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Barbeque Chicken in the Snow

We love Barbeque Chicken especially when it’s cooked outdoors on the grill, but when the weather is not conducive to firing up the backyard grill the Crock Pot is the next best thing.

when you can't cook outside on the grill


Cooking in a Crock Pot is not only quick and easy, it is also very convenient especially when you are snowed in as we were last weekend.  Chicken is by far my favorite meat to cook in a slow cooker simply because we do not eat a lot of red meat.  I always tease my family, telling them that we eat so much chicken and turkey that I’m surprised that we haven’t sprouted feathers!

Slow Cooked BBQ Chicken


This 4 ingredient Crock Pot meal is not only one of my favorites but is also a standby because the ingredients are always in the freezer and pantry.  Stopping at Shoprite a few hours before the forecasted #2016Blizzard I picked up these All Natural Pre-Cut Diced Chicken Thighs and decided to give them a try. 

Slow Cooked BBQ Chicken


Added to the Crock Pot with 4 cups of frozen onions and peppers, a bottle of BBQ Sauce and a little seasoning made for a perfect Sunday meal which was served over Organic Brown Rice with a side of sautéed Kale.

how to slow cook chicken



  • 2 lbs diced skinless chicken thighs, breasts or tenderloins
  • 4 cups of frozen mixed onions and peppers
  • 1/2 tsp seasoning, I chose Sylvia’s Secret Seasoning
  • 18 oz bottle of Barbecue Sauce
  • Cooking Spray to coat inside of Crock Pot

using cooking spray instead of liners

Make sure to coat the inside of the Crock Pot with Cooking Spray to keep the sauce from sticking.  You can if you prefer, use a Crock Pot liner but personally I don’t like cooking food inside of plastics. 

how to cook frozen diced chicken thighs

Add diced chicken, top with seasoning and frozen onions and peppers.  Pour in entire bottle of Barbecue Sauce then add a little water to the empty bottle, shake and pour over chicken, seasoning and veggies.  Adding a bit of water will provide more liquid and you won’t waste the remaining sauce that sticks to the inside of the bottle.

Sylvia's Soul Seasoning Hanover's frozen veggies Honey BBQ Sauce

Cover and set Crock Pot to low and cook for 4 hours or on high to cook 2 hours.

slow cook bbq chicken on low for 4 hours

Stir before serving over rice then enjoy!


If you can’t grill it, like our friends here did, slow cook it! 

Friends grillin in the #2016Blizzard

What is your favorite way to Barbecue Chicken when the weather doesn’t cooperate?

Resolve to Make Your Life More Secure

Another year has come and gone, and it’s time once again to make your New Year’s Resolutions.  While you have probably thought about resolving to losing weight or saving money, you probably haven’t thought of resolving to make your life more secure.  Security is a top priority these days, but it seems that not many people know how to actually make their lives more secure. 

Below are a few tips to help you make your home and online presence more secure.  (These tips are to help you protect yourself from identity theft.  If your identity has already been stolen, visit this blog to help you recover your security.)

Secure Your Home

Securing your home against burglary is quite simple.  Your goal is not to make your house impervious to attacks, rather make it look less attractive to potential burglars. Of course, you should always lock your doors and windows, but read on for additional tips to help you secure your home. 

Make it look like your home is secure

Burglars are going to choose homes that look like easy targets.  This means that they will go for homes that are dark, vacant, and have a lot of hiding places.  Install a motion sensor floodlight that kicks on, alerting people that something is happening.  Don’t plant shrubs or bushes right next to the door, as it is easy to hide behind them.  Avoid putting glass next to the doorknob on decorative doors.  Even if you put up a fake camera, it looks like your home is being monitored, dissuading burglars from attempted entry.

make your house secure from burgulars

Hide your valuables

Don’t allow your valuables to be seen, even if you are home.  If you have a nice car, make sure that you keep it in the garage.  If you have a big, flatscreen TV in the living room, keep your blinds closed.  When you leave, make sure you close your blinds as well as locking up to avoid broadcasting what is up for grabs in your home.  If you recently got something expensive that came in a big box, hide it in your trash.  Burglars often look drive through neighborhoods looking at people’s trash cans to see what there is to steal, so don’t give them any bait. 

secure your valuables at home

Get a dog

Dogs make a lot of noise when someone comes to the door, as annoying as it is.  Small yappers are just as intimidating to a burglar as a large dog, as the noise attracts attention.  If you are not a dog person, consider getting a bird instead.  If you have a dog or cat door is secure, as someone could break in through that small entry.

