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A Look Ahead and Some Exciting Things Planned For 2013

Tomorrow marks the beginning of a new year, so I thought I would share some of the things I have planned for 2013.

Overall I am keeping things the same. I will share kitchen tips, ideas, and recipes that make life in the kitchen easier. I am busy like all of you and I love sharing how I fit cooking, and feeding my family, into my busy life.

I am going to continue keeping it real. This is real food that I feed my family. My site really is a picture into my kitchen.

Most of the photos for my site are taken just minutes before my family devours the food in the picture. If you could see the behind the scenes, you would often see my three kids asking who gets to eat the “pretty plate of food” for dinner or dessert, because they just want me to hurry up and serve the food.

My pictures may not be the best, in fact some of my meals are definitely not the most photogenic, but it is really the food we eat. As much as I love Pinterest, I cook everyday food, not pinterest perfect food, and that is what I plan to continue to do.

My goal is to continue sharing real life everyday food that everyone will love.

I do have a few fun things planned for this year, but they are keeping with the theme of everyday food that everyone will love.

My crock pot is one of the most used appliances in my kitchen. It is what allows me to get a hot home cooked meal on the table even on my busiest days.

But I have realized that I don’t share a lot of the crock pot recipes that I make for my family, mainly because most crock pot meals are ugly. Let’s face it, food that has been cooked all day can be very delicious, but pretty does not often describe it.

So, I am giving up the idea of a picture perfect crock pot meal and will be sharing them anyway.

In fact, my goal is to share fifty crock pot meals in 2013. That is basically one a week, but since I use my crock pot at least once a week, I think it is a goal I can easily do.

Every Monday in 2013 you will see a crock pot recipe or idea. I hope this is a feature for 2013 that you all will enjoy.

Tomorrow I will share a few more things I have planned.

What would you like to see here on my site in 2013? 

Lynn's Kitchen Adventures


  1. I would love to see more crockpot recipes. I don’t use mine much because I don’t have many good recipes. I mainly use mine for roast beef and mac and cheese. I love your web site. Keep up the good work I really appreciate it.
    Ps.I don’t care what they look like just as long as they taste good.

  2. I enjoy your blog. I hope to be able to make some of your recipes this year. I am famous for Pinning recipes from here and other places and never making them. I would love to see more crock pot recipes. As a full-time working mom, crock pot meals are a life saver! Happy New Year!

    • Thanks and I am glad you enjoy my recipes and site. I think we all have trouble with pinning and never making, but I guess, that is part of the fun of Pinterest. 🙂 I agree crock pot meals are a life saver on busy days.

  3. Love your blog, I can’t wait for the weekly crockpot recipes. I use mine a couple of times a month, but know that it could be an even more useful kitchen tool. Best wishes for a healthy and happy 2013!

  4. I love your site! Everything that we have tried from here has been absolutely delicious! The crockpot beef sandwiches that you shared a few months ago immediately became one of my family’s favorite and most asked for meals! I always recommend you to my friends who ask for recipes 🙂 I, too, am looking forward to more crockpot recipes. In my family, we don’t really care what the food looks like as long as it tastes good! Besides, my meals NEVER come out looking like the ones in Pinterest. That is a dream I gave up on LONG ago 😉 LOL As a mom of 5, soon to be 6, I thank you for help me feed my family delicious, homemade meals!


    • Thank you that is very kind. I am glad you enjoyed the beef sandwiches. We love those also. I am really looking forward to sharing more crock pot meals and am glad to know that my readers will enjoy them as well. Happy New Year!

  5. My SIL and I both LOVE your site – we always know that the recipes you share will work, taste good, not be too expensive, and not use difficult to obtain ingredients. I work full time and am involved in a number of other activities, so I rely in the Crockpot a LOT. I’m really excited that you’re going to be sharing more Crockpot recipes. I am confident that they will taste great, and who cares about the “prettiness” of the pictures?!

