Slow Cooker Chocolate Turtle Bread Pudding

Chocolate Turtle Bread Pudding Recipe

You know how most kids spend their candy money on gum and candy bars? When I was a kid, I spent my candy money on those things as well, but unlike other kids, I also bought pink wintergreen lozenges, Sen-Sen black licorice mints, sponge candy and chocolate turtles. I would buy the boxes of chocolate turtles when they would go on sale during the holiday season. They are still one of my favorites and sometimes I buy them from chocolate shops. So with that in mind, I decided to make Slow Cooker Chocolate Turtle Bread Pudding. It is a warm, comforting dessert with chocolate, caramel and pecans. Of course, it tastes even better when topped with a scoop of salted caramel ice cream!

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Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup Recipe

Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Last spring, Christine and I met with one of my friends at a soup restaurant for dinner. One of the soups that they had on the menu was chicken pot pie soup. I had never heard of it, but since we love chicken pot pie, we decided to try the soupand were disappointed. We all agreed that a homemade version would be much better. With the cooler temps we’ve been having, it was the perfect time to try making it. The slow cooker chicken pot pie soup turned out great and I served it with thin, crispy puff pastry Italian breadsticks.

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Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs Recipe

Barbecue Beef Ribs Recipe

Last week, my sister’s friend brought 12 dozen ears of sweet corn back from South Dakota! He dropped it all off at my mom and dad’s house and my mom decided to host an impromptu corn roast. The main food was the fresh sweet corn, of course but everyone brought other foods to go along with it. My mom told me about the corn roast in the morning, so I put some boneless ribs in my Crock Pot and they were ready by the time I left for her house. These slow cooker barbecue ribs are very easy to make and the result is fork tender, delicious BBQ ribs!

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Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pecan Bread Pudding

Pumpkin Pecan Bread Pudding

I am excited to report that it finally cooled off for a couple of days! Yesterday I had to grab a sweatshirt when I went to sit on the front porch to drink my morning coffee. It’s the perfect weather for baking. So, I put some bars in the oven and put a dessert in one Crock Pot and ribs in another Crock Pot! Vanessa had friends at our house and I overheard one of them exclaiming how good it smelled every time they walked into the house from outside. First, I’m going to share the pumpkin dessert recipe for slow cooker pumpkin pecan bread pudding that is perfect for fall.

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Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken is a Crock Pot recipe that’s easy to make, cheaper than takeout and tastes better too! It’s a family friendly recipe that will become a favorite.

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken Recipe

For some reason, when I think about using my Crock Pot, I think about it in the cold months filled with soups, stews and pot roast. But I’ve come to realize that using a slow cooker in the summer makes a lot of sense! First of all, I don’t have to turn my oven on and heat up the house. On a day like today, when the high was 90 degrees and the humidity was 75, the air conditioner is working hard enough. I could always go fire up the grill, but I really am enjoying the cool air inside the house. Another great reason is that summer is such a busy time. I spend my days running errands, bringing my kids here and there, meeting friends at the park and trying to prepare blog posts in between. So, I love it when I remember to put dinner in the Crock Pot and voilait is ready when we want to eat! Last week, I made honey sesame chicken in my slow cooker and loved it.

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Slow Cooker White Chili With Chicken

Slow cooker recipes are perfect for busy days. This White Chili with Chicken recipe was made in my vintage Crock Pot and served with homemade cornbread.

White Chili With Chicken RecipeThings have once again gotten really busy! This time it isn’t the holidays but rather it is work. Many of you who are bloggers know that for the past couple of years, I’ve been doing work as a campaign leader because you’ve worked with me on campaigns. Well, I just took on a campaign involves a large number of bloggers over a very short period of time. Call me crazy (and you might be right) but taking it on has more to do with the fact that we bought a car recently and the thought of making a car payment than anything. When things get busy, family life still goes on. Everyone needs clean clothes, dishes need to be washed and everyone needs to eat. So, I pulled out my Crock Pot and made White Chili with Chicken! It cooked all day yesterday while I worked.

