Crockpot Season!!!

Oh the weather outside is frightful!  But we're nice and toasty inside, thank God.  I was driving home today and was so grateful to have a car that drives (even though she is on her last legs) and a home that is warm.  My prayer is everyone is able to find somewhere warm and safe to lay their head tonight.

The weather this week has been ridiculous.  It was close to 70 degrees on Monday and by Tuesday night, we were barely making 30.  Today was no higher than 27!  That means it is the perfect time for crockpot dinners.  I'm definitely a fan of the fix and forget it philosophy.  So this week has been all crock pot cooking for us.

Monday, was Shrimp Fried Rice.  Yes, in the crock pot.  Tough we cheated and cooked the rice on the stove.  Basically, all you are doing is heating everything up in the slow cooker.  I had a bag of mixed veggies and did the shrimp the last twenty minutes.  I found the recipe on Stephanie O' Dea's Year of Slow Cooking Blog.  It's a favorite go to when I can't think of anything yummy to make with the crock pot.  She gives her honest take on recipes and they are pretty easy to follow.  Some of them have been great.  Others not so much.  But the site is great and consistent.  I like that.

Sweet Corn Chili, recipe courtesy of Mix and Match Mama
(link found in blog post)
Tuesday was Sweet Corn Chili.  Can I tell you I have never had a sweet corn chili before?  So, I was a bit reluctant to try it.  I stumbled across the site when I reading adoption blogs.

One of the blogs I follow linked to another blog called Mix and Match Mama.  Can I tell you I am now a HUGE fan of hers?!  I made the sweet corn chili, came home to an amazing aroma in my household, made some cornbread to accompany (only took about 30 minutes and that was perfect to have timing while the family was transitioning from work/school clothes and finishing chores).  I plated the bowls, gave FatherWinter and Superbug their respective bowls, turned around and my Superbug had crushed his bowl.  He'd completely cleaned the bowl in less than 3 minutes and the cornbread and was now asking for more!  #SCORE!!!


I'm all about a healthy little boy eating protein and veggies.  So, yeah, I've visited this site more than once.

French Onion soup.  I'm no food photog, but this was #yummy!
Last night, I was feeling a bit adventurous and made French Onion soup.  This one was a combination of recipes from Six Sisters Stuff and the Year of Slow Cooking Blog, and one more that escapes memory at the moment.  Between their suggestions and my alterations for my family, I came out with a very yummy soup that made the family quite happy, even FatherWinter who claims he doesn't like French Onion Soup.  (He ate it with no complaints last night).

Before I left for work this morning, I went back to Mix and Match Mama (tyeah, the site is in heavy rotation) and tried the sausage and potato chowder.  I'm going to be doing a couple of modifications for our family's tastes.  Nothing major, just one that I picked up from my sister in law at a family gathering we had at her home a few months ago.  I'm adding shrimp for some of us.  It was soooo good.  It gave just the right texture and oomph!  So, I'm definitely all in for this soup.

Tomorrow is supposed to be Friday pizza and crazy bread night.  But it is still supposed to be very, very cold.  I wonder if I can get away with doing the pepperoni pizza soup to keep the theme going.
I'll come back and let you guys know.  In the mean time, welcome to #crockpot season!

I wouldn't have it any other way!

-WinterMommy


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