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No Soaking Required Slow Cooker Refried Beans
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Goblin and Toes, it’s Chicken Filet time!
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I have a Valentine!
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Roasted Cauliflower Carrot Soup
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Whole Wheat Slow Cooker Bread
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Apple, Pear and Banana Baby Food
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Cauliflower Pot Pie
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Here’s how much we grew in the garden last year!
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Pamela’s Slow Cooker Porky Chili
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4 HOUR Juicy Slow Cooker Whole Chicken
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2 HOUR Slow Cooker Bread
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Eating Apples and Carrots with Enceladus
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Gluten Free Sugar​ Plum​ ​Apple​ Currant​ Pie
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GLUTEN-FREE White Chocolate Dipped Pistachio Cookies
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Chocolate Banana Cake With Peanut Butter Frosting
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Photographing Cats With Their Favorite Food Is Hard Work!
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Slow Cooker Kielbasa, Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes
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Easy Way to Freeze Mashed Potatoes!
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Chocolate Chow Mein Noodle Cookies
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Farm to Bowl Dinner With Toes The Cat

No Soaking Required Slow Cooker Refried Beans

DELICOUS, NO SOAKING REQUIRED, Refried Beans! This easy homemade recipe cooks dry pinto beans in the slow cooker! We always make these healthy crockpot beans for authentic Mexican meals, I will never use canned beans again!  Make sure to add shredded cheddar cheese on top!

I love refried beans.  Not only do they make the perfect side with your favorite Mexican dish (for us, usually tacos!), but they make a pretty great meal by themselves too!  Have you ever had a bowl of perfectly cooked refried beans with a little shredded cheese on top?  It’s delicious! 
Refried Beans with Shredded Cheddar Cheese

These homemade refried beans are made from dry pinto beans.  Dry beans are not only super cheap but in my opinion make the best refried beans.  Did you know growing your own dry beans in the garden is easy too?  These refried beans are extra special to me because they are made with our own beans we grew in the garden last Summer!
Garden Dry Pinto Beans

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Goblin and Toes, it’s Chicken Filet time!

If you’re anything like me, you might spoil your cats.  My cats have heated beds, which doesn’t mean anything because they sleep in bed with us.  Not only do they sleep in bed with us, but I curl into a little ball so they can stretch out in the bed!  During the day if they’re sleeping on the couch I will sit on the floor because I don’t want to disturb them!  Occasionally they let me squeeze in between them on the couch for some good ear rubs!

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I have a Valentine!

Hey everybody – Happy Valentine’s Day!

I have a really special Valentine this year.  In fact, it’s her first Valentine’s Day.  Her name is Enceladus…. and I’m kinda in love with her!
Mom With Pink Hair in NYC

Matthew and I are generally excited about holidays, especially Christmas and Halloween, so I knew when we had a child I was going to go a little Mama crazy with activities and dressing up!  There’s just something in me that screams “I’M SO EXCITED TO DO ARTS & CRAFTS WITH MY BABY!”.
Finger Painting With 7 Month Old

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Roasted Cauliflower Carrot Soup

HEALTHY & CREAMY Roasted Cauliflower Carrot Soup! This recipe is loaded with fresh vegetables and is so easy to make! Even though it tastes cheesy there’s no cheese in the recipe – it’s amazing! Recipe can easily be made dairy free by using almond milk.

Roasted vegetables don’t get enough love in my opinion.   Magic happens when you crank your oven up to 450 degrees, and roll your vegetables around in olive oil.   Cauliflower and carrots are good by themselves, but ROASTED cauliflower and carrots?  They are amazing!

Roasted Cauliflower Carrot Soup With bread on Side

I had some beautiful carrots that I planned on making baby puree with (which I did – with a kick of cinnamon – she loves it!), but I was left with half a pound of carrots.  I took another glance in the refrigerator and saw a head of cauliflower that was screaming to be used.  I was feeling in the soup mood so I decided to make my family’s favorite cauliflower soup, but with a carrot twist!

