Crock-Pot Corned Beef

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Slow cooker corned beef brisket is so good, you’ll be making it far more often than once a year.

Is there anything better than coming home to the smell of a meal that’s simmering in the crock-pot? Making corned beef in the slow cooker is so easy it practically makes itself.

close up photos of corned beef with cabbage

Slow Cooker Corned Beef Brisket

Perfectly moist, sliceable or shreddable, slow cooker corned beef brisket is possible with just a few minutes of effort. All you have to do is place the corned beef in the crockpot, sprinkle it with seasonings and add a bit of water.

Then, just turn on the crockpot and wait. Cooking at low temperature for 8 hours yields the most tender, pull-apart forkfuls of corned beef you could hope for.

It’s great in this recipe, and you’ll find a use for the leftovers in many others.

corned beef brisket in the crockpot - before cooking

Not sure how to cook corned beef in the slow cooker? There’s no reason to be intimidated. Cooking corned beef brisket doesn’t get any simpler than this crock-pot method!

The tender texture and meaty flavor of corned beef was always a treat for us as kids and it still feels like a special meal to me.

We like to eat our corned beef with Colcannon or roasted potatoes. If you’re lucky enough to have leftover corned beef, you’ll want to set some aside for a classic Reuben sandwich. <

Cowboy Caviar Recipe

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Cowboy Caviar Recipe

This cowboy caviar recipe is a delicious dip packed with beans, avocados, corn and loads of more southwestern flavors! A perfect side or appetizer. It comes from my Dad’s side of the family, but I think each family has their own version. I happen to love ours. 

a photo of a large white bowl full of cowboy caviar consisting of black beans, black eyed peas, diced tomatoes, avocados, green bell pepper, corn, black olives and fresh cilantro.

I love that you get that creamy coolness from the avocados with some crunch from the peppers. I love the sweet and the little hint of spicy… mmmmm so yummy. And, it’s easy which is great for when you want something really tasty but you don’t have a lot of time to put something super fancy together. It’s just simple and delicious. Just how it should be.

This recipe is perfect for a potluck or family gathering. I wish I would have thought to bring on our last Deer Valley adventure. As you already know, we are a die hard Deer Valley family. We absolutely love visiting and we are begging our readers to go too, which is paying off because so many of you have emailed (keep them coming!!) about your trip to Deer Valley. 

a bowl of texas caviar loaded with beans, fresh vegetables all mixed with an Italian dressing.

Deer Valley

We went up a few weekends ago and oh my goodness it was fun! I know it’s ch

The Little Things Newsletter #350 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!

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February 4, 2023

Welcome to the weekend, my friends! It’s supposed to be a nice clear day here in Ohio and I’m headed out for a drive with my middle son in the driver’s seat – wish me luck. I need a service that will teach the kids to drive from day one, this just-getting-started bit is not for the faint of heart.

ON THE BLOG this week: It’s Saturday morning, so there’s no better time to remind you of this creamy, rich, peanut butter syrup. It makes a fantastic topping for your favorite stack of homemade pancakes or waffles. It will be pure heaven over a stack of banana nut pancakes or fluffy chocolate chip pancakes.

Creamy, buttery, cheesy potatoes with bacon are combined in this Loaded Baked Potato Dip to create a snack that is a guaranteed win for your football party. Everyone knows that potatoes and sour cream go together like football and snacks.

Another hit for game day, this slow cooker spinach artichoke dip explodes with flavor. Artichokes + spinach are a classic pairing for a reason. And, you will not believe how easy it is to make spinach artichoke dip in your crockpot.

With no advance planning required, these pan-seared Italian chicken thighs require just a few minutes of work in the kitchen. This recipe is a great one for using dried spices; as the chicken slowly cooks, it will absorb all of those great flavors. There is no need to marinate the meat, simply sprinkle each thigh with seasonings and drop it in the pan.

Made with ground beef, rice, and all the traditional flavors of cabbage rolls this fragrant cabbage roll soup is as cozy as it gets. It doesn’t get much better than a simmering pot of soup on a cold day.

