Five 3-Ingredient Crock-Pot Dinners My Family Loves!

It’s getting to be busy fall time! Rehearsals, classes, practices–almost all of our afternoons and evenings are full. So, I don’t have time to spend in the kitchen getting dinner ready. I love crock-pot meals because they are fast and easy. But, they have to taste good and look good, too! Be sure to Pin It for later! Here are some easy 3-ingredient crock-pot dinners:  (Click through each title for the recipe, grocery list, and serving ideas.) 1. Turkey Breast Turkey {Read More}

35+ 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 {Read More}

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, {Read More}

Review and Giveaway of NuNaturals Stevia products

  What a fun post today!  Thank you so much to the NuNaturals company for sending me a box of wonderful natural sugar-free gluten-free products to try out!  I received five bottles of liquid NuStevia:  Peppermint, Vanilla, Orange, Lemon, and Plain; a package of Presweet Tagatose; and NuStevia Prebiotic blend. Stevia is derived from a leaf that is used as a sweetener.  Many Stevia products on the market have a bitter aftertaste, but not NuStevia!  NuNaturals sells it in powdered {Read More}

Canning Crock Pot Apple Butter- A Tutorial

**Jars of this delicious homemade Apple Butter would make an awesome Christmas gift! Subscribe to our mailing list * indicates required Email Address * First Name 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 {Read More}

Meals for 7/14 – 7/20, 2012

I’m going to start putting my weekly meal list here to see if I can simplify my life a bit.  Then, I’ll be able to come back here in future and not think about it again! Meals for 7/14 – 7/20, 2012 Saturday:  Poppyseed Kabobs 2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1 cup each of zucchini, red bell peppers, not-too-ripe peaches, mushrooms, onions half bottle of Kraft Signature Collection Creamy Poppyseed Dressing Cut chicken and veggies into kabob sizes.  Marinate in {Read More}

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches- Pinterest Challenge

Last night I made these yummy Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches, that I originally saw on Pinterest.  I used my husband’s wonderful chocolate chip cookie recipe. This post is linked up to the Pinterest Challenge.   New Quizno’s Coupons! Get Free Small Sub with purchase of any sub of equal or greater value and a large Fountain Drink. $1 Off a Regular create your own steak or Chicken Sub or $2 Off a Large create your own steak or Chicken {Read More}

Food on the Table–Free Life Membership!

If you missed this last time, you have another chance–but hurry, before it’s gone again. Food on the Table matches recipes/ grocery lists with the grocery store sales of the week!  It’s a wonderful way to get organized for evening mealtimes–and we know how important those sit-down times are for our kids’ development.  They even have ways of narrowing down recipes for gluten-free, vegetarian, low-carb, low-fat, low-sodium, or specific ingredients.  It’s very handy! So, you can sign up to get a {Read More}

What’s going on Today?

Well, I have slept through the night (7 hours in a row) the last TWO nights!  I don’t think that has happened in years!  Of course, I’m still so sleep-deprived that I don’t feel any better yet, but maybe if the trend continues. . . .  I’ve felt like I’ve been living in a cloud for so long, it’s hard to remember what it’s like to be clear-headed.  I’m going to try Claritan to help with my allergies–got the doctor’s {Read More}

Spinach-Artichoke Dip recipe

Spinach-Artichoke Dip 1 can marinated artichoke hearts 1 pkg (9-11 oz.) frozen spinach, thawed 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup sour cream 1 garlic clove, pressed 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese Coursely chop artichokes.  Mix it with spinach, mayo, and sour cream.  Add pressed garlic and Parmesan cheese.  Mix well. Spoon into oven-safe baking dish and bake 20-25 minutes at 375 degrees.  Serve with chips, pita bread, crackers, or raw veggies!  

Roasted Garlic & Black Olive Hummus

Roasted Garlic & Black Olive Hummus From a friend at church: In 375 degree oven, roast 5-6 cloves garlic for 15-20 minutes, or until soft.  Cool and peel garlic and place in a bowl with 2 cans garbanzo beans (drained) and 1 can black olives (drained),  1/4 cup olive oil, 1 to 1 1/2 t cumin, 2T lemon juice and salt to taste, mix together.  Puree in batches in blender or food processor.  Then mix all together again and serve {Read More}

Meatball Recipe

Meatballs Enjoy this meatball recipe that I make these to eat with spaghetti or on meatball sandwiches.  I usually double it and freeze half (either before baking the meatballs or after.) 1 pound ground beef 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs 1/4 cup milk 1/2 t. salt 1/2 t. Worcestershire sauce 1/4 t. pepper 1 T. dried onion flakes (or 1/4 cup chopped onion) 1 large egg Mix all ingredients together.  Form into 1-inch meatballs.  Bake uncovered about 20 minutes.   {Read More}


A friend of mine just shared a neat way to prepare quinoa for breakfast.  So, we had this yesterday.  These are my friend’s ideas: To soak the quinoa (quinoa, BTW, should always be soaked because it contains antinutrients, and soaking for a period of time neutralizes these) – The evening before, put your quinoa in a pot, cover with warm water  ( I usually put in enough water to be about a half inch over the quinoa), then stir in  3 {Read More}

Chicken Taco Filling in Crockpot

Chicken Taco Filling in Crockpot  3 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts 6 T. taco seasoning mix (see recipe here) If chicken breasts are frozen, you won’t need extra juice. Otherwise, add some chicken broth.   Place chicken in and sprinkle with seasonings.  Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours. Shred the chicken. Good on tortilla chips for nachos or put in tortillas or taco shells for tacos.   Shopping list: 3 pounds frozen chicken breasts taco seasoning mix chicken broth tortilla {Read More}

Taco Seasoning Mix

A few years ago I discovered that all the taco seasoning mixes I could find had MSG in them.  So, I started making my own.  This is really good.  I keep it in a plastic container with a tight seal. Taco Seasoning Mix 4 T. dried minced onion 2 T. chili powder 2 t. paprika 2 t. red pepper flakes 1 1/2 t. dried oregano 4 t. salt 1 T. cornstarch 1 T. dried minced garlic 3 t. cumin Mix {Read More}


Chili About 2 pounds ground beef 2 onions, chopped 5 celery stalks, chopped 1 bell pepper, chopped 6 cloves garlic, minced 2 t. chili powder 1 1/2 T. dried parsley flakes salt and pepper 2 large cans kidney beans 1 large can chili beans 12 oz. can tomato paste 29 oz. can tomato sauce 1 large can diced tomatoes (I use ones that are frozen from my garden.) Brown beef with onions, bell pepper, celery, and garlic; drain.  Add all {Read More}