slow cooker recipes.

Hey! So I am breaking away from the usual and sharing some recipes today! Yep, that’s right, recipes! I asked my instagram friends on my story yesterday to send me over some of their favorite slow cooker recipes. You see, Josh and I have realized it’s immensely easier to eat dinner once the babies go down for the night, but let’s be honest, starting to cook dinner around 6:45/7 is hard! I’m tired and the last thing I want to do is make a big mess that we will have to clean up. (This is the slow cooker we use and we love it!)

So I reached out and so many of you sent me your go-to slow cooker recipes. Yay! Sidenote – I had no idea CROCKPOT LINERS existed until yesterday. You guys are rocking my world.

Will this formatting be pretty? No. Momma has limited time and want to get these all out there before I forget and because hundreds of you asked that I share what I got .. so follow along and I hope you are inspired to make your own crockpot recipes too! (And so many of you sent along awesome easy oven recipes or quick stove top recipes … love those too! Thank you!!!)

If you have any others, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE share below in the comments so we have an easy spot to come to when we need inspiration! Thanks all!

Crockpot Meatballs from Happily Eva’ After

  • 1 lb ground Beef
  • 1 Egg
  • 3/4 cup Italian Seasoned Breadcrumbs
  • 1 small Onion, diced
  • 1 Carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 15 oz can Tomato Sauce
  • 1  15 oz can diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (I use Pecorino Romano– a sheep version), plus more for serving
  • 1 Teaspoon ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Tablespoon dried Oregano flakes
  • 4-8 cloves garlic, peeled
  • parsley, chopped (optional)

In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, egg, breadcrumbs, diced carrot, diced onion, parmesan cheese, and the salt and pepper.  Mix with hands until well combined.  Now start forming in to golf ball-sized meatballs.  As you form the meatballs, it may look like they’re “veggie heavy”.  Don’t worry! This is ok! They will cook down and work to make the meatballs so moist.  As you make each meatball, place them in the bottom of the slow cooker cavity.  You will probably have to add a second layer, depending on the size of your slow cooker.  This is fine, just make sure you’re placing the meatballs gently! Now dump both cans of tomatoes/sauce on top of the meatballs, sprinkle the oregano over the top, and scatter the garlic cloves over that.  Close the lid of the slow cooker, and cook on low for 6-8 hours.  Mid way through cooking, open the cooker and with a wooden spoon slowly and gently stir the sauce and meatballs up to combine well.  When the meatballs are done, remove them in to a bowl with a slotted spoon.  Season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper.  Spoon the sauce over your pasta, and top with meatballs.  Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and parsley and devour immediately!

Shredded chicken tacos
I buy about 7 pounds of chicken every couple weeks from Costco. I buy Matteo’s salsa from there (we love it bc it’s not chunky)

1-2 lbs in the crock pot with about 1-2 cups of salsa low for about 6 hours and you are ready for tacos. Sometimes I add a little bbq sauce (adds a little sweet and savory).

I also will do bbq shredded chicken. Same amounts as the taco chicken just bbq sauce. I use organic everything so I buy organic sauce that doesn’t use high fructose corn syrup (I feel it tastes better without it). I also don’t buy spicy bbq so the kids can eat it

We do bbq chicken sandwiches with potatoes. Also great leftovers for the kids alone or in a quesadilla. Or you could do bbq chicken flatbread. ( there’s a flatbread you can buy at the store then just add more bbq and red onions.

Crock Pot Sausage & Cheese Tortellini

  • 1 lb. Italian Sausage (We use HOT for the spice, but sub in the meat you’d like best!)
  • 20 oz. Frozen Three-Cheese Tortellini (The Buitoni kind is in the specialty refrigerated case in the deli area of the grocery store. I pop them right in the freezer when I get home.)
  • 32 oz. Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 2 Cans Diced Tomatoes – The kind that are seasoned with basil, garlic & oregano. If you don’t have the seasoned ones, you’ll need to add in your own seasonings.
  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese or Neufchâtel Cheese – We use the low fat kind when using cream cheese.
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese (not pictured) for topping!

1. Take your cream cheese or Neufchâtel out of the fridge, and let it sit while you quickly brown your meat.

2. Add the sausage and tortellini to your Crock Pot. Pour the tomatoes, liquid and all, and broth over the top. Add your cream cheese to the Pot in chunks.

3. Give your Crock Pot a good stir to get everything evenly distributed, making sure the liquids are adequately covering the tortellini.

4. Cook on LOW for a total of 3 1/2 – 4 hours. Stir at 1 1/2 hours, and again at 3 hours, removing the lid for the last 30 minutes of cooking. This will give the sauce some time to thicken up. You can leave the lid off longer if you need more thickening time, but stir every so often.



  • 1-1/2 pounds beef top round steak
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges or 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 large green pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • Hot cooked noodles or rice


Cut beef into 3-in. x 1-in. strips. In a large skillet, brown beef in oil. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Combine the onion, soy sauce, garlic, sugar, salt, ginger and pepper; pour over beef. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until meat is tender. Add tomatoes and green pepper; cook on low 1 hour longer or until vegetables are tender.
Combine cornstarch and cold water until smooth; gradually stir into slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 20-30 minutes until thickened. Serve with noodles or rice.
Freeze option: Freeze cooled beef mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a covered saucepan, gently stirring and adding a little broth or water if necessary.
 Yield: 6 servings.

Crockpot Ranch Chicken – This is so so delicious! It’s so tender I just shred it with a fork and serve it over rice! .


