Weekly Ramblings – Halloween 2015 – Write 31 Wrap Up

I'm HungryToday is the last day of the Write 31 challenge.  I can’t believe it’s over.  During the challenge, I have cooked a lot of meals and desserts in the crockpot.  It’s been a fun experience.  In fact, as I am typing there is chicken and hamburger meat cooking for later meals.

I’m going to continue cooking dinners in the crock pot.  During the month, it’s been a much easier way to get dinner on the table which is much less stress on my part.  One thing I would love to do is more freezer kits and share them with you.

My 31 day post is going to be attached to a page later this week so you can still refer to it later.  I’m also going to provide printable recipes.  I’ve already put some of the recipes on my Google drive.  Once I get done with that, I’ll provide you with a link to all of the recipes.  🙂

Here is a list of some of my new and some old blogs that feature crock pot meals.  I’ve shared a few of them on my menu plan Monday blog posts.

  1. The Magical Slowcooker
  2. Recipes that Crock
  3. 365 Days of Slow Cooking
  4. A Year of Slow Cooking
  5. Sassy Slow Cooker
  6. Funny is Family – Crockpot Thursday
  7. Six Sister’s Stuff

Here are 23 of the recipes I’ve shared over the course of the last 31 days.

I hope you enjoyed the recipes I’ve shared.

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Chicken Parmesan (Day 30)

I’ve signed up for a 31 day  writing challenge.  Everyday in October, I am posting a new slow cooker recipe, a link to a previous posted slow cooker recipe, or a link to a recipe from another blog.

Tomorrow is the last day of the writing challenge.  I’m getting ready for my next two series.  They won’t be as intense as the 31 writing challenge.

The first series is a countdown to Thanksgiving series.  I have some crockpot meals for sides and even a turkey recipe for the crockpot.  My plan is to have a printable Thanksgiving menu the week before Thanksgiving.

The second series is a countdown to Christmas.  I already have recipes of the I’m Hungry cooking blog.  We are going to revisit some of our favorite Christmas cookies and treats.  The Imaginative One loves this time of the year because he loves taste testing the goodies.

I’ve already tasted two of the recipes for the countdown to Christmas.  Both the Wee One and the Imaginative One LOVED the first one.  Only the Wee One has tried the other one.  He kept going back for me so I think that is a sign that he LOVED the other treat.

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As I have said in other blog posts, we eat Sunday night dinner with my mother-in-law.  Twice during the month of October, we also invited another member of our church to our Sunday night dinner.  On the 11th, I decided to cook chicken Parmesan in the slow cooker.  Chicken Parmesan is one of my mother-in-law’s favorite meals.  Everyone raved on the deliciousness of the meal.

About a half an hour before the dinner, I took the chicken out of the crock.  I placed the chicken pieces in a casserole dish and then sprinkled Parmesan cheese over the chicken.  Then I put it in the oven for a few minutes to allow the cheese to melt. 

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Taco Soup (Day 29)

I’ve signed up for a 31 day  writing challenge.  Everyday in October, I am posting a new slow cooker recipe, a link to a previous posted slow cooker recipe, or a link to a recipe from another blog.

Yes, I know this is another soup recipe.

We had lots of rain on Tuesday and Wednesday so it was a good thing I had the taco soup on the menu for Tuesday.  There is something about soup on a dreary day.  It helps brighten your soul.

The Wee One loves tacos so I thought he would like this soup.  He probably would have liked it better if I served it with tortilla chips.

Hubby and I loved the soup.  It’s easy to put together in the morning.  The soup uses ingredients that most people have in the pantry.

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Acting crazy

The boys decided they wanted me to take a picture of them.  I was trying to get a picture of the soup.

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This is the Wee One taste testing the soup.  I have no clue while he is holding his head.

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Taco Soup

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 lb. hamburger, browned or 2 c. already browned hamburger
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 3 heaping Tbsp. homemade taco seasoning or 1 package store bought taco seasoning
  • 1 1/2  c. water
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans diced tomato
  • 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 oz.) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 c. frozen corn

Steps:

  1.  Place all ingredients in the slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  3. Top with your favorite toppings – cheese, sour cream, etc. . .
  4. Enjoy!

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If you enjoyed this recipe, please share it on Facebook or Pinterest.  Here is a link to my Facebook page and my Pinterest page.