This soup is so creamy – but without all the extra fat that usual creamy soups call for! In fact, there is no cheese in this soup! There is only 1 cup of milk, and if you want to make it dairy free you can easily substitute almond milk instead.   

Fresh Garden Carrots with Green Tops

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Whole Wheat Slow Cooker Bread

Homemade Whole Wheat SLOW COOKER Bread recipe that’s so easy to make! This simple recipe is made in the crock pot and uses honey instead of sugar. This bread is healthy and great for clean eating! Use it for sandwiches or for breakfast, I love mine with a little butter and jam!

Remember my 2 Hour Slow Cooker Bread?  I had a few requests for a Whole Wheat version so I baked my heart out one weekend and made this Whole Wheat Slow Cooker Bread, also made in 2 hours! 
Homemade Whole Wheat SLOW COOKER Bread recipe that's so easy to make! This simple recipe is made in the crock pot and uses honey instead of sugar. This bread is healthy and great for clean eating! Use it for sandwiches or for breakfast, I love mine with a little butter and jam!

If you’re anything like me, then you love bread.  No, you don’t just love bread, you LOVE LOVE bread.  I am pretty sure bread is up there in my top 5 favorite foods of all time.  Bread is perfect for sandwiches of course, but it makes the perfect partner for a creamy casserole. 

One of my favorite quick breakfast meals is a slice of bread with butter and raspberry jam on it! It’s perfect!
Whole Wheat Bread with Jam
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Apple, Pear and Banana Baby Food

EASY TO MAKE Apple, Pear and Banana Baby Food! This recipe makes 64 ounces of baby food for only $10! This simple homemade puree uses fresh fruit that your baby will love! Follow this DIY on how to make it and info on freezer storage!  This is my 7 month old’s favorite combination puree! 

Ok, I can’t help it, I’m obsessed with making baby food.  Did you think that this vegetable garden loving Mama wouldn’t be making baby food?  I love to puree fruits and vegetables in the kitchen and watch Enceladus react to first tastes! 

If you love cooking, then you understand the amazing feeling one gets when you serve friends or family a home cooked meal.  When placing the food on the table in front of your family, you are essentially saying “I love you!”.   So imagine my excitement when I’m cooking for my baby!  

How to Freeze Homemade Baby Food

Enceladus started eating fruit and vegetable purees at around 5 months.  Since turning 7 months old a few days ago, she’s tasted plenty of combinations, but this one is her favorite: Apple, Pear and Banana!  What’s not to love?  It’s like a tropical fruit smoothie for babies!  I’ll be honest, I love this puree so much I might sneak e a few bites in when she’s not looking!
How to Puree Stage 1 Baby Food

Besides the satisfying feeling of feeding your baby a home cooked meal, making your own baby food is extremely economical.  Let’s do some simple math real quick. 

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Cauliflower Pot Pie

EASY & CREAMY Cauliflower Pot Pie Recipe! This easy Vegetarian Pot Pie uses frozen pie crusts to make a delicious dinner! The pot pie is made with cauliflower, carrots and peas filling in a creamy sauce! It’s a healthy, vegetable friendly solution to homemade chicken pot pie!

I have a confession. I wasn’t going to post this recipe.  Not because I didn’t think it was delicious and that your family would love it.  No, quite the opposite! This is one of my most popular recipes to make that often leaves friends asking “Can you give me the recipe?”.  But I wasn’t going to post it because I was ashamed of how it looked.  I had pot pie embarrassment.

I am not a expert pie maker.  I cannot make perfect crust.    I am not Marie Callender!  What my pot pie lacks in beautiful crust makes up for in taste, and that’s how I feel about this Cauliflower Pot Pie! 

Cauliflower Pot Pie in Frozen Crust

I know this Cauliflower Pot Pie is not the most beautiful pot pie you’ve ever seen.  The crust is uneven, it has caved in spots, heck it even has a crack down the middle of the pie.  But goodness gracious, this pot pie is DELICIOUS!  AND EVERY DELICIOUS POT PIE DESERVES A DAY TO SHINE!

