Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Hearty slow cooker meals are perfect for the chilly days ahead. This flavorful Slow Cooker Beef Stew is a household favorite and so easy to make for any weeknight meal!

Hearty slow cooker meals are perfect for the chilly days ahead. This flavorful Slow Cooker Beef Stew is a household favorite and so easy to make for any weeknight meal!

It’s hard to believe that the winter months are almost upon us. (OK, I feel like I should specify here since some of y’all are dealing with some winter-like conditions right now. I live in Texas, and winter arrives around mid-December most of the time… so we’ve yet to experience anything too crazy yet.)

Either way, I don’t know about y’all, but this time of year is when I am in search of something comforting for dinner.

Today, I have the perfect comfort dish for y’all. It can easily be made the morning of, seared off, tossed into the slow cooker to do its thing all day and then it’s ready for you to eat when you get home from work.

It’s a quick dish to pull together, and it’s super cozy for a chilly winter’s night.

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Honey Roasted Whole Carrots

Honey Roasted Whole Carrots are the perfect accompaniment for any weeknight meal. Carrots are tossed in olive oil and honey, then dusted with cayenne pepper for a delightful sweet-spicy kick.

Honey Roasted Whole Carrots are the perfect accompaniment for any weeknight meal. Carrots are tossed in olive oil and honey, then dusted with cayenne pepper for a delightful sweet-spicy kick. #sidedish #carrots #cayenne #weeknightside

Carrots were one of my favorite snacks as a kid, and I could easily take down a bag of baby carrots in one sitting because they were so darn good.

Then my sister discovered she was allergic — highly allergic — to carrots… and we all stopped eating them in her presence.

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bread

‘Tis the season for Pumpkin Bread! What’s better than the traditional recipe? A gluten free Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bread, chock full of pumpkin, oats and dark chocolate, and baked to perfection.

'Tis the season for Pumpkin Bread! What's better than the traditional recipe? A gluten free Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bread, chock full of pumpkin, oats and dark chocolate, and baked to perfection.

I cannot get enough pumpkin this season.

As in, I’m making EVERYTHING with it. Including baby food. (Yeah, I’m totally that person. In my defense, it’s really easy to blend up some canned pumpkin puree with a little milk or water, freeze it into 1 oz. cubes, then heat it up whenever it’s time to give the baby solid foods.)

Pumpkin is good in so many combinations and delicious for so many things.

But my favorite recipes for pumpkin are breakfast recipes.

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Cheesy Cauliflower Bake

Cauliflower is drizzled with a creamy, spicy cheddar cheese sauce to make a decadent and simple side dish that is ready in 30 minutes! This dish is loved by children and adults alike and is the perfect accompaniment for any meal.

Cauliflower is drizzled with a creamy, spicy cheddar cheese sauce to make a decadent and simple side dish that is ready in 30 minutes!

When I was a kid, I was a pretty big fan of vegetables.

I didn’t like some (and still don’t, for that matter), but I mostly ate them without fuss. I think.

We were broccoli and cauliflower lovers… and I especially loved when my mom would sprinkle them with cheddar cheese, bake them for a few so the cheese got melty and delicious, and then serve them up hot as a side dish.

This recipe is a throwback to my childhood and those cheesy veggies… except I’ve elevated it a little bit. While it takes a bit longer than simply sprinkling cheese on top of a roasting veggie, I promise it’s worth the extra effort.

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