  • Chicken tenders or breasts (I used 1.76 LB chicken tenders)
  • 1 Ranch Seasoning Dry Mix Packet
  • 1 can Cream of Chicken or Cream of Mushroom Soup (plus 1 can of water or milk)


  1. Combine all ingredients in crockpot and mix well.
  2. Cook on low 4-6 hours.

Crockpot Chicken Tacos –  These shredded chicken tacos were a huge hit for our game nights with friends.
  • 5 boneless chicken breasts
  • 3 heaping tablespoons taco seasoning (I use my Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix)
  • 3/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can Diced Fire Roasted Garlic Tomatoes (or similar variety)
  • 1 (4.5 ounce) can diced green chilies, undrained
  • 1/2 cup chopped, fresh cilantro
  • Corn or flour tortillas
  • Vegetable oil (optional)
  • Toppings – cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, avocado, etc.
  1. Place chicken breasts in the bottom of the slow cooker. Sprinkle taco seasoning evenly over the chicken. Top with diced onion and then pour tomatoes over the top. Top with the undrained green chiles. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
  2. Remove lid from slow cooker and shred the chicken with two forks. Add cilantro and mix to combine. Serve.
  3. To Prepare the Tortillas:
  4. For soft tacos – Heat flour tortillas in a dry skillet over medium heat for about 30 seconds per side. Just long enough to get them slightly toasted and warm.
  5. For crispy tacos – Heat a generous amount of vegetable oil in a small frying pan over medium high heat. When the oil is good and hot (but not smoking) carefully add a corn tortilla. Only allow to cook about 1 minute per side then remove to paper towels to drain. Blot top of tortilla with paper towel to remove excess oil. Repeat with remaining tortillas.

Pesto Mozzarella Chicken Pasta – I only made this once before having to go dairy free due to breastfeeding but OMG so so yummy!!

1 1/2 lbs. chicken breasts
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 cup jarred pesto I used Mezzetta
1/4 cup salted butter
1/2 lemon
These items don’t get added until the end
1 lb. rotini cooked and drained
1/2 cup parmesan
2 cups shredded mozzarella
1/4 tsp. dried basil to garnish
Slow Cooker Size
6 Quart or larger
1. Add the chicken to the slow cooker. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Spread over the pesto, squeeze the lemon
juice over the chicken. Cut the butter into slices and lay over the chicken.
2. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours without opening the lid during the cooking time.
3. Near the end of the cooking time, cook the pasta according to the package directions and drain well.
4. Shred the chicken with 2 forks. Add the cooked pasta and the parmesan cheese, stir everything until the pasta is
coated with the buttery pesto sauce and the chicken is evenly dispersed throughout the pasta. Add the mozzarella
cheese over the pasta. Cover for about 15 more minutes or until the cheese has melted.
5. Serve and enjoy!

BBQ Drumsticks

  • Approx. 10 Chicken Drumsticks {about 4 lbs.}
  • 1 bottle Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce {18 oz.}
  • Optional: ½ cup water + sliced White Onion
  1. If adding onions, place ½ cup water and sliced onions on the bottom of the Crockpot, then lay Drumsticks on top.
  2. If not adding onions, simply place Drumsticks in Crockpot.
  3. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours.
  4. After 3 hours, remove juices from crockpot, and pour entire contents of BBQ sauce bottle over chicken.
  5. Cover, and cook for 30 minutes more, or until done. ENJOY!!

Enchilada Orzo

  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 (10-ounce) can Old El Paso™ mild enchilada sauce
  • 1 (4.5-ounce) can Old El Paso™ chopped green chiles, drained
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth, or more, as needed
  • 1 cup corn kernels, frozen, canned or roasted
  • 1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • 2 cups uncooked orzo pasta
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  1. Place diced tomatoes, enchilada sauce, green chiles, vegetable broth, corn and black beans into a 6-qt slow cooker.; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir until well combined. Top with cream cheese.
  2. Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for 3-4 hours.
  3. Uncover and stir until cream cheese is well combined. Stir in orzo. Cover and cook on high heat for an additional 15-30 minutes. Add more vegetable broth as needed until the desired consistency is reached.
  4. Serve immediately, garnished with cilantro, if desired.

Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup – This one is also really good, but don’t eat it just as a soup. Serve over white rice! So tasty!

1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced
3 medium carrots, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
3 stalks celery, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 leeks, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch
pieces (white and light green parts only)
3/4 cup dried yellow or red lentils
1 4-inch piece ginger, peeled and finely grated
1 teaspoon curry powder
Kosher salt
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
Juice of 1/2 lemon, plus lemon wedges for
serving (optional)
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Combine the sweet potato, carrots, celery, leeks, lentils, ginger, 3/4 teaspoon curry powder and 1 teaspoon salt in a 4-to-6-quart slow cooker. Add 6 cups water and stir, then cover and cook on low, undisturbed, 8 hours. Stir the soup vigorously with a whisk to make a rough puree. Thin with hot water, if desired. Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon curry powder and cook until the curry powder is slightly toasted, about 1 minute. Stir the curry mixture into the soup and add the lemon juice, cilantro, and salt to taste. Serve with lemon wedges.

Shredded Salsa Chicken – This is a fav right now. It’s called salsa chicken. All you do is add your chicken and a jar of salsa. I’ve also added taco seasoning.

  1. Place chicken breasts in the insert of a slow cooker and cover with salsa.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours.
  3. Remove the chicken and shred with two forks.

