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Homemade Chili - A Winter's Delight!

Chili is probably one of our favorite soups/stews at our house. Everyone loves it except for my son who doesn't love beans, but loves the rest of it! My daughters make it at their college apartment  for themselves and their friends. This goes over very well for crowds. We make this a lot in the winter!

The original recipe was my mom's recipe. However, I couldn't leave well enough alone. She doesn't blame me. She messes with recipes too! 

This recipe is really versatile! I have warmed up the recipe a bit from my mom's recipe because I like my chili a little spicier, but not too spicy. However, you can add more spice, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, or some hot sauce if you would like. 

I also use two pounds of ground meat in my recipe. I usually use one pound of ground beef and one pound of ground pork. You can use whatever you like. This is good with all ground beef, all ground pork, with ground venison, and/or ground turkey. You can cut back on the meat to only 1-…

Slow Cooker Applesauce - Eating, Canning, and Freezing Instructions

Slow Cooker Applesauce is probably one of the easiest recipes I have in my arsenal to make. I love that I can sweetened it to taste, spice it if I want to, and make enough to can.

Slow Cooker Applesauce also has the benefit of saving me money by using the slow cooker and not the stove. I also like this recipe because there is no babysitting the stove! I have better things to do with my time than babysit the stove.

Per pint, Slow Cooker Applesauce is also cheaper than purchasing it in the store. I know what is in my applesauce versus the store bought applesauce which can have high fructose corn syrup and other preservatives that are not necessary!

During the fall, apples are cheap! If you don't have a tree or two to pick from, you can pick up 10-20 pounds pretty cheaply at the store. I know our local stores were advertising $.69 a pound for apples during this last fall. When you do the price break down, you can make your own cheaper than the store. During the rest of the year, I can…

Three-Bean Turkey Chili

This recipe is from I found it when I was looking for more recipes that used ground turkey and a crockpot. If you don't use ground turkey, I would encourage you to try it. It is readily available in the frozen food section and is almost $2.00 a pound cheaper than ground beef. Ground turkey can also be substituted for ground beef in a lot of recipes.

This recipe is also great for using items in your food storage since it requires a lot of canned goods. If you would like to use dried beans, you can substitute a 1/2 cup of dried beans. You will need to soak them overnight so they are tender.

Three-Bean Turkey Chili

1 pound ground turkey
1 small onion, chopped
28-oz. can diced tomatoes with their juice
15-oz. can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
15-oz. can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
8-oz. can tomato sauce
4-oz. can chopped mild green chilies
1 to 2 Tbsp. chili powder
Shredded Cheddar cheese for garnish

In a medium …

Working through Cookbooks - Easy Swiss Steak

I have a lot of cookbooks. So much so that I have almost quit buying them unless they have something related to whole foods cooking or food storage cooking. I am still wanting the Food Storage cookbook by Peggy Layton.

Right now, I am working my way through 101 Things To Do With A Slow Cooker by Stephanie Ashcraft and Janet Eyring. I am a total devotee of the slow cooker. It ensures we have supper at our house at least once to twice a week.

We have already had Roast Chicken in the slow cooker Monday night and tonight's supper was Easy Swiss Steak.

Easy Swiss Steak

1.5 lbs. round steak, cut into serving-size pieces
1 lb. baby carrots
1 envelope dry onion soup mix
1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
1/2 cup water

Place carrots in bottom of greased 3.5 to 5-quart slow cooker. Top with steak. Combine soup mix, tomato sauce, and water. Pour over other ingredients. Cover and cook on low heat for 8-10 hours. To serve the steak, ladle over plain or garlic mashed potatoes.

Makes 4-6 servings.

This w…

Roast Chicken - Slow Cooker Style

As some of you know, I am a huge fan of my slow cooker. I even have two - a small 3 quart size and a bigger 6 quart size. I use my slow cookers year round. Besides being more energy efficient than cooking in the oven all day, slow cookers should not heat up your home in the summer. I love coming home to a meal already prepared besides just fussing with some easy side dishes. This is the perfect recipe!

Roast Chicken - Slow Cooker Style

1 - 3-4 lb. whole chicken, raw and thawed if frozen
salt and pepper to taste
any other seasonings that suit your fancy
aluminum foil

Rinse and pat your chicken dry. You can remove the neck and giblets if you would like. You may want to put some seasonings inside or some garlic, onions, apples, oranges and/or lemons inside.

Tear off four large pieces of aluminum foil and crumple each piece into a somewhat loose ball roughly about three inches across. Put the foil balls into the crockpot in a square formation.

Set the chicken on top of the foil balls breast side…