Slow Cooker Apricot Crisp

Slow Cooker Apricot Crisp

 

I am really liking creating these slow cooker desserts.  But even better is getting to eat them!

Late yesterday afternoon, I put this simple Apricot Crisp in the slow cooker.  Then we had dinner, cleaned it up, took a walk around the pond.  Wednesday is the night that all of our kids are gone, except the youngest.  We settled in with her for the evening and enjoyed this dessert together.

It was a great way to top off the day!

This recipe is just about the same as my Slow Cooker Peach Crisp recipe.  I just used apricots instead of peaches.  Apricots have a deeper, sweeter taste than peaches and they were so good in this crisp.  The brown sugar and oats cooked bubbly around the edges and even browned a bit.

I’ve also realized through this Slow Cooker Dessert Series that 95% of all slow cooker desserts should be topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Fact.

Here’s what you’ll need to make Slow Cooker Apricot Crisp:   [Read more...]

Salted Caramel Cobbler in the Slow Cooker

Now that I’ve started this Slow Cooker Dessert Series,  I’ve of course been trying to come up with ideas for new recipes.  When I think dessert, my mind quickly goes to chocolate.  But this time I wanted something different.

I could have used fruit to make a dessert (I’ve got a couple of cans of cherries in the pantry that I can’t wait to use!), but one of my kids doesn’t like fruit.  (What kind of kid loves kale, cauliflower and carrots but hates fruit?)

And that’s how this Salted Caramel Cobbler in the slow cooker came into being.

Salted Caramel Cobbler in the Slow Cooker easy dessert

 

It’s basically the same recipe as Chocolate Cobbler in the Slow Cooker, but without the cocoa.  I also swapped out some of the white sugar for brown sugar to make it more caramel-like.  And a little salt on caramel is always a good thing.

This cobbler turns out warm and gooey with lots of caramel sauce.  This is a sweet dessert.  It’s nearly impossible to have a caramel dessert without it being very sweet.  The bit of salt balances the sweet though.

It would be great topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Ice cream can help cut the richness of dessert, as crazy as that sounds.  It works like a glass of milk with brownies, only more delicious.  Or this could just be me justifying eating more ice cream.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:   [Read more...]

Pineapple Upside Down Cake in the Slow Cooker

Pineapple Upside Down Cake in the Slow Cooker

 

This warm, pineapple upside down cake was begging for a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  I really thought I had some left in the freezer, but my kid (who is taller every morning than he was the night before) beat me to it.

Even so, this dessert was delish!  Simple ingredients of pineapple, butter, brown sugar and cake mix created a cobbler-like dessert that tastes just like traditional pineapple upside down cake.

Do you like your pineapple upside down cake warm or room temp?

I prefer mine to be room temperature.  The leftovers were perfect to me the next day.  But other members of my family prefer theirs to be warm.  They loved it straight out of the slow cooker and heated up their leftovers in the microwave the next day.

Either way, this is a very easy dessert to make.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Desserts Series

Slow Cooker Dessert Series

 

I had so much fun with the Slow Cooker Soups Series, I decided to sweeten things up.

Starting tomorrow, I’ve got a new batch of slow cooker recipes for you and they’re all sweet and scrumptious!

I’ll be sharing recipes each Friday during March and April.  We may run this series into May too.  I’ll be creating new recipes, as well as sharing recipes on my site that you may have missed.  And I’ll share a few from other food blogs as well. I’ll add all the recipes to this post, as they are shared each week.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake in the Slow CookerPineapple Upside Down Cake

Salted Caramel Cobbler in the Slow Cooker easy dessertSalted Caramel Cobbler

Slow Cooker Bananas Foster Bread Pudding Disney inspiredBananas Foster Bread Pudding

Slow Cooker Blueberry Crisp Blueberry Crisp

Slow Cooker Chocolate Cheesecake with Pretzel Crust

 Chocolate Cheesecake with Pretzel Crust and Nut Topping

Slow Cooker Brownies and Cherries

Brownies and Cherries

Easy Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Curry Soup

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Curry Soup

 

This is the final recipe in our Slow Cooker Soup series.  I have loved this series!

My goal with each recipe I’ve shared has been to put the ingredients in the crockpot and let them cook.  I didn’t want to have to pre-cook any meats for this series.  That’s the one step that will stop me from making something if I’m in a big hurry.

I stumbled on a method of cooking meat with bones in it right in the soups.  This has worked for several ham based soups and also chicken soups.  And it’s the method I used for this soup too.

Cooking the chicken with bones right in the soup gives the broth a rich flavor.  It also simplifies the recipe too.

The original recipe for this soup comes from Modern Mrs. Darcy.  Anne is one of my favorite bloggers to read.  She blogs on all kinds of interesting topics and she’s a fellow Kentuckian too.

I changed up the soup recipe from the way Anne fixed it.  She made a homemade broth (great idea, but one I rarely take time for).  She also used chicken that had been pre-cooked and took time to sauté the vegetables.  All of those steps make wonderful soup, but I wanted a simpler version.

And I think I found success!  A simple Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Curry Soup with homemade taste that only takes 10 minutes to prep.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with ham

 

I love split pea soup, but it’s not one that I make often.  It’s best made when you’ve got a ham bone available.  But since I figured out a great work-around for that with my Ham and Bean Soup, I decided to use the same technique for this recipe.

