12 Days Christmas Baking: Peanut Butter Buckeye Balls

 

This weekend we finished up our 12 Days of Christmas Baking series making Peanut Butter Buckeye Balls, and oh my goodness, they are soooooo good! 

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Download your free 12 Days of Christmas Baking Grocery List and Cookbook over HERE if you didn’t get the chance already ~ I’ve so enjoyed making everything this week (and hope you’ve made a few too!) I’m amazed at how much easier it is to get ready for Christmas with a plan in place, and having this list has just made Christmas easier at our house this year.

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The Best Baking Supply Bargains

 

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Now that we’ve almost finished our 12 days of Christmas baking series (download your free grocery list and cookbook over HERE) I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite ways to package all those goodies up!

 

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I found most of my supplies at Hobby Lobby  . . .

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wrapped them up with inexpensive ribbon,

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and found a few bargains at Michael’s & The Dollar Tree too.

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I love those stores. 

 

 

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Here’s how the math on each container added up: 

Big red and white carry out box 66¢ per box

Santa tin $1.75 at Hobby Lobby

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Tiny box containers at Hobby Lobby 20¢ per box

Sliding Boxes from Hobby Lobby 50¢ per box

Polka Dot Sliding Box Containers from Hobby Lobby 75¢ each

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Plastic bags 12/$1 at the Dollar Tree 8.3¢ each

Merry Christmas tag from Hobby Lobby 5¢ each

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Merry Christmas Box $1 at Hobby Lobby

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Christmas Tin $1 at the Dollar Tree

Green Christmas Santa Box $1 at Michael’s

Merry Bag and Santa Hat tag 15¢ at Hobby Lobby

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Polka Dot and Striped Bags 12¢ per box

Chalkboard Clothespins 13¢ per box

Gift Card Holder 50¢ each

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Be Merry Box 75¢ per box at Hobby Lobby

 

Hope this helps you pinch a few extra pennies this Christmas, as well as spoil someone special you’re thankful for this year. Enjoy!

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I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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12 Days Christmas Baking: Happy Birthday Jesus Cake

Of all the recipes included in the 12 Days of Christmas Baking Cookbook, I think this is my favorite! It’s so super simple to make, and we love the tradition of baking a Happy Birthday Jesus cake on Christmas morning in our home.
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Download your free 12 Days of Christmas Baking Grocery List and Cookbook over HERE. I’m amazed at how much easier it is to get ready for Christmas with a plan in place, and having this list has just made Christmas easier at our house this year!

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12 Days Christmas Baking: Easiest Fudge Ever

 

Today we’re making the easiest fudge ever over on PPP ~ if you’ve been looking for a no fail recipe, this one’s for you!

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Make it in under 5 minutes flat, and pack it up so you’re ready to go.

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Download your free 12 Days of Christmas Baking Grocery List and Cookbook over HERE. I’m amazed at how much easier it is to get ready for Christmas with a plan in place, and having this list has just made Christmas easier at our house this year!
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12 Days Christmas Baking: Best Chocolate Chip Cookies EVER

Today we’re making the best chocolate chip cookies EVER ~ I promise if you make one recipe from PPP this Christmas this is the one to make!

 

As you can tell in the video that we shared last night over on Facebook, Reagan clearly bakes with me a wee bit too often (and it was definitely her bed time), but we had fun making them together either way. 😉

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Download your free 12 Days of Christmas Baking Grocery List and Cookbook over HERE. I’m amazed at how much easier it is to get ready for Christmas with a plan in place, and having this list has just made Christmas easier at our house this year!
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12 Days Christmas Baking: Peppermint Fudge

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Today’s 12 days of Christmas baking recipe is Peppermint Chocolate Fudge, and oh my goodness, this one is so simple and just delicious!

 

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(Download the recipe over HERE.)

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After making up a batch I set up this homemade hot chocolate bar (completely inspired by my friend Julie at Less Than perfect Life of Bliss ~ check out hers over HERE), which was perfect since we’re getting our first bit of snow here at our house today.

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I’d love for you to download your free 12 Days of Christmas Baking Grocery List and Cookbook over HERE. I’m amazed at how much easier it is to get ready for Christmas with a plan in place, and having this list has just made Christmas easier at our house this year.
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12 Days Christmas Baking: No Bake Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars

Here’s a peek at today’s Christmas Baking Recipe ~ yum! And, if you missed us making Christmas Crack yesterday (it was a wee bit of a disaster . . . ) you can check it out over HERE.