Cheesy Chicken & Rice Ingredients Needed: Chicken 1 box Zataran’s Family Size Yellow Rice mix, cooked according to directions (usually follow microwave instructions)1+ cup of cheddar cheese 1 can cream of chicken soup 1 can whole kernel corn, drained Instructions:Place chicken in bottom of slow cooker.Spoon cream soup over the top. Cover and cook on low 7-8 hours or on high 3-4 hours.A few minutes before serving, add in cooked rice, corn, and cheese. Stir to combine. Serve with green beans and rolls

Creamy Crock Pot Chicken Ingredients Needed: Chicken 2 cans cream of chicken soup 1 box cream cheese Italian seasoning Instructions:Cut chicken into tenderloin pieces. Put chicken, soup, cream cheese, Italian seasoning, & salt & pepper into crock-pot. Cook on high for 3-4 hours.Serve over rice, with green beans or peas, and rolls

Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage & Spinach


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground Italian Sausage
  • 1/2 cup diced onion (about 1/2 medium sized onion)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1-28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1-32. oz. box of vegetable broth (chicken works too)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 9-ounce package refrigerated tortellini
  • 2 cups packed fresh spinach


  • 1 Baguette
  • Butter
  • Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese



  1. Heat a large, heavy bottomed pan over medium-high heat. Heat vegetable oil and add diced onion. Saute until onions are soft.
  2. Crumble Italian Sausage and garlic with the onion. Cook until sausage is no longer pink.
  3. Stir in crushed tomatoes, vegetable (or chicken) broth, basil, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and cover. Let soup simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Add tortellini and spinach and simmer for about ten minutes, until pasta is tender.
  5. Serve with shredded Parmesan.


  1. Slice baguette into 1/2 inch thick slices. Butter one side and place butter side down in a hot skillet until golden brown. Flip bread slices over and sprinkle with Parmesan while the other side gets golden brown. Transfer to a plate and immediately cover loosely with foil if cheese has not completely melted.


For a creamier soup, add a half cup of Greek yogurt or sour cream.

Chicken Pesto Pasta – (you can change this around and use whatever veggies ya want!)

1/2-3/4 cup basil pesto
4 chicken breasts (thawed)
1.5 cups zucchini (cut into 1/2 inch slices)
1 cup yellow squash (cut into 1/2 inch slices)
1 cup grape tomatoes (halved)
1 cup red onion (about 1 small, cut into 1 inch slices)
1 green pepper (cut into 1 inch slices)
1 yellow peppers (cut into 1 inch slices)
8 ounces white mushrooms (quartered)
1 lb whole wheat rotini

1. Lightly grease crock pot with olive oil for easier clean-up, if desired. Thickly slice vegetables so they cook slowly.
2. Lay chicken breast in bottom of crock pot and top with 1 tablespoon of basil pesto each.
3. Top chicken with onions.
4. Layer vegetables on top of onions.
5. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours.*
6. Check to make sure chicken in done. (There should be no visible pink, internal temperature should be 165°
Fahrenheit/75° Celsius.) Turn crock pot to “warm” setting.
7. Cook noodles according to package directions (in pan on stove top) and drain.
8. Turn off crock pot and remove chicken, slice into 1/2 inch slices.
9. Drain extra liquid in crock pot off of the vegetables and discard.
10. Toss vegetables, pasta, and remaining pesto(4 tbsp-1/2 cup) together. (I combine everything in the crock pot that is
turned off.)
11. Serve chicken on a bed of noodles and vegetables. (Serve with extra pesto and grated Parmesan cheese if desired.)

Easy potato crock pot soup
1 30oz. bag of frozen, shredded hash browns {I used Ore Ida}3 14oz. cans of chicken broth1 can of cream of chicken soup1/2 cup onion, chopped1/4 tsp. ground pepper1 pkg. cream cheese {don’t use fat free.  It WON’T melt!!!}In a crockpot, combine everything EXCEPT for the cream cheese.  Cook for 6-8 hours on low heat.  About 1 hour before serving, add cream cheese and keep heated until thoroughly melted.  Serve with cheese, sour cream, bacon bits, green onions, or whatever else you think would be good!!


Crockpot cheesy chicken chili:
2 chicken breasts, pkg ranch mix, 2 cans rotel, 1 can corn, can black beans rinsed & drained, 1 tsp of each-cumin,onion powder, chili powder, 1 Cup 8oz cream cheese & half block velveeta. Cook 6-8 on low. Sometimes I add more milk to make it “soupier”.  Also….obviously this isn’t any form of healthy haha but omg it’s so dang good!

Salsa Chicken
Put some chicken breasts in the crockpot. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper, chili powder, and cumin over the chicken. Pour a jar or two of your favorite salsa over it. Add black beans and/or corn (both drained), if you want. Cook for 3-4 hours on high if you want less shredded-y chicken, longer if you want to be able to shred it easily. Serve over rice with more salsa on top!

Pineapple Pork
You can do this with pork tenderloins or pork shoulder. I use tenderloins.
2 pork tenderloins
Rub pork with S & P to taste, 2 tablespoons smoked (or regular) chili powder, 1 tablespoon cinnamon, and 1.5 tablespoons of garlic powder. I add about 1 tablespoon of dried minced onion on top, but you can also use 1/2 tablespoon of onion powder. Put the pork in the crockpot and pour 4 tablespoons of Apple cider vinegar over it. Dump in a 8 oz can of pineapple chunks in 100% juice, draining about 1/2 of the liquid before putting in crockpot. Cook for 8 hours on low. Shred. I serve it over baked sweet potatoes, but it’s great by itself too!

