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…

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…

Clam Chowder with Oh My Goodness Garlic Bread


I LOVE Daylight Savings Time.  I know mornings are tough but I love the fact that last night we were watching the sunset at 7:50 pm.  We are evening people in our house.  Between 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm we eat dinner, which is later than most families.  My children, even before they were a…

Slow Cooker Potato, Ham & Cheese Soup


The cold weather has decided to stick around for a bit.  It is mid-January so it is expected.  It doesn’t mean I like the 0 degree weather with negative wind chills.  I wonder sometimes why we live in the Midwest.  I couldn’t take the heat in the South in the summer though so until I…

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Verde Soup


This posting is late tonight as my kids are on their second snow day this week and most likely heading into their third tomorrow.  Yesterday school was closed because of the snow.  Today school is closed because of the cold.  I woke up this morning to an igloo on Weatherbug for the forecast – not…

Slow Cooker Parmesan Tomato Soup


So last night what we really did was this: Because Buffalo was under so much snow the NFL moved the Buffalo vs. Jets game to Detroit.  Then they offered free tickets!  Of course we went.  A 3 hour drive across Michigan to see the Bills?  We are there. My children got to attend their first…

Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana


As the weather continues to get colder I am looking for more uses for my slow cooker and rich, hearty soups.  My family loves hot, meaty soups with loaves of fresh bread or garlic bread for dipping.  There is something about those meals makes us all feel warm and toasty inside. As I was browsing…

Spicy One Pot Sausage Soup


I needed a quick dish for dinner last night.  I didn’t even start cooking until 6:00 pm.  I had one pound of Italian sausage thawed in the refrigerator and needed to come up with something easy that would be on the table within half an hour.  Sausage soup! Verdict: This dish had tons of flavor,…

Rachael Ray’s French Onion Soup


My daughter hates onions.  If she seems them in a dish she will painstakingly pick out each and every one of them.  I take care to make sure they are usually finely diced and mixed thoroughly into each dish.  The two exceptions she has are French Onion Soup and Onion Rings.  I have tried to…

Slow Cooker Cheddar, Ale & Bratwurst Soup


I just read the title of this recipe and knew I had to try it.  Slow cooker, cheese, ale and bratwurst – all the wonderful things of life.  That this dish is made in a slow cooker just makes me so happy! I found the original recipe for Slow Cooker Cheddar Ale and Bratwurst Soup…