I’d love for you to download your free 12 Days of Christmas Baking Grocery List and Cookbook over HERE. I’m amazed at how much easier it is to get ready for Christmas with a plan in place, and having this list has just made Christmas easier at our house this year.
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I’d love for you to join me, and can’t wait to spend this month taking care of our families and friends while we prepare for Christmas! If you’re making any yummy recipes this month, I’d s0 love for you to leave a comment and share what you’re making.

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12 Days Christmas Baking: Homemade Cinnabons

Today we’re making Almost Homemade Cinnamon Rolls ~ yummmm!

 

If you love Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls you have got to try these – they cost about $1 for a dozen cinnamon rolls, and your kids will think you’re a rockstar when you’re done.

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And, as I mentioned in the video, Flirty Aprons is offering a big discount right now when you use the code SHOPNOW at checkout! You’ll get an extra 60% off site-wide, plus free shipping. That is a fantastic deal. Valid through 12/11!
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Download your free 12 Days of Christmas Baking Grocery List and Cookbook over HERE. I’m amazed at how much easier it is to get ready for Christmas with a plan in place, and having this list has just made Christmas easier at our house this year ~ hope it makes Christmas go more smoothly in your home too!

 

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12 Days Christmas Baking: Perfect Peanut Butter Fudge

Today we’re making homemade peanut butter fudge, and oh my stars . . . you don’t want to miss this one! 

 

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The ingredients are pretty simple ~ and it takes less than 30 minutes to make ~ but this is quite possibly my favorite recipe I’ve shared so far.

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Download your free 12 Days of Christmas Baking Grocery List and Cookbook over HERE. I’m amazed at how much easier it is to get ready for Christmas with a plan in place, and having this list has just made Christmas easier at our house this year.

 

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I’d love for you to join me, and can’t wait to spend this month taking care of our families and friends while we prepare for Christmas! If you’re making any yummy recipes this month, I’d s0 love for you to leave a comment and share what you’re making.

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12 Days Christmas Baking: Slow Cooker Christmas Candy

 

I’m so excited about today’s yummy Christmas recipe, but even a wee bit more excited about all the fun packaging supplies I scored yesterday at Hobby Lobby! 

While I’ve found quite a few cute tins, bags, and wraps at Michael’s and the Dollar Tree for Christmas baking, the fun ways to gift at Hobby Lobby just made me so happy. (As you can see in the video ~ they just made my day!)

I’d love for you to download your free 12 Days of Christmas Baking Grocery List and Cookbook over HERE. I’m amazed at how much easier it is to get ready for Christmas with a plan in place, and having this list has just made Christmas easier at our house this year.
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I’d love for you to join me, and can’t wait to spend this month taking care of our families and friends while we prepare for Christmas! If you’re making any yummy recipes this month, I’d s0 love for you to leave a comment and share what you’re making.

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12 Days of Christmas Baking Day 2: Muddy Buddy Chex Mix

 

Today we’re making Muddy Buddy Chex Mix ~ sooooo good! 
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You can download your grocery list and cookbook HERE ~ definitely one of our favorites, and I’d love to hear what your family makes each Christmas too.
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I’d love for you to join me, and can’t wait to spend this month taking care of our families and friends while we prepare for Christmas! If you’re making any yummy recipes this month I’d love for you to leave a comment and share what you’re making.

 

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12 Days of Christmas Baking Day 1: Hello Dolly Bars

 
I’m so excited to finally get back to cooking (and baking!) this week! 

 

We’re starting a new 12 Days of Christmas Baking series (you can download your grocery list and cookbook HERE), where I’ll be making a yummy Christmas treat 6 days a week over on Facebook Live, then sharing it here.
 

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Because my poor family was pitiful in November since I pretty much banned cooking after Crocktober (eek!), I decided to try to go ahead and get dinner done too this morning. Here’s what I made today:

 

I’d love for you to join me, and can’t wait to spend this month taking care of our families and friends while we prepare for Christmas! If you’re making any yummy recipes this month I’d love for you to share those too ! leave a comment to share.

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Crock-tober Day 20: Slow Cooker Whole Chicken + Why I Need To Text You!

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken

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I’m so excited to have dinner done, but I’m a wee bit sad that this is the last day of Crock-tober! I have sooooooo loved sharing these recipes and hearing from you each day, and am planning to do another round in February (just mark your calendar.) 🙂

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See how easy it is to pop dinner in Mrs. Potts (definitely check us out on Facebook Live as well where you can check out reader’s comments ~ I love hearing from you!), and be sure to download your free Crock-tober cookbook for a few more days while it lasts. 

