Crock Pot Peanut Clusters With Chocolate and Butterscotch

Crock Pot Chocolate Butterscotch Nut Clusters

In the spirit of holiday giving, I offered to do some baking for my husband to deliver to some of his favorite clients, his team and his co-workers. Since I am a food blogger, it was a great idea…the only problem is that I forgot that my husband started his Christmas vacation on Friday, so I only had one day to make all of the goodies. After doing a little brainstorming of what holiday cookies to make, I decided to do some multitasking by making a slow cooker dessert. These crock pot peanut clusters with chocolate and butterscotch were cooking, I was able to work on other treats. I also made Peanut Butter Blossoms, Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups, Peppermint Patties, Crispy Peanut Butter Bites and Hershey’s Pretzel Bites.

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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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