Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

soup.jpgIf you love homemade chicken noodle soup, here’s a quick recipe for a busy day:

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup from The Employed Homeschool Mom

(Note, this recipe feeds my family of three with leftovers.  You could easily double for a larger family.)

1 carton chicken broth

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts   (Or you can use leftover chicken if you have it.)

3-4 carrots, pealed and chopped

2-3 celery stalks

Seasoned salt to taste

1 teaspoon parsley

1 teaspoon rosemary

Water if needed to cover chicken breasts completely

Noodles (to be added before serving)

Cook in the slow cooker all day on low, or high if you only have a few hours.  Once the chicken is done shred with a fork.  Cook your choice of noodles on the stove.  Drain and add to the slower cooker.  After I add the noodles to the slower cooker, I wait about 15 minutes to serve the soup to allow the flavor to blend.  (My family likes the Amish egg noodles.) We like this soup served with homemade garlic cheddar biscuits.



Make Ahead Peanut Butter Pie


It’s Sunday afternoon.  You need to make a dessert for something on Tuesday but know time will not allow for it after today?  This is one my of new go-to’s – Make Ahead Peanut Butter Pie.

Make Ahead Peanut Butter Pie from The Employed Homeschool Mom

Make your favorite pie crust from scratch and bake the shell.  (Or you can purchase one if you prefer.)


1 block of softened cream cheese

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 tsp. vanilla

1.5 – 2 cups powdered sugar

Place all the items for the filling in a bowl.  Mix with a blender until smooth.  You may prefer more or less powdered sugar- just mix to the consistency you like.

Place the filling in the pie shell.


Top with your favorite whipped topping.  (I personally use Cool Whip.)  Top with cut up Reese’s Pieces if desired.

I have made this up to two days ahead of time.  Be sure to refrigerate.

Crockpot Ham and Beans

Do you have leftover ham from a holiday get together?  Why not use it in slow cooker ham and beans on a busy day?

I soak dry navy beans overnight.  Add ham to taste.  We like our ham and beans seasoned with seasoned salt and pepper.  As long as a I soak the beans, I can cook all day on low in my slow cooker and it’s ready for our evening meal.

Do you have a slow cooker recipe to share?

Easy Meatballs


I thought I would share my meatball recipe.  It’s very versatile.  You can freeze them, bake them or put them in the slow cooker.

What you will need:

1lb ground chuck (ground beef works too), 1 cup oats, 1 egg, 1/2 cup milk (you can used condensed milk too), 2 tablespoons dried onions (you can use fresh or you can add more to taste), 1 teaspoon garlic salt, 1 teaspoon chili powder, salt and pepper to taste.

1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup ketchup, dash garlic salt

Mix together meat, oats, eggs, milk and seasoning.  Form into balls.  Place the meatballs into either a crock pot or baking dish coated with non stick cooking spray.  (Additionally, you can put them in a freezer bag and freeze for later use.)

Mix together ketchup, brown sugar and garlic salt.  Coat the meatballs.  (You can also use regular BBQ sauce.)

Cook in a crock pot on low for 4-6 hours or in the over at 450 for 30-60 minutes.  (It depends on how thick you make the meatballs.)

Sometimes I make these up in the morning and put them in the crock pot in the refrigerator until I am hope in the afternoon if I know I’m going to be busy.  I also sometimes make these right before we leave for church on a Sunday morning and lunch is ready when we make it back home.

I have this in the crock pot to be served with baked potatoes (in a second crockpot) and plan to fix okra as well.


Quick Cake Mix Cookies

If you are like me, you are sometimes asked to bake something for an event.  (I have four different things I’m doing that for this weekend alone.)  You wonder how in the world you will juggle your job, homeschool and everything else you need to do.

This recipe is quick and easy (and yummy)!  It takes me less than 10 minutes to mix up two batches.


Cake Mix Cookies:

-Box of cake mix of your choice, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup of oil

Mix together and drop cookies on baking sheet.  Bake at 375 for 7-10 minutes until done.

Do you have a quick and easy recipe to share?