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Crock-It Lock-It Review+Giveaway VLOG


I’ve shared many times how much I love my crock pot.
Well.. now I love it even more!
Just got the Crock-It Lock-It and it just got upgraded to awesome.
Check out my video below for all the details.
Crock-It Lock-It  is a tool that helps strap down your crock pot lid so you don’t
have to worry when you transport it! Perfect for parties and pot lucks…
PLUS, the best part is it fits multiple sized crock pots…
3 quart slow cookers to 8 quart slow cookers.
I love how snug it felt.. and how it has a spot to put the ladle (which comes with it)
and a strap for the cord! It’s $25 and if you want to make it easier to
transport your crock pot, you need this!
You can check out their demo video of how you attach it works HERE!

I actually have a meatball recipe, that needs to be shared with the world, and
the next pot luck…I’m bringing them in my crock pot with this bad boy attached
and not stressing about meatball spillage!
Want to check out my favorite Crock Pot Recipe?
Chicken and Dumplings.
More Crock Pot recipes I’ve shared HERE!
Here’s the post on our Halloween Party mentioned in the video.
Next time you need to bring food somewhere..take it in your crock pot
with your Crock-It Lock-It! I suggest mac n cheese… yummy.

Do you want to try one??
Enter below to win a free one!
You can also grab one up now and use
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The Busy Budgeting Mama

ROUND 3- Freezer Crock Pot Meals {Recipe+Grocery List Download}


I have shared before my experience with entering the whole
freezer crock pot meal making world…
Here’s what I did the third time around!
Join me in trying out these recipes to
make meal time a little easier for us busy mamas!

I’m off to the Influence Conference next week,
and that was motivation to make up another batch of freezer meals.
I want to make it as easy as possible for my husband with the 3 kiddos.
And…it’ll give me some peace of mind knowing he has these to pull out!
Ben is great at cooking dinner when it comes to the crock pot.
He is better than me at remembering to get it going earlier in the day!

Here’s the recipes we are trying this time around…
keep reading to click to the original recipe links
and to download my grocery and recipe list!

I posted my first try at freezer meals HERE. and my second try HERE.
Our favorites out of those batches HAS to be the Chicken & Dumplings.
(without potatoes..because they kept turning brown. I don’t have time to blanch them!! ;)
I suggest making that one too if you are going to make up a  batch!
add it to the list gurl. asap.

This time around we are Making:
(Tonight I’ll link the original recipes here.
But I have to go get a haircut right now. haha.)
Teriyaki Chicken (1).
Maple Dijon Glazed Chicken(2)
Beef and Broccoli (1)
Pulled Barbecue Chicken (1)
Chicken Broccoli Alfredo (1)
not pictured– Chicken & Dumplings (1)
The husband likes broccoli..and the kids love chicken.
so that helped in the decision making of this round.
I’m not making the chicken & dumplings because I made
it a couple days ago already..but wanted to include
it in this round up since it’s a favorite!

You can download the GROCERY LIST to make it extra easy to shop.
You probably will have a lot of the items on there already
stocked up in your pantry like I did..but I wanted to make sure
to put each thing down so you can double check
what you have and what you need! :)
And you can download the RECIPE LIST to use when bagging up everything!
I love you. what can I say.

I kinda love the part where you write on the freezer bags the recipe title..any instructions of what to add to the crock pot directly (like water..) and how long to cook it for.
If your husband is making dinner with the crock pot..
he won’t even need to ask you a question about the recipe
..it’s all right there! the only think he’ll be saying is WOW WIFE.. YOU ARE AWESOME AND SO ORGANIZED AND PUT TOGETHER I’M SO LUCKY TO HAVE YOU.

Here’s the recipes I made up again.
I sometimes double them..but since these are all new recipes
I wanted to try them first before I make up a freezer full! ;)
Let me know what you think about the recipes and I’ll do the same!

The Busy Budgeting Mama

Freezer Crock Pot Meal Prep Day- TAKE TWO

My first try at Freezer Crock Pot Meals was such a hit,
with hundreds of pin and repins..
I thought I would share again my second try at it!
Seems like a lot of us are wanting to make
grocery shopping/cooking/meal planning easier!
By shopping at both Aldi’s and Giant Eagle this week
I was able to get the price per meal to under $4!
My most recent batch of
Freezer Crock Pot Meals is HERE!


Here’s the list of recipes I made up this past week:
Click to be taken to original recipe I used (my documents with the recipes are changed a little)
Guinness Beef Stew
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Zuppa Toscana
Creamy Beef Stroganoff 
Meatball Minestrone Soup
Pulled Pork (based off this recipe…
my version is in the file to download below)
Chicken and Dumplings


You can download the RECIPES HERE featuring what to write on each Freezer Bag!
(use sharpie and write on bag BEFORE you fill them up.
knowing what to put on them ahead of time makes it so much quicker!)
and my categorized GROCERY LIST can be downloaded HERE
Not sure yet how these all cook up..some are new ones.. let me know what you think!
And thanks for trying it out with me :)
(PS. My favorite is the chicken and dumplings…
I cook it for 2 hours on high and then 30 or so minutes with the biscuits dropped in!)

