Freezer Friendly Homemade Pizza Sauce – 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Need to make pizza for a crowd? Don’t like buying premade pizza sauce? This is exactly what you are looking for.



Pizza night has become something of an Americanized tradition for oh, probably 99.9% of American Families. There’s nothing quite like a pizza made just how you like it–from the crust, to the last shred of cheese on top. And in my mind, the sauce is what makes or breaks the level of delicious when it comes to pizza night!

If you tend to make pizza for a big crowd, and especially if you like to know exactly what’s in your food, you’ll love this super simple pizza sauce recipe you can make in your slow cooker. Make a big batch of this, and you’ll have enough for pizza night and plenty to freeze for next time, too!

If you like to make and freeze your own pizza dough or buy pre-made frozen ahead to stash in your freezer, this is a meal you can make from scratch easily whenever you get the pizza time urge!

Head over to Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures to get this recipe for Pizza Sauce.  And psst…Tell us, what’s your favorite Pizza topping?

We’re sharing 100 days of summer slow cooker meals.  This is day 12 .  Keep your kitchen cool – don’t miss a single recipe.  Subscribe to the email list. You find the other posts in this series by clicking here.

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Teriyaki Wings – 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Are wings a staple around your house? Then this recipe might be just what you are looking for!




I love the twist that doing wings with teriyaki flavors gives this classic go-to kind of food. It’s different enough to add some variety to the menu, but super simple since you can put it together in your slow cooker and go!  Simple meals like this are what save us during the crazy, full summer months, right?

Pocket Change Gourmet is all about being affordable, and you can get this recipe by clicking over there.

We’re sharing 100 days of summer slow cooker meals.  This is day 10 .  Keep your kitchen cool – don’t miss a single recipe.  Subscribe to the email list. You find the other posts in this series by clicking here.

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Weekend Links

I’ll have another recipe in our 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker series later today.  The response to the series has been fantastic so far!  We’ve got lots of great recipes lined up to share with you and none of them are repeats from last year’s 75 Days of Summer Slow Cooker series.

But now I want to share a few links for other things that don’t involve slow cooking.



I love the new Summer Reading Guide from Modern Mrs. Darcy.  I’ve found quite a few good books through Anne’s recommendations. And now my summer reading list is looking nicely filled out.  I’m looking forward to many evenings on the back porch with a good book in hand!  You can get your copy of the Summer Reading Guide by signing up for the Modern Mrs. Darcy email list.  It’s free!

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I thought this post from The Kitchn on 6 Helpful Things to Consider When Shopping for New Dishes was interesting.  I’ve been thinking about getting new dishes for a while.  Ours are getting pretty chipped.

One piece of advice in the article is to buy white dishes.  I have a set of white dishes, and I agree they are versatile.  But I really like having color too.  I’ve been pondering Fiestaware.  What do you think?  Do you agree with the advice in the Kitchn article?

I hope you have a great weekend!


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Lemon Chicken Baked on a Bed of Sauerkraut – 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Crockpot Lemon Chicken baked on a bed of Sauerkraut


This is one of those recipes that sounds so strange, but tastes so good!  The chicken is perfectly moist and so full of flavor.

Even if you’re not a sauerkraut fan, this is worth a try.  It’s not overly krauty.  And it’s perfect if you’re trying to reduce carbs.

Find the recipe 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!

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Free Disney Dining and My Favorite WDW Restaurants and Treats

My favorite Walt Disney World promotion is back!  Free dining!

I have to say, this is so very, very tempting to me.  We’ve been to WDW several times on the free dining promotion.  A couple of years ago, Jim and I went on a long weekend trip together to celebrate our 25th anniversary.  We had free dining on that trip.

I have a hard time justifying eating at very many of the table service restaurants when we go without free dining.  It can cause the cost of the trip to really add up.  But it’s so very fun to be able to book restaurants that we’d never eat in ordinarily.  And snack credits are included too.

Today, I’m going to share a few of my favorite WDW treats and restaurants.  But first, if you’re as tempted by the free dining promo as I am, check out the details from our site sponsor, The Magic for Less Travel.  They’ll give you a free, no-obligation quote so you can decide if it’s in your budget or not.

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Magic Kingdom Treats and Restaurants

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One of my favorite places in all the world is the Magic Kingdom Confectionary.  I love walking in here just to absorb the sweet scent.  But I do have a few favorite treats that can be found here.   [Read more...]