Don’t advertise who protects your home

If you have a sign that says “Protected by ___,” you should get rid of it immediately.  Knowing what system is protecting your house allows intruders to know exactly how to disarm your security system.  Get a generic sticker instead.

Get rid of your spare house key

Burglars know the typical hiding places for spare keys: under your mat, under a fake rock, in the mailbox, in the flower bed, etc.  Instead of hiding your key in the typical places, give it to a trusted neighbor.  If you’re afraid that they won’t be home, do a key swap; hide their key in your yard, and hide your key in theirs.

Secure Your Internet Life

You need to secure your internet life just as strictly as you would your home.  If someone hacks into your email, they can easily access your banking information, credit card information, and more.  Use the tips below to secure your internet life. 

Use complicated passwords

Simple passwords, like those that only contain letters or are a word, are easy to hack.  Make your passwords more secure by adding capital letters, numbers, and special characters. Do not use the same password across sites.  A good way to make an easy to remember but secure password is to make a password based on the first letter of every word in a phrase, and adding numbers and special characters along the way.  For example “I love my four kids, the dog is a child too” can become “ILm4ktDi@c2!” While that looks very complicated, it is easy to remember because it is based on a phrase.  You can also use a password manager to create unique password for each website that you can access with one master password.

secure you passwords and internet

Disconnect from the internet

If your router is “always on” you should consider shutting down your internet when you go to bed, and various times throughout the day.  Hackers are deterred by sporadic internet, and will be less likely to try to hack your connection.  However, more and more appliances require constant internet connection (even some refrigerators!), so this tip may not be practical. 

Update your software

Hackers are constantly trying to find ways to infiltrate computers and phones, and they have found that the best way to do it is through the software.  Adobe is a common target, but other software such as Apple, Mozilla, etc. are often attacked.  Each new update protects you and your computer from recent threats.  Install updates as soon as possible. 

Use a firewall and antivirus software

You should have a firewall on your computer (most computers come with them nowadays), but if you don’t have one, get one immediately.  Make sure that you also have adequate and up-to-date antivirus software installed on your computer.  There are many free and almost-free options that will secure your computer without damaging your pocket book.  You should install antivirus software on your phone as well, especially if you have an Android phone. 

Additional Tips

Remember, as you are setting your New Year’s Resolutions to set SMART goals.  SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic and Time-Sensitive.  So instead of just resolving to make your life more secure, create a plan of how you will make your life more secure, when you want to accomplish it by, and how you will measure whether or not you accomplished your goals. 

Good luck with your New Year’s Resolutions and thanks for reading!

Comment below as to what you do to keep your life secure.


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Top 10 Cities to Visit in the USA

If you are like me and have already started thinking about making plans for a summer vacation, I wanted to share a few of the top cities to check out.  Actually, I am hoping that our first family trip of the new year will be back to the DR {Dominican Republic} however, in case those plans get derailed maybe one of these cities will fit the bill. 

These top cities were chosen by the website Touropia.

1 – New York City

#1 of Best Places To Visit In Usa

The largest and most populated city in the USA, New York City is often called the “city that never sleeps” because it is constantly buzzing with activity. Located in New York state on one of the world’s largest natural harbors, New York City is made up of five boroughs, which include, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx. World renowned for its concentration of skyscrapers and famous attractions, New York City is what many foreigners visualize when they think of the USA.

2 – Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Attracting millions of visitors every year, the Grand Canyon is one of the best places to visit in the USA. Located in northern Arizona, this massive natural wonder was carved by the Colorado River over a period of several million years. It is not the deepest or the longest canyon in the world but the overwhelming size and colorful landscape offers visitor vistas that are hard to match.

3 – San Francisco

San Francisco

Best known for the Golden Gate, cable cars and steep, rolling streets, San Francisco is a beautiful city in northern California, set on the tip of a peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area. Undoubtedly, the Golden Gate Bridge is the city’s number one attraction. Tourists can drive, bike ride or walk across this famous suspension bridge to admire and photograph stunning views.

4 – Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Springing up from the desert in southeastern Nevada, Las Vegas is a major US city world renowned for its casinos, luxury hotels, comedy acts, musical productions and extravagant shows. Most of the city’s main attractions are all concentrated within the area commonly referred to as the “Strip.” In addition to gambling, show girls and lavish performances, Las Vegas offers plenty more to suit people of all ages and interests.

5 – Yellowstone


Yellowstone National Park was the world’s first national park, set aside in 1872 to preserve the vast number of geysers and hot springs, as well as to protect the incredible wildlife and rugged beauty of the area. The most famous geyser in the park is Old Faithful Geyser which erupts every 91 minutes. Yellowstone is also home to one of the finest wildlife habitats in North America.

