Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Grits Recipe
or Pumpkin Grits or Butternut Squash Grits

Is mac 'n' cheese your downfall? It sure is mine. But now I've found an ally, a healthy substitute. It's a "skinny" pot of grits, conveniently cooked in the slow cooker with sweet potato (or pumpkin or butternut squash) and a little mik, with just a tablespoon of butter stirred in to finish. Good stuff this, really good stuff. Homemade macaroni and cheese is my downfall – or it would be, if I let it.What’s the recipe, you ask? It’s low-brow and sinfully good but sorry, the cheese is the highly processed not-really-cheese-at-all Velveeta.Take it upscale? Yep, I’ve tried fancy cheese, lobster too. Make it healthier? I’ve tried. Throw in vegetables like butternut squash (Butternut Squash Mac ‘n’ Cheese) and cauliflower (Cauliflower Mac ‘n’ Cheese). It’s still my downfall.But things are looking up because Sweet Potato Grits (and its cousins the Pumpkin Grits and the Butternut Squash Grits) completely satisfies my yen for mac ‘n’ cheese – with zero cheese and a si…

Easy Baked Oatmeal with Apples & Walnuts

There's a new breakfast in town! Like a morning bowl of creamy oatmeal, this easy breakfast casserole is full of healthy oats but it's also gussied up with warm fruit and nuts and our much-beloved cinnamon. Easy Baked Oatmeal is sweet enough to satisfy someone with a breakfast sweet-tooth (perhaps calling it "breakfast apple crisp"?!) but at least for me, not too sweet in the morning. Or you could call it a "flourless oatmeal cake" and serve it for dessert. I'm sharing for three seasonal versions of Easy Baked Oatmeal, two for fall, an Apples and Walnut combo and another with Pumpkin and Pears. But for summer? Go for Blueberries and Bananas! Your choice, just don't miss out on this easy, nutritious and ever-so-variable delight.

Fresh & Seasonal with Easy Adaptations for Fall & Summer. Homey & Fruity. Great for Meal Prep.

Ribs & Sauerkraut (for Slow Cooker or Dutch Oven)

for Slow Cooker or a Campfire Dutch Oven
Ribs and sauerkraut cooked in either the slow cooker or in a "real" Dutch oven over coals or an open fire. The meat is moist and fall-off-the-bone tender, the sauerkraut amber-colored and apple-sweet. A real treat for fall! ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~

A Thoughtful, Practical Wedding GiftWhen my parents returned from a short honeymoon at the family cottage in Manitoba’s Whiteshell, waiting on the stove in their new home was an inky-black cast iron skillet, a surprise from my grandmother.So practical, that gift. My mother loved the story as much as the skillet which is still in use at my dad’s house more than fifty years later.But is cast iron sexy enough for today? For the last few years, colorful LeCreuset-style enamel-covered cast iron has become the go-to wedding gift, still practical but ever-so sexy-red.We’re still adding to our own collection of plain cast iron.
Four skillets of different sizes, including a six-inch mini skille…