Cocoa In A Crockpot

Just another recipe I found floating around in my Holiday Binder… we love to serve Hot Cocoa when we have a Polar Express Party and this is one of the recipes I have used in the past although we normally prefer to use our Hot Cocoa recipe. This one is super simple and delicious though.

Try serving it with some Chocolate-Dipped Goodies for an extra special treat!

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Ms. Shirley’s Hot Apple Cider

We had some of this at a dance the other night and Ms. Shirley was kind enough to share her recipe with me. There are many different things you can add to this to make it ‘yours’ and I’ve included some add-ins at the bottom of the recipe. You can also heat this on the stove instead of a crockpot.

Ms. Shirley’s Hot Apple Cider

Ms. Shirley’s Hot Apple Cider

Ingredients:

  • 6-8 c. apple cider
  • 1/4 – 1/2 c. Mrs. Butterworth’s syrup
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a large crockpot and heat until warm.

Serve hot!

Add-ins:

I love the hot apple cider that they serve at the Biltmore Estate in NC. You can add in a couple of these or just one or two to spice up your cider a little bit.

  • use real maple syrup instead of Mrs. Butterworth’s syrup
  • use 1/4 c. brown sugar in place of syrup
  • 1/2 c. orange juice
  • 2 t. cinnamon instead of cinnamon sticks
  • 4-6 cloves or 1-2 t. ground cloves
  • 1/4-1/2 t. allspice
  • a pinch of nutmeg
  • a pinch of salt

 

Easy Crockpot Apple Butter

I don’t post a lot of ‘canning’ recipes on here because most of what I know about canning is in my head. I just do things the way I saw them done when I was young and I can’t really guarantee the accuracy of all of them.

This recipe here is a good one for canning and giving out as gifts though. It never seems to stick around that long here though because my kids LOVE Apple Butter and I love that I know exactly what’s in it. The longer you let this cook the thicker it gets… we like it THICK so we always let it cook just a tad bit longer.

I haven’t tried using anything other than sugar to sweeten this with but I think it would probably be ok to give it a go. This also freezes well if you don’t want to can it.

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Crockpot Applesauce

I don’t post a lot of ‘canning’ recipes on here because most of what I know about canning is in my head. I just do things the way I saw them done when I was young and I can’t really guarantee the accuracy of all of them.

This recipe here is a good one for canning and giving out as gifts though. It never seems to stick around that long here though because my kids LOVE applesauce and I love that I know exactly what’s in it. This recipe can also be used for the Crockpot Apple Butter! If you decide to use this for Apple Butter you may want to omit the sugar and seasonings.

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Mama’s Old-Fashioned Green Beans

I know that we eat green beans a lot around here and often I mention them with our meal plans but it just occurred to me that I’ve never posted the recipe that we use most often. You can use this recipe for just about any kind of bean. We love our string beans and pole beans like this as well as lima beans!

You can find more green bean recipes HERE. Continue reading “Mama’s Old-Fashioned Green Beans”

Crockpot Pumpkin Butter

I don’t post a lot of ‘canning’ recipes on here because most of what I know about canning is in my head. I just do things the way I saw them done when I was young and I can’t really guarantee the accuracy of all of them.

This recipe here is a good one for canning and giving out as gifts though. It never seems to stick around that long here though because my kids LOVE ‘fruit butters’ and I love that I know exactly what’s in them. The longer you let this cook the thicker it gets… we like it THICK so we always let it cook just a tad bit longer. You can really try making butter ot of almost any fruit puree. I want to give this a try with my canned pumpkin soon!

I haven’t tried using anything other than sugar to sweeten this with but I think it would probably be ok to give it a go. This also freezes well if you don’t want to can it.

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Smushed Taters In The CrockPot

Oh my! I think I’ve finally recovered from my Thanksgiving food coma… have you? I’ve tried to hold off on posting too many new recipes lately because some of you may not even want to think about cooking so soon after Thanksgiving but I just had to share this one. These are so good I could probably eat a whole batch by myself!

A while back I posted our Smushed Taters recipe and that was a hit in our home. Well, at one of the Thanksgiving square dance dinners we attended there was a dish that reminded me of this recipe except that it had been made in the crockpot. Hmmm…. what? Why had I never thought of this? I didn’t get a chance to get the recipe but here is how we made our version last night. Which was another smashing hit when served with Steamed Asparagus and Broiled Parmesan Tilapia!

I think I want to give this a try with red skin potatoes or cauliflower at some point. Continue reading “Smushed Taters In The CrockPot”

Easy As Pie Blackberry Dumplings with Caramel Sauce

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We did and we ate so much good food and will be eating some delicious leftovers for a few days. One of the best desserts was the Blackberry Dumplings I made in the crockpot (they can be made in the oven too). This recipe is similar to the Blackberry Pig in a Poke recipe but so much easier!

The caramel sauce and nutmeg are optional but they make it so much better. I think this would go nicely with some vanilla ice cream on the side too! You could also experiment with other fruits/berries as well as maybe changing the soda to Sprite or Mountain Dew. Add in your favorite nuts, raisins, or maybe some white chocolate chips too… whatever you and your family like. Just have fun and enjoy experimenting as I know we do here. Continue reading “Easy As Pie Blackberry Dumplings with Caramel Sauce”

Preventing The Back To HomeSchool Meal Planning Madness

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Hmmm… have you thought about what you’ll be feeding those hungry learners? If your kids were in public school you may not have had to think much about it before. If you plan to homeschool then you will be feeding them at least three meals a day and maybe a few snacks in between.

This can turn into a chaotic juggling act if you aren’t prepared. How do we prevent meal time chaos in our home? By meal planning. I even plan out snacks sometimes so I don’t forget to include them on my grocery list. Check out this link for some Healthy Snacks to Go.

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It might seem like a lot of trouble but when you find a system that works for then it is so easy. It will actually save you time and money in the long run. This is also a helpful thing even if you don’t homeschool.

Check out this post for some quick and easy breakfast ideas to help you beat that morning chaos and fill those tummies with a nutritious breakfast to start their day off right. Here is another link for even more ideas: The Healthy Breakfast Book. Continue reading “Preventing The Back To HomeSchool Meal Planning Madness”

Homeschool days making dinner crunched?

Homeschool days making dinner crunched?

Having dinner ready to go whenever we’re ready to eat is such a lifesaver on busy weeknights when we head out to activities. Now my *kids* are taking charge of dinner from start to finish. Before we start school, they start the slow cooker. Check out the videos from Kids Cook Real Food that we are using here.

Daddy Can’t-Wait Casserole: Crockpot Version

This is the crockpot version of one of my favorite recipes. I got this recipe from a church dinner. Serve with mashed potatoes and rolls. Continue reading “Daddy Can’t-Wait Casserole: Crockpot Version”

Crockpot Chicken Joes

We all like Sloppy Joes but have you tried them with chicken instead of hamburger? Well, my kids love this and my littlest one calls them ‘Chicken Joes’. They are so easy to put together and I almost always have the ingredients in my pantry and freezer to throw these together. Continue reading “Crockpot Chicken Joes”