So show of hands, who here loves their crockpot or slow cooker??
Yes, I know it is crazy, but I really do love that thing! It makes life so much easier and I have yet to ever have anything not come out super yummy! Plus the smells emitting from it when it is cooking all day (or all night) long is just phenomenal!!
So I am always on the look out for great slow cooker recipes and am always trying out new things in there. Check out my Thanksgiving Dinner that we made the other night and the Turkey Soup recipe that I made the next day!
Slow Cookers are not just for soups and stews either! Many people do not realize that you can cook a whole chicken or even a ham in there! And they turn out so yummy and moist! (mmmm my mouth is watering just thinking about it!)
And because of the slow cooking you can use cheaper cuts of meat when cooking since it tenderizes and cooks in yummy flavors as it cooks away all day! So yes, this wonderful appliance can save you some money as well!
Seriously using your slow cooker is basically fool proof and such an amazing (and simple!) culinary experience! If you have one collecting dust on your shelf get it down, dust it off and try out one of these recipes ASAP!
Crockpot Chicken and Vegetables
Easiest Roast Chicken Ever
Onion Pork Tenderloin
Roast Sticky Chicken
Also check out Stephanie over at Crockpot 365 who also loves her Crockpot and even made something in one every day for a year! She is one of the best resources on all things slow cooking and has some great recipes!
Do you have any yummy slow cooker recipes? Share them below!
Wait, what?? Yes, I know it is January and Thanksgiving was technically two months ago. We were visiting family over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays so I did not get to cook a turkey this year and had some recipes I wanted to try out. So that is what I did for our Sunday meal this week.
So onto what I made and how it turned out:
For the turkey I took this recipe for a basic turkey and basting sauce for the oven and changed it up some. I did not want to do a whole turkey for our small family of 4 (2 adults, preschooler and infant) so I purchased a turkey breast and two drumsticks instead. I had about 5 lbs of meat total and it only cost me about $3.00! What a steal!
So instead of cooking the turkey in the oven, since I did not want the pieces to dry out I decided to use my slow cooker. I poured the water and cooking sherry from the recipe and poured it into the bottom of the cooker. Tossed the meat in and spread the basting sauce over the top. Then let it cook for about 7 hours on low. It turned out super moist and really yummy!
I then decided to cook my mom’s dressing on the side as well as some mashed potatoes and a veggie from the freezer.
I had planned on making this Refrigerator Pumpkin Pie, but did not get to it this time. And besides we still have some of the Chocolate Delight Pie in the freezer that we made last week, so we made due with that
All in all a great Thanksgiving meal in our house! Now I have the broth for Turkey Soup going in the crockpot for dinner tonight! More on that later…..
In honor of pizza Friday in our house I thought I would share my tried and true homemade pizza dough recipe! This is from the book that came with my bread machine and it is pretty much never fail!
We love to top with our family specialty Garlic Pizza or with some sauce and cheese with pineapple and ham (another family favorite!)!!
I love making pizza with my kids, it is such a fun family activity and when you make it yourself it is naturally much cheaper and so much better for you too! Think of adding lots of veggies on top! And it has been said again and again if kids help make it then they are even more likely to eat it!
Do you have a tried and true pizza dough recipe? Do you have pizza nights in your house?
One of my favorite blogs that I read is Raising Olives. Kimberly writes about raising a large family in faith and homeschooling along the way. I have gotten many tips and tricks from her as our family here at Mommy Makes Cents continues to grow as well.
Recently she posted about the Large Family Logistics book. She gushed about how much this book has helped her family become more organized. She says that it would be a great tool for small and large families alike. There are also many responses to her post about how much it has helped other families as well.
She announced today that she has two copies to giveaway to readers! So go and check out her posts and maybe one of us could win a copy! Good luck everyone!
Who does not love meatballs? I mean seriously they are yummy and delicious little balls of flavor that can be used in tons of different ways!
Yes, you heard me right, meatballs are not just for spaghetti night!
Meatballs are a great item to add into your freezer cooking. If ground beef is on sale this week stock up and make up some meatballs to freeze in single meal portions in the freezer using your favorite recipe (personally I like this one: Freezer Meatballs).
The other thing I like to do is buy a bag of frozen meatballs from the store when they are on sale and I have a coupon to match. Or if you have a Costco Wholesale store near you their Kirkland Signature brand frozen meatballs are to die for! Getting them this way is almost always cheaper than buying the ground beef and making them on your own… and a great time saver as well
Now for some recipes to use these yummy frozen meatballs:
Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs
Mexican Meatball Soup
Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Do you have a yummy meatball recipe? I would love to hear about it! Share below!
National Parks are a great way to spend some time with family. There are certain dates every year that you can get in free to the sites that charge entrance fees!!
Fun family time for free! What a great deal!
Here are the dates for 2011:
January 15-17 (Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Weekend)
April 16-24 (National Park Week)
June 21 (First Day of Summer)
September 24 (Public Lands Day)
November 11-13 (Veterans Day Weekend)
Check out all of the information on The National Parks Site.
Now get out there and have some fun!!