Cranberry Spiced Cider

I just love warm cidery drinks. They don't leave me as heavy and calories down like I feel after a cup of hot chocolate (don't get me wrong there are many times when a frothy hot cocoa is calling my name too), I just feel warmed and refreshed. It's even better when a blanket and or book (or my favorite TV show hehe ) is involved. My cute friend, who is also gave me this cranberry salsa recipe to share, made this Cranberry Cider for a church event last Thanksgiving. The other day when I was making this for an … [Read more...]

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

When I was in college I was introduced to buffalo sauce at a local San Diego restaurant called Wings n Things.  I have never looked back.  We dined in this restaurant almost weekly on Wed - Wings Wednesday.  And to this day when I visit San Diego I HAVE to eat at Wings n Things.  I think many of my college friends feel the same way.  I even have a friend who has her husband bring her a meal back in a cooler when he is in San Diego on business. That is where my love of all things buffalo sauce began.  So when I … [Read more...]

Lentil and Farro Vegetable Soup

You heard of those everything-but-the-kitchen-sink whatevers with such-and-such? Yeah that's what this is. Healthy, easy, cleans out your fridge and stops food waste. High five, friends! I make this soup a lot during the winter months, especially between those indulgent holiday meals. Sometimes I do chicken, sausage, I throw whatever produce is going bad in there, vary the spices, it's really so forgiving! You can crock pot it all day or simmer it on the stove for about 30 minutes. Farro is a wheat grain … [Read more...]

Beef Noodles

Growing up my mom would always make this dish with leftover roast.  I enjoyed this leftover meal waaayyyy more than I enjoyed the roast.  I was thinking about this beef noodle dish because my mom whipped it up with roast leftovers after I had my baby.  If you love a Sunday pot roast then this recipe is PERFECT for those leftovers.  But - I took the plunge and cooked a roast JUST for this dish.  I cut the roast in half after it was cooked and saved the other half for another meal. But back to the noodles.  This is a … [Read more...]

Crockpot Tomatillo Chicken

You know a recipe is good when... Your husband ask's for thirds. Your children eat all their food... by themselves. The left overs are gone the next day, and it's a hand-me-down.  And a hand-me-down of a hand-me-down.  All of that happened to be this lovely slow cooker recipe. Combine everything in the crockpot except sour cream. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. When done shred chicken and add sour cream.  This is a hard recipe to mess up. Feel free to add more or less of your favorite flavors. I tend … [Read more...]

Salsa Verde Chicken and Kale Soup

I've been making this soup for a couple years now, and every time I do, I can't get over how easy and how delicious it is. I know those terms are used quite loosely in the foodie world, but this is pretty dang foolproof, takes 5 minutes to throw in the crock pot, and the flavors are incredible. Start with a great salsa verde (Trader Joe's for the win, but any will do) and that does most of the work for you with it's tangy tomatillo, savory garlic, and yummy onion and garlic. We fight over leftovers, and I even make baby … [Read more...]

Crockpot Mexican Pineapple Chicken // Freezer Meal

 If you are looking for an incredibly fast and simple dinner.. this is it. With a little bit of a Mexican flare and sweet pineapple, it's a family friendly dinner. I've loved this weeks freezer meal series because it has challenged me to think of dinners that revolved around being fast, simple, and preparing in bulk. I'll be the first to admit I'm not very frugal when it comes to food. I like nice cuts of meat, expensive cheese and plenty of fresh produce. So cooking in this manner is a little out of my norm but I've … [Read more...]

Indian Spiced Fall Roast Beef Stew

Can I get a show of hands for the Bombay House lovers out there?! Holllllaaaaaaa! My husband and I fell in love with Indian food in Provo. Who would have thought Provo would be such a mecca for fine international cuisines? Indian, Thai, Vietnamese (I've heard), they do it all extraordinarily well. Especially during the fall, I'm always looking for opportunities to use different spices, like adding some Indian flavor. Have you heard of garam masala? It's an Indian spice that may be difficult to find, but if your local … [Read more...]