6 – Chicago


Nicknamed the “Windy City” and best known for its towering skyscrapers, sports teams and unique style of hot dogs and pizzas, Chicago is the third-largest city in the USA. Located on Lake Michigan in the heart of the Midwest region in northeastern Illinois, Chicago is also home to many notable landmarks that include one of the world’s busiest airports, O’Hare International, as well as one of the tallest buildings in the Western Hemisphere, the Willis Tower.

7 – Los Angeles

Los Angeles

The second-largest city in the USA, Los Angeles is located in southern California surrounded by the Pacific Coast, mountains and valleys. Often regarded as the “Entertainment Capital of the World”, the city is a leading world center for motion films, television productions and music recordings. A huge, cosmopolitan city comprised of many districts and ethnic neighborhoods, L.A. is known for its smog issues but remains a favored destination for its ample sunshine and year-round mild climate.

8 – Washington DC

Washington DC

The capital of the United States and seat of the federal government, Washington D.C. is located on the country’s East Coast. A cosmopolitan city that is home to many diverse cultures, Washington is widely known by its many iconic landmarks like the White House, Capitol Building, the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. Many of these monuments are all located within the beautifully landscaped parkland known as the National Mall. 

I remember being a chaperon for my son’s class when he was in middle school and we had a great time touring this historic city.

9 – Orlando


flickr/Christian Lambert Photography

Home to world famous theme parks like Walt Disney World, SeaWorld and Universal Studios, Orlando is no doubt a favorite destination for family vacations. Located in central Florida, Orlando is a place where dreams and magic become reality. With several amusement parks, visitors to Orlando can meet their favorite storybook characters, reenact live famous movie scenes, ride thrilling roller coasters and watch dolphins performing marvelous tricks. 

Orlando was the city in which we had our first Timeshare and as a family would spend every summer vacation in Orlando at the Marriott Cypress Harbor.

(family picture)

10 – Honolulu


The gateway to the tropical paradise of Hawaii, Honolulu is the state’s largest and capital city as well as the entry point for most tourists. Located 3,800 km (2,400 miles) west of California on the Hawaiian island of Oahu in the Pacific Ocean, Honolulu is best known for its top destination, Waikiki Beach, and for the historical Pearl Harbor. 

Let’s Chat > Have you vacationed in any of these cities?

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Crockpot Shrimp and Corn Chowder

Welcome Winter! 

Cold blowing winds, snow, sleet and freezing rain are the least favorable parts of winter in the MidAtlantic area.  But being inside toasty and warm with a big bowl of soup or chowder makes it more bearable. 

Fortunately, we made it through November and December without a flake, but guess what…tonight’s forecast states that we are in for the first N’orester of 2016 which is a perfect day to make Crockpot Shrimp and Corn Chowder.

Slow Cooked Shrimp and Corn Chowder

Crockpot Shrimp and Corn Chowder

There are many online recipes for Crockpot Shrimp and Corn Chowder and I found this one at .  I added a few additional ingredients and left out the salty seasonings and it didn’t turn out as pictured on the website but it was very tasty nevertheless.

ingredients for shrimp and corn chowder


  • 16oz bag frozen sweet corn
  • ½ pound Baby Medley Potatoes
  • 8 oz Baby Bella mushrooms
  • 3 small Carrots diced
  • ¼ cup Flour
  • 4 cups Chicken Broth
  • ½ cup Heavy Cream (for later)
  • 12 oz Shrimp, small peeled deveined and tail-off (for later)
  • Green Onions (scallions) diced
  • 1/2 Green Pepper – diced
  • Rosemary Sprigs (optional)
  • 1 tsp Butter
  • Salt, Pepper and Cajun Seasonings are optional which I excluded due to high sodium counts

green peppers sauted


  • Wash and dice potatoes and carrots then cut into bite sized chunks
  • Add potatoes, carrots, mushrooms and corn to slow cooker then toss to coat with flour
  • Saute green peppers in butter until soft then add to crockpot
  • Pour in broth
  • Add a few sprigs of Rosemary and diced scallions
  • Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or on low for 4-6 hours

seasoning with Rosemary

  • If on low, switch slow cooker to high
  • Add cream, shrimp and Rosemary sprigs
  • Cook for another 30-60 minutes until shrimp is cooked through and pink

slow cooked shrimp and corn chowder


My Shrimp and Corn Chowder turned out to be more of a soup/stew but when served with a crusty bread and a glass of wine then eaten while curled up on the sofa it doesn’t matter.

chowder is great on cold winter's day

What is your favorite cold weather chowder?

Wrapped in Luxury

Hello friends, if you read Monday’s post with the review of the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid then you will understand why I entitled today’s OOTD post “Wrapped in Luxury”.

