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The Budgeter: Crockin’ savings for your wallet!


As the saying goes, “money makes the world go ’round”… well this chapter in our new book It’s Our Crockin’ Life can put a stop to that nonsense! Whether you are trying to make it those last few days before payday, saving for your kiddos college, or you just enjoy getting the most bang for your buck, saving some money here and there is never a bad thing!

My husband has definitely balanced me out. While visions of fun to be had, cute clothes, home renovations, and such dance around in my head- he is one to think of budgets, savings, and “eatin’ cheap” ;) Let’s just say, this chapter makes him happy. And it doesn’t cast any shadows on my love to get a home cooked meal to my family… Don’t get me wrong. There is NO cut back in the flavor department, just a little more padding in the wallet.

Since we are in the midst of summer, I realize even more how helpful this chapter is! Kids are home more, vacations are booked (and always tend to cost a little more than you plan for), activities happening all around,

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and if you have kiddos you know that there will be that dreaded back to school shopping trip that will put a dent in the wallet. The kids are getting really excited about our trip to Colorado Springs coming up, so these recipes will help me save a little so that they can get a little souvenir here or there, or squeeze in one more activity. We did Disney summer 2014, and we were longing to go back just as soon as we came home. I would love to go back in the next couple years, so I need to be putting some of my Crockin’ savings into a “Disney or Bust” jar :)

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Although I hate to admit it, I will have a {gulp} kindergartener come August (I can’t believe this is really happening), and if I can fit a little more into my August grocery budget, then I can get him a couple extra outfits to start the year :)

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I may start a tradition of taking each kid on their own shopping day before school… partly because it will be a fun one on one day with them, but mainly so we can cut down on those morning grouchies when it comes to picking out clothes! Spencer has gotten so picky about everything down to the fit of his SOCKS!

I hate to bring up the holidays in July… but let’s be honest THEY. ARE. COMING. And let’s just say I will be ready to hit Black Friday hard! LOL. We always have a good time, and some dinner time savings will make it even more fun.

While we are on topics that I don’t want to bring up. In the back of my mind I see this little thing wanting a wedding someday. Even though I don’t want to even think about that happening any time soon… IT WILL. And it would be nice to be prepared (yeah right!).

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There are so many ways that people choose to save money. Shopping store sales, clipping coupons (I never have gotten the hang of that. I end up throwing out coupons I find 6 months past expiration that I had the best intentions of using)  , buying in bulk, buying generic, the list goes on… but my favorite way to save is crockin’! It tastes so good you won’t even realize the difference- but your bank account will!

Happy Crockin’, Y’all!


Here are some recipes that will give you an idea of what you will find in this fun & frugal chapter of It’s Our Crockin’ Life:

Loaded Cheeseburger Pasta

Ground Beef Chalupas 

Garlic Chicken Thighs



Ingredient Watcher


The Ingredient Watcher Chapter: It’s Our Crockin’ Life

On a daily basis we get asked if we have any recipes that have fresh ingredients or if we have “clean” recipes. So it was a no-brainer to add the Ingredient Watcher chapter into the new book. Not only did we give you some really yummy recipes in this chapter, but we included some very fun pictures of our kiddos as well!

Look at our babies, literally BABIES! Oh where has the time gone?!?

When Jenna and I created the Facebook page in August 2011, it was to help us and about 30 of our mommy friends get a home-cooked meal to the table… Little did we know we would end up making a business out of it!

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We were so tired of the inevitable question we kept asking ourselves at 4PM in the afternoon, “Hmm, what do I fix for dinner?” We felt by providing a home-cooked meal we were providing our families with a better meal than if we had just gone through the drive-thru.

We have such a wide variety of crockin’ followers that like different recipes for different reasons. From crockers just wanting a home-cooked meal, to fresh crockin’, to absolutely no msg packets and soups so they make their own seasoning packets and cream of soups, to the vegetarians and the gluten free crockers. It was quite a bit to consider in putting this cookbook together, but we think you will all be pleased! An added feature to the new book, “It’s Our Crockin’ Life”, is that we included a slow cooker size and serving amounts to each recipe in the book! HOLLA! We think this feature alone, will make quite a few of you HAPPY!

VURRnON_koFWgtpyljikAWLBimwBID1q5AA0b7rNFjUTh60wZE9FSaQezAVRU5ADpYhACQYwiDMy2cD-SHSO7j-FpmNLT4pSKvW_1rg2KOL2kxOQlPlUyV8IlfxgPef533owCDgAn actual shot from Crockathon 2015. This recipe made it into the book and it’s absolutely scrumptious!


Yummy veggie bowls!

Whether you are the cook that wants to just get a meal to the table or the cook who really watches what you feed your family, this chapter is amazingly delicious and we hope you check it out!