You can also check out my First Try at this money and time saving project HERE for
more info and other recipes! (downloadable grocery and recipe list)

MY NOTES ON MY FIRST TRY AT FREEZER CROCK POT MEALS.
** LOVE the Chicken and Dumplings..always have. that’s why I’m doubling it this time.
**not a fan of the chicken and rice.
**red potatoes turned brown only in ONE of the recipes.. wierd. So this time I put the potatoes in a seperate freezer bag to do a little trial..and see if they turn brown or not. if they do..I’ll just throw in some fresh when it’s time.
**Pulled Pork last time was yummy to use for tacos.. but we really like it with barbecue the most. So I went ahead and poured in the Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue sauce right away this time. :) LOVEEE eating the barbecue pulled pork on tacos with cheese. it’s delicious. trust me.

The Busy Budgeting Mama

Freezer Crock Pot Meals- Prep Day

I posted my second try HERE.
and my most recent batch HERE!

One of my New Year Resolutions…
was to figure out a better system for cooking/cleaning.
Now that I have a crowd…
(a husband, a 4 yr old, 2 yr old and 7 week old)
I knew that I needed a plan to tackle feeding this crew that made it easier and saved us money.
There were far too many nights it would be 5 and
I would have no clue what I was going to make for dinner.
This new system of Freezer Crock Pot Meals has helped TREMENDOUSLY!!!
It saves you time..because the meals are prepped and ready to go….
And it saves you money! Each of my 17 meals only cost us $4.00!

Each recipe gives our family 2 meals…one even 3 meals!
So one day of cooking and I have 17 meals taken care of!
Below I’ve listed the recipes (sourcing the original recipe)
You can download the RECIPES and FREEZER BAG DIRECTIONS here to print…
along with the GROCERY LIST sorted by sections for easy shopping.
Be sure to check over the list because you most likely already have many of the items!
*I added crock pot liners to the list…because they are AMAZING.*

Now I think that some people might do the Prep Work at night..when hubby is home.
But lately my 7 week old is super fussy at that time..and If I’m not holding/nursing him..
I just want to relax by the end of the day! So my plan is to do most of the prep
(even if it’s divided up) during one day. I’m realistic in that it will take me a while…
and probably will be interrupted by melt downs..nap time.. and tea parties..
but It is do able and will be worth it. (Be sure not to leave meat out.
I saved that part to when I knew I could cut/bag/refrigerate without interruptions.)

Here’s how your first attempt at
Freezer Crock Pot Meals should go:
First…start the morning off with a dance party to t swift.
mom hair..wet hair on top of head..is not required. but c’mon… I look good.

Then.. let the kids destroy the house while you chop everything up!
(You can clean the family room up later while they make a mess in their room.)
Hopefully at least one of the bambinos will co-operate and sleep..
occasionally push the battery dead swing with your foot to keep baby asleep…

Take a break to make “lunch” for kids….. be hilarious.
“Girl Faces” will probably be requested. Now that your kids know you are funny you
will never be able to serve a boring lunch again without a revolt.
you have no one to blame but yourself for that.

Label your Gallon sized ziplock bags with each Recipe…
Including the cook time/heat level..and any directions for when you are cooking.
(My husband “made” dinner..and was able to read the bag and make it happen
while I nursed baby. perfecto. mission accomplished.)

These are the recipes that I chose to make for my
first try at Freezer Crock Pot Meals.
I did 3 tried and true favorites..and 4 new ones.
If you are wanting to pick just a few of these recipes…
go with the Chicken and Dumplings..Pulled Pork..and Lasagna. they are our favorites!
Our Picky eater, Sienna, LOVES the cheesy chicken and rice.. and we all LOVE the chicken and dumplings. I just pulled that out to make up tomorrow night. :)
I suggest purchasing most of your items at a store like Aldi’s or Bottom Dollar.
However, When I decided to try this out..it was new years day…
so Aldi’s was closed and I did my shopping at Giant Eagle.
I think I could have spent a lot less shopping at Aldi’s or with coupons.
This time though…..I spent $68.00 for 17 meals…
equaling out to $4.00 per meal for my family.
(The lasagna bag gives 2 meals of lasagna with extra meat sauce for a pasta meal!)
My new routine is to pull out a frozen bag and put in fridge the
night before (at bed or when I’m finishing up dinner) so that it is thawed and ready to go the next day. You could put plenty of these in frozen…it would just take longer to cook obviously.
As far as leftovers with these meals… I love that you can use the pulled pork another day for tacos.. and change up the extra lasagna meat sauce with a different type of pasta. You could divide up even more the soup or the cheesy chicken potatoes if you add more potatoes.

Here are the original recipes I used this time around.
Be sure to download the grocery
and recipe list above for how I made them up!
Chicken & Dumplings

This was my first try and I’m
happy to share what we did!
If I can do it, a mama with babies at her feet and in her arms, so can you!
I’m excited to put this new system into work at our house.
Sophie kept asking me what I was doing…
I told her I was cooking all day so that later in
the week I could play instead of cook!
She was all about that idea. I think she cheered. ;)


ADDED FEBRUARY 18TH:

MY NOTES ON MY FIRST TRY AT FREEZER CROCK POT MEALS.
** LOVE the Chicken and Dumplings..always have.
that’s why I’m doubling it this next time.
**not a fan of the chicken and rice. too..thick.
**red potatoes turned brown only in ONE of the recipes.. wierd.
So this next time I put the potatoes in a seperate freezer bag to do a little trial..
and see if they turn brown or not. if they do..I’ll just throw in some fresh when it’s time.
**Pulled Pork last time was yummy to use for tacos.. but we really like it with barbecue the most. So I went ahead and poured in the Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue sauce right away this time. :) LOVEEE eating the barbecue pulled pork on tacos with cheese.
it’s delicious. trust me.


The Busy Budgeting Mama

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