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Slow Cooker Timeless Taco Soup

Slow Cooker Timeless Taco Soup

I am not sure where Taco Soup recipes originated. I remember seeing them in my mom’s cookbooks when I was a kid. I guess it has been around for so long because it is easy and delicious! That is why I call mine Timeless Taco Soup. I have (as I am sure many have) put my own touches into my Timeless Taco Soup Recipe. I have added an envelope of Ranch Dressing that adds some zing to the flavor without…

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Jen’s Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Jen’s Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

In October, Thursday is Crock Pot Soup Day on the blog! When I think of cooler days, I think of homemade soup. As the people closest to me knows, I can’t just make a recipe the way it is written. I have to make it my own in some way or another and this recipe is no different. This Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup came out of a lot of trial and error and is the combination of about 3 different…

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Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana

Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana

Nothing says fall like some nice hot soup and nothing makes it easier like the slow cooker! They are the perfect combination to create a hearty meal for your family. This Zuppa Toscana recipe is a copycat recipe of the famous one from Olive Garden but I think it is so much better! This recipe is supposed to have a little kick of spice but the hot Italian sausage is too much for me so I use the original flavor…

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Easy Peasy Baked Ziti

Easy Peasy Baked Ziti

This Baked Ziti is a meal that has been a regular on my menu for years. I have made this several times for large groups because it is easy to make and just as easy to make in large quantities. I do need to tell you that it does use a canned sauce but that is one of the reasons that it is so incredibly easy. I “doctor” up the sauce with fresh meat, mushrooms, onions and spices and no…

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Slow Cooker Beef Tips and Gravy

Slow Cooker Beef Tips and Gravy

Cooler weather will be here soon, football season is finally here and it won’t be long and we will all be trying to get our Christmas shopping done. This slow cooker meal is perfect to have cooking while you are out enjoying all that the fall season has to offer. These beef tips will be melt-in-your-mouth delicious and the gravy is rich and savory. This dish will be great served over rice or mashed potatoes. HANDY TIP: Want to cook…

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Brownie Surprise Cake

Brownie Surprise Cake

I let my followers on Twitter decide what type of recipe to post and a Dessert won!  I knew right away that this Brownie Surprise Cake would be my choice. When I bake cakes, I love to doctor up a cake mix because the possibilities are endless. It is so easy to do and it changes the texture and taste of an ordinary cake mix. No one will ever have a clue that this delectable cake started with a box…

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Gameday: Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

Gameday: Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

🏈 Football Season is fast approaching and I couldn’t be more excited. My Carolina Panthers first pre-season game is Thursday night (Aug. 9)! Football means several things in my house, one is that it is loud because I am yelling at the TV and two, it means good food! (It also means my husband’s complaining about me watching too much football…I didn’t even know there could be too much football!)

These Philly Cheesesteak Sliders are easy and delicious! They are a perfect Gameday finger food and they are also great to take to any family gathering.

Smarter Kitchen: Rich & Creamy Shrimp and Mushroom Fettuccine

Smarter Kitchen: Rich & Creamy Shrimp and Mushroom Fettuccine

Here is a dish that isn’t for the crock pot but can be on the table in 30 minutes! This Rich & Creamy Shrimp and Mushroom Fettuccine is definitely a way to work smart in the kitchen and this is one of my kids favorite meals! As most others, my recipes are inspired by recipes I have seen. I do not remember where I got the original recipe but I have added new ingredients, doubled the sauce recipe ingredients (almost)…

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Smarter Kitchen: Jen’s Slow Cooker Brunswick Stew

Smarter Kitchen: Jen’s Slow Cooker Brunswick Stew

Nothing says comfort food like a nice big bowl of hearty Brunswick Stew! This traditional dish is famous in the south, so famous that there is a battle brewing over what state it belongs to. Brunswick, Georgia and Brunswick County, Virginia both lay claim to this rich stew. To find out more about this delicious feud, read this Southern Living Article. The good people of both the town of Brunswick, Georgia, and Brunswick County, Virginia, equally and passionately claim to…

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Smarter Kitchen: Slow Cooker Italian Chicken and Potatoes

Smarter Kitchen: Slow Cooker Italian Chicken and Potatoes

I am always looking to find ways to do things that make life easier. “Work smarter, not harder” are definitely words I believe in and I try to implement this into life whenever possible. To mix things up a little, I want to introduce you to something that I have used to make my life easier long before I got sick. SLOW COOKER COOKING! These handy small appliances definitely makes getting to the table easy and fits into my “work smarter” attitude….

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