This soup meets all the requirements for the Slow Cooker Soup Series.  It’s assembly only, taking only minutes to get everything started in the slow cooker.

I was afraid that my kids wouldn’t eat it.  The color is light green (even though the photo shows it to be more yellow).  Plus the name isn’t very kid-friendly.  However, they all really liked it and even went back for seconds.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Chicken Cock-A-Leekie Soup

Chicken Cock-a-leekie Soup

 

I recently spied a recipe for Chicken Cock-a-Leekie Soup on Pinterest.  But when I followed the link, it didn’t take me to a recipe.  Don’t you hate that?

But, the name had me curious, so I started searching for more about the recipe.  I found out that Chicken Cock-a-Leekie Soup is a traditional Scottish recipe.  I’ve got a thing for Scotland recently.  It started with discovering the TV show Monarch of the Glen on Netflix, which takes place in Scotland.  The sense of place in that show is so prominent, it’s like one of the characters.  Every scene is beautiful.

Scotland seems to be popping up every where I look lately.  We’ve even got a Scottish singer coming to our church on Sunday.  I’m ridiculously excited about that.  I am fairly introverted, but I really want to talk to this man.  I’m afraid he might think I’m a bit crazy if I tell him I’m infatuated with his country.  That I’ve watched the TV show and made the soup.

Onto the soup…It seems there are a lot of ways to make this traditional dish.  Some recipes have rice, some have barley.  All of them have chicken, leeks and prunes.

Yes, prunes in soup.  I wasn’t too sure about that myself.  I found recipes that cooked the prunes in the soup and others that used prunes as a topping.   I decided to go the topping route.  That way, if someone didn’t like the thought of it, they could pass.

The soup itself is a basic chicken soup that is comforting and nourishing.  Surprisingly, the prunes paired beautifully with the flavors in the soup.  The rich, sweet taste of the prunes complimented the more savory flavors of chicken and leeks.  Even if you don’t think you’ll like the prunes, please give the topping a try. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.  Plus, you’ll feel authentically Scottish while eating it.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:   [Read more...]

Philly Cheese Steak Soup in the Slow Cooker

Philly Cheese Steak Soup

This Philly Cheese Steak Soup couldn’t be easier.  Although it doesn’t taste exactly like a cheese steak (that could be weird), it does have the flavors of the famous sandwich.

Or at least the flavors most people think of when they think about cheese steaks.  The real deal that you find in Philadelphia most often has cheese whiz as the cheese.  And they are so, so good!

This soup combines beef, onions, green peppers and mushroom soup in a warm broth.  I topped it with shredded Swiss cheese.  And I toasted French bread topped with Swiss cheese to serve along side the piping hot bowls.

It takes about 5 whole minutes to set up the slow cooker for this recipe.  So easy!  Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more...]

Crawfish Chowder in the Slow Cooker

crawfish chowder in the slow cooker

 

This recipe come from an Eat at Home reader.  Lynn from This Day Has Great Potential emailed me to say she has a fantastic recipe for the Slow Cooker Soup series.

Lynn says this is the easiest kind of soup to make.  All of the ingredients go in the slow cooker and then you turn it on.  Can’t get easier than that!

I have never had crawfish before.  The soup calls for frozen crawfish tails.  Lynn says you can find them in the frozen section of most grocery stores.  She found hers at Save-A-Lot.  She explains, “ You do absolutely nothing to them.  I ran the frozen package under warm water enough to loosen them up to dump into my pot.  But really could have thrown them in as-is.  That’s why I thought I’d share with you.  It goes right along with the series you ran recently.  No preparation or cooking anything beforehand.”   [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plans and Real Life (and our New Year’s Tradition)- December 30

It’s almost a brand new year!  Are you feeling the urge to get organized?  I start craving clean, decluttered and routine about this time of year.  If you’d like to get your meals organized and have the grocery lists all ready to print, check out the Weekly Meal Plans memberships.  I’ve got a peek at this week’s plans at the bottom of this post.

Our Family’s New Year’s Tradition

Every year on New Year’s Eve, we gather around the table and make predictions for the next year.  We keep them light and fun, guessing whether or not a child will have surpassed a parent in height or if someone will travel to a fun place or meet a famous person.  We also read through the predictions we made the year before.  It’s a fun way to spend some time together at the end of the year, reflecting on the past and thinking about the new year.  We’ve been doing this for over 10 years.  Sometimes we read through the very old predictions.  It’s always fun to see what was on the mind of the kids when they were little.

What New Year’s traditions does your family keep?

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

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.  This month we’re getting a head start so we can all get back into a routine for the new year! You can find out more about how to get the meal plans for yourself by clicking here.

Slow Cooker Plan

  1. Ravioli in the Slow Cooker
  2. Apple BBQ Pork Chops
  3. Baked Chicken in the crock pot
  4. Slow Cooker Beef Vegetable Soup
  5. Easy Crockpot Chicken Fajitas
  6.  Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker
  7. Brownies with Chocolate Glaze

Traditional Plan

  1. Mexican White Queso Soup
  2. Linda’s BBQ Chipped Ham Sandwiches
  3. All Day Beef Stew
  4. Chicken in the Crockpot with Noodles
  5. Oven Baked Chicken Tacos
  6. Sweet Korean BBQ Beef Haystacks
  7.  Chocolate Chip Cheeseball (Perfect to serve up at a New Years Eve party!)

 

 

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