Mostly Homemade Mom

Slow Cooker Beef Ribs

August 18, 2017
Kraft Heinz sponsored this post, but the opinions are my own.

These Slow Cooker Beef Ribs are absolutely mouthwatering! Beef short ribs in a homemade BBQ sauce and cooked in the Crockpot - the meat will be falling off the bone!

Slow Cooker Beef Ribs

We had such a crazy and fun summer this year with our three active little boys! Lots of play dates, water park fun, digging in the dirt, and spontaneous trips to get ice cream and milkshakes. I tried to keep the kids to a loose schedule during the day as much as possible, but we all know how that goes in the summertime. Each day is a new adventure and these boys are ready!

I'm, however, ready for Labor Day to be here finally! This past week we enjoyed some unseasonably cooler weather in the mid-70's. While taking a drive around our area with the windows down, it really made me ready for Labor Day because around here that signals the beginning of the fall season. Roadside stands become filled with fall colored mums, pumpkins, and many varieties of apples. And of course, Labor Day signals the beginning of football!

slow cooker beef short ribs

We like to get together on the weekends for the boys to watch the big game. Really, it's my husband, brother, brother-in-law, and my dad watching the game. But we three little boys at home, and my adorable nephew, I'm positive in a few short years they will all be enjoying watching football, too. Needless to say, our family uses any good excuse to get together and enjoy some great food. That's where these incredible Slow Cooker Beef Ribs come in handy!

Just place them in a slow cooker, make the amazing BBQ sauce with ketchup, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, and coffee, and let it cook to perfection! You will never use another recipe again after tasting these ribs, I'm sure of it!

Yield: 4 servings

Slow Cooker Beef Ribs

These Slow Cooker Beef Ribs are absolutely mouthwatering! Beef short ribs in a homemade BBQ sauce and cooked in the Crockpot - the meat will be falling off the bone!
prep time: 5 MINScook time: 5 hourtotal time: 5 hours and 5 mins


  • 4 lb beef short ribs
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup HEINZ Tomato Ketchup
  • 1/4 cup HEINZ Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. MAXWELL HOUSE Instant Coffee
  • 1 tsp. potato starch


  1. Place ribs, onions and garlic in slow cooker sprayed with cooking spray. Mix remaining ingredients until blended; pour over ingredients in slow cooker. Cover with lid.
  2. Cook on LOW 6 to 8 hours (or on HIGH 5 hours).
  3. Remove ribs and onions from slow cooker; cover to keep warm. Skim and discard excess fat from sauce.
  4. Return ribs and onions to sauce in slow cooker; stir until evenly coated.
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beef short ribs slow cooker

When I was testing this recipe, I was actually out doing yard work for a few hours. When I finally came into the house, these ribs smelled SO GOOD! The perfect dinner for your Labor Day celebration or tailgating with friends!

beef short ribs recipe slow cooker

I really love being able to grab all these amazing ingredients at Walmart for these delicious ribs. HEINZ Tomato Ketchup and Apple Cider Vinegar give the BBQ sauce it's signature flavor. Then MAXWELL HOUSE Instant Coffee gives the sauce a really rich taste as well- I'm telling you, it's the best BBQ sauce combination I've tried to date! Walmart has an amazing hub on their site with TONS more recipe ideas for you Labor Day festivities. Be sure to check it out and put some new recipes to try on your menu plan this week!

slow-cooker beef short ribs

Cherry Crumb Pie

August 14, 2017
This Cherry Crumb Pie is so easy! Cherry pie filling with almond extract topped with a homemade crumb topping and baked until bubbling - perfect for fall!

Cherry Crumb Pie

Well, we have exactly one week and one day before the boys' first day back to school. Another summer with no beach trip. No feet in the sand. No walks on the boardwalk at night.

I'm really sad about this, can you tell??

I have literally no room to complain, since our family vacation this year was to DISNEY WORLD. It was absolutely wonderful and I honestly can't wait until we can go again. But I definitely do miss the beach!

