Today I'm stepping out of my box

 Today I'm stepping out of my box a little bit. 
That's right! I'm going to be talking about food. You see, I don't really like cooking. I do cook but it's not my favorite thing. I also don't have a lot of time between work, kids, and all the other crazy day to day stuff. Some days and nights it feels as if I am constantly on the go. The thing is, even though I don't like to cook, I don't really want to eat out either. I love the taste of a home cooked meal.  What does this have to do with books? I'm getting to that part. A few weeks ago while I was on twitter, I asked if anybody had some easy recipes that they would like to share with me. I got a few responses that were good but the one I wanted to share with you today is by Susan Mallery. If you don't know her, Susan Mallery is a New York Times bestselling author, who also has a cooking blog. You can check it out here. She recommended that I try the slow-cooker cheesy potatoes. So I did. It was super easy to put together (which I love). The results were fantastic. My harshest critics (my kids) absolutely loved it. I consider this cooking experiment  a huge success. Next I'm going to try her slow-cooker cheesy beef. It looks delicious! This recipe doesn't look like the healthiest but a little cheese every now and then is okay in my opinion. I hope you check out Susan Mallery's cooking blog and try out a recipe and one of her novels. After all if her recipes are delicious imagine how good her books will be.


  1. I'm not a bad cook, I just really, really hate to do it, lol. Since my son went to college and I don't usually eat meat anyway (not vegetarian, just don't like it), I'm really casual about food.

    Tacos and spaghetti are my specialties! I hadn't thought much of my crockpot, but I suppose it works for my style of throw-it-in-there and just ignore it type of cooking.

  2. It's fate that i stumbled into your blog today, as i bought a slow cooker last week (it's still in the box lol!) i don't eat meat and i'm quite fussy with food as are my 2 children. I'm not massively into cooking,but i though a slow cooker would help.. only what do i cook in it?... those recipes sound yummy! :-)

  3. @Barbara, I'm big on spaghetti and tacos too. The kids love to eat it and it's easy to make. I love my crock pot b/c you can just throw things in it and in a couple of hours you have a hot meal.
    @Louise, Take that slow cooker out of the box! :D I'm a huge fan of the slow cooker. I made spinach lasagna in mine a few weeks ago. It was delicious and so easy. Thank you for stopping by today.

  4. Oh! If I had known you before you posted on FaceBook I absolutely have a couple of recipes for you as well.

    Slow cooker Lasagne for one. You put it together like you normally would, but with uncooked noodles and set it to high for a couple of hours or low for the day. If you like a veggie lasagne, layer the uncooked veggies in as well and they'll steam nicely.

    Another thing to try: Slow cooker pulled pork sandwiches. My sister told me about this, she has two very picky eaters herself. She puts the pork into the cooker, adds a whole jar of mild banana peppers, juice and all. Then she drops in a packet of dry Italian dressing. After cooking all day, it pulls apart really well and makes yummy sandwiches.

    Someday I'll have to email you more recipes of mine! :D

  5. I need every great slow-cooker meal there is. I'm so busy. It would be so great and it sounds delish. Thanks for sharing.

  6. @Caledonia Lass, feel free to email me recipes anytime :)
    @Alexis, slow-cookers are a life saver!


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