Crockpot Quinoa Mexican Casserole from the Davis Duo 
-1 tbsp olive oil
-1 lb ground turkey
-1 medium yellow onion, diced
-1 cup uncooked quinoa
-2 10oz cans Old El Paso Enchilada Sauce (medium or mild)
-1 15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
-1 15oz can diced fire-roasted diced tomatoes in their juices
-1 cup corn, fresh or frozen
-1 red bell pepper, diced
-1 green bell pepper, diced
-2 tbsp chili powder
-1 tbsp ground cumin
-1 tsp garlic powder
-1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
-For serving: fresh cilantro, diced avocado, sour cream, tortilla chips
1. Heat olive oil in large skillet then add the turkey and onion. Cook and stir until turkey is no longer pink then transfer to the bottom of crockpot.
2. To the crockpot, add the quinoa, enchilada sauce, black beans, tomatoes, corn, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder and 1/2 cup water. Stir to combine then cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours.
3. Remove lid and stir. Stir in 1/2 cup shredded cheese then sprinkle remaining cheese on top.
4. Cover and cook another 15 minutes, until cheese melts.
5. Serve hot with any desired topping! I chose avocado, a little more cheese, and some tortilla chips for scooping. Delicious and so easy!

Nana’s 3 Ingredient Crockpot Meatballs
-2 lbs lean ground beef
-1 can cream of chicken soup
-1 packet Lipton onion recipe soup and dip mix
-Form the meat into meat balls. I make mine about the size of golf balls.
-Brown meatballs on each side in olive oil
-Put meatballs in crockpot and add cream of chicken soup, 1 packet of onion dip mix and 1 can of water
-Cook on low about 5-6 hours


Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken made with spices you already have in your cabinet with all the creamy deep flavors you’d expect from a restaurant.
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1 inch cubes)


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  1. In a large ziploc bag the night before cooking add the yogurt, lemon juice, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, black pepper, ginger, salt and chicken (leave the chicken breasts whole here).
  2. Zip the bag closed and work the mixture into the chicken until all incorporated. Refrigerate overnight.
  3. Scrape off a majority of the marinade that is on the chicken and discard it. You’ll have plenty of the second sauce to keep the food moist and provide enough sauce.
  4. Cut the chicken into two inch chunks.
  5. When you’re ready to cook the chicken, add the butter, garlic and jalapeno into the bottom of the slow cooker.
  6. In a small bowl add the 2 teaspoons cumin, 2 teaspoons paprika, 1 teaspoon salt, tomato sauce and heavy cream and stir to combine.
  7. Pour the sauce over the chicken, cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours.
    Stir the cornstarch into the one tablespoon of water and add to the slow cooker and stir (stir and pour quickly since you’re using more cornstarch than water it will settle quickly).
    Cook an additional 20 minutes on high.
    Top with cilantro before serving.

Chicken Burritos (I add lettuce, tomato and ranchera sauce on top of my burrito with sour cream cheese). I make my Grandma’s Spanish rice to go with it, let me know if you’d like the recipe (quick 30 min thing to go with the burritos or make a true bowl)

1 1/2 lbs. chicken breasts $2.60*
16 oz. jar salsa $2.15
2 cloves garlic, minced $0.16
15 oz. can black beans $0.69
1/2 lb. frozen corn $0.73
1 Tbsp chili powder $0.30
1/2 Tbsp cumin $0.15
1/2 tsp dried oregano $0.05
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper $0.03
Freshly cracked pepper $0.03
6 cups cooked rice $0.60
8 oz. shredded cheddar $2.59
3 green onions, sliced (or fresh cilantro) $0.23

1. Place the chicken breasts in the bottom of a 5 quart or larger slow cooker. Drain the black beans and add them to the
slow cooker along with the salsa and corn. Add 1/4 cup water, plus the minced garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano,
cayenne, some freshly cracked pepper (about 10-15 cranks of a pepper mill).
2. Give the ingredients a brief stir to distribute the spices. Secure the lid on your slow cooker and cook on low for 8
hours or high for 4 hours.
3. After 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high, carefully remove the lid of the slow cooker. Stir with a fork to shred the
chicken (it should be very tender and will shred easily). Taste the chicken mixture and add salt if needed.
4. To build the bowls, place one cup of rice in the bottom of a bowl and top

BBQ chicken for sliders (I add corn on the cob and salad for the sides)


2 lbs boneless, skinless  chicken breasts
1 cup  BBQ sauce
1/4 cup Zesty Italian dressing
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
salt to taste


1. Season chicken breast lightly (a small pinch per breast)  with some sea salt and place in your crockpot.

2. In a mixing bowl combine BBQ sauce, Italian dressing, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce. Stir until well combined.

3. Pour over chicken, cover and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours

4. Once time is up, you can serve the breast whole, or shred with 2 forks. If shredding, recover and let cook in sauce for about 10-15 more minutes to soak up all that delish flavor.

Serve on buns, over rice, in wraps, on a salad or eat a plateful as is!  Our favorite way is on fresh rolls, topped with coleslaw.

Garlic mashed potatoes (to die for)
2 pounds red potatoes, washed and chopped into 2-inch pieces (you
don’t need to peel them)
4 tablespoons butter
½ cup sour cream (or plain greek yogurt)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley (or 2 teaspoons dried parsley
½ teaspoon dried or fresh basil
¼ teaspoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
¼ cup milk
1. Add chopped potatoes to a greased slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or on low or 5-6 hours on low.
2. When potatoes are cooked and fork-tender, add all remaining ingredients (let the butter melt for a couple of minutes). Use a hand mixer or a masher to mash the potatoes. (*see note) Serve warm.

