Crock Pot Thursday: Hawaiian Chicken

This Crockpot Hawaiian Chicken is a tasty mix of pineapple, BBQ sauce, soy sauce, and garlic, that can be served over rice or on buns! Try this quick and easy dinner idea soon!

Sometimes we make a Crock Pot Thursday recipe that we like, but life gets busy and I forget about it before I have a chance to write about it. Yesterday I was scrolling through the images on my camera and came across the ones for this Crock Pot Hawaiian Chicken, and immediately wished I had […]

Back to School Crock Pot Recipes Your Kids Will Actually Eat

Make Back to School meal planning a breeze with these Crock Pot recipes your kids will love! Dinner ideas include: chicken, pasta, meatballs, wraps, pork, soups, tacos, sandwiches, beef, and even super easy baked potatoes! This is your one stop shop for easy, family-friendly slow cooker meal ideas.

Back to school is right around the corner, and I’m already thinking about how busy our afternoons and evenings will be. I’m not going to lie, it’s bumming me out. If you are like me, you’re dreading trying to get back into a routine, and are worried about the responsibility of feeding a family when […]

Books and Money: An End of Summer Giveaway

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When someone tells me summer is almost over, I say “No, thank you.” I’m not ready to say goodbye to lazy mornings and unscheduled days. When the kids go back to school, I go back to work, and I’ve just got too many books to read and too much lying around to do before that […]

Crock Pot Mississippi Chicken

This Crock Pot Mississippi Chicken recipe is a quick and easy dinner idea that has incredible flavor! Whatever you do, don't skip the pepperoncinis!

Have you heard of the Mississippi Roast craze? We made one last year, and it’s still one of our very favorite Crock Pot Thursday recipes, so I was excited to try the same idea, but with chicken. I’m hooked on cooking with pepperoncinis, and am loving the slight kick they give the meat, without being […]

Crock Pot Chicken Penne Pasta

his Crockpot Chicken Penne Pasta recipe is a simple dinner idea the whole family will enjoy!

I love my Crock Pot in the winter because it warms soups, stews, and hearty meals that are perfect for cold days, but I also love it in the summer when I can throw something together in the morning, and avoid the kitchen for the rest of the day. It’s really an all-season kitchen tool! […]

Crock Pot Sweet Potatoes

Don't wait for Thanksgiving to make these incredibly easy Crock Pot Sweet Potatoes recipe! They have the perfect blend of buttery sweetness, and make an excellent side dish!

We are almost a half a year away from Thanksgiving, but I can’t stop thinking about sweet potatoes. I’m not talking about the healthy-type baked sweet potatoes topped with skinny things like broccoli, ground turkey, or black beans. The sweet potatoes clouding my brain are the buttery kind topped with things like salt, pepper, and […]

11 Reasons to Love Your Slow Cooker

Slow cooking isn't just for roasts and stews! If you have a crockpot, but rarely use it, read these tips, tricks, and ideas for why and when you can use a slow cooker. I love mine for summer recipes, holiday meals, and easy dinner ideas my family loves!

Today I spent 15 minutes making dinner, and that included the time it took me to wash my Crock Pot insert from dinner last night. I can’t tell you how often people say to me, “I have a Crock Pot, but I never use it.” Variations of this include, “My family wouldn’t eat anything from […]

Crock Pot Bacon and Sausage Breakfast Casserole

This Crockpot Bacon and Sausage Breakfast Casserole is a hearty breakfast that will be ready when you wake up!

I’ll never get over how it feels to wake up to breakfast cooking. It’s such a wonderful sensation, and as a mom, one that I rarely experience anymore. In fact, when I’m at someone else’s house and I get to wake up to the glorious scents of morning foods, I feel guilty. I think, I should be […]

The Scars You Can See

The Scars You Can See

Every time I shave my legs, I brush my hand over the scar that runs several inches along my right shin. It has been almost thirty years since I sliced a strip of skin clean off my body in an ill-fated attempt to shave my legs for the first time, and to this day I […]


Summer is a season full of promise. Here's how to make it great!

