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    Brown Sugar and Honey Slow Cooker Ham

    Slow Cooker Spiral Ham Dinner

    You already know by now that I have a pretty serious relationship with my Crockpot. I tend to use my Crockpot to make slow cooker meals 3 or 4 nights a week. I love how much time it saves me and how, just by combining a few ingredients, we end up with a delicious, flavorful meal. I tend to host many holiday dinners for my family, and usually at least twice a year make a ham as one of the main courses. So imagine how happy I was last year to discover how simple it is to slow cook a HAM and how succulent the end result is!

    For this recipe, you can use a spiral-sliced or non-spiral sliced ham, your choice. Also remember – typical hams are pre-cooked. Your task is basically just to heat it up. Read the label on your ham to ensure that it is pre-cooked – that’s the kind that we use.

    You will need:

    • 1 pre-cooked ham
    • non-stick cooking spray
    • 2 Cups brown sugar
    • honey
    • 1/2 Cup water

    How to make: Read more


    Slow Cooker Candy Cane French Toast Recipe

    Christmas Food

    As Christmas rolls ever closer, I am so excited to share this recipe with you!  Bob and I created this recipe for a featured spot in this month’s BJ’s Wholesale Club Digital Journal.  We took a breakfast recipe that we have enjoyed for years (slow cooker French Toast) and gave it a festive kick by adding some peppermint whipped cream and crushed candy canes.  Not only is this meal super easy to make (and literally cooks itself), but it will fill your house with a delicious holiday aroma thanks to a cinnamon/clove/nutmeg blend.

    So this year on Christmas morning let your slow cooker do the work while you focus on enjoying the magic of the holiday season with your loved ones!

    For the French Toast you will need:
    Loaf of Italian Bread (we love Wellsley Farms bakery bread from BJ’s!)
    1 dozen extra large white eggs
    2 Cups 2% Reduced Fat Milk
    2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
    1 tsp Ground Nutmeg
    1 tsp Ground Cloves
    1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
    1/8 Cup Brown Sugar

    French Toast Ingredients
    How to make:

    1. Slice bread into thick slices (.5 – 1 inch thick) and set aside.

    Wellsley Farms Sliced Bread

    2. Combine the following in a large bowl: eggs (beaten), milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, vanilla extract, brown sugar.

    Egg Mixture

    3. Spray slow cooker with a non-stick cooking spray.

    4. Dip bread in the egg mixture, coating both sides. Layer bread in slow cooker, leaving 1-2 inches free at the top.

    French Toast in Slow Cooker

    5. Place lid on slow cooker and cook for 2-3 hours on high. The French Toast will have a delicious casserole/bread pudding consistency.

    For the Peppermint Whipped Cream Topping you will need:
    16 oz Heavy Cream
    4 tsp Powdered Sugar
    2 tsp Peppermint Extract
    1-2 Candy Canes, crushed

    Candy Cane Topping Ingredients

    How to make:

    1. Whip the following together: heavy cream, peppermint extract and powdered sugar. If you like a sweeter whipped cream, you can add more powdered sugar.

    2. Sprinkle crushed candy canes over the top and serve!

    Candy Cane French Toast


    Slow Cooker Candy Cane French Toast

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    30 Thanksgiving Slow Cooker Recipes – Slow Cook Your Meal from Appetizers to Dessert!

    Thanksgiving Slow Cooker Recipes

    Think that your Thanksgiving meal requires you to stand around your kitchen all day cooking for hours?  Think ahead!  Let your slow cooker be your very best friend on Thanksgiving and check out the recipes below!  Need an extra slow cooker or three?  Check out this Kohl’s small appliance deal – you could order today and pick up at your local store before Thursday!


    Warm Buffalo Chicken Dip from Mama Cheaps

    Slow Cooker Spinach and Artichoke Dip from Damn Delicious

    Crock Pot Sticky Chicken Wings from Homemade Hooplah

    Slow Cooker Bacon and Pumpkin Soup from Ditch the Carbs

    Crock Pot Hawaiian Litt’l Smokies from Shaken Together


    Mulled Apple Cider from That’s Country Living

    Crock Pot Pumpkin Spiced Latte from Thriving Home Blog

    Caramel Hot Chocolate from Cooking Classy


    Slow Cooker Applesauce from Mama Cheaps

    Crock Pot Butternut Squash with Apples, Walnuts and Raisins from Diethood

    Slow Cooker Baked Beans from Mama Cheaps

    Butternut Squash Broccoli Quinoa Casserole from Life Made Sweeter

    Slow Cooker Lasagna from That’s Country Living

    Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole from The Magical Slow Cooker

    Crockpot Potatoes Au Gratin from Chelsea’s Messy Apron

    Creamy Garlic Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes from Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    Homemade Cranberry Sauce (Slow Cooker) from Little Spice Jar

    Crock Pot Stuffing from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch

    Turkey Dishes

    Crock Pot Turkey Breast from Spicy Southern Kitchen

    Crock Pot Turkey Breast with Cranberry Sauce from The Creative Bite

    (PERFECT for leftovers!) Leftover Turkey Pot Pie Soup from Foodie Crush

    Turkey Alternatives

    Easy Crock Pot Meatballs from Mama Cheaps

    Easy Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers from Mama Cheaps


    Slow Cooker Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake from Spicy Southern Kitchen

    Crock Pot Pumpkin Pie Pudding Cake from Tammilee Tips

    Crock Pot Pecan Pie from Spicy Southern Kitchen

    Crock Pot Crustless Pumpkin Pie from Recipes that Crock

    Slow Cooker Pumpkin Apple Crisp from Kristine’s Kitchen

    Crock Pot Apple Crisp from The First Year

    Slow Cooker Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from the Stay at Home Chef

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    Salted Caramel Mocha Fall Party Mix + Halloween Netflix Playlist

    Salted Caramel Pretzels

    This post is sponsored by Netflix.  As a member of the Netflix Stream Team, I have agreed to write a monthly post showcasing Netflix shows and/or movies.  No compensation was received.  All opinions are 100% my own.

