Slow Cooker Bacon Garlic Pork Loin

Ingredients
3 pound pork loin , trimmed of excess fat 
1 tablespoon canola oil
salt and pepper , to taste
4 garlic cloves , minced
1/3 cup light brown sugar
8 slices thick cut bacon

Instructions
Rub the tablespoon of canola oil and add Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste.

Add the garlic and brown sugar to the top of the pork.

Wrap the pork with the bacon (I wrapped all the way around, if you want to drape them over the top you can as well.)

Place carefully into the slow cooker and cook on low for 4-5 hours.

If you finish the cooking time and for some reason the bacon is not as crispy as you would like, remove the pork and put it on a baking sheet in the oven on broil for 2-3 minutes (keep the pork in the middle of the oven, not too close to the top).

Welcome to the "new" blog

New name, new layout, new year!!!!

So long 2017

2017 has its ups and downs for me. I am so ready for a brand new year. 

     The good:

  1. My niece turned 1
  2. My nephew turned 2
  3. It snowed in December
  4. I went to Tennessee (got to see where I was born, Nashville and Memphis) 
  5. Started a new business
  6. The Astros winning the World Series
  7. Did the St. Jude walk (was supposed to do the ALS one, but got sick)  
  8. Went to see Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood in concert 
  9. Cooked more
  10. Reading some (hope to read more in 2018)\
  11. Got a new nanny job and loving the family
  12. Watching more Netflix (I am a binge watcher)
    



     The bad:
  1. A year (Feb) since we said goodbye to our big dog, Easton
  2. Losing my baby boy dog Rico. This is still hard for me to process. He was in so much pain. I still cry thinking of him, but he is in heaven with Easton, pain-free. It will get better for me.......someday
  3. Too many violence all over. My heart still aches for all the families and loves ones that died because of violence. Hopefully, it will end someday
  4. The deadly hurricanes that so many were affected and still are trying to pick up the pieces 
  5. The Cali fires and the so many were affected and still are trying to pick up the pieces 


So here is to saying GOODBYE 2017!!  I really hope 2018 is much better for me and my love ones!!! Hope you all have a great 2018!!!!

Changes soon

There will be some changes coming soon to Blogging with Kelly. A new name and more. Stay tune!!!! Have a great week......................

CRANBERRY FETA PINWHEELS

I made these last year for Christmas and I made them again this year. They were a hit this year too


NOTE: I chilled mine over night


CRANBERRY FETA PINWHEELS
 Yield: 4 tortillas (approx. 45 pinwheels) | Total Time: 20 min. + 1 hr. optional chill time

INGREDIENTS

12 oz. (1.5 pkg) softened cream cheese
1 C crumbled feta cheese
1/3-1/2 C chopped green onion
1 pkg dried sweetened cranberries
4 spinach tortillas * I used white* either is fine


DIRECTIONS

Combine all ingredients except tortillas. Mix well.

Divide and spread cream cheese mixture evenly between four spinach tortillas.

Roll tightly, wrap in clear plastic wrap, and refrigerate for one hour.* To serve, cut into approximately 12 slices.

*NOTE* If you don't have time to chill before slicing, never fear, these will be fine without the additional hour of chilling.

Pretty Little Liars

I am SOOOOOOOOOOO late in the game watching Pretty Little Liars!!!! Season 1 was OMG.  I am on season 2. This show is good and freaky at the same time!!! Can't wait to watch more seasons

Snow in South Louisiana 2017

Last Friday, we woke up to a winter wonderland here in South Louisiana!!!!! It was so beautiful. It looked like a snowglobe was being shaken. The last time it snowed here was in 2008. That was very beautiful too. 























Happy Thanksgiving

Hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving!!!


