Crock Pot Cheese Tortellini Soup

Sometimes I believe I should have been born Italian. I talk a lot with my hands. A LOT. My family would probably say I'm a bit dramatic.  If my mom were still alive she would say A LOT dramatic. I was the baby after all. I majored in voice performance in college which means I studied singing.  Opera anyone? Nah, … [Read more...]

Easy Slow Cooker Chili with Baked Potato

I am incredibly grateful for my daughter Rachel who jumped in this week with her easy Slow Cooker Chili recipe served over a roasted baked potato. (If you haven't read the crazy happenings in our family you can read all about it here.) She and Emmaline are such blessings here on the blog, aren't they? (Did you read our news here?) My … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup

  Living in the South I never know what to expect from our winters. Usually it's just a lot of threats and cancelling school before the first flake or icy drop descends from the skies. (My youngest kids haven't quite figured out the homeschooling angle. They go to school when the other kids are at home and then we take off when … [Read more...]

Childhood Dreams and Cream of Mushroom Soup

   Do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up? I do. Many an afternoon I spent in my pink room at the top of the stairs playing teacher with my Barbie. Although it wasn't a "real" Barbie, it was a Stacy, but that's beside the point! I loved writing in broken cursive on my child sized chalkboard for my … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Beef and Vegetable Soup

  I am constantly on the search for new soup recipes, especially for the slow cooker. There's nothing better to me than piling all the ingredients in the cooker in the morning and smelling the delicious aroma all day long while I work (or run errands or answer questions or a myriad of other things.) You've heard me say my DIY … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup

Many thanks to Mezzetta for sponsoring this post and inspiring my new favorite slow cooker recipe! With a blog tagline like mine, "home is where your story begins," you know that making memories is an important part of our lives. With two adult married children, a grandchild on the way and two teenagers living at home, we cherish every … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwich and Barbecue Sauce

“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Smithfield®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #PutPorkontheMenu”  If you've read my blog for very long you'll recognize that I love my slow cooker! I use it for everything from side dishes to entrees to … [Read more...]

31 Days: Slow Cooker Potato Soup

I have been blessed to be a stay at home mom for a majority of the past 25 years. When I gave birth to my first child I had no idea what it would look like so many years later. I just knew I loved my little one with unbelievable passion and wanted to somehow be the best mom possible. It would be easy to imagine that I had it all together … [Read more...]

31 Days: 7 Easy Slow Cooker Soup Recipes

  Po-ta-to, po-tah-to? To-ma-to, to-mah-to. Slow Cooker, crock pot? What ever you call them, this little appliance is a lifesaver! When the weather gives the slightest indication that fall is own its way, my heart starts beating faster and I snatch up my cookbooks as fast as I can. I love soup recipes and the fact that I can smell … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

Slow cooker. Crock pot. Time saver.  Whatever you want to call it, I love it! My DIY hubby and I received one for our wedding 27 years ago, but only recently have I been on a mission to discover even more recipes my family will love.  I better do it fast. Tim does not like soup in warm weather. No how. No way. Although we … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Soup

  To me, slow cooker chicken and rice soup represents home. Taking care of my family when they're sick. Celebrating the fun of a snow day with delicious smells wafting from the slow cooker.  Because you know working out in the snow is hard work. Especially when the igloo needs to be "this big."   This … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Clam Chowder

It is a mess of snow and ice here in NC and us southerners don't actually know what to do with it. Cue the music. I have your answer, and it's Slow Cooker Clam Chowder! Do you want a dish to waft comforting smells through your home as you walk in tired from building that snow man and chasing the kids? Or maybe you want to know dinner … [Read more...]

Olive Garden Gnocchi Soup in the Slow Cooker

“This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Kleenex but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #KleenexTarget” Are you a good speller? Did you like spelling bees in elementary school? No? I am but I totally blew the pronunciation for this soup when I first made … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Rice and Beans

  My DIY husband is a meat and potatoes kind of guy. Can anyone else relate? His favorite meal is bacon and Cap'n Crunch. That was his most memorable Father's Day ever. There is only one meatless meal that he loves, and it's my slow cooker rice and beans. It is so stinkin' easy and my family will eat on it for … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Cheesy Potato Casserole

  When I was asked by Country Crock to share a favorite family casserole I started thinking about my history with casseroles. (I know, fascinating subject isn't it?) If you're from the south y'all know about casseroles. They're at every potluck dinner and many family meals. says a casserole is a "noun 1. … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

I don't know about you, but a basic "open and dump" recipe for busy days is an absolute lifesaver for me. I saw this recipe and wanted to see if it was truly as easy as it sounded. It was. My family loved it and the house smelled as if I'd cooked all day.  Score one more for the slow cooker! If you want to totally impress your family … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Taco Soup

  My pickiest child (now grown) loves mama's Slow Cooker Taco Soup and asked me to put it on my blog so she'd have it. There's a recommendation for you! This is one of the easiest soups around and is great for a crowd. With Super Bowl Sunday coming up you need to keep this recipe handy. Serve it with my favorite cornbread and you have a … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

   Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup is a favorite comfort food for my family. I love the ease of a good soup recipe, especially when I get to use my slow cooker!  Everyone here loves it (well, everyone but my DIY hubby who only likes it if the temperature is 30 degrees or lower!) This soup is part of a favorite family tradition of … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Lasagna

For years our big family meal of the week was Sunday lunch. We would spend Saturday evenings having family time and getting clothes, shoes, diaper bags and materials ready for a Sunday morning spent at church.  When we finally returned home through the front door the smell of slow cooker lasagna, roasted potatoes and homemade bread greeted us … [Read more...]

Crock Pot Lasagna

My family loves lasagna cooked in the crock pot! It's so easy to do the day before (especially for Sunday lunch) and is always a crowd pleaser.Crock Pot LasagnaIngredients:2 boxes lasagna noodles (broken into smaller pieces)1 24 oz. container ricotta or cottage cheese2 eggs1 tsp garlic, minced2 pounds ground beef (or ground turkey)2 26 oz. jars … [Read more...]

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