Super Simple Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup


My kitchen is not magic. Food does not just appear at dinner time when everyone is ready to eat. Lately, it has been tough to get everything together. This new back-to-school schedule is kicking my butt. This is the first full week with everything, except community orchestra for my son. We have slowly been adding…

11 Casseroles and Slow Cooker Meals for Busy Nights


It’s back to school time all over the country. That means fall and busy schedules are heading our way! The best way I have found to have dinner as a family on busy nights is to plan ahead. Knowing when we have late meetings or lessons I know whether I need to have the meal…

Roasted Garlic and Potato Slow Cooker Soup


This was one of those days that we needed to have dinner available at several different times for everyone. You know I love my slow cooker for nights like this. Everyone can serve themselves and with a green side salad and a slice of bread this was a meal that was perfect for nights like…

Hungarian Sausage Stew with Ale


I saved this recipe for Hungarian Sausage Stew with Ale (click for link to original recipe) from the July 2012 issue of Food & Wine magazine .  I rarely make anything from this magazine although it is one of my favorites to read.  I always thought the recipes sounded too difficult for a home-cook like myself. Every…

Slow Cooker Fish Chowder


We need things that are quick, easy and will hold up to staying warm for an extended period of time on dance class nights. The first shift of meals may be anywhere from 6:30 to 7:30 pm and the last at 9:00 pm. Simple meals in the slow cooker are what I have found work…

Slow Cooker Potato and Ham Chowder


So, we had Ham the other night with our Sweet Potato and White Potato Gratin (click for link to recipe). I had plenty of leftovers as ham was on sale before Christmas and I made sure to pick up a 15 lb. spiral cut one on sale. When I make my menus I try to plan nights…

Simple Sausage Soup


I realize with all the sweet treats and appetizers I have been posting I am a bit behind on my dinner postings. I am saving them up for when I am taking a break during Christmas vacation. With all the cookies and treats I have been posting I realized this morning that I have only…

Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Bisque


This past weekend was our one weekend home for the month. It means we try to cram everything we want to do at home into one weekend. We pounded chicken down, poached a few breasts for casseroles and cut others into tenders all for freezing. Then there is the house cleaning. The one billion and…

Simple Slow Cooker Italian Vegetable Soup


Even though my son has decided he will eat meat on occasionally. I am still trying to keep us all eating vegetarian about 90% of the time. I am still buying fish, shrimp and tofu and not buying chicken, pork or beef. If we have any of those it either has to come from the…

Slow Cooker Broccoli and Cheese Soup – Only 4 Ingredients!


We miss the huge parties we used to have back in Rochester. We would invite all our friends to our house for a Christmas Open House or to a cabin in the parks for our Annual Sledding Party. We would have 90-120 people throughout the day and it was always so much fun! We would…

Clam Chowder


I am glad my son has agreed to be a pescatarian, one who eats fish or seafood but not meat. It has been a huge adjustment over the past month and a half since he has decided to be a vegetarian. But, I really believe it has improved all our eating habits and made us…

Slow Cooker Beer Cheese Soup


It was chilly this past week. It is only the end of August and already it feels like October. I haven’t been running the air at night for the past two weeks as it has been between 58-62 at night. Perfect sleeping weather but I don’t like what the chilly days foreshadow. But, for now…