05/14/13
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crockpot berry cobbler

One of my favorite things to watch is Hunter play and interact with his daddy.  He sure loves him.  One more recent thing that just makes my heart smile is seeing this.

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Jacob will sit down on the ground with a book, and Hunter walks on over and sits down right next to him or on his lap.  He’s snuggled up close soaking in the book, and just being super sweet with his daddy.

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Love these two.

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When Jacob gets home from work, he tries to get as much play time in with Hunter.  This usually frees me up to get dinner started or just have some Heather time.  But on those days I plan ahead and start dinner in the crockpot I don’t have to be in the kitchen, I can sit on the couch right next to them and just watch.

While today’s recipe isn’t a crockpot dinner recipe, it is made in the crockpot, but for an after dinner treat of berry cobbler!

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I’m not going to lie, pictures of the cobbler cooking in the crockpot are not flattering to this dish.  I’ll show you.  Once it is done:

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Once you have taken most of the cobbler out:

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Good thing I’m basing this recipe on taste, not looks!  It was delicious, especially serves over nice cold vanilla ice cream.

I got to thinking about why you would use a crockpot for this recipe.  The prep time takes just as long as oven made cobbler and it takes longer to cook.  Well, it was a hot day when I made it, and not having to turn the oven on was glorious.  Summertime dessert making in the crockpot is the way to go.

Crockpot Berry Cobbler

adapted from here

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup natural cane sugar, divided
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 2.5 cups fresh or frozen raspberries, thawed (or any berry)
  • 1.5 cups fresh or frozen blackberries, thawed (or any berry
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder and cinnamon. Combine the egg, milk and oil; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened (batter will be thick). Spread batter evenly into a 5-qt. slow cooker coated with oil.
  • In a large bowl, combine the salt and remaining flour and sugar; add berries and toss to coat. Spread over batter.
  • Cover and cook on high for 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until a toothpick inserted into cobbler comes out clean. Serve with ice cream if desired.

I may have skipped ahead in my 50 crockpot recipe list to share, but I’ll get back on track with the next one!  This one was pretty tasty and I just had to share. :)

Have you ever cooked dessert in a crockpot?  If so, what did you make?   Do you love watching a dad with his kiddo?

workoutwednesdayTomorrow I’m sharing PLANK workouts.  If you have one you want me to include, please email it to me (heather.englund@comcast.net) along with the link for where to find it.  Thanks!

Heather

05/1/13
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crockpot beef and broccoli

The sunshine is out, the air is crisp and all I want to do is go outside and rip out some blackberry vines!  Who am I? A girl with a plan.   On days like this the last thing I want to do is spent time slaving away in the kitchen on dinner.  I want something quick, simple, and delicious.  Okay, I want that most of the time, but some days I’m fine and enjoy spending more time in the kitchen than others.

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This is when the crockpot comes in handy.  Even on warm days, crockpots are life savers.  You don’t always have to make a soup in the old crocker.  You can make a typical meal that would be cooked on the stove in a pan – like this beef and broccoli – but with much less hands on time.

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The one ingredients I wasn’t too stoked on was the beef consomme.  I tried to find a recipe for how to make it at home, but found nothing that looked quick to make.  Quick and simple was needed since I didn’t have too much time that morning.

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Anyways… I highly recommend this dish.  Jacob and I gobbled it up.  Serve with some rice or your favorite grain and lots and lots of broccoli.  The more the better.

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Crockpot Beef and Broccoli

from Chef in Training

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. boneless beef chuck roast, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 cup beef consomme
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce, reduced sodium
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp water
  • Fresh broccoli florets (as many as desired)
  • Hot cooked rice

Directions

  1. Place beef in crock pot.
  2. In a small bowl, combine consomme, soy sauce, brown sugar, oil and garlic.  Pour over beef.
  3. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours.
  4. In a cup, stir cornstarch and water until smooth.  Add to crock pot.  Stir well to combine.
  5. Blanch broccoli florets and add to the crock pot.  Stir to combine.
  6. Cover and cook for an additional 20 minutes on HIGH or until thickened.
  7. Serve over hot, cooked rice.

Yesterday I began trying to take Hunter’s 11 month picture…

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It has officially turned into a challenging task!  Today is a new day, and we’ll get that perfect picture.  Or at least, a less blurry. :)

Do you tend to spend more or less time in the kitchen with nicer weather?  Or does it not make a difference?  Anyone have a recipe for beef consomme?

Heather

 

04/19/13
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crockpot sauerkraut soup

Are you a fan of sauerkraut?   Jacob loves the stuff, which made him pretty stoked about this soup.  I on the other hand, am not a fan.  I avoid it with a 10-foot pole.  The only reason I tried this soup is because it’s part of my 50 crockpot recipes to make.  So instead of skipping it, I pulled on my big girl pants and made it.

And I’m sure glad I did.  The soup was actually really good!

The downside to this soup is the sodium content.  Between the kielbasa, chicken broth and cream of mushroom soup, there is way more sodium than I would typically eat.  I thought about ways to reduce it, and make it just a little better for you, and came up with making my own cream of mushroom soup, which is super easy by the way.  I followed this recipe, but used regular milk instead of cream or evaporated milk.

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After all the chopping, opening of cans and pouring, your soup is ready to go into the crockpot.  Then 6+ hours later, it’s time to eat!

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Even a skeptic like myself liked this soup.  Just make sure to have a gallon of water nearby the chug down as you chomp down.  Enjoy!

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Crockpot Sauerkraut Soup

adapted from here

Ingredients

  • 1 medium potato, cut into 1/4 inch cubed
  • 1 pound kielbasa, diced
  • 1 can (32 oz) sauerkraut, well rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups chicken broth, low sodium
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup (or make your own!)
  • 1/2 pound fresh mushroom, chopped
  • 1 cup cooked chicken, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery ribs, diced
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 tsp dill weed
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Directions

  1. In a crockpot combine all ingredients.  Cook on low for 6+ hours, or until the vegetables are tender.
  2. I served this with crusty bread and crispy kale chips.  Great sides!

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Are you wondering if you won the giveaway?  The winner will be announced this afternoon (so you can still enter!) along with a little something to look forward to over the weekend.

Do you like sauerkraut?  If so, what do you eat it on?  What’s a strange food you love (yes, I think of sauerkraut as strange)?

Heather