Pray for Texas

Praying for Sutherland Springs, Texas. This world is so freaking messed up! The violence NEEDS TO STOPPED!!!!! Too many people are dying or getting hurt by guns by sick people



Headbands

I am very excited to announce that I am now doing headbands. I am so excited for this. Be sure to LIKE and SHARE 



ASTROS

OMG OMG OMG................I AM BEYOND EXCITED............IT WASN'T A DREAM AFTER ALL!!!!! MY HOUSTON ASTROS ARE THE 2017 WORLD SERIES CHAMPS !!!!!!! I HAVE BEEN AN ASTROS FAN SINCE I WAS 4!!!!! 



This is REAL and it was published in 2014!!!!!!!!

WORLD SERIES BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MY HOUSTON ASTROS ARE GOING TO THE WORLD SERIES!!!!! I AM BEYOND EXCITED!!!! I HAVE BEEN A FAN SINCE I WAS 4!!!!! ANOTHER CHANCE!!!! BEAT LA!!!



Currently- October



styling- really nothing at the moment 

saving-money for once haha. I am so bad at NOT saving money =(

 searching-for new recipes and other things

picking-up the house

making-lots of new things

Slow-Cooker Garlic-Parmesan Chicken




    INGREDIENTS

    1/3 c. plus 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
    2 lb. bone-in chicken thighs
    kosher salt
    Freshly ground black pepper
    1 lb. baby red potatoes, quartered
    2 tbsp. butter
    5 cloves Garlic, Chopped
    2 tbsp. freshly chopped thyme
    freshly grated Parmesan, for serving
    Freshly chopped parsley, for serving


    DIRECTIONS

    In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1/3 cup oil. 

    Add chicken, season with salt and pepper, and sear until golden, 3 to 4 minutes, then flip and sear 3 minutes more.

    Meanwhile, in a 6-quart slow-cooker, toss potatoes with remaining 2 tablespoons oil, butter, garlic, and thyme. 

    Season generously with salt and pepper. Add chicken to slow cooker and toss gently, then cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours, until potatoes are tender and chicken is fully cooked.


    Garnish with Parmesan and parsley and serve.

Pray for Las Vegas

My heat is just aching for Vegas. For the people who died, for their families. For the people where were injured, fighting for their lives. May GOD be with them all during this horrible time. May he hold each of them in his arms. Let's remember these beautiful angels and their families.



I am sicken to my stomach. The hate MUST END!!!! There are some sick\crazy people in this world.



Been away from blogging

Hey everyone, sorry I haven't blog in a while. Been busy and sick


Well, the St. Jude walk was wonderful!!! It was a wonderful turned out. Raised a lot of money for the sweet kids. 3 miles kicked my butt hahaha, but it was all for a great caused. I have another walk at the end of October for ALS. Got to get back into walking before that one.

When the walk was done, we headed to my brother and SIL's house to visit them and the kids. Had a great time with the kids. They are something else.

That Sunday, I started to feel bad. My throat was hurting when I swallowed. I was feeling tired. When we got home, I ate some and then went straight to bed and didn't wake up till the next morning (Monday) with barely a voice and my throat worst. I went to the Dr's and he said it was strep throat. He gave me meds and a shot. It basically felt like I had my tonsils out again. It was hard to eat and drink. The meds and the shot weren't working, so on Wednesday, I had to go back to the Dr's and she gave me a new kind of meds.

 As of today, my throat is still sore, but not like last week and I am still taking the meds. Cold fluids are still hard to swallow and I am still barely eating. I am ready for all of this to be OVER!!!!! I am still somewhat tired.......being sick sucks. Having strep really sucks!!!





Hope you all have a great week!!!!

Breast Cancer Awareness



In October we wear pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness. Place your orders by messaging me at Hair Ties by Kelly Denise


9/11/01 & 9/11/04

I write this every year on this day:

As the 16th anniversary of 9/11/01 is today and we remember the ones who lost their lives on that horrible day. We pray for each family and friends who lost their loved ones. We will NEVER forget this day as long as we live.