Driving the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited was definitely a luxurious experience, one that I do hope to duplicate in the near future.  A few hours before the driver from DriveShop was scheduled to pick up the Hyundai Sonata, I starting thinking about how I would spend the last few hours wrapped in luxury both inside and outside of the vehicle.

wrapped in a Faux Fur


Hyundai Sonata is a luxury vehicle

This faux fur from Chadwick’s has been hanging in my closet for several years now and it very rarely makes an appearance because it never really gets cold enough to wear it.  However, I have a funny feeling that is going to change very soon.

Wrapped in Luxury with a Sonata 014

Although we have been blessed with a very mild winter, not a snow flake in sight, I know that it is just going to be a matter of time before we get slammed with something close to, but may not exactly be another Polar Vortex so I am getting prepared now.

getting ready for winter in a faux fur


I have begun sorting through my thrifted sweaters and I found this one as well as few other turtlenecks; pulled out my booties and suede boots, then checked the hall closet for my hats, gloves and scarves, now I think I’m ready – BRING IT ON!

thrifted from Goodwill

what to wear in winter

How about you, what’s the weather like in your neck of the woods?  Are you ready for “ole man winter to make an appearance or has he already or maybe it’s warm and sunny where you are, leave me a comment below.

wrapped in luxury



Snowset in Delaware


Fun in the Sun with My Sons and a Sonata

Thank you Drive Shop for delivering yet another great vehicle for me to review, it was great having another Sonata in my life.  I previously had a 2005 Hyundai Sonata that lasted until 2014 with over 185 k miles and I really miss her!


Normally whenever I ask either of my sons if they want to go shopping with me they run in the opposite direction after a quick, “NO”!  However, this time knowing that we would be rolling in a Hyundai Hybrid Sonata Limited they jumped at the chance to hang out with their mother.

Hyundai Hybrid Sonata

Not only was the Hyundai Hybrid Sonata Limited a very roomy vehicle that fit our family of four quite comfortably but the quiet interior made for a pleasant trip to the grocery store as well as down to the shore which is where the mini men and I ended up on sunny Saturday afternoon.

Rehoboth Beach in the winter

Rehoboth Beach in the winter Rehoboth Beach in January

Rehoboth Beach in January

Malik was quite interested in the features under the hood as well; a fully parallel Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) system which provides optimum power, with engine and battery power supply working simultaneously. The Sonata Hybrid switches seamlessly between a gasoline engine and an electric motor to deliver efficient power.  The engine actually charges the battery so there’s no plug in power cord.

my son was interested in the engine

The Parking Brake Button and Auto Hold were also two other nice features on this vehicle.  You no longer need to “pull up” a parking brake when parking on a slope – just press the button, and you don’t need to keep your foot on the brake at long stop signal or at railroad crossing, just push the Auto Hold button and the car stays in place.  Oh and it also keeps a tight grip on a large 1 litre bottle too!

cup holder grips a 1 litre bottle

According to the specs, the gasoline engine delivers the primary charge energy for the lithium polymer batteries while the regenerative braking system provides supplemental energy.  The engine is 2.0L 4-cylinder that runs on regular gasoline and a  Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) for smooth acceleration and efficient cruising resulting in improved fuel economy with an EPA-estimated 41 Highway MPG.* 

This model included the Ultimate Package for Hybrid Limited with a $35,765 MSRP and included the following features:

  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Automatic High Beam Assist
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • High-gloss window surround
  • Smart Cruise Control with stop/start capability
  • Electronic Parking Brake (EPB)
  • LED interior lights
  • Infinity® premium audio system (400 watts)
  • 8-inch navigation system
  • HD Radio
  • SiriusXM Travel Link® (complimentary trial)

The manual sunshades for the rear windows help cut the sun’s glare on passengers sitting in the rear and is perfect for kids and babies in car seats.  The panoramic sunroof brings the sunshine in giving you a better view of what’s outside.  

Five side and curtain airbags surround the driver and passenger including a knee airbag. The Sonata Hybrid’s high voltage battery pack is stored below the trunk floor so there is ample room in the trunk to fit in lots of bags as evidenced by this weekend grocery shopping trip.

spacious trunk in Hyundai Sonata high voltage battery under the trunk floor


I don’t know about you, but as a boomer, when I first heard the term “Hybrid” it took me back to the “Save The Planet” 60s and I thought the Sonata was going to a slow moving, Putt Putt of a car, boy was I wrong.  The Sonata Hybrid not only had me riding in style down 202 and 95 North listening to Real Jazz on SiriusXM Radio but the Lane Departure Warning signals gave me an additional sense of security especially with cars on either side of me during rush hour traffic.

blind side detection

The sound of the turn signals is loud enough so that you don’t forget to turn them off after passing another vehicle.  Doesn’t it drive you crazy being behind a driver who leaves his/her blinkers flashing for miles and never changes lanes?

