I love using my slow cooker for dinner recipes, but I want to learn more about preparing breads and breakfast options, so I will be sharing my experiences as I learn. For dessert tonight, the experiment was to make Pecan Sticky Buns in my slow cooker. I usually bake them in my cast iron skillet, so this was a great departure from my regular practice. These Pecan Sticky Buns were great for dessert, but preparing them in a slow cooker really only makes sense if you want them ready for breakfast. A programmable slow cooker or a lamp-timer (like you would use on Christmas tree lights or when you go on vacation) would permit an unattended start to the process, so the rolls would be ready when you want to serve breakfast. Several times each year -and particularly around holidays - we have a houseful that calls for a large quantity breakfast. A fresh, hot, cinnamon pecan sticky bun would be a terrific start to a big family meal, especially with a cup of hot coffee.
Now that we've celebrated Thanksgiving, we're are on a fast track to Christmas. If you're like me, you're still making decisions regarding gifts, menus, and even decorating...so a little help would be nice! To that end, I've gathered a few of the projects from the collection of wonderful recipes, beautifully decorated homes, and wonderfully playful and useful craft/gift ideas that make up the the 30-Day Holiday Party. It was difficult to choose from the many great projects that have been shared already, so I encourage everyone to stop by and check out the entire collection of goodies. I hope you find something that will inspire you and make this Christmas even better.
Collection #2 Holiday Party Features
Remember the party is open until Christmas Eve and I will continue sharing, pinning and featuring for the duration...so link up your old or new family-friendly (no alcohol) Christmas and New Year projects.
Everyone I know loves chicken and dressing (my brother calls it Thanksgiving 2.0.) It is a budget-friendly dish that is easy-to-make, regardless of preparation method, but I am sharing the easiest prep of all...with the slow cooker. Honestly, it's not that slow when you think about it. Once I decide on chicken and dressing for dinner, in about 5 minutes, it is on, and it is ready when the dinner hour rolls around 3-4 hours later. Meanwhile, other issues and projects around the house can be handled while dinner is being prepared.
These Easy Burlap Silverware Holders were a Pinterest find that I've been hoping to make for a while. The great room layout of our home means no formal dining room, so the kitchen table is "the table." Since "the table" is in the main room of the house, I think it needs to look nice...all the time. In preparation for our Christmas table, I took inspiration from that easy burlap silverware holder craft and made some of my own. I think they will bring a colorful, festive pop to the table for the holidays!
Thanksgiving is now just days away (!) and Christmas is right around the corner. If you are still looking for that awesome new recipe, or that just-right decor project that will produce the perfect holiday moment for your family (A few ooohs & aaahsfrom your guests never hurts, either!), these featured recipes and projects from our 30 Day Holiday Linky party might be just the inspiration you have been hoping to find!