To check out the rest of the recipes I’ve shared during this challenge, click on this link.

Oh and please check back during the first week of November.  I’m planning a small giveaway.  No, it is not a crock pot.  More information will be forthcoming about the giveaway.

Happy eating,
Traci

Creamy Tomato Soup (Day 28)

I’ve signed up for a 31 day  writing challenge.  Everyday in October, I am posting a new slow cooker recipe, a link to a previous posted slow cooker recipe, or a link to a recipe from another blog.

On Friday, Wee One and I went to a bonfire.  Since we were going to be eating yummy food there, I planned to have a light dinner so we were NOT too full.  So I chose to make tomato soup and grilled cheese.  Yum!

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The Wee One and I had fun at the bonfire.  I made some Boo Mix to share.  It was a big hit with everyone who tried it.

The adults sat with the adults and chit chatted.  The kids ran around caring people and going on hay rides.  I did go on one of the hay rides and screamed during the whole ride even though it wasn’t really that scary.   Continue reading “Creamy Tomato Soup (Day 28)”

Cherry Crisp (Day 27)

I’ve signed up for a 31 day  writing challenge.  Everyday in October, I am posting a new slow cooker recipe, a link to a previous posted slow cooker recipe, or a link to a recipe from another blog.

Can you believe this is the 27th day of the writing challenge?  I can’t believe it either.

Tonight I asked the family what they thought of the challenge so far.  The Imaginative One told me that its as though everything is normal.  The family is fed and happy so that is normal.   I don’t have to worry about rushing home from work because I know that dinner is going to be ready.  Those are both winners in my book.

My mother-in-law has also been happy about the challenge because she hasn’t not had to make an Sunday dinners in recent weeks.  I’ve been making the dinners in order to test new recipes.

On Sunday I invited my mother-in-law and a member of our church over for the Sunday dinner.  I cooked a pre-Thanksgiving dinner – turkey, green bean casserole, rolls, homemade applesauce, and dessert.  I was in the mood for cherry crisp so I decided to try to cook it in the crock pot.  The cherry crisp was delicious!

My mother-in-law and F. loved the crisp.

I had more on Monday and it was even better then on Sunday.

Cherry Crisp

Cherry Crisp

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 (15 oz) can of cherry pie filling
  • 2/3 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 c. all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 chopped pecans
  • 1/3 butter, softened, cut into small pieces

Steps:

  1. Spray a 2 or 3 quart crock with cooking spray.
  2. Pour the cherry pie filling in the crockpot.
  3. In a small bowl, add the other ingredients (topping) except for butter.  Mix.
  4. Cut the butter into the topping ingredients using 2 knives, a pastry blender, or your hands until crumbly.
  5. Drop the topping over the cherry pie filling.
  6. Cook on low for 3 to 4 hours until bubbly.
  7. Enjoy with ice cream or homemade whipped cream!

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If you enjoyed this recipe, please share it on Facebook or Pinterest.  Here is a link to my Facebook page and my Pinterest page.

To check out the rest of the recipes I’ve shared during this challenge, click on this link.

Oh and please check back during the first week of November.  I’m planning a small giveaway.  No, it is not a crock pot.  More information will be forthcoming about the giveaway.

Happy eating,
Traci

Menu Plan Monday – October 26, 2015 and Cranberry Relish

I’ve signed up for a 31 day  writing challenge.  Everyday in October, I am posting a new slow cooker recipe, a link to a previous posted slow cooker recipe, or a link to a recipe from another blog.

Tonight I’m extremely unmotivated.  We had a three day weekend because of parent teacher conferences.  I taught students all day and then had a 2 hour training.  I’ve got to come up with a lesson plan for when I’ll be observed by my principal.  My brain cells have been overextended.

Menu Plan Monday

Monday – Leftover Turkey, Green Bean Casserole

Tuesday – Taco Soup

Wednesday – Beef and Noodles

Thursday – Sloppy Joes

Friday  – Beenies Weenies

Printable Version of the menu

I'm HungryThis post was originally posted in November 2011.  (It’s been repinned on Pinterest over 300 times!)

On Sunday, my father-in-law informed us he was cooking a chicken for Thanksgiving. There was going to be only 6 of us for dinner and he didn’t want to deal with all the left-overs. The family convinced him that he needed to make a turkey. I wanted to help make the dinner so I decided what I was going to bring. One of them items was going to be homemade cranberry relish. Yesterday I stumbled on this recipe.