Veggie Bowls 

Healthy Mess

Healthy Crockin

Happy Crockin’,

Jenna and Nicole

All-Dayer Cookbook Inspiration


Y’all, we are beyond excited for you to get your copy of It’s Our Crockin’ Life! At first glance you will see a fresh take on our first book, with all new recipes, the same beautiful food shots for each recipe, a binding that allows the book to lay flat on the counter, and TONS of new crockin’ dishes to try (over 170!). You will notice some differences in the layout and this is one of our favorite new features of the new book- instead of appetizers through desserts, we have organized this book into chapters of lifestyle. It’s Our Crockin’ Life and we want to show you how we are crockin’ our way through all of the different phases, stages, bumps, turns, and celebrations along the way. Throughout the next few weeks we are going to be giving you a little taste of how you can use each of the chapters in our NEW book. Happy Crockin’ Yall!



The All-Dayer

Out of the house all day, but still want to have a yummy meal ready and waiting? Who doesn’t want that?! Whether you are working hard or playing hard this chapter will help you have a yummy dinner waiting that is cooked to perfection!

Most of the time I am looking for a recipe that can cook alllll day, it is because we are going to be crazy busy with school activities, ball games, and just the normal hustle and bustle of life! Sometimes you have to stop and just soak up the little moments and that means no time to be cooped up in the kitchen!

Here’s what the fun side of ALL DAYER looks like to me… at least until school starts ;) A day at the farm! We do not live in the same town where the family’s farm is, so we start and end our day with a pretty little 30 minute drive.

A little crochet in the truck on the way…Let’s just say I am not the most fun passenger in the car- so I like to have something to keep me busy and calm my nerves! And I end up with a couple pretty dishcloths for my kitchen too- can’t beat that!


First thing’s first. The reason we come…They know where the food is at, haha! We love checking in on all the new little bittys we have running around. Not many things are cuter than a newborn calf… and you should hear the names the kids come up with!


The kids are really a big help, but today we just let the boys do the work.

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And we took pictures :)


They love it out on the farm, they can run and play and be in their own little world. It is peaceful, and quiet, and somehow they can find fun in anything! What am I talking about “they” love it?  I feel the same! Unplugged, uninterrupted time. Gotta love it! Pretty beautiful place to be, too! Forget fancy… we are soaking up the country life :)




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Halloween Costume Situation, Marwitz Style


So I am a bit obsessive when it comes to dressing my kiddos. I like for them to have “style”, lol! Both of my kiddos came home in outfits with bonnets. Old fashion, timeless outfits. Blue gingham for Spence and pink with lace for Miss Stella. When Spencer was little I put him in little newsboy hats and fedoras, and he rocked them. With Stella it has always been about mixing prints (leopard is a MUST), ruffles meet preppy, and BIG BOWS are her signature look. They have pretty much allowed it with little to no resistance.

At around 4 years old, Spencer started wanting to wear “cool clothes” as in elastic waist everything. Having a daddy that is a coach doesn’t help matters much in his desire to wear all things “sporty”. I could feel my little style baby slipping away. Stella on the other hand has embraced fashion with a fierce desire to leave her stamp on the world. I allow her to make some style choices in her wardrobe and she actually can mix and match quite well.

I feel like this year’s Halloween costume choices are a wake up call for me when it comes to facing the fact that my kiddos are growing into their own, and I think I am handling it quite well, lol! You see, I enjoy coordinating my kids clothing in the day to day, so you can imagine what ideas run through my mind for coordinating costumes. The first halloween Stella was born she was almost 6 months old and I made her the cutest little black kitty cat costume and big brother (a little over 2 at the time) was her fire fighter to the rescue.

The next halloween we went with the CUTEST (and my craftiest, I might add) duo. I made them costumes to be a cowboy (he was 3) and a little indian girl (she was 18 months). These costumes might forever be my most favorite for all time.

Last year (Spencer was 4 and Stella was 2) I knew things were about to start unravelling so I held on as tight as I could to squeeze in one more year of the matchy matchy. With his love of super heroes I convinced Spencer to go as Clark Kent Superman and we made Stella a Super Woman costume. You will notice a pattern in all 3 of Stella’s costumes… we love a tutu.

As I received oohs and ahhhs of admiration each year, I tucked them away for the rainy day I knew would come. The day when they would have their own ideas on their halloween costumes. The time is now. I have strolled down memory lane soaking up their cuteness in previous years costumes, but I look at their costumes this year and I can’t help but smile! I smile because they know what they like, they have their own ideas, and they are PROUD of their choices. I love to see them happy more than almost anything, and I know we won’t soon forget the year of Raphael (or Raphaeyel as spencer says it) and The Unicorn Rider ;)