Happy Birthday to you Beckett! You are two years old today, and I can't believe how fast time flies by. You are a wonderful kid - full of spunk, little patience and crazy hair. Speaking of that, I still haven't had your hair cut, although it's getting to be that
time. It's your signature - everyone makes a comment about it. I'm gonna miss those curls!
No one says, "Eeewww" or "Uh Oh" like you. You also like to throw everything - could we have a pitcher on our hands? When you don't want something in front of you, onto the floor it goes. Luckily we have a vacuum named Jack. However, the three other kids all laugh whenever you do throw stuff around, so you really don't have a chance!! The next two years should be ...interesting with you! But you are cute and crazy and loving and we love having you in our lives!!
Congratulations to Joelle who made HIGH HONORS this term! We are very proud of her dedication to her school work, and all the while still playing both rec and travel basketball (and playing her heart out at both).
What?? You don't know what SCS stands for? Well let me learn you. It stands for, "Slow Cooker Sunday." You heard that right folks. Every Sunday I drag out my trusty 'ole crock pot and make something simple and delicious. It's a "set it and faggeddaboutit" kind of thing. I *heart* my crock pot. It makes my life easy, and anything easy at this stage of my life is good (luckily I'm not quite at the elastic waist pants and velcro shoes easy).
Moving forward, I'll share what SCS dish I'm making. This past Sunday I used a recipe from a Twitter friend - Slow Cooker Bacon, Rosemary and Chicken. It was sooo good! Joelle proclaimed this one her favorite yet!
Behold the glory:
If you want to bow down to this and pray, I'm not gonna blame you. I did.
Here is the recipe if you'd like to try it (I double dog dare you):
Slow Cooker Chicken with Bacon and Rosemary Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 6 hours per serving: 473 calories; 49 grams protein; 24 grams total fat; 1 gram fiber; 8 grams saturated fat; 8 grams carbohydrates; 143 mgs cholesterol; 976 mgs sodium 3/4 pound thick-sliced bacon, diced 6 bone in chicken breasts 3/4 cup dry white wine 12 ounces whole button mushrooms 1 1/2 red bell peppers , cored and thickly sliced 1 1/2 cups frozen pearl onions, thawed 9 garlic clove(s), chopped 6 sprigs fresh rosemary 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt 1/3 cup water 3 tablespoons cornstarch  Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-low heat until crisp. With a slotted spoon, transfer to a slow cooker. Pour off all but a tablespoon of the bacon grease from the skillet.  Place the chicken in the skillet and brown over medium heat, and transfer to the slow cooker. Pour the wine into the skillet and scrape up any browned bits, add the skillet contents to the cooker. Add the mushrooms, bell pepper, garlic, rosemary and salt. Cover and cook on low heat for 6 hours.  Transfer the chicken, bacon and vegetables to a platter and keep warm.  Pour the sauce into a small saucepan. Combine the water and cornstarch and stir it into the sauce. Heat to a boiling, stirring constantly until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes
I know what you are thinking. Yes I do. You are thinking, "Well, well, well. It's about time the Casey's updated their blog." See? I told you I knew what you were thinking! Wait, what? That's not what you were thinking? You were thinking that you shouldn't have had that second piece of fruitcake last night? Well that's okay. Your thighs will forgive you. So please forgive us! We'll try to be better....
So, with that out of the way, we here at the Casey household would like to wish you and yours the Merriest of Christmases, and the Happiest of New Years!! May 2010 bring you happiness, good health and wonderful memories made with those you love (and love you back)!
The Casey Six Shaun, Wendy, Joelle, Marina, Will & Beckett