I’m one of those moms who like summer. I can’t help it. It’s always been my favorite. From the time I was a child, summer held the promise of hot days of swimming and playing, and late nights at barbeques or riding bikes until the sun finally set. I love a season that breaks the […]

Creamy Crock Pot Tomato Soup

This Creamy Crockpot Tomato Soup tastes fancy, looks beautiful, and is a light lunch or dinner recipe!

Behold, the beauty of homemade tomato soup. I’ll admit, I have a fierce devotion to the stuff in a can, but this Creamy Crock Pot Tomato Soup? It’s in a whole other league. It starts with sauteed vegetables, a fact I will adamantly deny if you tell my kids, and ends with fancy cheeses. It […]

Crockpot Pork Tacos

The shredded meat for these Crockpot Pork Tacos is also excellent on salads, nachos, and with rice! If you're looking for quick, easy, and versatile dinner recipes, this is for you!

I’ve mentioned before my love for anything wrapped in a tortilla. I’ve also shared my adoration for all recipes that boast preparation times of 15 minutes or less. These Crockpot Pork Tacos are simple in prep, yet deliciously complex in flavor, and everyone loved them. The shredded meat is obviously outstanding in taco form, but […]

Crockpot Chicken Gyros

These Crockpot Chicken Gyros are a tasty and fun dinner idea the whole family will love!

Since moving to Connecticut seven years ago, I’ve become accustomed to many of the regional expressions, and have adopted a few as my own. I now say  “package store” instead of “liquor store”, or even “the packy” if I’m feeling particularly New Englandy. I know that a “coffee regular” comes with cream and sugar, and […]

Crock Pot Thursday: Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Chicken

This Crockpot Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Chicken is a beautiful and delicious dinner recipe!

I loved stuffed foods. I love burritos, tacos, and gyros; I love stuffed breads and chocolates with filling; and I love stuffed chicken. I mean, what’s not to love? Food inside food? YUM. Stuffed chicken breasts always make a beautiful dish, and I was pleased with the way this Crockpot Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Chicken […]

Crock Pot Cowboy Casserole

This Crockpot Cowboy Casserole is a hearty and family-friendly crockpot meal. My husband loved this slow cooker recipe!

There are some recipes I just know my husband will love, and Crock Pot Cowboy Casserole falls solidly in that category. The name of the dish screams meat and potatoes, and the ingredients back that up nicely. When the tomatoes, spices, and kidney beans are added it turns into a love child of roasted potatoes […]

Lessons of Motherhood

Lessons of motherhood are learned from experience and from the other mothers in our life. I am eternally grateful for the women who have guided me in my journey as a mom.

When my husband and I decided to have children, we had a large group of people we called friends. Some were friends from childhood, others college, and still others were work friends. Most of these people didn’t yet have kids of their own, so I badgered the few friends with kids relentlessly for information. They […]

Crockpot Chicken Taco Soup

This Crockpot Chicken Taco Soup is easy, delicious, and a family favorite! We topped ours with green onions, avocado, cheese, sour cream, tomato and tortilla chips.

I love taco soup. It begs to be topped with chips and cheese, and any soup that can be made into a bowl of nachos by the time it’s served gets two thumbs up in my book. Soups with a hint of spiciness are my weakness, and when that is combined with black beans, corn, […]

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Pasta

This Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Pasta is cheesy, easy, and delicious. If you love easy chicken pasta recipes, you have to try this!

I love Buffalo sauce. I like it on chicken wings with a cold beer, I like it mixed with ranch dressing on my salads, and I love, love, love it in this Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Pasta. When I saw this recipe, I knew it was going to be a winner. It boasts so many of […]

How to Dye Easter Eggs with Silk Ties

How to Decorate Easter Eggs with Silk Ties | This is an easy Easter craft that makes a great spring decoration!

