10 Slow Cooker Recipes that WOW

Sometimes it's nice to have dinner taken care of early in the day so you can simply enjoy your family at the end of a long day. Today I'll give you ten recipes that will taste as amazing as they look. Wouldn't it be nice to come home to this amazing dish after a hard day at the office? This recipe is not only good for tonight's dinner but, you can freeze a batch for next week too. It's a win-win! Roasted vegetables are normally tricky. Kate shows us how easy they can be in the slow cooker. Serve warm over rice or chill your roasted veggies and serve over a bed of lettuce. Taco Night is a quick and easy meal most any time. After all, you can brown and season the meat the evening before. The meal falls short at the canned refried beans. Alaska from Scratch gives us a … [Read more...]

Good Manners for the Holidays in Four Easy Steps (Prep your kids with games that ACTUALLY work)

‘Tis the season for giving, being grateful and holiday gatherings. Are your kids ready? Does your child know how to accept a gift gracefully? How to be a great host or guest? Write a kind thank-you note? Or do you sometimes feel as if you go to a family gathering with your fingers crossed – “Please let my child behave today”? We all have those moments when our children embarrass us by not behaving properly. The possibilities of what can happen at a holiday gathering are endless! The best way to try to relax and enjoy the festivities is to offer your kids a pre-holiday refresher 101 course on being a good host and guest. Don’t fear. Help is here! Prep your kids with these four game-changing rules to make everyone feel welcome and comfortable. Play these simple games to equip your kids … [Read more...]

5 Easy Ways to Entertain the Kids at Restaurants. (Do I dare say without a screen.) GASP!

We’ve all been there! Your child is hungry and fussy and the food has not yet arrived. What should you do? Yes, it’s tempting to pull out our cell phones or tablets to quickly keep our child occupied, but this doesn’t teach them to sit and behave properly at a restaurant. Teaching our kids how to behave in a restaurant setting is an important part of parenting. We know it’s hard for them to sit still so we need a plan. A go to restaurant plan to help hold their attention span – quiet games and activities to keep them happy and entertained – and yes all screen-free. Here are a few of my favorite ways to keep them busy at restaurants without the screens: Napkin Decoration! I love crayons because it only takes a few and a napkin and you are all set! Challenge the kids to a … [Read more...]

3 Amazing Benefits of Cooking with Kids!

Yes, it’s true! Sometimes cooking with our kids can require time, patience, and some extra clean up effort. But experts agree that the extra effort is well worth it. The benefits are countless. Recently I was reminded how fun cooking can be when my kids and I attended a photo shoot for Cuisinart. The shoot was focused on the amazing Griddler! After the shoot, we were fortunate enough to keep the Panini maker and had so much fun coming up with creative delicious panini recipes. One more memorable than the other – the kids even got a little competitive.  As we sat around the table that night, we came up with a list of amazing benefits derived from a day in the kitchen as a family. Family Bonding Opportunity All children love attention and cooking together requires a little … [Read more...]

Easy Entertaining: Mashed Potato Bar

One of the things I love about entertaining is being able to serve up great food to my favorite people, but I do not love the stress that goes along with entertaining. It took me a long time to learn how to enjoy my own parties because I spent more time in the kitchen than I did with my guests. Eventually, I learned to lighten up and serve foods that my guests could customize to suit their own tastes, which took a lot of stress off of me. One of my favorite foods to serve guests is mashed potatoes - they economical, easy, and pretty much everyone loves them, plus they're a great comfort food. When I throw a party, I love to set up a mashed potato bar, where I serve a scoop of mashed potatoes in a martini glass and then set up a buffet of toppings. I typically make my potatoes from … [Read more...]

Garlic Honey Mustard Slow Cooked Ham

This post is such a favorite - we wanted to share again for everyone starting to think about those special Holiday dinners - like Easter!  Enjoy!   If your holiday house is anything like mine, then you run out of oven space very quickly.  That's what makes this recipe so great - whip out your trusty slow cooker and you can make a delicious Garlic Honey Mustard Slow Cooked Ham without so much as warming the oven! Garlic Honey Mustard Slow Cooked Ham Ingredients: 9-10 pound precooked spiral cut ham, bone in 2 cups honey 1 cup Dijon mustard 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons minced garlic (I use jarred) [sc:adsense ] Garlic Honey Mustard Slow Cooked Ham Directions: Combine all ingredients except ham in your blender and pulse until well blended. … [Read more...]