Slow Cooker Beef Stew + Giveaway

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Beef Stew- slow cooker + freezer meal!

I am not a fan of cold weather, but I am a huge fan of cold weather food.  I love warm soups, spicy chili, and all things that can be made in the slow cooker; like this simple beef stew.  It’s great because it’s full of flavor but can easily be customized with veggies your family likes.  As you can see from the above, my family likes meat, potatoes, and carrots.  :) Feel free to add in some green veggies- peas or green beans, and corn would be a nice addition.  My daughter especially likes it with pasta shells, so I usually make her some on the side and add it to her bowl just before serving.  This is also a freezer meal, so it can be made ahead of time and pulled out to throw in the slow cooker when you’re ready.

Beef Stew- slow cooker + freezer meal!

Speaking of slow cookers… do you need one?  Because I just happen to this beauty available to give away!  This Hamilton Beach Set & Forget® Programmable Slow Cooker has three choices for easy, automatic cooking: program, probe and manual mode.  On busy days, program the cooking time and the Set & Forget® Slow Cooker automatically shifts to keep warm when the cooking time is up.  Cooking a large cut of meat like pot roast, chicken, or pork tenderloin?  Insert the probe, set the desired meat temperature and the Set & Forget® Slow Cooker automatically shifts to keep warm when the temperature is reached.  For traditional slow cooking, manually select the high, low or warm temperature without setting a cooking time.  This slow cooker is also travel friendly- perfect for upcoming holiday get togethers! 

I love the features and the sleek design of the Set & Forget® Programmable Slow Cooker.  I would have loved to have had one when I was working full time outside of the home- the programmable settings are perfect for keeping it warm until you get home.

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Beef Stew- slow cooker + freezer meal!

Slow Cooker Beef Stew
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Ingredients
  1. 1 large onion, diced
  2. 1 1⁄2 lbs. lean stew meat, cut in 1 inch chunks
  3. 2 cups water
  4. 2 cups beef stock
  5. 1 1⁄2 cups V-8 juice
  6. 1⁄3 cup barbeque sauce
  7. 3 cloves of garlic
  8. 1 lb. carrots, sliced into coins
  9. Salt and pepper to taste
  10. 4 cups diced potatoes
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients (except potatoes) in a freezer bag, mix well, freeze until ready. When ready to cook, add diced potatoes. Cook on high 6-7 hours or low for 8-9 hours.
Notes
  1. When freezing, be sure to write on bag: "Add 4 cups diced potatoes. Cook on high 6-7 hours or low for 8-9 hours."
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For more yummy recipes to make in your slow cooker, be sure to check out my 10 Favorite Slow Cooker Freezer Meals.

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Easy Hash Browns Frittata

Easy Hash Browns Frittata- creamy, cheesy, and easy to customize with your favorite veggies!

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Pin It Thursday

Welcome to Pin It Thursday!  At this party you can link up anything YOU have made that you think is “Pin-worthy”! This can be a yummy treat, a craft, blog tips, DIY projects… anything you personally have created to share. Please no Etsy shops or giveaways, and be sure to link up directly to your post… this makes it easier to pin and share! I will feature my favorite links at the next party and pin them to my Pinterest account… so please share your link, visit other links, and pin the links you like! Browse, mingle, leave comments… that’s what makes this a party! Although it is not required, it’s fun… so make sure you follow me on Pinterest! Grab the button for this party here:

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Thank you to everyone who linked up at the last ‘Pin It Thursday’! Here are the features from the last party!  Continue reading

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Spooky Halloween Bingo- Free Printable

Spooky Halloween Bingo- free printable! (10 different cards)

I am the queen of procrastination.  I should have shared these Spooky Halloween Bingo Cards last week, but seeing as I just made them 5 minutes ago, that would have required me to not do something at the last minute.  At least it’s not October 31 right?

These bingo cards would be a fun addition to your Halloween party.  I’ve created 10 different cards for you to print and you can use candy corn or individually wrapped candies as the markers.  We will be using these to keep the kiddos busy while we wait for Dad to get home so we can go trick-or-treating! Continue reading

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