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crock pot chicken & biscuits.

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It almost feels wrong to offer you another crock pot recipe when it’s now officially {officially!} spring. And yet.

Fresh Scratch, Chicken & Biscuits, Crock Pot, RecipesAnd yet, we are still busy. It’s still nice to come home to a house that smells delicious. I will confess to you that I have made this dinner no less than four times in the last six weeks. And if you’ve been around for any length of time with me in this space, you will remember my Monday Meal Madness (!) posts, where I basically hardly ever made the same dinner twice.

So, yeah, it’s a big ol’ deal.

Fresh Scratch, Drop Biscuits, RecipesYou’ll need about fifteen minutes up front to assemble the ingredients in the crock pot. This will leave you with most of a bottle of white wine, by the way! Drinking and cooking always gets a thumbs-up from moi, unless maybe it’s like 8 am. My two favorite whites? Any white by L’Ecole and Eroica by Chateau St. Michelle…

You’re also going to need about a half an hour to whip up these drop biscuits, from start to finish. Because the crock pot doesn’t do these like an oven does, okay?

This recipe makes the perfect amount for a family of four or five. If you want serious leftovers or are feeding a crowd bigger than that, doubling works great. You really pack it into the crock pot, but if you cook it on the longest setting, it works out just fine.

Chicken & Biscuits in the Crock Pot
Serves 5
Comfort food at its finest, with little work or time from you.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
6 hr
Total Time
6 hr 30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
6 hr
Total Time
6 hr 30 min
For the Chicken in the Crock Pot
  1. 4 carrots, cut into quarters length-wise and diced
  2. 2 celery stalks, cut into quarters length-wise and diced
  3. 1 small onion, chopped finely
  4. 1/4 cup flour
  5. 8 chicken thighs (2 or 3 breasts also work)
  6. salt & pepper
  7. 1/2 cup white wine
  8. 1/2 cup chicken broth
  9. 1 cup frozen peas
  10. 1/2 cup cream
For the Biscuits
  1. 3 cups flour
  2. 2 Tbsp. baking powder
  3. 1 tsp. salt
  4. 1 1/2 sticks of cold butter, cut into small pieces
  5. 1 1/4 c. buttermilk
For the Chicken in the Crock Pot
  1. 1. Toss the carrots, celery, and onion with the flour in the crock pot.
  2. 2. Lay the chicken on top of the vegetables and season with salt and pepper.
  3. 3. Add wine and broth. Do not stir.
  4. 4. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.
  5. 5. 10 minutes before serving, add peas, cream, and 1/2 tsp. salt and stir. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  6. 6. Serve over a split biscuit.
For the Biscuits
  1. 1. Combine flour, butter, baking powder, and salt in a food processor until pea-sized clumps form. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. 2. Add buttermilk and pulse until moistened. Don't over do it!
  3. 3. Drop mounds of dough onto cookie sheet lined with a Silpat liner or parchment paper, leaving 2 inches between each mound.
  4. 4. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  1. The drop biscuit recipe yields about a dozen biscuits.
Adapted from Real Simple Magazine and The Pioneer Woman
Adapted from Real Simple Magazine and The Pioneer Woman
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insta.friday {super bowl round-up}!

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Friday. All instagram photos. All the time.

Except this week, when I also remind you of some tasty vittles you can whip up for Super Bowl Sunday.

As Ton Loc would say, “Let’s do it.”


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I think I was lead astray by a few souls on Instagram last Friday.

Somehow I thought it was “National Pie Day,” even though I was pretty darn sure it wasn’t. I think that’s 3/14. But I am not confident in my math, so I went with this and let myself be lead.

To the San Francisco Street Bakery.

For a pie.

No one was sad.


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We took the girls to watch the girls’ basketball team play at the high school where I teach last weekend. I definitely have favorite students {can’t lie!}, and one of my very, very faves is on the team. Sadly, she got a concussion just before game time {hit in the head by a stray basketball, anyone?}, but still gave my girls these cute shirts she’d made them as a surprise.

They now love basketball.

Check that off the list.


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After last Friday night, I couldn’t really think of taking pictures. While my New England pals have been in a polar vortex, I’ve been in a grading vortex. I texted my friend last night about all the grading I have to do this weekend, and I ended it with,”I might die.” If anyone’s ever died of grading high school English papers, it might be me. Stay tuned!

I digress, though, because this picture was about the Seahawks, not my grading!

Sunday’s the big day. Super Bowl. Katy Perry. Commercials. My two teams playing, so I can be a little more relaxed than the rabid Seahawks fans I’ll be watching with.

Everything is all Seahawks around here in Washington. I was amazed at the cupcakes at Costco yesterday. They even had tons of floral arrangements for sale there in green and blue! And cakes! And! And!

And if you need to bring something to a Super Bowl party, fear not. I’ve got you covered. I am Mrs. Fresh Scratch, after all!

Click here for my Touchdown!Cake recipe, or here for a couple of easy, hot dips that everyone always loves.

From under many pounds of student’s work, I bid you a happy weekend –

xo, mrs. fresh scratch