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maple-bbq chicken sandwiches

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November 5th, 2015 · Print Print

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Right before our son arrived, I spent several weeks building up a major stash of BBQ chicken. For weeks, while we devoted round-the-clock care to our new addition, Chad and I ate frozen barbecue chicken… and it basically saved our lives. We managed to pull off reasonably healthy, hearty meals within a few minutes, any time we needed them.

And the best thing about this recipe? It’s made in a slow-cooker, so it doesn’t take hours of prep or cooking time out of your day. Just mix together the ingredients, and come back in a few hours for perfectly cooked, melt-in-your-mouth chicken. When I make BBQ chicken in the slow cooker, I love to shred it with two forks for a pulled-pork-style finished product, which is absolutely delicious. And you’ll never notice the swap of chicken as a healthier main ingredient! This recipe is delicious, easy, and super simple to make. What more could you ask for?

I’m particularly excited to share this recipe with you guys, because I used the most delicious KC Masterpiece Kansas-City-Style barbecue sauce for this recipe. Texans have a big rivalry with Kansas-City barbecue sauce, but this one was completely delicious. Tangy and sweet, it was the perfect complement to the hint of maple syrup I added to this recipe!

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Maple BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

INGREDIENTS
5 large boneless skinless chicken breast halves
12 ounces KC Masterpiece Kansas City Barbecue Sauce
1/2 cup italian salad dressing
2 tbsp maple syrup
3 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Sandwich rolls, split

DIRECTIONS

Place chicken in a slow cooker. Mix together the barbecue sauce, italian dressing, brown sugar, maple syrup, garlic powder and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over the chicken. Cover, and cook 4 hours on your slow cooker’s “High” setting.

When the chicken is cooked, use two forks to shred the breasts. Spoon generously onto sandwich rolls (I also like to add a layer of extra bbq sauce to the rolls) and serve.

Makes enough chicken for 6-8 sandwiches.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of KC Masterpiece.  The opinions and text are all mine.

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Celebrate National Healthy Skin Month!

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October 30th, 2015 · Print Print

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I’m so excited to partner with Dove to celebrate National Healthy Skin Month!  I’m a bit of a fanatic about skin care, so I’ll pretty much take any opportunity to pamper my skin a little, and a whole month of it sounds even better!

I started using Dove products years ago (in law school!) after learning about their Real Beauty campaign, when they used real women as their models in their marketing efforts.  Since then, they’ve built their brand around the mission to improve girls’ and women’s self-esteem, and that’s something that I feel proud to support, both on this blog and with my purchasing choices. 

That’s why I started, but I wouldn’t have kept using their products if I didn’t love them.  And not surprisingly, the beauty industry has taken notice!  Allure (which is widely known as the beauty expert) just awarded Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash an Allure Best of Beauty Award for “Best Moisturizing Body Wash.”  I agree — I’ve tried a lot of body washes, and this is the one I always come back to.  Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash contains the brand’s gentlest cleansers and provides softer, smoother skin after just one shower.  It’s also the #1 Dermatologist and Pediatrician recommended brand, and the #1 brand used personally by Dermatologists and Pediatricians at home.  And even better, it’s also available as a convenient pump!

In honor of National Healthy Skin Month, I thought I’d share a few of my skincare “musts” — here are the steps I go through every day, no matter what!

Sun Protection:
I wear SPF 26 every day, even during the winter.  I have somewhat fair skin and always make it a priority to protect my skin from the sun!  Lately I’ve started bringing a baseball cap if I’m going to be outside for more than an hour or so on the weekends, for an extra boost of sun protection.

Moisturize:
I’m also very careful to keep my skin moisturized.  I mix my foundation with facial moisturizer in the morning for an extra boost to my skin all day long.  I also use Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash in the shower to naturally nourish my skin with the brand’s unique blend of cleansers: Glycinate, NutriumMoisture technology and DEFI.

Healthy Diet:
I’m lucky that my favorite foods are mostly healthy, but I make an extra effort to incorporate skin-friendly superfoods that are rich in healthy fats and vitamins.  I try to eat salmon a few times a week, and I always keep our fridge stocked with healthy fruits and veggies, like avocado, spinach, strawberries (Bear’s favorite!) and whole grain bread.

How are you celebrating National Healthy Skin Month?  Are you making any changes to your skincare routine?  Is there anything else I’m missing that I should try?  I’d love to know!

Photo Credit: Rachel Sutherland

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happy (almost) halloween!

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October 22nd, 2015 · Print Print

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I love holidays — pretty much any holiday. 

This comes as a surprise to exactly no one, because my favorite things in the world are parties, great food, and spending time with friends and family.  So holidays?  On the list of things that I love, they fall somewhere between Bear and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which is to say: very high on that list.

But there’s a special spot in my heart for Halloween.  When I was a kid, I really believed that there was something magical about the night of Halloween.  I’d pretend to go to bed and then stay up in my room, in the dark, until it was finally midnight, waiting for ghosts or trying my hand at magic spells. 

Bear was too little to go trick-or-treating last year, but we might give it a try next week!  Either way, I couldn’t let the moment go by without some snaps of his Halloween costume.  Last year, he was a baby dinosaur, and this year he’s a panda bear!  I know that pretty soon he’ll be telling me what he wants to be for Halloween, so I’m enjoying my last chance to pick out his costume myself. 

And, if I do say so: that is one cute Panda!

Photo credit: Rachel Sutherland

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