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I love my crock pot too :) Never thought to have it on while I sleep, but what a great way to solve the "what's for lunch" dilemna. Thanks for the tip !


You make me want to try that..but I really need a bigger crock pot.I still am using the little red one from the 70's.
I like the candle photo..wish I'd thought of that.



Thank goodness for crock pots!! We use ours all the time and now that we'll be kitchenless in a few weeks, it will be a great way to make dinners!! Plus, then the house smells great all day!!


I love making soup this time of year! We eat lots of it with home made bread (bread machi ne) slathered in lots of butter. I never thought to use my crock pot this way or to use the night before's leftovers to make the stock. I love this idea.

Usually when I need stock DH will stop off at the grocery on the way home from work and pick up a rotisserie fully cooked chicken. Then I will add what ever veggies we have. I cook it for a couple of hours then we seperate the bones out. The next day I add beans and what ever flavorings I think sound good and voila new soup for the day! I'm not sure but I don't think we have ever had the same flavored chicken soup twice (unless it's the basic for sick people/animals).
Thanks for your tip I can't wait to try it!


Gorgeous photos. The crock pot is a great time saver, and one of the best kitchen appliances ever.

Mica Garbarino

Lovely, lovely crock pot. We are here in the Snow too!!! I am 45 minutes North of Seattle. I love your Blog, your photo and work. I am also a homeschooler, for the past 7 1/2 years. Take care, keep warm. Mica Garbarino/ Garb-oodles


Vicki, the candle and snow photo is beautiful!
It just now started snowing here!


Mmmm...this makes me want some soup.


Your soups sound delish! Nothing like a bowl of hot soup on a cold day!


I am a great soup fan from way back. I would eat it every day in the winter if my kids would let me!


Hooray for whoever invented crockpots - Davy Crockett? Betty Crocker? :-)

Your photo of the snow window view, past the warm candlelight is so serene. I love peeking in through this little internet window - you always have something delightful (and your crockpot even looks cozier than mine! how do you do that? :)

p.s. Somehow I missed seeing your last post - pesky though they may be, the deer are so lovely, I could forgive them almost anything! (remember, I said almost, lol - I'm sure I would be sorely grieved if they ate all my rosebushes and lilacs - not to mention veggies!)


What a fantastic idea-not a crazy one!! You soooo organized, what a time saver! Must try this!! Do you just simmer the vegetables at night or meat in it too?

ME: To clarify---I put into the crockpot any left-over meat (or a carcass) and cover it with water to simmer overnight. Bones are removed in the morning, leaving a clear stock. Fresh vegetables or left-overs are added to the stock the next morning to simmer gently for several hours, not overnight.


Is your crock-pot pink!? How cool is that!

ME: No, it's just the cast from the overhead lighting. But a pretty pink one would certainly be wonderful wouldn't it?


A pink crock pot, now that really lightens the day!


Praises to the Crockpot..I love to make chilli in mine. By the way, my niece is LOVING the apron you made, I bought it for her for Christmas..big hit!


Snow days and soup are great friends I think. And I have done the night before thing and it was a huge time saver, I think I'll take your advice and start doing it more often.

ME: I'm always looking for ways to save time, so I have more time for crafting! :o)


I do believe the crock pot is one of those inventions for which the creator should receive a Nobel prize. Soup is just the right thing this time of year--even here in Tucson.


wow snow, how lucky you are, please send some over here to us in the UK!!


I love your blog! It reminds me of everything I love. I lived in a very small town in washington state most my life and for the past 8 years have been in Phoenix. All your wonderful pictures remind me of home! Thank you so much for sharing!

Amie Ladd

I just love your blog, so inspiring! Your cranberry hutch and wire fruit basket both are too cute. Have a happy cozy day.


Thanks for the outside pictures. I am having to live vicariously through your snow pictures, as we are having a very warm Virginia winter in the 60's!


Hooray- great idea- the crock pot- mine has been lonely on the shelf. My DH leaves for work at 5:45 every day and must take lunch and dinner - so great idea. LOVE your blog.


I love soup! I could eat soup every day, though the manly men in my house (DH and 15y/o DS) want food food. When I awoke to all the snow this morning (we're in Astoria), my first thought was to get the croc-pot going as it's truly a Soup Day! Mmmm... do you have and A-Z for soups?

ME: A-Z soups...hmmm, sounds like a grand idea to me!


You're so organized, I love it. I think I need a new crockpot though--mine cooks way to hot and I'm afraid if I left it all night while we slept...well, lets just say it WOULDN'T be good for you! One day, a new pot for sure.


What a fantastic idea! I never know what to do with leftovers because no one in my house ever eats them so food just goes to waste. I can't wait to try this.


That is such a great idea!!!At night while slumbering on!!!You are too clever.Have a great sleep and enjoy the soup!!!


oh, i would use my crockpot all the time if it were pink. mine is dark green with a fall leaves motif :(

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