• Frozen beef roast in the slow cooker with potatoes, onions and carrots to make pot roast.

    Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast

    This slow cooker pot roast starts with a frozen rump roast. You can’t make dinner prep any easier than that! This may be the easiest slow cooker pot roast recipe in the world. I mean, what recipes start with a frozen roast and end with a full meal, all the trimmings and au jus to go with it? This one. There’s nothing better on a busy workday than knowing you can reach into your freezer, grab the rump roast you bought on sale at the grocery store and froze in order to keep it until “I don’t know when,” and then slow cook it deliciously over the next eight to ten…

  • Easy Homemade Slow Cooker Tomato Sauce: use fresh tomatoes to make delicious and simple sauce at home!

    Homemade Slow Cooker Tomato Sauce

    Make and store homemade tomato sauce a different and simpler way with your slow cooker! This year’s tomato harvest was bountiful. My mother has spent countless hours boiling and canning what seems like endless amounts of tomatoes from their heirloom plants in the high tunnel, and down in the lower field. Friends are sharing photo after photo of tomatoes on Facebook and Instagram that just. keep. coming. Even the little cherry tomatoes growing in my container garden ended up huge, growing nearly to the tip of our house’s roof! In fact, here it is October, and I still have tomatoes ripening—hopefully they’ll ready to pick before we get our first frost. You…

  • These slow cooker BBQ ribs are easy to make, mouth watering and fall-off-the-bone tender!

    Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs

    These slow cooker BBQ ribs are easy to make, mouth watering, and fall-off-the-bone tender! I’m a big fan of tender and juicy BBQ, especially when it’s been cooked slowly over a charcoal grill all day. Smoky, delicious, and oh-so-good. But for those days where grilling isn’t possible (or you’re just feeling too lazy), a slow cooker—with a hint of broiler at the end—can be your best friend. These are easy to make, mouth watering and fall-off-the-bone tender! The beauty of these BBQ ribs, is that they only take five to ten minutes to prep, and then it’s basically “set it and forget” for the next six hours. I included my…

  • This hearty chicken and pinto bean soup will warm you to the bone!

    Hearty Chicken and Pinto Bean Soup

    This hearty chicken and pinto bean soup is the perfect cold weather comfort meal. It warms you to the bone! Give it a punch of flavor by adding one of the spice mixes at Spicentice — like their Italian Rub. This post was sponsored by Spicentice. Check out their variety of rubs and seasonings, meal kits and chilies from around the world! A few years ago for Christmas we decided to cut back on material gifts to our families. I mean, my parents and my in-laws don’t actually *need* anything, and (in the name of downsizing) prefer not to be given more “things” to clutter up their houses. So, instead, we got…

  • Easy slow cooker pork BBQ is perfect for those days when you need a "set it and forget it" recipe that can be thrown together minutes.

    Easy Slow Cooker Pork BBQ

    Easy slow cooker pork BBQ is perfect for those days when you need a “set it and forget it” recipe that can be thrown together in minutes. Sometimes I make my own BBQ sauce for recipes, which (by the way) isn’t difficult. And yet, other times I use bottled BBQ sauce. There’s no one right way to get to town with your sauce! Luckily it’s easy to find an tasty, basic BBQ sauces (with pronounceable ingredients) these days at most grocery stores, or you can even buy BBQ sauce online. Options range from few and simple at ALDI (my favorite), to a range of organic and specialty recipes at stores…

  • 5 Slow Cooker Dinner Recipes

    5 Slow Cooker Dinner Recipes

    Tomorrow is the BIG GAME, which means fans (and non-fans) will be watching a lot of football (and really great commercials) while feasting on all kinds of game-time goodies. We’re keeping it small at our house: the husband, one friend, our basement man cave, and a slow cooker full of beef chili! The kids and I will probably keep ourselves occupied elsewhere in the house (watching Harry Potter on ABC Family; I may have already set a reminder), flipping every now and again to the game. Maybe. The great thing about slow cooker dinner recipes is that you can feed an army, and you can also be really flexible about…

  • Chicken Stew in the Dutch Oven

    Chicken Stew

    A take on Ina Garten’s chicken stew, started in the slow cooker and then finished in a Dutch oven. Delish! It’s the new year, and I have a few goals to accomplish — none of which are impossible, nor difficult. I’m going to grow a container garden, try making more foods by hand (like cheese), and get back to exercising. Easy, right? I’ve found the hardest part about getting started is, well, starting. I was all set to hit the pavement with my iPhone and C25K app this weekend (yes, starting back at the beginning with W1D1), but then we had some snow blow in, followed by an ice storm.…

  • After making this overnight slow cooker chicken stock you'll never go back to store-bought!

    Overnight Slow Cooker Chicken Stock

    After making this overnight slow cooker chicken stock you’ll never go back to store-bought! A couple months ago I discovered the beauty of cooking a whole chicken in the slow cooker. It certainly doesn’t replace a perfectly roasted chicken in the oven, with its crispy skin and juicy meat {drool}. But, it’s a fine alternative for a busy day when there’s no time in the evening to prep and cook a regular home cooked meal. Plus, cooking a whole chicken this way is the perfect setup for overnight slow cooker chicken stock! The meat literally falls off the bones, leaving you with the perfect base of cooked down onions, juices and…