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Crowd Pleaser Cookbook Inspiration

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The Crowd Pleaser

Are you ready to fix a meal that everyone will DEVOUR and be coming back for more? Well look no further as this chapter, The Crowd Pleaser, in our new book, It’s Our Crockin’ Life, has many delicious recipes or as we like to call them…..Our FAVES! And you want an added bonus?! These meals feed more than a few!!

In creating the different chapters throughout our new book, I was able to take a walk down memory lane. You see, for our family, get togethers always consist of FOOD….. a lot of food! (We always said my Nanee could feed an army!)

Whether we are getting together for a birthday celebration, an actual holiday, or just getting together to eat (which we like….ok, LOVE to do often) there is always plenty of food, food, and more FOOD! We love all kinds of food, but I am southern and I was raised on southern food. If my Nanee were here today and asked me what I wanted her to fix, it would be fried venison backstrap and homemade biscuits and gravy…..THAT’S JUST HOW SOUTHERN I AM Y’ALL!

When your favorite food is made, it just makes you feel all  comforting inside. Makes you feel loved and cared about! That’s how my Nanee made me feel every time I visited her and Pop.

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Gracie girl and her cousin, Cross, all cuddled up drinking their hot tea!

My mom can whip up our favorite meals too!I can always expect my absolute favorite chocolate cake for my birthday, which I finished up in no time this year and didn’t share much….shhhhhh, don’t tell anyone!

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My mom and I in the kitchen after our Christmas Eve program at church-2014!

And now that I am a wife and mother, I LOVE doing the same for my little family!

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Take my hubby, Kris, for instance….the man LOVES, LOVES, LOVES, the French Dip Sandwiches in our book, Slow Cookin’ Companion. Pair them with mac & corn and you have not only just made his day, but his week too! Love this man with all I have!

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My sweet Gager boy loves him some homemade chicken pot pie. I’ve never seen a kid eat so much food. I love seeing his precious smile when he smells the aroma and says, you made CHICKEN POT PIE!!!! Thanks mom! He is a basketball playing fool! We surprised him with Spurs tickets and you would have thought he won the lottery!

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Oh and my Gracie girl can put away anything sweet of course, but when I fix her pork chops, she just rants and raves about that “chicken”, LOL! Speaking of chicken, she loves Chicken in a Hurry toooooo! How I can forget that one I do not know, as she says we eatin’ that chicken on the bone?! I love it when Gracie looks through the cookbook to find something for me to make!

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I don’t know if y’all have a ritual or not when it comes to cooking and food, but my family sure does. You cannot have meatloaf without mac & cheese and green beans! Hamburgers, baked beans, and mac & cheese or macaroni & tomato. Campfire stew will NOT be eaten without each saltine cracker buttered and individually placed in the bowl to be broken in half and then gobbled up. Taco Stew has to be accompanied by shredded cheese, sour cream, fritos, and guacamole, and in making casseroles they have to be accompanied with a big, huge, fresh green salad loaded with lots of veggies! YUMMY!

Don’t forget to checkout our new cookbook, It’s Our Crockin’ Life, hitting shelves August 2015 for all brand new delicious recipes!

French Dip Sandwiches
Chicken in a Hurry

Happy Crockin’ Y’all,

Nicole

 

 

All-Dayer Cookbook Inspiration

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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 :)

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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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Nutritional Information for Crockin’ Clean

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We want to let y’all know about some corrections from the Crockin’ Clean Magazine. In the Soup/Stew section, the nutritional information is all the same. Below is the actual information for each recipe in the section. Just click the link “Soups/Stews Corrections and you’ll get everything you need.

On page 20 – Quick Quinoa Casserole, the directions should not include measurements when listing the broth, olive oil, and cinnamon. The measurements should be what is listed in the ingredients.

Also, on page 41 –  Indian Chicken Stew,  it should say 14.5 oz can of chopped tomato. Not 4.5 oz.

On page 85 – Sally’s Crockin’ Cabbage Casserole you will cook it for 3 hours on high, not warm.

Sorry for the corrections. Hope you are loving crockin’ the clean way!

Soups/Stews Corrections

It’s Time to Listen

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Did you know autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the US, affecting 1 in 88

children? Chances are, if you’re reading this blog, you, someone in your family, or close friend is living
daily with autism.

At this time, there is no medical detection or cure for autism; so, parents are left to treat and
manage the symptoms. One way of doing this is through diet. Many families go on a GF/CF diet.
This means, gluten free and casein (dairy) free. This can be challenging because gluten is in so many
foods…especially processed and pre-packaged foods.

The Crockin’ Girls would like to offer some GF/CF recipes to help our crockin’ families living with autism.

Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas  (The fajita seasoning would have to be GFCF. Some seasonings contain wheat flour as a filler. The tortillas would need to be corn tortillas, not flour, and the toppings would need to be dairy free sour cream, and dairy free cheese.)

Vegetable Marinara

Spaghetti Squash

Tiffany’s Kickin’  Black Bean Soup ( Make sure the seasonings such as the chili powder and cumin are gluten free. Also, make sure the vegetable broth is gluten free. Some broth actually contains gluten.)

Crock-A-Chicken (Make sure the seasonings and chicken bouillon are GFCF, many aren’t. Also, this can be served with GFCF bread, GFCF crackers, or GFCF chips. A lot of flavored chips aren’t GFCF.)

Spinach Salsa Chicken

Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal (Make sure to use gluten free certified oats. Also, use 100% vanilla, not imitation vanilla. It can contain gluten. And, use a dairy free milk substitute such as soy, rice, or a nut milk.)