Slow Cooker Copy Cat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana

A creamy, cozy rustic soup- this Slow Cooker Copy Cat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana is the best way to soothe anything that ails you. Loaded with spicy Italian sausage, tender potato slices, and kale, it’s a full meal for the whole family when served with a slice of hearty bread.

Slow Cooker Copy Cat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana

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Barbecue Sausage Flatbread Pizza

A pillowy soft flatbread pizza is topped with tender crockpot cooked sausage, melted mozzarella cheese, barbecue sauce, thinly sliced red onions, and sprinkled with cilantro. This Barbecue Sausage Flatbread Pizza is quick and easy to assemble, but full of a perfect medley of seamlessly blended flavors. It’s the pizza you never knew you were missing, but you’ll be hooked at first bite all the same.

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Chili Cheese Dog Chili

A hearty meal that cooks right in your crockpot, this Chili Cheese Dog Chili takes a classic chili and stirs in the much beloved ball park hot dog flavors right in. Every bite tastes just like the iconic hot dog making it a meal that has the whole family counting down the hours until supper time.

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Mushroom & Swiss Loaded Potato Soup

How many times have to been out to eat perusing the menu and wondering what the soup of the day was? While I may wonder, I often don’t even bother to ask. Other times, I’ll decide to go a bit rogue and inquire. I’m usually disappointed, not because of the quality of the joint or what they’re offering, but because we cook so often I find I’m not willing to pay money for something I regularly make myself. However, there was one day where this little voice just kept whispering in my ear that I must ask after the days’ special. I am so glad I did, because it may never have occurred to me to makeover one of my favorite soup’s from my childhood with one of my favorite adult flavor combinations. And that is how I stumbled upon this soup. Now I’m as likely to make a pot of my favorite potato soup on a cold day as I am sto stir in some Swiss cheese and sautéed mushrooms.

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Salted Caramel Crockpot Hot Chocolate

Does anybody else remember where they were and what they were doing in the Blizzard of ’96? I was 9 and in 5th grade. We’d just barely returned to school from Winter Break, and a snow storm hit most of the East Coast (arguably one of the top 3 worst in a century), dropping 8-10 inches of snow on Central Va in less than one day, followed by several inches of sleet, before finishing with another 8-10 inches of snow over the next two days. Everything shut down. A few days later, another system dropped another 6 inches on us. I thought it was great. It was magical. Snow as far as the eye could see. I remember walking with my parents and all of our neighbors to the Elementary School in our neighborhood where we spent every day and most of the evenings sledding down the hills behind it. It was the first, and last time, the snow was so thick that it was safe to ice skate on the lake we lived on. I remember walking up to the neighborhood convenience store with my Dad pulling one of our sleds behind us, to re stock on bread and batteries. School was out for almost another two weeks, before life began to return to normal. 

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Crockpot Honey Buffalo Meatballs

It’s that time of year again. The time when all the men in my household lose their damn minds every weekend, and several weeknight’s too, yelling at the TV so loudly our neighbors probably think someone’s in serious trouble. There’s fist bumps, and you better watch out or you just might get sandwiched in between two semi-grown men in the midst of a full-force chest bump. My traditional decor has been over run with black & yellow, and sit down dinners have taken a hiatus to full on living room, TV trays & folding tables and picnic on a blanket dinner, tailgate parties. Yes, it’s football play-off season. And no game, however intense, however exciting or disappointing, is ever complete without some of Mom’s meatballs. The sauces may change, but our love for the this party app. does not. And this year, I decided to spice things up a bit with a Honey Buffalo version.

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Crockpot Honey Garlic Chicken

I was so productive last weekend. I packed away all the shorts and t shirts and swapped them out for everybody’s jeans and sweaters. It was a cool 50 degrees all weekend and we were cozy and oh-so happy. And damn if I didn’t pat myself on the back for checking that giant task of our seasonal to-do list. Aaaaand then this weeek rolled around bringing us 70 degrees and you’d have thought I was trying to torture my boys.

My bad.

Any who, it may not seem like Winter is coming from the weather, despite what our wardrobe (and the local weatherman) says, but I can tell– especially as we shift from using the grill, and move firmly into oven and crockpot territory.

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Crockpot Crack Chicken Sandwiches

I try to follow the news and stay abreast of current events, and there’s currently articles circulating everywhere on the web over the recent results of a scientific study that found cheese (yes, you read that right, plain old cheese) to be as addictive as hard drugs. Basically, cheese is crack.

This explains so much.

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And it makes me feel much better about posting a recipe with the word ‘crack’ in the title.

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