Easy to Fix Meals for Two on Easter Weekend Cooking on Easter weekend is best with a slow cooker because there is very little food preparation to do. A slow-cooked ham is so easy. Buying a ham works well for two people because it goes a long way. You can make many meals out of a large ham. One Saturday before Easter, I made breakfast with eggs, ham, and Thomas Nooks and Crannies English muffins. These muffins are light and are multigrain. They have 100 calories, eight grams of fiber, less than 1 g sugar, 170 mg sodium, and 0 g saturated fat. The hamRead More →

Forgot about New Year’s resolutions for losing weight already? Let me show you a way to success in losing those extra unwanted pounds. Frustrated with being overweight? I can understand. It seems like you’ve done everything, tried diet after diet, and you still don’t lose weight. If anything, you gain. And the older you get, the harder it is to lose the weight. When I was a teenager, my wise dad told me, “Honey, you’ll have to watch your weight for the rest of your life.” At the time, I didn’t fully understand what that bit of wisdom fully entailed. Now, in my fifties, IRead More →

Looking for an easy kind of meat to cook in the slow cooker? Try pork chops. Just thaw them out the night before, and put them in the slow cooker the next morning to cook on low all day. Pork chops occasionally go on sale for 99 cents per pound at this one grocery store I shop at. I’ll buy a few packages and freeze them. They are good pan fried, grilled, baked, broiled, and cooked in the slow cooker. One of the pork chop recipes I’ve tried in my Rival Crock-Pot is a quick way to cook in the slow cooker. I first brownRead More →

How do you make slow cooker mini garlic potatoes? If you haven’t used those cute little red, yellow, and purple potatoes yet, you’ll like this easy slow cooker meal. Those mini colorful potatoes are called fingerlings and go great in stews. I grew up mostly with Irish potatoes in stews and pot roasts. But the fingerlings make a nice root vegetable stew. Funny Food Story Speaking of stews, I have a funny memory of my oldest niece and nephew right after a holiday. Mother, my sisters-in-law, the two little ones, and I went on a shopping trip one day. On the way back, my niece,Read More →

On my recent visit to see my daughter and her family, I was trying to come up with desserts that aren’t loaded with sugar. My friend over at PattyCakesPantry.com suggested apples and cinnamon cooked on the stove. I thought I’d give them a try in the slow cooker. Now I know a lot of you who work all day are interested in all-day meals cooked in the slow cooker. I can totally understand and will be publishing more recipes for you to cook six hours or more. However, there are some dessert recipes that are easy and pretty quick to make in a slow-cooking appliance.Read More →

Slow Cooker Pork Chops Pork chops are good however they’re cooked – at least, I think so. I have tried them pan fried, grilled, baked, and slow-cooked. My friend’s mom (I refer to her as Abuela), wasn’t used to cooking in the slow cooker for a long time. But when she caught on to how easy it was, she started cooking everything in it. So I asked what Abuela’s favorite slow-cooker meal is. The answer – pork chops! Mini Organic Carrot with Pork Chops One of the best pork chops I’ve ever had is when some friends in Wisconsin grilled them outside on their grill.Read More →

It’s already April 2, and I’ve challenged myself to post 30 slow cooker recipes on kitchenhospitality.com. Sound crazy to you? It does to me, too. I’ll tell you why. It’s crazy… because it takes a lot of planning to fix crockpot meals. my schedule isn’t always convenient to cook at all. I often make up my own recipes, and sometimes they don’t turn out right. But the challenge is on. This month I’ll post recipes for meals and desserts. They will include cooking times for 8-10 hours on low all day, others set for high and low, and desserts mostly for 2-3 hours. Don’t beRead More →

The Big Rig Macaw and Owner, Larry St. Patrick’s Day is the birthday of a very special Harlequin Macaw named Muggsy. Happy 32nd Birthday, Muggsy! Muggsy travels in a big rig with his owner, Larry whom my husband Greg met at a truck stop in Texas. Greg mentioned to Larry that I’m a blogger and asked if I could call him, and he agreed. Fascinated about this beautiful bird my husband met, I contacted Larry and learned about the amazing Muggsy. I had read about macaws and already had a list of questions of things I was curious about, including these: “Larry, does Muggsy screamRead More →

Fun Free Short Stack Breakfast at IHOP Did you get your free pancakes at IHOP today? I did. Couldn’t resist. Of course, you figured that out if you’ve been reading my blog. I LOVE pancakes. Lately, I’ve been on a blueberry kick, too. Blueberries and pancakes go together well. So it’s no wonder that when I met my blogging friend at IHOP for the Short Stack, I added the blueberry syrup.Read More →