Earlier in the week I had created a list of things I needed from the store. One of the items was an orange for the relish. My husband went shopping but didn’t buy an orange. His reasoning was I had oranges at the house. I have grapefruit and clementines but no navel oranges. So I made a trip to Save-A-Lot to go get the oranges. Boy I’m glad I did. This recipe is easy and the end result was delicious.

Cranberry Relish

Click on picture for the original blog post

Stars of the recipe:

  • 2 oranges
  • 1 bag (12 ounces) cranberries, rinsed and picked over
  • 1 cup sugar
  • pinch cinnamon or Chinese five spice
  • 3 tablespoons water

Steps:

  1. Zest the oranges.
  2. Cut off the remaining outer peel and pith and discard.
  3. Cut the peeled orange sections into small chunks and add to the slow cooker along with cranberries, sugar, cinnamon, and zest.
  4. Add water.
  5. Cover and cook on HIGH for about 2 hours. (I had to put it on low for about 1/2 hour after cooking it on high.)

Since my brain cells are overextended, I’m going to leave out the blog spotlight for the week.

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If you enjoyed this recipe, please share it on Facebook or Pinterest.  Here is a link to my Facebook page and my Pinterest page.

To check out the rest of the recipes I’ve shared during this challenge, click on this link.

Oh and please check back during the first week of November.  I’m planning a small giveaway.  No, it is not a crock pot.  More information will be forthcoming about the giveaway.

Happy eating,
Traci

Crockpot Homemade Applesauce

I’ve signed up for a 31 day  writing challenge.  Everyday in October, I am posting a new slow cooker recipe, a link to a previous posted slow cooker recipe, or a link to a recipe from another blog.

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The Imaginative One LOVES apples.  Actually that’s understatement, he adores apples and will eat all the way to the core and even around the seeds.  He loves to pack them for lunch.

Since it’s fall, apples are plentiful so I decided I was going to try to make some applesauce in the crock pot.  I’ve made it on the stove so I followed the same method but in the crock pot instead.

While the apples were cooking away, the boys and I went on an adventure.  The Dayton area is where the Wright Brothers lived and tested out the airplane.  I’m so fortunate that I live about 5 miles away from where they tested the airplane after the December 17, 1903 flight.  We went to the Interpretive Center and then down to the Huffman Dam that was built after the Great Flood of 1913.  After we were done with our walk, we drove through the local university because it has beautiful fall foliage especially in one area.

Click on the picture to see more pictures from our adventure.

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Homemade Applesauce

Crockpot Homemade Applesauce

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 to 2 pounds of apples, cored and cut into cubes
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • water

Steps:

  1. Cut up apples.
  2. Place in a 2 – 3 quart crockpot.
  3. Add water to just below the top of apples.
  4. Add the cinnamon sticks.
  5. Cook on low for 3 to 4 hours until the apples are tender.
  6. Pour out the majority of the water.
  7. Blend in small batches in a blender.  (Add sugar at this point if you want to.)
  8. Enjoy!

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If you enjoyed this recipe, please share it on Facebook or Pinterest.  Here is a link to my Facebook page and my Pinterest page.

To check out the rest of the recipes I’ve shared during this challenge, click on this link.

Oh and please check back during the first week of November.  I’m planning a small giveaway.  No, it is not a crock pot.  More information will be forthcoming about the giveaway.

Happy eating,
Traci

Weekly Ramblings and Bramble Beans (Day 24)

Next week is the last Saturday of the 31 day writing challenge.  The family has enjoyed all the meals, desserts. and sides created in the slow cooker.  It’s renewed my interest in cooking.  The family never knows what I’m whipping up in the kitchen.

This week I’ve shared two of our favorite ways to cook meat.

  1. Crockpot chicken
  2. Crockpot BBQ ribs – Our favorite brand of barbecue sauce is Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce.  You could also use my recipe for root beer barbecue sauce.

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Homemade Whipped Cream

My family loves homemade whipped cream.  We eat it on desserts such as the crockpot caramel apple crisp or put it on fancy coffee drinks such as pumpkin spice latte.