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Slow Cooker Garlic & Herb Cheesy Chicken Dumplings

Slow Cooker Garlic and Herb Cheesy Chicken Dumplings are an easy dinner recipe. Put the chicken in the Crock Pot in the morning and add the dumplings before serving.

Slow Cooker Garlic Herb Cheesy Chicken DumplingsMy kids have another day of school off due to cold weather! They have been trying some fun cold weather experiments. College hasn’t started again for Christine so she has been helping Vanessa and Zack. One of the things they did was throw boiling water into the -15 degree air (-40 with the windchill) and it turned into vapor and then ice crystals before it hit the ground. I think they took a video that I will try to share later. I know everyone thinks it is always cold in Minnesota, but this weather is unusually cold for us.  This is the coldest is has been in a decade! Hopefully we won’t have another winter like this for a long time, but the kids will certainly remember it.

So, onto the recipe. I’ve been making slow cooker chicken and dumplings for several years now. It was one of the first recipes I shared back in May of 2011: Chicken and Dumplings. After making that recipe countless times, I decided it was time for a kicked up version. These Slow Cooker Garlic & Herb Cheesy Chicken Dumplings are very similar to the original version but they include a couple of my family’s favorite thingsgarlic and cheese.
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Slow Cooker Recipe For Sweet Korean BBQ Lettuce Wraps

This slow cooker recipe for Sweet Korean BBQ Lettuce Wraps was made using Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauce as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars by Crowdtap #CampbellsSkilledSaucers. Crock Pot Recipes make getting dinner on the table a little easier.

Sweet Korean Barbecue Lettuce Wraps #CampbellsSkilledSaucersWith all of the holiday dinners, party appetizers and Christmas dessert, we still need to have our meals during the week. Between shopping for gifts, baking, writing Christmas cards, wrapping gifts and spending time with family and friends, all of our “extra” time is full to the brim with fun. So, how do you find time for family meals? I often use my slow cooker to make an easy weeknight dinner. In fact, while I am writing this post about slow cooker recipes, tonight’s meal is in the Crock Pot!

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Slow Cooker Nacho Bar & Crock-Pot Hook Up Connectables Giveaway

Crock Pot recipes are perfect for the holidays! This Slow Cooker Chili Chicken Nacho Bar is easy to make and can be served at a holiday party.

Slow Cooker Chicken Chili Nacho BarIt’s Friday which means that it is time for the next Holiday Progressive Dinner and a fabulous giveaway! This week’s sponsor is Crock-Pot and one lucky winner will get a Crock-Pot Hook Up Connectable Entertaining System. For the recipes this week, we all made something in our Crock-Pot. I have the upcoming holidays on my mind and everything that comes with them. We only celebrate Thanksgiving once but it feels like the celebrate Christmas for a month. There are Christmas parties with both of our immediate families and our extended families. We have cookie exchanges, ladies’ Christmases and kid’s Christmas parties with their friends. For each of the parties, we have delicious food! The only time we have a traditional Christmas dinner is the two with our immediate families. The rest of the parties have non-traditional dinners, appetizers and snacks. So, today’s recipe for a Slow Cooker Chili Chicken Nacho Bar is for  all of those celebrations. It would also work great for a holiday open house or a New Year’s Eve Party.

Crock Pot Hook UpsBefore we get to the recipe, I want to show you the new Crock-Pot Hook Ups Connectable Entertaining System that I received. First I want to say that I love the color! My system is metallic blue and looks really nice. I have three  Crock-Pot Hook Up units: a 3 quart oval, a 2 quart circle and two 1 quart ovals. The cord is designed to pull out for use with standard outlets and stores inside the base when connecting multiple units together.

