It’s CROCK-TOBER, y’all! I’m so super excited to give you recipes that are comforting and yummy and easy to make in your crock-pot! You’ll be cooking like a CROCK star all month long! When I saw this recipe, I just HAD to make it. It’s comfort food on a fork. YUM! Add a salad and a loaf of garlic bread and you’re done! Your kids are going to love this one!
- ½ pound lean ground beef
- ½ pound Italian sausage
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ tsp garlic powder or salt
- ½ tsp basil
- 3 jars (24 oz) your favorite pasta sauce
- 1 pound spaghetti noodles
- ½ cup Parmesan Cheese
- 1 cup finely shredded Mozzarella
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1-2 cups chicken broth
- Brown ground beef and sausage together
- Add salt, pepper, garlic, basil
- Pour 1 jar of spaghetti sauce into bottom of crock-pot
- Break spaghetti noodles in half and place noodles over sauce
- Top with 1 cup chicken broth
- Top with meat
- Sprinkle Parmesan over meat
- Top with cubed cream cheese
- Pour another jar of sauce on top
- Top with ½ cup of mozzarella
- Cook on high for 2½ hours
- Stir (it will be thick)
- Add ONE MORE jar of spaghetti sauce and more chicken broth depending on how thick you like the sauce.
- Cook another 45 minutes to an hour or until you’re ready to serve. (the last 5 minutes sprinkle on another ½ cup of mozzarella)
I’m not sure what made me think this. Maybe I was just super intimidated. But I’ve thought for years that making homemade applesauce was overwhelmingly hard. Who has time for that? Well, I do. And you do. It’s super super simple and WAY tastier than the jar version.
Here’s what my mom and dad and I did last week in a few minutes.
Peel and core 1 bag of Gala apples. Cut into chunks. Combine apples with about ½ cup of water and boil until the chunks are soft. Mash with a potato masher or leave chunks, depending on your preference. Add about 3 tsp of cinnamon or more if you like it spicy. I didn’t add any sugar, but some recipes call for ¼ cup.
If you don’t eat it all for dinner that night, it can be frozen in freezer bags and enjoyed well after apple season is gone. Serve warm or cold.
I’ve had different apple dips, but none that are quite like this. Some of the reviews mentioned that it was too sweet, so I tweaked it a bit and I think I’ve come up with a perfect way for a crowd to enjoy some Michigan apples!
2 (8 ounce) boxes cream cheese
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 or so of an 8 oz bag of toffee pieces
1/2 or so of a 15 oz bottle caramel ice cream topping
Several Granny Smith Apples
Cream together cream cheese, sugar and vanilla.
Spread mixture on a serving dish or plate
Cover the mixture with toffee bits
Drizzle (or cover) with the caramel sauce
Chill while you slice up the apples
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Here’s a GREAT and EASY recipe to serve on the first day of school. (it’s healthy, too…but no one needs to tell the kids!) PLUS…it can be made with ANY cake mix you choose! This time I did something spicy!
1 spice cake mix
15 oz can of pumpkin
Half a bag of cinnamon chips
Mix three ingredients together (no eggs, no oil!) Scoop into muffin papers. Bake 15-20 minutes in 350 degree oven for moist and delicious pumpkin spice muffins!
I have some great boater friends! We love to get together in large groups…because who doesn’t want to come boating, right? Well last time we were all together, my boating buddy Sandi hosted a party with a local band and my other boating buddy Bridgett brought this AMAZING dish! The real name is supposedly “Crack Chicken” but we decided to rename it “Captain Bs Creamy Crock-Pot Chicken”! Seriously make this today! It is great for a crowd, but it’s also phenomenal for families that have many different dinner times because of those crazy schedules! Enjoy!
- 2-2½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts (I used thighs)
- 1 oz packet dry ranch dressing mix
- 8 oz cream cheese (cubed)
- 4 slices of bacon (cut and fried…or fried and crumbled)
- ½-1 cup mayonnaise
- 2 cups shredded Colby cheese
- ¼ cup sliced green onions
Wash chicken and pat dry. Place chicken in crock-pot. Sprinkle with ranch dressing and top with cubed cream cheese. Cook on high 3 hours or low 5-6 hours or until chicken pulls apart easily. While cooking, fry up bacon. I like to cut it into small bites and fry rather than fry then crumble. With 2 forks, shred chicken in crock-pot. Stir in mayo, bacon, green onions and shredded cheese. Serve on buns, white rice, tortilla shells or my favorite…a baked potato!
