Becoming Conference, Biltmore House and a Giveaway!

Last weekend I went to North Carolina with a friend for the Becoming Conference. We made a long weekend of it and it was a blast, despite the rainy weather.

We met lots of new people, heard some great speakers, tried out chalk paint in a furniture painting workshop, window shopped in Asheville and Black Mountain and more. One of my goals for the weekend was to sit on a swing for a while and just be. Thankfully the rain held off long enough for me to do that.

We also got to tour the Biltmore Estate.  The views are incredible from the house, even on such a rainy day.
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Teresa took this photo from the porch of Biltmore House.  I swiped the picture from her Facebook page.  I was terrible about pulling out my phone for pictures, so I don’t have many.  I find that when I really relax into an experience, I tend not to take many photos.

Splurging for the Biltmore visit turned out to be a great idea.  The tickets are a little pricey, but it’s so worth it.  If you get to go, spend the extra for the audio tour.  Hearing about the details of the house and learning more about the family really enhanced our visit.

Weekend Link

I wasn’t planning to have any links for you this weekend, but I have to link to this post.  It’s been floating around in a lot of places this week and for good reason.  If you’ve been needing a new perspective on something, go read this post from The Momastery.

Giveaway!

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Another highlight of the weekend was getting to meet Christy from Southern Plate.  I bought two copies of her new cookbook, Come Home to Supper.

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One copy is for me.  And one is for one of you!

Christy even signed them both:

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I think you’re going to love this cookbook!

To enter, leave a comment here telling me what you’re favorite southern recipe is.  I’ll choose a random winner on Thursday 8/21.  U.S. residents only.

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Basque Tuna with potatoes – 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

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One of the best side-bonuses of using the slow cooker for a lot of your family dinner meals is waft of delicious food that fills the house in the hours before dinner time. It’s a great way to perk up the appetites of your family and remind them that dinner time will be here soon! Basque tuna with potatoes and peppers is one of those meals that is fragrant with garlic and herbs. It reminds me of a dish from the European country side and the author of the recipe said it reminded them of a warm summer afternoon in France!

As always, it’s easy to make so you save time and energy to put into other things that are important to you.

Click here to go take a look at this delicious 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!

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Zucchini Italiano – 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

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Local gardens are still producing a bounty of fresh veggies in our area. One of those veggies that is always prolific in just about every region is the humble Zucchini! I love summer squash because it’s such a versatile ingredient. You can make sweet food or savory with it. It’s affordable and easy to grow. And it really just tastes so good! This recipe is for zucchini italiano in the slow cooker. It is a great way to use up a surplus of summer squash and even if you are getting a little worn out on zucchini, your family will probably really enjoy this meal!

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

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Mango Meatballs — 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

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Are you a meatloaf fan? I am! That’s one of the reasons why I think this recipe for Mango Meatballs sounds so good-it’s really just another way to serve meatloaf! It’s great because it stays nice and moist and the mango will add just the right amount of sweet and tangy. I love this kind of meatball served with rice and a good green salad. But I’m sure you could find a lot of creative ways to serve them. Maybe even in a meatball sub?

You can click here to get this recipe from Baked by Rachel!

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 95  in our 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes series.  Find the other posts by clicking here.

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Cowboy Casserole – 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Woah, there. Stop in and take a trip to Cowboy country with this slow cooker one pot meal!

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Beans, Beef, Potatoes, Cheese. Seriously, with ingredients like that, Cowboy Casserole is not the kind of recipe that leaves you any leftovers.  It’s is so easy to make, and so hearty that you can consider it a one pot meal if you like! I love that there’s a vegetarian version included for those who avoid meat. And that both of them take just a couple minutes to toss together. Definitely a great recipe to add to your menu this week.

Click here to get the recipe!

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Red Thai Curry Turkey – 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Want to try to incorporate different kinds of meat into your meals?

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Here’s a different take on traditional Red Thai Curry. Instead of using chicken, this recipe calls for some turkey! If you have found a great deal on turkey and stashed some in your freezer, here’s a chance to use it in a flavorful, colorful and very yummy dish that your family will love. Plus, it’s a great time to think ahead to thanksgiving when there’ll be lots of turkey leftovers to be used! Try this now and pin it for later so you can make it again after Thanksgiving Dinner!

Click here to go and get the recipe for this Red Thai Curry Turkey.

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Vegetarian Taco Dip — 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Feeling snacky?

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This Taco dip looks like a versatile dish that could be kept on hand as a easy snack dip, or used as a side for your favorite Mexican meal. While it looks more like a salsa or a relish than a dip to me, it sounds favorful and best of all–it’s easy to put together! I like that kind of recipe.

Go visit Pocket Change Gourmet to get this recipe and try it out on your family!

 

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 92 in our 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes series.  Find the other posts by clicking here.

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Poached Stuffed Pears

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There’s nothing as wonderful as using fresh, seasonal fruit like pears in a slow cooked dish. This recipe for poached, stuffed pears is fragrant. It’s sweet, but not so much that you couldn’t just go ahead and have it for breakfast! Poaching the pears in the slow cooker is easy, and if you have your own trees, it’s a great way to use some of your abundance in a simple, creative way.

Click here to visit Kitchen Adventures and get this recipe. 

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Sweet and Sour Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

 

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There are days, when believe it or not, I just want to have a sandwich of some sort for dinner. Sandwiches are easy, but you can do so many different things with them that I think it’s hard to get tired of them. Plus, they are just so good! This is a recipe for pulled chicken. We’ve done pulled beef and pulled pork recipes, but if you prefer chicken this is a great recipe for you. It freezes well which means you can make it ahead to stock your freezer for back to school meals. And as always, because it’s in the slow cooker, it is also incredibly easy to make.

Click here to get this recipe and the instructions. 

 

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!

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Poached Salmon – 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

If you are looking for something easy, delicious and elegant to serve for a dinner, this post is for you!

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Wow. When I look at this poached salmon with lemon and fresh herbs, it looks so elegant you’d never guess it is so easy to make.  And in a slow cooker? Sometimes I think we forget that just because it’s easy and just because we made it in the slow cooker doesn’t mean it isn’t going to be gorgeous on the plate! Salmon always goes well with rice pilafs. If you want something more elevated, don’t forget that we’ve already featured some great risotto recipes you could make to go along with this.

Click here to get this recipe from the Kitchn!

 

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