alabama_welcomeWe are in Prattville. We had a pretty smooth trip. Katie Mae wanted out of her car seat for the last 20-30 minutes, but we managed to push through. Our “suite” is…well, let’s just  say we were COMPLETELY spoiled in Arkansas. One of our main priorities in looking for accommodations for our family of 4 is a full kitchen so we can keep our grocery costs down. The place we are staying advertised “full kitchens”.

Do you notice what is missing under the “stove”? No oven. No dishwasher. The dishwasher I can get over…but MANY of my recipes involve the oven…I have been viewing this season of our lives as an exciting ‘adventure’…well…the Lord has a sense of humor, does He not? 🙂 Thankfully, I did bring along our slow cooker, so that will give us a little wiggle room.

This week for dinner we are doing breakfast, spaghetti, and sloppy joes, then I will try to get my creative juices flowing for the remainder of our stay. What are your ideas? Anyone have inexpensive recipes that do not require the oven? PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE post them! I’ll let ya know how it’s going!


Comments on: "Trying to “roll” with the “tide” in Alabama" (10)

  1. A great crockpot recipe book is Fix-it and Forget-it (Dawn J Ranck and Phyllis Pellman Good), you can find it a walmart or target. It has a variety of recipes that most of them are really good. There is even crockpot recipes for bread and desserts!
    Good Luck!

  2. example of the recipes:

    Barbeque beef

    5lbs chuck roast
    1 large onion, sliced
    2 tsp salt
    3/4 tsp pepper
    28 oz can stewed tomatoes
    1Tbsp-1/2 cup brown sugar (to your own sweetness desires)
    1 cup water
    KC Masterpiece Spicy BBQ Sauce or Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ

    Combine all ingredients except bbq sauce in slow cooker
    cover cook on low 6-7 hours. Then refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
    Shred meat and place in slow cooker. Add bbq sauce, cover and cook on
    low 4-5 hours. Serve on Hamburger buns. Yummy!

  3. ps: that makes 10 servings, freeze some for later.

  4. another good one:

    Teriyaki Chicken

    2-3 lbs chicken pieces
    20 oz can pineapple chunks
    dash of ginger
    1 cup teriyaki sauce
    5-6 servings

    I usually marinate my chicken for 24 hrs in teriyaki sauce first, then throw out the old teriyaki sauce and use some new stuff for the crockpot.
    place chicken in slow cooker, pour ingredients over chicken and cook on low
    for 6-8 hours or high 4-6hrs. Serve over rice.

  5. Your dad’s all time favorite which is very simple:

    Roast and veggies

    3-4 lbs roast (cheap cut)
    1 can cream of mushroom soup
    1 envelope onion soup mix
    1 large onion sliced
    1 can whole white potatoes
    1 can petite whole carrots
    enough water to cover meat

    Place roast in slow cooker with mushroom soup, onion soup mix and sliced onions.
    Do not add additional salt the soup mix is pretty salty. Add enough water to cover the roast. Cook on low for 8 hours, in the last hour add drained potatoes and carrots to the crock pot. Serve with some precooked dinner rolls since you don’t have an oven! 🙂

  6. Girl, you should go to the library and rent a few slow cooker cookbooks and just copy the recipes you like the most. You can pretty much make anything in the slow cooker. All meats, pastas, casseroles, desserts, breakfasts, you name it! So sorry about the stove! Maybe the last tenant stole it! LOL! 🙂

    • tarawilliams said:

      Great idea about the library. We’ve already been twice. Great way to save money! They did not have the “Fix It and Forget It” cookbook though. I did find a great one by Sandra Lee!

  7. This post is not really even necessary b/c I dont have the “real” recipe available right now but I will get it to you – it’s called 10 Can Soup and that’s pretty much what’s in it. 🙂 Browned hamburger and 10 cans of stuff (corn, potatoes, etc.) Very similar to veggie soup but I dont eat veggie soup but LOVE this stuff. Oh, it’s also in the SRP cookbook if you talk w/ your mom… 🙂 Anyway…it can all be “dumped” into your crockpot/slow cooker and warmed up. Wish you had an over b/c it’s SO good w/ cornbread. :o)

  8. Hey Tara – I’ve got that 10 Can Soup Recipe in case you’re interested -or any other blog readers are. 🙂

    1 lb. hamburger
    1 can diced potatoes
    1 can green beans
    2 cans Rotel Milder diced tomatoes & chiles
    2 cans corn niblets, whole kernel sweet corn (small cans)
    2 cans Campbell’s Minestrone soup
    2 cans original Texas Beans, ranch style

    Brown hamburger, drain and set aside. Drain potatoes & green beans. Pour all cans into large pot. Add hamburger. Heat and serve. 🙂

    ~It really is good stuff and makes a lot.

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