This is an easy recipe.  Actually I usually start the whipped cream in the mixer while I’m finishing up other dishes.  Don’t worry I still keep an eye on it.

I use my Kitchen Aid to make the whipped cream with the whisk attachment. You could make this with a hand mixer also.

Homemade Whipped Cream

Homemade Whipped Cream

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 c. heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. vanilla extract

Steps:

  1. Place all 3 ingredients in the mixing bowl.
  2. Starting on the lowest speed, whip up the whipping cream.
  3. After 2 minutes, increase to a higher speed.
  4. Whip for approximately 3 more minutes until there are peaks and it holds its form.
  5. Enjoy on your favorite dessert, fancy drink, or even it’s own.

Crockpot Caramel Apple Crisp (Day 23)

I’ve signed up for a 31 day  writing challenge.  Everyday in October, I am posting a new slow cooker recipe, a link to a previous posted slow cooker recipe, or a link to a recipe from another blog.

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I’m over two-thirds of the way through the challenge.  I’ve shared a dip, main dishes, and soups.  This is the first time I’ve shared a dessert.

Last Saturday, Hubby and I were discussing how I’m planning to make most of our Thanksgiving dinner in the crock pot.  He told me that I would probably make an apple crisp in the crock pot for our Thanksgiving dinner.

He didn’t know that I had already planned to make a crisp in the crock pot for our Sunday night dinner.

Every Sunday, we have dinner with my mother-in-law.  Sometimes she cooks or we go out to eat.  Recently I’ve been cooking the dinner.  The majority of the meal was cooked in the crock pot.  The whipped cream and veggies were the only parts of the meals not cooked in the crock pot.

This dessert was delicious.  I put the caramel drizzle on the crisp.  It really didn’t that drizzle.  The crisp was sweet enough without it.

This crisp is especially delicious with whipped cream on top.  I usually make my own whipped cream now.  Homemade whipped cream is delicious and yummy!

Caramel Apple Crisp

Crock Pot Caramel Apple Crisp

adapted from Crockpot Ladies

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 (11 oz.) individually wrapped caramels
  • 10 apples, diced (I used gala.)
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice or 1 tsp. ground cinnamon and 1/4 tsp. cloves
  • 1/2 c. all-purpose flour

Topping

  • 1/2 c. cold unsalted butter (1 stick) cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 c. old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice or 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon and pinch of cloves

Caramel Drizzle

  • 1 jar of caramel ice cream topping

Steps:

  1. Spray a 6 quart crock pot or casserole crock pot with cooking spray.
  2. Unwrap the caramels.  Cut each caramel in half.  Place in crockpot.
  3. Add apples, spices, and flour to the caramels.  Mix well.
  4. In a small bowl, add the topping ingredients.
  5. Using 2 butter knives or a pastry blender to cut the butter until it’s a nice crumbly mixture.
  6. Spread the topping over the apples and caramels.
  7. Cover.  Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.
  8. Enjoy with whipped cream and the caramel drizzle!

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If you enjoyed this recipe, please share it on Facebook or Pinterest.  Here is a link to my Facebook page and my Pinterest page.

To check out the rest of the recipes I’ve shared during this challenge, click on this link.

Oh and please check back during the first week of November.  I’m planning a small giveaway.  No, it is not a crock pot.  More information will be forthcoming about the giveaway.

Happy eating,
Traci

31 Days of Slow Cooking – Crockpot bbq ribs

Reposted from January 2011

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When it’s a work day, I often want easy meals because soon after I get home from work I need to have dinner on the table before hubby goes to work.  This recipe is supe easy because it cooks while I’m at work.  The smells that meet me at the door are divine and make my stomache rumble in anticipation of the meal.

Stars of the recipe:

  • bottle of your favorite bbq sauce
  • ribs (boneless or bone in)
  • optional:  diced up onions 

Steps:

  1. Put ribs (and onions if using them) in the bottom of the crockpot.
  2. Dump the bottle of bbq into the crockpot.
  3. Place water in empty bottle and swish around to get the last of the bbq sauce.
  4. Pour the watered down bbq sauce over the ribs.
  5. Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours or high for 4 to 5 hours.

Stuffed Pepper Soup (Day 21)

I’ve signed up for a 31 day  writing challenge.  Everyday in October, I am posting a new slow cooker recipe, a link to a previous posted slow cooker recipe, or a link to a recipe from another blog.