 

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And, as I mentioned in the video, you can sign up for FREE mobile text alerts from PPP of the very best deals.

Here’s how to sign up: 

  • Text Follow ppphotdeals to 40404
  • You’ll receive a message from Twitter that says “want to tweet? Welcome to Twitter! You’re now following @ppphotdeals and you’ll receive your Tweents on  your phone. (Std msg rates apply. Reply w/HELP for more.)
  • To STOP getting updates, just text Off ppphotdeals to 40404

Note that this will not be all of the deals – my thought is that it would be no more than five to ten texts per week, and most likely fewer (especially after the Christmas season is over.) Here are a few ideas of what I would consider “BEST” deals:

  • American Girl savings
  • HUGE Lego sale
  • 50% or more sale on Pyrex or Cooking items
  • Big sale on Kids ride on toys
  • Items that are high value but I know won’t last

 

This is run through Twitter, however you DON’T need a Twitter account to sign up (and you won’t be contacted by me through Twitter.) It’s just a program that easily lets me send you the deals, and hopefully will help you save on the hot items that sell out quickly!
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Happy Happy Happy Crocktober! 

 

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Crock-tober Day 19: Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

 

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I’m so excited to have dinner done today! See how easy it is to pop dinner in Mrs. Potts (definitely check us out on Facebook Live as well where you can check out reader’s comments ~ I love hearing from you!), and join me as we cook real food for our family all month long this Crock-tober.

 

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Check out the full recipe over HERE, and remember you can sign up for your free Crock-tober grocery list, menu plan and cookbook right HERE. I’ll pop in later today with a pic when dinner’s done and would love for you to share this with anyone you know who struggles to get dinner on the table too. 🙂

 

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Also, as I mentioned in the video, you can sign up for FREE mobile text alerts from PPP of the very best deals.

Here’s how to sign up: 

  • Text Follow ppphotdeals to 40404
  • You’ll receive a message from Twitter that says “want to tweet? Welcome to Twitter! You’re now following @ppphotdeals and you’ll receive your Tweents on  your phone. (Std msg rates apply. Reply w/HELP for more.)
  • To STOP getting updates, just text Off ppphotdeals to 40404

Note that this will not be all of the deals – my thought is that it would be no more than five to ten texts per week, and most likely fewer (especially after the Christmas season is over.) Here are a few ideas of what I would consider “BEST” deals:

  • American Girl savings
  • HUGE Lego sale
  • 50% or more sale on Pyrex or Cooking items
  • Big sale on Kids ride on toys
  • Items that are high value but I know won’t last

 

This is run through Twitter, however you DON’T need a Twitter account to sign up (and you won’t be contacted by me through Twitter.) It’s just a program that easily lets me send you the deals, and hopefully will help you save on the hot items that sell out quickly!

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Let me know if you have any thoughts or suggestions, and hurry to sign up today – I can’t wait to see all the deals coming up over the next few weeks and am excited about an extra way to share them with you!

 

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Crock-tober Day 18: Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joe’s

20 slow cooker recipes in 20 days

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I’m so excited to have dinner done today! See how easy it is to pop dinner in Mrs. Potts (definitely check us out on Facebook Live as well where you can check out reader’s comments ~ I love hearing from you!), and join me as we cook real food for our family all month long this Crock-tober.

 

I also figured out what to do with all those apples yesterday (they taste amazing this today), and scored a few fun items at Goodwill for $7.49. Success! 🙂
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Check out the full Sloppy Joe recipe over HERE, and remember you can sign up for your free Crock-tober grocery list, menu plan and cookbook right HERE. I’ll pop in later today with a pic when dinner’s done and would love for you to share this with anyone you know who struggles to get dinner on the table too. 🙂
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Happy Crocktober! 

 

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Crock-tober Day 17: Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

20 slow cooker recipes in 20 days

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I’m so excited to have dinner done today! See how easy it is to pop dinner in Mrs. Potts (definitely check us out on Facebook Live as well where you can check out reader’s comments ~ I love hearing from you!), and join me as we cook real food for our family all month long this Crock-tober.

