Simple Monday Meal: Crockpot Beef Stew

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I don’t know about you… but for me Monday’s always call for a quick and easy meal πŸ™‚

I promised a while ago to share some of my favorite crockpot recipes. So here is the first one!

First of all, I LOVE using the crockpot because you literally throw all the ingredients in, go to work, come home, and you’re dinner is all ready for you to eat! So simple!

This recipe is one I learned from my mom, and it is one of may favorite meals to make because it is SO easy and it turns out great every time.

Here is what you need:

  • stewing beef (one regular package)
  • 1 can of mushroom soup
  • 1 can of tomato paste
  • 1 can of crushed tomatoes
  • Potatoes (I like to use 1 bag of the baby potatoes)
  • Whatever veggies you would like in your stew (I like onions, carrots, mushrooms, celery)
  • Italian seasoning

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Now to make it: Chop up your veggies however you like them, big chunks, little chunks, whichever.

Then throw everything into your crockpot, the canned items, your veggies, your meat, a bunch of Italian seasoning. Done!!

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I usually turn in on low because I’m gone for 8 hours while it cooks, but if you wanted to make this on the weekend, it should work to turn it on high and it should be done in 4ish hours.

… And since this meal is super easy, I like to make scones/biscuits with it!

It makes the meal feel extra ‘fall-ish’ πŸ™‚

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Yum!! The perfect easy meal for the cool fall weather πŸ™‚

Happy cooking!

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A Sweet Treat for your Tuesday: Fall Candy Bark

Fall Candy Bark - SweetnsimpleblogI would consider October one the the top three ‘candy’ months, of course the other two being December (Christmas) and March/April (depending where Easter falls).

I love these 3 months; there is always an extra excuse to do a bit of baking or treat yourself to something sweet πŸ™‚

One of my favorite chocolate treats at Christmas time (and there are many) is peppermint bark. It’s the easiest dessert to make and it turns out so pretty!!

Today’s sweet treat is inspired by peppermint bark… yes I know it not Christmas…. so here’s a fall twist on a Christmas treat.

Time for some fall candy bark!!

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Seeing as there is so much candy around during this month… might as well make some chocolate bark out of it!!

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All you need to do is line a pan with tinfoil or wax paper.

Then melt some chocolate. I used mostly milk chocolate with a few drops of white chocolate to swirl around.

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Then take your favorite fall candy… or left over halloween candy (this is a great way to use it all up!!) and sprinkle on top!!

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Fall Candy Bark - Sweetnsimpleblog

Fall Candy Bark - Sweetnsimpleblog

Let your bark set in the fridge… or freezer (if you are dying to speed up to waiting time and get to the snacking time!!).

Once the bark is hardened break into pieces.

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This stuff is so good!!! I especially love adding pretzels to it, so you get that sweet and salty combination. YUM!!

This is what I’ll be snacking on today!

Enjoy your Tuesday!!!

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Fall Decor

sweetnsimpleWell I’ve been adding some fall flavors into my baking these last few weeks…

…So I thought it was about time to add some fall to our home!!!

It all started with a DIY burlap wreath (Tutorial coming soon!!), I ended up having some extra supplies to add a few more fall touches to our place.

Here is a bit of a sneak peak into our home πŸ™‚

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Happy Fall everyone!!

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Friday Favorites: Coffee Dates, Nutella Cookies, Bruschetta and More!!

Friday! Friday! Friday!

It has been a busy week, but lots of fun!!

Here are a few favorites from my week:


Cute cafe and a coffee date with a friend.

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This place is super cute with amazing baked goodies, perfect for a hot cup of coffee and some catch-up time with a friend!


These obviously make the favorites list!! Nutella Cookies.

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These are AMAZING!!! Perfectly soft and chewy… so of course I doubled the batch and have a bag of the dough in the freezer for my next cookie craving πŸ™‚ I’ll be posting this recipe in the week.


The last favorite of my week is our dinner tonight!

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Some finger foods, spinach dip, bruschetta, cheese, veggies, and quality time with my husband. Great way to end the week!!

Happy Friday!!!!

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A Sweet Treat for your Tuesday: Baked Donuts

sweetnsimpleblog - baked donutsNeed a treat for your Tuesday?!

How about a donut?

Just like my homemade oreo recipe this recipe also uses cake mix as the base.

I know it’s a bit of a cheat πŸ™‚ but it makes the recipe a whole lot easier!!

These donuts are a bit different than your average donuts since they are baked rather than fried, they kind of “cupcake-donuts’ (because of the cake mix).

And they are SUPER tasty!!!

I used this recipe.

Now, the recipe calls for a “mini-donut machine” but I just used this donut pan and baked mine in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. And they turned out great!!!

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So… there was some trial and error with this recipe on my part… to be honest I didn’t fully read through all the instructions before making my first batch. I just saw the picture, did a quick skim through and thought, YUM I’m going to make those.

For my first batch I just make the batter following the instructions on the back of the cake box. DO NOT DO THIS. Go read the recipe, and actually follow it. It makes a huge difference.

Second mistake, I didn’t spray the pan with non-stick spray. Once again DO NOT DO THIS. Seriously. Save yourself the time scrubbing out all the baked-on cake bits and non-stick spray your pan.

So, once I actually read the recipe, followed it and used some non-stick spray my baked donutsΒ  turned out lovey πŸ™‚

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All in all, another simple and good cake mix recipe πŸ™‚

  1. Make the batter. (Once again recipe here)
  2. Pipe the batter into a donut pan. (After spraying with non-stick spray)
  3. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 Minutes.
  4. Glaze or ice and Enjoy!!

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They turned out a bit messy and gooey with the icing… but were they ever good πŸ™‚

My husband and I both had our fair share of these …Β  you have to try every flavor right?!?

Happy baking!

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