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Recent Reads, Doppelgängers and Derby Day

Recent Reads

I decided to go back and finish The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh and I’m glad I did.  It was a lovely book, where the characters learn about love, forgiveness, grace and extending all of that not only to others, but also to themselves.  I’ve learned that I only like books that offer hope in the end.  The Language of Flowers offers that in abundance.

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The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith is the first book I ever preordered.  It came in the mail on Tuesday.  I am really enjoying it.  It’s worth getting the hard copy  instead of a digital version.  I’ve been doing most of my reading on my phone lately (Kindle app), but this book needs to be held in your hands.  It’s beautiful to flip through, but the words draw in the reader and are full of encouragement.

One of the first chapters tells the story of the many rental homes that Myquillyn and her family lived in.  It had me remembering all the places that Jim and I have lived.  I’ve thought about what I liked and didn’t like about each place.  What we did to decorate.  What I was too afraid to do, but wanted to (paint the harvest gold refrigerator and the cabinets in our first house).  If I’d had this book back then, that kitchen would have looked a lot different!   [Read more...]

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Homemade Toaster Strudels {quick and easy}

I like to show my kids that things they like in the grocery store or restaurants can usually be made at home. It takes some of the appeal out of spending that money when you know that you can make the same thing at home, and often times they are cheaper, healthier, and taste better. I’m not saying these Homemade Toaster Strudels are any healthier, but they were SO easy and very tasty!

Homemade Toaster StrudelsThese literally come together in just minutes using puff pastry and pie filling! Of course, you could certainly make them completely from scratch, but that would require a lot more time and patience. My kids aren’t big on patience!   [Read more...]

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Weekend Links – Travel and Reading

Reading, Quitting and Sticking with It

Last week, I admitted that I have a habit of ditching books that I’m not enjoying.  I’ve been wondering if that’s always a good idea.  I’ve decided it’s a mixed bag.

On the one hand, it’s good to quit some books.  Just because others love them, doesn’t mean you will share the love.  Last week I determined that I would finish Gone Girl.  I wasn’t liking it, but I just kept thinking it would get better.  I slogged my way through 90% of it and couldn’t take any more.  Finally, I did something I’ve never done before – I googled to find out the ending.  Good grief!  I’m so glad I decided not to read through to the ending.  Those were some seriously messed up characters with little to no redeeming qualities.

This has taught me that I only enjoy reading books where I can have some sympathy for the characters.  And that if I really want to quit a book, I will put it down.

On the other hand, on the advice of several people, I picked up The Language of Flowers again.  I started this book a few months ago, but didn’t get far into it before quitting.  It seemed like it was going to be very sad.  But now that I’ve started reading it again, I’m really liking it.  I’m not very far into it, but I predict that I’m going to like this one through to the very end.

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I haven’t put much time into planning our Disney trip lately.  I’m just try to keep up with the latest Fastpass+ info, so I’ll be in the know.  But once I put together our planning booklets, I will share those with you.  Until then, here is a photo of two from past trips.  I know these seem like planning gone crazy, but when you travel with a group of 13 people, it’s very nice to have everyone know what we’re doing.  I really hate standing around trying to figure it out with that many people.


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I must have a little spring fever, because in addition to our upcoming Disney trip I’ve been thinking about other trips as well.  So far, we don’t have any actual plans for other trips, but I’ve been doing a lot of dreaming.

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I listened to this podcast from The Art of Simple.  In this episode, Tsh talks with Stephanie Langford about the year long, round the world trip her family has been experiencing.  For a variety of reasons, this is not something that my family will ever do, but it is something that we’ve had fun dreaming about over the years.  And I love hearing stories of people who have taken off on long adventures together.

We’re getting near the end of our homeschool year and we’re all getting tired.  The idea of making next year full of field trips is enticing.  Especially when I read these 12 Things Children Learn While World Schooling.  It has me thinking about how we can incorporate some of that adventurous spirit in our school, while sticking much closer to home.  If you’ve got thoughts on that, I’d love to hear them!

I pray you have a lovely Easter weekend!


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Simple Meal Plans & Real Life – April 14

It’s been a while since I’ve written a post with how our dinners have gone over the past week.  I started to say that last week was out of the ordinary, but truly, every week is a little different than the one before.

What is true is that I kept things very simple for dinner last week.  The week before I’d created quite a lot of recipes, so maybe I needed a break.  Or maybe I was just being lazy.