 

And, if you have a few ideas for what I should do with all those apples (eek!) I’d love to hear them. The biggest problem is they won’t peel easily, so any recipes that can be baked with the skin on the apples would be greatly appreciated!
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Check out the full recipe over HERE, and remember you can sign up for your free Crock-tober grocery list, menu plan and cookbook right HERE. I’ll pop in later today with a pic when dinner’s done and would love for you to share this with anyone you know who struggles to get dinner on the table too. 🙂
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Crock-tober Day 16: Slow Cooker Chicken & Dressing

Passionate Penny Pincher Slow Cooker Chicken & Dressing

20 slow cooker recipes in 20 days

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I’m so excited to have dinner done today! See how easy it is to pop dinner in Mrs. Potts (definitely check us out on Facebook Live as well where you can check out reader’s comments ~ I love hearing from you!), and join me as we cook real food for our family all month long this Crock-tober.


Check out the full recipe over HERE, and remember you can sign up for your free Crock-tober grocery list, menu plan and cookbook right HERE. I’ll pop in later today with a pic when dinner’s done and would love for you to share this with anyone you know who struggles to get dinner on the table too. 🙂
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Crock-tober Day 15: Slow Cooker Chicken Philly Cheesesteaks

Slow Cooker Chicken Philly Cheesesteaks

 

20 slow cooker recipes in 20 days

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I’m so excited to have dinner done today! See how easy it is to pop dinner in Mrs. Potts (definitely check us out on Facebook Live as well where you can check out reader’s comments ~ I love hearing from you!), and join me as we cook real food for our family all month long this Crock-tober.

Check out the full recipe over HERE, and remember you can sign up for your free Crock-tober grocery list, menu plan and cookbook right HERE. I’ll pop in later today with a pic when dinner’s done and would love for you to share this with anyone you know who struggles to get dinner on the table too. 🙂
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Crock-tober Day 14: Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup (I don’t wanna!)

Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup

 

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I didn’t want to make dinner today.

 

I didn’t want to clean out Mrs. Potts (who didn’t get a good bath last night), 😉 I didn’t want to brown the ground beef, and I didn’t want to chop up one more onion.

 

not. at. all.

 

But because I knew a few folks might be watching (eek), I sucked it up and gave Mrs. Potts a good scrub. And I browned the ground beef. And I even chopped up a whopping cup of onion.

 

And it took all of about 13 minutes.

 

To have dinner done.

 

And skip the drive thru.

 

And save my  hubby from cereal for dinner.

 

I seriously won today. 😉

 

If you’re like me and just don’t want to get it together and get dinner done, 

 

you are not alone.

 

But it’s 13 minutes.

 

And you’ll feel so good.

 

And your house will smell so  yummy.

 

And your family will call you a rockstar. 🙂

 

(Okay, they probably won’t call you a rockstar, but YOU can call you a rockstar and I’m over here calling you a rockstar today too.)

 

 

See how easy it is to pop dinner in Mrs. Potts (definitely check us out on Facebook Live as well where you can check out reader’s comments ~ I love hearing from you!), and join me as we cook real food for our family all month long this Crock-tober.

 

We’ve got this.

 

Whew. 
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Check out the full recipe over HERE, and remember you can sign up for your free Crock-tober grocery list, menu plan and cookbook right HERE. I’ll pop in later today with a pic when dinner’s done and would love for you to share this with anyone you know who struggles to get dinner on the table too. 🙂
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Crock-tober Day 13: Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Alfredo

Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Alfredo

20 slow cooker recipes in 20 days

Click HERE to see video if it’s not working for you. 

I’m loving having dinner done every day this month (you have no idea how much more peaceful our evenings are each day thanks to my crockpot!)  See how easy it is to pop dinner in Mrs. Potts (definitely check us out on Facebook Live as well where you can check out reader’s comments ~ I love hearing from you!), and join me as we cook real food for our family all month long this Crock-tober.
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Check out the full recipe over HERE, and remember you can sign up for your free Crock-tober grocery list, menu plan and cookbook right HERE. I’ll pop in later today with a pic when dinner’s done and would love for you to share this with anyone you know who struggles to get dinner on the table too. 🙂
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Crock-tober Day 12: Slow Cooker Taco Meat

Slow Cooker Taco Meat

20 slow cooker recipes in 20 days

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Dinner is done today! See how easy it is to pop dinner in Mrs. Potts (definitely check us out on Facebook Live as well where you can check out reader’s comments ~ I love hearing from you!), and join me as we cook real food for our family all month long this Crock-tober.