Crock Pot ConnectablesConnecting two units is as easy as pressing them together. Up to 6 units can be connected and powered from one outlet and one cord. Each unit in the Crock-Pot Hook Up Connectable Entertaining System has its own settings dial with high and low cooking setting and a warm setting as well. I love that even when connected, each unit can have its own temperature setting. In the photo above, the 3 quart oval unit on the right has chicken in it and it is being cooked on high. The unit on the left has chili in it and it is being heated on low. This system is going to be perfect for all of the holiday parties and after the holiday season I will use the individual units for my family dinners.

Slow Cooker Taco Chicken_RecipeNow for the recipes, in the 3 quart, oval Crock-Pot Hook Up unit, I made Slow Cooker Taco Chicken. Place fresh (thawed) chicken breasts in the bottom of the Crock-Pot. Top with a can of spicy diced tomatoes flavored with lime juice and cilantro. Sprinkle with a packet of taco seasoning and a packet of powdered ranch.

Shredded ChickenCook on high for a total of 6 hours. (If you use frozen chicken, it will take 6-8 hours to cook.) After 4 hours, shred the chicken so that it can soak up the spices and continue cooking it.

Crock Pot Chili RecipeIn the 2 quart, oval Crock-Pot unit, go ahead and put your favorite chili. I don’t really have a chili recipe and I wanted to make something easy so I poured 2 cans of chili with no beans, 2 cans of chili beans in mild sauce and one can of tomato soup into the Crock-Pot. I gave it a stir and put it on low to heat up.

Velveeta Cheese Fondue RecipeTwo hours before serving, cut 24 oz of Velveeta cheese into cubes (3/4 of the large, 32 oz loaf). Place in one of the 1 quart Crock-Pot units and add heavy cream.  Turn on low and heat for 2 hours, or until melted, stirring occasionally. Another way to make this cheese sauce would be to microwave the cheese and cream for 1 minute intervals, stirring in between and then pour the melted cheese into the Crock-Pot to keep warm. The third option is to buy store bought cheese sauce and heat it in the Crock-Pot.

Queso Nacho DipTwo hours before serving, pour store bought queso blanco dip into the other 1 quart Crock-Pot unit and turn on low. I planned to make my own queso blanco dip but couldn’t find the Velveeta Queso Blanco cheese that I wanted to use. Feel free to use your own recipe instead of buying store bought dip.

Holiday Party RecipeServing is a breeze! Place the Crock-Pot Hook Up Connectable Entertaining System on the serving table. Add some plates, a large bowl of chips and nacho toppings to the table. Then, cover your plate with tortilla chips.

Crock Pot Taco Chicken RecipeAdd the shredded slow cooker taco chicken.

Chili RecipeTop with some chili.

Cheese Sauce RecipeDrizzle on some cheese sauce.

Nacho Bar ToppingsTop it all with black olives, cilantro, salsa, avocado, shredded cheese, green onions and sour cream.

Slow Cooker Nachos RecipeThe food will be kept warm in the Crock-Pot units and party guests can serve themselves whenever they get hungry!

Slow Cooker Chili Chicken Nacho Bar
Taco Chicken
  • 2½ lbs thawed chicken breasts
  • 10 oz can diced tomatoes with lime juice and cilantro, drained
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 packet powdered ranch mix
  • (2) 16 oz cans chili bean with mild sauce
  • (2) 15 oz cans chili, no beans
  • 10¾ oz can tomato soup
Cheese Sauce
  • 24 oz Velveeta cheese
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
Taco Chicken
  1. Place fresh (thawed) chicken breasts in the bottom of the Crock-Pot.
  2. Top with a can of spicy diced tomatoes flavored with lime juice and cilantro.
  3. Sprinkle with a packet of taco seasoning and a packet of powdered ranch.
  4. Cook on high for a total of 6 hours.
  5. After 4 hours, shred the chicken so that it can soak up the spices and continue cooking it.
  1. Pour all of the cans into the Crock-Pot and cook on low for 6 hours.
Cheese Sauce
  1. Two hours before serving, cut 24 oz of Velveeta cheese into cubes (3/4 of the large, 32 oz loaf).
  2. Place in one of the 1 quart Crock-Pot units and add heavy cream.
  3. Turn on low and heat for 2 hours, or until melted, stirring occasionally.