Last night, my school had parent teacher conferences.  Even though I only had one parent show up, last night was productive.  The parent who came was crying happy tears because of how much more confident her child has become this year.

Later after talking for a while, we both realized we were Christians.  The mom told me and another staff member about a great Christian singer, Jonathan McReynolds.  I ended up listening to his song “Pressure.”  It’s such a great song with a great message.

I hope you enjoyed listening to the message from Jon.  He is truly blessed by God.

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On Monday, I made stuffed pepper soup using some of the bulk hamburger I cooked up over the weekend.  I put the rice in the slow cooker when I put the rest of the ingredients in the slow cooker.  The rice ended  up falling apart after being cooked for that long.

If you make the soup and decide to put the rice in at the beginning, use brown rice instead of white like I did.  Or cook the rice at the end and then put it in the bowls as you serve up the soup.  It’s your decision.

Oh, I used a 6 quart crock pot.

Stuffed Pepper Soup

Stuffed Pepper Soup

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 lb of ground beef, browned or 2 c. bulk hamburger from the freezer
  • 1 15 oz. can of tomato sauce
  • 2 15 oz. cans of diced tomatoes with juices or 1 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 c. beef broth
  • 1 16 oz. bag of frozen pepper stir fry mix
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 c. brown rice
  • cheddar cheese to top the soup

Steps:

  1. Place all ingredients into your crock except for the cheese and rice if you opt to make the rice at the end.
  2. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours.
  3. (OPTIONAL STEP)  If you opted to make the rice at the end, make the rice.  Place about 1/4 c. of cooked rice in the bowls before servings.
  4. Serve with cheese.

Stuffed Pepper Soup

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If you enjoyed this recipe, please share it on Facebook or Pinterest.  Here is a link to my Facebook page and my Pinterest page.

To check out the rest of the recipes I’ve shared during this challenge, click on this link.

Oh and please check back during the first week of November.  I’m planning a small giveaway.  No, it is not a crock pot.  More information will be forthcoming about the giveaway.

Happy eating,
Traci

31 Days of Slow Cooking – Spanish Style Chicken Noodle Soup

Today is going to be a short post because of parent teacher conferences.  I’m going to feature a recipe from the blog.

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We love Spanish style chicken noodle soup.  The soup features orzo instead of egg noodles.  The original recipe called for it to be made on the stove top.  I adapted it for the slow cooker which is the only way I make it now.

The recipe calls for raw chicken breast but you can use already cooked chicken if you have any already cooked chicken.

Click on the picture to go to the recipe.

Spanish Style Chicken Noodle Soup
Spanish Style Chicken Noodle Soup

http://write31days.com/If you enjoyed this recipe, please share it on Facebook or Pinterest.  Here is a link to my Facebook page and my Pinterest page.

To check out the rest of the recipes I’ve shared during this challenge, click on this link.

Oh and please check back during the first week of November.  I’m planning a small giveaway.  No, it is not a crock pot.  More information will be forthcoming about the giveaway.

Happy eating,
Traci

Menu Plan Monday – October 19, 2015 (Day 19)

wpid-d01dc15e4b06d79f380093d68d66f9ab.jpgThis week is a crazy week.  I’ve got Parent-Teacher conferences on Tuesday and Thursday.   So having food in the crockpot makes sense.  Hubby will not have to worry about what to feed the boys.

Menu Plan Monday
Menu Plan Monday

Monday – Stuffed Pepper Soup

Tuesday – Crock pot chicken, Leftover Mashed Potatoes and Macaroni and Cheese, Veggies

Wednesday – Spanish Style Chicken Noodle Soup

Thursday – Bramble Beans and Homemade Applesauce

Friday – Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup, Grilled Cheese

For a printable version of the menu, click here.

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Recipe from My Blog

Since it’s Monday, I’m going to share one of my recipes from my blog.  Did you know that you can cook a whole chicken in the crockpot?  It’s the only way I “roast” a chicken for the family.  In the mornings, I prep the chicken, place it in the crockpot, and then we eat it for dinner.

You can freeze the chicken for other meals.  So it’s a win-win!

Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of the chicken.  Here is the link to the blog post:  Crockpot chicken.

