Country Fair Blog Hop: September 15

It's another great blog party starting!  This is a month long link up. Come on and join us!
 Here are your hosts for the month: 

                 Tip Garden           Country LINKed        A Kansas Farm Mom           Corn, Beans, Pigs, Kids

My First Place Favorite from last month:

Little Blog on the Homestead's
Tips for a Potluck Wedding

My reception was a church and friends community effort and Nicole's tips are wonderful! If you are on a budget you can pull together a lovely reception! Go check out her post and pin it like I did!
Nicole Congats! come grab a Champion Ribbon to post on your blog!
Country Fair Blog Part

Now it's our time to party again! 

September, I am so glad you are here, oh how I've missed you! 

Here is a little photo of my grand daughter just to say hello!

Country Fairs are full of food, friends, farming, animals, arts and crafts, canning, baking, and more!

 So is our Country Fair Blog Hop!

Come Share what you are up to this month!

  • Link up to 3 of your best posts!
  • Visit a few other party goers and let them know you stopped by to see them!
  • Grab the button below and post it on your blog, so others will be invited too!
Country Fair Blog Party

Ready? Get set... Go!


Friday Feature: Grill Pan

Grilled Teriyaki Beef Kabobs with Veggies. (who needs kabob sticks?)
The last friday of the month I share with you one of my favorite things. They either make life easier, save money, or time, (or sanity).

All summer long I use this grill pan. It is a deep sided skillet type pan with a removable handle. I use it for "kabobs", stir fries, grilled veggies or shrimp. It's just so useful!

I have no idea what I'd do with out it! You can find this style of pan in the grill supply aisle of your local Wally world type store. They may even be on clearance as it is now end of  summer! I highly recommend you look for this one!


15 Minute Chicken Fajitas

Chicken Fajitas can be a quick, easy and delicious choice for dinner. It is perfect for one of those nights you don't want to spend a lot of time starting from scratch, but don't want fast food take out either.

Rotiserrie chicken ideas

I am sharing another great way to use store bought Rotisserie Chicken. Either using the leftovers from a previous meal, (like I am tonight) or deboning a whole chicken just for the purpose of creating quick chicken dinners.

Tonights left over chicken is being turned into a yummy fajita filling. I made a side of spicy Mexican Beans which my hubby put right into each fajita, while I ate mine on the side. I'll share that easy recipe very soon!

15 Minute Rotisserie Chicken Fajitas

4-6 Soft tortillas warmed
1- 1 1/2 cups shredded, cooked chicken
1 medium green pepper cut into strips
1 medium red pepper cut into strips
1 medium onion diced
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1 packet of fajita seasoning
1/8 cup water or chicken broth

Heat oil, peppers, and onions over in skillet over medium high heat. Stir frequently.
Cook 5-7 minutes till vegetables are tender. Reduce heat to medium low
Add chicken, fajita seasoning and water(or broth).
Stir to combine, and also occasionally 3-5 minutes till chicken mixture is hot and ready to serve.
Serve on warm tortillas with a side of Spanish rice and beans


Homemade "Boxed" Macaroni and Cheese

 This homemade stove top Mac-N-Cheese recipe is a delicious and creamy version, that is WAY better than the boxed kind, and just about as easy! I love the taste, but also that I know how to pronounce all the ingredients!

Macaroni and Cheese recipe

Don't buy boxed again!

Jan's Tip: If your local grocer has a bag of shredded cheese labeled as Mac-n-Cheese shreds, get it. It is a great mixture of Sharp Cheddar, American, and Swiss that will add a wonderful creaminess to the sauce without being "stringy".

Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese
  • 2 cups macaroni or shells pasta (uncooked)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • optional: 1/8 tsp. of dried powdered mustard
  1. In a medium saucepan, cook pasta according to package. Drain and set aside.
  2. Whisk together milk and flour in the pan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. (This will take about 2 minutes.)
  3. Add cheese, salt, pepper and mustard. Stir until smooth.
  4. Mix in cooked macaroni.
  5. Remove from heat and let stand about 5 minutes.


Deodorizing your Crock Pot

Ever notice that your ceramic slow cooker seems to soak up the odors of what ever you were cooking last, no matter how much you clean it?  I think mine always seems to smell like pulled pork bbq!

Here is how I deodorize mine.

Baking Soda. Yep, of course, right?

I have 2 methods for you. But first make sure the crock pot is clean and dry.

1. Sprinkle baking soda generously in the crockpot.
2. Using a dry cloth, rub the baking soda over the entire inside surface of the crock pot.
3. Let sit for several hours.
4. Dump out the baking soda, and clean, rinse, and dry the crock pot.

For especially stubborn smells, or if your crock pot is older and never been deodorized:

After step 2 above.
Store crockpot in a large bag and seal it shut (a garbage bag with ends tied off  is fine)
Let sit for 24 hours.
Procede with Step 4 above.

I do this about once a quarter, but it is not necessary.

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