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Crockpot Roasted Sugared Pecans - VIDEO

November 16, 2017

Halved pecans tossed with butter, powdered sugar, and spices and slow cooked until glazed. These make wonderful Christmas gifts!

*Note from Kelly 11/16/17 - This post has been SUPER popular over the past two years! I've updated it with a recipe how-to video! If you're reading this in your email inbox, click "Read more" below to view the video in your browser. Enjoy! 😊

I have a minor problem buying holiday baking supplies.

Like two plastic tub container's worth of holiday baking and gift-giving supplies. I guess it's more like a major problem.

They're all just so darned adorable I can't resist! I walked into Big Lots the other day and this hits me right near the front door:

It seriously makes me want to try different treat recipes just to fit them into those little treat boxes and bags for little gifts! Honestly though, those square boxes are the perfect size for a batch of cookies or fudge. I usually make up a few for teachers and friends, plus I get to bake as much as I want! And the cellophane bags are great for little treats and presents for kids. It just makes gift-giving that much more festive and special this time of year!

If you're planning on making some gifts from this kitchen this year as well, it's really important to start thinking about your list now while all the ingredients and packaging is readily available. Start with a list of people, then figure out what favorite treats you'd like to make, and decide how many batches of each are necessary. If you want to try a new recipe this year, like these Crockpot Roasted Sugared Pecans, now is the time to do it!

These pecans are wonderfully glazed and spiced with cinnamon and allspice, and are really simple to make - in fact, this is a great gift for kids to make for their teachers. Your house will smell wonderful as well!

Yield: 6 servings

Crockpot Roasted Sugared Pecans

Halved pecans tossed with butter, powdered sugar, and spices and slow cooked until glazed. These make wonderful Christmas gifts!
prep time: 5 MINScook time: 3 hourtotal time: 3 hours and 5 mins


  • 1 lb pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice


  1. Place pecan halves in the bottom of a slow cooker. Drizzle melted butter over pecans and stir to coat well.
  2. Add powdered sugar, cinnamon, and allspice. Stir well until all ingredients are incorporated.
  3. Leave the lid off and cook on high for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.
  4. Spread pecans onto a lined cookie sheet to dry completely, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container or gift packaging.
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I'll tell you though, it will be hard to not eat the whole batch of these before giving them away!

Here are some more of my favorite gifts-from-the-kitchen recipes:

Chocolate Almond Marbled Sugar Cookies

Christmas Oreo Fudge

Eggnog Cookies

Crockpot Queso Blanco

November 13, 2017
This Crockpot Queso Blanco is the best queso dip recipe EVER! American cheese, diced tomatoes, chiles, and seasonings - perfect for your next party!

Crockpot Queso Blanco

Today is November 13th. My Christmas tree is up. It will remain up through Christmas. 😋

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Cheddar Spinach Mashed Potatoes

November 9, 2017
These Cheddar Spinach Mashed Potatoes are decadent and delicious! Sauteed spinach in garlic with potatoes, cheddar, butter, and sour cream - a perfect holiday dinner side dish recipe!

Cheddar Spinach Mashed Potatoes

Between school, church, family visits, and various holiday parties, the holiday season from Thanksgiving through New Year's is completely booked up for us. I should say "completely" because I have a few Saturdays on the calendar with nothing on it, but it will fill up very soon. I want to try and enjoy this season, maybe even doing a few surprise spontaneous things with the kids in December, so when my Grandmom called to see what was on the kids' wishlists I decided to have them actually make their Christmas lists. I know it's early, but Santa wants to be done with shopping as soon as possible!

The heart-warmer award goes to my oldest, Silas. I told them to think of 10 things to put on their list. After thinking of three, he hold me he was done because he couldn't think of anything else. Of course I encouraged him to think of a few more things and he completed the list, but I love how he's not obsessed with getting a mountain of presents. 

spinach mashed potatoes

Homemade Creamed Corn in the Crockpot - VIDEO

November 7, 2017
A decadent, homemade version of creamed corn for the Crockpot - you'll never go back to canned again!