 

Check out the full recipe for Slow Cooker Taco Meat over HERE, and remember you can sign up for your free Crock-tober grocery list, menu plan and cookbook right HERE. I’ll pop in later today with a pic when dinner’s done and would love for you to share this with anyone you know who struggles to get dinner on the table too. 🙂
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Crock-tober Day 11: Slow Cooker Chicken & Dumplings

Passionate Penny Pincher CROCK-TOBER Slow Cooker Chicken & Dumplings

20 slow cooker recipes in 20 days

Click HERE to see video if it’s not working for you. 

I’m so excited to have my family’s all time favorite dinner done today! See how easy it is to pop dinner in Mrs. Potts (definitely check us out on Facebook Live as well where you can check out reader’s comments ~ I love hearing from you!), and join me as we cook real food for our family all month long this Crock-tober.

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Check out the full Slow Cooker Chicken & Dumplings recipe over HERE, and remember you can sign up for your free Crock-tober grocery list, menu plan and cookbook right HERE. I’ll pop in later today with a pic when dinner’s done and would love for you to share this with anyone you know who struggles to get dinner on the table too. 🙂
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Crock-tober Day 10: Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak

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20 slow cooker recipes in 20 days

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I’m so excited to have dinner done today! Today’s dinner is one of my hubby’s favorites, and I love knowing what’s on the menu plan already for the day.  See how easy it is to pop dinner in Mrs. Potts (definitely check us out on Facebook Live as well where you can check out reader’s comments ~ I love hearing from you!), and join me as we cook real food for our family all month long this Crock-tober.
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Check out the full recipe over HERE, and remember you can sign up for your free Crock-tober grocery list, menu plan and cookbook right HERE. I’ll pop in later today with a pic when dinner’s done and would love for you to share this with anyone you know who struggles to get dinner on the table too. 🙂
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Crock-tober Day 9: Buffalo Chicken Sliders

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I’m so excited to have dinner done today! See how easy it is to pop dinner in Mrs. Potts (definitely check us out on Facebook Live as well where you can check out reader’s comments ~ I love hearing from you!), and join me as we cook real food for our family all month long this Crock-tober.

 

Not only has Crock-tober made me feel so much more organized when it’s come to menu planning, it’s helped me save $100 each week too ~ I. love. that. 🙂
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Check out the full recipe over HERE, and remember you can sign up for your free Crock-tober grocery list, menu plan and cookbook right HERE. I’ll pop in later today with a pic when dinner’s done and would love for you to share this with anyone you know who struggles to get dinner on the table too. 🙂
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Crock-tober Day 8 + When You Really Just Mess Up

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I’m so excited to have dinner done today! However, making dinner on Facebook Live today was nothing short of a hot mess, so I decided not to share the video over here. instead you can see above how I tried out the Silhouette Cameo today – it’s on sale for a crazy price, so grab one while it’s on sale today only if you’ve been looking for one of these!

 

 

I’m not gonna lie ~ doing these FB live videos is hard for me, and here’s what this morning’s schedule at our house looked like before going live:

  • 5:00 AM – wake up
  • 5:20 AM – head to gym (looking good, right?) 🙂
  • 6:20 AM – leave class at gym early to run by Kroger on way home because we needed gluten free taco shells and graham crackers as we’re making dinner tonight for company
  • 6:45 AM – at Kroger. No gluten free graham crackers. Forgot that corn tortillas are gluten free. Gr.
  • 6:50 AM – phone call from daughter that she needs me home now to take her to school for science group – race home – pick up 2 cute kids. Drive to school. 🙂
  • 7:10 AM – remember next kiddo has to be at school early today – hurry to shower – hurry to get dressed – hurry to brush hair – HURRY. 🙂
  • 8:02 AM – drop off next kiddo at school, hurry to Fresh Thyme to hunt down gluten free stuff and a few bargains
  • 8:32 AM – no bargains at Fresh Thyme (really?) but everything gluten free was there 🙂
  • 8:55 AM – race home to start dinner – get ingredients ready for FB live, except everything I kinda forgot everything we needed for dinner. (Dessert was good though, so it’s okay, right?)
  • 9:30 AM – press the button to go live on FB ~ yikes 🙂
  • 9:33 AM – realize I so do not have my act together ~ then my dog starts losing it because the garbage truck’s here while a few thousand folks watch me scramble. Not fun. 
  • 10:00 AM – decide I’m never ever never going to be cut out to be a famous cook, and really have no business doing FB live at all, but the reality is Facebook allows live videos to be seen more than anything else so I decide not to crawl up in a ball and cry although I’d really love to.  If all else fails, at least maybe I can encourage you that you’re not the only one having a messy day! 🙂

 

Yup – so if you want to see the end result of that mess, head on over HERE. 