Chicken tortilla soup (I add chips into my soup versus making my own)
  • 3 whole Chicken Breasts
  • 2 teaspoons Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 1 whole Medium Onion, Chopped
  • 1 whole Red Bell Pepper, Seeded And Chopped
  • 1 whole Seeded Yellow Bell Pepper, Chopped
  • 1 can (28 Ounce) Whole Or Diced Tomatoes, With Juice
  • 1 can Rotel
  • 3 cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth (more If You Like The Soup More Liquidy)
  • 4 ounces, weight Tomato Paste
  • 1 whole Chipotle Pepper In Adobo (may Add 2 To 3 If You’d Like)
  • 1 can Black Beans, Drained And Rinsed
  • 1 Lime, Juiced
  • Fixins: Sour Cream, Avocado, Cilantro Leaves, Grated Cheese
Place the chicken in the slow cooker. Sprinkle on the chili powder, cumin, and salt and pepper. Add the onion, bell pepper, tomatoes, chicken broth, tomato paste, chipotle, and black beans. Stir, place the lid on the slow cooker, and cook on high for 5 hours or high (or 8 hours on low.) Stir in the lime juice.

Using 2 forks, break up the chicken into chunks (or you may shred it more fine.) Taste and add more salt if the soup needs it.

Serve it piping hot in a bowl with avocado, sour cream, grated cheese, and cilantro leaves on top!

Zuppa Toscana (I add bacon bits to save time)
  • 1 lb. ground pork sausage
  • ¾ c. onion, diced
  • 6 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup potatoes, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 c. kale, thinly sliced
  • ¾ c. whipping cream
  1. Cook your sausage in a large skillet and brown over medium heat
  2. Drain and set aside
  3. Place your onion and bacon to the skillet and saute over medium heat until the onions are translucent.
  4. Place sausage, onions, bacon and garlic in your crock pot along with broth and potatoes.
  5. Cook on low for 4-6 hours
  6. Add your kale and whipping cream to your crock pot and stir before serving







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We’ve reached the crawling phase. Well, at least Kirsten has. And it’s more of a backwards scoot. She inches herself up off the ground and propels herself backwards. It’s darling to watch, but more often then not, she grunts and hollers in frustration as she scoots. Everything in my momma heart wants to pick her up, set her upright and help her get to where she wants to go. But I know she has to learn somehow, so I let her grunt and scoot and wail with irritation. The toy she wants is just out of reach. Oh how I want to reach over and hand it to her, it would be so easy for me! But she gets a determined look on her face and she pushes, moving her little legs and whining in the process. I cheer her on, “Good job Honey Bear! You almost have it!” She hollers back at me, mad that I am making her do this herself. She has to learn this herself, this is good for her. Even if it’s hard to watch.

It makes me wonder if this is what it’s like for God. He sees us trying to do something new, learn something, grow. And goodness, it’s so frustrating right? We keep trying over and over again and we just feel stuck. It hurts! Our dreams feel so close, yet so far away. We see a relationship we want so badly, yet it’s just not happening. We want a baby in our arms, yet a positive pregnancy test seems so far away. We want our business to grow overnight, yet it’s taking way longer than we hoped. GOD! YOU COULD DO THIS FOR US! Just hand me what I want and need, please!

And for some reason, He doesn’t always do that. And as I fall into my parenting role more and more each day, I am starting to understand why. There’s a reason growing is hard. It stretches us past what we are comfortable with. What we understand, what we know. We have to learn somehow and pushing ourselves past our comfort zone seems to be one of the only ways we grow.

I don’t know why sometimes the learning and growing stage takes forever. I don’t know why sometimes we think we reached our toy, only to find we actually ran into a wall and have to start over. I wish I understand why God allows things to happen, or pushes us to grow as hard as He does sometimes. But I am sensing more than ever, that if we quiet our hearts, we will hear Him cheering for us as we push forward.

You’ve got this! Keep up the good work! You’re almost there! Strengthen those muscles! Try again! I am right here with you!

And before we know it, we will grow. And then we will be faced with another opportunity to learn something new, stretch ourselves in new ways. Take some new first steps. It’s a constant pattern. But our parent, our Father, is always with us. Even when we grunt and scream in frustration. Which is more often than not, am I right?

“When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end—Because I am God, your personal God,  The Holy of Israel, your Savior.” (Isaiah 43:2 MSG)

mom life: twin product must haves.

In efforts to make blog reading easier for those still suffering from infertility, any baby or mom related posts in the future will be named with the preface “mom life:”. If you are in a season of infertility, don’t worry, I will still regularly write to support you! I also enjoy the outlet of being able to share the good and hard stuff of motherhood too and will do so here. Feel free to skip and omit anything titled as “Mom Life!”

Today I am bringing you our favorite twin-related products, as promised in part 2 of our favorite baby items! Life with multiples is wonderful and there are a few things that make it a little more complicated than life with just a singleton. These products below have been a huge help to us as we navigate life with our kiddos!

1) Skip Hop Duo Double Diaper Bag: I looked at SO many diaper bags, and even bought one or two in hopes they would work, but when reality hit and I was trying to get everything we needed in it to get out the door, I ended up researching twin diaper bags and placing an Amazon order. This bag is EVERYTHING I need it to be. It’s large, it fits comfortably handing on my stroller. It fits diapers, wipes, clothes, and has tons of pockets, pouches, and zippered areas to store everything a twin momma needs on the go. I can’t imagine going anywhere without it!