Crockpot Creamed Corn

I'm seriously a maniac over creamed corn. I've always loved it. I remember always asking for seconds when my mom made it with dinner, usually chicken parmesan. It was SO good!

Creamed corn was one of those things that I really never thought of making myself at home. It always came from a can and if it tasted great that way, why make it at home? Honestly, if you're just starting cooking dinner for your family, there's nothing wrong with creamed corn from the can. I have to warn you, though. Once you make this recipe, there's no turning back.

Baked Stuffed Tomatoes and Rice

November 6, 2017

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Vigo Foods for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

This Baked Stuffed Tomatoes and Rice recipe is a great holiday dinner side dish! Whole juicy tomatoes stuffed with bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and seasonings, and baked until hot - perfect along with turkey or ham!

Baked Stuffed Tomatoes and Rice
I absolutely love recipes like this one that I'm sharing with you today. It's an incredible, fresh, and flavorful meal during the busy week. It can also be a beautiful and impressive side dish for a big holiday dinner. The seasonings and flavors really meld together on their own, or really with any main dish as well.

baked stuffed tomatoes

If you've never roasted whole tomatoes in the oven, you really must try it. This time of the year, many of us are no longer able to enjoy garden-grown tomatoes, unfortunately, with the cooler fall weather here. We actually had frost last night and will again tonight. I was feverishly picking all of our tomatoes, even the green ones, to finish ripening on the counter. The plants, however, are now gone, and we're ready to start planning for big dinners, parties, and the holidays. 

stuffed tomatoes recipe

I think we can all agree that store-bought tomatoes have a much milder flavor than home-grown, which is why I highly recommend roasting or baking tomatoes whole, like in this recipe. The high oven temperature brings out the juices of the tomato. The bread crumb filling here combines with those warm, tangy tomato juices and the flavors just come together so nicely. 

Yield: 8 servings

Baked Stuffed Tomatoes and Rice

This Baked Stuffed Tomatoes and Rice recipe is a great holiday dinner side dish! Whole juicy tomatoes stuffed with bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and seasonings, and baked until hot - perfect along with turkey or ham!
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 25 MINStotal time: 35 mins


  • 8 medium tomatoes
  • 1 cup Vigo Italian Style Seasoned Bread Crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 bags Vigo Boil in Bag Arborio Rice, cooked according to package directions


  1. Cut the tops off of the tomatoes and scoop out about 2 - 3 spoonfuls of flesh. Place prepared tomatoes onto a cookie sheet and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together Vigo Italian Style Seasoned Bread Crumbs, butter, cheese, and seasonings. Spoon mixture into tomatoes evenly, packing down to fill them as much as possible.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until tomatoes are soft and juicy, and bread crumb mixture is golden brown.
  4. Spoon cooked rice into the bottom of a serving dish. Place cooked tomatoes over rice. Serve immediately; refrigerate any leftovers.
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stuffed tomatoes

I really can't even begin to tell you how flavorful these tomatoes are with the rice! I definitely recommend doubling this recipe and making it to go along with your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner feast. Your family will be so surprised and impressed with this dish!

stuffed tomatoes recipes

In this recipe, I used my favorite Vigo Italian Style Seasoned Bread Crumbs, which are the the only ones made in their own facility with imported Pecorino Romano Cheese and 11 different spices in the blend. These bread crumbs are so versatile - you can use them to add flavor and texture to any meal! Of course I also love Arborio Rice Boil-In-Bag which requires no measuring for perfectly portioned servings ready in only 14 - 16 minutes. Not only is arborio rice wonderful in side dishes, but also as the base to your favorite one-bowl meal creation. Great in salads as well!

stuffed tomatoes with rice

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Slow Cooker Dr Pepper Ribs

November 1, 2017
This is a sponsored conversation written by me and on behalf of Dr Pepper®. The opinions and texts are all mine.

