Slow Cooker Bacon Wrapped Chicken (easy & low carb!)

chicken recipe, slow cooker chicken, crock pot chicken


Chicken is probably my main go to food when it comes to meal planning.

That is when I plan.

But my slow cooker recipes save the day every time.  And this is hands down one of my favorites.
Once the cooler temperatures of September and October arrive, my slow cooker is working overtime,
simmering and cooking dinner while I scurry around tending to everything else.

Chicken breast can also tend to be a bit dry if it doesn’t have enough time to cook slowly & retain
as much moisture as possible.

I could ramble on about my favorite slow cooker recipes, but for today, let’s throw dinner in and let
it cook on low all day. 

Your house will smell amazing, and people will think you worked very hard on this simple dish.
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Inspiration Monday Party | Party time + a giveaway too!!

Hi friends!!! 
It’s party day and we have a guest hostess joining our fun today since it’s the last par-tay of the month!
{Where in the world did September go?}
Please welcome Linda from With A Blast!
And, we also have a fabulous giveaway from Necessary Clothing!


We feature lots of your projects during the duration of the party via social media.To search for features, use #InspirationMonday. 

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I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Refresh Restyle

County Fair Caramel Apple Milkshake

caramel apple milkshake 1


When I was a little girl, we celebrated Fall in a few different ways.  

The first was buttoning up the garden for winter, and storing all of the squash and potatoes we grew over the summer in
hay bales or in our basement.  It also began to really feel like Fall when leaves crunched underfoot, walking home from
a friends house after school, with the smell of wood smoke from the neighbor’s wood stove in the air.  

But in case I wasn’t ready for Fall quite yet, one thing always made me feel like Fall was upon us, and that was the Caramel
Apples we could buy at the County Fair.   With local Washington apples on the end of every stick, dipped in rich
homemade caramel, and set out on paper to dry.  Those Caramel Apples were a treat to look forward to every time.

I will admit, I don’t make a lot of them around casa twelveOeight these days, but we do love a good milkshake.  So I
decided I would blend two of my favorite things in the world, those Caramel Apples from the County Fair, and ice cream!


caramel apple shake

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Inspiration Monday Party | Fantastic Fall Projects

Welcome back to Inspiration Monday, we’re so glad your joining us today!
You only need to link up on one blog to have your project seen on 7 different blogs!
We feature lots of your projects during the duration of the party via social media.
To search for features, use #InspirationMonday.
There were so many great projects linked up last week, it was NOT easy to choose favorites…
{Jamie @ Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom chose the features this week!}
Here are the top picks:

DIY Halloween BOO Wreath

easy diy halloween wreath 1


If you happen to know someone who is completely, 100%, addicted to paper, and glue, and glittery letters….

You might want to share this with them.

Two awesome things will happen, the first they will make a small dent in their paper hoard.  

And the best part, have a new wreath after about 30 minutes of paper-folding, hot-gluing and giggling over
how pretty their paper is. 

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Vanilla Chai Coffee Creamer recipe

how to make vanilla chai coffee creamer

There are a few things I am fairly certain I would ever be able to survive without, besides my family and
loved ones, chai is the runner up.  Iced or nice and toasty warm, I like my chai mixed with a strong coffee,
a dark roast like French.  If there is something darker than French let me know, I can’t handle weak coffee.

I mean come on, what’s the point?

Anyways, I big chai latte can run around $5 to $6 and I don’t mind grabbing one as a treat once in a while,
but on a daily basis, I need something that is in my fridge.  And not $5!

I have seen quite a few variations floating around, and have shared my chai drink mix that is nice and spicy
the perfect alternative to hot cocoa for the colder months. But for every day coffee drinking, I absolutely love
to add some of this Vanilla Chai Coffee Creamer to my coffee.  It tastes amazing, and makes me feel like I
just ordered a big chai latte at home.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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DIY faux deer taxidermy

 diy faux deer taxidermy 2


At the after-Christmas sales last year I picked up a few fun new pieces to incorporate into
my holiday decorating.  Yep, it’s almost October and I am finally doing something with them!

One thrifty find was a paper mache deer, laying and looking backwards.
It was $1, and I knew I wanted to upcycle it into a faux mount of some sort.

Going through some very old decorating stuff I came across something that must have been
a leftover relic during the country, duck/pig sponge-paint-everything days.
This little gem needed a makeover, but the frame was really cool, and I figured if I used
some chalkboard paint, I could bring it back from pastel-ville.

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Inspiration Monday Party | Warm + cozy Fall DIY projects

Welcome back to Inspiration Monday! It’s time to get this party started…on all SEVEN blogs.
You only need to link up on one blog to be seen on all of them!
We feature lots of your projects during the duration of the party via social media.
To search for features, use #InspirationMonday. 
Feel free to follow along via our blogs below:
You have all been fabulously busy fluffing your nests for Fall and baking 
your hearts out. 
Boy these features get harder to pick every week!
{Tanya at twelveOeight chose the features this week}
 diy fall ideas, fall craft, fall home decor, chalkboard, free printable, diy pumpkin

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Maple Brown Sugar French Toast Casserole

maple brown sugar breakfast casserole


This is a super easy and crowd-pleasing dish to serve any time for your family or
a special occasion too.  It would be perfect for the busy Holiday season, and I love
to bring it to our Moms group as well.  There is never any left over, that’s a good sign!

 The cool part is, it doesn’t require any expensive maple syrup, unless you want to
drizzle some on the top for good measure.  Inspired by The Pioneer Woman’s
Cinnamon Baked French Toast recipe, it’s sweet, and full of maple and brown
sugar goodness. 

I never met a brown sugar anything that I didn’t like, I hope you love this
as much as my family does!


Maple Brown Sugar French Toast Casserole
Serves 8
Nothing can beat the yummy mix of maple and brown sugar, this breakfast casserole will go fast!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
556 calories
91 g
203 g
13 g
18 g
5 g
265 g
573 g
44 g
0 g
7 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 556
Calories from Fat 111
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g
Saturated Fat 5g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 203mg
Sodium 573mg
Total Carbohydrates 91g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 44g
Protein 18g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. One loaf of day old bread torn up
  2. 1.5 cups of whole milk
  3. 1 cup of half n half
  4. 8 eggs
  5. 1 Tablespoon of maple extract
  6. 1 Tablespoon of vanilla extract
  7. 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  1. 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons flour
  2. 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons of packed light brown sugar
  3. 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  4. dash of salt
  5. 1 cube of cold butter cut up
  1. Preheat oven to 350* degrees
  2. Butter a 13" x 9" baking pan and fill with torn bread
  3. In a mixing bowl combine eggs, milk & half n half with
  4. brown sugar & extracts. Mix well and pour over the torn
  5. bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  6. In the morning, uncover and bake for one hour after adding
  7. the topping mixture.
  1. Enjoy!!

 maple brown sugar breakfast casserole


 Thank you so much for reading friend, have a wonderful, blessed weekend!!

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Big girl bedroom makeover reveal


girl bedroom ideas 

I am super excited to share my progress on Abbie’s Big Girl Bedroom today!!
A few of the projects you may have already seen, like the Painted Herringbone Wall,
and the Paper & Rock Succulent Garden.  The pretty yellow Euro shams were an
awesome find at Goodwill recently, $5 for the pair!  

I made the Paper & Lace Dream Catcher  a few months ago (ok more like 6 months ago)
when I began the makeover.  A mix of thrifted art, fabric covered picture frames, and DIY projects
made this room come together in an eclectic and fun way.  

I am loving the way it turned out!

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