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Sloppy Joes (Day 6)


Welcome to Day 6 of the 31 Days of Slow Cooking.  Today I’m featuring sloppy Joes.

The Imaginative One is a Boy Scout.  For the past year, he’s tried to get all of the requirements done so that he can move up to first class.  On Tuesday night, he met up with an Eagle Scout who helps with the troop to assure he has all the requirements done.  Then once he got home from the meeting, he called the advisor who holds the Board of Review so that he could set up an appointment.  Next Tuesday, he’s going to meet with the advisors so that they could determine if he’s ready to move up to first class.  I’m so proud of him.

We also had his parent teacher conference.  One thing about the Imaginative One is that he is a big reader.  When he crossed over to Boy Scouts in February of 2015, he would read during the majority of the meetings instead of paying attention.  As time passed, he has become more and more social.  Any who, Hubby was told that the teacher didn’t know if the Imaginative One was paying attention in class because he will socialize at times.  It turns out the class is the English Language Arts class.  One of his Boy Scouts buddies is in that class.  I never thought I would hear that about the Imaginative One.

Continue onto the next page for the sloppy Joe recipe.

Coca Cola Barbecue Ranch Wraps (Day 5)


Welcome to Day 5 of 31 Days of Slow Cooking!

Yesterday I was talking another co-worker about my first year of teaching.  Somehow one of the other special education teachers got permission for the students on my caseload to go on their swimming field trips and community field trips.  That’s never happened since that first year.

One of my favorite of the field trips was the one where we went swimming, Cub Foods, McDonald’s, and then to see Emperor’s New Groove.  I don’t know how we got by with that kind of field trip.  We certainly could not do that now.

When we were at Cub Foods, we were suppose to be given a tour of the grocery store.  That didn’t happen so we divided the students into groups and walked them around ourselves.  I was not familiar with the layout of the store and ended up taking my group of students down the alcohol aisle.  To be honest it was drinks with a small section of alcohol in the middle of the aisle.  One of the students pipped up “My dad drinks that stuff.”  At that point I walked even quicker down the aisle.

On that day I was mortified but now I can laugh about it 16 years later.

Continue to page 2 for the today’s recipe.

Trends and Peach BBQ Pulled Pork – Day 4

Welcome to Day 4 of the 31 Days of Slow Cooking.

I am a special education teacher by day and a mother by night. Sort of like being a Superhero.

Lots of my stories are about my students or my two boys. Both keep me entertained.

Right now all I am hearing about from the students in my building are about the clowns that are “haunting” the schools. No one has seen these clowns but the students swear they are really out there. I’m not saying the clowns don’t exist. It’s just the students are obsessed about them.  Some are downright scared of them. When I ask the students to quit talking about them, they think it’s because I am scared of them.

After 17 years in the teaching field,  you realize trends and urban legends come and go. Two years ago, according to the students everyone had Ebola. Last year, it was the Watch Me trend and the Dab trend. Many years ago, we had the shaped bracelets that students traded. Then 3 years ago, we had the rubber bands you could make into bracelets. 

It’s just so interesting to see what trends come and go.

One trend I wish would go is the sagging pants. It’s been going on for 10 years.

What are some trends you wish would make a comeback?  Or what are some trends you wish would disappear?

Continue onto page 2 for the recipe.

Dear Tanya (10/3/16) – Menu Plan Monday – Slow Cooker Granola – Day 3

Page 1 is the latest Dear Tanya letter.

Page 2 is our menu for this week.

Page 3 is the recipe for Slow Cooker Granola.

On the days I have a recipe that I’ve tried previously, I’m going to share a story or another letter to my sister.

Dearest Tanya,

I don’t know if you know how much I do miss you.  There is one song that I listen to that has lyrics that reminds me of you.  I listen to the song and then just cry.

The lyrics that remind me of you are:

“I need a family to drive me crazy.”

“We’ll have tiny boxes for memories.
Open them up and we’ll set them free.”

“But I’ll keep your secrets, if you keep mine.”

“You are the memory that won’t ever lapse
When twenty five years have suddenly passed.”

“Take my picture and the you laugh
Cause I hate the way I look in photographs.”

“Keep the memories, but don’t live in the past.”

“You are the sun in the desolate sky.”

I just discovered the song right before you died and it speaks so much to me and how I feel about you.  I know how much you hated me taking photographs of you.  Those photos are now precious in my eyes.  I see laughter and joy in your face in many of them  I wish you knew how blessed of a life you had Tanya.

Right before you died, we got a Quaker Parrot.  His name is Password.  Todd named him so that is why he has that name.  Anyway, he was hatched on Will’s birthday.  This week he decided to start talking.  Instead of screeching, he’ll start to say beak bump.  So funny!

Give everyone a hug for me.

I love you!

Love your annoying sister,

My Slow Cooker Equipment – Day 2


Welcome to Day 2 of Write 31 2016.  Today we are going to be discussing some equipment or tools that I use when I making food in the slow cooker.

My slow cookers:

I have many different slow cookers at the house.  One is my 4 to 5 quart programmable slow cooker.  I got it for Easter last year because Hubby would constantly forget to turn off the food when I would I would text or call him to turn the slow cooker to the warm setting.  So I ordered at programmable slow cooker.  This is the one that I use the most.

My Programmable Crockpot

I have two other 4 to 5 quart slow cookers.  One that is black and the other is red.  I haven’t used either of them in a few months.  I will probably give one of them to my mother when she moves out of my house.

I have another programmable one that is a 6 quart slow cooker.  I don’t use that one because it too big for the amount of the food we eat at our house.  I keep it around because it does still work and would be great to make food when I am entertaining.

I also have a small 2 quart slow cooker.  It only has a warm setting so it’s not used very often.  I mostly use to make overnight oatmeal, cranberry relish, or Honey Glazed Carrots in the Crockpot.

Lastly I have a casserole slow cooker.  I bought it last year for completing the 31 Days of Slow Cooking last year.  I wish I knew that there was a programmable casserole slow cooker because I would have gotten that instead of the one that I did.  I’ve made some desserts and lasagna in the casserole slow cooker.

Other equipment:

Most days I use slow cooker bags.  It’s so much easier to clean up after using the slow cooker bags.  I usually get the store brand because they work the same.


I also use the little crock from the small slow cooker inside my programmable slow cooker.  This makes it easier to make the overnight oatmeal.  I use it when I need to make smaller quantities of food.  This way the food does not dry out.

Lastly I use a bread pan that fits in the crock of the programmable slow cooker.  It just so happens that I have a blue Pyrex that fits comfortably in the crock.  I use this primarily for making slow cooker meatloaf.


What kind of slow cookers and/or tools do you have for your slow cooker?

Recipes are going to begin tomorrow.