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However, I didn’t quit (CAN I JUST TELL YOU HOW BADLY I WANTED TO QUIT?) and as promised shared how easy it is to make fun stuff with the Silhouette Cameo that’s on sale today for it’s lowest price ever. If you’ve been waiting for this thing I’d hurry and grab it today, it’s selling for $20 less than I paid on it’s lowest sale price ever and a crazy good deal.

 


And… you can check out the full recipe over HERE for these chicken tacos (my house smells amazing right now!) and remember you can sign up for your free Crock-tober grocery list, menu plan and cookbook right HERE.
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Happy Crocktober . . . WHEW! 🙂 

 

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Crock-tober Day 7: Slow Cooker Spaghetti With Meatballs

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Slow Cooker Spaghetti with Meatballs

Click HERE to see video if it’s not working for you. 

I’m so excited to have dinner done today! While this definitely isn’t a big fancy dinner, it keeps you out of the drive-thru lane, and in under 3 minutes you can get dinner done. Success!
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Check out the full recipe over HERE, and remember you can sign up for your free Crock-tober grocery list, menu plan and cookbook right HERE. I’ll pop in later today with a pic when dinner’s done and would love for you to share this with anyone you know who struggles to get dinner on the table too. 🙂
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Crock-tober Day 6: Best Ever Slow Cooker Roast (+ My Favorite Scarf!)

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20 slow cooker recipes in 20 days

Click HERE to see video if it’s not working for you. 

I’m so excited to have dinner done today!  This slow cooker pot roast is one of my absolute favorite recipes, and I hope you love it too.

 

See how easy it is to pop dinner in Mrs. Potts (definitely check us out on Facebook Live as well where you can check out reader’s comments ~ I love hearing from you!), and join me as we cook real food for our family all month long this Crock-tober.
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Check out the full recipe over HERE, and remember you can sign up for your free Crock-tober grocery list, menu plan and cookbook right HERE. I’ll pop in later today with a pic when dinner’s done and would love for you to share this with anyone you know who struggles to get dinner on the table too. 🙂
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Happy Crocktober! 

 

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Crock-tober Day 5: Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili + Homemade Bread

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20 slow cooker recipes in 20 days

Click HERE to see video if it’s not working for you. 

I’m so excited to have dinner done today! See how easy it is to pop dinner in Mrs. Potts (definitely check us out on Facebook Live as well where you can check out reader’s comments ~ I love hearing from you!), and join me as we cook real food for our family all month long this Crock-tober.
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Today we’re making Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili with Homemade Bread ~ so simple and in under 10 minutes dinner was done. 

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Check out the full recipe over HERE, and remember you can sign up for your free Crock-tober grocery list, menu plan and cookbook right HERE. I’ll pop in later today with a pic when dinner’s done and would love for you to share this with anyone you know who struggles to get dinner on the table too. 🙂
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Happy Crocktober! 

 

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Crock-tober Day 4: Slow Cooker Ranch Pork Chops

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Click HERE to see video if it’s not working for you ~ be patient, the sound at the beginning of the video was not working correctly, sorry guys! 

I’m so excited to have dinner done today! See how easy it is to pop dinner in Mrs. Potts (definitely check us out on Facebook Live as well where you can check out reader’s comments ~ I love hearing from you!), and join me as we cook real food for our family all month long this Crock-tober.

 

This is one of our family’s favorite recipes, but I haven’t made it in ages ~ hoping your family loves it as much as mine does!

 

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Check out the full recipe over HERE, and remember you can sign up for your free Crock-tober grocery list, menu plan and cookbook right HERE. I’ll pop in later today with a pic when dinner’s done and would love for you to share this with anyone you know who struggles to get dinner on the table too. 🙂
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Happy Crocktober! 

 

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Crock-tober Day 3: Slow Cooker Rigatoni

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20 slow cooker recipes in 20 days

Click HERE to see video if it’s not working for you. 

I’m so excited to have dinner done today! See how easy it is to pop dinner in Mrs. Potts (definitely check us out on Facebook Live as well where you can check out reader’s comments ~ I love hearing from you!), and join me as we cook real food for our family all month long this Crock-tober.
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Check out the full recipe over HERE, and remember you can sign up for your free Crock-tober grocery list, menu plan and cookbook right HERE. I’ll pop in later today with a pic when dinner’s done and would love for you to share this with anyone you know who struggles to get dinner on the table too. 🙂
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Happy Crocktober! 