These Slow Cooker Dr Pepper Ribs are the BEST RIBS EVER! Pork spareribs slow cooked in Dr Pepper and seasonings, then topped with BBQ sauce - your new favorite tailgating recipe!

Slow Cooker Dr Pepper Ribs

Ok everyone, here it is - my BEST EVER ribs recipe! Here in the Miller Family, we've become quite picky about our ribs. We are usually tempted when we're out at a BBQ restaurant to order the ribs, only to be disappointed with ribs that are usually too dry or have way too much sauce on them. Even our boys have developed pretty discerning tastes when it comes to ribs. We take this seriously!

I've tried many, many pork rib recipes in my kitchen and I can honestly tell you - this recipe for Slow Cooker Dr Pepper Ribs is my all-time favorite. They turn out extremely moist and juicy with just enough holding it together so that the meat doesn't just shred to pieces. We all absolutely went nuts for this recipe!

Start with 2 - 3 lbs pork spareribs and slice it into about 4 large sections. It gets a little difficult cutting around the ribs, but just feel for where the joint is and it should slice with no problem. This is really key to make sure as much of the rib meat is covered in the soda.

In goes that sweet Dr Pepper! About 2 cups should do it, just make sure to put enough in that it's cover the ribs about half-way up leaving the top of the ribs exposed for the seasonings. Dr Pepper has been a favorite soda of mine since my college days - I just can't get enough of that flavor. It works so well with these Crockpot ribs as well!

When they're done in the Crockpot, use your favorite BBQ sauce sparingly. You can always add more, but you want the sweet juicy flavor of the pork to shine through! You honestly won't need all that much sauce, but feel free to serve plates of these ribs with a small ramekin of BBQ sauce for dipping. You absolutely will need napkins for these guys! 

Yield: 2 - 4 servings

Slow Cooker Dr Pepper Ribs

These Slow Cooker Dr Pepper Ribs are the BEST RIBS EVER! Pork spareribs slow cooked in Dr Pepper and seasonings, then topped with BBQ sauce - your new favorite tailgating recipe!
prep time: 5 MINScook time: 4 hourtotal time: 4 hours and 5 mins


  • 2 - 3 lbs pork spareribs
  • 2 cups Dr Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried, minced onion
  • freshly ground black pepper and salt
  • 1 - 2 cups bbq sauce


  1. Cut pork ribs into 4 smaller pieces and fit them, bone-side down, into the bottom of a slow cooker. Pour Dr Pepper over ribs.
  2. Sprinkle garlic powder, minced onion, pepper, and salt evenly over ribs. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6 - 8 hours.
  3. Remove ribs onto a serving plate and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Spoon bbq sauce evenly over ribs. Serve immediately.
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I honestly wish you could reach through your screen to taste these amazing ribs - you will never try another recipe again, I'm telling you! We have a few Sunday Night football gatherings at my parent's house in our future that I'm absolutely certain these juicy ribs will be enjoyed. Don't forget icy glasses of Dr Pepper along with the ribs!

I was able to grab all the ingredients for these ribs during my latest grocery store shopping trip through my local Giant Carlisle store. The Dr Pepper I used with this ribs was located in the soft drink aisle of my store. I'm sure my family would laugh if they read my comment on there that it's really convenient to be able to grab these items at Giant as it's literally across the street from our house! Be sure to stop over at your local Giant for all your tailgating needs this football season. What tailgating recipe are you planning on trying this year? Leave your ideas in the comment section below, I'd love to hear from you!

dr pepper ribs

Orchard Harvest Fruit Pie

This beautiful double crust pie is filled with apples, pears, and cranberries - the perfect dessert for entertaining guests this fall!

Orchard Harvest Fruit Pie

*Note from Kelly - I'm re-posting this absolutely delicious Orchard Harvest Fruit Pie for you today. This is one of my favorites during the fall season. Plus, we all know how much I can't resist a double-crust pie! Enjoy!

