Fall Slow Cooker Recipes

November 24, 2015 8:06 am

Fall, bring on your delicious braises, creamy casseroles, and hearty root vegetables. When the season turns, so does the faire. Out walk cool crisp salads and in come hearty entrees and warm drinks. As happy as we are to see those crisp greens during the summer months, the switch to warming dishes can be equally appealing.

There is one qualm many have with fall food. It is labor intensive. The perfect braise can take several hours, and chopping up a giant squash for roasting without losing a finger is no simple task. One way to lighten your workload and still enjoy these delectable bites it to pull out one of America’s favorite kitchen appliances: the handy dandy slow cooker. Having a meal – a warm comforting fall meal nonetheless – waiting for you at the end of a busy day is pure bliss. Try one of these seasonal favorites slow cooker style. When you open the door and are greeted by the intoxicating smell of a warm dinner, you’ll be glad you did.

Slow Cooker Lasagna by Spicy Southern Kitchen

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken & Veggies by Damn Delicious

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches by Good Life Eats

Bourbon Maple Slow Cooker Baked Beans by Averie Cooks

Crockpot Pumpkin Caramel Cake by The Gracious Wife

Not of these piqued your interest?

Here are a few curated crock pot dinner lists (A, B, C)

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Thanksgiving Tips & Tricks

November 17, 2015 11:00 am

Hosting your own Thanksgiving this year? Don’t get frazzled by the turkey or overwhelmed by the sheer number of sides. Here are some tips to make sure the only unknown on Turkey Day is whether you’re going for a slice of pumpkin or apple pie this year. We vote you go for both.

Start thawing frozen birds well in advance. The average sized bird, around 15 lbs., takes between 3 and 4 days to thaw safely in the fridge. To calculate the thawing time of your specific turkey, use this handy Turkey Thaw time Calculator.

Dice vegetables like onions, celery, carrots, garlic, etc. up to three days ahead of time. Store in zip top bags in the fridge and grab them once you’re ready to get cooking.

Worried about portion sizes? Plan on 1 ½ lbs. of turkey per guest, 1/2 – 3/4 cup of each side per person, and 2 rolls per guest. For deserts plan 1-2 cookies per guest, and one slice of pie, cheesecake, or cake per person. Once you have your total, add on however much you want in all-important leftovers.

To make sure your turkey is cooked through, insert an instant read thermometer into the thigh, being careful to avoid the bone. A finished turkey will read 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

For an extra juicy bird, let the turkey rest on the counter for 30 minutes after being removed from the oven. Cover, loosely with aluminum foil, while it rests.

Will little guests be attending your celebration? Host a kid’s themed table with crayons, coloring books, and simple crafts to keep them happily entertained during the big meal.

Use your oven space wisely. There will be many dishes needing real estate in the oven on the big day. Save room by making sides, like mashed potatoes, dressing, and green bean casserole in your crock pot.

For the ultimate Turkey Day timeline, including when to start cooking each dish, check out this Thanksgiving Cooking Timeline by Cooks Illustrated.

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Military Holiday Discounts

November 10, 2015 10:45 am

November and December can be a crazy scramble when it comes to holiday shopping. Finding just the right gift for those special people in our lives can be incredibly easy at times and head-scratching hard at others. We have compiled a list of great retail military discounts to help you cross items off this year’s list.

Apple Store

Looking to upgrade a phone, computer, or tablet this holiday season? Apple offers discounted merchandise for active duty service members making personal purchases. The discounted prices extend to government employees as well.

Bass Pro Shops

Have an outdoor enthusiast in the family? Pick up some great outdoor recreation equipment at Bass Pro Shops. They offer a 10% military discount starting on the 15th of each month and lasting 1 week from the start date. Military ID must be presented at checkout. Discount excludes certain items.

Banana Republic

If you’re looking to snag some fashion jewelry or new threads for a loved one, Banana Republic is a great place to shop. With their 15% off military discount, it is the perfect place to pick up some Christmas gifts or a holiday dress.


Upping your game this holiday season? Zales sells a wide variety of fine jewelry and even has a military & service line. The jeweler offers a 10% military discount on any item that is not already discounted. To receive the discount, you must call the retailer and have the discount applied.

Man Crates

If deployment is separating your family this holiday season, Man Crates is able to help. Choose from a variety of man themed crates like their Retro Gamer Crate, Ammo Can Poker Set, New Dad Tactical Bag, and more. They offer a 10% discount to military families and they ship to APO & FPO addresses.

As always, please call ahead to confirm that these discounts are still available before you head out to shop.

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