Sometimes, like it or not, you just have to have breakfast on the go! These little gems make it seem alright. Make them the night before, then heat quickly before you head out. Love the fact that everyone could customize their favorite ingredients. Even make it veggie only, if preferred. (you just can’t call them “wake up piggies” if you do!)
1 TBS milk
1 can (8 oz) refrigerated crescent rolls
8 fully cooked breakfast sausage links
4 slices cheese of choice (I used colby-jack)
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Heat oven to 350°F. In small bowl, beat eggs. Reserve 1 tablespoon for brushing on tops of rolls. Whisk in milk. Scramble eggs. Salt and pepper to taste.
2. Unroll dough onto work surface; separate into 8 triangles. Cut cheese slices in half; place 1 half on each triangle. Top each with spoonful of scrambled eggs and 1 sausage link. Loosely roll up triangles; place on un-greased cookie sheet.
3. Brush reserved beaten egg on top of each crescent.
4. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown.
My sister makes this often for family gatherings. I’ve never made it before, but found myself craving it the other day! So I asked her for her recipe and thought I’d pass it along! I realize there are many versions of this out there, but hers is the BEST!
2 tubes refrigerated crescent roll sheet
2 (8oz) packages cream cheese (softened)
1 cup mayonnaise
1 package powdered Ranch dressing mix
1/2 cup chopped broccoli
1/2 cup chopped cauliflower
1/2 cup grated carrots
1 cup grated cheddar
(you can really use whatever veggies: red pepper, olives, etc.)
Lay both sheets of crescent rolls out on sheet cake pan side by side so it looks like a large pizza. Squish seam together. Bake according to package directions. Let cool.
Mix cream cheese, mayo and dressing mix together until smooth. Spread over cooled crust.
Chop veggies and sprinkle over cream mixture.
Top with shredded cheese, if desired.
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When it’s blueberry season in Michigan, I just CAN’T get enough of them! And let’s face it, the season is WAY too short! Thankfully, this recipe can be made with fresh OR frozen, so stock up now! Enjoy!
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup ground walnuts or nuts of your choice
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine or 8 tablespoons, melted
Combine all ingredients and press into a sprayed 8 x 8 inch baking pan. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 10 to 12 minutes. Remove and let cool.
1 (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
Combine ingredients and mix on high for 3 or 4 minutes. Pour over cooled crust. Refrigerate for 3 hours.
2 cups fresh blueberries (frozen)
1/2 cup sugar
1 TBS cornstarch
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup water
1 TBL lemon juice
Combine all topping ingredients except lemon juice and bring to boil on top of the stove stirring constantly. Cook for 2 minutes to thicken. Remove from heat, stir in lemon juice and let cool. Pour over cheesecake after it has been refrigerated for 3 hours.
Keep cheesecake chilled.
What says summer better than a lemon cookie?? This one is top notch. Melts in your mouth and gives you that punch of tartness! YUM!
1/2 cup salted butter, softened
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 tsp fresh lemon zest
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup confectioners sugar (divided)
3 tsp baking powder
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a large bowl beat butter, cream cheese, lemon zest, and sugar until blended.
Add in egg, vanilla, and lemon juice.
Add in flour, baking powder, and 1/2 cup confectioners sugar. With the mixer on low, gradually beat into creamed mixture.
Using a cookie scoop, scoop dough and then roll in the remaining 1/2 cup of confectioners sugar. Place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
Bake until they no longer appear wet on top, 8-11 minutes. After about 5 minutes cooling on the pan (they will be soft!), place on cooling racks to cool completely.
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This can virtually be made with whichever 3-5 ingredients that your family loves, but this is my FAVORITE! This is much more economical than buying the pre-packaged mixes. Especially if you buy the ingredients in bulk.
2 Parts Craisins (dried cranberries)
2 Parts roasted almonds
1 Part dark M&M’s
(that’s what we use…or pick from the list below)
Dried fruit – such as apricots, bananas
Mix together and put in sealable container or snack-size bags.
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