Sweet and Savory Crostini

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This was positively not supposed to happen today.  I had a plan.  I am dependent on my plans.   For this, I blame my children.

Pre kids I could’ve won awards for flying by the seat of my pants.  Always down for whatever.  Always willing to juggle around my days.  And top notch at getting side tracked and staying up into the late hours of the evening in order to complete the most important task that needed to be done that day.  Procrastination was a strong suit of mine.  It still is, but there is now a schedule.  That part has just got to stick. Continue reading

Slow Cooker Beef and Bean Chili

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My husband was craving chili big time last week.  And chili is one of those weird things I have a hard time making on any day of the week other than Sunday.  It’s a Sunday food, no?  It needs time to simmer on the stove and smell the house up beautifully while everyone gets cozy and football is blaring in the background.

But last week on Sunday I had an event to attend.  Which meant no time to let that chili bask in its glory on the stove.  So I decided to try a stab at it in the slow cooker. Results?  Delicious.  So simple.  And perfect for days where time has got the best of you. Continue reading

Slow Cooker Chicken and Poblano Stew

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Slow Cookers.  They can be such a time and sanity saver.  But, as you know, I’m really finicky about what I put in them-I believe it’s my controlling food nature.  When I put something in the slow cooker I’ve lost control.  There’s no seasoning as you go, there’s no stirring, there’s no adding this or that.  It’s a hands off,  no-control zone for me.  So recipes I put in mine have to be precise…and special…and worthy.  This ones there.   Continue reading