Friday, January 21, 2011

Happy Weekend!


Um, two delicious looking Garfields.


And these Garfield cupcakes designed by the mind-exploding Kellyn of KBakes.

Pia The Pig

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Today is a big day in America. New York City Shelter Announces First Same-Sex Cat Marriage. Ollie and Bruno, two residents of the no-kill cat shelter on East 26th street will be joined in holy matrimony today. Staff at the shelter say that the bond between the two is so special that without each other they would surely be heartbroken. AWWW.

Read more here.

Are they registered? Because you know imma send a gift.

Pia The Pig


AAAD Reader Lynn is turning 30 today. I like her attitude about it.

Pia The Pig


Will Ferrell photobombs wedding announcement. Not sure I need to say more. Except that the name Buck Rodgers is awfully close to Buck Russell, one of, if not the best movie characters of all time.

Pia The Pig

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Simple Smile

I like this shirt. That is all.

Your Favorite Type Nerd,
Pia The Pig

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


My friends and I are on a total slow cooker binge. Last night I made AAAD Reader Sara's Crock Pot Chicken (see below) and I literally would have licked the crock pot if a) I didn't have company over, b) that wouldn't have resulted in burning tongue, and c) if there was one drop left. You need to make this tonight!

Crockpot Chicken
1 box Stove Top Stuffing, prepared as directed
about a pound of defrosted chicken tenders
2 cans Cream of Mushroom OR Cream of Chicken soup
1 can of sliced mushrooms
Layer in the above order. Set on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. Enjoy!

When asking friends on Facebook the other day for some recipes, some friends shared their favorites. These are from Amanda's friend, Sam. Thought you might enjoy!

Crockpot Chicken & Dressing
4 boneless chicken breasts
4 slices Swiss cheese
1 can of cream of chicken
1 can of cream of mushroom
1 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup milk
2 cups pepperidge farm herb stuffing mix
1/2 cup melted butter
Salt and pepper to taste

Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper and place in crockpot. Pour chicken broth over. Put 1 slice of cheese on each breast. Combine soups and milk and cover chicken breasts with it. Sprinkle stuffing all over. Drizzle melted butter on top. Cook on low for 6-8 hrs.

Beef Stroganoff
2 lb sirloin or round steak
1 clove garlic peeled and cut
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons salt
3 t paprika
1/2 t pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cans beef stock
1 cup water
1/2 to 1 cup sour cream
Oil for cooking

Rub both sides of meat with garlic then cut into strips (1 1/2" x 1"). Mix flour, salt, pepper, and paprika in plastic bag and all cut strips of meat and shake to coat. Reserve extra mixture. Heat oil in pan. Add meat and brown (but don't cook all the way thru) then add onions and cook until transparent. Place in crock pot along with stock, water, and extra flour mix. Cook on low 5-6 hrs. Add sour cream and blend right before you serve (makes it creamy). Serve over wide egg noodles.

Tuscany Peasant Soup
4 Italian sausages, mild
1 celery stalk, diced
3 zucchini, medium and thinly sliced
1 onion, small and diced
3 cups beef stock
1 can tomato sauce (8 oz)
1/2 t dry basil
Salt and pepper to taste
Package of cheese tortillini
Parmesan cheese
Slice sausage 1/2" thick. Brown sausage in olive oil in large saucepan. Pour off any fat. Add celery, zucchini and onion. Sauté 2 min, stirring. Add vegetable and sausage mix to crockpot. Add stock, tomato sauce and basil. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add tortillini 10 min before serving to cook. Serve in bowls with parmesan cheese on top.

And finally, AAAD Reader Amanda is a big new fan of the blog CrockPot365 and has already loved a few of the recipes. I'm inspired to try some desserts in mine and love the way all of these recipes are organized.

Finally, don't forget your saving grace, these Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners.

Literally the easiest cleanup ever.

What are YOU making in the crock pot?
Pia The Pig



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