Holiday Progressive Dinner Week 5 Recipe Links

Potluck Dishes to Get You through the Holiday Rush

Crock Pot Meatballs and Loaded Baked Potato Casserole at Busy-at-Home

Famous Dirt Dip at Adventures in All Things Food

Easy Apple & Cranberry Compote at Flour on My Face

Potluck Corn and Black Bean & Cilantro Salsa Dip for a Crowd at Daily Dish Recipes

Nacho Bar at The Gunny Sack

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Mom’s Famous Bone-In Ham Recipe & Nielsen-Massey Giveaway

Today I’m sharing how to make ham. This slow cooker recipe is perfect for a holiday dinner.Moms Famous Bone-In Ham RecipeFor week two of the Holiday Progressive Dinner, my menu item was the main dish. When I think about holiday meals, my mom’s ham always comes to mind so that is the recipe I will be sharing today. I called it Mom’s Famous Bone-In Ham and while it isn’t exactly famous in the traditional sense, my mom’s delicious ham is well known and loved. My mom says that it is her go-to recipe for dinner company because it is so easy to make and always turns out well. But before we get to the recipe, I want to tell you about today’s sponsor: Nielsen-Massey.

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70+ Crock Pot and Slow Cooker Recipes


Although slow cookers can be used year round, the fall and winter months are perfect for warm meals from the Crock Pot. So, I’ve gathered more than 70 slow cooker and Crock Pot recipes to give you some inspiration for what to make for a family dinner or a holiday meal. There is everything from appetizers to main dishes to desserts!

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Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cobbler Recipe

Slow cooker recipes for dessert are easy and delicious! Today I’m sharing another one of my pumpkin desserts made in a Crock Pot: Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cobbler.

Slow Cooke Pumpkin Cobbler

We are already more than halfway through October! Can you believe it? The weather has gotten cold here and it is way to early for that. I was hoping for a long, beautiful fall but am thankful that we don’t have  For the third week of Crocktober, I made a Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cobbler. This pumpkin dessert would be perfect for the upcoming holidays. It is kind of like pumpkin pie without the crust.

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Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes

Slow cooker recipes are so convenient! Making baked potatoes in a Crock Pot is easy and they turned out great!

Slow Cooker Baked PotatoesFor our second week of Crocktober, I’m sharing a recipe for Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes! I’ve seen several recipes online for making baked potatoes in a Crock Pot and finally got around to trying it. What I loved about it that I can put the potatoes in the slow cooker in the morning and they are ready at dinner time. Just make some chicken on the grill to go with it or have the baked potato as dinner.

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Slow Cooker Lasagna Rolls & A Crock-Pot Giveaway

Crock Pot recipes are perfect for family meals. Today I’m sharing a Slow Cooker Lasagna Rolls recipe.

Slow Cooker Lasagna RollsWarm comfort foods and slow cooker recipes are in everyone’s minds when the cooler weather comes around. With the kids back in school we are back on a schedule and eating family meals at home. With the schedule in place, I’ve gotten better about planning out some meals for the week. I like to try to include a slow cooker recipe as often as I can. During the month of October, I’ve joined forces with three other bloggers to celebrate Crocktober! We will be sharing some of our Crock-Pot recipes and we want you to add your Crock-Pot recipes to the link party. I’m starting off the month by sharing a recipe for Slow Cooker Lasagna Rolls.

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Slow Cooker Pot Roast For French Dip Sandwiches

I made a slow cooker pot roast for French Dip Sandwiches. This easy Crock Pot recipe is a kid friendly dinner!

