From House to Home {Link Party}: Recipes for the New School Year

Winner Meals for Fall

This week I’ve been experimenting with some new recipes, and they haven’t gone over well.  I was trying the “make-ahead frozen and then put in the crock-pot” meals.  They’re too mushy and don’t “present” well.  So, my husband helped me go through my recipes to identify the winners and get a list ready for fall.

Here are my best meals.  I hope to add some photos to the posts (and the rest of the recipes) in the coming months–but only if I can make them look good (like my friend over at A Little Bit Crunchy)!

Chicken:

Chicken Tacos/Nachos (crock-pot)

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Baked BBQ Chicken Breasts

Parmesan Chicken Nuggets/Strips

Italian Chicken Dish

Chicken Quesadillas

Beef:

Beef Tacos

Hamburgers

Cranberry Roast (crock-pot)

French Dip Sandwiches (crock-pot)

Roast and Veggies

Steak

Sloppy Joes (crock-pot)

Soups:

Mexican Chicken Soup

Black Bean Soup

Butternut Squash Soup (crock-pot)

Vegetable Beef Soup

Chili (crock-pot)

Friendship Soup

Split Pea Soup

Baked Potato Soup

Other:

Turkey Breast (crock-pot)

Hot Dogs

Pizza

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce or Meatballs

Ribs

Ravioli Bake

Lasagna

Fettucini Alfredo

Omelets

Turkey Tettrazini

Fried Egg Sandwiches

Baked Potatoes

Sausage and Penne Pasta

Pulled Pork Sandwiches (crock-pot)

Veggie Burgers

And here are a few meals that I’d like to add to the repertoire that I haven’t made before (or recently):  Quiche, Pot Pie, Stir Fry, Buffalo Chicken Salad, White Chili, Swedish Meatballs with Noodles, Hot Potato Salad with Ham, Ham and Potatoes with Cream Sauce.

 

What are your favorite standard dishes?  Please share a link in the linky or comments!

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Review of “Creative Slow-Cooker Meals: Use Two Slow Cookers for Tasty and Easy Meals”by Cheryl Moeller

 

Last review of 2011:  Creative Slow-Cooker Meals:  Use Two  Slow Cookers for Tasty and Easy Meals by Cheryl Moeller.

When Cheryl first told me about her cookbook and its focus on using two slow cookers, I had my husband buy us a second one as soon as they were on sale at Aldi!  This is such a cool idea.  The cookbook is divided into the following sections:  Breakfast, Shopping Local, Passport to the Nations, Simple Meals, Bulk Bargains, Parties, Vegetarian and Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, and more.  Sometimes you’ll see a main course paired with a side dish.  Or maybe a breakfast dish paired with a topping.  Or an appetizer paired with a drink.

I went through the cookbook and bookmarked every recipe I wanted to try first–there are about 30!  Unfortunately, I didn’t get any made this week as almost my entire family came down with the flu.  One night those who had an appetite just ate protein bars for dinner!  But I know this cookbook will be on my counter constantly from now on, as crock-pot meals work great for our busy family.

And now a word from the author, Cheryl Moeller:

“So you still have people to buy for on your Christmas List? We are excited to let you know about an upcoming before Christmas e-book promotion for Creative Slow-Cooker Meals: Use Two Slow Cookers for Tasty and Easy Meals by Cheryl Moeller.

From December 22 – January 2 we will be offering the cookbook at a special “sale” price of $2.99 through our ebook distributors—this includes Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Apple, and the Sony Reader.”

Find the Kindle Book at Amazon or the Nook Book or print book at Barnes and Noble:  Creative Slow-Cooker Meals: Use Two Slow Cookers for Tasty and Easy Dinners

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Canning Crock-Pot Apple Butter- A Tutorial

**Jars of this delicious homemade Apple Butter would make an awesome Christmas gift!

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Are you ready to make some yummy apple butter? My husband LOVES it, so I’ve been making lots every fall for the past few years.  Here’s the recipe:

Crock-Pot Apple Butter

20 apples, cored and cut into pieces (keep skins on)
2 cups apple cider (or substitute apple juice or water)
3 cups sugar
2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. ground cloves

Put apples and cider into crock-pot on low for 10 hours.  (I do it overnight.)
In the morning, barely puree in a blender–don’t liquify!  Add it back to the crock-pot and put in the sugar and spices.  Cook on low for 1 more hour.

Now you can simply put it in the refrigerator (it will keep for several weeks).  Or put in freezer containers to freeze.  Or can it; process 10 minutes.  It makes about 5 pint-sized jars (10 of the 8-ounce jelly jars).

Tutorial:

1.  Wash, core, and cut up apples.  Put in large crock-pot with 2 cups of cider, juice, or water.

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2.  Cook on low 10 hours overnight.

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3.  Puree in a blender.

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4.  Put back in to the crock-pot with sugar and spices.  Cook on low one more hour.  Wash jars and rings in dishwasher–use heat dry so they will stay hot until ready to fill.  Get canning pot ready.  Start water to boil about 20 minutes before the apple butter will be done.

