Crockpot Peanut Chicken Recipe

CrockpotPeanut Chicken

This crockpot peanut chicken recipe is one I adapted from the Peanut Satay recipe found in Fix Freeze Feast. We love the peanut satay, but I wanted to enjoy the same delicious flavor without needing to grill, and I also wanted a way to stretch the meat to feed more people. I made a few changes to thin out the peanut sauce and then tweaked things to make it work in the crockpot. We love this recipe so much, I no longer make the more labor intensive satay.

You must try this quick and easy Crockpot Peanut Chicken recipe! Only 6 ingredients!

Crockpot Peanut Chicken


3/4 cup peanut butter

1 cup orange juice

1/3 cup soy sauce

1 teaspoon ground ginger

a couple squirts of Sriracha sauce (or other hot chili sauce)

Place 5 frozen chicken breasts in your crockpot.

Pour peanut sauce over chicken breasts and turn on high.

Cook 4-6 hours until chicken is cooked through.

Once the chicken is cooked, slice or shred chicken.

Serve over rice and garnish with: toasted coconut, lime or cilantro as desired.

You must try this quick and easy Crockpot Peanut Chicken recipe! Only 6 ingredients!

This recipe also makes a wonderful freezer meal. Simply mix sauce and pour over frozen chicken breasts in a freezer bag. Seal bag and freeze flat. To cook, pour frozen ingredients into the crockpot and cook 4-6 hours.

You must try this quick and easy Crockpot Peanut Chicken recipe! Only 6 ingredients!

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Choose Your Favorite Photo. Please.

It’s that time of year again. I am about to head off (well, not really off since its only about 20 minutes from my house) to our annual photography conference, PhotoLUSH. Each year they have a Print Salon where we each get to display one of our favorite photos. I need a little help choosing. Can you  tell me which is your favorite photo, and why?

Thanks so much!

1. Help me choose my favorite photo

2.Help me choose my favorite photo


Help me choose my favorite photo


Help me choose my favorite photo


And also…I’m scheduled to speak at our church’s moms group later this month. I have been given free rein, but have no idea what to speak about. The speaker coordinator suggested talking about journaling and blogging….but I don’t know.

If you had the chance to hear me speak, what would you want to hear me talk about? It can be anything, really, except for photography, we already has a speaker on that this year.


Learning to Eat {G-tube Update}

Learning to Eat with a g-tube

Once upon a time there was a boy who struggled to eat. He was hungry and tired but couldn’t quite make eating work for him. Eventually through surgeries and therapy and endless tears, he learned to eat, but  by four a half years old, he was behind on the curve…Learning to eat with a  g-tube

Apollo is learning to eat, but it is a painfully slow process. He had his first sandwich ever after his tonsillectomy last summer. Apollo had never been able any type of bread product (cookies, toast, muffins/cupcake) before.

Learning to eat with a  g-tube

Apollo now requests sandwiches to eat, but often with weird (and unfortunately fat-free) options. A favorite? Ketchup, mustard and lettuce. Sometimes, if he’s feeling adventurous, he will want a tomato in there too…Learning to eat with a  g-tube

One of Apollo’s favorite snacks is still a “lettuce end”, which is the end of a Romaine heart that he holds like a popsicle and munches on…

Learning to eat with a  g-tube

At this point we consider any new food progress…and any food he asks for as a step in the right direction. Way back when I was told Apollo was just “afraid to eat” I knew in my heart that was wrong. There was more to it than that…Apollo would go on to suffer for nearly six more months before he had his g-tube placed and could finally know the feeling of a full stomach…

Learning to eat with a  g-tube

Apollo views his g-tube as a natural extension of himself…just another part of his body. He recently told me he wants to keep his tube forever…after watching Hezekiah down an antibiotic for strep throat! Just yesterday I mentioned he was the only one in our house with an “upgrade” (a common theme in his Ninjago LEGO sets). He asked if he was a cyborg, and I said yes…”not only do you have an upgraded fuel pack, but you also have a metal clamp in your chest!

It’s the small things.

His doctor commented recently that he was surprised Apollo didn’t experience the kind of catch-up growth you usually see when a child who has been failing to thrive (for whatever reason) finally receives adequate nutrition. He is slowly and (kind of) steadily working his way up on the growth chart and, more importantly, maintaining that gain.

So we plod on. Looking forward to the day he no longer needs his g-tube and at the same time, being so very thankful that he has it.

Large Family Planning

large family

Recently I sat in church with Chuck and ten of our little lambs spread out in the pew between us. Our children were all perfectly groomed, of course. Hair freshly washed, the boys in ironed pants and button up shirts. The girls in long dresses and freshly braided hair and matching ribbons.

Or something like that.

Sitting in the row right behind me was my mom. And I couldn’t help but overhear the conversation which included the word: IBS (you can look that up if you want).

I tuned it out. I, of course, was far too busy focusing on preparing my heart for the sermon when I heard my mom’s voice again.

I had a stroke when I was young from taking the birth control pill. I have Factor V which is a blood disorder, so I can’t take anything hormonal“.

All this was fine and good. Once again I was focusing on the Lord’s Day, not my mom’s conversation. Until I heard this:

And that’s my daughter, Renee. She can’t take the birth control pill either“.

And there I was. In the pew with ten kids. TEN. While my mom explained to a stranger that I can’t take the birth control pill.

Well, that explains a lot, I suppose.