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

Introducing the "Flat Slow Cooker"

You've heard of Flat Stanley, but how about "Flat Slow Cooker"? Not everybody travels with their slow cooker, but this way you can!...more

How to Make Perfect Fudge in the Slow Cooker

I started reading about Intermittent Fasting this week which naturally got me to find a way to make fudge.I know....more

Have a Recipe of Your Very Own Featured in Zynga's FarmVille 2!

Farmville is a super popular game on Facebook that was developed by Zynga and has been played by more than 400 million people. Holy smokes, that's an awful lot of people. Zynga has partnered up with BlogHer and in honor of the new release of Farmville 2 they are creating a Farm to the Table cookbook featuring recipes that will be available for download on your phone, tablet or computer....more

Have a Recipe of Your Very Own Featured in Zynga's FarmVille 2!

Farmville is a super popular game on Facebook that was developed by Zynga and has been played by more than 400 million people. Holy smokes, that's an awful lot of people. Zynga has partnered up with BlogHer and in honor of the new release of Farmville 2 they are creating a Farm to the Table cookbook featuring recipes that will be available for download on your phone, tablet or computer....more

Chili and Maple Glazed Pork Tenderloin

photo by Tara Donne Chili and Maple Glazed Pork Tenderloin reprinted from 365 Slow Cooker Suppers, page 199 I wanted to share a recipe with you that is perfect for any entertaining you may be doing this long weekend. Although I know Memorial Day is synonymous with backyard grilling, I prefer to slow cook my roasts or ribs all day long and spend the "extra" time I have enjoying my day off and my guests! You will love this tenderloin -- it's moist, tender, and packed with lots of flavor ....more