make ahead Archive

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs {Crockpot}

Last year for Drew’s homecoming dinner, a group of his friends were meeting up for pictures and dinner at a friend’s house. My responsibility for the meal was to bring an appetizer. Buffalo Chicken Meatballs in the crockpot is what I finally decided to try. They turned out great and were quite a hit with …

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Crockpot Honey Garlic Lil’ Smokies

Y’all, as you may have noticed I have been in such a cooking slump lately. I just have no excitement or desire to cook and it seems that when I do get in the kitchen, nothing turns out the way I imagined it would. Anyone else feel my pain here? However, I do have a …

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Mini Cheese Stuffed Meatloaves

I love this recipe. I’ve actually been making mini meatloaves for awhile, so when I saw this recipe to add cheese. I knew it would be great for the mini ones as well. What I also love about this is that you can make it ahead and even freeze them if need be. You can …

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Hawaiian Chicken Marinade

Growing up, one of my favorite places to eat was Steak & Ale. Anybody remember that restaurant? I even had one of my birthday parties there and invited a bunch of my girlfriends back in elementary school. We all go dressed up in nice dresses and had a lovely dinner at Steak & Ale. My …

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Hamburger Pasta Soup {Crockpot}

I love when I’m scrounging around in the kitchen for something for dinner and the ingredients just fall into place. That’s what happened the other night when I was looking for something to make in the crockpot for the next day. Lately I’ve been on a quest to buy 1 new ingredient once a month …

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Spicy Chicken Veggie Soup

In the morning before I left for work, I threw the raw chicken (each chicken breast cut into 4 or 5 big chunks to help them cook quicker) along with the chicken broth, carrots, onions, and garlic. I allowed that to cook for about 4 hours on high. When I came home and lunch, I …

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Cheesy Potato Soup {Crockpot}

The weather here is getting colder (at least a few days each week) and I love that because that means its soup weather! This Cheesy Potato Soup can be prepared in the crockpot and who doesn’t love that! Servings: 12 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 5 and half hours Ingredients: 5 pounds russet baking …

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Low Fat Garlic Honey Marinade Recipe

This marinade is great for pork tenderloin, pork chops, chicken, or shrimp. Can’t wait to try it with shrimp! It is so easy just whip up the Low Fat Garlic Honey Marinade the night before and grill the next day. Servings: 1 cup (for 2 lbs. of meat) Prep Time: 5 minutes + marinade time …

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Southwestern Salsa

I always enjoy going to “covered dish” events. Being the foodie that I am, I love food and trying new recipes makes me heart and my taste buds happy. When we were at the lake with our Scout Troop, I got to try a few new recipes that I kept a mental note of. One …

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Pizza Monkey Bread Bites

Alex and I were home one night and I needed to make something quick and easy for dinner, because he was wanting to watch a movie. I thought it would be fun to get him in the kitchen and these Pizza Monkey Bread Bites were a perfect recipe to have him help with. Monkey bread …

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Stuffed Pepper Soup with Chicken

The other day we had some amazing steak kabobs out on the grill, so I had about 3 peppers left over. I knew I needed to use them soon, and I was wanting to do something in the crockpot. I decided to chop up the peppers and some grilled chicken that I had, throw it …

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Sausage Muffin Bites

I’m always looking for easy breakfast ideas that can be made ahead of time. These Sausage Muffin Bites are easy and so yummy. I love that I can warm them up in the microwave and eat them in the car on the way to work. Servings: 24 muffins Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 35 …

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Spicy Sausage and Potato Soup {Crockpot}

Looking for an easy soup? This Spicy Sausage and Potato Soup is cooked in the crockpot and will be ready to eat when you get home from work. Servings: 8 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 6-8 hours Ingredients: 1 diced onion 1 cup diced celery 1 tbs. minced garlic 1/2 tsp. hot red pepper …

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Chili {Crockpot}

It has been crazy, crazy cold. We got back home on Monday from 80° South Florida weather for 11 days, so this is quite a shock to the system. It was 14° yesterday with a windchill of -2°. I know you folks in the North have no pity on me, but I’ll just say I …

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Poppy Seed Chicken

When Rob was in the hospital a few years ago, my neighbor was so sweet and brought us the best dinner. It was this amazing Poppy Seed Chicken casserole. I finally decided to make it myself and it has become one of my favorite dishes. It’s great to make ahead for those potluck dinners or …

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Southwest Casserole

Those of you who know me well, know I’m a big fan of Mexican food. This Southwest Casserole is a great spin on some of my favorite Tex-Mex recipes. Beef, black beans, corn, and tortilla chips…Yep, that’s all I needed to hear. This is another great recipes that can be made ahead of time or …

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Sausage, Shrimp, And Spinach Bowl

While in Atlanta a few weeks ago, Rob and I enjoyed a meal at Steamhouse Lounge. We got the Sausage, Shrimp, And Spinach dip, that was absolutely killer! That dip inspired this meal. After my initial time making it, I plan to tweak it, which I’ve noted in the directions below. Servings: 4 Prep Time: …

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On-The-Go Pizza Bites

Here’s another easy recipe to whip up before your next tailgate or party. These Pizza Bites are very versatile and can be thrown together at the last minute. Simple finger foods are always the best when your standing around cheering on your favorite team. Servings: 24 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes Ingredients: …

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Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce {Crockpot}

Nothing says fall more than apples! I decided to kick the weekend off with some Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce. For my first time making it, it turned out pretty well. Rob’s Gramma was the first person I ever met who makes her own applesauce. Maybe after a few times of making it, it will be as …

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Homemade Rolls {Bread Machine}

This recipe for homemade rolls is so easy. Just throw everything in the bread machine. Then, roll them out and bake them in the oven. I use this recipe for several different occasions. Servings: 24 Prep Time: 2 hours (depending on how long your bread machine takes) Cooking Time: 20 minutes Ingredients: 1 cup warm …

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