    Many of you know by now that I have a serious weak spot for salted caramel mocha flavored anything.  My favorite item to consume is a latte, but I love other similarly flavored snacks as well.  I wanted to come up with an easy, fairly quick-to-make, portable party snack recipe to take to our Halloween party next week.

    The taste from our trial run turned out great.  Both kids and adults enjoyed the snack and we now have a new fall favorite to add to our list of party possibilities.  Whether you’re heading out to a party over the next week or two, or simply kicking back with snacks and streaming Halloween shows or movies, this recipe will fit the bill!

    You will need:

    • small pretzels (we used the square-shaped pretzels)
    • caramel bits for melting
    • chocolate chips for melting (or melting wafers)
    • candy corn

    Salted Caramel Pretzel Snack Mix Ingredients

    How to make:

    1. Line a cookie tray with wax paper and arrange pretzels in a single layer.

    Pretzel Squares

    2. Melt caramel per package instructions and drizzle over pretzels.

    Caramel on pretzels

    3. Melt chocolate per package instructions and drizzle over pretzels.

    Caramel Chocolate Pretzels

    4. Place tray in the refrigerator until the caramel and chocolate firm up.

    5. Remove from refrigerator and break up into small pieces.  Place in a bowl and toss in a handful of candy corn.

    Fall Party Mix

    6.  The tasty is salty sweet and the colors SCREAM Autumn!  Enjoy!

    Salted Caramel Pretzels

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    If you’re turning to streaming Netflix this Halloween, check out this lineup of current family friendly Spooky/Wizard-y/Magical-related titles that you can watch!

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    Scooby-Doo!: Mystery Incorporated
    Masha’s Spooky Stories
    DreamWorks Spooky Stories
    R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour
    Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie
    Girl vs. Monster
    Sabrina’s Secret Life
    Courage the Cowardly Dog
    R.L. Stine’s Mostly Ghostly: One Night in Doom House
    Dragons: Race to the Edge
    Mia and Me
    Room on the Broom




    Pumpkin Punch Recipe for Halloween

    Pumpkin Punch

    Between the kids’ school parties and the farm party where Lily rides, we always end up going to at least 2 or 3 Halloween or Fall themed events.  We typically bring our Fall Pumpkin Dip but this year I might add this beverage to our offerings because it is SO cute.

    You could easily substitute a different orange colored drink (for example orange juice or Sunny D) in place of the soda.

    You will need:

    • Orange colored beverage (we used orange soda)
    • Whipped cream
    • Candy pumpkins

    Pumpkin Punch Ingredients

    How to make:

    1. Doesn’t get much easier than this folks.  Pour orange drink into a cup (I use clear glass or plastic so the orange color is visible).

    2.  Top with whipped cream.

    3.  Garnish with 2 or 3 candy pumpkins and call it a day!

    Halloween Pumpkin Punch


    Halloween Drink

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    Southwestern Corn and Black Bean Salsa Recipe

    Southwestern Corn Black Bean Salsa

    This past weekend something funny, yet downright amazing happened.  I was over at my Dad’s house watching these super cool treasure hunters look for historic artifacts around the yard.  While everyone sat eating lunch, I took a quick scroll through the Facebook to see if anything riveting was occuring in my circle of friends and fam.  Out of nowhere this most impressive, colorful, succulent looking recipe popped out of my feed from Skinnytaste.  It was for a Southwestern Black Bean Salad that looked simply amazing.  I quickly tagged Bob in the comments and told him I wanted to make that recipe and got back to watching the treasure hunt.

    A couple hours later, I arrived home.  You will not believe what I found waiting for me in my kitchen….  There was a big container of this most delicious recipe, made by Bob himself because he’s an utter GEM!

    Yes, it tastes as good as it looks.  No, actually?  It tastes better than it looks.  The flavor literally bursts in your mouth as you chew.  We have already made a 2nd batch since Saturday and have enjoyed it with chips, on salad, even topped onto burgers.  I can’t get enough!

    We tweaked this recipe ever-so-slightly from the original.  Check it out!

    You will need:

    • 15.5 oz can black beans
    • 2-3 cobs of corn, grilled and cut off the cob (or 1.5 cups frozen corn, thawed)
    • 1 tomato (chopped)
    • 1/4 cup red onion (chopped)
    • Juice from 1-2 limes
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 1/4 cup fresh minced cilantro
    • salt and fresh pepper
    • 1 medium avocado (diced)
    • 1 diced jalapeno (optional)

    How to make:

    1. In a large bowl, combine everything except for the olive oil, lime juice and avocado.

    2. Squeeze lime juice over the contents of the bowl.

    3. Stir in olive oil.

    4. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

    5. Add avocado just before serving.

    Southwestern Black Bean Salsa



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