Hubby especially liked the dual temperature controls because even at home we fight over the thermostat, he is always cold and I am always warm so this made for a comfortable ride for both of us.

Entertainment System in Sonata


The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited is definitely a much better and more spacious vehicle than my Bloggy Buggy and I will miss the roomy interior, the Blind Zone Mirror detectors winking as other cars passed; the Hands Free Audio/Bluetooth controls in the steering wheel, the Rear Parking Assist Camera and most especially the Smart Trunk which detected the key in my hand 20-40 inches away then popped the trunk so I could load it up with ease.

Parking Assist in the Sonata  

Which of these features would be of great value to you?

large trunk space in Hyundai Sonata

  Sonata in my life again

Show off those Big Accomplishments in a Small Way

Are you a homeowner who doesn’t want to put more holes in your wall, or perhaps you’re a renter who can’t put holes in the wall but you have something special that you want to display?  Then I suggest using one of these small US Art Supply 12” Natural Easels as they are a perfect solution. 

If you are having a gathering of friends, family or clients for a book signing or even a High School Graduation party then these easels are ideal for showcasing a Diploma, Certificate or newly published book.

US Art Supply Easel


The US Art Supply 12” Natural Easels are easy to assemble and are quite sturdy.  Putting them together can become a winter weekend DIY project for you and the kids or grandkids and they can be spray painted to match any décor.  The US Art Supply 12” Natural Easels are perfectly sized to be placed on any tabletop or shelf and can be used in a bedroom, dorm room or even bathroom. 

weekend DIY project for the kids

They ship quickly from Amazon in a pack of four and as you can see I have assembled two of them, so I am giving away the other two and hopefully you will be one of the lucky winners who have entered via the Rafflecopter below. 

This giveaway is open to USA residents only and will end on 1/31/16, so hurry and enter for your chance to win today.

US Art Supply 12" Natural Easels

The US Art Supply 12” Natural Easels are easy to assemble with just these few pieces.

natural pine tripod easel for bedroom

Use short screw for the tripod and the long screw for the two ledge pieces.

using longer screw for ledges

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simple to assemble easel how to display a book

What would you display on a US Art Supply 12” Natural Easel?

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#YogaPantChallenge with Depend Active Fit

Acorn Disclosure Now that hubby has completed his chemo treatments the time has come for both of us to get back into our regularly scheduled workout routine.  Last week we started getting up an hour earlier so that we can work out together before I head into work.  Our exercise routine is done in the basement and hubby starts by lifting light weights to help him regain his upper body strength and I start out by walking on the treadmill or elliptical for 30 minutes to aid in my cardiovascular fitness as well as to prevent age-related bone loss.

stretching exercises

After 30 minutes hubby and I switch, he hits the treadmill but instead of weight lifting I do some stretching exercises using the Balance Ball.  I am not going to lie, but stretching has proven to be more difficult than I anticipated; however, I am not giving up because I have plans on signing up for an evening Yoga class in the Spring.  Working out with hubby is one thing, but before venturing out to a Yoga class with a room full of people I wanted to make sure that I could stretch and bend without showing off my Depend® Silhouette® Active Fit Briefs.

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You may recall from this previous post in which I stated that the combination of childbirth, surgery and aging all had weakened my bladder.  But like most women, I strive to live my life uninterrupted especially when it comes to fitness and fashion which is why I only wear Depend Silhouette Active Fit Briefs for Women

I really like that Depend Silhouette Active Fit Briefs are smooth under my clothes; have a thin design for complete comfort; are made of cotton-like fabric; come in beige and black and if you haven’t already noticed they are Yoga Pant Approved

Depend Active Fit Briefs are Yoga Pant Approved


I always purchase my Depend Silhouette Active Fit Briefs for Women from Walmart so during a trip last week, I also picked up these yoga pants, top and a mat to keep me motivated and challenged to sticking with a workout routine.

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Now I have a challenge for you, take a look at both of the pictures below and see if you can tell which picture shows me in a pair of Depend® Silhouette® Active Fit Briefs and which picture shows me in a pair of regular underwear. 

Take the #yogapant challenge and enter your response to the contest below for a chance to win a Walmart activewear gift.

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Disclosure:  I am being compensated for participating in this campaign, however, all opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own.  I am in no way affiliated with Depend and do not earn a commission or percent of sales. #yogapantchallenge!  


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