So what can you do with the remaining chicken that you froze?  Here are a few recipes that use already cooked chicken:

Buffalo Wing Chicken Salad

Buffalo Wing Chicken Salad

Monterrey Chicken Quesadillas
Monterrey Chicken Quesadillas

Blog Spotlight

Here is another great blog that features crock pot meals – Recipes that Crock.  Cris has a lot of recipes that utilizes the crockpot.  She has breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes.  There are also recipes for desserts.

As I have done in weeks past, I’m going to feature two recipes that I would like to try from the blog.

  1. Crockpot Beef and Noodles – This sounds absolutely delicious!  I love beef and noodles so I can’t wait until I cook this.
  2. Crockpot Corn on the Cob – We love eating corn on the cob at our house.  Next summer, I will use this recipe to make the corn on the cob.  I won’t have to even heat up the kitchen with this recipe.  Maybe I would cook up some baked potatoes at the same time for a quick dinner.

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If you enjoyed this recipe, please share it on Facebook or Pinterest.  Here is a link to my Facebook page and my Pinterest page.

To check out the rest of the recipes I’ve shared during this challenge, click on this link.

Oh and please check back during the first week of November.  I’m planning a small giveaway.  No, it is not a crock pot.  More information will be forthcoming about the giveaway.

Happy eating,
Traci

This post is linked to Menu Plan Monday.

Taco Meat (Day 18)

I’ve signed up for a 31 day  writing challenge.  Everyday in October, I am posting a new slow cooker recipe, a link to a previous posted slow cooker recipe, or a link to a recipe from another blog.

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The Wee One loves tacos.  He will eat 2 to 3 tacos when I make tacos for him which is good because he needs to eat.

On Friday, the Imaginative One was not going to be around for dinner.  Hubby and I had plans with my co-workers. So I decided to make tacos for the Wee One and my mother-in-law who was going to be watching him.  He loved this recipe.  In fact, he ate 3 tacos on Friday night.

Taco Meat

Taco Meat

Stars of the recipe:

Steps:

  1. Place the browned ground beef in the slow cooker.
  2. Sprinkle the taco seasoning over the ground beef.
  3. Pour water over the ground beef.
  4. Cook on low for 4 hours.  It will be soupy.  Just use a slotted spoon to get the meat out of the slow cooker.
  5. Enjoy with your favorite taco fixings!

For a printable version of this recipe, click on this link.

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If you enjoyed this recipe, please share it on Facebook or Pinterest.  Here is a link to my Facebook page and my Pinterest page.

To check out the rest of the recipes I’ve shared during this challenge, click on this link.

Oh and please check back during the first week of November.  I’m planning a small giveaway.  No, it is not a crock pot.  More information will be forthcoming about the giveaway.

Happy eating,
Traci

Weekly Ramble – October 17, 2015

I’ve signed up for a 31 day  writing challenge.  Everyday in October, I am posting a new slow cooker recipe, a link to a previous posted slow cooker recipe, or a link to a recipe from another blog.

This week I’ve shared many recipes.  Click on the pictures of the recipes to go to the recipe.

potato soup
Potato Soup

To save the recipe on Pinterest

Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast
Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast

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Crockpot Ravioli
Crockpot Ravioli

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Slow Cooker Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes
Slow Cooker Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes

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Easy Pulled Pork
Easy Pulled Pork and an Easy Trick to shred the pork

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Balsamic Roast
Balsamic Roast

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Last Sunday, we went to an Apple Butter Festival for our lunch.  We didn’t eat any apple butter because the line was SUPER long.  The boys got to help stir the apple butter while it was cooking though.  They really enjoyed doing that.

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On Wednesday, I went with my school down to Cincinnati to the Freedom Center.  For some reason, the class I was chaperoning and another class went to the third floor.  The rest of the classes went to the second floor.  Since I was on the third floor, I had a great view of the Ohio River.  While the other chaperones were watching the restrooms, I watched the students who were not in the bathroom.  I took that opportunity to quickly take a picture of the view.

Later in the day, Google pictures stylized the picture.  I love the look of the picture because it looks like a postcard.  (Click on the picture to find out more information about the Freedom Center.  It’s an interesting place.)

View of the Ohio River from the Freedom Center

When I did my research for slow cooking recipes, I noticed a few of the recipes used a casserole Crockpot.  I was interested in the casserole Crockpot and decided I was going to treat myself to one for completing the 31 day writing challenge.  One reason I want it is so that I can use it on Thanksgiving.  I’m going to be cooking the side dishes and desserts for Thanksgiving while my mother-in-law cooks the turkey.

