The Very Best Crockpot Recipes

Hi friends!

I'm so happy so many of you liked this idea and submitted your favorite crockpot recipes to me over on my instagram! (@katiewkrysh) I have a bunch of great recipes for you today that you can pin, save, share with your partner, etc. I did have a few others sent to me but some didn’t have measurements or they were repeats of the ones below, so I didn’t include them  This time of year is always difficult for me to have the motivation to cook (the warmer months are always so much easier!) so I think these will really help me (and hopefully you guys) meal plan better and give our family some new delicious meals to eat!

Here we go...


Spicy Ground Chicken:
-Ground Chicken
-1 cup chicken broth
-1 cup RAO sauce (or any pasta sauce)
-1/4 cup hot sauce
-1 cup chopped carrots
-1 cup chopped celery
-1/2 onion diced
-1 tbsp smoked paprika
-1 tbsp cumin
Salt/Pepper to taste
Mix together and cook on low for 4-5 hours

Italian Chicken:
-3 chicken breasts
-7-8 red potatoes 
-1 bag of baby carrots
-Italian dressing
Cook on low 5-6 hours 

Thank you guys again for participating! I'm starving now and can't wait to make these!



I started putting together another "currently" monthly update type of post, but then this idea dawned on me. 9 honest truths...I like it! And if you want to share an honest truth of yours below (or can relate to any of mine), I'd love to hear them.

1. January is the hardest month of the year for me. The holidays are over, the weather is way too cold, it's not yet February so you can't start mentally getting in the spring mindset or excited about a holiday, and I always just feel down and not like myself. Exercising really seems to help a little bit, though (more on that below.)

2. Preschool open registration for Camden gave me at least 10 gray hairs and stressed me out way too much. They take it pretty seriously at my top 2 choice programs and by seriously I mean people line up starting at 3:30 am for current families and 5:30am for new families. The good news is that he got into the class that was our top pick, so he will be going to the same church that me and Billy actually got married at, which I think is really cool and kinda special!

3. I have old lady knees. They are so bad that they crack loudly every single time I bend down, and bother me a lot when I do certain workout exercises like squats. Speaking of - I just started the BBG 12 week workout program. I like it because I can easily do the exercises during nap time at home and it's quick workouts.

4. I have "temporarily misplaced" something really, really important to me when we moved. I say misplaced because I'm trying to stay positive that it's not lost forever. It was one of those situations that the item meant so much to me that I decided to not put it in just a regular moving box, but somewhere that I THOUGHT would be safer, and therefore because I put it in a "unique" spot I can't find it anywhere. I feel really stupid for not remembering where I put it and have been really bummed about it. I've spent spent hours looking with no luck. I feel like I won't stop thinking about it until I find it, and it just really sucks.

5. I'm having the hardest time trying to pick out rugs for our family room and dining room. I'm mainly torn between going with a neutral rug or getting something with color? This is the one with pops of color that I really like. I'm so NOT good at bigger house decor purchases like this because I'm so indecisive (and hate returning things!)

6. I have a crush on Lip in the show Shameless.

7. I've sucked at cooking new recipes for like, oh the past year. I'm wanting to cook in the crock-pot more (mainly because I can prepare in the morning vs. scramble to put something together at the busiest time of our day) so I posted on my instastories about compiling crock-pot recipes that you guys submit to me. I have gotten SO MANY GOOD recipes sent to me and WILL have the post up sharing them tomorrow!

8. I attempted to apply shiplap wallpaper on a wall in our half bathroom and no - it definitely ended up in a giant wad on our dining room table after an hour. It was the biggest fail. Not every house project goes well or is "easy" like they appear on Pinterest. :)

9. The other day I told someone my wrong age. I blanked and FORGOT my own age?! Like, what? I swear to you my mind is mush some days. I think I need to take some vitamins that help with forgetfulness. Stat. 

Happy Wednesday! Don't forget to check back tomorrow to pin a bunch of yummy recipes and get some cooking inspiration!


You Are Three! Happy Birthday Camden!

Dear Camden,

You are brave and strong. You are funny and silly. You are smart and learn quickly. You are confident and determined. You are outgoing and friendly. You make us laugh every hour of every day. You are a leader and a loving big brother. You will change the world one day. You are our pride and joy. Thank you for the greatest, most fun 3 years. Thank you for being you. Happy 3rd birthday my sweet boy! Today is all about you, we love you to the moon and back💗🎊🎈

Mommy, Daddy, Grayson, and Kona



Happy Monday! Hope your coffee is as strong as mine is this morning!

So, I figured it's been too too long since I've done a big life update on here so here's a lot of random...


Today officially marks Camden's birthday week! He turns THREE on Wednesday and his birthday party is this Saturday! We are doing a construction theme (his choice) and opted to have it at our house since it will also give us a chance to show a lot of our family + friends the new house. This 3rd birthday, though, is a little bit harder for me to accept than when he turned 2! Three years old just seems so much more grown up - even though he's still little, it doesn't feel that way as much. I have been going through pictures of him and could just cry at how much he has grown. We have been so consumed with getting things done around the house that I'm really excited to take a break and for a chance to just celebrate HIM all week...


Last weekend we took the boys to see Paw Patrol Live at the Ohio Theatre, which was so much fun. Camden was really into it and kept saying hi to all the pups! Grayson loved it too (especially the music) and they both sang and danced practically the whole time. It kept their attention and we loved seeing how much they enjoyed it (the best part about taking your kids to events like that - right?!) 

 (other picture was from a christmas celebration with my mom's side of the family - Gray was pretty happy with his presents... :)) 


I've had some major cabin fever lately with these frigid temps. I feel so bad that Kona can't get any walks outside, and taking the boys to go anywhere in the car takes about 25 minutes to just get them dressed with 101 layers on and to get the car warmed up to leave. I'm thankful we now have a bigger play area for the boys compared to our last house, which is so nice, but it's still hard not being able to get outside at all. I am dreaming of tropical weather!

(not the best angle to see the trim & it still needs to be painted but you get the idea and can see the new color of the room!)


Has anyone had their cabinets sprayed before? After Camden's party that is the next project on our list to have done, and I'm wondering if anyone has any feedback on how you like it and what paint you used! (We are hiring people to do it - we won't be trying to do it ourselves as we've never done that before and don't want to mess it up) I'm super excited to post pictures of the before & afters!


One of my smaller personal goals for this year is to stop staying up so late at night. I have gotten into a bad habit of staying up past midnight every night, and let me tell you it SHOWS the next day in multiple ways. It's hard though because sometimes I feel like that late at night when everyone is asleep is MY time to get things done. I love staying home with the boys everyday, but the hardest part is not having much time to myself or to truly get what feels like a "break". On another note - preschool registration for the fall is coming up and I'm touring a few of my favorite places for Camden to go to this week!

That's enough of my ramblings for today...I'm working on a fun house post that will be up this week! have a good day friends!