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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

What's Cookin' Wednesday - in the CROCKPOT!

Today I'm sharing a couple crockpot recipes - and hoping you'll help me out with favorites of your own - but before I get to that, I want to show you a delicious little card I cooked up!

I have enough food & cooking-related stamps that I thought WELL DUH - I should make cards for What's Cookin' Wednesdays every now and then too!! This cute set is even called What's Cooking!! It's another Hero Arts cutie that I love. I paper pieced the apron, and then made the background paper with some of the fun utensil stamps in the set. I love that I also had some utensil embellies to go with it!!! Happy.

I even played a couple challenges that I love, which also makes me happy! The fabby colors are the latest Color Throwdown (or closest I could come, I don't have all the Stampin' Up colors), and the sketch is 2 Sketches 4 You. Well, 2S4Y-ish, my circle creeped up more than it was supposed to. :-) But it was my inspiration for sure!

Now onto the COOKIN' part!! I've been using my crockpot a lot lately. Wednesdays are my work days, so I don't really have time between getting the kids & getting dinner on the table to do much cooking AT dinnertime. So the crockpot has become my new best friend. I have two recipes that I go to a lot, which are quick, easy and quite yummy! The first is Dr. Pepper Roast...

For this one, just mix together a can of Dr. Pepper (No, REALLY! Trust me. It's good!) (Or any other sweet soda, actually), a packet of onion soup mix and a can of cream of mushroom soup. Pour it over a 4-lb beef roast in the crockpot and cook on low for 8 or so hours. It comes out tender and delicious! This can also be done with a 4-lb pork roast, but I didn't like that as well. And I've also thrown veggies into the pot too, as you can see. :-) But I recommend you try it first with just the meat, so you can see how exceptionally moist it can be!

The other one is a whole chicken in the crockpot! I first heard of doing this from Mary Dawn, and I also found a Lemon Chicken recipe in a Weight Watchers cookbook. I modified it a bit - they brown the chicken in a skillet first - pffft, too much hassle! If you like a crispy skin on your chicken, this isn't for you. But if you discard the skin anyway, this is awesome - the chicken turns out so moist and delicious!

For this one, mix together 3 minced garlic cloves, 1 Tbsp olive oil, 1.5 tsp dried oregano, 1 tsp salt & 1/4 tsp pepper and rub under the skin & into the cavity. Stir together 1/4 c chicken broth and the juice from one small lemon. Stuff the leftover lemon halves into the chicken cavity. Pour broth over chicken and cook on low for 6-8hrs. About 20 minutes before dinnertime, combine the juice and zest of another lemon and pour into the slow cooker, cover & heat until fragrant.

Now for the favor I'm asking from you. Do you have a favorite crockpot recipe? If so, please share it in the comments!! I'd love more ideas for family-tested-and-approved recipes! My family is getting tired of these two, LOL!

To sweeten the "pot" just a touch - I have a cute little message stamp from Hero Arts I'll send to a random commenter from all the crockpot recipe comments (because there will be lots, right? You won't let me down will you??). ;-) I thought this stamp was fitting, because if you have an awesome (busy!) mom who cooks yummy crockpot recipes, you truly are lucky! hee hee

Happy stampin' and happy cookin'!!

  • Stamps: CL333 What's Cookin' from Hero Arts
  • Paper: Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Old Olive from Stampin' Up, red from Bazzill, GP white
  • Ink: Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black, white gel pen
  • Accessories: Slit punch (SU), TPC Studio So Delish metal accents, SU ribbon, sewing machine


  1. We LOVE our slow cooker in this house! We try to use it at least once a week. Yesterday we made 'Fiesta Chicken':

    4-6 chicken breasts (can put in frozen)
    15oz can diced tomatoes & juices
    15oz can black beans (drained)
    small can or 1c. cup frozen corn kernels (drained)
    8 - 10oz jar of whatever salsa you love

    Cook on low for 6-7 hours or until chicken is falling apart. Remove chicken from cooker and cube or shred as desired. Return shredded chicken to pot and add 1 8oz block of cream cheese. Stir to incorporate cream cheese and heat through.

    We like to serve this with Alton's baked brown rice, topped with a little guacamole, more salsa, and even a dollop of nonfat sour cream. last night we tried making it into wraps - just a bed of the rice on whole wheat tortilla and spoon chicken mixture on and wrap with cheese / guac etc.