Flaky Crust Pot Pie

So here I am.  After attempting to photograph it 3 times but putting away my camera every single time, I came back to it before the sun went down.   I googled photos of “pot pie” that looked perfect.  They were magazine cover beautiful.  And then I laughed.  Who am I kidding? I will never make the most beautiful pot pie that has intricate leaf designs cut out of it.  That’s not me.  That’s not my style. I’m Pamela.  I make messy casseroles and blueberry muffins that sometimes fall apart. 
Golden Brown Frozen Pie Crust

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Here’s how much we grew in the garden last year!

Each year we track our garden yield by weighing the vegetable after we pick them.  Here’s 2014, 2015, 2016… and finally, 2017!

Let’s talk totals! In 2017 we grew a total of (drum roll please) 363 pounds and 6 ounces of vegetables!  It was quite a drop from our 1147 pound harvest in 2016, but here’s why:

-We didn’t grow any pumpkins. In 2016 we grew almost 400 pounds of pumpkins!
-We didn’t grow any watermelon.
-Oh yeah, we had a baby in July!  Talk about a change in the growing season!


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Pamela’s Slow Cooker Porky Chili

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PAMELA’S PORKY Slow Cooker CHILI is made with BACON and SAUSAGE! This pork chili is easy to make in the crockpot with diced tomatoes and beans! It’s one of my family’s favorite comfort food dinners!   Ready in 6 hours on LOW. Serve with shredded cheese and a big piece of crusty bread! This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BUSH’S slow-simmered chili beans and Hunt’s vine ripened tomatoes.

With the temperatures feeling like single digits, I’ve been craving a nice (big!) bowl of warm chili.  I decided to up my chili game one notch and create Pamela’s Porky Chili filled with bacon and sausage!  Doesn’t it look delicious? It tastes it too!
PAMELA'S PORKY Slow Cooker CHILI is made with BACON and SAUSAGE! This pork chili is easy to make in the crockpot with diced tomatoes and beans! It's one of my families favorite comfort food dinners!   Ready in 6 hours on LOW. Serve with shredded cheese and a big piece of crusty bread!

To make this chili even easier to make on a busy winter day, we’re going to add our all ingredients to the slow cooker, set it for 6 hours while we go to work, and then come back to a big bowl of tasty, warm chili that your entire family is going to love!  
PAMELA'S PORKY Slow Cooker CHILI is made with BACON and SAUSAGE! This pork chili is easy to make in the crockpot with diced tomatoes and beans! It's one of my families favorite comfort food dinners!   Ready in 6 hours on LOW. Serve with shredded cheese and a big piece of crusty bread!

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4 HOUR Juicy Slow Cooker Whole Chicken

4 HOUR JUICY Slow Cooker Meal for a 6 Pound Whole Chicken!  This easy recipe makes the entire meal in the crock pot, including potatoes and other vegetables!  You’ll love how simple it is to cook a HEALTHY Rotisserie Chicken meal!  This is one of my favorite crockpot dinners!

I’ve been big on Slow Cooker recipes lately.  Last week I shared with you my Slow Cooker Bread, and this week I’m sharing the main course to go with it – a whole chicken!   This chicken is juicy, full of flavor and is so easy to make!  
4 HOUR JUICY Slow Cooker Meal for a 6 Pound Whole Chicken!  This easy recipe makes the entire meal in the crock pot, including potatoes and other vegetables!  You'll love how simple it is to cook a HEALTHY Rotisserie Chicken meal!  This is one of my favorite crockpot dinners!

This recipe makes a 5-7 pound whole chicken in the slow cooker in 4 hours on high.  Alternatively you could set it to 7 hours on low.   The key to making a juicy chicken in the slow cooker is that you want to give it some liquid to become moist, but you don’t want it to sit in the liquid.  The solution is that you cut up a bunch of vegetables so the chicken has a “bed” to be placed on, keeping it above the liquid for the majority of cooking time.