Slow-Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches or Pepperoncini Beef

Want a simple dinner with less than 4 ingredients? Seriously, it could be 3. Maybe 2 but probably 3. Slow-Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches. Or some may call, Pepperoncini BeefLiterally all you need is a good beef roast and a bottle of pepperoncini's. The third ingredient is the bread to serve it on, and the fourth maybe a good cheese to broil on the buns. I went with some havarti cheese and it was perfect. So literally only 2 ingredients. Seems kinda weird right? Odd combo maybe? I thought so too a few months ago … [Read more...]

Mama’s Zuppa Toscana

  I am currently at home, my childhood home, in Idaho, with no kids (or makeup and in my stretchy pant) basking on the couch. Isn’t vacation the BEST!?!?!  I mean seriously. This never happens in real life, in my other home.So I’m soaking it in while I can. I mean, I’m not a total slacker…common, I still clean and cook. I LOVE cooking for family. My brothers are the best complimenters you ever did meet. I get really excited every time I come home to make my latest favorite meal for them (yes those lasagna … [Read more...]

Sloppy Joe Chili

This is a recipe submission from our dear friend Christy. Her and her husband made it last week for the annual trunk or treat. Not only did they love its tastiness but they loved how easy it was...and so did the crowd! It was a hit at the party. They really wanted to share it! In fact when Geoff (Christy's husband) described how it was made he waved his hands in the air and said "its so easy you just add a little bleep and a little bloop. a touch of magic and boom!"  haha I had a good laugh. They made a second … [Read more...]

10 Crock Pot / Slow Cooker Cooking Tips

Wrapping up crockpot week the ladies and I put together a little list of things to help you have the most success with a crockpot. Truly crockpots are pretty simple.. they cook slowly so its hard (not impossible) but harder to burn foods and you generally just throw everything in the pot! I love no-brainer meals like that make my life simpler. Sometimes I just don't have time to be in the kitchen. Other days I crave it, but when soccer practice is 5:30-6:30 and the hubs isn't home til 7 dinner pretty much needs to be … [Read more...]

Overnight Crockpot Pumpkin Oatmeal

For breakfast we have oatmeal a lot. My husband does it right and soaks his real oats overnight and just heats it up in the moring. I'm lazy and usually open up a little brown paper package of instant oats, throw in some berries, and call it good. For our crockpot week, I really wanted to do oatmeal, and thought pumpkin would be perfect. The idea of waking up to a hot breakfast that's reminisce of fall and smells amazing sold me! And maybe a dollop of two of whipped cream. Super healthy steel-cut oats, … [Read more...]

Crock Pot Chocolate Apple Cobbler

  As most of you all know, fruits and veggies have seasons that they grow best in and taste the tastiest. If you're like me, you're buying apples year round. When I think of Fall fruits I automatically think of PUMPKIN. Oh so yummy! So of course pumpkin is a Fall fruit but apples are also. They are best eaten late summer and into fall. I've made this cobbler many times but have usually done it in the oven and with white cake mix. I decided it switch it up and it turned out great! I'm a huge chocolate lover and this … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Chicken & Gravy over rice

This week we will be sharing with you oodles and oodles of slow cooker recipes!  Just in time for crisp evenings and short days.  I love coming home to a warm slow cooker meal this time of year - so comforting, so easy.  So stay tuned for more slow cooker recipes to come this week!  Also - take a look at our mini photo slider above for some of our fabulous slow cooker meals we've posted in the past. This is the world's EASIEST slow cooker recipe.  I'm not lying.  The easiest peasiest slow cooker recipe. ever. … [Read more...]

Crockpot Swedish Meatballs

Soooo I have to start out...I kinda struggled with this photo shoot. These meatballs are messy. Some what brown and poky. Not perfect food photography candidates. I began getting a little frustrated during the shoot trying to make them look nicely plated and pretty. After about 40 pictures and 3 different lighting locations I said screw it. I'll try another day. I cut a piece and started to pile up my fork as the food became all fuddled together and realized my mistake. I have been trying to force these poor meatballs … [Read more...]

