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Five Yummy Slow-Cooker Recipes!

23 Jan

It’s no secret that it has been CO-OLD around the country over the past couple weeks, so a warm meal that makes the whole house smell delicious is extra appealing and satisfying during this time of year! Plus, I love easy, inexpensive recipes! And, bonus, apparently January is National Slow Cooking Month!

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Here are some of my tried-and-true favorites!!

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Chicken Taco Soup

This is more like a chili, than a soup, and it is delicious!!! It has a little kick to it, so beware!!

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Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup

I used the recipe I linked to above as my base and made some tweaks, such as adding some diced carrot and celery and eliminating the butter. I also used milk instead of cream and it turned out just fine. I’m a potato-freak, so I love this soup! And who doesn’t love bacon and cheese?!

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BBQ Pulled Pork

My go-to cheap, big-crowd meal! Instead of using a tenderloin like the recipe calls for, I use a less expensive cut of pork such as a pork shoulder or Boston butt roast. I have literally spent about $5 on 4-5 lbs of meat and fed over 10 people. The secret to tenderizing the meat is root beer! And, like some reviewers suggested, I always use Sweet Baby Ray’s Sweet and Sour BBQ sauce. It has a good flavor with the root beer! Yum!

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Slow-Cooker Baked Chicken

Baked Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe

This chicken has turned out so well in the crock pot. It starts falling apart when I plate it! It’s the perfect way to make chicken to shred for a soup or casserole recipe or eat as is. You can add carrots underneath, in addition to potatoes wrapped in foil to make a whole meal. And you can make homemade chicken stock with the leftover bones!

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Slow-Cooker Tex-Mex Chicken

Slow-Cooker Tex-Mex Chicken recipe

This can be eaten served over rice or wrapped up in a tortilla! It’s easy to overcook the peppers, though, so I’d just watch the time closely the first time you make this!

I’m always on the lookout for more great slow-cooker recipes, so please share one of your favorites in the comments!

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I’m linking up with Hallie and Co. at Moxie Wife! Come join us!

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Five Favorites (vol. 13)

7 Aug

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I’m joining up with Hallie and gang for another Five Favorites! Join the fun!

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Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash I Recipe

I baked this yummy squash recipe for the first time last week! It was such a quick and easy way to throw together a meal!

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Windex Outdoor All-In-One

 My mom told me that this tool did a great job on outside windows, so I borrowed it for some of our hard-to-reach ones that can’t be cleaned by tilting them in, and it worked amazingly well! I highly recommend using this for an easy way to clean outdoor windows!

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Land’s End Women’s Sleeveless Cotton Modal Fit and Flare Dress

This dress is so comfortable and figure-flattering. It’s such a great go-to, no-fuss dress! One of my new favorite clothing items, for sure!

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Vanilla Honey Shake

Vanilla Hunny Shake

Simple and delicious!

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Realtor.com App

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I love this free app for house hunting! It’s a nice quick way to keep tabs on the latest houses that go on the market via my iPhone!

We have an appointment with our real estate agent this Friday! So our house should be up for sale very soon!!! All of the little projects and the deep cleaning is almost done! Now I’ll just have to pull my hair out trying to keep everything in perfect condition with two young kids and a dog!

Have a great week!

Five Favorites (vol. 12)

17 Jul

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This is going to be one quick Five Favorites post, but I’m happy to be joining Hallie and the other fabulous ladies who are linking-up! I’m in the middle of getting our house ready to go on the market, so time for blogging is in short supply right now! Here goes…

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Edy’s Outshine Creamy Coconut Fruit Bars

Creamy Coconut

I wasn’t sure what I would think about coconut bars at first, but these are perfect on a hot summer day! Yum!

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 The Cost of Discipleship

I’ve been a huge Dietrich Bonhoeffer fan ever since reading Eric Metaxas’ biography, Bonhoeffer, last year. I’ve just started to read this well-known book by Bonhoeffer, thanks to my dad who surprised me with it a few weeks ago! We’ll see how much time I actually have to read now that we’re busy getting our home ready to sell!

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 Prepare Your Home for Sale Checklist

I’m in the midst of de-cluttering, storing, and cleaning! I decided I better make sure I’m not forgetting anything, so I found this great checklist! It would work great for spring cleaning, too! Not that doing all of these things are my favorites, but I’m all about checklists!

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 Noteshelf App

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I love this iPad app. It’s great for creating a variety of notebooks for all different purposes. You can type, draw, highlight, etc. I downloaded it when it was on sale for $1.99. Right now it costs $5.99, so you may want to wait for a sale. I haven’t used MagicalPad yet, but it seems to be pretty similar and is FREE!

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Chicken Bow-Tie Pasta Salad

Chicken Bow-Tie Pasta Salad recipe

This is a Kraft recipe, but I actually didn’t use anything Kraft-brand to make it! (Boo Kraft! I’m not a big fan ever since I started trying to be more conscious of incorporating more preservative-free foods in my family’s diet.) My husband grilled a whole bunch of chicken breasts for me last week, so I used those in this great pasta dish! It’s really quick to make and can be eaten warm or cold. It’s a great summer meal or side dish!

Have a great week, everyone!

Five Favorites (vol. 2)

13 Mar

I’m excited to participate in the Five Favorites link-up again this week with Hallie at MoxieWife! If you haven’t joined in the fun yet, you should! It’s so much fun to read everyone’s favorites and discover new things and common interests!

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My brand-new CND Shellac kit!

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I’m definitely considering this my splurge purchase of 2013! I sold some of my Silpada jewelry from when I was an independent representative, so I could invest in this kit to do my own Shellac nails at home! Even though it is pretty expensive (at least I scored it at the lowest price I had ever seen two weeks ago), I know it will last awhile and it is sooo worth it to not worry about chipped nails for 2 weeks straight!  When I did this for the first time the other night, it was weird to not have to wait for my nails to dry!  LOVE IT!

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My Life with the Saints

I’m almost finished with this insightful book by Fr. James Martin. It has been very interesting to read how specific saints have had an effect on his life and vocation as a priest! It has motivated me to read more biographies on the saints.

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My little pomeranian’s latest pet bed!

This entire dog bed is machine washable! What’s not to love?!

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Spaghetti Carbonara

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First of all, I love Allrecipes.com! I recently made this Spaghetti Carbonara dish for the first time and it was delicious and easy! AND both of my girls ate it up mixed with some peas!

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90-Day Bible Reading Challenge

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I’ve always struggled with consistently spending time in scripture. I was happy when I found out about the 90-Day Bible Reading Challenge put together by Sarah Christmyer to celeberate The Year of Faith in the Catholic Church. This daily e-newsletter started in January, but all of the posts are available in the archives on the website. I may not get to each reading every day, but I manage to catch up and hang with the timeline for the most part. After this, I hope to consistently keep up with daily readings on the Laudate app.