I honestly cannot get enough of the beautiful harvest fruits that are in season this time of year. I walk into stores and see the fall displays and it's almost like my heart just sighs. It's exactly like the feeling of coming home. All year I've waited, and now it's here!

apple-pear pie

Crockpot Thanksgiving Dinner - RECIPE VIDEO

October 26, 2017
Boneless turkey breast slow cooks with sweet potatoes, carrots, celery and cornbread stuffing. The perfect, EASY way to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with your family!

Crockpot Thanksgiving Dinner

*Note from Kelly - I've now updated this post with a recipe video to REALLY show you how easy this Crockpot Thanksgiving Dinner recipe really is! Feel free to share!

WOW does it feel like November today, woohoo!

For the past two days I've been contemplating turning the air conditioner on in our house. Between the weird, humid, mid-70 degree weather, and a newborn constantly sleeping on me, it was HOT in this house! Reuben was loving it though, this baby needs to be snuggled and cuddly warm to fall deep asleep. 

I'm honestly on the hunt for a few more fleece footed pajamas for him for when the weather starts getting really cold!

I know every phase lasts for a small time, but he's really turning out to be a great sleeper already. I'm knocking on wood at the moment, can you tell?! In all honesty, both Silas and Wesley were fantastic sleepers from very early on, so we really can't complain about that. Silas was sleeping through the night at 7 weeks old, and Wesley was sleeping 10 hours straight, only waking up once in the middle of the night to eat. Reuben already, at 5 weeks old, is sleeping 3-4 hours at a time! can someone explain to me why in the heck I'm still SO tired all the time?!

Slow Cooker Biscuits and Gravy

October 25, 2017
Slow Cooker Biscuits and Gravy are the perfect make-ahead breakfast! Sausage in a creamy gravy and refrigerated biscuits - your family will go crazy for this breakfast recipe!

Slow Cooker Biscuits and Gravy

I'm not so sure what it is about fall, but I'm always pinning and saving great breakfast recipes to use when the holidays roll around. I think it might be the cooler weather and the cozy feeling I get spending time cuddling with my kiddos under blankets that get me in the mood for breakfast food.

Honestly, who am I kidding, I'm ALWAYS in the mood for breakfast food! 😂

It's pretty funny, but I sometimes pout that we never get to go out to breakfast anymore. We used to go when we were first married a lot, but you know how it is with little kids. Going out to eat is just more trouble than it's worth - and I'm definitely not doing it before my morning coffee!

how to make biscuits and gravy

We usually have a few family members over during the holidays, specifically Thanksgiving and the following weekend, and I'm going to try and be much better with making breakfast at home. My usual routine for overnight guests is sending Paul out to pick up a dozen donuts and getting the coffee brewing. That's not all that bad, though!

I'm definitely planning on a large batch, possibly double batch, of Slow Cooker Biscuits and Gravy for the morning after Thanksgiving. It's absolutely delicious, warm, and super filling. Plus, having the slow cooker do all the work for me through the night sounds like a heavenly morning to me!

Yield: 4 servings

Slow Cooker Biscuits and Gravy

Slow Cooker Biscuits and Gravy are the perfect make-ahead breakfast! Sausage in a creamy gravy and refrigerated biscuits - your family will go crazy for this breakfast recipe!
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 4 hourtotal time: 4 hours and 10 mins


  • 16 oz package ground breakfast sausage
  • 2 7.5 oz cans refrigerated biscuits, divided
  • 2 10.75 oz cans cream of mushroom soup, divided


  1. In a deep skillet, brown ground sausage. Drain and return to pan.
  2. Grease the bottom and sides of a slow cooker. Open one can of biscuits and lay the biscuits in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  3. Sprinkle half of sausage crumbles over biscuits. Spoon one can of cream of mushroom soup evenly over sausage.
  4. Repeat layers with remaining biscuits, sausage, and ending with cream of mushroom soup. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours. Refrigerate any leftovers.
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sausage gravy and biscuits

