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Monday, June 30, 2014

Meow Monday




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Sunday, June 29, 2014

What's For Dinner?





Pizza Burger




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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Birmingham Eats

We've been trying to venture out more and try restaurants other than Gianmarco's. (It's hard, y'all!)
We've found several that we really, really like.

Today I'm going to tell you about 5 of our new favorites.
Big Bad Breakfast is the only one on the list today that isn't exclusively in Birmingham.
They have one other location in Oxford, MS. I think it counts as local.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Apple Pie Cake

A few months ago I made a Chocolate Cherry Cake that used chocolate cake mix and cherry pie filling. It was so good and so easy to make! I started thinking about other flavor combinations and decided to try yellow cake and apple pie filling. The result? Awesome! I topped the cake with a quick cinnamon glaze. We couldn't get enough of this cake. It was especially good heated with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Quick Bacon Ranch Slaw

I served this slaw with the Slow Cooker Beef and Pork Sandwiches. I want a good slaw, but I didn't want to spend a lot of time making it. I decided to give the slaw mix a toss in some Ranch dressing. I also added in some bacon for good measure. You can never go wrong with bacon. Am I right?

The slaw ended up being delicious. We both loved it. I am planning on making this for our BBQ on the 4th of July. I might use some Spicy Ranch dressing next time. I think it would give the slaw a nice zing!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Slow Cooker Beef and Pork Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Beef and Pork BBQ Sandwiches - stew meat and pork tenderloin slow cook in a homemade BBQ sauce. I can't believe I've never combined these two meats before! These are the BEST BBQ sandwiches!!

The 4th of July is next week. Can you believe it? Where is summer going?? These Slow Cooker Beef and Pork Sandwiches are on our holiday menu. They taste fantastic, and the slow cooker does all the work! These sandwiches can also be made in advance of your dinner and refrigerated for several days. This is my kind of recipe!

These sandwiches were delicious! I loved the combination of beef and pork. I also loved that this didn't use a bottled BBQ sauce. The sauce is made right in the slow cooker as the meat cooks. This makes a good amount of BBQ. I ate some of the leftovers as nachos. YUM! Give these Slow Cooker Beef and Pork Sandwiches a try at your next BBQ. I promise you won't be disappointed.

Slow Cooker Beef and Pork BBQ Sandwiches - stew meat and pork tenderloin slow cook in a homemade BBQ sauce. I can't believe I've never combined these two meats before! These are the BEST BBQ sandwiches!!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Dream Kitchen Inspiration

Chicken Legs and I have been in our house for 12 years. We've been talking a lot about remodeling a few rooms. The first room on our list is the kitchen (obviously).

Our kitchen has lots of storage, but we need new appliances and updated cabinets. I don't want to tear everything out (I don't want to buy new granite countertops). I just want to freshen it up.

I've thought about painting our cabinets and maybe changing the cabinet doors. I am in love with the white glazed cabinets right now. I would also love some organized drawers!

We've started looking at new appliances. We love the look of  LG Studio and all the technology in their appliances. I especially love all the LCD touch screen control panels, as well as the interior LED lighting. It looks so cool! I am a gadget person, so this is right up my alley.

We desperately need a new refrigerator. I have a side-by-side, and I am dying for a French Door Refrigerator. I love the LG Studio 4 Door French Door refrigerator! Look at all that storage! It also has a water and ice dispenser in the door - that is a must for us.

I currently have an LG Studio range (I love it), but I would love to upgrade to a beautiful LG Studio gas cooktop. I am dying over the LG Studio knobs--they glow blue on the gas cooktop models! Love that!

I've started a "Dream Kitchen" board on Pinterest. The internet has great ideas on kitchen design. Hopefully I can incorporate some of these awesome ideas into our mini kitchen redo!

Follow Plain Chicken's board Dream Kitchen on Pinterest.

LG Studio & Nate Berkus
LG Studio announced its partnership with renowned decorator and product designer Nate Berkus for its high-end LG Studio kitchen line earlier this year. LG Studio chose to partner with Nate as a result of their shared commitment to living with what is well thought out and well designed, without sacrificing personality. His unique skill set complements LG Studio’s plans to continue delivering premium appliances built with sophistication and functional elegance in mind.

Timeless sophistication is the signature of the LG Studio Collection, a beautiful complement to the advanced technology that elevates the entire series. As the artistic advisor to the LG Studio Collection, Nate brings his celebrated style to LG's premium appliances. His sophisticated yet accessible style resonates strongly with homeowners, and he is recognized amongst them as an inspirational expert on kitchen remodeling and design.

LG Studio Signature Kitchen with Nate Berkus

Nate and LG Studio have teamed up to help homeowners create their signature kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of the home, but for many, it’s one of the most difficult rooms to design. His expertise and insight will provide consumers with useful feedback to help them create their most beautiful kitchens. The LG Studio Signature Kitchen with Nate Berkus focuses on a kitchen web series in which Nate responds to kitchen remodeling and design-based questions from his and LG’s social communities in the form of personalized videos, some of which were shot during a live event at the LG Studio Kitchen in Manhattan last week. Nate also filmed five exclusive videos offering insight and expertise on various design trends, including achieving a well-appointed kitchen, summer in the kitchen, layered design, entertaining in the kitchen, and technology in the kitchen. Visit LGStudioKitchen.com to watch Nate in the kitchen sharing his expert design tips and insights! 


“My Kitchen Needs Nate” Contest 

Beginning June 19 and extending to July 31, consumers are encouraged to enter the “My Kitchen Needs Nate” contest in which the winner will receive a Nate Berkus designed and remodeled kitchen that incorporates LG Studio appliances. Contestants are asked to shoot a video of themselves in their kitchen, noting the personal inspiration point they want Nate to incorporate in his design and why they’re excited about LG Studio’s line of appliances. LG Studio and Nate will choose the winner based on the following criteria: compelling design opportunity, quality of LG Studio appliance-based answer and visibility of kitchen space. Once the renovation is complete, renovation episodes, tip videos and images capturing the renovation will be posted to LGStudioKitchen.com and shared across LG and Nate’s social properties. 

Readers may submit video entries at LGStudioKitchen.com for a chance to win a new kitchen renovation, designed by celebrity designer Nate Berkus and furnished with LG Studio appliances.

Does your kitchen need Nate and the LG Studio line of appliances? Send LG Studio a video and tell them all about it. Make sure to include the following:

  • You are the star. Make sure you’re in your kitchen and that LG Studio can see a 360° view of it.
  • Tell LG Studio your story. Describe for them the design elements that matter most to you. NOTE: They’re going to see a lot of videos, so make it great!
  • Tell LG Studio what you love so much about LG Studio appliances 
  • Enter the My Kitchen Needs Nate contest for a chance to win a new kitchen renovation, designed by celebrity designer Nate Berkus and furnished with LG Studio appliances



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Monday, June 23, 2014

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