In the early days, my diaper bag was packed with diapers, spare clothes, burp rags, an extra outfit for momma in case someone spit up on me, and nursing snacks and water. Now this bag is packed with puffs and toys and books and still holds everything practical too!

2) Twin-Z Pillow: When the babies outgrew their feedings in their boppy loungers (around 3 months), we upgraded to our twin-z pillow and never looked back. This has made feedings immensely easier. They like it, the cover is super easy to take off and wash, and we can use it for laying down, having them practicing sitting up, tummy time, and much more. For moms who are tandum nursing, the middle pillow flips back into a backrest of sorts to make it perfect for nursing. A MUST. We still use it for every feeding and also for sit up time!

3) Graco Modes Duo stroller: I just love this stroller. Right now it acts as a snap and go with our Graco car seats, meaning I can just pop them out of the car and click them into the stroller. When they change car seats, there is a variety of riding options (27!) for kiddos up to 50 lbs. It is so easy to fold up and load in and out of the car and is a super smooth ride. I love it and we looked at a lot!

4) TwinGo carrier: This is an awesome baby carrier that allows parents to wear the babies singly or tandem. We are just getting to the point where the babies are old enough to be carried on our backs, but we have heard amazing things from others who have used it and we love it so far. It’s incredibly comfortable and sturdy and the instruction booklet is super understandable.

5) Infant Optics camera: We just LOVE our video monitoring camera. We elected to get an extra camera so each baby crib has its own camera, and we upgraded to the wide view lenses and that we can get a more thorough view of them. It brings me peace of mind being able to see them and saves many trips into the nursery. It also is SECURE in its wireless transmission which means it offers 100% digital privacy.  Two-way talking, scanning back and forth between the cameras automatically, temperature display. This things has all the bells and whistles and is amazing. (We have this one as a “travel” monitor and love it too.)

Now a few other miscellaneous things that we have learned as twin parents:

We have found it incredibly helpful to have two:

We are happy we only have one … or wish we had only bought one … or really only need one …

For twins, it has been helpful to have a TON of …

  • washcloths
  • bandana bibs
  • burp rags
  • bottles
  • pump parts (if you are exclusively pumping especially)
  • pajama’s – we wish we didn’t have as many newborn or 0-3 outfits as we did because reality is you aren’t leaving the house much and when you do, you don’t have the energy or desire to change and dress them. Pajama’s all day every day. For real. (We liked Carter’s jammies the best for these early days!)
  • Wubbanubs 

I am sure I am forgetting something and may pop in here throughout the month and add an EDIT: down at the bottom so keep an eye on this page if you are becoming a twin mom!

35 in and out

Celebrating 35 weeks in and 35 weeks out this month! 

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Is anyone else feeling the pressure of 2018? My inbox is filled with emails about setting goals, reviewing the year, choosing a new word of the year, processing 2017, making a resolution, and setting up a plan to be intentional in 2018. Meanwhile, my brain is like WHOA. Slow down. I feel like I am supposed to do it all to maximize every moment. But then, I remember to breathe. I remember my life is not defined by a word. I remember that I can live a full and joyous life without a huge list of set goals. Yes, these things are great tools to be focused and intentional. But you don’t have to do it all. So, if you are anything like me, take a moment to pause and figure out what’s going to make you the best you. Maybe it is a word. Maybe it’s taking a moment to pause and reflect with a cup of tea. Or maybe it’s scrapping your resolution list and simply taking it one day at a time. Whatever it is, give yourself grace. Grace to not be perfect. Grace to change your word of the year in February. Grace to take it day by day and grace to plan to your hearts desires.

In 2017, I chose the word “embrace” for my word of the year. To welcome the year and all that it held with open arms. I knew the year ahead would hold more unknowns than I could imagine. And goodness, it did. The best kind of unknowns.

I got to embrace a twin pregnancy with all its twists and turns. A velamentous cord insertion. Intrauterine growth restriction. My water breaking at 34 weeks. 11 days in the NICU. A reopened c-section and second surgery.

I got to embrace learning life as a mom to two newborns. Long nights. Learning to exclusively pump every 2-3 hours. Learning what it meant to be a mom, a wife, a friend, a daughter, an in-law, a sister, a person all at once.

I got to embrace needing others. Woof, this one was the hardest. Accepting help has never come easy but this year was humbling. I needed people to drive me around at times. I needed my mom and mother-in-law to come over and hold babies for me. I needed people who were willing to bring meals. Fold laundry. Wash bottles. Wipe tears. I had to embrace the fact that more people saw me without washed hair and makeup on that ever had in a lifetime. Stained tshirts. Unsupportive pumping bras. Hairy ankles. A postpartum tummy. They saw it all.

I got to embrace a body that has changed completely. I had to embrace the fact that going to the gym isn’t an option in this season. That hormones and breastfeeding and sleepless nights and survival mode would mean a few extra pounds this year. I’m embracing the fact that it won’t always look like this. Truth is, I couldn’t be happier and I know the time will come where my butt will get back into shape and healthy meal planning will feel more feasible than exhausting.

I got to embrace needing God in a whole new way. It’s the most helpless feeling knowing you are not in control of the ones you love most. When Logan had his hospital scare, it was a pivotal moment remembering that God loves my babies even more than we do. He can be trusted. But it’s not easy. I got to embrace the fact that my quiet time and prayer life looks a little different. Long are the days of sitting down for 2 hours reading and journaling and praying and worshipping. Now we sing worship songs during bottles, pray as we change diapers, and read devotionals in the bathroom, errrr, well, yes, let’s be honest.