My friend Elaine is super crafty. She plans amazing themed parties for her twin grandkids’ birthdays, and when her son and daughter-in-law flew here from Colorado to celebrate their recent marriage, she whipped up a pretty spectacular wedding reception for the occasion. When I saw these gorgeous silk Easter eggs in her Facebook feed, I […]

Crock Pot Jambalaya

This Crockpot Jambalaya recipe is crammed full of shrimp, chicken, sausage, vegetables, and spices! It's sooo good, you have to pin it!!

Jambalaya is as fun to eat as it is difficult to spell. I swear, I typed it about 7000 times while creating this post, and I’ve only spelled it correctly once. It’s all of the “a”s; they throw me off. Spell check earned its keep today! I made this jambalaya on a day the kids […]

I STILL Just Want to Pee Alone

Amy Flory in I Still Just Want to Pee Alone, the follow-up to the New York Times Best Selling anthology, I Just Want to Pee Alone

I have some news to share, and it’s not about the newest book in the Pee Alone series. Back in the fall I got a new job, which was perfect because my youngest entered the big, bad world of kindergarten at the end of August, and I had time to spare and a bank account […]

Crock Pot Thursday: Perfect Beef Stew

This classic crockpot beef stew tastes like the slow cooker stew recipe my grandma used to make! I served it with homemade biscuits and it a great weeknight meal!

Sure, it’s almost spring, but here in Connecticut, it’s still below freezing. My poor daffodils need tiny little coats to keep them from dying of frostbite, but every time I give them cold weather gear, my daughter gets mad and takes her Barbie clothes back. The only good thing about this neverending winter is the […]

Crock Pot Thursday: Seven Layer Dip

This Crockpot Seven Layer Dip is a perfect appetizer for the slow cooker! Crockpot dip recipes are great for bbqs, potlucks, and parties!

  I love seven layer dip. I mean, come on. What’s not to love? Beans? Good. Meat? Good. Sour cream and salsa? Gooood. Cheese? You see where this is going. I had never even considered making it in the slow cooker, but I got a casserole-sized Crock Pot for Christmas, and now I’m obsessed with […]

Crock Pot Thursday: Cola Ham

This Crock Pot Cola Ham is so quick and easy, and the flavor is incredible!

We’re big sandwich eaters around here. Almost every day, at least two of the members of our family pack a sandwich for lunch, and it’s not uncommon for my seven-year-old to whip up a sandwich for his after school snack. That kid eats almost as much as his father, and he consumes substantially more calories […]

Crock Pot Thursday: Cheesy Tortellini

My family went crazy for this Crockpot Cheesy Tortellini recipe!

My 20th class reunion is this summer, so of course the first week I begin to truly focus on fitness and weight loss, I make this decadent dish. Did I exceed my calorie goal the day I made this? YOU KNOW I DID. It was worth it, though. The sausage and spices simmering in the […]

Crock Pot Thursday: Hearty Beef Ragu

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We do a good job of choosing family-friendly recipes here at Crock Pot Thursday, but sometimes we make something that knocks it out of the park. This Crock Pot Beef Ragu is one of those dishes. It is easy to assemble, looks beautiful, and tastes incredible. What more could one want? I didn’t actually make […]

Tips for Taking Kids to Church

Tips for taking kids to church

“I’ll go to church when the kids are older.” “I’m too busy keeping them quiet to get anything out of it anyway.” “People give us looks when we bring the kids.” These are all things I’ve heard friends say, and are thoughts I’ve had myself. I like taking my kids to church, but this hasn’t […]

The Long Winter

The Long Winter

We are halfway through February, and my kids have had it up to here with the weather. “Is winter almost over?” they ask hopefully. Every morning they come downstairs, rubbing their eyes and asking in scratchy, sleepy voices, “Is there school today?” and “Do we have a delay?” I try really hard to not complain […]

Valentine’s Day Cards for Real Couples

Hilarious Valentine's Day cards for real couples!

