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Crockpot Sloppy Joe Recipe

This Crock-Pot Sloppy Joe recipe is great for potlucks, BBQ’s, or if you just need to feed a lot of people. It’s also a great slow cooker recipe for anytime you want to fix it and forget it!

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Serves 4-6

When I made this I doubled it to feed 12-14 in a 7-quart Crock-Pot.

What You Need:

  • 1 ½ lbs. lean ground beef
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced/chopped
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup BBQ sauce (I personally like Sweet Baby Ray’s)
  • 2 tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 (8 oz.) can baked beans
  • 1 package of Kaiser rolls
  • Shredded cheese (optional)

How to Make It:

1. Brown the ground beef.

Brown the ground beef, onion, bell pepper, and garlic in large skillet over medium heat. Drain to discard fat. Transfer to Crock-Pot.

2. Make the sauce.

Combine ketchup, BBQ sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and chili powder in small bowl. Pour over the ground beef mixture in the Crock-Pot.

3. Pour in the beans.

Add the baked beans and stir well to combine.

4. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours.

5. Serve on Kaiser rolls and sprinkle with shredded cheese.

Enjoy!

Try these other Crockpot recipes:

Crockpot Chicken Pot Pie 

Crockpot Chicken with Stuffing

Crockpot Sloppy Joe recipe

Crock-Pot Chicken with Stuffing

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I love Crock-Pots. Don’t you?

I have two. And I use them often. 

They make life easier. And so do easy Crock-Pot recipes!

This simple Chicken with Stuffing Crock-Pot recipe is not only easy to make, but tastes delicious and fills the house with an aroma that’s reminiscent of Thanksgiving – which is rather pleasant when you come home from a long day.

For the following recipe, I used a 7-quart Crock-Pot.

Serves 12

What You Need:

  • 12 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 cans (10 ¾ oz. size) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 packages (6 oz.) stuffing mix
  • 5 cups water

How to Make It:

1. Place chicken thighs in slow cooker.

I used unfrozen chicken for this recipe.

2. Make the soup mixture.

Mix the cans of soup and milk in a small bowl until blended and pour the mixture over chicken.

3. Make the stuffing mixture.

Combine the stuffing mix with water according to directions on the box. Pour stuffing on top of soup mixture.

4. Sprinkle rosemary on top to “spice” things up.

It helps to create the Thanksgiving-like aroma.

4. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours.

I cooked mine for 8 hours because I was at work all day; however it should only take 6 hours for the chicken to be completely cooked if you use unfrozen chicken.

Viola! It’s ready to eat!

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How about you?

Have you recently made an easy and delicious Crock-Pot recipe? Please share!

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Crock-Pot Chicken Pot Pie

Easy Crockpot Chicken Pot Pie

This is one of my favorite Crock-Pot recipes.

It’s essentially open-face chicken pot pie served over biscuits.

It only has 4 ingredients and can easily be stored in the freezer and pantry, so it’s a great go-to meal on hectic days.

Usually I make this recipe when we open our home for our small group fellowship, so I’ve doubled the recipe to make it feed 12-14 people. However, you could easily make it for 4-6 by cutting it in half.

Each time that I’ve made it, everyone has loved it! And it makes me happy when our guests are happy. :)

Let me know what you think of it as well!

Serves 12-14 in a 7-quart Crock-Pot

What You Need:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (either thawed or not frozen)
  • 2 family-size cans Cream of Chicken soup
  • 2 lbs of assorted frozen vegetables
  • 3 cans of refrigerated Pillsbury biscuits

 

How To Make It:

1. Cut chicken into bite-size pieces and place in Crock-Pot slow cooker.

I like to use kitchen scissors to cut up the chicken. If you only have frozen chicken on hand, I recommend boiling the chicken on the stove to cook it, then cutting it into bite-sized pieces, and putting them in the Crock-Pot.

2. Pour soup over chicken and stir in frozen vegetables.

I’ve found that mixing in 2 cans of milk adds a nice creaminess to the soup mixture.

3. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours.

Or until chicken is cooked through as mentioned above.

4. Bake biscuits, just before the meal is served, according to package directions.

This usually takes about 15-20 minutes.

5. Spoon chicken and vegetable mixture over open biscuits to serve.

 

Make it the night before:

Mix the ingredients in a bowl the night before you plan on eating it, keep it in the fridge overnight, and put it in the Crock-Pot in the morning!

Check out these other Crock-Pot recipes:

 Easy Crockpot Chicken Pot Pie

Must-Have Items for a Newborn Baby

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At a baby shower I recently attended, I found myself reminded of those newborn days.

Oh, those newborn days…

Before our baby girl arrived I spent hours trying to prepare for this incredibly life-changing event called motherhood – that you can’t fully be prepared for anyways.

