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I had a few cans of Carnation 2% milk to use up. I plugged “carnation recipes” into Google and found Shepherd’s Pie. Hey, I always wanted to try making that!

Note: Mashed potatoes are needed + filling.  I cooked the mashed potatoes in the crock pot the day before, but feel free to cook on stove top or use store-bought to save time.

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Say, whaaat? Why would you need to use the crock pot when you could cook these in 15 to 20 minutes on the stove top? I tried these when we were living in the hotel and had no stove top, but it would also work during the holidays to free up that stove top for other things.IMG_6726 (more…)

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Homemade mashed potatoes intimidated me. They seemed time-consuming and tricky, something I wasn’t capable of making. Boy, was I wrong!
This takes very little effort for an end reward.

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I spotted the cutest little turkey in the freezer section at the grocery. Turns out, it’s just a turkey breast. Perfect idea for a small family dinner. I had no idea how to cook it so I bought chicken broth. Every other meat I’d ever cooked in the crock pot turned out tender if I cooked it in juice….so it was worth a try!

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I’ve been out of the loop since I got pregnant. I had to give up one of the blogs and since I wasn’t cooking, this was it. But I am starting to feel better and am slowly crawling back to the kitchen.
So, here we go!

I’m a big fan of kale, but often, I don’t know what to do with it. I’ve fried it up with garlic in a pan, I’ve dried it out and made kale chips from it. And then I thought, why not make it similar to collard greens in the crock pot with bacon instead of a ham hock so that I don’t have to throw anything out and we can eat it all?

And so, I did.

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We had all these lovely pears off the tree in the backyard, but they took forever to ripen. We did eat a few here and there, and they tasted fine, but I had to find something to make with them. I didn’t want to waste them!

Matt suggested, “How about pear butter? I love apple butter. It can’t be that different.” I’d never tried making anything like that before, because I usually don’t eat it.

I looked through recipes online and Chickens in the Road‘s author Suzanne McMinn entertained with a heartwarming story about how she made pear butter in a 100-year-old farmhouse with an elderly woman named Georgia. I love that name. Though I didn’t use her recipe, the pictures of her pears looked just like mine, so I knew I was on the right track. I made it a little hard on myself because I had to make the pear sauce BEFORE I even attempted to make the pear butter, but it was my first time, so I decided to give myself a break. Next time, I’ll stick with Chickens in the Road’s pear butter recipe. Hold on to your britches! This one takes a while, but the crock pot does everything for you but core and peel the pears.

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When I married two years ago, my mother told me one of the most important sentences she’s ever spoken, “You need to get yourself a crock pot.”

To me, crock pots were something my grandmother used, but I listened. My mother’s always right.

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