Lightly spiced pear bread is a slightly sweet, fragrantly sweet snack that is great on its own or alongside a seasonal bowl of soup or salad.

Homemade peppermint ice cream is some of the creamiest ice cream I have ever made and for the record, it is worlds away from the mint-flavored ice creams you can find in a store.

What I’m CRAVING: This creamy tortellini soup caught my eye this week. I need to pick up some tortellini asap, so that we can make it. Paired with some of this Read more

Friday Faves

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Hi friends and hellooooo from Santa Barbara! I’m here for a minimind trip – a group of friends and I decided to meet up for a few days to brainstorm, collaborate, and help each other with our businesses – and am having a blast. We rented a conference room for daytime work sessions and have sandwiched it with group workouts and amazing dinners. I always love a little boost on the work front – I always want this space and the content I create to get better and better!- and an opportunity to connect with wonderful friends.

(with Kim, Giselle, Natasha, and Amber!)

This California trip is going to end with a weekend Phoenix staycation with the fam. I hope you have a fun and lovely weekend ahead, too!

It’s time for the Friday Faves party! This is where I share some of my favorite finds from the week and around the web. I always love to hear about your faves, too, so please shout out something you’re loving in the comments section below.

Friday Faves

Fitness, health, + good eats:

YOU NEED to try these little ice cream cones from Trader Joe’s. They’re dairy-free and the perfect sweet bite! The Pilot has been doing 90% of our Trader Joe’s grocery runs – it started during Rona since he was the one “out in the world” and it kind of stuck – and this means that it’s huge help for our family, but also that I usually don’t get to see all of the new things TJs has in stock. This may be a good thing because it’s definitely minimized the impulse purchases.

We all went to Trader Joe’s after family dinner the other night, and the girls and I acted like we’d never been ther

How to spot mental health misinformation

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Learn the signs and protect yourself and others

How to spot mental health misinformation

Misinformation is a problem and, in the 21st century it’s spreading faster than ever before. When it comes to misinformation about mental health, the consequences can be dire. Ranging from being unhelpful to unsafe, mental health misinformation can interfere with recovery, put people at risk, and feed into stigma.

Whether you see it online, on social media, or hear it from the people around you, it’s important to learn the signs that what you’re being told might not be accurate. Here, we’re exploring some of the ways that you can spot mental health misinformation.

Is it overly simplistic?

This is usually the first sign that something isn’t right. Mental health is a complicated topic, and each experience will vary from person to person, which means that blanket statements can often be inaccurate.

Be particularly cautious around claims that link to diagnoses. For example, ‘X is a trauma response’. In this example, whatever X may be, it could very well be a trauma response for one person, but not for another.

In the same vein, ‘quick fixes’ are often fictitious. There are many different tools that we can apply to our mental health, such as diet and exercise, or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques, that really can make a difference. But long-term change often happens with long-term support and work over a lifetime.

Ultimately, it can be helpful to return to the question, is it too good to be true? Are the claims too bold, and is the line too simplistic? If so, you might be being given one part of the story, when, really, it’s the rest that makes it make sense.

Who is sharing the information?

It’s always important to consider the source of the information. For example, is it coming from a qualified, accredited individual?

Professional bodies exist to regulate counsellors and psychotherapists, and in order for individuals to join, they must meet a certain set of standards, and abide by a code of ethics.

This is a good place to start when you’re considering the source when it's coming from an individual, but what about the information you’ve found online?

If you’ve seen something spread online, and you’re not sure about the claim, the first step you can take is to put that claim into Google. Now, if that claim comes up multiple times, it could be a good sign, but don’t stop there. See if you can find the original source. Does it come from a study published in a respected journal, or did it all start somewhere more dubious?

Additionally, there are other signs that you can look out for when searching for reliable information online. For example, has the post been reviewed by an accredited expert? Does it include dates of publication? Are any edits or amendments listed? Does the site have a PIF TICK stamp – a UK quality mark for health information?

Is there a sales push involved?

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