Thursday, July 12, 2012

crock pot lovin'

I got a crockpot when I got married almost 14 years ago. Actually, I recieved three. Some people get toasters, we got crockpots.

I returned two of them. The other one sat on my shelf collecting dust. Until my sister introduced me to this book...

Image taken from Amazon

It literally changed my life. The first time I made dinner in it, I felt like I was cheating. Seriously. I couldn't believe that I put ingredients in at 9am and then everything was done by dinner time. No work, no muss, no fuss.

Still going strong after 14 years!!

Now I use it all the time. I really wanted to get another one, because I have recipes that work well together like ham & baked potatoes. I finally broke down and got one...isn't it cute?

In one crockpot, I placed 2 pork tenderloin (these were $5 each at Vons one week and I bought 4). Cut up some onion, garlic, threw in some seasonings and topped it with bbq sauce. So yum and so easy.

Tenderloin with bbq sauce and white onions looks a lot like...

The other crockpot was busy "baking a cake". Mmm, it was a yummy moist chocolate cake with white chocolate chips. We ate it with some cool whip on top.
chocolate cake with white choc. chips (:

When I was taking pictures, I realized that they both looked like the exact same thing while cooking! They weren't though and they both turned out well. Here is the recipe I followed for the cake...

Crockpot Chocolate Cake
1 box chocolate cake mix
8 oz sour cream
1 pkg instant choc. pudding
1 cup chocolate chips
4 eggs
3/4 cup oil
1 cup water

In a bowl, combine all ingredients. Grease ( I wouldn't  recommend using a liner with this) lightly and pour in. Cook 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low.

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