My thoughts and prayers go to the ones who lost their loved ones and friends on that tragic day!!! They will NEVER be forgotten. They ALL died as heroes


I just want to thank all the men and women who are fighting for this AMAZING Country that I live in!!!! May GOD bless each and every one of y'all!!!!  Be safe, we love y'all and praying for y'all



My dad’s friend was in New York for a meeting that day in one of the Towers. The guys he was supposed to meet there were not in yet. So he and the guys he was with were on their way out of the hotel and that's when they heard of what happened.



I was going to class and saw my teacher and some other teachers watching it on the TV. Then after school, going home, I was listing to it on the radio and then watching it all night long and into the wee hours in the morning and then again in school for the rest of the week.  








9/11/04, Today is also the 13th anniversary when my Grandma (dad's mom) passed away. She was a wonderful daughter, sister, aunt, wife (her husband died in August 1981), wonderful mother of 3 kids (2 sons and 1 daughter) and a wonderful grandma of 4 grandkids (3 granddaughters and 1 grandson), a granddaughter-in-law, a grandson-in-law, a great-grandson and 2 great-granddaughters


Dear Grandma, 
We all miss you very very much. I know you are looking down on all of with Grandpa, smiling. We love you and miss you so much. Our family is doing wonderfully. Dad and Aunt Tammy will tell your great-grand kids about you and grandpa when they get older. Keep watching over us and protect the babies.........Love your Family



Happy Birthday in heaven

Happy birthday sweet baby boy Rico. This is your 1st birthday in heaven. 
We miss you so much every day. We think about you all the time. 
Hope you have a great birthday in heaven our sweet angel!!!!! Be good, love mommy 

Currently-September

I’m linking up with Anne

celebrating: life

watching: how to get away with murder on Netflix 
(I am new to it. Just started) and shows on my DVR

welcoming: fall.......hopefully we will get somewhat cooler weather soon

preparing: to walk in the St. Jude walk on the 16th of September

 photographing: ribbons for my business 

One month

Rico, it's only been a month since we said goodbye to you and I am still grieving. I think about you every day......all the time. I miss you every day. I cry thinking about you or when I see your things. I am not ready to put your things away......yet. I do think of all the amazing memories that we had together. When I look at pictures of you, I just smile and laugh. I do remember the wonderful days. I know you are having an amazing time without any pain and I know you and  Easton are having a great time together. Be good my sweet boy, mommy loves you so so much and misses you so so much. Give Easton a big kiss for me. XOXO


Praying for Texas



My thoughts and prayers are with all in Texas during this sadden and horrible time. My heart is aching for the people and animals. May GOD be with them all. May he hold them all in his arms.

Saying good-bye........again



Another hardest post I have ever written........I can't stop crying....last year I lost my sweet boy Easton. This year I lost my baby boy Rico


Monday, July 31st,  our sweet 12 year old dog went to go be with his big brother in doggie heaven

He was diabetic, then he became blind. We decided to do the cataract surgery. Everything was going great until his left eye was giving up.

Long story short, he had to get his good eye removed because it had puss in it and they couldn't save it. Then 2 weeks later, the other eye removed. The poor baby boy was miserable. he wasn't drinking, he was in pain. So that Sunday we had to make the hardest decision ever, that was to make the pain go away.

That Monday, he went peacefully to doggie heaven.



Rico, thank you for being such an amazing dog. We enjoyed the wonderful memories we had with you.You will always be in our hearts. We will miss you so much. I know that you and Easton are having an amazing time together. Give Easton a big kiss for us.You are not in pain anymore my sweet baby boy. Rest in peace my beautiful, sweet angel. We will never ever forget you 9/7/05- 7/31/17






New Hair Ties page

I have moved to a new page for my hair ties. 

HERE is the new page. 

Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Cooked this the other night......turned out very good. I used big buns instead of slider ones.


Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1/3 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1/4 cup of your favorite ranch dressing
  • 2 Tbsp. melted butter
  • 4 slider buns
  • chopped green onions, for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  • 1
    In a large saute pan over medium heat, melt one tablespoon of butter. Add the shredded rotisserie chicken, and toss the chicken in the butter to coat.
  • 2
    Add buffalo sauce, and toss the chicken to coat again. Add garlic powder. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • 3
    In a medium bowl, combine shredded cheddar and ranch dressing. I used a fork, that way I could easily transfer the ranch-coated cheese to the sliders.
  • 4
    Place 1/4 cup of the buffalo chicken onto the bottom half of a slider. Repeat on each slider bun.
  • 5
    Top buffalo chicken with at least 1-2 Tbsp. of the cheese/ranch mix. Top with chopped green onion (optional!), and then cap the sliders with the top bun.
  • 6
    Brush melted butter to each of the top buns before baking.
  • 7
    Bake at 375 for about 5 minutes.
  • 8
    Serve hot!

Currently: August

                                                            Linking over at Anne's blog


snacking (on): anything
anticipating: to see my nephew and niece this weekend and my doggy nephew 
borrowing: nothing really
admiring: life
purchasing: things on Amazon(addicted) hahaha

chocolate sour cream bundt cake

Made this today...........it was very good 
*this would be very good with some vanilla ice cream served hot*

INGREDIENTS:

For the cake:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, plus more for the pan
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder (we use Dutch processed)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for the pan
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (or Greek yogurt)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • For the chocolate glaze:
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons corn syrup (or agave nectar)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar

DIRECTIONS:


  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a 10 or 12-cup Bundt pan and set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the butter, cocoa powder, salt, and water and place over medium heat. Cook, stirring, just until melted and combined. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and baking soda. Add half of the melted butter mixture and whisk until completely blended. The mixture will be thick. Add the remaining butter mixture and whisk until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking until completely blended. Whisk in the sour cream (or Greek yogurt) and the vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth.
  4. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes and then invert onto a rack. Let cool completely before glazing.
  5. While the cake is cooling, make the chocolate glaze. Place the chopped chocolate and corn syrup (or agave) in a medium bowl and set aside. Combine the heavy cream and sugar in a small saucepan and put over medium heat. Stir until the cream is hot and the sugar is dissolved. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and whisk until smooth.
  6. Generously drizzle the glaze over the cooled cake, allowing it to drip down the sides. Cut into pieces and serve.

Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas

Made this Sunday and they were very good!!!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil 
  • 2 cloves garlic 
  • 15 oz can diced tomatoes with green chiles 
  • 4 oz cream cheese 
  • 2 cups shredded chicken (about 1/2 of a rotisserie chicken) 
  • 15 oz can black beans 
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels 
  • 1/2 tsp cumin 
  • 8 soft taco sized 8 inch tortillas 
  • 2 cans of enchilada sauce 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Mince the garlic and sauté it in a large skillet with vegetable oil over medium heat for one to two minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the can of diced tomatoes with green chiles and let simmer for about 5 minutes, or until the tomato liquid has reduced by about half and become slightly thick.
  2. Cut the cream cheese into chunks and stir it into the tomato mixture. The sauce will become smooth and creamy as the cheese melts in.
  3. Rinse and drain the can of black beans, then add them to the skillet along with the frozen corn kernels, shredded chicken, and cumin. Stir to combine. Taste the filling and add salt if needed.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Scoop about 1/3 to 1/2 cup of the creamy chicken mixture into each tortilla and roll it up like a cigar. Place the filled and rolled tortillas into a 9x13 inch casserole dish, seam side down.
  5. While the oven is preheating, pour over the red enchilada sauce over the enchiladas in the casserole dish (you may or may not use all the sauce, it's up to you). Bake the dish in the preheated oven for 40 minutes or until the sauce is bubbly and the edges of the tortillas are slightly brown and crispy.