 

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Crock-tober Day 2: Slow Cooker Chicken Nachos

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20 slow cooker recipes in 20 days

Click HERE to see video if it’s not working for you. 

I’m so excited to have dinner done today! See how easy it is to pop dinner in Mrs. Potts (definitely check us out on Facebook Live as well where you can check out reader’s comments ~ I love hearing from you!), and join me as we cook real food for our family all month long this Crock-tober.


Check out the full recipe over HERE, and remember you can sign up for your free Crock-tober grocery list, menu plan and cookbook right HERE. I’ll pop in later today with a pic when dinner’s done and would love for you to share this with anyone you know who struggles to get dinner on the table too. 🙂
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Crock-tober Day 1: Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sliders

 

Click HERE to see video if it’s not working for you. 

I’m so excited to have dinner done already today! See how easy it is to pop dinner in Mrs. Potts (definitely check us out on Facebook Live as well where you can check out reader’s comments ~ I love hearing from you!), and join me as we cook real food for our family all month long this Crock-tober.
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Check out the full recipe over HERE, and remember you can sign up for your free Crock-tober grocery list, menu plan and cookbook right HERE. I’ll pop in later today with a pic when dinner’s done and would love for you to share this with anyone you know who struggles to get dinner on the table too. 🙂
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I am sooooooooo excited about this!!! This week we are starting Passionate Penny Pincher’s Crocktober series, which means you and I are going to get dinner on the table every single night in the month of October.

 

Wooohooooo! 🙂 

As I shared on Facebook Live yesterday, starting Monday through Friday of each week in October I’ll be sharing a live video at 8:40 (well, maybe 8:45?) AM Eastern time popping dinner in Mrs. Potts.  Here’s how the schedule *should* look: 🙂

  • 8:40-8:45 AM Eastern Time –  Facebook Live Video showing how to make the recipe each morning (during the video you can tap the “follow” button and you’ll get updates each time PPP goes live)
  • 1:30 PM  Eastern Time – Blog post here on PPP with a replay of the video as well as links to recipes
  • 2:30 PM Eastern Time – Daily email goes out to regular email subscribers with all the info
  • 5:20 PM Eastern Time (POSSIBLY! depends on family schedule) – quick update over on Facebook with pic or live video of recipe
  • 8:30 PM Eastern Time – Blog post here sharing another bloggers dessert recipe (if you have any recommendations or are a blogger with a delicious recipe to share – send me an email at contact@ passionatepennypincher .com, leave out spaces!)

The best part?

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WE HAVE MADE YOU A GROCERY LIST AND COOKBOOK WITH ALL OF THE DETAILS FOR YOU.

 

you’re welcome!! 🙂

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To get the cookbook and grocery list, all you need to do is be an email subscriber (you can sign up over HERE if you’re not signed up already.) 

 

Note – if you’re already an email subscriber check your inbox with a link to your free copy ~ we’ve just sent it out (be sure to check your spam folder too if you don’t see it, and send me an email at contact@ passionatepennypincher .com ~ leave out spaces if you don’t see it there!)

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Looking for a new Mrs. Potts (like I was this week?) Here are a few of my favorites . . . 

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Hamilton Beach 7-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker for $29.96

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Crock-Pot Cook’ N Carry 6-Quart Slow Cooker (currently $23.07, regularly $29 at Amazon)

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Crockpot Cook & Carry Digital Slow Cooker with Heat Saver Stoneware ($39.99 at Walmart)

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Crockpot 2.5-Quart Mini Casserole Crock Slow Cooker for $32.49

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Instant Pot $119.95 (this dropped in price to $69.99 on Amazon Prime Day – I’m hoping for a deal and will let you know for sure if one pops up!)

And, in case you watched the video yesterday and wanted the recipes for the  mixes I made up, here they are (finally!) as promised.

Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups nonfat dry milk
  • ¾ cup cornstarch
  • ¼ cup low sodium instant chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 tsp dry onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp pepper

RECIPE

  • Mix together all ingredients.
  • Store at room temperature in plastic bag or container.
  • To use, mix together ⅓ cup dry mixture with 1 ¼ cups water to make 1 can cream of chicken soup.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Packet

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ garlic powder
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • pinch red pepper flakes

RECIPE

Mix all ingredients, equals one package taco seasoning mix.