Slow Cooker Pot Roast French Dip SandwichesMany people think of making easy Crock Pot recipes in the winter, but I love using my slow cooker in the summer too. I like that my Crock Pot doesn’t heat up my house like an oven does. Also, our summer days are busy so it is really nice to have a kid friendly dinner that is already cooked by dinner time! Vanessa came shopping with me last week and while I was picking up a few groceries, she asked if I would make slow cooker pot roast for French Dip Sandwiches. Well, she couldn’t remember what they were called, but asked if I could make those “Really, really good sandwiches with that meat in a bun that you dip in that juicy stuff!” I knew what she meant and when I asked if  she was talking about French Dip Sandwiches, she said, “Yes! I LOVE them!”

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Slow Cooker Shredded BBQ Chicken

Wow!  I am getting today’s post in just a little late in the day!  Today was the first day of our garage sale and I was trying to work too so things were super busy.  This recipe for Slow Cook Shredded BBQ Chicken is one I have made many times.  Christine has been asking me to make it and I finally did last week.    I love how easy this recipe is and I’ve always had great results.

To make it all you need is a 12 oz can of pop, 2 1/2 cups BBQ sauce and about 2 lbs of chicken.

Pour the barbecue sauce into your slow cooker.

Add the can of pop and mix.  I used Diet Dr. Pepper but I also made it with Diet Coke.

Add the frozen, boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins.  I don’t know how many pounds of chicken I added because they were from an economy sized bag.  I don’t think the amount matters too much because you can add more barbecue sauce if you need and if you end up with too much you can take some out.  Make sure all of the chicken pieces have some of the sauce on them.  I used a baster to drizzle the sauce over the chicken.

I cooked it on high for 5 1/2 hours and this is what it looked like.

Then, it was time to shred the chicken.  I recently saw a tip from another blogger that they saw on Pinterest to use your Kitchen Aid mixer to shred your meat.  So, I decided to try it.  I dumped all of the chicken into the bowl.

And stirred it around a bit.  Mine was a bit too shredded so next time I will mix it for even less time.

I returned the chicken to the sauce in the slow cooker and added some more barbecue sauce.  I let the chicken soak up even more barbeque flavor in the slow cooker until we were ready to eat.

What’s your favorite way to make barbecue chicken?

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Slow Cooker Pork Roast For Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Pulled Pork Sandwich
Do you love your Crock Pot as much as I do?  If I can put dinner in the slow cooker in the morning, it makes my day so much easier.  I recently picked up a pork roast for only 99¢/lb. and wanted to make roasted garlic and herb pulled pork sandwiches for dinner.  The recipe couldn’t be easier because it only uses 3 ingredients and you let the Crock Pot do all the work!
Seasoned Pork Roast in Crock Pot
 I put the pork roast in my Crock Pot and seasoned all sides of the roast.  I used McCormick Roasted Garlic & Herb Grill Mates because my family loves it.  Then, I poured 1/4 cup of water into the bottom of the slow cooker and set it on high to cook until very tender.  It takes about 4 hours on high or 8 on low.
Pulled Pork Roast In Slow Cooker
Once the pork was tender, I used 2 forks to pull the pork into shreds, discarding the fat.  I turned the Crock Pot down to low and sprinkled on a little more seasoning.  I let the meat simmer in the juices until ready to serve.
Pulled Pork Sandwich
We ate the pulled pork on crusty French baguettes with slices of cheese on top.
Roasted Garlic & Herb Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
by The Gunny Sack
Pork Roast
Garlic & Herb Seasoning
1/4 cup water
Place pork roast in slow cooker and season all sides with garlic and herb seasoning.  Pour water in bottom of slow cooker.  Cook until roast is very tender.  About 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.  Use 2 forks to pull the pork into shreds, discarding fat.  Allow pulled pork to simmer in juices, in slow cooker until ready to serve.
What are your favorite things to make in your slow cooker
…and where can I find the recipe?
Sharing this recipe at some of these parties!
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