I got to embrace my house looking different. My bedroom looking different. My baths looking different. My closet looking different. My marriage looking different (the best kind of different!). My friendships looking different. My “free time” looking different. My car looking different. My world looking different. My writing looking different.

Welcoming change with open arms. Wow. A few years ago I would have said it wasn’t possible, but this year taught me that it is. It’s humbling. It’s painful. It’s beautiful. It’s messy. It requires sacrifice. It requires pride to be lowered. It requires an exhausting amount of effort and yet, no effort at all. Change is hard. But this year, I fought to embrace it. To savor it. To welcome it. Every fiber of my existence has had to learn to let go of control, to become more aware of my desperate need for God and others, and in return, magic happened.

When we were knee deep in the early weeks, I remember crying and just telling myself “this is only a season”. We were tired. I was going through a major identity crisis learning my new roles. “This is only a season.” I kept repeating that to myself.

And then God whispered back “No it’s not.”

You see, He gently reminded me that seasons are cyclical. They come and repeat themselves every year. You always know what spring will look like, then summer, then fall, and winter. God reminded me these moments, these early days, they weren’t going to come back. Once they were gone, they were gone forever. The hard – it’s temporary. A new hard will come, but it will never look the same. The babies will be a little older, and the past will be a distant memory.

I learned to embrace every moment. Even the hard ones. Even the exhausting ones. I learned to welcome every second with open arms, even when there were tears, because time will never come back again. This lesson has been pivotal for me as a mom.

So, now, 2018. What’s ahead? I have no clue. I have good intentions to think of a word of the year as I enjoy seeing how God works with it but I also know that if I don’t come up with one till March, life will be fine. That’s the beauty of grace. It takes off the pressure. It reminds us that God loves us no matter what.

And for that, I am so thankful.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful and happy 2018,




Oh, there are so many emotions happening in my heart this Christmas season! First of all, complete gratitude to God that our Christmas looks so different than years past. I can’t help but pinch myself in awe that we finally have the family we prayed for. Instead of longing, there is a fullness that leaves me humbled and grateful. Thank you Lord!

I also can’t help but empathize with so many of our dear friends and loved ones whose hearts are not filled with fullness this year. Who lost a child this year, or in years past, and it leaves their hearts raw and aching. Who experienced failed cycles and whose test results left them in tears. The friends who see the commercials with pregnancy announcements and cringe, wishing it was them announcing news this holiday season, instead of hiding in the bathroom to avoid the questions. Maybe that person is you. Please know you are not forgotten.

Christmas centers on celebrating the birth of Christ Jesus. It starts a new chapter. The waiting and longing the world experienced was answered in a single birth. Jesus came. He was born, a helpless baby, a human child. The waiting paid off. Hope was here.

Maybe your hope feels lost this Christmas. You have spent the year disappointed. Your heart is filled with sorrow and your emotions have been stolen by tears and wrecked with discouragement. You don’t feel merry. You want to fast forward through the lights, the carols, the gifts, and the brutally cheerful Facebook feed. How can you cling to hope when you are still praying for your answers to prayer to come? Or maybe you are just angry. Angry that God would allow that to happen to you.

I imagine how lost the world felt between the Old Testament and the New Testament. Did you know there were 400 years of silence between those two testaments. One single blank page in the Bible. 400 years. And then, springs forth this reminder that God can do anything.

Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son …

A virgin birth doesn’t make sense. It is indeed impossible to have no biological birth father. And yet …

And why did it take 400 years for God to start the story of Jesus? This we may never understand, but God does. And He chose Mary, at the right time. He had a reason and the miracle conception of Christ Jesus our Lord occurred.

“…and they shall call His name Immanuel, which means, God with us.”

God is with us. God is with you. Whatever you are facing this Christmas season, whether it’s an ongoing divorce, cancer battle, marital struggle, or infertility, God is with you. You don’t have to face the night and sorrow alone. Sometimes it feels like you are stuck in the 400 year gap of silence.  I know, I have been there, standing in those shoes, wondering where in the world God is.. If you are in a season of silence right now, I understand. I understand how frustrated you are. I understand when people talk about hearing Him, or being answered by Him or being filled with peace because of Him, it makes you feel angry because you are doing everything you can and you don’t have that. I tell you this because I know the tears you are crying, the weariness you feel, the how draining the questions you are asking are. I tell you this because I want you to keep going. Even when it feels pointless. Even when you feel like He isn’t real. Even when you open up your Bible and you can’t seem to understand where this loving, kind, merciful God you are reading about is in your life. Keep going. Day after day. Keep praying. Because friends, I am certain, beyond a shadow of doubt, that in the moments I felt the most alone, looking back, He was holding me the whole time. He is worth fighting for.

Having faith in an invisible God isn’t easy. But Christmas is a reminder that our invisible God was made visible in the form of Jesus. And yes, Christmas may look different that what you had hoped this year. But I pray that you can dig deep, and even just for a moment, celebrate the miracle of Jesus’ birth, and be encouraged knowing that “with God, nothing is impossible.” (Luke 1:37) Your situation isn’t hopeless.

Believe that His faithfulness will endure time. That His Word is true. That He care deeply for you and situations you are facing today. He sees your tears. He knows when you feel forgotten. He knows when you worry that you will never move past “this” season. Rest in the promise that He is with you – He is our Immanuel.

When I miscarried our first child on Christmas day 5 years ago, I never thought this Christmas would come. I assumed all Christmas’s would be marked with grief, that hope was lost, that the sorrow would never end. But this year, we are celebrating His faithfulness. And it’s humbling and even better than I ever could have imagined.

