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Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes- Set it and forget it!

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Okay so I appeared to my family to have worked real hard making two sides to take to the big family Thanksgiving Dinner….well…confession….I made Dish #1 these BEST EVER SWEET POTATOES and Dish #2 Classic Green Bean Casserole (I will add in separate post) in my slow cookers (I have THREE…the more the merrier)!!!! Prepped the night before, put crock in fridge overnight. Thanksgiving morning I put them on and went for a Turkey Trot Run!!!! Came home to perfectly cooked DELICIOUS (seriously addictive sweet potatoes) and a bubbly green bean casserole and the only sweat on my brow was that from trotting with my turkeys! Making them again and again and again! Enjoy!

Sunday Scoops: Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

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This Slow Cooker Chicken & Dumplings recipe is an EASY and delicious version of those dumplings mom used to make. Enjoy!


  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (or 1-1 .5 lbs thighs)
  • 2 T. butter
  • 2 small cans of condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 2 carrots, peeled & chopped
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, washed well and chopped
  • 2 (10 ounce) packages refrigerated biscuit dough, torn into pieces


  1. Place the chicken, butter, soup, carrots, celery and onion in a slow cooker.
  2. Fill the crock with enough water to cover.
  3. Cover.  Cook for 5 to 6 hours on High, or 9 to 10 hours on Low.
  4. About 30 minutes before serving, place the torn biscuit dough in the slow cooker. Cook until the dough is no longer raw in the center.

I’ve made this several times and my family LOVES it….yes even the picky eaters! The only changes I have modified here and there have been chicken thighs instead of breasts and 32oz box of chicken broth in place of water. Every variation has been super yummy. If there are any leftovers, they aren’t around long after. Yumm-o!

Photo & recipe Source: Get Crocked (When I make mine it is more yellow in color I assume because of the chicken broth I use in place of the water)

Elfin’ Shenanigans!

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So I thought…eh I’m not going to get sucked into this Elf On The Shelf gig….then they had the plushies at Costco. My 6 year old spots them and beams from ear-to-ear at the little mischief makers. She asks me, “what are those elfs (elves) mommy?”….I reluctantly tell her “the story”. That was it. I had sealed our fate. We would be the adoptive family to not one but two elves! She had to have the girl one for herself and a boy one for her brothers. So she counted down the days until Thanksgiving knowing the magic would begin the day after. Now here we sit tallying up the numerous ways they have brought pure joy and hearty giggles to our house every single morning. As an adoptive parent of twin elves I find myself very dependent on my calendar’s daily alert features…..just sayin’….it might be a good idea for The Tooth Fairy to take on this “business practice”. Below are a few pics of Snowflake and Chippey’s shenanigans. I know, I know….my kiddos went with the names straight out of the short film but hey…they are good ones! They may re-name them every year for all I know. So we fudge the rules a little. They have done the forbidden and TOUCHED them (Uhhhh Ohhhhh you say?)…as the story goes, touching them supposedly takes away their “magic”, but we collectively decided that it only takes it away if you don’t have Christmas Spirit in your heart. No shortage there!

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