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Brrr, it’s finally feeling like winter here in the south and nothing helps keep my family warm and my schedule lighter than planning meals to make in the crock-pot.

I’ve gathered up six of my favorite crowd pleasing recipes for you try, so pick one to make this weekend.

Also if you’re in major ORGANIZATION mode like I am (happens every January 1st) have you thought of adding Meal Planning to your toolbox? Once a week I sit down with my family schedule and plan out our dinners for the week, plus the shopping list. You will be amazed how this simple task can help reduce weekly stress.  I can’t live without my Weekly Meal Planning Pad and did a blog post about meal planning, found HERE.

Enjoy the following recipes and stay warm…

1. Fall Off The Bone Crock-Pot BBQ Ribs – My family’s FAV!
2. Quinoa Black Bean Crock-Pot Stuffed Peppers – Perfect for Mexican night
3. Slow Cooker Black Lava Cake – Ooey Gooey and PERFECTLY amazing
4. Crock-Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip – Easy and tasty for entertaining
5. Beef Stroganoff  – Old fashioned comfort food
6. Shredded BBQ Chicken Burgers – Bringing picnic foods indoor for winter

breakfast-casserole-headerI’m having my husband’s entire side of the family here for Christmas this year. Breakfast casseroles are not only my favorite to eat, they’re my favorite to serve a crowd.  I’ve scoured my recipe binders for you and come up with my favorite SIX.

I hope one of these puts big smiles on your guests faces this year and makes it to your list of favorites.

Merry Christmas!

Bacon and Hash Brown Egg Bake
{source: Betty Crocker}


Country Breakfast Casserole {sausage, eggs, gravy}
{source: McCormick}


Southwestern Egg Bake {cornbread stuffing, corn, eggs}
{source: Betty Crocker}

Holiday Breakfast Bake {sausage, eggs, biscuits}
{source: Betty Crocker}

Ham ‘n Cheese Omelet Bake
{source: Pillsbury}

Marmalade French Toast Casserole
{source: Cooking Light}

Thumbprint Cookies
Each Christmas,  we make my childhood favorite Thumbprint Cookies for Santa. He tells us they’re his absolute favorite :) I always double the recipe and use Seedless Black Raspberry Jam, YUM

Did I mention what great gifts these cookies make? Perfect for teachers, neighbors, your mailman, anyone! Click HERE for great cookie gift wrapping ideas.

This recipe is easy to make gluten free, simply substitute regular flour for GF flour.

Merry Christmas and Happy Baking! Click HERE for your printable cookie recipe.

Today I am showing you how to make a “not so typical” apple pie and this tradition was handed down to me by my “not so typical” great grandmother Emma Geiger LaGorin, of German descent. I was lucky enough to have my great grandmother alive and well until I was around 20 years old. I called her “great grandma on the farm” because…well… she lived on a farm of course!

Each visit to grandma on the farm’s house in rural Ohio, would begin with a huge dinner, farmer’s wife style. When we arrived and walked through the back door, instantly you would be welcomed by the smell of her fresh baked Sour Cream Apple Pie cooling in the pantry. I would rush through dinner just to get to this sweet, tangy, creamy pie! Till this day when I bake this pie I’m transported to grandma on the farm’s house.

Thanks for letting me go down memory lane with you today and share a recipe which is very near and dear to my heart. I hope this posting sparks a new tradition in your family for years to enjoy!Gather All Ingredients aka, Mise en place.
A little culinary lingo for you:)fill your favorite pie pan, lined with your favorite crust, with enough cored, peeled and sliced apples (I prefer Granny Smith’s)
beat together eggs, sugar, salt, lemon juice then sour creamPour sour cream mixture over apples and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
Then combine crumble topping, sprinkle over pie and bake at 350 degrees for another 35 minutes or until bubbly and yummy.your house should be smelling amazing by nowMmmmmm!

Hungry? Click here to download your festive recipe cards and share with your friends and family.