On Thursday I was at Target and quickly looked at the crock pot aisle.  I found the casserole Crockpot on sale for $29.  So I took it as a sign that I needed that crockpot then.  This morning I made Hubby and Wee One French toast and bacon and then put it in the casserole Crockpot to keep warm until they were ready to eat breakfast.

French toast and baconSo very convenient!

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Today’s slow cooker meal is not a real meal but a kitchen tip.  Did you know you can make freezer kits for slow cooking meals?  It makes life so much easier.  Make a batch ahead of time.  Then place the meals into freezer bags.  The night before you are going to cook the dinner, pull the meal out of the freezer into the fridge to allow it defrost.  Then on the morning you are going to cook the meal, you just put the food in the slow cooker.  (Sometimes I don’t even defrost the meal.)

I saw a great idea where you make the bags and place inside a bread pan.  Then you freeze the bag inside the bread pan.  The freezer bag would be a perfect size for the freezer and the food inside would fit into the crockpot.

Here is the blog post about freezer kits with some links of blogs that have great slow cooking recipes that could be frozen.

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If you enjoyed this recipe, please share it on Facebook or Pinterest.  Here is a link to my Facebook page and my Pinterest page.

To check out the rest of the recipes I’ve shared during this challenge, click on this link.

Oh and please check back during the first week of November.  I’m planning a small giveaway.  No, it is not a crock pot.  More information will be forthcoming about the giveaway.

Happy eating,
Traci

Balsamic Roast – (Day 16)

I’ve signed up for a 31 day  writing challenge.  Everyday in October, I am posting a new slow cooker recipe, a link to a previous posted slow cooker recipe, or a link to a recipe from another blog.

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Have you ever had a day where you wished you could go back into bed?  Thursday was one of those days.  So it was nice to come home to some comfort food.

We love pot roast at our house.  I’ve made the same recipe for pot roast for over a decade.  That is until I found this recipe back in May.  We have had it 3 times since and each time we’ve enjoyed the meat.

The meat becomes super tender when cooked in the vinegar.  Yum!  Plus the flavor is out of the world delicious.  This pot roast is going into rotation at our house.

This is also a super easy recipe.  You need only a few ingredients to make this dinner.

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Balsamic Beef Roast

adapted from $5 Dinners 

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 1/2 to 2 lb. beef chuck roast
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 c. beef or chicken broth or water
  • 1/2 c. balsamic vinegar

Steps:

  1. Place pot roast into the crock pot.
  2. Sprinkle the garlic powder, salt, and pepper over the pot roast.
  3. Pour the water, beef broth, or chicken broth around the pot roast.
  4. Pour the vinegar over the pot roast.
  5. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  6. Serve with your favorite side dish.
  7. Enjoy!

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If you enjoyed this recipe, please share it on Facebook or Pinterest.  Here is a link to my Facebook page and my Pinterest page.

To check out the rest of the recipes I’ve shared during this challenge, click on this link.

Happy eating,
Traci

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches plus a trick

I’ve signed up for a 31 day  writing challenge.  Everyday in October, I am posting a new slow cooker recipe, a link to a previous posted slow cooker recipe, or a link to a recipe from another blog.

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This pulled pork is super easy and only requires three ingredients.

Yesterday I went on a field trip to the Freedom Center down in Cincinnati.  When I got home, I was exhausted so having the pork in the slow cooker made having dinner easier.  I shredded up the pork and then made some root beer barbecue sauce for the sandwiches.  Imaginative One made some French fries to go with the sandwiches.  The pulled pork sandwiches were such an easy dinner.

I ended up freezing the remaining pulled pork for future meals.

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Easy Pulled Pork

adapted from Recipes that Crock

Stars of the recipe:

  • 2 – 3 lb. pork tenderloin or shoulder butt pork roast
  • 1/2 c. chicken broth
  • seasoning salt or favorite barbecue seasoning blend

Steps:

  1. Place pork in slow cooker.
  2. Sprinkle seasoning salt or barbecue seasoning blend over the pork.
  3. Pour the chicken broth over the pork.
  4. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  5. Shred.
  6. Enjoy on buns with your favorite barbecue sauce.  (I used my recipe for root beer barbecue sauce.)