We started off Monday by staying up to watch the NCAA Basketball game.  Such a good game, but so sad for those of us here in Kentucky.  And it made us pretty tired the rest of the week too!

Monday night we had Orange Chicken.  I added a fresh pineapple that needed to be used and it was so good!  We love this quick meal.

Tuesday night I created a new recipe for a client.  It will be posted on the blog next month I think.  You’re going to love it!  I know we did.

Wednesday is an evening that has everyone going in different directions.  It was mostly YOYO (you’re on your own).  I did make a skillet of Migas for Jim, Mia and myself.

Thursday night I had book club.  I picked up a rotisserie chicken for everyone else to eat.

Friday night we ate a quick dinner of tacos before driving Isaac to the high school formal dance.  It was held at the castle and we wanted an opportunity to look around a bit.  This place sat empty for years and years before finally being turned into a hotel.



It’s not the kind of place you expect to see in central Kentucky, is it?

After we dropped Isaac off, we met friends at Graeter’s for ice cream.  The weather was gorgeous and we were able to sit outside to eat.

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

If you’ve been looking for a way to save time on menu planning, you’ll want to look into getting our Weekly Meal Plans.  All the organizing and thinking is done for you.  No grocery list making or side dish planning needed.  I love using these and when I don’t have to do any recipe creation, this is my preferred way to shop and cook.

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  You can find out more about how to get the meal plans for yourself by clicking here.

Whole Foods Menu

  1. Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
  2. Sweet & Smokey Salmon
  3. Chicken Tacos
  4. Chicken Avocado Lime & Cliantro Soup
  5. Chicken Curry
  6. Veggie Pie
  7. Caramel Apple Pie

Traditional Menu

  1. Chicken, Plantains, and Spinach in Coconut Milk
  2. Steak Burgers
  3. Grilled Fish Sandwich
  4. Ham and Swiss Scalloped Potatoes
  5. Easy Pizza Rice Casserole
  6. Mexican Vegetables over Cornbread
  7. Brownies a la Mode with Wild Berry Sauce

Slow Cooker Menu

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Weekend Links, Latest Reads and My Bad Habit of Not Finishing Books

I loved this post on Modern Mrs. Darcy of book recommendations for writers from Shauna Niequist.  Shauna is the author of Bread and Wine, which I recently finished and highly recommend.

The list of books she recommended was interesting for several reasons.  I’ve read a couple of them.  Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott is one of my favorites.  Traveling Mercies, also by Lamott, has been on my to-read list for a while now.

I’m in the midst of reading another of Shauna’s recommendations – Gone Girl.  I have to admit, I’m not finding it to be as much of a page turner as I’d hoped.  In fact, I could probably just abandon it and not look back.  I’m going to stick it out and finish this book though for several reasons.

First, it made the list on Modern Mrs. Darcy for its interesting structure.  So far, I haven’t seen anything  too unusual so that must still be coming (I’m about 40% of the way through it).

Second, almost everyone seems to love this book.  They get wrapped up in it and can’t put it down.  There must be something too that.

And finally, I’ve recently (like yesterday) realized that I have a habit of quitting books.  Another book on the list, The Language of Flowers, was one that I quit after a few chapters.  And last night at book club, we were discussing all kinds of books and there were three or four that I had only read part of.

Modern Mrs. Darcy has a post on not finishing books.  I even commented that I have no problem abandoning books part way through, even read-alouds for homeschool.  Otto of the Silver Hand comes immediately to mind.  We hated that book!

But now I’m wondering if I’m too quick to abandon.  Maybe I need to give books a chance to finish out.  It’s possible that it’s unfair to judge a book on the first 30%.

What do you think?

In other bookish news, this came for me in the mail:


Jessica Fisher is a friend of mine and I’m so excited about her latest cookbook.  Mia actually jumped up and down when she saw Best 100 Juices for Kids.  She loves juice and smoothies!  The book will be available April 15.

One of my friends had a brilliant idea that we should go to Becoming Conference in August.  I’m very excited about this upcoming trip.  Most of the conferences I’ve gone to the last few years have been times of intense learning.  I’ve come away with long to-do lists.  But Becoming looks like a refreshing type conference.  Just what I need!

McCormick Spice has a Pin-Spiration Sweepstakes going on right now.  They’re giving prize packs out every week.  Click here to enter.

Disclosure: I am working with McCormick this year.




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