What that also does is provide you a full meal, so you have your whole chicken and vegetables! I cut up potatoes, celery, carrots and onions to place in the bottom of the slow cooker.
4 HOUR JUICY Slow Cooker Meal for a 6 Pound Whole Chicken!  This easy recipe makes the entire meal in the crock pot, including potatoes and other vegetables!  You'll love how simple it is to cook a HEALTHY Rotisserie Chicken meal!  This is one of my favorite crockpot dinners!

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2 HOUR Slow Cooker Bread

2 HOUR Slow Cooker Bread! This homemade bread is so EASY to make and has changed my life! Throw it in the crock pot and you will have soft, moist bread in 2 hours! This is the best bread to serve with creamy soups and casseroles, it tastes like Amish Sweet Bread!

I have not been this excited about sharing a recipe in quite some time.  This bread is easy to make, it’s delicious and I’m so addicted I made it 2 times this week already! The bread is soft, moist and is perfect for dipping in a big bowl of creamy soup
2 HOUR Slow Cooker Bread! This homemade bread is so EASY to make and has changed my life! Throw it in the crock pot and you will have soft, moist bread in 2 hours! This is the best bread to serve with creamy soups and casseroles, it tastes like Amish Sweet Bread!

Let’s get the facts out of the way, this bread is made in your slow cooker crockpot on HIGH in 2 hours.   It’s a extremely simple recipe with basic ingredients that produces delicious, soft bread.   It takes about 40 minutes to prep, with 30 of those minutes dedicated to just letting your dough double in size. 

Here’s a 30 minute before and after. I like to leave my dough somewhere warm while rising. 
2 HOUR Slow Cooker Bread! This homemade bread is so EASY to make and has changed my life! Throw it in the crock pot and you will have soft, moist bread in 2 hours! This is the best bread to serve with creamy soups and casseroles, it tastes like Amish Sweet Bread!

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Eating Apples and Carrots with Enceladus

Change your shirt, put towels on the floor, wear a poncho – things are about to get messy. Enceladus started eating solids! This post is in partnership with buybuy BABY.

At our 4 month pediatrician visit, we got the go ahead to start solids when we were feeling ready for it, so at 5 months we decided to give it a try.  After months of watching her Mom and Dad eat, Enceladus must have been practicing in her head, because on the first spoonful she reached out her hand, grabbed the spoon and shoved the pureed fruits into her mouth!  Success!

(We use the Fisher-Price Deluxe Booster Seat because it attaches to a chair and saves room in our apartment!)

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Gluten Free Sugar​ Plum​ ​Apple​ Currant​ Pie

Perfect for CHRISTMAS, GLUTEN FREE Sugar​ ​Plum​ ​Apple​ ​Currant​ ​Pie! This easy to make pie recipe shows you how to make a gluten free pie crust using pecans, brown sugar and gluten free flour. The fruit filling is tossed with sugar and spices to make a delicious pie! This is one of the best pies, perfect for Christmas and Thanksgiving! I can promise you that no one will know that it’s GLUTEN FREE! 

You guys.  This pie is incredible.  The pie crust! The sugary fruit filling!  Everything tastes so good!  I might have eaten half of this pie in a day because I couldn’t stay away from it.  It’s that good.
Perfect for CHRISTMAS, GLUTEN FREE Sugar​ ​Plum​ ​Apple​ ​Currant​ ​Pie! This easy to make pie recipe shows you how to make a gluten free pie crust using pecans, brown sugar and gluten free flour. The fruit filling is tossed with sugar and spices to make a delicious pie! This is one of the best pies, perfect for Christmas and Thanksgiving! I can promise you that no one will know that it's GLUTEN FREE! 

