Posted by: Lauren | December 13, 2009

cranberry chicken

I made this chicken in the Crockpot and it was really, really yummy. If you eat chicken, give this a try:

Cranberry Chicken


1.25 lb. all natural or organic chicken breasts (doesn’t have to be exactly 1.25-just what I had)

1 cup chopped celery

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup all natural bbq sauce (I use Trader Joe’s-without high fructose corn syrup!)

1 heaping cup cranberry sauce (I used leftover homemade sauce)

1/4 tsp. pepper

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup water

Combine all ingredients in Crockpot and cook on high 2.5-3 hrs (depending on how hot your crockpot gets). I served over brown rice and a side of roasted green beans.

Roasted Green Beans


Spray pan with oil. Place frozen or fresh green beans on pan (I really like TJ’s frozen organic green beans) and spray with a little more oil. Sprinkle with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. I cook in toaster/convection oven at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Mmmm so good.


Thought you might like to see the stockings Joe and I made. He made mine, and I made his. Joe sewed them together because I am so not into that. Want proof?

IMG_3684 At first I thought he was bleeding, but then we realized it was just marker on his finger. See it? 😉

Here is mine that I made for Joe:

IMG_3714 Please excuse my horrible letter cutting. There is a tool belt that says “Mr. Fix-it” and I made the snowman with a hammer in one hand and a snowball in the other. Those are a pair of pliers on the ground and a clipboard that has nails on it and says “Mr. Fix-it.” I can’t take credit for those cute tool decals-that would be my manly-man husband who picked those out.


Here is mine that Joe made!:


Isn’t it adorable?! He made that camera (since I like taking pictures) and made the Christmas tree and snowman. The car says “Just Married” and there is a recycling patch (since I like to be green!) and cute little baking and cooking decals (which he also picked out!! haha).


Here’s our free artificial pre-lit Christmas tree. My mom’s friend gave it to us, which was so nice!


And our fireplace, which Joe finished weeks and weeks ago, but we are still waiting for the gas company to hook up the gas!



Here are some old “Before” pictures if you haven’t seen them:






Not sure quite yet what we will do for above the mantle, but it gives you an idea.


I’ll leave you with a brilliant oatmeal creation that Joe ate growing up, and he had a craving for on Saturday morning:

IMG_3696I made oatmeal with water, pinch of salt, cinnamon, and some bananas over the stovetop. Added brown sugar on top, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream! Then Joe added two more huge scoops. It was a breakfast of champs.

Mine was this:


I try and save my ice cream eating for when the clocks do not say “A.M.”


Sorry my posts are always SO LONG! It sure is fun making this little digital scrapbook of our lives. Working on this blog continues to remind me of all that I have to thank God for, even when challenges arise, worries come my way, or (fill in the blank)…

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:8





  1. Don’t appologize for the length of your posts! I love reading them and seeing all the pictures. You do an excellent job. I’d like to start something like this of our new Navy life 🙂 By the way…the fireplace looks awesome!!

  2. Thank you thank you!! You are so sweet! You should start one!

  3. yes, you will love that fireplace. it will make your home very cozy. yummy oatmeal too.

  4. You two are so incredibly adorable I can’t get over it!!!! You made each other stocking!? Ahhhh! I’m impressed with the both of you. I haven’t used a sewing machine since Home Ec in 7th grade.

    • Allie, same with me! That’s why I didn’t sew them! Joe learned from his mom that day, and just went with it!

  5. Your home looks beautiful! I love those stockings 🙂 You both did such a fab job making them. I can’t believe Joe can sew…that is awesome! He’s cute and handy? It’s a good thing you snatched him up when you did 😉 ANnd vanilla ice cream on oats sounds like a heavenly idea

    • Thanks Nicole!! 🙂

  6. Lauren,
    Mmmmm, that chicken dish looks YUMMOOOOH! Oh, I couldn’t see a pic of your stocking…’s blank in that space. Joe’s is so cute….nice work. I’m sure your stocking is great too. Your Christmas tree and fireplace look awesome…..perfect timing for all of it to come together. Love you tons!

  7. Okay, now I went back and looked and your stocking was there! Weird. Sorry about that. VERY CUTE!!! Joe is talented, even with arts and crafts. Now, ask him if he wants to start scrapbooking. Love to both of you!

    • Thanks Sharon!! How was your party?! Do you have pictures? I’d love to hear about it! Love you!!

  8. oh those oats and that chicken look delicious!

    • Thanks for stopping by and the comment!

  9. Lauren,

    I will try to send pics from our party this weekend. It’s sleeting here…..we may get a little snow tomorrow. How fun! Love you!

  10. Hey Lauren!
    Ive been meaning to ask you-what kind of cranberry sauce do you use for your cranberry chicken? Or do you have suggestions where I might find low or no sugar cranberry sauce? Thanks!! xoxo

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