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5.  Preheat oven to 200 or 250 degrees to keep jars hot.  Boil water in a pot.  Place the new lids in the pot, turn off the heat, and cover with a lid.
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6.  Fill jars with apple butter leaving about 1/2 to 1/4 inch headspace.  Wipe tops with a paper towel.  Put lids and rings on.  Place back in oven until ready to put all jars into the pot.  (Using the right tools makes canning so much easier!  See below for my suggestions.)

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7.  Place jars on rack in water-bath canning pot.  Lower rack; cover and boil for 10 minutes.  (Make sure there’s about an inch of water above jars after lowering.)

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8.  Remove jars from pot and place on a towel to cool.  Check later to see if the jar sealed by pressing on the lid.  If it pops back up, put in the refrigerator and use first.

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See these links for helpful canning equipment from Walmart:

**Have fun making apple butter and let me know if you make some!

 

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Crock-pot Turkey Breast and Cranberry Sauce

Such an easy meal, and really good for the fall!  I made this yesterday. It’s one of the few meals that ALL my kids will eat!  One thing I do every November is buy lots (10-15) of bags of cranberries when they’re on sale around Thanksgiving.  No preparation needed–just throw them in the freezer.  I love to make cranberry sauce throughout the year.  We had that yesterday, too!  It’s also great for my Cranberry Roast recipe.

How to cook a turkey breast in the crock-pot:

Clean out and rinse turkey breast.

Place breast down in crock pot.  Add 1-2 cups of chicken broth.

Sprinkle on some seasonings, such as salt, pepper, sage, poultry seasoning, or Italian seasoning.

Optional: Add some veggies, such as carrots, potatoes, celery, and/or onions.

Cook on low 8 hours.

Serve with homemade gravy, if you like.

Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce:

Bring 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water to boil.  Add the frozen cranberries, and bring back to a boil.  Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring from time to time.  Cool and then refrigerate before eating.

Wildtree Crock-Pot/ Freezer Meal workshop

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Are you ready to tame dinnertime?  


In about 60 minutes you are going to have prepped 10 meals to stock your freezer!  What a time-saver! These meals are going to make your dinnertime less chaotic and much more enjoyable.

It’s that time of year when life gets busy and meals can be caught between one activity and the next.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have tons of dinners ready to go in the freezer to make this season a whole lot easier?  I’m offering my Scrumptious Crock Pot Meal Workshop to help us all save some time.

This is how it will work:

1. Purchase the Scrumptious Crock Pot Workshop Bundle of Wildtree products BEFORE Saturday, February 11.  To purchase your bundle, please call or email our Wildtree representative, Jennifer Kilmer (leave Gena a comment to get Jennifer’s contact info)
2. Come to the workshop with your bags filled with designated “protein” and a few other ingredients.
3. Take home 10 quick and easy freezer meals, each with enough food for 6 adults.
4. You’ll also go home with left over Wildtree product to use another time for side dishes and other main dishes!

Here’s the 
Scrumptious Crock Pot Meals Bundle for $73 (tax and shipping is included)

Smoky Bacon-Flavored Grapeseed Oil
Cajun Blend
Chicken Bouillon Soup Base
Hearty Spaghetti Blend
Absolutely Onion Blend
Italian Salad Dressing Blend
Garlic Galore

Recipes

Black Bean Chorizo Soup
Chicken and Vegetables in Wine Sauce
Savory Cajun Chicken and Sausage
Pork Roast with Apricot Glaze
Zesty Ginger-Tomato Chicken
Open Faced Steak Sandwiches with Ratatouille
Hearty Chicken Parmesan
Absolutely Onion Pot Roast
Scrumptious Ham & Lentil Soup
Mediterranean Chicken

Order by Date: Saturday, February 11
Place of Workshop: Gena’s Place
Date of Workshop:  Sunday, February 26
Time: 4pm

Please comment on this post or email me and let me know that you will be there and then call/email Jennifer Kilmer with your payment information.  We need to order the bundles no later than Saturday, Feb 11 in order for the items to be shipped in time for the workshop.


**If you would like to do the “workshop” (assembly) at home on your own, you can still order the bundle now and get all the recipes from Jennifer!

Jennifer Kilmer
Wildtree Team Leader
http://www.mywildtree.com/jenniferkilmer/

simple…healthy…natural 

 

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Apple Butter–made in your crock-pot!

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A couple of weeks ago we picked about 80 apples!  My husband said he wanted lot of apple butter this year!  Here is the recipe that I’ve been using.  I tweaked it a bit from last year and am happier with the thicker consistency.

Crock-Pot Apple Butter

15 apples, cored and cut into pieces (keep skins on)
2 cups apple cider (or substitute apple juice or water)
3 cups sugar
2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. ground cloves

Put apples and cider into crock-pot on low for 10 hours.  (I do it overnight.)
In the morning, barely puree–don’t liquify!  Add it back to the crock-pot and put in the sugar and spices.  Cook on low for 1 more hour.

Now you can simply put it in the refrigerator (it will keep for several weeks).  Or put in freezer containers to freeze.  Or can it; process 10 minutes.