Photo Credit: Pinterest - Origination Unknown
This is one of my most favorite slow cooker recipes and I have made it dozens of times over the years, altering the first recipe I found from Pinterest.
It is SUPER easy to throw together in 15 minutes in the morning and have it be all ready for you at dinner time!
Mine never turns out as pretty as the overshared Pinterest photo but, it tastes amazing!
You can use bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, but make sure you take them out and crisp the skin under the broiler before serving. Otherwise, boneless-skinless chicken thighs are perfect.
Here you go:
8 chicken thighs
10 small baby red potatoes, halved or 3 medium russet potatoes, cubed
1 bag of baby carrots
1 medium white onion, chopped
1 lb of green beans, trimmed
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup ketchup
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or more for an extra kick)
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
In a large bowl, combine soy sauce, honey, ketchup, garlic, basil, red pepper flakes and pepper.
Place chicken thighs, potatoes, carrots, onion and soy sauce mixture into a 6-qt slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. Add the green beans during the last 30 minutes of cooking time.
If using bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs: Preheat oven to broil. Place chicken thighs onto a baking sheet, skin side up, and broil until crisp, about 3-4 minutes.
Serve chicken immediately with potatoes, carrots and green beans, garnished with parsley, if desired.
Photo Credit: Micole Photography
This month we are featuring the incredibly talented Micole Liberato with Micole Photography.
DenHousewives: Tell us about your business and how you became the successful business woman you are today.
Micole: I am a professional portrait photographer. I specialize in creating magazine-style, legacy portraits (think Vanity Fair/Vogue/GQ, but for everyday people). I help individuals empower and celebrate themselves with an unforgettable photoshoot experience.
I was a speech pathologist for several years before making the difficult decision to leave that profession to pursue photography full time. Photography has always energized me, which I first realized when I picked up a camera at sixteen and could not put it down. Although running my own photography business has been much more unpredictable and challenging, I love what I do and I love watching how my business continues to grow. I find great joy in creating art and showing people how amazing and beautiful they are through my lens.
DenHousewives: Describe yourself in three words:
Micole: creative, resilient, dreamer
DenHousewives: What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Micole: Every single time my clients see their finished photos. That internal shift that I see in them-- whether it be an increase in self-confidence or a rediscovery of themselves, their uniqueness and their own beauty, through photographs.
DenHousewives: What are your professional goals for the next six months?
Micole: Launch my exciting new project which I had been envisioning and working on for a while now. Will reveal more on that soon!
DenHousewives: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Micole: I'd love to further explore the world of cinematography.
DenHousewives: How do you maintain a work/life balance?
Micole: I'm not always successful in maintaining a good work/life balance, to be honest. But I try to set aside some time each day for myself, for my husband, and for my dog.
DenHousewives: What websites do you visit every day?
Micole: Photography education websites and YouTube
DenHousewives: What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your city?
Micole: I love hiking trails, Pilates Evolution, and the Stanley Marketplace.
DenHousewives: What is your goal for retirement?
Micole: Partial retirement from my photography studio, as well as adequate and diverse investments.
DenHousewives: Do you have any advice for women who'd like to start their own company?
Micole: Persevere. Invest in education for your business. And do not let people project their own limitations on you.
DenHousewives: Any final comments?
Micole: I'm absolutely thrilled to be in Denver and am excited to see what this city has in store for me.
Contact Micole here:
(Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)
I have been waiting ALL year for this! This is my most favorite time of the year! The air is crisp, cool and clean. The festivals change from summer shorts to overalls and flannels. It sweater weather. It is time for chili, football, fuzzy socks and fireplaces. It is just COZY!
One of my favorite things about these festivals are the Apple Cider Donuts and I have found an amazing desserts!
This recipe is delicious and has tons of fantastic recipes! And.... my most favorite thing about them is that they are BAKED!
CLICK HERE for the full recipe!
Photo courtesy of wdwinfo.com
This is so rad!!!
Your child (or you!) can now experience some Disney magic at bedtime by receiving a phone call from one of their favorite Disney characters!
