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Hobo Hamburgers (crock pot style)

Tonight’s dinner is from the web site Crockin’ Girls.  I have made several recipes from their website and I highly recommend that you visit them.   



1 pound of ground beef (I had pre-made patties that i had purchased and they worked just fine)

4 potatoes, peeled and sliced

6 carrots cut into chunks

1 large onion, cut into rings

2 stalks celery

1 bell pepper cut into chunks

spices to your liking (I used season salt, lemon pepper, parsley, garlic salt, and Montreal steak seasoning)

4 pieces of aluminum foil about 12 inches 12 inches

This recipe makes 4 packets



1.  Chop all the veggies and place them on 4 separate pieces foil and sprinkle with seasonings.




2. Place the hamburger patty (or if you are using ground beef – shape into 4 patties) on top of your veggies and season with the Montreal Steak Seasoning.

IMG_20130628_091935_8743.  Wrap up your meal with the foil being careful to make sure it is sealed so the juices don’t leak out.  Then place in the crock pot.  It is ok to stack them.  You may be able to fit 2 side by side and then two more on top of them.

IMG_20130628_092129_0924.  Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or for 4 hours on high.

This meal is so easy and quick that you can prepare it in the morning and then dinner is ready when you come home from your busy day.  I usually place the whole packet on the plate.  Careful when opening as steam will escape – but the result is juicy – completely done meat and veggies cooked to perfection.

Guten Appetit! 





Weekly Menu for the Week of June 24 – 28

At long last I am again posting menus on the blog.  I have been keeping to this routine all along, but have not posted them here in a while.  Saturday and Sunday the boys cook – usually BBQ – that leaves the week to me.  So here is what is cooking at my Haus!

Monday: Cashew Chicken, rice, and green beans

Tuesday: Sloppy Joes on bun, chips, cucumber slices

Wednesday: Stuffed Shells and a green salad

Thursday:  Green Chile and Chicken Enchiladas, rice and refried beans

Friday: Hobo Hamburgers (a complete meal in a foil pouch made in the crockpot)

As always, I will post the menus as I make them in case you find something here you like and may want to try.  If you do try something – let me know what you think.  Happy Cooking!

Menu for the Week of March 18 – 22

It has been one crazy week after another around here.  Last week was such an off week I did not even post a menu – very rare for me.  This week will end crazy but starts out pretty tame so here is what is cooking at my Haus this week.

Monday: Farmers Chicken Fingers, French Fries and salad

Tuesday: Ravioli with tomato sauce, green salad

Wednesday: Chuck Wagon Mac

Thursday: Pizza Mexican Flair

Friday:  Chili in crockpot

I will post recipes as they are made!  Happy cooking!!!

Crockpot Homemade Spaghetti Sauce



1 pound ground beef or Italian Sausage (I used hot Italian Sausage without casings)

1 can tomato sauce

1 can tomato paste

1 can tomato soup

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1/2 teaspoon basil

1/2 teaspoon oregano

salt and pepper to taste


Brown the meat and drain if necessary. 2013-03-01_06-39-15_233


Spray the crockpot with cooking spray.  Add the meat to the crockpot and the remaining ingredients.


Give the entire thing a good stir to combine.  Cover and cook on low for 7 – 8 hours.  Serve over cooked pasta and enjoy!


Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup

Tonight’s menu consisted of Chicken Noodle Soup and homemade bread.  The bread was from an Artisan Bread Cookbook I had purchased some time ago, and was so simple and delicious   I promise to post the recipe in another post as I will be baking bread again real soon.

Now for the chicken soup.  Here is a photo of the basic ingredients that I used.



2 chicken breasts

2 cans of chicken stock/broth

2 ribs of celery chopped

1 carrot chopped (I used about 15 baby carrots and chopped them because that is what I happened to have on hand)

1/2 onion chopped

Soup noodles (I used the small star shaped noodles)

Spices to taste: salt, pepper, minced garlic, parsley


Chop the onion, carrot and celery and put in the crockpot.  (I normally spray my crockpot with cooking spray for easier clean up, but in this case it is not necessary).

2013-02-26_05-50-28_373Next add the chicken broth and the chicken.  I normally chop the chicken up and put it in but mine was still a bit frozen so I just put it on top and cut it up later.


Next I added the spices and the cover.  Cook on high for about 7-8 hours.