This recipe only cooks for 4 hours on low in the Crockpot, so if you have a machine that has a "keep warm" function, that would be ideal if you were using this to prepare the breakfast overnight. You could also cook it on high for 1 1/2 - 2 hours as well - just watch the edges of the biscuits in case they get over done. Either way, this breakfast will be absolutely delicious!

homemade biscuits and gravy

Spiced Butterscotch Banana Bread

October 20, 2017
This Spiced Butterscotch Banana Bread makes two loaves! Delicious moist banana bread with cinnamon and allspice, and lots of butterscotch chips. Keep one and give one to a friend!

Spiced Butterscotch Banana Bread

There is literally NEVER enough bananas in this house! We go through at least 2 bunches each week. It's one of those items that I don't even bother writing on my grocery shopping list because it's a given that it will be coming home with me. All three of our boys love bananas and eat them for snacks, breakfast, even tucked into their lunchboxes. My favorite healthy late-night snack lately has been sliced bananas mixed into light vanilla yogurt - it keeps me away from the ice cream. Well, at least most nights it does. ;)

One thing my 3 kiddos can't handle - brown bananas. They are so ridiculous with them. Once the small little brown spots start appearing on the banana peels, they're paranoid that they've gone bad. Like really? You guys eat stale french fries off the van floor and you're going to be picky about small brown spots on your bananas?

spiced banana bread

They will get to the point where they refuse to eat them and I was getting sick of just throwing away perfectly good bananas. About 3 months ago I started just putting them, peels and all, into a ziploc bag and sticking them in the freezer. I just about forgot they were in there when I realized I had this recipe to try out for you all! It worked fabulous and actually the super-brown bananas are super sweet and perfect in baked goods.

From frozen, just put each banana in the microwave 30 seconds at a time, turning over each time, to thaw. They don't even need to be completely thawed, just enough to be able to mix in with the batter. I hope this tip helps you with your picky eaters as much as it helped me!

Yield: 2 loaves

Spiced Butterscotch Banana Bread

This Spiced Butterscotch Banana Bread makes two loaves! Delicious moist banana bread with cinnamon and allspice, and lots of butterscotch chips. Keep one and give one to a friend!
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 hours and 10 mins


  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 - 5 bananas mashed (about 2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cool slightly
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 12 oz butterscotch chips


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt until well incorporated.
  2. Add in bananas, sugar, eggs, butter, and milk. Blend until well combined.
  3. Stir in butterscotch chips. Spread batter evenly into two greased loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees, for 55 - 65 minutes or until a cake tester comes out mostly clean. Cool on wire racks before slicing and serving.
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banana butterscotch bread

This bread is absolutely great for breakfast, dessert - I even put small pieces into the boys' lunch boxes this week as a treat. I'm sure they enjoyed this banana bread more than the "bad" brown spotted bananas I give them sometimes. 😑😑 Oh well!

banana bread with butterscotch chips

Slow Cooker Italian Pot Roast

October 17, 2017

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Redpack. The opinions and text are all mine.

This Slow Cooker Italian Pot Roast is absolutely mouth watering! Seared roast beef slow cooks with crushed tomatoes and spices, and is served over pasta - perfect for both a weeknight meal or a holiday dinner!

Slow Cooker Italian Pot Roast

I realized as I was preparing this recipe that its been a LONG time since I made a pot roast for my family. I've been on a casserole kick lately, mainly because they're filling for at least 4 people, and I've had so many fun ideas to try out in hopes of sharing them with you all. 

Pot roasts are very easy to make and even before I become Crockpot-obessed, slow-cooking them was always my preferred cooking method. A large cut of beef like that is just made perfect and delcious cooked low and slow in a Crockpot. You might be tempted, however, to just throw the beef into the pot and go.

Don't do it!

Italian pot roast slow cooker