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15 Make-your-life-easier Chicken Slow Cooker Recipes

Welcome October! I feel like October is the official start of the fun, busy, and some days a little crazy holiday season. We start off with a family birthday, then Halloween, another birthday, another birthday, Thanksgiving, our anniversary, Christmas, then my birthday. In less than 3 months we celebrate so many different things. Throw in family parties, community events, school functions, church, and other general life-business and you have yourself one very busy season without even trying.

This is the perfect time of year to use those slow cookers to make life easier. Don’t let the convenience of eating out derail your healthy eating or your budget, with a little planning ahead, you can still eat well with your family. Your slow cooker can do just that for you and these 15 Make-your-life-easier Chicken Slow Cooker Recipes are the perfect place to start. Be inspired and have a great day friends!

15 Make-your-life-easier Chicken Slow Cooker Recipes

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White Chocolate Caramel Corn

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White Chocolate Caramel Corn is a must make for the fall. I've been making similar versions of this popcorn for years but today is extra special because I used two delicious bars of Lindt CLASSIC RECIPE white chocolate for melting over of the caramel corn; it really put this version over the top. Caramel corn is one of my all time favorite treats. It's easy to make, it's perfect for parties and gatherings because it makes a nice big batch, it's pretty inexpensive, and it also makes a simple gift for giving. This post is part of #Chocotoberfest! Did you see Continue Reading →

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies because #Choctoberfest (plus a Giveaway!)

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I am beyond excited today, because it is October 5.... and that means it is the first day of #Choctoberfest! #Choctoberfest is a virtual event put together by The PinterTest Kitchen. Bloggers from around the world will be posting their favorite chocolate recipes, and you'll get a chance to win some awesome prizes. I don't do this type of thing super often, but it's pretty fun every now and again. It's a great way for my to support other bloggers too. I donated an apron from my Etsy shop to the prize pack too so I hope you enter! I love Continue Reading →

Pumpkin Skillet Biscuits

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Pumpkin Skillet Biscuits are heading your way friends and I so hope you take a minute to make them this week (they take 10 minutes to whip together!). Seriously, adding a little pumpkin to your meals in all kinds of fun ways just makes you feel like you are winning at life. Homemade whole wheat pumpkin waffles (super old post but I still love and use this recipe) have been gracing my table this week, I threw some pumpkin in my pot of homemade chili this weekend and you couldn't even tell it was there (it did give it Continue Reading →

30 Minute Simple Roasted Tomato and Sausage Pasta

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This pasta. THIS pasta! Sometimes I spend a lot of time and resources making a meal and it bombs. SO disappointing. Other times the amount of work I put in is pretty equal to the enjoyment. Then there's that rare occasion that I throw something together and it's a huge hit. It always feels a bit like I cheated because I didn't do much but I get a lot out of it (like kids who don't fuss the entire dinner, that's always a great thing). This 30 Minute Simple Roasted Tomato and Sausage Pasta is one of those meals that kind Continue Reading →

Quick and Easy Vanilla Sheet Cake

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This cake. You guys. This cakes is so ridiculously easy but it's still super delicious. Plus, any food you can add sprinkles to (for example: donuts, ice cream, caramel apples) is going to be good. Am I right? This is another "cheater recipe" because you start off with a box of cake mix, add some fool-proof homemade icing, and a heavy hand of sprinkles and you have yourself one perfectly semi-homemade dessert that takes about 20 minutes to throw together. I like this recipe all year long because it's easy and it is really simple to adapt it to what I Continue Reading →

Our Kitchen Plans Reveal (plus a giveaway)!

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Remember a few months ago when I told you all working I was with GE Appliances on their Our American Kitchen stories? It's been a lot of fun and I have another post today highlighting some of the touching (and fun!) videos they have made of real American families living awesome lives with the kitchen as the center of their home. This topic is one that I love because I very much relate to why and how the kitchen is so important to our families and the stories we are making every day. So today I'm highlighting GE's hard work as well Continue Reading →

Farm, Chicken, and Garden Tour: September

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The last time I showed you my garden it was so very young. I can't believe how quickly it all grows and produces. All that time and effort and weeding turns into food on our table and food in my pantry. The Law of the Harvest in every sense of the phrase is such a neat concept and one I'm glad to be learning about and teaching me kids. Here's what the garden is looking like right now! The hump of dirt you can see at the bottom was our potato tower. We used some 4 inch square wire to make a circle, Continue Reading →

Healthy One Pot Quinoa Taco Casserole

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Thank you so much for your response to Graham's birth story I posted yesterday. I'm so grateful for all you kind wonderful friends that I've made through blogging these past 4 years. Seriously, you are the best. Today's Healthy One Pot Quinoa Taco Casserole is my gift to you. I'm sure we are in the same boat, school is back in session, lessons and activities are picking up, and my personal goals and priorities have taken a bit more of a front seat than they did this summer. I'm taking a little more time to meal plan, eat well, and exercise Continue Reading →

Baby Graham’s Birth Story with a surprise ending!


I enjoy looking back over my birth stories because pregnancy, labor, and birth are some of the hardest things I have gone through and have brought me some of the most amazing results in the end. I enjoy the details and don’t want to pain and beauty to be dulled by the passing of time. I assume that my kids will cringe at the thought of their mom telling the details of their birth for a time (teenager years?) and then I think they’ll have babies of their own and realize just what a miracle the whole things is. They Continue Reading →