Happy Valentine’s Day! If you’re like me, you spent some time this week searching for the perfect card for those you love. You opened and closed countless cards that declared sentimental love in frilly writing on a floral background. If the cards don’t have fancy sentiments, they have sexual innuendos. I was looking for cards […]

Crock Pot Thursday: Zuppa Toscana

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Valentine’s Day is this week, and everywhere you turn there is declarations of love. Not even on a blog post about soup are you free from Cupid’s influence, because I am here to tell you right now that I love this soup. If I could send a Valentine to this Crock Pot Zuppa Toscana, I […]

Crock Pot Thursday: Chicken Doritos Casserole

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I love Doritos. One time in college, I was chowing down on a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos and my neighbor offered to buy the crumbs from the bottom of the bag off of me. As I licked the Doritos dust off the tips of my fingers, I thought about her offer. Ultimately, I declined […]

Crock Pot Thursday: Sausage and Peppers

These Crockpot Sausage and Peppers are delicious and super easy to make! Give this dinner recipe a try when you're craving fair food without the cost or the crowds! They are great for parties, picnics, and holiday celebrations, too!

Oh, boy, you guys! These Crock Pot Sausage and Peppers are so simple, and so, so, so good! I’m a huge fan of sandwiches the size of my head, and also love me an easy recipe, and this dish was a winner on both of those fronts. Some people like long walks on the beach; […]

Easy Homemade Stain Remover

This simple homemade stain remover really works! | |

Yesterday, both of my kids came downstairs dressed in white – a white tee for Graham, and all white for Lily. They looked like they were ready for a day on Nantucket, but all I could see were the future stains down their fronts. As I gave them morning hugs, I thought, “Dang, my kids […]

Crock Pot Thursday: Clam Chowder

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Sometimes we choose a recipe for Crock Pot Thursday that is an all out winner. Everyone loves it, and even with a few modifications based on the whims of the individual cooks, the dish turns out fantastic. This crockpot clam chowder is one of those recipes. It’s crazy to me that in the more than […]

Making the Case for New Year’s Resolutions

Making the case for New Year's resolutions.

I think New Year’s resolutions get a bad rap. Sure most people don’t follow through with their plans, and sure I’m one of those people, but there is something wonderful about using the resetting of the calendar to attempt to reset our lives. About us collectively deciding as a society that January 1st is when […]

Making Friends and Strangers Jealous in One Easy Step

Zoolander says, "Buy The Big Book of Parenting Tweets!"

Do you like making people jealous? Of course you do! What if I told you that for just a few dollars you could make both friends and strangers green with envy? You’re interested, right? Imagine this: You’re at your neighborhood holiday party, and it’s time for the White Elephant gift exchange (or Yankee Swap, or […]

Crock Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs

This Crockpot Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe is a family favorite! It's an easy dinner idea that is perfect for company or for a quick weeknight dish!

We’re big meatball fans around here. We frequently bring sweet and sour meatballs to potlucks, we like to hit up the Swedish meatballs at our local IKEA, and I actually like whipping up my own homemade meatballs to serve with spaghetti or on a meatball sub. Mmm, meatball subs. I love meatball subs so much, […]

Crock Pot Thursday: Chex Mix

Traditional Chex Mix in the Crock Pot!

With Thanksgiving behind us, you may be tempted to put your chubby pants away, but not so fast! We’ve got an entire month of holiday eating on our plates (see what I did there?), and nothing says “If calories are points I’m scoring big this month” like classic Chex mix. I love Chex mix. It […]

Crock Pot Thursday: Turkey Stock

This Crockpot Turkey or Chicken Stock will make your house smell incredible!

Happy Thanksgiving! I am writing this from my couch, with a full belly and an even fuller heart. The kids are singing show tunes from Annie, with Thanksgiving twists like “It’s a hard knock life, for turkey,” and “The sun’ll come out tomorrow (but not for the turkey),” and my husband is finishing up the […]

Crock Pot Thursday: Steak and Gravy

This Crock Pot Steak and Gravy only has three ingredients!

