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12.23.2012

Slow Cooking at Christmas and Simple Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Cranberry Sauce
Mashed Potatoes
Sauteed Brussels Sprouts
Sweet Potato Casserole
Dessert
Green Beans
All the yummy side dishes that need to be on the stove or in your oven
Who has the space - not me?
But this year I am using my NEW slow cooker to ease the load! 
 
 
Right before Thanksgiving I participated in a Thanksgiving Prep Chat with Hamilton Beach. I learned so much from the other Facebookers and Hamilton Beach.
And OK, this may seem obvious to some of you...
but I never gave the idea of using a slow cooker
to assist with my holiday meal one single thought.
Yep, I am late to the slow cooker game!

After the chat I received a 7qt Stay or Go Portable Slow Cooker.
And am thrilled to use it for my holiday cooking and to simplify my meals year round.

Just as an FYI -  while I did receive thew slow cooker, I am/was under no obligation to blog or promote the slow cooker. I am doing this because maybe someone else out there  - like me - was clueless about
 PUTTING THE SLOW COOKER TO USE FOR THE HOLIDAY MEALS!

So many of the chat participants said they were using one or more slow cookers for their Thanksgiving meal...that I could not wait to try this for my Christmas meal! 

At this very moment I have cranberry sauce cooking. 

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Simple Cranberry Sauce
2 bags of cranberries
Juice of one orange
1-2 tsp orange zest
1+ Tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 cup brown sugar  

Place all ingredients in the slow cooker; mix well; turn to high; let cook for about 2 hours 
 Garnish (of you wish) with orange zest!


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 Since I am new to this type of slow cooking 
(I have had different slow cookers over the years - but the last one was seriously cursed so I hardly used it)
I decided to head to Hamilton Beach and check out all of their recipes. 

I am excited to be freeing up some oven and stove top space by using my new slow cooker.

I plan on adding some mashed potatoes to the slow cooker menu tomorrow using the Easy Slow Cooker Mashed Potato recipe found over on the Hamilton Beach site.

So, yep, I am all
"kitchen geeked out"
about the possibilities of my new slow cooker!

Not only will this gorgeous Slow Cooker help for the holidays,
it will make my vegetarian chili (our fave meal) and every day meal prep so easy!

Of course their are recipes for slow cooker meals, sides, and dessert all over Pinterest and the web, but I am pulling my first recipes from the Hamilton Beach website.  I did ask for some chicken cooking advice on Facebook to and had a great response from everyone their too!

What do you prepare in your slow cooker? 
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disclosure: I received a Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker  but was under no contract/obligation to blog about - doing it because I love it!

10.16.2012

Favorite Things Kitchen Edition No. 3: The Scoop...Enjoy Coffee One Cup at Time (GIVEAWAY)

Welcome to the third installment of
This is where I share some of my FAVORITE gadgets, tools, and small appliances. I may have received some of the items as part of a promotion at one point or another and some I have purchased...but I am only sharing the things I LOVE here!
(and sometimes there are giveaways - and this is one of those times)


This week we are talkiing coffee and about
The Scoop Single Cup Coffee Maker by Hamilton Beach 

Have I ever made it a secret that I L-O-V-E my coffee?
Well, in case you missed it...
I I L-O-V-E my coffee...all day long!
I thrive on it...and just love the ways its tastes.
photo: Hamilton Beach

Last Christmas, hubby and I had a "What were you thinking?" moment.
I had been wanting a single cup coffee maker (but resisted because of the waste of those little cups)...and he was watching morning TV and saw The Scoop from Hamilton Beach . I had no idea such a cool product existed and it was being offered for an amazing price (like seriously amazing) price. And, guess what he did...he did NOT buy it...
and it sold out in like no time at all!

Well, patience paid off, and after April's NYC trip, I finally got The Scoop thanks to Hamilton Beach (you can read all about me and The Scoop here!).

It has been months and I still love The Scoop. It makes great single serve cups of coffee. And...I get to use whatever brand or type of coffee I want and there is no waste - no special cups! Yeah...just amazing coffee!

Hamilton Beach also has a new coffee pot The Scoop Two Way Brewer - you get the best of both worlds - a single cup and a full pot. My regular coffee pot (which I keep for when company comes over) is about to go and this will be my next purchase!
photo: Hamilton Beach

The Scoop proudly sits on my counter and I use it multiple times a day...
and now you can WIN The Scoop Single Cup Coffee Maker for yourself! 


GIVEAWAY:
Open to shipping addresses in the continental U.S.
Opens 10/16/12 and runs through 10/24/12.
One winner will be selected randomly using rafflecopter's winner function

NOTE: I am using Rafflecopter right now for my giveaways. 
You can enter by logging in with Facebook OR by using your email.
The only mandatory entry is to leave a comment.
All others are optional.


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Disclosure: Hamilton Beach is providing The Scoop as a giveaway. BUT I LOVE The Scoop and this series is independent of any sponsors.