Slow Cooker Corn Casserole

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Corn casserole is one of those dishes that shows up at potluck suppers in the South and Mid-West.  You can find the recipe in many church cookbooks.

It’s a combination of corn and very moist cornbread that tastes slightly sweet.  Not dessert sweet, but “ooh, let me eat more of this” sweet.  It goes great with any kind of meat on the grill.  I think sliced tomatoes pair up with it nicely too.  They’re almost entirely opposite of corn casserole in flavor and color.

We had friends over for the 4th of July and I decided to try making this in the slow cooker.  It worked great and kept the kitchen cool too.

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Slow Cooker Peach Chutney You Can Store in the Freezer

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Chutney is not a food that we eat often in my family.  In fact, this may be the first time most of the kids had tried it.  I was inspired by a sandwich we ate in Epcot Norway to try making my own chutney.

Since we’re in the middle of a Summer Slow Cooker Series, it seemed appropriate to use a slow cooker to make this.  I also wanted to be able to freeze it for future use.  For most recipes, you don’t need very much chutney and it’s nice to have it stashed away for when you need it.

Instead of the normal mango, I used canned peaches.  The fruit pairs up with red bell pepper, onion, jalepeno, golden raisins and spices for a sweet condiment with a hint of heat.

And in case you’re wondering what on earth you would actually do with chutney, I’ve got three recipes coming up for you!  I’ll be sharing those on the blog soon.

I know I took a photo of the ingredients, but somehow those photos have gone missing.  Thankfully, even though chutney itself may be a bit unusual, the ingredients are not.  Chances are you have most of these in your kitchen right now.  And the few you don’t have can be picked up on your next trip to the grocery.  Don’t forget plastic freezer bags to store the extra!   [Read more...]

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Vegetarian Fajitas – 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Vegetarians, listen up! This recipe is especially for you.

 

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Fajitas are a great way to use up veggies. And at least at our house, no one ever complains when they hear that fajitas are on the menu! This recipe is a vegetarian version. It’s a great option if you’re wanting to cut back on meat, and it freezes really well!  Having some frozen for busy nights (like when School starts up again!) would make this recipe even less time consuming!

If you’d like to get the instructions and recipe, click over to the Pieper Life.

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Creamy Chicken Nacho – 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Are you watching the World Cup game today?

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If you are, this creamy chicken nacho recipe would make a great game-time snack. If you aren’t, well…you’ll probably want to make this anyway. It’s really good! You could use it as a dip or make loaded nachos with it. It’s filling enough to be a meal, and nice and easy. I’d say that’s a perfect combo for the weekend.

You can get the ingredients and instructions by clicking here.

 

If you love using your slow cooker, check out our All Slow Cooker Weekly Meal Plan.  It’s got all the planning done for you (including the grocery list) so you can go enjoy summer!

This is day 63 in our 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes series.  Find the other posts by clicking here.

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Pancake Bake Breakfast – 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Do you do Breakfast for Dinner at your house?

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If you haven’t tried making breakfast for dinner before, you may want to consider changing that when you see this recipe. I’m not sure if it’s a pancake or a cinnamon roll, but all I know is that it is way.too.good. You can serve eggs, sausage or bacon along with these and I would bet that there wouldn’t be anyone complaining about dinner tonight in your house!

Click here to get this recipe.

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Saturday Chatter – Washington D.C. touring advice needed, books I’m reading and more

I finally feel like we’ve had a few weeks of summer.  To me, that means having a mostly free schedule.  Free play.  Time for home projects.  Afternoons reading on the back porch.

I’ve been making an effort to declutter the whole house.  I wish I could say I’ve been methodically moving from room to room.  Instead, we’ve jumped from bedrooms to bookshelves to junk drawers to garage.

The only thing I have trouble clearing out is books.  I decided I could finally part with some of our homeschool books.  We’ve got five tall bookshelves full and I’d like to pair it down to just three.  Let’s just say, I’ve still got some work to do.

