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Homemade Baked Beans

Baked Beans are a wonderful thing. They’re easy to make. They’re delicious. They travel well so you can bring them to parties, picnics, or events. Kids and adults alike will eat them as a side. And, my favorite part, the crock pot does almost all of the cooking work.


Homemade Baked Beans

2 cups Navy Beans
1/2 lb Bacon
3 TBSP Molasses
2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
1/4 tsp Dry Mustard
1/2 cup Ketchup
1 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 cup Brown Sugar

1. Soak your beans overnight in water, covered.
2. Drain the beans and transfer into a pot and fill with enough fresh water to cover the beans. Simmer until tender – approximately an hour and a half to two hours. Drain the beans and **reserve the water**.
3. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees if you are planning to bake the beans in the oven. If you are using your crock pot instead, you can just pull out your crock.  😉
4. In a sauce pan, combine the molasses, salt, pepper, dry mustard, ketchup, Worcestershire, and brown sugar. Mix to combine and bring to a boil.
5. While that is heating, pour your beans into either a 1/2 sized casserole dish or into your crock pot – whichever you will be using. Chop up your raw bacon into small bites and mix into the beans.
6. Once your sauce pan mixture reaches its boil, pour over the beans and bacon mixture and add just enough of the reserved bean juices to cover the beans.
7. If you’re baking in the oven, cover the casserole dish with foil and bake 3-4 hours until tender and add a little more of the reserved bean liquid half way through cooking if needed. I
If you’re using your crock pot, put the lid on your crock and cook for 6-7 hours on high or 10-12 hours on low. You might need to add some of the reserved bean water mid-way through the cooking.


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Easy Peasy Slow Cooker Pork Chops

I’m a stay-at-home-mom. My days are filled with toddlers running around screaming, crying, laughing, and playing. While this is absolutely the single best job in the world, it is also often overwhelming – I mean, these kids – they EAT! You have to feed them several times a day, every single day! And it better be tasty – but you get extra credit bonus points if it’s also (at least mostly) nutritious as well. In case you didn’t already know this, the job of being a mom can greatly conflict with the job of needing to provide good food that kids are willing to eat.


Here’s an easy meal that I turn to often. Maybe it can help you too.
You pretty much just dump four or five items into a crock pot during a spare moment in the morning, and at dinner time you have a meal. Pretty nice huh!


Easy Peasy Crock Pot Pork Chops
Pork Chops  (I used a package of 5 chops on the bone, but any type of pork chop will do
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup (any “cream of” soup will work – celery, chicken, etc)
1/4 cup Ketchup
2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
– – – – there is room to improvise here too. I sliced a few mushrooms and added them to the pot, feel free to experiment with whatever you have on hand.

1. Put your pork chops into the crock pot.
2. In a separate bowl, combine the cream soup, ketchup, and Worcestershire (and any extra ingredient you might want to add). Mix them all together and then pour the mixture over the chops in the crock.
3. Cook on low for 7-9 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours.
4. Enjoy!  I like to serve mine on a bed of mashed potatoes or rice and use the resulting juices in the crock as a gravy.

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Posted by on October 2, 2013 in Crock Pot, Dinner, Easy, Entree, Pork


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Crockpot Ham

Yesterday Hubby came home with a ham. Yup. Randomly. Just like that, he came home from work and with a sly grin he handed over a six and a half pound ham. We have no occasion coming up and no party to cook for, but he had a coupon that enabled him to get the ham for only two dollars and he assumed I would be able to figure out something to do with it.

Little secret? I have never cooked a ham before! A ham-steak, yeah sure, but an actual massive ham? Nope. No clue. Google is a wonderful little invention, isn’t it?


Did you know you can cook a ham in a crock pot? Did you know that as odd as that may sound, the ham comes out tasting absolutely amazing – soo tender and juicy!? Best part is, it’s practically fool-proof too! AND I can see major benefits of cooking the holiday ham in the crock pot and freeing up much needed oven space for large family parties and holiday occasions too. This recipe from Tammilee Tips was clearly the way to go.

