45 Crockpot Meals for Hot Summer Nights

45 Real Food Slow Cooker Recipes

No one wants to turn on the oven in the heat of summer! The extra temperature in the house can make you completely miserable. Not to mention that many of us are spending a lot more time outside, enjoying our family, or working on special projects, leaving little room (or desire) to slave over a […]

How to Make a Chef’s Salad

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One of my favorite healthy meals is a Chef’s salad. It’s so easy to put together and can be tweaked to use whatever ingredients are on hand (including leftovers). A traditional Chef’s salad includes a bed of lettuce topped with meat (such as turkey, ham, or chicken), cheese, tomato and a hard-boiled egg. When making […]

Slow-Cooked Barbecue Chicken (with Homemade BBQ Sauce)

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This simple crockpot barbecue chicken is tangy and spicy. It’s a cinch to toss all the ingredients in the crock pot and comforting to know that the sauce doesn’t include any strange ingredients! Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken (with Homemade BBQ Sauce) Adapted from Easy & Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes by New Leaf Wellness. (It’s one of the […]

How to Identify and Use Winter Squash


If you have ever wondered how to use the different varieties of winter squash, you may want to rad my post over at Keeper of the Home. It’s full of ideas for using different varieties such as: acorn squash, butternut squash and Hubbard squash. Yum! Read the post here.

Chocolate Chili {Yes, Chocolate!}

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Have you ever tried cocoa powder in your chili? It really adds a great depth of flavor (and color). Do note that this chili needs to simmer for a couple of hours, so plan ahead. Also, this chocolate chili freezes well. Make a big batch and save some for a busy day. You can even […]

Our Favorite Marinara Sauce Recipe

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A good marinara sauce adds depth to pasta dishes, zest to pizza toppings, and is an excellent dip for Stromboli. It also goes well over spaghetti squash or vegetables. The following marinara sauce recipe is one I’ve been making for years.It’s easy to double or triple and freeze for future use. Here’s how to make […]

Family Favorite Potato Soup

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  This is a favorite potato soup recipe that my family enjoys. It can be made on the stove top in under an hour or pop it in the slow cooker for about three hours. Put the soup in just after lunch and it will be ready for dinner. This soup freezes very well and […]

Quick and Easy Veggie Tortilla Wraps Recipe

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I recently remembered making these little veggie bundles a few years ago. They were tasty, but it took forever to chop all the vegetables. Now, I’ve wised up and created a much faster preparation method. Which means these will show up on the menu more often. These are essentially vegetarian burritos. They remind me of […]

Slow-Cooked Honey Chicken (a simple crockpot recipe)

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This honey chicken recipe has been a family favorite for years. It’s yummy with vegetables on the side (and rice if you desire). Honey Chicken Recipe adapted from Jonni McCoy’s book, Miserly Meals.   Serves 4 Prep. Time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 4 hours 1 lb or 4 small chicken breasts 1/4 tsp. Curry powder 1 […]

Tinga – A Simple Mexican Dish That Feeds a Crowd!


This is a delicious Mexican dish that I learned to make while at the Bible school.  One of our wonderful teachers had been a missionary in Mexico and was taught how to make it while she was there. This recipe feeds a crowd. It’s perfect for a simple dinner with friends. Pair it with a […]