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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

5 {Slow Cooker} Recipes to Make with Your Ham Leftovers

What is your favorite Easter meal?  I enjoy the ham, rolls, asparagus and some delicious dessert that includes a fair amount of chocolate.  You're bound to have some ham leftovers so keep these recipes in mind for the days following Easter!  I love how ham flavors soups.  Don't throw away your ham bone either!  Add it into the soup you make for some extra flavor.  
5 {CrockPot} Recipes to Make with Your Ham Leftovers #easter #ham #easydinner

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

CrockPot Caramel Chicken Recipe (and how I feel about stinky boys)

Do you have boys? I have one boy.  He's 5 and it's crazy how much I love him.  He is incredibly charming and very cute.  He looks a lot like my husband and has a lot of his personality too.  Which is probably why I'm so drawn to him.  We just click, you know?  He is my little buddy.  He is not perfect and am the first to admit that but I love him anyway and look past his temper and his inability to clean up after himself (most of the time).  The problem is this, he is 5 and when him and his friends come over and play in his room it's like a big, sweaty locker room.  These kids are 5 and 6.  Really?  Am I seriously already dealing with stinky B.O. boys?  Why are boys so much grosser than girls?  My daughter doesn't have this issue and she's 8.  When I go in her room, it doesn't smell like roses but it's not a stink bomb either.  I grew up with 6 sisters...no brothers.  So I'm just not familiar with this boy grossness.  Let's not even start on the bathroom!  
crockpot caramel chicken recipe #chickendinner #chicken #slowcooker #crockpotrecipe #recipe #easydinner

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Monday, April 7, 2014

6 Things You Should Be Buying at the Dollar Store

Hi guys!  Today I want to share a little life hack with you instead of the typical recipe.  Hopefully one of these ideas will be helpful to you.  The dollar store isn't just for cheap toys that will get broken and you'll throw away the day after you bought them!  There are actually some really good deals that are worth making a trip to the local All-A-Dollar or Dollar Tree in your neighborhood.
6 Things You Should Be Buying at the Dollar Store...good to know! #lifehack

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Easy Recipe for Slow Cooker Cajun Ham and 15 Bean Soup


This creamy and flavorful ham and bean soup is going to be your new go-to 
recipe when you have ham leftovers...it's easy to make and delicious to eat!
Recipe for CrockPot Cajun Ham and 15 Bean Soup #easydinner #crockpotrecipe #slowcooker #beans
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This soup is so easy to make with a fairly short list of ingredients AND it tastes so awesome.  That's my equation for a winning slow cooker recipe (easy to make + easy ingredients + tastes awesome = winner winner slow cooked dinner)  It is my favorite soup I've made yet with the HamBeens® products!  I wanted to publish this recipe before Easter so you can use your ham leftovers and ham bone to make this.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Recipe for Crock Pot Sweet Salsa Chicken


This easy recipe for crock pot sweet salsa chicken is a perfect weekday meal that takes minimal prep but has maximum results.

One thing I've noticed over my years of slow cooking is that salsa/picante sauce does well in the crock pot.  The flavors are still recognizable over many hours of cooking and it brightens foods up without a lot of extra work.  I decided to heighten the flavors of this recipe even more by adding in extra onion and plenty of garlic.  Softening the onions beforehand by using the microwave is a key to success in slow cooking.  Adding raw onions in most dishes doesn't usually work.  They don't get soft enough and it leads to an overpowering onion-y taste.  I also used half chicken thighs and half chicken breasts...the thigh meat trades some of its juices and fat with the breast meat to kind of equal each other out.  The brown sugar adds just enough sweetness but it isn't too strong (I am not a big fan of sweet stuff for my main dish...I'll just take it with dessert, thank you very much).  You can serve this chicken by itself, over rice or wrapped up in tortillas.
Recipe for Crock Pot Sweet Salsa Chicken #easydinner #chickendinner #slowcookerrecipe #crockpotrecipe #crockpot

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

9 Crock Pot Brunch Ideas

Easter is right around the corner and if you're hosting an Easter Brunch you may want to pin this post so you can refer to it when you're scrambling to think of ideas to serve your family and friends!  I love making breakfast stuff in the slow cooker.  It seems to work out well and it's nice to have a hands off dish that can just cook itself while I'm doing other, more important things.  
9 Ideas for your Easter Brunch all made in the Crock Pot!  #Easter #crockpot #slowcooker #recipe

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Crock Pot Creamy Chicken Quinoa Broccoli Casserole


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When I saw a recipe for chicken quinoa broccoli casserole on Pinch of Yum I knew that I had to make my own version of it in the slow cooker.  I love how quinoa turns out in the crock pot and how it takes on the flavors of everything else.  Plus I knew that the quinoa and the chicken would need about the same amount of cooking time...so it would be a perfect match in the slow cooker.
Crock Pot Creamy Chicken Quinoa Broccoli Casserole #easydinner #crockpot #glutenfree #bacon #quinoa

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