Saturday, December 17, 2011

Slow Cookin Goodness

Crock pot week is coming to an end. I almost want to do it every day from now on! It was so nice to not rush to get dinner ready during the witching hour. Here are the recipes since I had a few people ask for them :)

Sunday - Big Easy Meatloaf and Potato Wedges
We all liked it alright, but the potato wedges were a big hit - I am going to make a huge batch of these for the freezer since they were that good.

Monday - Fiesta Chicken (recipe was shared on Monday - click here)

Tuesday - Ham with Cherry Sauce

I did NOT follow this recipe at all. I don't have "five spice" and I don't really know what it is. But, if you are interested, the recipe is on page 44 of Creative Slow Cooker Recipes (it is out on display until February; found at Publix). So here is what I did:

5-6 pound ham
1 tbsp whole cloves
1 jar peach preserves (mine was a 10 ounce jar)
1 package dried cherries (6-8 ounce)
1/2 cup pineapple juice (I couldn't find just a container of the juice, so I grabbed a can of pineapple chunks in juice. I used the juice for cooking and Andy had some pineapple chunks for a snack)
1 tsp ground mustard

1. Press cloves into the ham on all sides then place in slow cooker.
2. In a bowl mix up the remaining ingredients and pour over ham.
3. Set on low and cook for 8-9 hours.

This was a huge hit! And, of course, it was a huge ham. I diced up some for breakfasts/lunches and sliced the rest for another dinner. YUM!

Wednesday - Mixed-Berry Pudding Cake
Recipe found on page 134 of Creative Slow Cooker Recipes (it is out on display until February; found at Publix). I changed up this recipe, too.

1 8oz package frozen blueberries
1 8oz package frozen raspberries
1 8oz package craisins
1 cup AP flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp butter, melted
3/4 cup boiling water
1/3 cup sugar

1. Combine berries in slow cooker.
2. In a bowl, combine flour, 2/3 cup sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in milk, butter, and vanilla. Spoon over batter evenly.
3. In a small bowl dissolve the 1/3 cup sugar in the boiling water. Pour over mixture in slow cooker.
4. Cook on high for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

Andy LOVED this! It was super yummy and I will have to make this one again for sure!

Thursday - I meant to change this on my menu plan. Tonight was Jason's Office Christmas party :) It was so much fun! 

Friday - Sloppy Joes (what I planned for Thursday)
Just use your favorite Sloppy Joe recipe and put it in the slow cooker on low. Serve when you are ready!

Saturday - White Chicken Chili (cooking away right now!)

Time to work on next week's menu - and it is going to be all kinds of Christmas-y!!

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