This Crock Pot Steak and Gravy recipe is for anyone who needs to be able to throw dinner together in the morning, and who only has about ten minutes to devote to that task. Don’t you just love knowing you can go about your day and not have to worry about what kind of meal […]

The Time I Almost Died on My Way to Target

The Time I Almost Died on My Way to Target

The rain that was still falling had turned the roads dark and shiny, and the rush hour traffic was hitting the brake lights pretty hard. But that’s not how I almost died. The wind was howling, and busily freeing leaves from their branches and the branches from their trunks. The force of the weather was […]

Crock Pot Thursday: Easy Beef Pot Roast

You won't believe the secret ingredient that makes this easy crockpot beef pot roast a family favorite!

For how “meat and potatoes” our family is, we have very few pot roasts under our Crock Pot Thursday belt. Pot roast isn’t the sexiest of dishes, but really, it’s almost perfect. It is fairly inexpensive, is easy to prepare, and has meat, vegetables, and my favorite food group: gravy. Roasts are great for fall […]

Cooking With Kids

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Back in the spring, one of the preschool mothers compiled a cookbook of my daughter and her classmates’ favorite recipes. It was an adorable mix of real recipes and the kids’ versions of recipes, and it made the perfect parting gift for both the graduating kids and their kind, generous teachers. My girl shared her […]

Crock Pot Thursday: Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup

Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup

It’s a beautiful time of year. The weather is crisp, I’m able to wear scarves without sweating, and all I can think about is soup. Slow cookers and soups are a match made in heaven, and I would choose a soup, stew, or chowder every Thursday for the entire season if the meat-and-potatoes menfolk in our […]

Hurricanes and Snowstorms on Halloween? Oh, My!

#PoweringSafety for Halloween with @FunnyIsFamily and @Energizer!

Halloween falls at a time of year that is known for wild, unpredictable weather for many parts of the country, and we need to be prepared for anything. Last year was pretty mild here in New England, but in 2012 we braved post-superstorm debris on October 31st, and in 2011 a nor’easter snowstorm tried to […]

Crock Pot Thursday: Easy Crock Pot Applesauce

Crock Pot Applesauce that is easy, sugar-free, and delicious!

Ah, fall. The season for sunglasses and scarves, soccer and homework, and apple picking and slow cookers. I have a hard time picking a favorite season, but like having to choose a favorite child, the one that is the most charming at the moment usually wins out. Fall has given me my beloved boots back, […]

Be Your Own Tree

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One of my favorite things about living in Connecticut is watching the leaves change color in the fall. The phenomenon is gorgeous, and an entire industry is built here in New England upon “leaf peepers,” or people travel for the express purpose of viewing the fall foliage. My favorite trees are the ones whose leaves […]

Crock Pot Thursday: Beef and Beer Stew with Bacon

This Crockpot Beef and Beer Stew with Bacon recipe tastes great served over potatoes!

I’ve said it before, and it should come as no surprise, that I love preparing recipes that call for booze. The best ones ask for one cup of wine, or ½ bottle of beer, practically insisting that I pour myself a drink while I cook. This Crock Pot Beef and Beer Stew with Bacon is […]

The Time I Lost My Fitbit

The Time I Lost My Fitbit

If you’ve noticed that I’ve gained some weight recently, thank you for keeping it to yourself, and no, I’m not pregnant. I’d just taken a break from worrying about the numbers on the scale, and until a few days ago, I hadn’t hopped on that scale in months. Here’s how it all started. Early last […]

Crock Pot Thursday: Orange Chicken

Do you love orange chicken, but don't want to get takeout? Try this Crockpot Orange Chicken recipe!

  My kids love orange chicken, and I love it when they order orange chicken, because then I can sneak a bite or four. The crispy breaded chicken bites, smothered in tangy and sweet orange sauce is one of the best things Americanized Chinese food has to offer. This is not that recipe. One day, […]