It’s hard to say good bye to all those good read-alouds from Sonlight.  My kids got sentimental about some of the books too, even the kids who aren’t really into books.  Reading together builds memories.  It’s hard to beat the good feeling that comes from a mom and kids snuggling up together to read.

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I’m not very crafty, but I’m super happy with the giant spoon and fork we hung over the sink.  I found them at a local place called Street Scene.  They were brown wood.  I’m guessing they hail from the 70s.

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The silver spray paint made all the difference.  Can you see the little tikis carved on the handles?  I think those are so fun!   It reminds me of ‘Ohana in Disney World.

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We’re going to tag along with Jim in a few weeks to Washington D.C.  The kids have never been.  We’ve only got two days, so we’ll have to be selective about what we do.  I’d love to know if you’ve got ideas.  And if you’ve know of any must-eat restaurants, let me know!

Books

I’m in process of reading two different books right now.  I started The House at Riverton by Kate Morton.  I found this one on Scribd, after hearing about it from several people.  So far, I’m really liking it.  I’ve heard it said that if you like Downton Abbey, you will like this book.  I think that’s a fair assessment.

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I got part way into the book and my Scribd account expired.  It was a Valentine’s gift from Jim and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to renew it or not.  In the end, I decided to renew.  They gave me a free month and I can cancel at any time.  It was the same price to get a month of Scribd as to buy the kindle version of the book.

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The other book I’m reading is  Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindburgh.  This is such a restful book.  She wrote it during the 1950s, but it is amazing how she deals with so many of the things that modern women wrestle with.  She talks about the feeling of being pulled in many directions, busyness, distractions, finding simplicity and more.  The book is timeless.  It’s as if you’re on the beach with her as she shares her thoughts on life.

What are you reading now?

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Mediterranean Pork with Couscous – 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Need some dinner inspiration today?

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How about trying out this recipe for Mediterranean Pork? The flavors in this one sound amazing. Herbs and olive oil slow cooked with the meat are sure to give it a great taste. I bet the kitchen will smell good too!

Click here to get instructions and ingredients to make this recipe.

If you love using your slow cooker, check out our All Slow Cooker Weekly Meal Plan.  It’s got all the planning done for you (including the grocery list) so you can go enjoy summer!

 

This is day 61 in our 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes series.  Find the other posts by clicking here.

 

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Apricot Chicken – 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Is it a fast food kind of night?

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I think everyone knows that it’s cheaper to eat at home than it is to hit the drive through for dinner. But sometimes life is crazy busy and cooking seems really hard. And let’s be honest, sometimes eating out just tastes good. I love that with a slow cooker and a little planning you can get a cooking break, eat really well, and save a lot of money at the same time.

This recipe for Apricot Chicken is a great example. It’s only got a few ingredients, you can use inexpensive cuts of meat, and you let it cook for 8 hours. So you could be gone the entire day and still come home to a fresh, homemade dinner…one you know exactly what it’s made with! I think that’s such a good feeling.

Click here to head over to get the ingredients and instructions for this recipe.

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Cilantro Lime Fish Tacos – 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Do you have a weekly taco night in your family?

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If you do, this recipe might be one you’ll want to try out for your next taco dinner! Fish tacos remind me of ocean breezes on the California Coast. I think it’s another great recipe to add some variety into your taco menus, and maybe remind yourself of good times at the ocean in the process.

Click here to find the ingredients and instructions for these tacos.

If you love using your slow cooker, check out our All Slow Cooker Weekly Meal Plan.  It’s got all the planning done for you (including the grocery list) so you can go enjoy summer!

This is day 59 in our 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes series.  Find the other posts by clicking here.

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Triple Chocolate Brownies –100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Some days, we just need a little chocolate.

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Some days, we really need chocolate.  If today is one of those gotta-have-chocolate days, I recommend pulling out your slow cooker and tossing in a batch of these Triple Chocolate Brownies. Because three times the chocolate is never a bad thing, especially not in brownies!

Eat them straight from the slow cooker, eat them with ice cream on top, or wash it all down with a cold glass of milk. However you like to eat your brownies, this right here is a recipe for chocolate happiness.

You can click here to get the full ingredients and instructions.

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