Archive for March 2013

Crockin’ on a Mission – By Featured Blogger Shari Walker


Last summer, I had the opportunity to travel with a group of teenagers and adults from my church on a mission trip to the Houston, Texas, area. When it came to our meals, we initially thought we’d have to eat all of our dinners out since the facility we were spending most of our time had no kitchen. The expense of eating out every night was not ideal, especially considering the quality of food available. I told our youth minister, “We don’t need a kitchen, we just need a bunch of crocks!” We asked other church members to donate their slow cookers for the week. Armed with 15 slow cookers and the Crockin’ Girls Slow Cookin’ Companion Cookbook, we loaded up and off we went.

Each day, our group helped clean out facilities in the Third Ward or put on a children’s fair in the community, all while dinner was crockin’ away. I had up to 13 crocks going with everything from appetizers to desserts, and it allowed us to feed our crew of more than 75 volunteers. The first night, we had Faith’s Cheese Dip, shredded chicken and beef tacos, and Cherry Dump Cake. The next night, we feasted on Buffalo Chicken Dip, Shredded Pork sandwiches, and Triple Chocolate Mess. The crew would come back tired and hungry, but each night they were met with a hot meal and it helped get them ready for the next day. I knew I was on to something good when one of the teenagers took a bite of the Triple Chocolate Mess and said, “This is the best chocolate cake I have ever had.”

It seems like such a simple thing but it really made a difference. Slow cooking our meals during this trip gave everyone a taste of home while they were working hard and helping others.


Shari Walker

Spring Cleaning Giveaway!



And the Winner is……Sandra M, with this cost efficient, and yummy smelling tip!

“Place the rinds of 2-3 oranges in a quart jar and fill with vinegar to make your own cleaner. Works great!”

Thank y’all for all the amazing tips, time to get Cleanin’!


With little ones at home it seems that just as we’re putting one basket of toys away another is being dumped over on our kitchen floor while we’re trying to get dinner on the table. Oh and don’t mind the dirty dishes in the sink from lunch that we were going to clean during nap-time!

No matter if you have little ones at home or they’re all grown up on their own, cleaning up is a necessary evil. The kitchen is one area that seems to require the most clean up attention, but when we cook with our crocks we’re using less pots and pans, plus when we use Reynolds® Slow Cooker Liners we don’t even have to clean the crock! It’s a beautiful thing…and so is Spring! Here is a fun giveaway we put together to get you started on your Spring Cleaning. Less time cleaning up the kitchen and more time to get after that junk drawer! (Yes, it’s time.)

To Enter:

Just answer the following question in the comments section of this post below, “What is your best spring cleaning tip?” and you’ll be entered for a chance to win Reynolds® Slow Cooker Liners for an entire month (three boxes), a Slow Cookin’ Companion cookbook and a brand new slow cooker!

The Rules:

– One entry per person
– Winner will be announced on the site on Friday

Good Luck!