31 Days of Slow Cooker Dinners

Each day in October, I’m going to share a meal or snack that can be cooked in the slow cooker.  It may be from my blog, a new recipe, or one that I found on the Internet.  I’ll be continuing to post my other blog posts so I may have a new blog post with a slow cooker recipe or the new blog post plus the slow cooker recipe.

I’ll link all of the slow cooker recipes to this page so you can find them easily.

I’m going to share two recipes today because I only came up with the idea on my way home today.

The first recipe is one of mine on the blog.  Whenever I make green beans, ham, and potatoes, I’m reminded me of my grandma.  I use frozen or fresh green beans.  Grandma would use canned green beans that she would drain and rinse off.

The second recipe is from my other cooking blog that I quit writing on.  It’s a way to bulk cook hamburger.  Cooking it in the slow cooker makes it easier to either prep for the week or for the freezer.

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Here is a link to my Pinterest board.  And my Facebook page.

October 1 – Green beans, ham, and potatoes

Green Beans and Ham

October 2 – Bulk Cooking Hamburger

October 3 – Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

wpid-20151003_175928.jpgOctober 4 – Queso Dip


October 5Pinto Beans and Ham and The Magical Crockpot (blog)


October 6 – Baked Potatoes

Pumpkin spice latte
Pumpkin spice latte

October 7 – Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal (and Pumpkin Spice Lattes too)

Pumpkin Chili

October 8 – Pumpkin Chili (On my blog dedicated to slow cooking)

October 9 – “Oniony” Pork Chops (On my slow cooking blog)

Skyline Chili

October 10Skyline Chili

October 11 – Slow Cooker Potato Soup

October 12 –

October 13 – Slow Cooker Ravioli

October 14 –

October 15 – Slow Cooker Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes

October 16 – Pulled Pork

October 17 –

October 18 – Slow Cooker Taco Meat

October 19 –

October 20 –

October 21 – Stuffed Pepper Soup

October 22 –

October 23 – Crock Pot Apple Crisp

October 24 – Bramble Beans

October 25 – Crock Pot Applesauce

October 26 – Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup

October 27 – Hash brown Breakfast Casserole

October 28 – Taco Soup

October 29 –

October 30 – Harvest Apple Pork Roast

October 31

Weekly Ramblings – October 10 and 31 Days of Slow Cooking (Day 10)


Welcome to day 10 of the 31 day Writing Challenge which means we are a third of the way through the challenge.  This week I’ve shared a LOT of recipes.

Here are the recipes I’ve shared this week.  Click on the picture to go to the post with the recipe.


Queso Dip
Queso Dip


Pinto Beans and Ham
Pinto Beans and Ham


Baked Potatoes
Baked Potatoes


Pumpkin spice latte
Pumpkin spice latte


Pumpkin Chili
Pumpkin Chili


“Oniony” Pork Chops

I also shared my menu plan for this week.  Click on the graphic to see our menu for the past week.

Menu Plan Monday
Menu Plan Monday

The highlight of this week is the homemade brownies I baked on Sunday for dessert.  Imaginative One was craving brownies so he was happy when we had those for dessert.

This is how much was left on Monday.  The boys were fighting over who got the pieces stuck to the bottom of the dish.  (Click on the picture to go to the recipe.)

Homemade Brownies
Homemade Brownies

We followed the menu plan for this week except for the side dishes on Monday and Tuesday.  On Monday we had pasta roni instead of the rice a roni and on Tuesday we had regular corn bread instead of pumpkin corn bread.  It was nice following the menu.  It made getting dinner on the table easier.

Every year a local land trust plants sunflowers.  People flock to the sunflowers for pictures.  This year they bloomed later.  We had a rainy June so they were planted later in the season.  On Wednesday evening, we ate dinner and then went out to see the sunflowers.  Afterwards we went to our local dairy for ice cream.

me and the boys

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cherry sorbetto
cherry sorbetto
pumpkin ice cream
pumpkin ice cream
Peanut butter cup - Yum in a  bowl.
Peanut butter cup – Yum in a bowl.

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Onto the slow cooker recipe for the day:

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Click on to go to the landing page for the series.

An hour south of us is Cincinnati.  Cincinnati is known for the Bengals and Reds.  Most of all Cincinnati is known for the their chili.  It’s a sweet chili instead of a spicy chili.  So if you are looking for a chili that is different, try the Skyline chili.

Skyline Chili
Skyline Chili

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup and Latte and 31 Days of Slow Cooking Recipes

Pumpkin spice latte

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Today I’m going to link up with one of the recipes from my blog.  Did you know you can prepare oatmeal in the slow cooker?  A hot and delicious breakfast will be ready for you in the morning.

It’s pumpkin season.  Once fall hits, it seems as though there is pumpkin spiced everything.  So today’s slow cooking recipe is a pumpkin pie oatmeal cooked in the slow cooker.  Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal sounds delicious!

While eating the oatmeal, I can use the remaining pumpkin puree to make a pumpkin spiced lattes.

I love drinking Pumpkin Spiced Lattes from Starbucks but at over $4 for a cup, it’s more economical to make your own.

This is an easy recipe that takes less than 10 minutes to prepare.


Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 c. water
  • 3/4 c. brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. pumpkin puree
  • 2 Tbsp. pumpkin spice blend (homemade or store bought)


  1. In a microwaveable bowl, combine the water and brown sugar.
  2. Microwave the water and sugar in the microwave for 4 to 5 minutes until boiling.
  3. Carefully remove from the microwave.
  4. Add the pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice blend.
  5. Blend until the pumpkin and spices are dissolved.
  6. Enjoy in a coffee, hot black tea, or in a latte.
Adding the pumpkin spice blend
Adding the pumpkin spice blend
Adding the pumpkin spice blend
Adding the pumpkin spice blend

During the summer, I discovered a way to “froth” my milk without any special equipment.  It only takes a few minutes to “froth” the milk in order to have a delicious treat.

Pumpkin spice latte
Pumpkin spice latte

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. pumpkin spice syrup
  • 3/4 to 1 c. brewed strong coffee
  • 1/4 c. to 1/2 c. milk
  • whipped cream
  • pumpkin spice blend


  1. Brew the coffee.
  2. While the coffee is brewing, pour milk into a jar.  Place a lid on the jar.
  3. Shake the jar for 1 to 2 minutes,
  4. Take the lid off the jar.
  5. Place the jar in the microwave.  Microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute.
  6. To make the latte, pour the pumpkin spice latte syrup in a mug.  Then the coffee.  Finally the “frothed” milk.
  7. Enjoy!


Happy Eating,

31 Days of Slow Cooking (Day 6) – Baked Potatoes

Baked Potatoes

I told my family I was going to do this challenge.  They are very supportive of me taking on this challenge.  In fact, Hubby decided to surprise me with changing up the area where the crock pot is located.  He didn’t like how it was in the back of the counter.


The meat on the cutting board is for a recipe that I’m going to post later on in the week.  The cans and boxes are for other meals this week.

Hubby even rearranged the coffee station on the counter.  I’m so lucky to have a family that is super supportive.


This the empty jar of apple butter that we got at the Apple Fest a week and a half ago.  We really enjoyed the apple butter to the last drop.  I made buttermilk biscuits last night to enjoy with the apple butter.

Now onto the slow cooking recipe of the day:

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wpid-20150928_170203.jpgI posted this recipe five years ago.  I didn’t take pictures or good pictures when I started blogging.  So I decided to repost this recipe with pictures.

Baked potatoes are an easy side dish.  Or you could use the baked potatoes for dinner as a baked potato bar.  Yum!

Last week, I cooked the baked potatoes with a whole chicken.  Hubby told me that he liked the texture of the potatoes.  So that’s a win for me!

Hint:  Don’t over crowd the potatoes so they cook evenly.

Baked Potatoes


Stars of the Recipe:

  • russet potatoes (The quantity depends on your needs.)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt


  1. Wash the potatoes and then poke the potatoes.
  2. Wrap each one of the potato in foil.
  3. Place potatoes in the crock pot.
  4. Put about 1 to  Tbsp. of water in the bottom of the crock pot.
  5. Turn the crock pot on low and cook the potatoes for about 4.5 hours.
  6. When they are finished, unwrap them and put in a bowl.
  7. Douse them with Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) just to lightly coat them.
  8. Sprinkle them with salt.
  9. Enjoy with your favorite baked potato toppings.


If you like this recipe, please visit my Facebook page and Pinterest board for the 31 days of slow cooking.  I’m also starting another Pinterest board for slow cooker recipes.

Happy Eating,

Menu Plan Monday – October 5, 2015

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Since I’m doing the 31 day writing challenge about slow cooker recipes, I’ve decided to have the majority of my meals be cooked in the slow cooker.  I don’t include Saturdays and Sundays on the menu because weekends are always up in the air with what we actually eat.


Monday – pork chops with Rice a Roni, veggies

Tuesday – pumpkin chili with pumpkin cornbread

WednesdaySlow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Thursday  – Green beans, ham, and potatoes

FridayPinto beans and ham with northern cornbread

This post has been linked to Menu Plan Monday @ I’m an Organizing Junkie.

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On Mondays during the challenge, I’m going to feature a recipe from my blog and another blog that features slow cooking.  This way you’ll see more of my blog and you’ll get to check out another blog.

The week of October 19th, I’m going to feature several recipes from my blog because that week is parent teacher conference week.  That week is a rough week so I’m going to adapt what I’m going to blog that week.

Recipe from my Blog

Okay onto the recipe I’m featuring from my blog is Pinto beans and ham.  This is a very economical recipe especially if you use dried pinto beans and left over ham.  You just need to remember to soak the beans the night before.  (Actually I usually use cranberry beans which are just like pinto beans.)  We are going to have it on our menu for this week.  I can’t wait until Friday night.  :)

Blog Spotlight

As I was perusing the Internet for recipes, I found The Magical Crockpot.  I’ve only started looking through all of the recipes she has so I’m going to list two recipes that have caught my eye.

  1. New Year’s Day Black-Eyed Peas – This would be good with the Pork and Sauerkraut I make for New Year’s Day.
  2. Chicken Philly Cheese Steak – I love the Great Steak and Fry Company.  The one at the local mall closed down so I can’t get my fix.  :(  My favorite sandwiches were a chicken with pineapple and the chicken cheese steak.  This recipe would be a way for me to get my fix at home.  I would pair it with homemade French fries.

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