Now I’d like to offer my own personal list of top 10 baby items that I used the most during the first 3 months after bringing home baby – without mentioning diapers and wipes.

must-have items you need for a newborn baby

1. My Brest Friend

The My Brest Friend breastfeeding pillow was a life-saver! I highly recommend it. Here are the reasons why:

  • Firstly, the pillow clips around your waist so that  you’re “wearing” it. The pillow stays on you so you can focus on baby in case he/she unexpectedly vomits, spits up, or has a diaper explosion during a feeding session, all of which can or will happen.
  • Secondly, this wrap-around design offers support in the back of the pillow to facilitate good breast-feeding posture.
  • Lastly, it has a firm and flat cushion. It gives baby a solid, yet soft, platform to lay on while feeding.

2. Glider Rocker

Where did all these feeding sessions with the handy-dandy Brest Friend take place? The glider rocker. Basically, if I wasn’t sleeping or eating, I was in the glider rocker.

3. Burp Cloths

Until I had a child I never knew the difference between spit up and throw up. The 6-week growth spurt caught me by surprise when I found myself covered in not just spit up, but throw up as well. Evidently it’s around this time that a baby’s digestive system develops and can cause minor amounts of throw up. It was during that time that I was grateful for the Gerber pre-fold cloth diapers. If you want very absorbent burp cloths then look no further!

4. Bassinet

For the first 2.5 months, baby slept in a bassinet next to our bed. There’s numerous options for sleeping arrangements, but this worked well for us.

5. Swaddle Sleepsacks

Baby spent most of her time in a Halo Sleepsack Swaddle. After all, newborns sleep a lot.

6. Nursing Pads

Should you choose to breastfeed, these are a necessity in those first few months. I’ve recently switched to the washable fabric kind.

7. Changing Table

I remember seeing this on a list of items you won’t need for baby. Many moms say it’s not a necessity. In fact, I almost didn’t put one on my baby registry! However, I’ve used this All. The. Time.

Maybe it’s because I’m a first-time mom, but I don’t know where else I would change her diaper? I didn’t have any other furniture, like a dresser, that we could turn into a makeshift changing station.

8. Travel System

A travel system is nice since the stroller, car seat, and car seat base can be bought as a package deal – definitely a money-saver. I’ve found this to be an indispensable item. I think it speaks for itself.

9. White Noise

Instead of getting a white noise machine, I downloaded a few songs from a rain and water nature sounds CD on iTunes and kept it playing on repeat 24/7. I found that it helped to have a little background noise, not just for baby to sleep, but also for my own shut-eye. :)

10. The Happiest Baby on the Block

The wisdom and advice that Dr. Karp offers in his years of experience as a Pediatrician is like gold. Watching this DVD with my husband was a MUST and we used the 5 S’s often!

Of course, his suggestions might not work for every baby, but it’s helpful to be prepared with ideas to try.

Convenient Items

The list above includes the must-haves, the game-changers.

Here’s a brief list of items that were convenient to have, but don’t fall under the category of must-haves:

  • Baby carrier
  • Bouncer
  • Swing
  • Baby monitor (this was nice as we live in a 2-story house)
  • Humidifier (especially if baby gets sick)
  • Nose Frida
  • Diaper Genie
  • Carseat canopy

How about you?

What were the items you couldn’t do without in the first few months with your new bundle of joy?

Blog Update: A New Year, A New Addition

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At the end of 2014, I was basically on an unannounced blogging hiatus. My reason for posting so infrequently is because my husband and I welcomed a new addition to our family!

Needless to say, I spent the first 10 or so months of 2014 being pregnant and the last 2 months of 2014 enjoying new parenthood. Instead of blogging, I spent my time reading books on pregnancy and labor and delivery, having my fair share of morning sickness, attending childbirth classes, creating baby registries, having a baby shower, preparing for maternity leave, and listening to parenthood stories and unsolicited advice.

I also went on a sewing and cleaning spree, spending the entire Labor Day weekend sewing a crib skirt, valance, and fabric pennant banner for the nursery and cleaning our entire 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom house. We also organized our garage. To say I was in “nesting mode” is an understatement.

Then finally, the day arrived.

Baby S came into our arms on October 31, 2014! We’re full of joy and thanksgiving to the Lord for entrusting us with this precious vessel created to contain and express Him!

There’s no doubt that 2015 will be full of new opportunities to experience the Lord in motherhood. I’m reminded that it was when Enoch became a parent that he walked with God until he was raptured.

Genesis 5:21-24 say,

And Enoch lived sixty-five years and begot Methuselah.

And Enoch walked with God after he had begotten Methuselah three hundred years…

And Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.

The first person in the Bible that was raptured was a parent. A footnote in the Recovery Version Study Bible says,

Enoch was the first person to be raptured. By this he escaped death, the ultimate issue of man’s fall. This first mentioning of the rapture establishes the principle of the rapture: our being raptured depends on our being mature in the divine life by our walking with God. Enoch walked with God day and night for three hundred years. According to Heb. 11:5-6, he did this by faith, believing that God is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. After three hundred years of seeking God and walking with Him, Enoch was taken by God, thus obtaining the reward of not seeing death.

May 2015 be a year of walking with God in all things to be matured in the divine life for the fulfillment of His purpose.