Homemade Dry Ranch Dressing Seasoning Packet

INGREDIENTS

  • ¾ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder

RECIPE

Mix all ingredients, equals one package ranch dressing seasoning mix.

Italian Dressing Seasoning Packet

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

RECIPE

Mix all ingredients and store at room temperature in plastic bag or container. To use, mix 2 tablespoons in place of seasoning packet.

 

 

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I can’t wait to spend this month with you ~ we’re going to have a fantastic time feeding our family well all month long! 

 

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Southern Living Chunky Apple Cake

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I’ve posted this recipe each fall since I first started blogging, and it’s one of those recipes that no one should miss (so I feel it’s my duty to re-share!)  If you haven’t tried it yet, add the ingredients to your grocery list this week, and enjoy. 🙂 

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This is by far my favorite fall treat, and when my daughter and I made it last week she even made a cute little video to show the process. I could make this cake all year long and never grow tired of it, but it just sounds so good in the fall and makes our home smell delicious!

Note – I’m not sure why on earth the video has those few extra spots for “titles” in it – they didn’t show up when we were uploading it but apparently are in there somewhere – we’re learning! 🙂 
When I first found the recipe nine years ago I was teaching preschool “cooking and science” and my preschool classes made the cake – our entire church smelled heavenly! So, grab your apron and a few apples (you might love this apple peeler/corer too), and get baking.

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Southern Living re-printed this recipe in their October 2010 issue (along with a few variations), but I’m sticking with the original. 🙂
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Southern Living Chunky Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs Publix 18 ct. on sale $2
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced I think any tart apple will do – we used a bag of apples on sale at Publix in last week’s sale.  (To see detailed apple information, check out this site!)  If you have an apple peeler & slicer it makes this so easy, and my kids love watching it work!  If not you may have a little more prep time on your hands.
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (optional, but we’ve never used them)

Directions

  1. Stir together first 4 ingredients in large bowl until blended.
  2. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; add to butter mixture, stirring until blended.
  3. Stir in apple slices and 1 cup walnuts.   (Batter will be very thick, almost like cookie dough.)
  4. Spread into a well-greased 13- x 9-inch pan. (It’s pretty sticky, so make sure to grease your pan well!)
  5. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  7. Spread with Cream Cheese Frosting; sprinkle with walnuts, if desired.

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note – you may want to double frosting – we always like extra!

Ingredients

  1. 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  2. 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  3. 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  5. 1/8 tsp. salt

To make the Cream Cheese Frosting . . .

Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar and salt, beating until blended. Stir in vanilla.

 

 

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Recipe adapted from Southern Living MagazineIf you need a little more menu inspiration, check out the Recipe Index
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PPP Live: Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Chili

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Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Chili

Looking for a simple (healthy?!) recipe to make this week in Mrs. Potts? Watch HERE to see how I made Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Chili this morning in Mrs. Potts. (I even used my new Instant Pot for the first time as a slow cooker ~ so exciting!)

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Homemade Peach Ice Cream

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Note from Laurie: My friend Cheryl made this homemade peach ice cream, and it looks divine (and good for you too ~ yum!)

Hand picked peaches in the south (or anywhere) are soooooo good!  There is an orchard close to our home so we decided to go and pick some peaches for the first time ever.

 

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I was searching for a healthier recipe for peaches when this one for Peach Ice Cream popped up and I knew we had to try it.

 

I’m SO … so … so glad we did!

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Here’s what you’ll need to get started.

 

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Gather up your ingredients and peel and slice your peaches.  The riper the peaches, the easier they are to peel.

 

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Once you have your peaches peeled and sliced, pop them into a food processor or blender until they are finely chopped.  My little one loves peaches almost as much as cupcakes and couldn’t wait to help.

 

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Mix the remaining ingredients into a large bowl.

 

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Pour all that into your ice cream maker (this was a splurge Christmas present from last year and we have really enjoyed using it!)

 

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Once it’s done you can eat it right out of the ice cream maker and store any remaining in the freezer for up to two weeks.  Enjoy!!
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Homemade Peach Ice Cream

Ingredients

3 cups ripe peaches, sliced and peeled

1 cup fat free half and half

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup whole milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Blend the peaches in a food processor or blender until finely chopped. Put the peaches, half and half, sugar, milk and vanilla in a large bowl and mix well.
  2. Put the entire mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Freeze any leftovers and enjoy!

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Recipe adapted from Emily Bites.

 

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