I am thankful today for muddy little boots, little hands wrapped around a cup of hot chocolate, and time. Time spent with people I love. Time to create, house-tweak, and enjoy everything wonderful about November. I don't have a tutorial for you today, but I have a picture of my entry way vignette that I recently put together. And some AMAZING Crock Pot recipes from three readers that you have to try!
My fall table vignette was inspired by a silver plate charger I picked up at yes, the Dollar Tree. I grabbed a vase, round candle holder, and a combined them with a few fall decorations from Jo Ann's. I used jute twine to wrap the large leaf around the tall vase and filled it with branches. The little chalkboard is from Jo Ann's, just a small wooden sign (less than $1!) painted with chalkboard paint. I put it all together, and this vignette can evolve and change as we get closer to Christmas. I see it full of pine cones, a few glittery things, and maybe some cinnamon sticks and dried fruit.
What are you cooking this week? Are you ready for a few new recipes that will rock your Crock Pot?
I have three new delicious recipes from twelveOeight readers to share with you today!
Tammy, author of Our Neck Of The Woods is not only super creative (click on the link and give her some hello's she is making me want to move out of the burbs and into the country now!) Tammy has some fab photos too. I am hoping to be able to be her taste-tester when she is cooking someday. Soup, cookies, I am not picky when they look this good! Thank you Tammy for sharing your Sweet Potato Chili, my family will devour this :)
Sweet Potato ChiliAdapted from Carol Hee Barnett @ VegNews
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon chili powder, or more to taste
1-1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
One 14.5-ounce can crushed tomatoes
One 15.5-ounce can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1-1/2 cups water
1) Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, bell pepper and garlic, cover, and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the chili powder and cook for 30 seconds. Add the sweet potatoes and stir to coat with the spices.
2) Transfer the mixture to a 4 to 6-quart slow cooker. Add the tomatoes, beans and water, season with salt, cover, and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
Scrumptious Slow Cooker Chicken
adapted from source
2.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
4 celery stalks
1 red onion
10-12 whole garlic cloves
¼ cup coconut oil (I'm sure you could sub olive oil)
1 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon rubbed sage
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
Cut the parsnips, carrots, celery, and onion into large chunks making sure that the carrots and parsnips are cut roughly the same size for even cooking. Place the chicken in the crockpot and sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper. On top of the chicken layer the onions and whole garlic cloves followed by the parsnips, carrots, and celery. In a glass measuring cup mix together the chicken broth, coconut oil, thyme and sage (it helps to melt the coconut oil first in the microwave). Pour this mixture evenly over the chicken and veggies and cook on high for 5 hours or low for 7.
Our third must-try recipe is from Kaitlyn at Wifessionals, not only is Kaitlyn a wonderful writer, but she and her husband, and their darling dog fur baby are like THE cutest family ever. I want a dog now, and for Kaitlyn to bring the dog over here to exhaust the children=long naps. Maybe I will get a dog now...These gals are must-follows SO CREATIVE!
Cheesy Pumpkin Sausage Pasta (serves 4)
- 16oz hot turkey sausage
- 1 cup frozen chopped onion
- 13.25oz can sliced mushrooms
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 15oz can of pure pumpkin
- 8oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese
- 1 tablespoon sage
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1 box rotini pasta
- In a large skillet, brown the turkey sausage. Add in the onion and mushrooms. Going down the list, add in all of the rest of the ingredients (minus the pasta) and stir until smooth.
- Spray your crock pot with cooking spray. Pour the sauce into the crock pot and cover. Cook on low 3 1/2 - 4 hours.
- Pour in your box of uncooked pasta and stir to coat. Re-cover and cook for 1 additional hour.
So are you totally ready for dinner now or what? Thank you as always for reading, I appreciate you so :) Have a wonderful, blessed day