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”

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.

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs


  • 3 pounds baby back ribs
  • salt and pepper to taste (we like to use mineral salt or Lawry’s garlic salt)
  • 1/2 c. broth
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 (18 ounces) bottle barbeque sauce


Sprinkle the ribs with salt and pepper.

Pour water into the slow cooker.

Place the ribs into the slow cooker. Top with onion and garlic.

Cook on High for 4 hours or Low for 8 hours.

Preheat oven to 375.

Once cooked, transfer ribs to a baking sheet. Discard onion and garlic. Coat ribs with barbeque sauce.

Bake 10 to 15 minutes.

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Cover Image by Constanze Riechert-Kurtze from Pixabay

Pizza in a Crockpot

Pizza in a Crockpot

Pizza in a Crockpot


  • 2 c. of meat (browned sausage or hamburger, diced ham, sliced pepperonis, or use a combination of your favorite meat)
  • 1/2 c. onion, chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 c. green pepper, chopped (optional)
  • 1 small can mushrooms, chopped (optional)
  • 1 small can olives, sliced (optional)
  • 1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 c. grated mozzarella cheese
  • 28 oz. spaghetti sauce
  • 2 c. pasta (macaroni, small shells, or your favorite)


Place everything, except the pasta, into the crockpot. Cook on low for 4-5 hours.

About 30 minutes before serving cook the pasta according to the directions. Drain.

Add the cooked pasta to the crockpot and stir.

Top with additional cheese, if desired. Enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Kraut & Sausage

My mom-mom always made the best homemade kraut. I can remember helping her and tasting it straight out of the crock. These are fond memories for me. I’d love to learn to make it the way she did one day.

I love kraut and sausage but my kids haven’t developed the taste for it yet, I have faith that they will though, eventually. We eat this only once or twice a year for now but if they do decide that they like it we will probably have it more often. Continue reading “Slow Cooker Kraut & Sausage”

Laura’s Sweet Pork

This is another favorite from the Real Mom Cookbook. I have included the link to the original recipe as well as we have changed the recipe a little bit.

My kids like this with Cheesey PotatoesCole Slaw, and some rolls. The leftovers are delicious when used for Sweet Pork Quesadillas. Continue reading “Laura’s Sweet Pork”

Crockpot Root Beer Pork

This is a new recipe to our menu planning. I hate shredding meat with a fork so I usually put the cooked meat into my bowl for the stand mixer and use the paddle attachment. I will put it on low and let the mixer ‘shred’ the meat for me. This works well for chicken breasts also. Continue reading “Crockpot Root Beer Pork”

Crockpot Meals

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Below are links to some of our favorite crockpot meals. I love to use my crockpot as I can just throw something in there in the morning and forget about it until dinner time. It’s so easy to do. If you haven’t been using yours then I suggest you pull it out of the closet, clean it up, and get ready to enjoy some delicious meals. Continue reading “Crockpot Meals”