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Monday, June 29, 2015

My Favorite Slow Cooker

One of the most frequent questions I get asked is, "What kind of slow cooker do you use?" and "What kind of slow cooker should I buy?"

What is the best slow cooker on the market for a manageable price?

Well, I have tried several slow cookers and they all have their unique features but I'm currently crushing on a KitchenAid slow cooker.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Which Type of M&Ms are Best?

There's a question that's been burning in my soul for a long time.

If I had all of the different types of M&Ms in front of me, which type would I reach for first? What type of M&Ms are the best?

Which type of M&Ms are best?

Would it be the creamy peanut butter or the slightly salty pretzel or the triple-the-chocolate megas or the cool, refreshing dark chocolate mint? There are just so many great choices when it comes to M&Ms. As you know, I probably think way too much about them (as evidenced by my scientific study a few weeks back). I probably think way too much about chocolate in general.  I really do.  It's kind of sad. But for me, a day without chocolate is a day not worth living.

So back to the burning question at hand, I decided I needed to answer that question. I decided that the only way to find the answer was buy every single type of M&Ms (the big bags, of course) and invite friends over and conduct a taste test survey.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Slow Cooker Chicken Sloppy Joes

Switch up normal sloppy joes for chicken sloppy joes. They couldn't be easier to make with the help of your slow cooker and this recipe can stretch to feed a crowd on a budget.
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Sloppy Joe, slop sloppy joe, sloppy joe, slop sloppy joe, MEATLOAF SANDWICH!  I introduced my kids to Adam Sandlers "lunch lady land" the other day when I cooked these sloppy joes for dinner and they loved it. Good times, good times.

Unlike the unappetizing sloppy joes found in lunch lady land, these sloppy joes are seriously so good. I was even surprised at how much I liked them. When served on a toasted bun they are a great summer slow cooker supper. Plus if you watch grocery prices you'll notice that beef is so expensive lately so you'll save a lot of money by using chicken instead. I actually think I like the texture of the shredded chicken in these sloppy joes better than the texture of ground beef.

Monday, June 22, 2015

101 Slow Cooker Summer Suppers--Enough summer crockpot recipes to get you through the entire summer!

I cannot believe that summer is here!  I'm kind of freaking out a little bit.  My kids have been on year round school so they only get about 6 weeks of summer break but it's still 6 weeks of unplanned time.  6 weeks of pool, 6 weeks of "I'm bored, mom," 6 weeks of popsicles (for the kids), 6 weeks of ice cream (for the mom), 6 weeks of "we should go camping mom," 6 weeks of me resisting camping.  You know what I'm talking about right?!  Time is exceedingly abundant for kids but not for moms who are still trying to get everything done without any time to themselves.  Why not make it easy on yourself? Plan your meals for a month at a time with this guide.  Choose the meals that your family will like and get them going in the crock while you're feeding your kids breakfast or lunch!  Then when you get home from the pool in the afternoon/evening you won't have to scramble to make dinner. Most of it will have been taken care of by the slow cooker.  The other really great part is that the slow cooker won't heat up your kitchen like an oven or stove will!  Keep cool this summer and your AC bill down--use your crockpot!
101 Crockpot summer recipes--perfect to menu plan for the whole summer

(This is an updated post from May 2014, I've added in some new recipes so now there are 101 summer slow cooker recipes.)