Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli

1 pound boneless beef chuck roast, sliced into thin strips
1 cup beef consumme
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons sauce from the crock pot after being cooked
Fresh broccoli florets (as many as desired)
Hot cooked rice

1. Place beef in a crock pot.
2. In a small bowl, combine consomme, soy sauce, brown sugar, oil, and garlic. Pour over beef. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
3. In a cup, stir cornstarch and sauce form the crock pot until smooth. Add to crock pot. Stir well to combine.
4. Add broccoli to the crock pot. Stir to combine.
5. Cover and cook an additional 30 minutes on high (the sauce has to boil for it to thicken).
6. Serve over hot cooked rice.


Reuse your Easter Baskets!

I know it might be just a tad late to do this year, but not too late for next year!!

In talked to my friend, Wendy, the other day, I shared something we do at Easter time that I didn’t think was such a unique idea… but have come to find out otherwise! 

Instead of the Easter Bunny bringing new baskets of goodies every year, they pick from older ones we have and leave them out for EB to fill, along with one extra that he puts Sweets in for the whole family. We only have a handful of baskets, all special and there’s no extra, wasted stuff like Easter grass, cellophane wrap or silly stuff like that going in the garbage.

Everything gets used and reused.  Nothing wasted.  Good for your house, good for the kids, good for the environment!

Jello Jigglers (For Cookie Cutters) Recipe

Jello Jigglers (For Cookie Cutters) Recipe.

4 cups boiling water
3 (3 ounce) packages any color Jello gelatin
4 (1/4 ounce) envelopes knox unflavored gelatin (3 envelopes will make it very firm but not as rubbery)
*This recipe does not contain any cold water Combine Knox gelatin and Jello with boiling water and whisk until completely dissolved (about 2 minutes).
Pour into a lightly greased 9×13 pan and let set in refrigerator until firm.
Cut into squares or use cookie cutters.

Bacon Cheese Potatoes (Slow Cooked)


*** FAQ:

1. Yes you can do them in the oven: If you would like to make these in the oven — 400 degrees for an hour in a 9 x 13 baking dish, covered

2. The bacon does not need to be precooked but if you would like to do that, that’s okay as well. I would suggest partially cooking them if you do that.

3. The foil is for clean up purposes. You can omit it, or use crock pot liners. The choice is yours.

4. The potatoes in the picture do not look like thinly sliced potatoes because a smaller variety of potato was used, for this photo rather than the full sized ones listed in the recipe.

5. 10-12 hours on LOW is a long time, and you might want to check your crock pot around 8 hours as cooking times vary from crock pot to crock pot depending on size.

6. Yes you can use turkey bacon, change the cheeses, or add or omit any other item you would like or don’t like. Recipes are made to adapt to your personal tastes, always.


1/4 pound bacon, diced

2 medium onions, thinly sliced

4 medium potatoes, thinly sliced

1/2 pound cheddar cheese, thinly sliced

salt and pepper


Green Onions (optional)


1. Line crockpot with foil, leaving enough to cover the potatoes when finished.

2. Layer half each of the bacon, onions, potatoes and cheese in crockpot. Season to taste and dot with butter.

3. Repeat layers of bacon, onions, potatoes and cheese. Dot with butter.

4. Cover with remaining foil.

5. Cover and cook on low for 10-12 hours.


Make this recipe bigger if you are expecting company. Great to serve for a brunch!

Source: Moms With Crockpots

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Calamity Jane

Calamity Jane.

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Calamity Jane

Calamity Jane was born sometime in the years 1852 through 1856, as Martha Jane Cannary in Princeton, Missouri, within Mercer County.
Martha Jane was the eldest of six children, having two brothers and three sisters. In 1865, Robert Cannary packed his family and moved by wagon train from Missouri to Virginia City, Montana.
Charlotte, Jane’s mother, died along the way in Black Foot, Montana, in 1866 of “washtub pneumonia”.
After arriving in Virginia City in the spring of 1866, Robert took his six children on to Salt Lake City, Utah. They arrived in the summer, and Robert supposedly started farming on 40 acres (160,000 m2) of land.
They were there only a year before he died in 1867. Martha Jane then took over as head of the family, loaded up the wagon once more, and took her siblings to Fort Bridger, Wyoming Territory.
They arrived in May 1868. From there they traveled on the Union Pacific Railroad to Piedmont, Wyoming.
In Piedmont, Martha Jane took whatever jobs she could to provide for her large family. She worked as a dishwasher, a cook, a waitress, a dance-hall girl, a nurse, and an ox team driver.

Finally, in 1874, she found work as a scout at Fort Russell. During this time period, Jane also began her on-and-off employment as a prostitute at the Fort Laramie Three-Mile Hog Ranch.[2]
Accounts from this period described Martha Jane as being “extremely attractive” and a “pretty, dark-eyed girl.”
Martha Jane received little to no formal education and was illiterate. She moved on to a rougher, mostly outdoor adventurous life on the Great Plains.
Acquiring the nickname

Martha Jane was involved in several campaigns in the long-running military conflicts with Native American Indians. Her unconfirmed claim was that:
“It was during this campaign that I was christened Calamity Jane.
It was on Goose Creek, Wyoming where the town of Sheridan is now located. Capt Egan was in command of the Post. We were ordered out to quell an uprising of the Indians, and were out for several days, had numerous skirmishes during which six of the soldiers were killed and several severely wounded.
When on returning to the Post we were ambushed about a mile and a half from our destination.
When fired upon Capt Egan was shot. I was riding in advance and on hearing the firing turned in my saddle and saw the Captain reeling in his saddle as though about to fall.
I turned my horse and galloped back with all haste to his side and got there in time to catch him as he was falling. I lifted him onto my horse in front of me and succeeded in getting him safely to the Fort.
Capt Egan on recovering, laughingly said: ‘I name you Calamity Jane, the heroine of the plains.’ I have borne that name up to the present time.”