Even though this recipe is “gluten free”, I’m going to be honest and say you won’t be able to tell.  I admit that many times you can tell when a recipe is gluten free, but not this one.   Because it’s so good, it’s going to satisfy everyone in your family and friends, even if they don’t follow a gluten free diet. (By the way, want another amazing sweet gluten free recipe? Make my Pistachio Cookies!).
Perfect for CHRISTMAS, GLUTEN FREE Sugar​ ​Plum​ ​Apple​ ​Currant​ ​Pie! This easy to make pie recipe shows you how to make a gluten free pie crust using pecans, brown sugar and gluten free flour. The fruit filling is tossed with sugar and spices to make a delicious pie! This is one of the best pies, perfect for Christmas and Thanksgiving! I can promise you that no one will know that it's GLUTEN FREE! 

Perfect for CHRISTMAS, GLUTEN FREE Sugar​ ​Plum​ ​Apple​ ​Currant​ ​Pie! This easy to make pie recipe shows you how to make a gluten free pie crust using pecans, brown sugar and gluten free flour. The fruit filling is tossed with sugar and spices to make a delicious pie! This is one of the best pies, perfect for Christmas and Thanksgiving! I can promise you that no one will know that it's GLUTEN FREE! 
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GLUTEN-FREE White Chocolate Dipped Pistachio Cookies

GLUTEN-FREE White Chocolate Dipped Pistachio​ ​​Cookies​ are the BEST for CHRISTMAS baking! This easy gluten-free recipe makes 48 spiced pistachio cookies that are dipped in melted white chocolate! They are made with almond flour and teff flour, making a perfectly formed cookie! They are one of my favorite Christmas cookies, perfect for family eating and holiday gifts!

These Gluten-Free​ ​White Chocolate Dipped Pistachio​ ​​Cookies​ need to become a must-have on your holiday baking list! I made them last weekend and they were gone by Monday morning!  They have the taste of a spiced cookie but they’re dipped in white chocolate adding a touch of sweetness to every bite!   Add some festive sprinkles on each one and you have some of the prettiest cookies you’ll bake all season long!

GLUTEN-FREE White Chocolate Dipped Pistachio​ ​​Cookies​ are the BEST for CHRISTMAS baking! This easy gluten-free recipe makes 48 spiced pistachio cookies that are dipped in melted white chocolate! They are made with almond flour and teff flour, making a perfectly formed cookie! They are one of my favorite Christmas cookies, perfect for family eating and holiday gifts!

Pistachio cookies are one of my favorites, but they’re even more irresistible when you add in cardamom, cinnamon, and allspice to give more of a holiday taste (and smell!) to them.   These cookies are not overly nutty tasting, but just perfect so everyone loves them.  

GLUTEN-FREE White Chocolate Dipped Pistachio​ ​​Cookies​ are the BEST for CHRISTMAS baking! This easy gluten-free recipe makes 48 spiced pistachio cookies that are dipped in melted white chocolate! They are made with almond flour and teff flour, making a perfectly formed cookie! They are one of my favorite Christmas cookies, perfect for family eating and holiday gifts!

GLUTEN-FREE White Chocolate Dipped Pistachio​ ​​Cookies​ are the BEST for CHRISTMAS baking! This easy gluten-free recipe makes 48 spiced pistachio cookies that are dipped in melted white chocolate! They are made with almond flour and teff flour, making a perfectly formed cookie! They are one of my favorite Christmas cookies, perfect for family eating and holiday gifts!

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Chocolate Banana Cake With Peanut Butter Frosting

Tracking PixelCHOCOLATE BANANA CAKE with THE BEST PEANUT BUTTER FROSTING! This homemade from scratch cake is MOIST, easy to make and slides out of the 8×8 pan perfectly! The peanut butter frosting on top is what I consider the best frosting of all time – my family can’t get enough! If you’re looking for a chocolate birthday cake or holiday gift – make this cake! This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bob’s Red Mill.

The season of gift giving is upon us and what’s a better way to say “I think you’re great, Happy Holidays!” than sending someone the gift of Chocolate Banana Cake With Peanut Butter Frosting?
CHOCOLATE BANANA CAKE with THE BEST PEANUT BUTTER FROSTING! This homemade from scratch cake is MOIST, easy to make and slides out of the 8x8 pan perfectly! The peanut butter frosting on top is what I consider the best frosting of all time - my family can't get enough! If you're looking for a chocolate birthday cake or holiday gift - make this cake! 