If you are stuck in the sorrow, know its okay to grieve, but don’t get caught grieving as those without hope. He came, He conquered death, He broke the barrier to sin and He will come again. Because He hears your prayers, sits with you as you cry, collects your tears, and loves you so much. You are seen. Jesus, our Immanuel, is with you.

Merry Christmas friends!


an open letter to my mom.

Dear Mom,

Happy birthday! It’s a blessing to be able to celebrate another year of life with you. I know aging isn’t always easy. We think of all the lives who haven’t made it to “28”, we can’t help but feel grateful to celebrate another year with you. Trust me, you don’t look a day over 20.

What a year it’s been! It’s been beyond special to watch you flourish as a Grandma this year. I don’t say often enough how wonderful you are in this role. My children adore you. I feel like I have this unique inside view watching what it was like to be a baby in your home 32 years ago. Your creativity astounds me. The games you make up to keep Kirsten and Logan entertained are nothing short of wildly amusing. Your patience knows no bounds and no matter what mood they are in, you will have them smiling and giggling in no time. You managed to get my kids to sleep in the early days in ways that were an art form – balancing one on your lap while patting a back, and rocking the other one in your arms with a blanket delicately draped over their cheeks. When I was too tired or foggy to process much, you took over feeding and sent me to a quiet room to pump and made grandmothering look so natural. I drank in your wisdom and was thankful for all the tips and tricks you taught me, and are still teaching me.

I don’t tell you enough what a great mom you were. If I had a dollar for every time I shared something “my mom did when I was younger….” and the amount of people who called you a genius, I would be a millionaire. You parented with patience, love and an extraordinary amount of creativity. It was something I took for granted until I started to realize how unique and special what I had really was. You instilled in me so many special things – a deep appreciation for Johnny Mathis and Eva Cassidy, a love for cooking and entertaining, a heart that prayed for the family of the person in an ambulance that passed us by on the street, eyes to see someone who needed a bouquet of flowers brought to them, or a hot meal dropped off, and the love to surprise someone with thoughtfulness, although I have yet to do a total bedroom makeover for someone while they are at a friend’s house for a day. J I learned how to garage sale well, give without needing recognition, how to put others first, and enjoy a nice bubble bath because of you. Your wisdom taught me to turn to prayer first and that it was important to “rise and shine and give God the glory glory.”

I find myself now, as a mom, doing things just like you and I know that because of the example I had set for me, these kids have a chance in this world. I pray that I can only do justice the wonderful example I have.

And now my heart is so full knowing that my babies have their grandma just down the street from them, not 2 states away. I know your move came at a sacrifice and I recognize the toll that transition has been. Every time you swing on by to say hi to K & L, or drop off a dinner for us, I am so thankful that you’re 6 minutes away and not 6 hours. I can’t fathom the thought of them not knowing who you are intimately well. The smiles you bring to their faces are priceless.

And today we get to celebrate YOU! And for that I am so very thankful. You were called to be a mother, and Mom, you do it so well. God gave you the greatest job in the world, and you leaned into Him and took on the challenge with grace. And while I no longer need diaper changes, you are always just a phone call away to talk me through a situation or give me your advice or unique perspective on a challenge. I appreciate that very much, even when I am too proud or stubborn to say so, which sadly is too often.

I hope you feel loved and celebrated today. You have changed lives because of the way you invested in mothering. LIVES. Not just Courtney and mine, but the lives of others that have been touched by your lessons and tricks, or that have spent a night around your dinner table being loved on with your hospitality. You have the most selfless heart I have ever known and I love you to the moon and back.

Thank you for being you, Mama Starlight. I love you.

With love,

Your Baby Starlight xoxox


little hands. 

I pray over these little hands every day. Both Kirsten and Logan’s. But tonight Kirsten’s hands caught my lingers and I can’t help but think about what’s ahead for them. These hands will experience moments of joy so grand they will clap together, and they will wipe away tears during moments of bitter sorrow; they will express frustration with clenched fists and they will hold her daddy’s hands during a father/daughter dance. They will clasp together in prayer, get scuffed during tumbles, find mine during snuggly moments and someday, maybe, be used to give herself shots, or greet her child for the first time. I’m overwhelmed by all the moments these hands will encounter. And as I pray, I also pray there are many things these hands never experience as well. And my heart aches to protect her from harm or hurt, and I find so much comfort knowing that Jesus knows the story of these hands already. He knows and He loves her even more than I do, which seems impossible. I’ve memorized her tiny knuckle dimples and I nibble her fingers with glee, and I am overwhelmed with love. Yet He loves her more. He created these hands. They are His masterpiece.

And I don’t have any ultra-wise words here. I wish I did. I’m just carrying the weight of knowing I’m not in control and daily am in the process of building my trust in the One who knows and writes our stories. Kirsten’s story. Logan’s story. And so, each day I’ll pray. I’ll pray He guides these hands into good, wise, and joyful moments. That they want to be His hands on this earth. And that He brings them comfort in the hard moments. And I’ll remember that just as He loves my babies, He loves me just as much. Oh my heart is so tender. I’m so thankful we have a God who cares so much about us, about every last detail, and sticks with us as we learn to trust Him.
Look at your own hands. What they have been through. Think about how your parents may have prayed over them when you were a child. Take in the significance of what your hands partake in on a daily basis. Lift those hands to Your Father and join me in asking Him to bless our hands and help us to become more aware of their power. Their power as they type words of either encouragement or meanness, as they prepare food, shake hands, clasp together with a loved one, brush a child’s hair. Use your hands to make a difference. Our hands have so much potential.

My dear children, I love your little hands.