During the last hour of cook time, I added the noodles. Since they were small they cooked rather quickly.  You don’t need much – maybe 1/2 cup of noodles.  Serve with warm, fresh  baked bread as I did or rolls.  

2013-02-26_17-14-41_482Excuse my 1/2 eaten slice of bread – I almost forgot to take a photo.  Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did.

Crockpot Beef Stroganoff

003The recipe for this meal came from the website: Crockin’ Girls.


1 pound beef stew meat

1 medium yellow onion chopped

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of pepper

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 can beef broth

1 can cream of mushroom soup (I had cream of celery so I used that instead – it tasted quite good)

Mushrooms – fresh or canned if you like (my son does not like them so I left them out)

1 cup sour cream



egg noodles

001Spray your crockpot with cooking spray for easy clean up later.  Add the following ingredients: Beef, onion, garlic, onion powder, salt, pepper, mushrooms if you are using them, Worcestershire sauce, beef broth, and cream soup.  Stir all ingredients together.

002Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.

About 30 minutes before serving – add the cup of sour cream.  Using about 1 tablespoon of flour and 1 – 2 teaspoons of water make a flour paste in a little bowl.  Add this to the crockpot stir again and cover.  Cook for the remainder of the time.

Cook the egg noodles according to the package directions.  Serve the stroganoff over the noodles and have a side salad for a complete meal.  Enjoy!

Crockpot Chili

Let me start by saying I apologize for not having any pictures to show for this recipe, but it is pretty easy.


1 pound lean ground beef

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

3 cans of beans drained and rinsed (I used 1 can black beans, 2 cans pinto beans)

1 can crushed tomatoes (I put mine through the food processor as my boys don’t like tomato chunks)

1 cup of beef broth or water

1 small can tomato sauce

1 tablespoon chili powder

1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

a dash of cayenne pepper (more or less depending on how spicy you like things)

1/4 teaspoon salt


Brown the ground beef in a pan, add the onion and saute for about 5 minutes.  Spray the crockpot with cooking spray for easy cleanup later.  Add the ground beef/onion mixture along with the remaining ingredients.  Stir until everything is combined.  Cook on low for 8 hours.

Serve with the following for toppings:  sliced green onions, shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream.  You can also serve the leftovers as chili dogs, or over baked potatoes.



Menu for the Week February 11 – February 15

Here is what is cooking at my Haus this week:

Monday: Crockpot Chicken and Rice, roasted cauliflower (cauliflower from my garden) The recipe for this chicken and rice was not very good.  The rice as mushy and everything was a bit dry.  I will not post the recipe but you can find it at Crockin Girls.com

Tuesday: Spaghetti and Meatballs, salad, garlic bread

Wednesday: Crockpot Chili

Thursday: Valentine’s Day – Pizza with heart shaped Pepperoni, green salad

Friday: Beef Stroganoff, egg noodles, cucumber salad

I will post the recipes as I make them this week.  Happy Cooking!!!!

Crock Pot Beef Stew

015Tonight’s dinner was another dump and go recipe – the easiest for busy weekday dinners.  Here is all you need to do to have dinner on the table when you get home.


1 pound beef stew meat

3 cups chopped potatoes

1 cup chopped carrots (I used baby carrots)

1 cup chopped celery (about 3 stalks)

a few chopped green onions

3 cups water

Lawry’s Beef Stew mix

Salt and pepper to taste

003I always spray my crock pot with cooking spray first – makes for easier clean up later.  Put all ingredients into the crock pot.

004Cook on low for 7 -8 hours.  Serve with rolls or home made bread and butter.  Enjoy!


Angel Chicken


Tonight’s menu was Angel Chicken served over penne pasta.  The recipe came from the Crockin’ Girls website.  If you have not yet checked out this website you are really missing out on some fabulous crock pot meals.  You can visit their site here.

The best part of this meal is it is a dump and go recipe – the best there is!


4 – 6 chicken breasts

1/4 cup butter

1/2 package of dry Italian salad dressing mix

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1/2 cup of dry white wine

4 ounces of cream cheese with onions and chives

pepper to taste


Put all ingredients into the crock pot.  Cook on low for 7-8 hours.  That is it!  It doesn’t get any easier.  Cook penne pasta to serve with your Angel Chicken – it’s heavenly!!!!!