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October 31, 2017 · 9:48 am

12 Cozy Slow Cooker Recipes

When the wild fall winds blow and the rain pelts your window, there’s nothing better than sinking into your couch with a hot bowl of something tasty from the slow cooker.  I love using the slow cooker in the fall.  When I get home at 5:00 pm and it’s already pitch black outside, there’s absolutely no part of me that wants to cook dinner…so having dinner cook as I work throughout the day is the perfect solution!

This is a collection of some of my favorite slow cooker recipes.  Great for fall and winter, these slow cooker recipes are sure to become seasonal staples you’ll find yourself coming back to again and again!

12 Cozy Slow Cooker Recipes

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  1. Slow Cooker Steak Diane
  2. Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken
  3. Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
  4. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
  5. Slow Cooker Apple Rhubarb Crisp
  6. Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy
  7. Slow Cooker 5-Cheese Macaroni
  8. Slow Cooker Ramen Bowl
  9. Slow Cooker Lasagna
  10. Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff
  11. Slow Cooker Thai Beef Stew
  12. Slow Cooker Homemade Apple Cider

Every Monday is a “Reci-bee” post, where I share my favorite recipes, recipe collections, and cooking and baking hints and tips. 

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Rhett and Link’s Book of Mythicality Book Review

Rhett and Link wrote a book.  Let’s talk about that.

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If you’re not familiar with Good Mythical Morning, allow me to educate you.  This is Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal:

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They are the “Internet-tainers” behind YouTube’s most popular daily talk show, Good Mythical Morning.  Every weekday they release a video where they try new things for the good of science.  Want to know if LEGOS make good shoes?  Want to know the hottest hot sauce in America or the best-tasting pumpkin spice item at Trader Joe’s?  Rhett and Link put their taste buds, stomachs, and sanity on the line for us in this highly addicting and amazing YouTube series.

I’ve been a Mythical Beast (GMM fan) for at least four or five years.  I tune in every morning to watch GMM and even crafted my own Rhett and Link poster for my workspace!

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I’m seriously in love with these guys.

When Rhett and Link announced that they were working on a book, I was literally gitty with excitement.  I knew it would be nothing but MYTHICAL in its amazingness and I have to say, it met – nay – EXCEEDED my expectations!

Rhett and Link’s Book of Mythicality is everything Mythical Beasts would want and more.  Filled with hilarious stories, amazing photographs, and top-notch advice for how to be your mythical best, this book is an intimate look into the lives of Rhett and Link and is a testament to true, unadulterated friendship.

Want to throw a party that will go down in history as one of the best?  Rhett and Link show you how.  Want to know the secret to eating tarantulas, pig’s blood, and other disgusting things for possible post-apocalyptic survival?  Rhett and Link show you how.  What to learn how to tell someone you love them in the most mythical way possible?  Rhett and Link show you how…well, at least their wives do.  Want to know about Rhett’s dog curse, Link’s standards for quality BFF material, and their mutual love for Merle Haggard?  It’s all found in the colorful and hilarious pages of Rhett and Link’s Book of Mythicality.

Just like the show that inspired its birth, Rhett and Link’s Book of Mythicality aims to teach readers new things:  how to laugh more often, how to eat things that scare you, how to invent something ridiculous, and how to own your hair style.  Complete the fun activities and prompts along the way, this book is even more fun to read with your BFF…plus you earn Mythical “merit badges” as you make your way through the book!

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For those who don’t know, Rhett and Link have actually been BFF’s since the first grade when their teacher made them miss recess for writing profanity on their desks.  They spent their time drawing and creating mythical beasts and, thankfully for us, it was the start of a beautiful friendship.  After rooming together in college, attempting (and failing) to start a band, and abandoning their degrees in engineering, Rhett and Link decided to take to the Internet as a way to talk about their lives, air their grievances, and just make each other laugh…

Now with more than 12 million subscribers, Good Mythical Morning has spawned several other YouTube channels, including Good Mythical More, which airs after GMM, Rhett & Link which features behind-the-scenes content and other fun videos, This is Mythical, which is a channel devoted to the beloved Mythical crew behind GMM, a YouTube Red series titled Rhett and Link’s Buddy System, and even a pod cast titled Ear Biscuits where Rhett and Link continue their discussions about creativity and tomfoolery.

Here’s the fact of the matter…If you love GMM, you’re going to love Rhett and Link’s Book of Mythicality.  And if you’ve never seen GMM, allow me to share some of my favorite episodes:

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What I love the most about Rhett and Link is that they are 100% authentic to who they are, something that is ever more apparent in their mythical field guide.  With heartfelt stories that will literally make you laugh out loud, Rhett and Link’s Book of Mythicality is like the BFF you always wanted: filled with great advice, funny stories, and plenty of heart.

Looking for a new book to read? Check in every Friday for a “Bee Happy” post, where I share reviews of books I’ve read or other book-themed lists.

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18 Fun Facts about Katy Perry

You don’t have to know me long to know that I’m a hard-core Katy Cat!  I love her message, her style, her music, her attitude, and her love for those who just march to their own drummers.

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Yesterday was Katy’s 33rd birthday and since she’s always been one to celebrate a birthday –

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here are 18 Fun Facts about Katy Perry!