1 large Ham – mine was 6.5lbs and it just fit into my crock pot
2 cups Pineapple Juice
1 cup Light Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Maple Syrup (the real stuff, not the pancake syrup)

Directions:1. Place ham into your crock pot and give it a good rub down with the brown sugar on all sides.
2. Pour your pineapple juice and maple syrup over the ham.
3. Cover and cook on low for 4 – 5 hours.
4. About three quarters of the way through cooking, baste the ham with some of the juices in the bottom of the crock.
5. Let the ham rest for about 10 minutes before carving.


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Crockpot Chicken Spring Wrap

I love my crock pot. In my early cooking days, my crock pot was my best friend in the kitchen. It can turn a cheap, tough cut of meat into something edible and delicious – it can make almost any dish a creamy, savory dish that is perfect comfort food on a cold day – AND I somehow felt that the crock pot was more reliable in making sure my cuts of meat were cooked all the way through (whereas I was still learning and wasn’t as reliable…).

Now I’m older and I have found new reasons to appreciate my crock pot. Not the least of which is that I can find a few minutes at some point in the middle of the day – somewhere near lunch time – to throw a few things into the crock and turn it on….and then as my day gets crazier and more hectic and the kids are in my hair and hubby wants his dinner, all I have to do is take the lid off the crock and Wah-lah! Dinner!

This is one of those dishes that we use two different ways. Cook up the chicken, slice it nicely, and you have either a perfect set up for a “grilled” chicken cesar salad, or you can serve it up on a flour tortilla with a bed of greens and you have an easy chicken wrap. We eat the chicken both warm and cold since it’s already been cooked, so it’s great for a picnic or a lunch on-the-go too.


2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
1 tsp Oregano
1/2 tsp Seasoned Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper
2 TBSP Butter
1/4 cup water
3 TBSP Lemon Juice (or the juice of one lemon)
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 tsp Chicken Boullion or 1 TBSP Chicken Soup Base
1 tsp Parsley
Wrap makings/toppings: (Flour Tortillas, Ranch Dressing, Lettuce/Spinach)

1. In a small bowl, combine oregano, salt, and pepper. Rub all of the seasoning mix into your chicken on both sides. Brown the chicken in butter in a skillet and transfer into your crock pot. (Just brown it, you aren’t actually cooking it yet.)
2. Add water, lemon juice, garlic, and bouillon to the skillet you had browned the chicken in. Bring it to a boil and loosen the browned bits of chicken from the bottom of the skillet. Pour the mixture over the chicken in the crock pot.
3. Cover your crock and cook on low for 4-5 hours.
4. Baste the chicken and cook on high for 15-30 minutes until chicken is tender.
5. Remove the chicken from the crock and allow to ‘rest’ 5-10 minutes and then slice into strips.
6. Serve either in a wrap or in a salad – enjoy!!


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Crockpot Beef Sandwich with Au Jus

Beef Sandwiches. I have recently been told that beef sandwiches are a relatively local phenomenon. I’m in the Midwest (U.S.) and supposedly if you travel to the East Coast or West Coast and request a beef sandwich, they have no idea what you’re talking about. I’m obviously not very well traveled, or I would know this for myself – but this really shocks me. Beef sandwiches are a staple around here and they are soo delicious!

There’s even two ways to eat/serve them! You can just put some beef on some bread, add a little au jus, and top with either cheese or giardiniera or what ever topping you prefer – – – OR – – – you can go all out and practically drown your sandwich in the au jus (or even dip the whole thing in) – and eat a very messy, but absolutely amazing ooey gooey, savory, beefy delight!

This recipe is one of those fix-it-and-forget it meals that is so easy it’s almost embarrassing to put it in type! The bonus is, it ends up tasting so amazing that we use it for parties all the time and people always want to know who we’ve catered in for the beef! :-D


Crockpot Beef Sandwich with Au Jus

2-3 lb Rump Roast (though basically any style beef roast works well – bottom round, tip round, and eye round are all fine)
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Seasoned Salt
1 tsp White Pepper
3/4 TBSP Oregano
1 TBSP Garlic Powder
1 cup Water

1. Place roast in the bottom of the crockpot and add all of the remaining ingredients on top of it.
2. Cook on low 6-7 hours.
3. THAT’S IT!!  Slice up the meat and eat!  Enjoy!

The juice in the crock after you’ve cooked the meat is the au jus. Feel free to pour it over the meat, dip your sandwich in, or go all out and dunk your whole sandwich! I promise you won’t be disappointed!


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