Corn and Bacon Potato Chowder

"My life is good. Really good. I get to wake up at 5:00 in the morning and make some soup. It's the best. I love it. I get to lay in a bed by myself all of my life. It's fantastic." -Nacho Libre. Duh. This crock pot chowder is SOUPer tasty, easy, and pretty healthy. You chop veggies, throw it all in the crock pot, come back and blend half of it, and you got yourself some simple corn chowder. I chopped four ears of corn, two red bell peppers, half of an onion, about eight little golden potatoes, and a couple … [Read more...]

Taco Soup

  Every time I make this soup I am amazed at how easy it is, and by how good it is!   On one occasion I was cooking this soup in the crock pot while my carpets were being cleaned.  After the carpet cleaner was finished he informed me how cruel it was to be making such a delicious smelling meal while he was laboring away, ha ha. This soup is great topped with cheese, avocado tortilla chips, sour cream, or any other topping you desire!  This meal also freezes great!  You can put all of the ingredients in a gallon … [Read more...]

Green Enchiladas

I've always been a fan of enchiladas. As a kid my parents would take me and my family to a small authentic Mexican restaurant called La Casita. With dim lights, scents of stewing jalapeños, and cozy seating it didn't take much to fall in love with the food. Our classic order consisted of the cheese and chicken enchiladas that was smothered in a rich red sauce. Growing up on those enchiladas, with the perfect sauce I've all but boycotted any other red enchilada. Nothing is quite the same.  Even at home, canned red … [Read more...]

Dr Pepper Chicken

  I based this chicken off the "sweet Pork" from Cafe Rio and that I had Dr.Pepper in my Fridge I didn't want my kids drinking.     It turned out SOO good. and So easy. Kids LOVED it. of course they did...its sweet. I like to eat this classic taco style- corn tortilla, pico, guacamole and sour cream. Nate loves it burrito style. filled with corn, rice, lettuce   [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:287]   … [Read more...]

Pineapple Pork Roast

If you want a simple, quick and tasty dinner.. I've got on for you right here. So this is a slow-cooker recipe that uses pork roast. My favorite kind of roast to be honest. I buy the four-pack at Costco and freeze what I don't need right away. Cooking one roast will usually fix up enough for my family of 5 with some left overs. And this recipe was no exception. This recipe was originally submitted to Oh So by one of our friends Stephanie Whipple. (Thanks Steph!) And we fell in love with the simple and tangy juicy nature … [Read more...]

Apricot Chicken: Best Crockpot Chicken Recipe

This is a absolutely simple and delightful dinner that my good friend give me. I don't know where this recipe has been all my life, but it is a new favorite!! {And my husbands regular pick for dinner} What is amazing about this dish is how simple it is. Truly anyone can pull this off.  These are the products I typically buy.. Place all in a crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. When done shred and serve over rice. Done. Isn't that ridiculously simple?! You are going to think … [Read more...]

Southern SlowCooker Shredded Pork

I made this pulled pork and it was so delicious! My husband said it was the best ever!- well duh it is a Paula Deen recipe. I have adapted it a little to my taste. The liquid smoke part is kind of amazing- that stuff works wonders on meat, giving it an extra dimension of flavor that a slow cooker just can't do. This also makes gobs of food- fed my family of 5 two meals. We are going to start out by making the rub! Mix the dry rub ingredients in small bowl. Rub the rub all over the roast! Pressing into the meat. … [Read more...]

Shredded Sweet Pork

My husband and I met at and attended BYU in Provo Utah, It's also the birth place of Cafe Rio & Costa Vida and their famous Sweet pork meat. Like most college students, after you graduate you move away. We went on to law school, and then even more law school and ended up with a real life job in LA. Living far away from one of your favorite restaurants is SO depressing, so naturally I try to recreate it. There are SO many different versions of this recipe on the web. I have no idea how many i've tried how many times- … [Read more...]