Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin

Each afternoon when the boys come home from school, they have one thing on their minds: food. “Mommy, I’m hungry.” “Mommy, when are we going to eat?” “Mommy, what’s our snack today?” “Mommy, I’m starving. What’s for dinner?” “Mommy, I don’t like that.” “Mommy, I just want a lollipop for dinner.” (When Monkey Boy said… 

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Slow Cooker Turkey Breast and Gravy

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast and Gravy Recipe - Andrea Meyers

Christmas Day is one day out of the year that we really like to relax with the kids and still have a traditional meal while keeping it easy. Ham with all the trimmings is a Christmas Day meal for my family, while Michael’s family does turkey. This year our compromise was to do turkey on… 

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Slow Cooker Squash Stew with Garbanzo Beans and Red Lentils

Slow Cooker Squash Stew Recipe with Garbanzo Beans and Red Lentils - Andrea Meyers

Our kitchen counter is covered with five different types of squash, a few steps up from our normal routine of acorn and butternut squash. On my last squash run, I came home with sweet dumpling, delicata, buttercup, acorn, and butternut and plans for all of them, mostly revolving around roasting and soups. And of course… 

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Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup with Five Peppers and Ham

Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup Recipe with Five Peppers and Ham - Andrea Meyers

It’s May and I want to dream about picnics and cooking outdoors. We thought summer was well on it’s way when temperatures climbed into the 80s a couple weeks ago, then we were startled with the cold front that came through yesterday bringing lots of rain and dropping temperatures back into the 40s. Everything is… 

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Slow Cooker Four Bean Baked Beans

Slow Cooker Four Bean Baked Beans - Andrea Meyers

When I was growing up, baked beans were a delicious part of all our cook outs and potlucks. Cans of pork and beans were mixed with ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and onions, then baked in the oven. Sometimes strips of bacon were laid on top, creating a smoky aroma and flavor that reminds me… 

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Ann’s Spaghetti Sauce

Ann's Spaghetti Sauce Recipe - Andrea Meyers

This is Michael’s mom’s spaghetti sauce, the one he grew up with. His mom has quite a sense of humor. She jokes that she isn’t Italian so she can’t make Italian spaghetti, but she’s Polish so she can make “Polish spaghetti.” Authentic or not, it’s a good, easy multi-purpose sauce that you can use for… 

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Slow Cooker Cuban-Style Black Beans with Rice

Slow Cooker Cuban-Style Black Beans Recipe with Rice - Andrea Meyers

There is something about beans and rice that I find very comforting. We can make a whole meal out of a simple dish such as this. I like to eat beans and rice just about any way, but this is probably my favorite. The recipe is inspired by several that I’ve tried over the years,… 

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