Memorial Day Weekend!

Here’s a little throwback with some easy slow cooker recipes for Memorial Day weekend, plus one of our all time favs!  Hope everyone has a relaxing, safe weekend!

And don’t forget to follow along on Facebook and Instagram where I’ve started posting new little bites here and there while I rev up to full blogger mode!

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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

It Called Me

There’s that moment when you sit down to write a blog post and try six different passwords before you get the right one. And then you realize it’s been a really long time since you posted.  There have been plenty of recipes made and plenty of updates to share, but the timing wasn’t right.  Until today.  When it called me (cue Moana soundtrack…because if you’re a mom it’s been on repeat in your car for months).

I don’t have a recipe to share and I don’t know what the future holds, but I did want to say hello.  And let you know that I’m still here after over a year of relative silence.

Last time I posted, I had a baby boy who was and is programmed to move in every fiber of his being but who had not yet figured out how to do it.  He was frustrated and a little grumpy and hated being confined.  He didn’t want to sleep, he wouldn’t sit in the stroller and he wasn’t thrilled to be in a carrier.  If I’m being honest, I was a little lost.  I couldn’t quite figure him out.  And I certainly didn’t have time to photograph our dinner, jot down a recipe, edit, and write something interesting whilst dealing with him and a particularly precocious two year old.  It was hard.  No one tells you how hard being a mommy can be.  It’s beautiful and it’s heart warming and I love them more than words can express but mom-ing is just hard sometimes.  And yet, I still want more.  So there’s got to be something to it.

So what did I do instead of writing?  I made something for him that he loved.  A blanket.  And then made one for a friend.  And then another friend wanted a bib.  And then a different friend wanted a headband and another wanted a car seat cover and Snuggle Up Buttercups became my creative outlet and I left my poor blog here in silence.  Snuggle Up Buttercups is my third baby and it’s getting bigger and stronger and more awesome every day.  But I’m a writer in my heart and here I am.  Because it called me.

Now the little one can not only move but he can run and climb and jump (kind of) and giggle and play and he is a joy.  And the big girl is growing and learning and becoming a little person before my eyes and she’s going to be four soon and I’m sitting here like *how did that happen already?*  Every day they make me smile and laugh and want to squeeze them tight and tell them to never grow up.  But many days they also make me want to scream and cry and pull my hair out.  Some days I feel like the best mom ever, and many I feel like a total failure.  Because, like I said, mom-ing is hard.

Oh and on top of all of that nonsense we moved.  To this beautiful house on a perfect cul de sac in a wonderful neighborhood which was everything I wanted and dreamed of.  Except it needed some updating.  Like the kitchen, which had blue countertops and mickey mouse hand drawer pulls (I kid you not my friends).  So on top of my babies and my shop baby, we’ve also been working on this big baby of a house.  And those blue countertops were not horribly photogenic for my food photos, so we recently swapped them out for white.  And it called me.

Have I sufficiently explained myself?  Are all of my excuses good enough?  I’m sorry I’ve been gone, but friends, it does feel good to be here now.  We’ll see if clicking to publish is quite as easy because there’s a lot of truth here and it’s not pretty or easy but there’s something cathartic about getting it out.

So maybe some recipes soon.  Or workout ideas.  Or DIY.  Or something more than nothing.  But in the mean time, Facebook and Instagram are way easier to update so follow along there if you want to be in the loop (especially if you happen to be planning a mermaid themed party…there will be a lot of crafting going down in the next few weeks).  And thank you to those who have hung around waiting.  I promise, I’ll be cooking up something soon.

Vegetable and Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry Lettuce Cups with Peanut Sauce

Ok friends, why didn't anyone force me to buy cauliflower rice sooner??  It's been sitting there in the Trader Joe's refrigerated section just looking at me every time I went to the market for months.  No hard work ricing anything...just a nice bag of cauliflower.  But it's going to be gross, right? … [Continue reading]

Healthy Southwestern Salmon Quinoa Cakes with Avocado Yogurt Sauce

Before I went into the aforementioned crazy cleanse, I bought some frozen salmon to make some buttery, delicious salmon cakes.  And then we had a busy week and for one reason or another I decided on take out instead of cooking that night.  And the salmon lived in the freezer until one day when I was … [Continue reading]

Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Goddess Bowl

One day I was strolling the aisles of Costco {or attempting as much of a stroll as I could with one kid strapped to me and the other screaming for samples in the front seat of the cart} and a small box labeled something to the affect of "three day cleanse" caught my eye.  Being six months out from … [Continue reading]

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes Sliders | Slow Cooker

Oh heeeyyy my friends!  Life around here has been a little crazy and a little spazzy, as has my posting on the blog.  Snuggle Up Buttercups has really picked up steam thanks to my incredible family and friends and the handmade community and I'm so excited that my passion for perfectly sized, … [Continue reading]

Healthy Snacking On The Go with FreshyBag

I have a problem, and I'm just going to come out and say it.  I don't like being at home.  It's nice to lounge in your pj's and read books for a little while but then I get super stir crazy.  Especially with two kids.  And I think I've passed this {and many other} neurosis onto my sweet girl because … [Continue reading]

Sweet and Spicy Honey Chicken | Slow Cooker

Sometimes you just need Chinese takeout.  When the baby isn't sleeping and the toddler isn't listening and you just want to hide in a bowl of something hot and fragrant and delicious and sweet and sticky and spicy and sweet.  I'm drooling just thinking about it. But sometimes you really don't … [Continue reading]

Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps | Slow Cooker

First of all, I want to thank everyone again who sent some love after last week's announcement of Snuggle Up Buttercups, my new Etsy shop full of deliciously snuggly blankets.  I really hope you love it an welcome any feedback or ideas for future products! So in the midst of taking care of … [Continue reading]

Introducing Snuggle Up Buttercups

Guys, I'm so excited to be sharing this today.  There have been big things going on behind the scenes here.  And they involved stacks of cuddly fabric, lots of hours behind the sewing machine, and one tiny product tester getting a whole lot of snuggles. I temporarily closed my Etsy shop … [Continue reading]