Fall is my favorite time of year, in case you didn’t know. I love all of the color changes of the leaves, the fun family traditions, and of course the Fall Crockpot recipes!
Cooking in my slow cooker is something I truly look forward to. I love how the recipe cooks down all day and the house fills with all of the amazing aromas from all of my favorite dishes! If you are looking for something fantastic to whip up this fall then these fall crockpot recipes need to be your go-tos!
Make sure you check out our favorite Crockpot Recipes that are perfect for any time of the year.
Fall Crockpot Recipes
1. This Crockpot Apple Cinnamon Pork Roast is so incredibly easy but flavored with apple goodness! Crystal & Co
2. We adore this Crockpot Chicken and Stuffing recipe for a quick fall favorite meal. The Cozy Cook
3. My family loves the fall flavors of this Crockpot Pumpkin Butter Chicken that requires only a few simple ingredients! Crystal & Co
4. Try out this tender fall apart Italian Crockpot Pot Roast that cooks slow in the crockpot all day! Recipes That Crock
5. This recipe for Cranberry Apple Butter Chicken cooked in the crockpot is amazingly simple and your house will smell wonderful while it cooks! Crystal & Co
6. Now this Crockpot Pumpkin Chili will have you thinking outside the box when it comes to dinner. Moms With Crockpots
7. Want something sweet but salty for dinner? Try these Crockpot Apple Butter Pork Chops that are delicious! Crystal & Co
8. If you are looking for something really crowd pleasing whip up some Crockpot Chicken and Noodles for a totally comforting dish! Crystal & Co
9. Nothing says fall more than Crockpot Chicken and Sweet Potatoes. It is truly one of the easiest and most wonderful fall dishes there is! Crystal & Co
10. Check out this Crockpot Chicken Stew that will have everyone at your dinner table raving! The Cozy Cook
What is your favorite way to cook in the slow cooker this time of year?
Did you know there are a few secrets that make slow cooking perfect? For example, every time you take the lid off, it adds 20 minutes of cook time?
Check out our 10 tips for cooking in your Crockpot.
Are you doing letter of the week crafts with your preschooler? This is a great way to learn the alphabet together and make memories.
Since starting the weekly ABC’s series on my site over a year ago, I get regular searches for more crafts and activities to do with your kids that focus on the alphabet. The letter Aa is a popular search.
I have pulled together 27 fun and engaging letter a crafts for preschool. Many of these ideas are from other bloggers who have done preschool at home with their kids!
You can do all of these at home using items you have on hand. There are even book lists for your next trip to the library! You’re going to love this!
27 Letter A Crafts for Preschool
1. A is for Alligator– this preschool letter of the week craft is from Crystal & Co. Make your alligator out of construction paper and let him eat the letter Aa while you’re at it!
2. All New Romping Roaring ABC Pack– if you are looking for a collection of printables to use as you learn the letter Aa, this awesome pack from 3 Dinosaurs is perfect!
3. A is for Alligator Tot School– love how The Educators Spin on it shares fun ways to learn the letter Aa with your tot by incorporating lots of alligator activities.
4. Animal Charades for Kids (Free Printable)– playing games can be the perfect way for kids to remember what they learn. This printable from Buggy and Buddy is a real hoot!
5. Tissue Paper Art Apple Tree Craft– love this adorable apple tree craft from Fantastic Fun and Learning using items you have on hand!
6. Learn Your ABCs on an Architecture Scavenger Hunt– make learning your alphabet fun. KC Adventures suggests taking a walk and discovering all of your letter with architecture!
7. Exploring Animal Tracks– focus on the letter Aa as you search for animal tracks! Another fun, get out of the house, activities from KC Adventures.
9. Free Apple Activities Pack– this collection is perfect for kiddos ages 2-8. All things apples from 3 Dinosaurs.
10. Workboxes and Activities for the Letter A– love these workbox ideas from The Chaos and the Clutter. There are printables and hands on activities!
11. DIY Airplane Crayons– recycle those old crayons and make them into airplane crayons! Follow the easy tutorial from Nothing if Not Intentional.
12. Spicey Apple Playdough– my kids love scented playdough! This recipes for apple flavored from Fun-a-Day is awesome!
13. Books for Teaching the Letter A– love this collection of 14 books from The Measured Mom that teaches and/or focuses on the letter Aa.
14. Stuffed Paper Apple Craft– this craft is ridiculously adorable. Make apples out of paper and stuff them. I love this fine motor skill craft from Buggy and Buddy.
15. It’s Apple Picking Time – Yarn Apples– make apples out of yard with 3 Dinosaurs.
16. Apple Playdough– this is a no cook recipe and involves adding apple scented shampoo for the smell! Love this from Fantastic Fun and Learning.
