Memorial Day Weekend | Slow Cooker Recipes

You’re obviously firing up the grill this weekend for Memorial Day.  Whether you’re staying at home, having a party, or headed to a friend’s, it’s the unofficial first weekend of summer and time to parrrrtay! But if you’re having people over, you don’t want to heat up the house with those pesky apps and sides.  And if you’re bringing something to a potluck you don’t want to come home to a huge mess to clean up.

So here are a few of my favorite slow cooker recipes for Memorial Day weekend.  Plus my all time favorite no-bake dessert, which isn’t made in the slow cooker, but will keep your house nice and cool and be a quick an easy crowd pleaser.

Bring it on Memorial Day.  And bring it on summer!

Slow Cooker Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Slow Cooker Spicy Spinach & Artichoke Dip | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Slow Cooker BBQ Buffalo Meatballs

Slow Cooker BBQ Buffalo Meatballs | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Chicken Sliders

Honey Balsamic Chicken & Avocado Sliders | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Slow Cooker Sweet & Spicy Chicken Mango Tacos

Slow Cooker Sweet & Spicy Chicken Mango Tacos | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Peanut Butter S’mores Bars {no bake}

Peanut Butter S'mores Bars {No Bake!} | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Western Themed Toddler Photo Booth | Easy, Cheap DIY

Western Themed Toddler Photo Booth | Easy, Cheap DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Raise your hand if you have a toddler with a birthday coming up.  Now, keep your hand up if you’re obsessed with taking photos of them.  Finally, let’s keep those hands up if you like cheap {even free!}, easy ways to get cute, instagram worthy photos with them and their friends.  My hand is raised.  For all of the above {which is also why I’ve been a little slow here on the blog}.

My little one’s cowgirl themed second birthday party is less than a month away, which means a few fun tutorials coming up for cheap, easy party decor DIYs.  This one was a no brainer as soon as I saw the inspiration here while perusing Pinterest {find me on Pinterest here}.  Of course, I can’t leave well enough alone so I made two of them.  This western theme photo booth will be joined by a Polaroid themed booth on the blog in a week or so.

Western Themed Toddler Photo Booth | Easy, Cheap DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Daddys and other goofy adults can also fit crouched down…

This project was finished in a nap time {although I let my toddler doodle on the box with me while I was drawing in the wood finish because no one will notice and I could work on the rest of it while she was entertained…win win for sure!}, was super easy, and was totally FREE.  That’s right you heard me.  It cost me a grand total of $0.  I found the wardrobe boxes on Craigslist and used paint and markers that I already had.  So overall, I would call this one of my favorite projects.  Ever.

Just a note…I was lazy with the lettering and hand drew it…I figured it added to the rustic, western look. If you’d like a cleaner look, you could also use stencils, cut and paste on printed lettering, or use a Silhouette or Cricut to cut letters or adhesive vinyl.

Western Themed Toddler Photo Booth | Easy, Cheap DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Supplies

Wardrobe box
Scissors or box cutter
Markers (you’ll want brown plus whatever colors you want for the sign)
White paint
Paint roller or paint brush
Opt: White poster board

How To…

Photos of the process are below.

1) Draw in the faux wood around the whole box.  I started with big vertical lines, added horizontal lines for different “planks,” circles for “knots,” and lines and dots for the “grain.”
2) Map out about where you’d like your hole {I made my toddler stand in side to use her height as a reference} and wanted sign to be and mark lightly with pen or pencil
3) Roll or paint on the white paint in the area that you need your sign and let dry completely.  If you’re doing this as a western theme, there’s really no need to mask off the area or be exact with the painting.  I feel like the messier it is, the more it looks like an old, authentic sign.  I’ll talk about making a more exact looking sign in a future post.
4) Cut the hole in the center where the child’s face will be with scissors or box cutter
5) Draw or paste in any lettering {it helps me to pull up a font I want on the computer and copy that but if you’re awesome freehand, then go for it!}
6) Set the box up and cut a door in the side to fit your toddler’s height.
7) If desired, glue or tape a piece of white poster board to the back of the box to make the kiddo pop for a more crisp photo.

That’s it!  You’re done!  Enjoy all of the fun pictures!

For the protection of the munchkin and her buddies, the full hashtag has been digitally altered.  Just pop your own hashtag in there and you’ll be good to go!

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Garlic Three Cheese Mac & Cheese | Microwavable Mac & Cheese Hack

Garlic Three Cheese Mac & Cheese | Microwavable Mac & Cheese Hack | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Ok you're either going to really love me or hate me for this one. I keep a stash of the Trader Joe's microwavable mac and cheese in my pantry.  Yes, I'm talking about the single serving, throw in the micro, drop some powdered cheese stuff on top and voila mac and cheese.  College style.  At least … [Continue reading]

Happy Mother’s Day

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Outdoor Picnic Table | DIY

DIY Outdoor Picnic Table | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

I've been wanting a big, fabulous outdoor picnic table for ages.  We've got a nice big backyard, and we love to entertain.  But up until now, all we've had is a dinky little dirty white plastic round table and chairs that seated four.  It wasn't cutting it. This is one of those posts where I have … [Continue reading]

Cheesy Chicken & Vegetable Chowder | Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken & Vegetable Chowder | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

I've been using the slow cooker a lot lately if you haven't noticed.  We've been going back and forth between chilly and hot days here in Southern California, so this one got cooked up on one of those bitter cold 60-something degree days (don't judge).  And then re-heated for lunch on several 75 … [Continue reading]

Giant Chalkboard | DIY + Inspiration

Giant Chalkboard | Hello Summer | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

I have a bit of a love affair going on with my giant chalkboard.  And I guess chalkboards in general.  I used this tutorial {and don't even get me started on all of the incredible projects that the Shanty2Chic girls have waiting for you over there..} make little chalkboards for the whole family a … [Continue reading]

Veggie Quinoa Tacos | Slow Cooker

Veggie Quinoa Tacos | Slow Cooker

I can't help myself with the Mexican food lately.  My first two recipes back and it's two of them in a row.  But it's really the best so #sorryimnotsorry Can we just talk about tacos and burritos for a moment.  The slow cooked filling for this recipe would make an awesome filling for either of … [Continue reading]

Rustic Mason Jars | Easy DIY

Rustic Mason Jars | Easy DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

My amazing girlfriends threw me a Southern themed baby shower before my little one was born and it was spectacular.  We're talking about fried chicken, mac and cheese and pie, people.  And since they are the thoughtful, amazing people that they are, they left me with 24 gorgeous mason jars that were … [Continue reading]

A Little Kitchen, Big Bites Update

Hiiiiya new friends and long time readers!  I wanted to pop in with message today about my little blog.  As you may have noticed, I've been back at it!  I'm feeling the creative juices with spring on its way in and I'm planning to keep adding fun new posts on the blog. But those who have been … [Continue reading]