I think sometimes the gift of homemade food is overlooked when it comes to the holidays.  Sure, you can brave the holiday lines at the department store to buy your sister those cashmere gloves you saw her eyeing up, but I can almost guarantee you that giving her a homemade cake will make her feel like the best (and loved) sister of all time!   A homemade cake is not only a physical gift, but there’s lots of emotional thought that goes into making it too! 

Did you know that psychologists have found that baking for loved ones promote a sense of well being not only for the recipient but for the baker as well?  Whenever someone gifts me a box filled with homemade cookies I still get weak in the knees and feel like it’s the most special gift ever!  

CHOCOLATE BANANA CAKE with THE BEST PEANUT BUTTER FROSTING! This homemade from scratch cake is MOIST, easy to make and slides out of the 8x8 pan perfectly! The peanut butter frosting on top is what I consider the best frosting of all time - my family can't get enough! If you're looking for a chocolate birthday cake or holiday gift - make this cake! 

First, let’s talk about this cake before we get to my favorite peanut butter frosting.

This is a Chocolate Banana Cake.  I want to tell you up front it is not “too banana-y”.  So if you have someone in the family that isn’t a big banana fan don’t be scared of this cake.  The cake is made with semi sweet chocolate chips and cocoa powder so it’s very decadent with chocolate.  

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Photographing Cats With Their Favorite Food Is Hard Work!

 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tender & True Pet Nutrition. All opinions are 100% mine.

So here was the idea.  I was going to tell you all about how much our cats love Tender & True cat food (because they do).  I was going to photograph Toes specifically because she is always my food model, because well…. the lady loves food.  But then I took out a few cans of Tender & True food and instead of Toes, all 5 cats showed up.  Go figure!  One sniff of their favorite food and I’m surrounded by my fur babies!

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Slow Cooker Kielbasa, Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes

FAMILY FAVORITE Slow Cooker Kielbasa, Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes! This healthy dinner is so easy to make as it only takes 5 hours in the crock pot! The meal cooks in a beef broth brown sugar mix that is amazing! It’s one of my family’s favorite comfort food recipes for a Winter night! We love serving it over egg noodles or rice!

Look, I’m not saying all people from the Midwest love Slow Cooker meals filled with meat and vegetable (especially potatoes) but that’s totally what I’m saying.  My husband, a man raised in good ol Ohio, raves about my Slow Cooker Kielbasa, Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes.   I could give him the option of having a fancy schmancy French cuisine or Slow Cooker Kielbasa for dinner and there would be no discussion – it’s Slow Cooker Kielbasa, Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes all the way!

FAMILY FAVORITE Slow Cooker Kielbasa, Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes! This healthy dinner is so easy to make as it only takes 5 hours in the crock pot! The meal cooks in a beef broth brown sugar mix that is amazing! It's one of my family's favorite comfort food recipes for a Winter night! We love serving it over egg noodles or rice!

This easy slow cooker meal has everything you need for homemade comfort food – meat, vegetables and enough broth to pour it on top of egg noodles!  The meat is beef kiebasa, cut into bite size pieces.  The vegetables are potatoes, celery, brussels sprouts and onion.  The broth is a savory beef broth.
FAMILY FAVORITE Slow Cooker Kielbasa, Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes! This healthy dinner is so easy to make as it only takes 5 hours in the crock pot! The meal cooks in a beef broth brown sugar mix that is amazing! It's one of my family's favorite comfort food recipes for a Winter night! We love serving it over egg noodles or rice!

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Easy Way to Freeze Mashed Potatoes!

EASY way to FREEZE Mashed Potatoes! Follow these step by step instructions on how to freeze leftover mashed potatoes and get the magic trick (cream cheese!) to make them taste great! Never throw away leftover Thanksgiving or holiday potatoes again! I always freeze mashed potatoes to serve for quick weeknight dinners!