The last beach trip we took to Ocean City, NJ three summers ago. I was pregnant with Reuben and it was really hard walking so much! The following summer we had a crawling baby and we had just moved, so vacation plans were out. And of course this summer, having spent a lot of money at Disney, I really couldn't justify another expensive of even one night at the beach. The room rates at the Jersey shore are outrageous! Plus, with our size family, and the fact that Wesley snores (HA), we definitely need a suite for our needs.

cherry pie with crumb topping

So that makes this the longest I've ever gone without visiting the beach. I'm so lucky that we live within 3 hours drive to the Jersey Shore beaches, plus not that much further from MD, DE, even VA beaches. I'm thinking I know where our next year's vacation is going to be. :)

If it's any consolation for the summer being over with no opportunity to dip my toes in the ocean, it's all the fabulous FOOD that fall brings! Especially in our family, pies are a huge tradition. My mom has been making this Cherry Crumb Pie recipe for as long as I can remember! You can't go wrong with this one, that's for sure!

Yield: 8 servings

Cherry Crumb Pie

This Cherry Crumb Pie is so easy! Cherry pie filling with almond extract topped with a homemade crumb topping and baked until bubbling - perfect for fall!
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 45 MINStotal time: 55 mins


  • 1 refrigerated pie crust, thawed according to package directions
  • 2 21oz cans cherry pie filling
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cold


  1. Place pie crust into a deep dish pie plate. Crimp edges as desired and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together pie filling and almond extract. Spread into pie crust.
  3. In another medium bowl, stir together flour and brown sugar. Blend in cold butter using a pastry blender or two knives. You could also place topping ingredients into a small food processor and pulse until coarse crumbs form.
  4. Sprinkle crumb topping evenly over cherry pie filling. Place pie plate on a cookie sheet (to catch any drippings). Bake at 425 for 45 minutes. Place a sheet of foil over the pie during the last 15 minutes of baking to prevent over browning.
  5. Allow to cool and serve!
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crumb topping for cherry pie

This is actually my dad's favorite pie for Thanksgiving so I actually had him over to enjoy a slice of this fabulous pie. He loved it as always! If you try this one, let me know what you think of the flavor in the comment section below!

cherry pie crumb topping


Fresh Strawberry Syrup

August 9, 2017
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own. This shop has been compensated by Acorn Influence, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

This Fresh Strawberry Syrup is delicious and sweet on pancakes, waffles, snow cones, and ice cream! Fresh grown strawberries, sugar, maple syrup, and butter are all the ingredients you need for yummy strawberry syrup!

how to make strawberry syrup

I can't believe I'm actually saying this, but summer is beginning to wind down in our house. Wesley's birthday was this past week, summer camp has come and gone, and we are closing in on the first day of school soon. My weekly grocery list has gone from loads of grilling recipes and summer salads to easy slow cooker meals and our favorite frozen ingredients to stock up with. 

It's safe to say the lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer are being quickly traded for busy days with crazy schedules. And yes, I love it.

I thrive on routine. I accomplish MUCH more when I have a predictable, albeit full, schedule in which to plan my work time. My boys might be groaning at the thought of school starting soon, but they are very much looking forward to play dates with their friends and fall soccer starting. Stocking up with our favorite freezer breakfasts make my mornings go WAY smoother. 

strawberry syrup

I whipped up this incredibly easy batch of Fresh Strawberry Syrup for drizzling over one our favorite quick breakfasts: Jimmy Dean Pancakes & Sausage On a Stick! If you have home grown strawberries, I'm totally jealous of your garden, but you really need to put this sweet syrup on your list to try this season. I'm keeping this syrup in the fridge because it won't last long in our house, but this would be a great recipe for freezing or even canning if you have an abundance of fresh strawberries to use!

Yield: 1 cup syrup

Fresh Strawberry Syrup

This Fresh Strawberry Syrup is delicious and sweet on pancakes, waffles, snow cones, and ice cream! Fresh grown strawberries, sugar, maple syrup, and butter are all the ingredients you need for yummy strawberry syrup!
prep time: 5 MINScook time: 5 MINStotal time: 10 mins


  • 1 pint fresh strawberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or pancake syrup
  • 1 teaspoon butter


  1. Wash strawberries and cut the tops off. Place berries in a blender and process until smooth.
  2. In a large saucepan, mix pureed strawberries, sugar, syrup, and butter. Heat over medium high heat until boiling. Continue to boil while stirring, another 1-2 minutes.
  3. Remove pan for heat and allow syrup to cool slightly. Optional: pour syrup through a fine mesh strainer to remove seeds.
  4. Pour slightly warm syrup into a serving container for drizzling. Refrigerate leftovers.
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This simple strawberry syrup can be used on ice cream, in frozen drinks, over fresh biscuits - the dessert possibilities are really endless for this amazing recipe! I would say hands down though, we prefer this syrup on frozen waffles or pancakes and these Jimmy Dean Pancakes on a Stick are absolutely perfect with a big drizzle of strawberry syrup or even as a dip for these pancakes in a small dish. 