However, it may be that she exaggerated or completely fabricated this story. Even back then not everyone accepted her version as true.
A more popular belief is that she instead acquired it as a result of her warnings to men that to offend her was to “court calamity”.
One verified story though about “Calamity Jane” is that in 1875 her detachment was ordered to the Big Horn River, under General Crook.
Bearing important dispatches, she swam the Platte River and traveled 90 miles (145 km) at top speed while wet and cold to deliver them.
Afterwards, she became ill. After recuperating for a few weeks, she rode to Fort Laramie, Wyoming, and later, in July 1876, she joined a wagon train headed north, which is where she first met Wild Bill Hickok, contrary to her later claims.
Deadwood and Wild Bill Hickok: 1876 – 1881

Calamity Jane accompanied the Newton-Jenney Party into the Black Hills in 1875, along with California Joe and Valentine McGillycuddy.
In 1876, Calamity Jane finally settled in the area of Deadwood, South Dakota, in the Black Hills.
There, she became friends with, and was occasionally employed by, Dora DuFran, the Black Hills’ leading madam.
She also became friendly with Wild Bill Hickok and Charlie Utter, having travelled with them to Deadwood in Utter’s wagon train.
Jane greatly admired Hickok (to the point of infatuation), and she was obsessed with his personality and life.
After Hickok was killed during a poker game on August 2, 1876, Calamity Jane claimed to have been married to Hickok and that Hickok was the father of her child (Jane), who, she said, was born on September 25, 1873, and whom she later put up for adoption by Jim O’Neil and his wife.
However, no records are known to exist which prove the birth of a child, and the romantic slant to the relationship might have been fabrication.
During the period that the alleged child was born, she was working as a scout for the army.
In addition, at the time of his death, Hickok was newly married to Agnes Lake Thatcher.
However, on September 6, 1941, the U.S. Department of Public Welfare did grant old age assistance to a Jean Hickok Burkhardt McCormick (name of her third husband), who claimed to be the legal offspring of Martha Jane Cannary and James Butler Hickok, after being presented with evidence that Calamity Jane and Wild Bill had married at Benson’s Landing, Montana Territory, on September 25, 1873, documentation being written in a Bible and presumably signed by two reverends and numerous witnesses.
The claim of Jean Hickok McCormick was later proved to be spurious by the Hickok family.
Jane also claimed that following Hickok’s death, she went after Jack McCall, his murderer, with a meat cleaver, having left her guns at her residence in the excitement of the moment.
However, she never confronted McCall. Following McCall’s eventual hanging for the offense, Jane continued living in the Deadwood area for some time, and at one point she did help save several passengers in an overland stagecoach by diverting several Plains Indians who were in pursuit of the stage.
The stagecoach driver, John Slaughter, was killed during the pursuit, and Jane took over the reins and drove the stage on to its destination at Deadwood.[6]
Also in late 1876, Jane nursed the victims of a smallpox epidemic in the Deadwood area.
Final years: 1881 – 1903

In 1881, she bought a ranch west of Miles City, MT, along the Yellowstone River, where she kept an inn.
After marrying the Texan Clinton Burke, and moving to Boulder, she again tried her luck in this business. In 1887, she had a daughter, Jane, who was given to foster parents.
In 1893, Calamity Jane started to appear in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show as a horse rider and a trick shooter.
She also participated in the Pan-American Exposition. By this time, she was depressed and an alcoholic.

Jane’s addiction to liquor was evident even in her younger years. For example, on June 10, 1876, she rented a horse and buggy in Cheyenne for a mile-or-so joy ride to Fort Russell and back, but Calamity was so drunk that she passed right by her destination without noticing it and finally ended up about 90 miles away at Fort Laramie.[8]
By the turn of the century, Madame Dora DuFran was still going strong when Jane returned to the Black Hills in 1903.
For the next few months, Jane earned her keep by cooking and doing the laundry for Dora’s brothel girls in Belle Fourche.
In July, she travelled to Terry, South Dakota. While staying in the Calloway Hotel on August 1, 1903, she developed pneumonia and died at the age of 51.
It was reported that she had been drinking heavily on board a train and became very ill. The train’s conductor carried her off the train and to a cabin, where she died soon after.
In her belongings, a bundle of letters to her daughter was found, which she had never sent. Some of these letters were set to music in an art song cycle by 20th century composer Libby Larsen called Songs From Letters.
Calamity Jane was buried at Mount Moriah Cemetery (South Dakota), next to Wild Bill Hickok.
Four of the men who planned her funeral (Albert Malter, Frank Ankeney, Jim Carson, and Anson Higby) later stated that since Hickok had “absolutely no use” for Jane while he was alive, they decided to play a posthumous joke on Wild Bill by giving Calamity an eternal resting place by his side.[9]

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Crock-Pot Chicken Teriyaki



1 lbs chicken, diced

1 cup chicken broth

½ cup teriyaki sauce

⅓ cup brown sugar

3 garlic cloves, minced


1. Combine chicken broth, teriyaki sauce, brown sugar and garlic cloves in large bowl.

2. Add chicken to sauce, and toss to combine.

3. Pour chicken mixture into crock-pot.

4. Cook on low 4-6 hours, or until chicken is cooked through.

5. Serve over hot cooked rice and spoon extra sauce if desired.

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