Disney has announced a toll-free bedtime hotline to give parents a break and kids something to look forward to at bedtime!
Starting September 16, kids can call the “Disney Bedtime Hotline” to add some of that Disney magic to their bedtime routine.
One of six special goodnight messages from either Mickey Mouse, Woody, Jasmine, Anna and Elsa, Yoda, or Spider-Man will play when calling 1-877-7-MICKEY.
WDWInfo.com says the number will be available in the U.S. through September 30, 2019.
Disney fans can also opt-in for a one-time text message.
Ok... maybe not REALLY here yet but it is September and I am so excited! What are your favorite things to do during the Fall months? Pumpkin patches, fall festivals, colorful decor? Check out this fun fall bucket list graphic and let me know which ones would be on your fall bucket list!
Photo credit: SkinnyTaste.com
The end of August is my favorite! The Farmers Market is FULL of the best fruits and veggies. Especially the sweet corn. This is one of my most favorite recipes to make this time of year. It is so fresh, sweet and crisp. I LOVE it.
SkinnyTaste CORN TOMATO AVOCADO SALAD
I think I went to my first networking group in 2012. I was very guarded, unsure of myself and not really ready to put myself out there. After a few minutes of looking like a deer in headlights, one of the other girls came up to me and introduced herself and brought me to a group of ladies standing around chatting. That's all it took and I was in. I helped build a very large networking platform (of this group I first attended) and in 2016, started the Denver Chapter of Housewives in the City.
Over the years, I have built up a powerhouse of networkers that were also like I was at the beginning! Since then, I have had so many people ask me of they can come to my networking meet ups even if they don't own their own business. My answer is ALWAYS a YES! What better way to become connected to your community than to meet the local business owners face to face and support their businesses.
Now, you will know someone to refer out the next time someone asks for a connection!
Today is National Nonprofit Day. Everyday, a volunteer reads to school children; patients receives their medication; lawyers provides legal services for low-income individuals; a first-time homebuyer is moving into their own home. National NonProfit Day reminds us that each of these scenarios are possible because of the work performed by capable men, women and organizations.Through nonprofits, people and organizations are able to selflessly provide awareness, research, and aid to people who need it most.
A nonprofit that is close to my heart is one that I help run. I am on the board of directors for an organization known as the Parker Secret Closet. We provide free formal wear to teens that may not be able to afford to spend some insane amount of money on a school dance. We believe in reusing and recycling so you and your family can spend that money on something else! Visit our website here: www.parkersecretcloset.org
There are so many amazing nonprofits out there... tell me about your favorite one!
So, I have a little secret. For the past couple years... I have been indulging in the best cookie DOUGH in the world. My friend Melissa started a safe to eat, raw cookie dough biz and any chance I had to get my hands on it... I would! It tastes like your grandma just made a batch and is letting you lick the beaters! Well, Melissa's business (Dough Dreamery) took off and she started selling little pints in some local stores and would deliver or bring to our networking groups!
Well... you guys... SHE JUST OPENED A STORE FRONT!! In Parker, CO on East Mainstreet she now has her very own brick and mortar location where you can go make your cookie dough dreams come true. Not only can you eat the dough raw... but you can bake it too! I love the dough and Nick likes baked cookies, so it is the best of both worlds! There are multiple flavors like original chocolate chip, sugar cookie, cake batter and cookies & creme, not to mention she has a new "flavor of the month" and this month is a Unicorn cookie dough that tastes like sugar cookies with a hint of almond and appropriate unicorn sprinkles! SO much fun!
Go check her store out here: 19751 E. Mainstreet Parker, Colorado
Like the Dough Dreamery FB Page
Hi There! I am Leah Ryan, Lead Publisher and Social Media + Event Coordinator for Housewives in the City here in Denver, Colorado! I have lived in Colorado my entire life, born and raised. My family has some deep Colorado roots and I am fascinated with anything related to Colorado History!
I love to spend time with my boyfriend, cook, read, use my creativity in every aspect possible and if there is a puppy around... that is where my attention will be! Please come introduce yourself to me if you see me out and about and especially at one of our monthly Ladies Night Out events! XOXO - Leah