“You may be a redneck if… your lifetime goal is to own a fireworks stand.” ~ Jeff Foxworthy

The 4th of July may be over but it doesn’t mean you can’t still have firecrackers!

Below is a super simple recipe that would be great for any type of gathering. Whether it be July 4th, Labor Day, Memorial Day or for Tailgaiting.

It’s a spicy twist on the classic Baked Ranch Oysters crackers.

Every now and then we all need a little spice in our life!

Fire Crackers

  • 1 (13 oz) box of Cheez-Its
  • 1 (1 oz) package of dry ranch dressing
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1-4 teaspoons of red pepper flakes (all depends on desired heat, omit if you don’t want any spice)

Preheat oven to 250º.

In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients making sure to get crackers evenly coated.

Spread evenly on a foil lined baking sheet.

Bake for 15-20 or until oil seems to have absorbed.

Remove, cool on sheet and enjoy. Store in a zip lock bag.


“People who throw kisses are hopelessly lazy.” ~ Bob Hope

I’m not sure if its the weather or if jet-lag from the holidays but I’m feeling pretty lazy. So tonight it’s another crock pot meal.

It’s already smelling yummy!!

That’s one of the great side benefits of cooking with the crock pot – how it makes your whole house smell awesome!

Tonight’s recipe has been adapted from Mmm…Cafe.

Honey Sauced Chicken

  • 1.5 – 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons of ketchup
  • 1 ½ Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 2 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ to ½ tsp. red pepper flakes (depends on heat desired)
Salt and Pepper chicken and place in slow cooker.
salt and pepper chicken
In a medium bowl mix together the rest of the ingredients.
mix ingredients
Pour over chicken, stir to coat. Bake on low for 4 hours or high for 2 hours.
stir to coat
With 30 minutes left to cook, carefully remove chicken from sauce, cut into bite size pieces.
cut up chicken DSC03113
Return to sauce, mix well and continue to cook.
return to sauce
Serve over rice.
serve over rice
This was a very good meal and one of the more simple I have found. So much so, even though I was feeling lazy, I decided to whip up Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles!
More on those later.
Happy Rainy Monday!!!