Watchman Nee and Witness Lee Recognized by Congress

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I enjoy reading Christian ministry. Especially when it’s directly taken from and backed up by the Bible, leads me into the experience of Christ, and stirs up my spiritual appetite to pursue Him and know Him. This has been my experience in reading the ministry Watchman Nee - Witness Leeof Watchman Nee and Witness Lee. So, when I heard that these Christian ministers were recognized by Congress, I was elated. Both of their lives were given to Christ and His church. Contrary to what some may think, they were two ministers of the same one ministry. Witness Lee was Watchman Nee’s closest co-worker who continued and built upon Nee’s ministry. In fact, he was the main factor in bringing this ministry to the United States.

Watchman Nee and Witness Lee’s Contribution to Christianity

Watchman Nee and Witness Lee, two beloved Christian ministers, have both left a profound impact on Christianity today. Oftentimes, a servant and minister of Christ does not receive adequate recognition for their contribution to the Body of Christ. On April 29, 2014 Speaker Joseph R. Pitts of Pennsylvania, gave these two ministers due respect. Here is the transcript of the Congressional Record:

Mr. Speaker, a little over four years ago my esteemed colleague from New Jersey, the honorable CHRIS SMITH, rose in this chamber to bring due attention to one of the great Christians of the twentieth century— the noted Chinese teacher and church-planter, Watchman Nee. Today, I rise to complete the circle on this compelling story by honoring Watchman Nee’s closest co-worker, Witness Lee. Together they labored tirelessly in China from 1932 until the conquest of mainland China by the Communist Red Army under Mao Tse Tung in 1949. Today, the story of Watchman Nee is somewhat well known, given his numerous writings that have become Christian classics, such as The Normal Christian Life and Sit, Walk, Stand. Capping his inspirational biography was his martyrdom in a Chinese labor farm in 1972. Witness Lee’s story is less known in the West but is in no way less significant. Although Nee was the clear leader when they labored together in China, it was left to Witness Lee, to preserve and continue their work outside of China and to spread it far beyond the Chinese-speaking world. When it became apparent in 1949 that the Communists would prevail in China, Watchman Nee insisted that Witness Lee emigrate to carry on their work in Taiwan and throughout the Far East. Lee agreed. Subsequent developments not only validated Nee’s insight (he was imprisoned shortly thereafter, and the churches raised up under his and Lee’s ministry were forced underground), but also confirmed that their message and ministry had the potential to reach far beyond China. Almost immediately Lee’s ministry began to have a profound impact in Taiwan. Tens of thousands turned to Jesus Christ for their salvation and began congregating in simple, New Testament churches, as their Chinese brethren had done in China during the previous two decades. Today, there are more than 200 such local churches in Taiwan with more than 200,000 believers. It is a similar story in the Far East and Australasia, with churches established in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Korea, New Zealand and Australia. Witness Lee did not confine his work to Asia. In 1962 he came to North America and began to minister from Los Angeles, where he established Living Stream Ministry, the publisher of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee in English and over fifty other languages. Witness Lee’s speaking and writing continued to emphasize ‘‘Christ as life’’ and God’s desire to ‘‘build His church’’ on the basis of the oneness of God’s people, rather than on any ethnic or cultural differences. This was the same message that he had learned from his spiritual mentor, Watchman Nee. Since the early 1960s the spread of the local churches under Lee’s ministry throughout the North and South America, Europe, and Africa has been remarkable. There are more than 4,000 churches and 400,000 believers meeting on every inhabited continent, including 200 churches and several thousand believers in Russia and the Russian- speaking world. Inside mainland China the number of ‘‘hidden’’ believers following the ministry of Nee and Lee has continued to grow despite the Chinese government’s often extreme measures to suppress and openly persecute them. Historically, members of the churches in China who appreciate the ministry of Nee and Lee have been among the most harshly persecuted. Thousands have been imprisoned, countless beaten, and many even martyred. It is estimated today that there may be two million believers and thousands of local churches in China that draw their spiritual nourishment and supply from the ministry of Nee and Lee. Recently, reports have reached the West that Christian believers in two provinces have been imprisoned merely for possessing copies of the Recovery Version, a study Bible published by Living Stream Ministry and Taiwan Gospel Book Room, the publishing entity Lee established in Taiwan. Today Watchman Nee is still labeled as a ‘‘dangerous counterrevolutionary,’’ and Witness Lee is officially branded as a ‘‘cult leader.’’ The writings of both men are banned in China. It is tragic that Watchman Nee died in a Chinese prison farm, totally unaware of how profoundly his life and ministry would impact the entire world. It is a similar tragedy that Witness Lee died in 1997 with such a blatant, gross distortion hanging over his name and his ministry in his homeland. It is ironic that at a time when China is taking such a prominent role on the world stage in so many areas of society, it is missing an obvious opportunity to further improve its reputation within the international community. Rather than slander the names of two faithful men of God, China should take national pride that two of its own, neither of whom were political in either their message or their leadership of the flock, have had extraordinary impact far beyond the Chinese-speaking world. Mr. Speaker, I call upon the Chinese government today to release all those being held simply because of their faith in Christ and to abandon this national campaign to discredit and distort the record of two brave followers of the One who came with the message of salvation, forgiveness and peace, and instead, to celebrate with us the contributions of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee to believers the world over.

Thank the Lord for these two faithful ministers of Christ!

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