TIP: think outside the box! Put a roast, some broth, carrots, celery, onions, parsnips, herbs and spices (and whatever else sounds good) in a slow cooker overnight on low. You’ll have a nourishing breakfast ready to go when you wake up and can keep it hot for dinner. I do this quite a but to save time, especially in the fall when soup is awesome for breakfast. Ever used a slow cooker for breakfast? #recipe #crockpot #breakfast

Crock pot Chicken and Dumplings

I really love  this recipe, especially on rainy days or when it’s cold. I can throw just about everything in the crock pot in the morning and then when I get home all I have to do is pull apart the biscuits and drop them in the crock pot too so that they cook while I take a shower. This recipe is low energy, yummy, and easy to make your own. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  1. 2 chicken breasts - I generally use bone out, but you can use whatever you have or prefer.
  2. 1 box of chicken broth (approx. 32 ounces) - you can also use boullion cubes and water.
  3. 2 cans of cream of chicken soup
  4. one thing of Pillsbury biscuits
  5.  add different seasonings, veggies, etc., etc. that you like.

 Directions:

  1. Place thawed chicken breasts in crock pot
  2. Pour box of broth over the chicken
  3. Spoon cream of chicken soup over chicken 
  4. ***add seasonings, or veggies like potatoes, celery, carrots, etc. that need to cook awhile here***
  5. Turn crock pot on low for about 8 hours - I let it go during the day while I’m working, but for weekends I turn it on high and let it cook for about 4 to 5 hours.
  6. Take two forks and shred the chicken - you could cut the chicken into chunks before you even put it into the crock pot, but I like doing it this way because its quicker and easier for me.
  7. Pull each of the biscuits apart into 4 or 5 bite size pieces - they come in a container of 8ish so you’ll have a bunch of little pieces.
  8. Put biscuits in crock pot
  9. Spoon broth over biscuits to keep the tops from burning and them from sticking to the sides
  10. ***add canned veggies that just need to heat up here***
  11. Cook on low for about 45 minutes.

This makes a lot of food, enough for 4 people and then there are still leftovers. If you have a smaller crock pot or are not cooking for that many people, just cut the recipe in half. If you’re cooking for more people, add more chicken or some veggies! Also, I always check the labels of the cream of chicken soup and broth to make sure they are low sodium- the ones marked “low sodium” tend to have more sodium then the regular ones, so check the percentages if that is a concern for you. 

Back to School Crock Pot Recipes- This makes me feel both hungry and inspired to organize meal plans! Slow cookers are a very smart way to plan your dinners

Today we wanted to share some meal-planning and money-saving links, tips, tricks, and apps. Here’s a nifty website that I found via Quirky Momma that shares various crock-pot meal plans that are PERFECT for busy families once the school year kicks back into high gear. I don’t know about you but I sort of love it when someone does all the research and puts it in one easy to find place for me….hey…we just might be on to something!

~Marci aka Mamamusement

Got a money-saving or meal-planning tip, trick, or story you want to share today? Feel free to submit it or tag it #growinguplast! We’d love to hear from our readers!

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u kno those AUs you’re never planning on doing anything with but pictures for them just pop into your head.

yeah I do too.

Uhhhh facts Crockercorp owns the world and most people in it.  Aranea runs a ‘bodyguard’ breeding/training service, that’s her horn-tag.  Gamzee’s prime directives are ‘Eliminate Threats’ and ‘Smile’.  Jane still has healing powers she didn’t know she had b/c she’s never been not-mind-controlled long enough to find out.  Jake will get out of this and be just fine *pets hair*.  I’m never going to write this. b(=u=)d

I recently wanted a way to cook stews and long cooking grains without heating my house up or having to babysit a pot on the stove.  After reading about the Wonderbag, I figured I could make something to do the same thing from things found around my house.  A wonderbag insulates a hot pot so it can continue cooking long after it is removed from the heat.  So, I wrapped my cook pot  in an old, felted wool bag, then a cotton towel, then two ponchos.  I could have just as easily used a duvet cover, fleece blankets, or a sleeping bag.  The only thing I would worry about is that that inner layers are a materials that do not scorch or burn.  here is my bag wrapped up and held in place with a safety pin.

I made beef stew in it today, simmered it for 15 minutes, then wrapped it for 6 hours.  It was still quite hot and completely cooked.  It’s an ideal way to cook grains, beans, and any other foods that benefit from low, slow cooking.  Small grains, like rice or quinoa only require the water to come up to boiling for a minute and an hour in the bag.  I’ve not tried it, but if a ceramic pot is used, a microwave could be used to bring the meal up to temperature.  This is great in places where energy is expensive, there is limited access to a stove, or a lack of time to tend a pot.  It can also be a good way to transport a meal.

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