• Sweet and Creamy Homemade Hot Chocolate made in a slow cooker or crock pot is the perfect beverage for a holiday or winter gathering. My family loves this on Christmas Eve! #HotChocolate #Christmas

    Jen’s Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

    For at least 10 years, I have made Homemade Hot Chocolate for our family Christmas Eve gathering. It has always been a hit with everyone. This warm delicious drink is now synonymous with my thoughts of Christmas! I have tweaked the recipe that I found many years ago and now consider this my own recipe.  In fact, I can’t even seem to locate the original recipe that I used in the beginning. I hope you enjoy this and add it to your family Christmas traditions! Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate Serving Suggestions This is perfect for any winter gathering for several reasons. It is easy to make It is easy to…

  • Save some room in the oven and make the Green Bean Casserole in a Slow Cooker Casserole Dish! #Thanksgiving #slowcooker

    Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole

    Thanksgiving is in 2 weeks and I can already smell the turkey and imagine enjoying time with family. There is just one problem about making a big meal and that is not having enough room in the oven. It can be hard to juggle a turkey, the macaroni and cheese and the green bean casserole! That is where the slow cooker casserole dish can be a lifesaver! The possibilities are endless of what can be made in these slow cooker casseroles. Any casserole recipe can be converted to work for the slow cooker! Exciting, right? Now you can pull up all of your favorites and make them to be ready…

  • Old Fashioned Goulash Recipe with BONUS SLOW COOKER BUYING GUIDE! - This American Classic meal is even better when it is combined with the ease of the slow cooker! #goulash #slowcooker

    Old Fashioned Goulash and Slow Cooker Buying Guide

    There are times when the simplest dishes make the best meals and this Old Fashioned Goulash definitely fits that description. This is my “go to” lazy Sunday afternoon dish for a cool fall or winter day. Before I get to the recipe I want to take a moment to discuss what to look for when buying a slow cooker. 3 Things to Consider when Buying a Slow Cooker First off, you need a good Slow Cooker. The options for this are endless so this are 3 things you need to consider when buying a slow cooker. ( I own 6 of them…does that make me an expert?) Size – The…

  • Smarter Kitchen: Slow Cooker Timeless Taco Soup - Taco Soup is a delicious family favorite that gets even easier to make when using the Slow Cooker - #TacoSoup #CrockPot

    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 taking away from the taco taste. It really does add another layer of flavor to this timeless favorite. Taco Soup has always been easy to make but when you make…

  • Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup is a great way to warm up on a cool day! #slowcooker #crockpot #soup #comfortfood #easyrecipes #recipes #cooking #food

    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 recipes. To some, recipes are strict instructions but to me, they are the foundation for inspiration to create my own flavors. I love to take pieces and parts from different…

  • Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana - #soup #slowcooker #crockpot #copycatrecipe #recipe #thefrozenmind #Blogtober

    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 Italian sausage and add a tiny pinch of red pepper flakes for that touch of heat. You can make this to suite your family’s taste preferences. It is also versatile…

  • Make Family Dinner Easy tonight with this Easy Peasy Baked Ziti! #recipes #easymeal #cookforacrowd #italianfood #weeknightdinner

    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 one will know unless you tell them.  There is a time and place for a homemade sauce so if you have time to make one, you can do that too.…

  • Enjoy this comfort food that is easy to make in the slow cooker! Beef Tips and Gravy will be great to cook while you are enjoying fall activities. #slowcooker #crockpot #recipes #comfortfood #thefrozenmind

    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 an entire meal while you are away? Put the Beef tips and Gravy in 1 large slow cooker, green beans in a smaller slow cooker and have the rice timed…

  • Smarter Kitchen Desserts: Brownie Surprise Cake - #dessert #recipe #baking

    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 mix! Don’t let the look of the recipe keep you from making this dessert. It really is not a hard recipe. With its brownie soaked in chocolate sauce and light,…

  • These Sliders will take your Football party to a whole new level! #recipe #gameday #gamedayfood #appetizer #sandwiches #footballparty #partyfood #mancave

    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.