Mashed Potato Casserole

mashed potatoe casserole

The holidays are fast approaching and we turn our thoughts to the day of Thanks. How can we get it all prepared and keep it tasty and stress free? It seems as if the mashed potatoes always enter into the fray. Can you make them ahead? Can you use the slow cooker? How can you [...]

Slow Cooker Candy

slow cooker candy

This is the week that the countdown begins. You know the drill….Halloween is Saturday. Then we fasten our seat belts and brace for the official beginning of the holiday seasoning. You will blink and friends and family will be gathered around the table enjoying turkey and counting blessings. Blink again and the baking and festivities [...]

Italian Sausage Grinder

Italian Sausage Grinder

Hmmmm, I know what you’re thinking….this is not a recipe! That is exactly my point! On nights when the family is going in 10 different directions and dinner seems like a fragment of your imagination and you don’t have the energy to do “the gourmet” thing or even the “midwestern dinner” thing have no fear. [...]



Recently I was chatting with several of my friends who are also cookbook authors or avid gourmet cooks. We were discussing the recipes that were so easy to make at home instead of purchasing these already prepared foods at the grocery store. Foods such as salsa, guacamole, marinara and hummus were mentioned. The conversation seemed [...]

Slow Cooker Desserts Published!

Praline Pumpkin Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce

It’s official! We are excited to announce that our newest book, Slow Cooker Desserts, Oh So Easy, Oh So Delicious!, is published and ready for you to enjoy. September 1st is finally here and so is our new book! Yipeeeeeeeee!!! This has been so exciting for us! We have loved baking in our Crock-Pots® since [...]

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Those of you that have young children, be careful, be very, very careful. It happens when you aren’t looking. You know what I am talking about–you’ve heard it hundreds of times, when you aren’t looking those precious toddlers, elementary schoolers and Tweens grow up. How is it that our daughter is now a senior in [...]

Mojito Slushies


Summertime and the living is easy, right?! The dog days of August call for a refreshing, mint drink that will equip you to enjoy these last days and hours before the hustle and bustle of school and activities begin again. Take time right now to make this Mojito Slushy. I promise that you will be [...]

Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler

It seems like clockwork each summer–fresh peaches equals pie or cobbler. After visiting the farmers market and selecting the best peaches we could find it was definitely cobbler time. Lots of wonderful childhood memories pop into mind when the word cobbler is mentioned. You may look at this picture and say cobbler? I don’t think so.


Guacamole #1

Certain foods just make more sense to make at home. Guacamole falls into this category. The ingredients go together in minutes and the taste is much fresher and doesn’t have that preservative-off flavor. There are many guacamole afficianodos who claim their recipe is the best and there are as many versions of this recipe as [...]

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Peanut Butter Kisses

Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t. Sound familiar? That is my relationship with peanut butter cookies. They don’t tumble from our cookie jar very many times a year, but when I crave peanut butter cookies, I must admit the appeal of chocolate and peanut butter seals the deal. We have all enjoyed [...]