10 Awesome Slow Cooker Recipes

I love using a Slow Cooker so much I own two of them (different sizes).

With the colder weather here in Alberta right now, this is the perfect time to dig out the slow cooker and give some recipes a try. Here are 10 recipes you should try.

  1.  Blackberry Jam – If you like jam, go check out Healing Tomato for a great easy recipe, and don’t ya just love the name of that blog?

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2.  Baked Potatoes – if  you don’t want to wait an hour when you get home from work for a scrumptious baked potato try making them in the slow cooker. The One Pot Chef will show you how. I make these quite often and they are yummy.

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3. Meatloaf – this is on the menu for this week (Wednesday). Meatloaf is a comfort food in my world and this recipe from Modernly Morgan is one of the easiest and tastiest I’ve tried.

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4.  Porcupine Meatballs – over at 365 days of slow cooking you will find 2 ways to make porcupine meatballs.  I really like these with the marinara sauce.

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5.  Bacon Mushroom Swiss Chicken – okay I love this one, bacon- yes, mushrooms – yes, chicken – yes, and swiss cheese – oh my god YES!! It’s just a winning combination and another adorable blog name Recipes that Crock – bah ha ha – love it!!

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Day 11 – Edible DIY Pretzel Wreaths

Edible DIY Pretzel Wreaths

Here is a cute and delicious idea for Christmas. These can be made and given as gifts or hung on the Christmas tree.  I plan on storing some in an airtight container until Christmas Day and then my family and friends can pick an ornament from my tree that is edible and delicious.

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For these pretzel wreaths you will need 9 small pretzels for each wreath, melted chocolate chips to adhere the pieces together and candy of your choice for decorating.  I used M&Ms and colored sugar.

Lay your pretzels out on parchment or wax paper (to catch the extra chocolate and sugar, this could get messy) to the size you want, like I said I used 9 pretzels in total per wreath, 5 on the bottom and four on the top.  I dipped each of the bottom pretzels in the melted chocolate and placed on the parchment paper in the shape of a wreath. Then I dipped the 4 remaining pretzels and placed them so they would overlap the bottom layer. While the chocolate was still wet I added my candy and colored sugar. Continue reading Day 11 – Edible DIY Pretzel Wreaths

Day 9 : Christmas Shortbread Bars

Christmas Shortbread Bars

Shortbread is a wonderful thing. It is so full of butter and simply melts in your mouth. It is my all time favorite cookie at Christmas and a ‘must bake’ every year.

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This recipe is so easy, no cooling in the fridge, no rolling, no cutting. You just need to combine all the ingredients and pat into an ungreased baking pan. The hardest part is waiting for them to come out of the oven.

The colored sugar gives these cookies the perfect festive look and they are immediately ready for the holidays. This shortbread is Barbara Bush’s recipe from the “White House Cookbook” and can be found online here at Bake Space along with some other delicious recipes.

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This recipe makes lots, it filled this vintage cookie tin, this tin wasn’t this pretty blue to begin with,  a can of spray paint can work wonders. 😉

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Day 7 : Peppermint Bark Oreos

Peppermint Bark Oreo Cookies

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These make great neighbor gifts. They are easy to make and take no time at all. Christmas and peppermint seem to go together and when you combine peppermint with white chocolate and Oreos you have a winning combination.  If you give them to the neighbors they are going to love them, I promise.

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Day 4: Salted Caramel Pretzel Pecan Bon-Bons

Salted Caramel Pretzel Pecan Bon-Bons

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Welcome to Day 4 of my 12 Days of Christmas making, baking and decorating. Today I bring you a most decadent treat that is both salty and sweet (two of my favorite things). A gift anyone on your Christmas list would be happy to receive. This recipe yields 40 bon bons, meaning you could eat 10 and still have enough to make 3 people very happy!

Preheat your oven to 325 F.  Place your mini pretzels on a parchment lined baking sheet.

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Unwrap your caramels and place one caramel per one pretzel.

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Bake them for 7-8 minutes. You want the caramel soft enough to accept the pecan, but definitely not melted!

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Once the caramel pretzels have emerged from the oven, you’ll want to quickly press a toasted pecan into the top of each one.

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Day 1: Hershey Kiss Christmas Cookies

Welcome to Day 1 of my 12 Days of Christmas 2016.

Over the next 12 Days you can look forward to posts that will include things to make, things to bake and easy ways to decorate.

I’m starting off with these Hershey Kiss Christmas Cookies (that’s my name for them).

I had a good laugh when I read the instructions to remove the wrappers from the candy as the first step in the baking process.  Take it from me buy a big bag….a lot of them ended up in my belly – very, very smart move on the part of the Hershey company…lol

cookies-1The pictures below the recipe show the step by step process after the dough is made.

recipe from Hershey’s
1 bag Hershey’s Kisses brand Candy Cane Kisses (I used Hershey’s Hugs)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 egg
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons milk
Red and Green colored sugar
Preheat over to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove wrappers from candies (approx. 35)
Beat butter, sugar, vanilla, and egg in large bowl until well blended. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; add alternatively with milk to butter mixture, beating until well blended.
Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in red and/or green colored sugar. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 8 – 1o minutes or until edges are lightly browned and cookies is set. Remove from oven; cool 2 to 3 minutes. Press candy piece into center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Yields approximately 35 cookies.

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Wandaful Project Ideas

February and March are the months I spend planning my projects for the rest of the year. After the climax of Christmas and Valentine’s Day, I tend to slow down and hibernate for a few weeks and do a lot of searching on the internet and going through my favorite magazine collections searching for inspiration for my next round of  projects and of course to checkout the latest & greatest trends in DIY, making, baking and decorating.

I am sharing some of my discoveries today.  I’d love to put them all on my project list!

I’ve been trying to collect some old rulers in my travels because I saw quite a number of fabulous ideas for re-purposing them over at  Lush Home – I’ve only pictured one so go check the rest out.

The little flower vases shown below are made from Dollar Store S&P shakers but I have lots of vintage S&P shakers and I might just have to give this idea a whirl. Idea found on frumpybumpkin.com

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Homeroad was a homerun with this vintage cheese grater organizer that is useful and playful for any kitchen.

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I have a love of mirrors and there are tons of great DIY decorating with mirror ideas over at Pretty Handy Girl. I liked this one because it re-purposed a vintage angel food cake pan.

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Beauty Harmony Life had lovely ideas for reusing old doors.

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Great redo on the metal tub – full tutorial at Muddaritaville.

I like this re-purposed washboard from Vintage with laces. I wonder how long it will take me to find a metal washboard.

With Easter just around the corner Amber at Crazy Little Projects definitely peeped my interest with her latest round-up post on 25 Fun Peeps Ideas for Easter. I mean check out how adorable this is…

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For the most part I really like the floors in my house, I have hardwood and vinyl plank that looks like barn board throughout my little house but one room that needs updating has laminate and that laminate is not in the best condition.  Since there is no budget for new flooring,  I have been wondering if it is possible to paint my laminate. I found some instructions on LifeHacker. I might have to try this (maybe under the fridge to start haha).

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This Spring table runner made from vintage doilies is from Sadie Seasongoods. I think my fellow blogger Amelia (You Can Always Start Now) should try this as she has a collection of her late mother’s doilies and I know she wants to display them, I hope to see her version.

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So many re-purposed things and ideas…..It’s A Wandaful Thing!

You might also like…https://awandafulthing.com/2015/08/24/diy-easy-cupcake-holder/

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