Gluten Free Search Engine

Not all of my readers are gluten free, I know. If you aren't gluten-free, feel free to file this away for a "just in case I need to cook for someone who happens to be gluten free" or forward along to somebody you think might benefit. And THANK YOU! ...more

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Not all of my readers are gluten free, I know. If you aren't gluten-free, feel free to file this away for a "just in case I need to cook for someone who happens to be gluten free" or forward along to somebody you think might benefit. And THANK YOU! ...more

Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup Recipe

Baked potato soup is complete and utter comfort food. There are cheater ways to make it with boxed potato flakes or hashbrown potatoes from the freezer section, but I wanted to see if I could make an awesome all-from-scratch soup that was just as good, if not better!We all really liked this soup---the kids ate a ton, and we have a bunch leftover. I made a big batch so we'd have leftovers in the freezer ....more

All American Pot Roast -- 10 Ways to Slow Cook

Pot Roast is usually one of the first dishes new slow cooker owners prepare. If you find that the meat isn't quite as tender as you'd like near dinnertime, remove it from the pot, and cut it into a few pieces before returning it to the pot for a little while longer. Tough or dry pot roast is a sign that it simply hasn't cooked long enough ....more

CrockPot Tex Mex Pot Roast Recipe

There's nothing like a big hunk of meat to warm you up on a chilly day. This is man-pleasin' food....more

Weekly Slow Cooker Meal Plans

I did it! This summer I worked on creating 14 individual meal plans with a complete coordinating grocery list, and I'm happy to be able to offer them on my new Meal Plan Page. Each Meal Plan has 5 recipes and the packets have been selected to reflect the wide variety of slow cooker meals that I have available in my cookbooks and on the A Year of Slow Cooking website....more

How to Keep Your Kids Healthy This School Year

Back to School Time Brings Germs It’s back to school season, which unfortunately (lots of times) means It’s Back To Being Sick season. And that stinks. I did some work with Lysol over the summer, and had the opportunity to sit down with a representative from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) a few weeks ago during the BlogHer conference ....more

Planning a Road Trip with Little Kids

Plan Ahead We took a 2-week family road trip this summer as our main vacation. We ended up hitting 8 states, and we left from the San Francisco Bay Area. The states that we “tiptoed in” aren’t included in the above map — we ended up only spending an hour in Nebraska and about 15 minutes in Colorado ....more

10 Slow Cooker Clean out the Pantry Meals

Sometimes the very best meals are the ones thrown together at the very last minute. I love slow cooking because it allows me to play in the kitchen. I love opening the fridge and dumping last night's vegetables into the cooker with some spices and seasoning to make an entirely new dinner.Less is More.I encourage you to "cook for free" with what you've already got in your fridge, freezer, pantry, and spice cabinet ....more

I Love Lysol and I Can Not Lie

I like things clean. I feel calm and collected when the house is tidy and everything is in it’s place. I used to think this was a personality flaw, but now I realize I am who I am, and I like who I am ....more