18 Fun Facts about Katy Perry

Katy Perry is actually a stage name.  Katy’s real name is Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson.  Perry is her mother’s maiden name.

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Both of Katy’s parents are pastors.  She started her singing career at her parents’ church at the age of 9.

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Her parents also make an appearance in her “Hot n’ Cold” video.

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Katy is the only musical artist since Michael Jackson to have 5 #1 hits from the same album (“California Gurls”, “Teenage Dream”, “Firework”, “E.T.”, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”).  “The One that Got Away” also made it to #3.

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Katy has ghost-written songs for Selena Gomez, Ashley Tisdale, and Kelly Clarkson.  Hear her roar!

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Katy also has four Guinness World Records under her belt.  One for “Best Star on the US Digital Chart by a Female Artist” and another for “Best First Female with Five Number 1 US Singles from 1 Album”.

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Katy also became the first artist with multiple videos to reach one billion views on Vevo with the videos for “Roar” and “Dark Horse”.

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In addition to her Guinness Records, Katy also has five American Music Awards, a Brit Award, and a Juno Award.  She was also included in the Forbes list of “Top-Earning Women in Music”.

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She briefly studied Italian opera at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara.

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Before her big breakthrough, Katy was featured on the soundtrack to the 2005 film, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and provided vocals on Mick Jagger’s song, “Old Habits Die Hard”.

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Madonna helped get Katy’s name out there with her public praise of Katy’s song, “Ur So Gay”, which Madonna coined as her favorite song of Katy’s.

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Katy met her ex-husband, Russell Brand, while filming a cameo appearance for his film, Get Him to the Greek.  Her scene, in which the two kiss, was ultimately cut from the film.

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Katy and Russell were married on October 23, 2010 in a traditional Hindu ceremony near the Ranthambhore tiger sanctuary in Rajasthan.  After 14 months of marriage, the two divorced.

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Katy’s Super Bowl performance garnered 118.5 million viewers in the US and became the most watched and highest-rated show in Super Bowl history.  The viewership for half-time was higher than the game itself, which was viewed by an audience of 114.4 million people.

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In 2010, Katy was named #1 on the Maxium Hot 100 List and was quoted as being a “quadruple kind of hot” by editor, Joe Levy.

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Katy is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.  A portion of the money generated from tickets to her Prismatic World Tour was donated to UNICEF.

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Katy is also a huge advocate for gay rights and HIV/AIDS healthcare.  She’s also campaigned on behalf of the democratic party twice.  Once for Obama, then again for Hillary Clinton.

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Despite her many accolades, Katy has never won a Grammy Award.  However, she’s been nominated 10 times for various Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for Teenage Dream, Record of the Year for “Firework”, and Song of the Year for “Roar”.

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Sometimes you just need a little fun in your life! Check back every week for a new “Just Bee-cause” post, where I discuss everything from celebrity news to favorite videos and websites!

 

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7 Day of the Dead Crafts

YOU GUYS…have you seen this preview for Pixar’s new film, Coco?

DOESN’T THIS LOOK ABSOLUTELY STUNNING?

Besides the fact that I love almost everything that Pixar does, I cannot wait to see their interpretation of this Dia de los Muertos story.  The color palette alone is reason enough to check this film out, but I have a feeling the music, the plot, and the overall message about death and remembrance will help this film go down in Pixar history as one of the greats…fingers crossed, at least!

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I’ve always been fascinated with the sugar skulls and other decorations that make Dia de los Muertos one of the most ironically colorful holidays in existence…and if you want to add a little color to your Halloween décor this year, be sure to check out these 7 sugar skull-inspired Day of the Dead Crafts!

7 Day of the Dead Crafts

Felt Day of the Dead Doll

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Day of the Dead Garland

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Sugar Skull Perler Beads

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Sugar Skull Painted Rocks

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Day of the Dead Planters

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Day of the Dead Lollipop Wrappers

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DIY Painted Skull

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Celebrate creativity every Wednesday with a “Creativi-bee” post, where I share easy craft tutorials, project ideas, and craft collections.

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There’s a Light That Never Goes Out…

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“To die by your side is such a heavenly way to die.”
–The Smiths

Come back every Tuesday for “The Bees Knees”, where I post the best quotes from my favorite movies, TV shows, songs, and books.

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12 Soul-Satisfying Chili Recipes

Sometimes nothing warms your soul like a big ol’ bowl of chili.  Whether you’re a lover of veggie, turkey, chicken, or beef chili, these 12 Soul-Satisfying Chili Recipes are sure to warm your soul (and your kitchen!) with absolute deliciousness.

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12 Soul-Satisfying Chili Recipes

Cajun Instant Pot Chili

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Three-Bean Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

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Smoky Chipotle Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili

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Crockpot Chili with Peanut Butter Sandwich Croutons

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Spicy Korean Chili with Kimchi

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Slow Cooker Taco Chicken Chili

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White Bean Chicken Chili

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Pumpkin Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

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Slow Cooker Beef and Bean Chili

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Easy Ground Beef Chili

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Fall Pumpkin Chili

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Chipotle Pumpkin Turkey Chili

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Every Monday is a “Reci-bee” post, where I share my favorite recipes, recipe collections, and cooking and baking hints and tips. 

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