Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See

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Here’s some more of that Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See!  Lots of good things to share today…

Family Friendly Slow Cooker Recipes 600
Since it’s Back-to-School time and the kids are already involved in all kinds of after-school activities like sports practices that last forEVER… everyone is looking for easy weeknight dinners that are a healthy alternative to fast or frozen food.  I tell these families that they must have a slow cooker!!  There are many fabulous recipes out there that turn out great meals in the slow cooker.  Dump all of the ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning, turn it on, and enjoy your meal at the end of the day.  It’s a lifesaver for me.  On my Parade Magazine post this week, I’m sharing 10 FAMILY FRIENDLY SLOW COOKER RECIPES.  I looked to my Slow-Cooker Pinterest Board for inspiration, and I chose ten that I felt would be most appealing to families.  Check it out!

Best Slow Cooker

If you don’t have a slow cooker… or if you don’t care for the one that you currently have, consider buying this one.  I’ve had many slow cookers over the years and this one is by far the best.  It has easy programming, and the best part is that instead of it turning OFF when the cooking cycle is finished, it automatically sets the slow cooker to “warm” so it does not continue to cook.  This has been a lifesaver for me when I am not able to be home at exactly the moment that the cycle is finished.   I highly recommend the Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker.  I bought it myself (not a freebie), and I love it.

NFL Crockpot

If you want something fun for football season, check out the line of NFL Crockpots.  We picked one up last season for our Patriots, but now my son has decided that he’s a Niners fan too so we may have to get another!  This crockpot has a locking lid so it’s easy to bring to tailgating events.

Tater Tot Burgers

Speaking of NFL football… this is the big week!  The action begins on Thursday night with the Ravens vs. Broncos!  We’re big football fans in our house (fond of the Patriots, 49ers, Packers and Chargers), so we’ll be watching.  I spotted this unique recipe this week from the blog, Domestic Fits: Tater Tot Burgers with Sriracha Sour Cream and had to share it.  There is absolutely no burger in this tater tot burger- the burger part is made out of tater tots.  It’s a carb lover’s dream, and it’s great football food!

Touchdown Brownies

These Touchdown Brownies with caramel oozing out of them are droolworthy football food (or any kind of food, actually) from the blog, The Baker Mama.  I want to eat 10 of them (see the last share in this post!!)

Two Cheese Mac and Cheese

Here’s a LOW FAT MAC ‘N CHEESE recipe worth trying!  I reviewed it on Culinary Covers this week (it’s the recipe on the current cover of Cooking Light).  Come see my thoughts on this recipe:  Two Cheese Mac and Cheese.

Weelicious Lunches
I am so super excited to share a new cookbook that was just released today by my friend Catherine McCord from the Weelicious blog:  Weelicious Lunches.  I’ve been browsing my pre-release copy of the book for the last few days, and I have to tell you-it’s wonderful!  It’s really a must-have for families- terrific ideas for lunches and family-friendly recipes in general.

Watermelon Bike Helmet

My friend Elise from the blog, Simply Recipes, shared a link to this on Twitter yesterday:  A Watermelon Bicycle Helmet!  How cute is that?

T25 Workout
And finally, don’t put me in front of an infomercial because I will most-likely get SUCKED IN!  That’s what happened the other night.  My husband and I watched a movie and began chatting after it ended.  Soon we noticed that we were knee-deep in watching an infomercial for the T25 Workout Program.  My husband looked at me and said, “Let’s do this!”  I’m never one to turn down a new idea for working out, so I agreed and ordered the program.  I figure we’ll give it our commitment for 50 days, and it will be something fun to do together (and the workouts are only 25 minutes.)  We liked that there is a schedule of workouts- 9 DVD’s, so you’re doing a different kind of workout every day).  Let me know if you have this program and what you think of it!

That’s all the good stuff I know this week.  Have a good one 🙂

Disclosure:  There are Amazon affiliate links included within this post (but no one paid me to talk about any of these products… unfortunately).  I’m just sharing my faves! 

Lori Lange of Recipe Girl

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  • Jen S. wrote:

    I own Focus T25 and a couple other Beachbody workouts, T25 is my favorite. I have a 3 year old and finding an hour every day for 6 days of the week to workout is just not possible, I found I was unable to give my all with those time constraints. T25 has been just what I was after, I started on a Monday so I do 25 minutes per day M – F and then have my weekends to myself to get caught up on housework and spend time with my family. If it’s too intense there’s someone to follow to modify (my knees can’t take long periods of jumping so I modify those exercises), I hope you enjoy it!

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking wrote:

    Love this collection of slow-cooker recipes! Going to check it out now and add some to my weekly menu. Thanks for sharing, Lori! Oh, and go Pats! 😉

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts wrote:

    I have T25 on my Christmas list! I have heard really good things about it, I know 5 or 6 people who are doing it. Hope you enjoy it!!

  • Beth G. wrote:

    Thanks for the slow cooker recipes! I’ve been looking for some new ones, since I just got a new slow cooker. I made the mac and cheese last night and my husband was trying to figure out what “that other flavor” was. LOL!


  • carrian wrote:

    i LOVE slow cooker recipes. All of these look fantastic!

  • wendy wrote:

    I have this crockpot&LOVE IT! I just used it yesterday, in fact! Get one!

  • Brenda @ Sugar-Free Mom wrote:

    LOVE my slow cooker as well and those recipes you shared look perfect for a family! Enjoy your football season!

  • Maegan @ The BakerMama wrote:

    You are the best, Lori! Thanks for sharing my Touchdown Brownies and for introducing me to a 25 minute workout plan that just might work for me and my brownie-filled diet! You always share the greatest things on these posts! Keep em coming!

  • Tieghan wrote:

    Oh man! I need those crockpot recipes and a new crockpot! Mine is so old and over cooks everything. It is terrible!

    I am very excited for football, but mostly for the food! Those tater tot burgers and brownies look incredible!

  • Paula B. wrote:

    Thanks for the recipe line-up, I love using the crockpot all year round. And, I actually need a new one, somehow mine has a crack that goes right through the stoneware – so I will have to look for this Hamilton Beach model. We live deep in the heart of Patriots (RedSox) nation, but oddly enough there is a New York Giants fan in our midst, so things are never dull during the season!

  • Jackie wrote:

    You are so sweet! Thank you so much for sharing my Tater Tot burger! And I’m excited to hear how the T25 work out goes. Sounds interesting!

  • Row wrote:

    I’ve been searching high and low for slow cooker recipes, so this post is perfect for me! The slow cooker lasagna and peanut butter chicken look especially delicious… thanks for sharing! 🙂