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The major messy  work of our makeover blitz is done, but there are still lots more — time consuming details — to be done.  We are crossing them off the list one by one.  And I have most — not all!  — of the plaster dust cleaned off the hardwood floors, baseboards and furniture.  Daffodils are blooming and the sun is shining so it is a good day!  Thanks to each and everyone of you who come each week to link your great ideas, recipes and projects!  You are the best! 

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Featured from last week:  Hill House Homestead — 3 Flour Ugly Bread   Krafty Cards — D for Deviled Eggs    The (mis)Adventures of a “Born Again” Farm Girl  — The Best Dang Cinnamon Rolls EVER    Gospel Homemaking — Glazed Carrots     Mamas Blog Central — Healthy Hostas    Imperfect and Fabulous — DIY Baseball Themed Room
Miz Helen’s Country Cottage — Seafood Casserole

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19 Unique Things to Make in Your Crockpot

19 Unique things to make in your crockpot -- A Pinch of Joy

19 Unique things to make in your crockpot -- A Pinch of Joy Sharing with you  unique things to make in a crockpot I found while I was looking for ideas to use during my two weeks without a kitchen stove.   I didn’t have time to experiment with these ideas — way too busy running to home improvement stores, wielding a broom and trying to keep projects sorted out and equipped.   Let me know if which is your favorite idea and how it turned out when you experimented with it! 

Six unique things to make in your crockpot-- A Pinch of Joy
Bargains and Values –  Basic Crockpot Bread     Family Fresh Meals Crockpot Corn on the Cob      Crockpot Recipe Exchange –    Iced Cinnamon Biscuits      Cheerios and Lattes — Crockpot Apple Crisp Stuffed Apples    The Frugal Girls –  Crockpot Baked Potatoes     Skip to My Lou — Crockpot Chex Mix 

Unique ways to use your crockpot -- A Pinch of Joy
A Pinch of Joy — Crockpot Cheesecake     Get Crocked — Crockpot Rice Krispy Treats     Skinny Slow Cooker  — Fudge   Moms with Crockpots — Crockpot Mexican Cornbread   Practical-Stewardship — Red Robin Inspired Fries in Crockpot   Jaime’s Recipes -- Crockpot Pecan Pie   The Cake Eccentric — Crockpot French Toast

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Stephanie Dea: A Year of Slow Cooking  You Can Make Yogurt in Your Crockpot   and  You Can Use Your Crockpot as a Smoker   Crockpot Recipe Exchange – Hard Boiled Eggs    Repeat Crafter Me — Crockpot Play Dough    Heart, Hands, Home — Crockpot Coffee Kitchen Soap    Apartment Therapy –  How to Slow Cook Paint Off Hardware

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You might also  like some of these crockpot recipes I have posted:
Crockpot Lasagna
Creamy Italian Ranch Crockpot Chicken
Crockpot Chicken and Dressing
Crockpot Calico Beans
Aloha Chicken with Pineapple  and Honey

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Crock Pot Lasagna

Crockpot Lasagna -- A Pinch of Joy
Crockpot Lasagna -- A Pinch of Joy

Another crockpot special to feed the work crew during the kitchen remodel!   I mooshed a several different Crockpot Lasagna recipes together to come up with this. 

I would make this crock pot lasagna again – but flavor it up a little bit.  Normally we don’t do spicy, but this was a little bland for us.   Since I did not have a stove, I used ground beef that I browned before freezing and added dried onion flakes and minced garlic from a jar.   I think this would be better with a small/medium onion chopped and sauted with about twice the garlic I used.  It probably would also benefit from using a more flavorful jarred sauce so feel free to use your favorite instead of the plain.  Or add a teaspoon of Italian seasoning.  Remember to keep the meat and sauce layer thin enough to sort of see the noodles beneath and add just a taste of meat on each layer.  My tendency is to pile it on and I always run out before I get to the last layer :-)   The amount of spaghetti sauce could vary from 24 ounce size to 28 ounces so use the full container.  The extra bit of water helps soften the noodles and they very nicely absorbed the full amount of moisture, without being dry or mushy.   Because the guys weren’t ready to quit right at four hours, I set the crockpot on warm for an hour or more to hold it with no problem.  A good basic recipe. 

Crock Pot Lasagna

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef, approximate
  • 24 ounce container spaghetti sauce, plain
  • ¼ cup water
  • 8 ounce package regular lasagna noodles, uncooked
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 12 ounces cottage cheese (1 ½ cups)
  • 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ cup additional shredded mozzarella or shredded parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Spray inside of slow cooker pot with cooking spray
  2. Brown ground beef, if not pre-browned.
  3. Stir sauce into browned meat and spread one fourth of the mixture over the bottom of the crockpot.
  4. Arrange a single layer of uncooked noodles over the sauce, breaking as necessary to fit.
  5. Combine cottage cheese, mozzarella and seasonings in bowl, then spoon one third of the mixture over the noodles.
  6. Repeat layers of meat, noodles and cheese two times.
  7. Top with remaining sauce.
  8. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.
  9. Remove cover 10 minutes before serving. Add additional ½ cup of mozzarella or parmesan cheese to top.
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