A trick to shred up cooked up pork quickly and efficiently

  1.  Pull the cooked pork out of the slow cooker.

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2.  Place pork in a stand mixing bowl.  Use the paddle to shred up the meat.

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3.  Put the shredded meat back in the slow cooker until you are ready to serve dinner.

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If you enjoyed this recipe, please share it on Facebook or Pinterest.  Here is a link to my Facebook page and my Pinterest page.

Happy eating,
Traci

Slow Cooker Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes

I’ve signed up for a 31 day  writing challenge.  Every day in October, I am posting a new slow cooker recipe, a link to a previous posted slow cooker recipe, or a link to a recipe from another blog.

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My family loves simple meals like sandwiches.  These sloppy Joes are an easy meal to put together especially if you bulk cook the hamburger and use frozen peppers and onions.

Hubby enjoyed his sandwich.  The boys balked at it because of the onions, peppers, and mushrooms.  Wee One refused to try it while the Imaginative One picked out the onions, peppers, and onions.  I loved it but then again I love cheese steaks!

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So who and where did the cheese steak begin?  I looked on the Internet and found the history of the first cheese steak even though there was no cheese on the first sandwich.

1930s – During the 1930s in the Italian immigrant section of South Philadelphia, brothers Harry Olivieri (1916-2006) and Pat Olivieri sold hot dogs and sandwiches. Tired of hot dogs, Pat suggested that Harry go to a store and buy some beef. Harry brought it back, sliced it up and grilled the beef with some onions. The brothers piled the meat on rolls and were about to dig in when a cab driver arrived for lunch, smelled the meat and onions and demanded one of the sandwiches. Pat never got a bite because a cab driver drove by, smelled the sandwich, and asked how much? He didn’t know what to charge, so he charged a nickel. The cab driver supposedly said“Hey . . . forget about those hot dogs, you should sell these.” It was not until 20 years later that cheese was added to the sandwich by a longtime employee, Joe Lorenzo, who was tired of the usual sandwich and added some cheese.

From What’s Cooking America  (Click on link for more information about the cheese steak.)

Slow Cooker Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes

adapted from Spend with Pennies

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 lb. of ground beef
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, sliced or 2 c. frozen pepper and onion mix
  • 1 1/2 c. sliced mushrooms or a small can of mushrooms, drained (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 can of beef broth
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • Provolone cheese or American cheese, slices

Steps:

  1. In a skillet, brown the ground beef or bulk cook the hamburger in the slow cooker.  Drain the fat off.
  2. Place the ground beef, garlic, black pepper, onion, green pepper, and mushrooms in the slow cooker.
  3. Sprinkle flour over the ground beef and veggies.  Toss too coat the meat and veggies.
  4. Pour the beef broth and Worcestershire sauce over the meat and veggies.
  5. Cook for 5 hours on low.
  6. Enjoy on a bun with your favorite cheese

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If you enjoyed this recipe, please share it on Facebook or Pinterest.  Here is a link to my Facebook page and my Pinterest page.

Happy eating,
Traci

Slow Cooker Ravioli

I’ve signed up for a 31 day  writing challenge.  Everyday in October, I am posting a new slow cooker recipe, a link to a previous posted slow cooker recipe, or a link to a recipe from another blog.

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Our family loves ravioli.  It’s such an easy meal to put together.  This recipe makes its own sauce so it’s truly a one pot meal.  Add a salad and garlic bread on the meal to make a complete meal.

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Slow Cooker Ravioli

adapted from The Country Cook

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Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 package of frozen ravioli
  • 1 – 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes or 2 – 15 oz. cans of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 – 6 oz. can of tomato paste
  • 1 to 1 1/2 c. of water
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 c. shredded Italian cheese

Steps:

  1. Spray your crock with cooking spray.
  2. Place the ravioli and onion in the crockpot.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, mix the crushed tomatoes, water, garlic, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
  4. Pour over the onion and ravioli.
  5. Cover and cook for 5 hours on low.
  6. 10 minutes prior to serving, cover with cheese and allow to melt.
  7. Enjoy!

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If you enjoyed this recipe, please share it on Facebook or Pinterest.  Here is a link to my Facebook page and my Pinterest page.

Happy eating,
Traci