strawberry syrup recipe

These clever breakfast sticks are Jimmy Dean's signature taste and quality from America's favorite sausage brand, dipped in pancake batter. These guys are so fun for kids! On a busy school morning in which the whole family is going in different directions, you really can't beat a satisfying breakfast along with delicious strawberry syrup in 3 minutes or less.

fresh strawberry syrup

During my last run through Target, I was really happy to cross these amazing frozen food finds off of my grocery list this week along with the rest of my shopping. Tyson Chicken Nuggets are an absolute staple in this house, especially this time of the year. For a quick afternoon snack, I like to serve Tyson Chicken Nuggets with cheese sticks and sliced pepperoni and a small dish of warmed pizza sauce for dipping. My kids go nuts for this! Plus, Tyson is moving to No Antibiotics Ever over the coming months so be sure to look for the No Antibiotics Ever label on product shelves at Target. With 100% all natural white meat chicken and whole grain breading, it's my pick for my family for sure!

strawberry pancake syrup

If you try this amazing strawberry syrup recipe using your own garden's strawberries, let me know what you think! My family absolutely went nuts for this recipe and I'm sure yours will, too!

Spinach Dip Stuffed Mushrooms

July 25, 2017
These Spinach Dip Stuffed Mushrooms are the perfect appetizer or snack! Fresh spinach sauteed with garlic, combined with cream cheese, and stuffed into fresh whole mushrooms. These are so addicting!

Spinach Dip Stuffed Mushrooms

Lately, I've been trying to be MUCH better with using up the things we have hanging out in the fridge. There were a few weeks in a row recently where I had to just throw several things away because it had gone bad before we had a chance to use it. In our house, this is mainly with fresh vegetables.

With some things, I will admit, it's hard to avoid. Spinach is one of those things. I think it's because it seems like it's only sold in HUGE bags! Thankfully, it's super cheap year-round in my area. But it always makes me feel so guilty when I've only used at most 1/3 of the bag, and then the rest gets thrown out. It's like I'm just throwing money in the trash can!

I do eat lots of fresh salads during the week, but I really just don't enjoy raw spinach. I love it cooked and I will often sneak it into lasagna or other pasta dishes, mostly unbeknownst to my family. I'm telling you one thing though, these Spinach Dip Stuffed Mushrooms will ALWAYS been on the menu if I have fresh spinach on my grocery list!

spinach-stuffed mushrooms

Pineapple Zucchini Bread

July 20, 2017
This Pineapple Zucchini Bread recipe is absolutely delicious and SO moist! With crushed pineapple, fresh zucchini, raisins, and spices - this dairy free bread is perfect!

Zucchini Pineapple Bread

I was SO SO SO excited to start a little vegetable garden this summer. We've been renting for a few years now, and every spring I get motivated to clear out an existing garden bed to make room for some vegetable plants. And this year... I finally did it!

I'm definitely not the best gardener around, so I kind of flubbed my way through. I wish I could say it worked out well, but not so much. I planted 2 cucumber plants, 2 zucchini plants, 3 cherry tomatoes, 2 Roma tomatoes, 1 beefsteak tomato, and 1 hot chili pepper. They all started growing great, but after researched I realized we must have squash borer bugs that attacked not only my zucchini plants, but both cucumbers. I also seem to have issues with blossom end rot on my one Roma tomato plant. Despite the issues, I've been regularly harvesting delicious cherry tomatoes, chili peppers are almost ripe, and unfortunately only 2 zucchini. My cucumbers have given me nothing so far! :/

I'm not discouraged, though. I've learned several things to do for next year's planting that should help and avoid the same issues from happening again. One of the aspects of gardening I'm most surprised about, however, was getting a cute partner to help me - Wesley! He seems to be as into gardening and learning about gardening as I am, and of course I welcome the help. He loves going out with me in the morning to see if any tomatoes are ripe. 

zucchini pineapple bread recipe