9 Years Later (+Instant Pot Giveaway)


(I’m giving away an Instant Pot…scroll down to the bottom to enter)

9 years ago I wrote the message “I have decided to try to use my crockpot for 365 days in a row! That is the basis of this blog. I will blog about my efforts and post recipes and pictures. I hope that you will try the recipes and comment about your own successes and failures. I typically haven’t used the crockpot all that much since I’ve had one; however, that is about to change!”

Little did I know that 9 years later I would still be posting recipes…of course it’s not everyday anymore but still! 9 years of recipes. That is a lot!

My daughter, Reagan, and I in 2005.

An unanticipated benefit

So many positive things have happened to me since I started this journey. One of my very favorite unanticipated effects is my kids have grown up with me cooking so many different foods that they are really not picky at all.

My son, Skyler, in 2009 when I started my project.

They are used to seeing different foods on their plate every night that they don’t ever say, “Ew, what’s that?” They are just like, “oh, dinner, that’s cool.” When I started sharing recipes with you my son was 6 months ond. I can’t believe that he is in the 4th grade…9 1/2 years old. He can’t ever remember me not taking pictures of food. My daughter was 3 when I started and is now in junior high. Life flies, doesn’t it?

My Family’s Favorite Recipes

It’s hard to even sift through 9 years of recipes! Today I’ll be sharing with you some of the most popular and favorite recipes through the years.

When I asked my family what their favorite recipes were they said…

Husband: Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken (there is also an Instant Pot version)

One of my husband’s favorite dishes–cashew chicken.

Daughter: Slow Cooker Parmesan Sausage and Kale Soup (here is the Instant Pot version)

Parmesan, Sausage and Kale Soup…my daughter’s favorite recipe that I make.

Son: My son’s favorite food is literally the last thing that I’ve made. Never have I met a kid that loves food as much as him. Some of his favorites are Cheeseburger Soup (slow cooker or Instant Pot) and Hawaiian Haystacks (slow cooker or Instant Pot).

My son’s favorite…cheeseburger soup

Me: I go through phases. Right now I’m seriously loving this Chicken Spaghetti. I also love Chicken Gyros,  Turkey Lentil Chili and my basic seasoned and shredded chicken. 

Instant Pot Chicken Gyros--tender, juicy seasoned chicken and onions piled onto soft pita bread and topped with a creamy cucumber yogurt sauce, tomatoes and lettuce. A perfect meal for any night of the week.

Your Favorite Recipes

Here are the most viewed recipes over the past 9 years:

Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup (Instant Pot version)

Instant Pot Beef Gyros (slow cooker version)

Slow Cooker Tortellini Spinach Chicken Soup (Instant Pot version)

Instant Pot Bacon BBQ Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken (Instant Pot version)

Slow Cooker 3-Ingredient Peach Cobbler (Instant Pot version)

Slow Cooker Pasta Fagioli (Instant Pot version)

Slow Cooker Yellow Chicken Curry (Instant Pot version)

Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole (Instant Pot version)

Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup has the most hits on 365 Days of Slow Cooking

Instant Pot Recipes

In the last year I’ve loved posting instant pot recipes along with the slow cooker versions of the dish. I’ve loved my Instant Pot so much that I changed my logo from this…

to this…

I’ll always be associated with the crockpot/slow cooker because that is how I got my start. However, I love the different functions of the Instant Pot and the true “one pot” meals that can come from it. I will continue to post electric pressure cooker recipes and, when it makes sense to do so, their slow cooker versions as well. There are definitely some things that just can’t be done in the slow cooker and when that is the case there will just be an Instant Pot version.

Instant Pot Giveaway

I know many of you don’t have an Instant Pot yet and I hope to change that. Today I’ll be giving away your choice of Instant Pot. If you win you can choose a 3 quart*, 6 quart* or 8 quart* Instant Pot. OR you can choose my favorite slow cooker, the 6 quart KitchenAid*.

Which one would you choose???

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Enter to win

Follow the directions on the rafflecopter below. The only mandatory entry is leaving a comment on this post telling me which item you’d like to win. Increase your chances of winning by doing the optional entries. Good luck!!!

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*Karen Petersen is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.


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