  2. Last week we had this pulled pork recipe with fresh from the bakery buns:

  3. Hi Libby...those recipes are going to find their way to my crockpot before too long, thanks for sharing! Love that What's Cooking card too!
    Here's my tried and true Pot Roast recipe, and it couldn't be any easier:
    Place your choice of pot roast in crockpot, cover with one halved and thinly sliced onion and 1/4 cup of soy sauce. Add salt and pepper and 1 tsp rosemary (fresh or dried is fine). Cook on low for at least 6 hours. I like to remove the roast, then skim the fat and thicken the broth with some corn starch mixed with water. (I usually transfer to a saucepan for this step) Serve with baked then mashed sweet potatoes.
    The soy sauce gives the roast an awesome flavor, makes a delicious light gravy and helps to tenderize the roast too!

  4. I'll post my crockpot soup recipes when I get home and have them in front of me. I'm also making a turkey breast in the crockpot tomorrow so I'll let you know how that turns out.

  5. Your collection would not be complete without a vegetarian entry! :-)

  6. Very cute card, Libby! Love the background of utensils and the apron! Glad you could play in the Color Throwdown! Great recipes, BTW!

  7. This is super cute, love the colors combo, the apron stamp and most of all, the little charms, so so sweet!

  8. Super cute card! So perfect for you Libby! love all the little embellies! Make sure to share all your new recipes!

  9. What an adorable card! I love how you used the colors and those cute little charms. Ok, and now I'm hungry!!! Yummy! Pulling my slow cooker out!! Thanks for playing with us at CTD this week, Libby!

  10. Adorable card, Libby! Love the design, colours and brill embellishments!

    I don't have a crockpot so no recipes to share I'm afraid. The recipes sound yummy - but Dr Pepper?!? I've heard of people cooking their Christmas turkey in coke. It's supposed to be delicious but I'm afraid to chance it!

  11. What a fun card! I love the charms

  12. Cute card and lovely looking dinner Libby. What time should I be there?! :)

  13. Libs, I love cookin' in my crockpot!
    I like your recipes. I think the Dr. Pepper idea is genius.

    I made a chicken tortilla soup yesterday.

    Chicken Tortilla Soup off the top of my head:
    4 boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into bite sized pieces
    1 can fire roasted tomatoes
    8 cups chicken stock
    1 cup baby carrots
    1 onion chopped
    1 tbls. onion powder
    1 tbls. garlic powder
    1 tbls. ground cumin
    1 tbls. black pepper (opt)
    2 cups tortilla chips or fritos crushed
    Put everything in the crockpot on low and cook 4 hours. Add corn chips or tortilla chips. Continue cooking for another 4 hours. Serve piping hot with guacamole and sour cream.

    Let me know if you try it. Hugs
    Hope baby girl is much better today.

  14. Fantastic card, Libby! Love the warm colors and the adorable charms. Perfect!

  15. Libby: Here's one of our all time favorites- Brown Sugar Chicken which is from Crockpot 365 blog:

    Great card, I need to cook more!

  16. I posted this all time favorite of my 4 kids (& hubby). They especially love it with Red Lobster biscuits. Here's a pic and link
    (email if this doesn't work at

  17. I am IN LOVE with EASY Crockpot recipes... and this one... there aint none simpler...

    Take a roast throw it in the pot, add a full jar (juice and all) of sliced Peppercini's and add enough water to get the crock 1/3 full, turn on high for 8 hours, serve on a hoagie bun... it's called Italian Beef and Kate (Celestial_Stamper) gave me this recipe... Family LOOOOOOVES it...


  18. what a delicious post - YUMMY! Thanks for giving such great recipes ladies
    Thanks for joining us at 2S4Y this week
    :) Kazan

  19. Very cute card! Thanks so much for playing along with us at the Color Throwdown :]

  20. My favorite crockpot recipe is called Kay's Missouri Chicken and it is so simple. Brown your chicken pieces and place in crock pot. Mix 1 pkg onion soup mix, 1 jar French dressing and 1 jar Apricot preserves in small pan just to melt and mix. Pour over chicken. Cook on HIGH for 1 hour then turn to LOW and cook for 3 hours. Serve with rice. Glorious!


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