  6. I really look forward to more crock pot recipes. My crock pot is usually going and as for how it looks, I don’t really care as long as it tastes good and the husband is happy!

  7. I am so glad you decided to share more crockpot recipes. I find that I am getting stuck on the same old recipes and would LOVE some new ideas! Happy New Year!

  8. Good for you for keeping it REAL!!! I love your recipes! Can’t wait to see the new crockpot ones! Happy New Year!

  9. Lynn, I’ve had crockpots since the early 80’s but have never been proficient at them. Most often, when I pull it down out of the cupboard, it’s to make yogurt (embarrassingly easy method, by the way!). My favorite slow-cooker has been a french-oven that I use weekly in the oven for roasts and stews. I look forward to exploring new recipes and learning enough about using a crockpot to translate some of my french oven dishes over!

    Another thing I’ve been wanting to lean is more about using whole grains and other non-meat sources of protein.

    Thank you and Happy 2013!

    • Thanks! I am looking forward to this new series as well to help motivate me. I use my crock pot a lot, but seem to often go back to the same ones, so I am looking forward to making more things using it and converting some of my family’s favorites to the crock pot. And of course the fun part is sharing them with all of you. 🙂 Happy New Year to you!

  10. PS… LOVE your dailies!!!

  11. Love your site and looking forward to your crockpot recipes as I use mine often as well. My favorite recipes are simple family faves so I always love your menu plans. I enjoy your cookbook reviews as well.

  12. Love your blog & your website. I would love to see low carb recipes once in a while, if possible. I had to start watching how many carbs I consume on a daily basis due to being diagnosed with diabetes. It’s hard to cook one thing for me & a completely different thing for my family. Any helpful recipes would be wonderful! Thanks a bunch for all you do! Be blessed!

  13. I love your blog because it is realistic. A lot of the other food blogs are not real for stay at home moms with limited $ and picky husbands and toddlers. I especially love your soups, mexican recipes and anything crock pot.

  14. Brandette W. says

    Thank you for keeping things REAL. This isn’t a picture perfect life we live as Mom, things get messy and have to be done in a hurry sometimes. I have always loved Crockpot cooking, I also use mine at least a few times a week. For Christmas, my husband got me a very nice 6 qt one that I am so in love with. I was so excited to see your new idea for 2013 for lots more crockpot cooking. Comes just in time for me to try out new family favorites in my favorite appliance!

    Thank you for all you do. Especially for the simply no fuss-ingredient recipes, these are a favorite of this Stay at home Mom to a very picky toddler.

    • You are so right, life is not picture perfect and sometimes we forget that. My goal for 2013 is to continue keeping it real. I hope you enjoy your new crock pot. I love getting useful gifts like that.

  15. Linda Reese says

    Your Food Blog is wonderful! I always make your “Easy Slow Cooked Roast” now and my husband tells me don’t do anything different to the recipe, this is the one I like! He knows that I some times make changes to recipes and he hates it! I’m looking forward to seeing more Crockpot recipes…they are so much easier to deal with. I don’t always make comments on blogs but I told myself I will start now doing it. If you are kind enough to go to all the trouble that I’m sure bloggers do then I need to tell you how much I appreciate all that you do! Your recipes are truly wonderful…Thanks!

    • Thank you so much. I do love hearing from you all and appreciate those that take time to comment. I am so glad you love that roast. It is still one of my favorite ways to cook roast. Happy New Year!!

  16. love your site! happy new year!

  17. Jennifer D. says

    I am looking forward to more crockpot meals in 2013. I use my crockpot at least once a week. I love reading your posts!!!

  18. I am super excited about the once a week crockpot recipes. Thank you so much!

  19. I have made the soup you have the picture on several times and just love it. Glad I found your site looking forward to many more dishes.

  20. Thanks for keeping it real!! I appreciate you!! Looking forward to all your recipes and ideas for 2013!!

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