, but I did want to share what’s been going on this week.
Red Gold Tomatoes sent me some more tomatoes to play with! I absolutely loved their burger recipes that they sent with their tomatoes this summer, so I jumped on it when they reached out again. This time it’s crockpot recipes! Just in time to start fall crock pot season!
Here is where I have to admit something. I was going to wait to post about this until I had actually made more than one of Red Gold’s crockpot recipes since I didn’t take any pictures of the one I have made so far. Weeellll, the weather got all nice and warm again on us this week, so my husband and I decided we wanted to grill rather than make crockpot recipes. I didn’t want to wait to post this though, because I wanted to share all about a giveaway that Red Gold is doing now through October 8th. So I decided to do more than one post on this subject. This first one isn’t that pretty, but it contains some time sensitive information!
Back to the recipes. Like I said, they are crockpot recipes. You can actually see them all here. I knew right away which one I wanted to try first… Slow Cooker Spicy Macaroni and Cheese!
Remember I said that I didn’t take any pictures of my first recipe? Yep, I didn’t. That photo above is courtesy of the Red Gold recipe website. You can click on it to lead you to the website as it is hyperlinked for your clicking pleasure. Here’s the recipe as well:
|Preparation Time:||15 minutes|
|Cook Time:||4 hour|
|2||cups pasta of choice, uncooked|
|8||ounces processed American cheese, cut into cubes|
|8||ounces cream cheese, cut into cubes|
|1||teaspoon Dijon mustard|
|1||cup low fat milk|
|1/2||cup whipping cream|
|1||(12 ounce) can evaporated milk|
|1||(14.5 ounce) can Red Gold® Petite Diced Tomatoes With Green Chilies, drained or 2 (10 ounce) cans Red Gold® Petite Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies (10 Oz), drained|
- Place the uncooked pasta in the bottom of a 3.5-qt. crock pot that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Add the remaining ingredients, except RED GOLD® PETITE DICED TOMATOES with GREEN CHILIES, to the slow cooker and stir until well combined. Cook on LOW for 4 hours.
- Just before serving add RED GOLD® PETITE DICED TOMATOES with GREEN CHILIES; stir to combine.
So I made this recipe and thought something was a little off. The cheese didn’t melt like I wanted it to, it was a little clumpy, what the heck? I realized after we had eaten the entire thing (it was still really good!) that I had forgotten the 8 ounces of cream cheese that was supposed to go into the crockpot. My bad! So if you screw up, and forget the cream cheese, don’t worry because it still tastes delicious!
Also, your crockpot cooking times may vary. I just remembered another screw up, which could explain this other taste offage rather than my crockpot. I missed the whole “stir until well combined” direction up there. So I added everything to my crockpot in layers and left it that way for at least an hour before I realized I should have stirred it. It was either that or my crockpot was warmer because the noodles were a bit mushy at the end. Still delicious! So if you screw up there as well, no worries! Boy, I’m such a great cook.
Okay, now for Red Gold’s giveaway details! Now through October 8th, Red Gold is giving away 2 crockpots per day on their Facebook page! All you have to do is go there and enter to win. You can also reenter each day. Good deal, right?! Do it!
Okay, I think I’ve horrified you enough with my awful cooking stories, and brought you down with bad news. I’m off to make someone else feel bad. Just kidding. Have a great weekend!