Ok, it’s a few days after Thanksgiving and you’re eyeing the mashed potatoes suspiciously that have been sitting in the refrigerator.  You don’t think they can last another day in the fridge but you don’t want to throw them away.  Why? They were so good!  Why else? Think of all the money in butter you spent! Well I’m here to save the day… yes you can freeze mashed potatoes!

EASY way to FREEZE Mashed Potatoes! Follow these step by step instructions on how to freeze leftover mashed potatoes and get the magic trick to make them taste great! Never throw away leftover Thanksgiving or holiday potatoes again! I always freeze mashed potatoes to serve for quick weeknight dinners!

Here’s how to do it:

Store them in the freezer in air tight plastic or glass containers with completely sealed lids.  You can also keep them in containers and cover with plastic/saran wrap.
EASY way to FREEZE Mashed Potatoes! Follow these step by step instructions on how to freeze leftover mashed potatoes and get the magic trick to make them taste great! Never throw away leftover Thanksgiving or holiday potatoes again! I always freeze mashed potatoes to serve for quick weeknight dinners!

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Chocolate Chow Mein Noodle Cookies

CHOCOLATE CHOW MEIN Noodle COOKIES are my family’s favorite! This easy no bake recipe only requires 4 ingredients! They’re simple to make and you only need chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, chow mein noodles and peanuts! I love adding a dash of salt on top too! They are so much to make with kids! Make them for parties, dessert, bake sales or a alternative to Christmas cookies!

These Chocolate Chow Mein Noodle Cookies are delicious and completely addicting!  Even better is that they’re made with only 4 simple ingredients, they don’t require baking and are kid friendly to make!    I made these for a friends party, but they were so good that Matthew and I gobbled them up at home causing me to make a second batch!
CHOCOLATE CHOW MEIN Noodle COOKIES are my family's favorite! This easy no bake recipe only requires 4 ingredients! They're simple to make and you only need chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, chow mein noodles and peanuts! I love adding a dash of salt on top too! They are so much to make with kids! Make them for parties, dessert, bake sales or a alternative to Christmas cookies!

Even though these are called “cookies” they’re really not cookies at all, but I find them to be a delicious cookie substitute for holiday gifts, bake sales, and even leaving out for Santa (wink wink).  They’re not made with flour or butter, but instead only require 4 simple ingredients – chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, peanuts and chow mein noodles.  Yup, chow mein noodles!  You can use the skinny ones that come in the can or you can use the wide ones that are usually sold in a bag, I prefer the wide ones.
CHOCOLATE CHOW MEIN Noodle COOKIES are my family's favorite! This easy no bake recipe only requires 4 ingredients! They're simple to make and you only need chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, chow mein noodles and peanuts! I love adding a dash of salt on top too! They are so much to make with kids! Make them for parties, dessert, bake sales or a alternative to Christmas cookies!

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Farm to Bowl Dinner With Toes The Cat

 
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tender & True Pet Nutrition. All opinions are 100% mine.
 

If you know Toes you know she loves 2 things the most, food and snuggles.  So as you can imagine, a day filled with delicious food and cuddling would make Toes one happy girl!  If you follow this blog you know I’m a big fan of farm to table living and recipes, so when it comes to my cats I’m a big believer in farm to bowl too.  Ok, farm to bowl to table because sometimes Toes is fancy and eats at the table! Don’t tell her Dad though, it’s our secret!

With the baby here, we’re still juggling how to spend time with our 5 furry babies and 1 human baby.  As I mentioned earlier in a post, Enceladus is 100% a cat lady already.  She LOVES the cats and the cats LOVE her.   Since Toes and Goblin are the youngest, I imagine one of them is going to become her best friend in the years to come which is really exciting.  I think Toes is going to especially become her best friend when Enceladus starts “accidentally” dropping food from her high chair.  Speaking of food, here Toesey Woesey!

As soon as Toes hears the pantry door open that holds her food, she comes running!  One crack of the food can and Toes is circling my feet, meowing, begging for food! It always cracks me up because those 10 seconds it takes for me to bend down and put the food in the bowl seem like eternity to her!

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