17. Airplane Snack– this yummy snack from Crystal & Co., is healthy and the perfect treat for learning.
18. Hands on Learning Fun with an Ant Egg Carton– I love this craft from The Educators Spin on it. My twins made something similar years ago when they went to Mothers Day Out.
19. Fingerprint Apples– so simple and a keepsake from 3 Dinosaurs.
20. A is for Alien– I love this and my boys would too! Make a handprint alien from Red Ted Art.
21. FREE Letter A Printable: A is for Apple– a fun printable from The Measured Mom that uses stickers or Do a Dots to complete.
22. Prayer Flag Craft: Apple Stamps– use sliced apples to make stamps like The Nurture Store did.
23. Apple Calendar Cards– create a calendar with the kids using this free apple themed printable from 3 Dinosaurs.
24. Apple Emergent Readers for Playschool– I love these printable books from Fun-a-Day!
25. Life Cycle of an Apple Tree – Torn Paper Apple Trees– this is great for older preschoolers. Love this life-cycle study from 3 Dinosaurs.
26. 9 Preschool Letter A Crafts– these crafts all focus on our letter. The Measured Mom is so creative.
27. Arctic Small World Sensory Play– I love when learning is fun and allows my boys to use their imagination. This sensory bucket idea from Fun-a-Day is awesome!
Which one is your favorite?
My Favorite Packs for Preschoolers
A letter craft for the entire alphabet. Instructions, templates and supply list all in one place!!
Get the downloadable pack here.
We also love these apple do a dot pages.
Have I told you just how much I love fall? Fall is like the one season I anticipate every year. Cooler temperatures, comfort foods, and all things fall of course!
Everyone is already getting their fall stuff out, decorating beautiful porch layouts and tablescapes with themes of pumpkins and leaves. What does your fall decor look like? There is nothing that says fall more than Fall wood craft ideas! Plus, they are simple and can be made from just about any scrap wood you may have laying around your house! So check them out!
Fall Wood Craft Ideas
1. These Thankful Wooden Blocks are perfect for upcoming Thanksgiving and include a free printable! Crystal & Co
2. Make these rustic but totally classic Wood Pumpkins for fall. Honey Bear Lane
3. This stenciled Autumn Decor is beautiful and so simple to accomplish! 100 Things 2 Do
4. This DIY Pumpkin Patch is a perfect fall accent to any front porch! You Craft Me Up
5. Check out this Halloween Stacker that is so cute and a great Halloween project! Naptime Crafting
7. These Painted Wood Slice Pumpkins are simple adorable and done in no time! A Night Owl
8. This Great Pumpkin project is easy and can be adorned with any fall saying you like! Blog Lovin’
9. Make a Rustic Wood Sign and designed with your favorite fall saying to hand by your door. Ribbons & Glue
10. Design a Fall Wreath Hanger for the door that is made from scrap wood and fall themed ribbons. Sand & Sisal
What is your favorite way to craft in the Fall?
Fall Home Decor Ideas
If you are as excited as we are about Fall, check out our favorite Fall Home Decor Ideas.
Pumpkin spice recipes are some of my absolute favorites!!
Have you ever tried adding some pumpkin puree to your chocolate chip cookies?
What about some pumpkin spice too?
This is an excellent twist on a classic sweet treat.
Let me show you just how easy they are to make. And they are perfect for your next get together, bake sale, or just because.
First, gather up all of your ingredients.
- 1/2 cup sweet cream butter, melted
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 tbsp molasses
- 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
Now, for the fun part!
I always like to use parchment paper on my cookie sheets. For two reasons; easy cleanup and no cookies sticking to the pan. So, line your cookie sheets with parchment paper and set them to the side.
Next, in another mixing bowl, mix in the pumpkin puree, both sugars, molasses and vanilla extract.
Once combined add in the melted butter.
In third bowl, whisk together the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt.
Gradually mix in your dry ingredients into the wet until everything is mixed together well.
Gently add in the chocolate chips.
You should have an orange colored chocolate chip cookie dough.
Now let’s get the cookies onto the pan.
I prefer to use a cookie scooper or a melon baller to make perfect balls of cookie dough that are all the same size.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Once oven is preheated bake the cookies for 12-13 minutes. I like to start peeking in on them at about 9 minutes, personally, because I like them chewy in the center.
If you leave them on the pan they will continue to cook some as long as the pans are hot.
Allow cookies to cool completely before enjoying! Unless you like a gooey hot cookie… and if that’s the case I won’t stop you!
More Pumpkin Spice Recipes
Halloween is just around the corner and I don’t know about you but I am ready for some treats!
Halloween is such a fun time for kids with the dress up, fun activities, and yummy sweets! These Halloween Treats are sure to make your little one smile! Use them for upcoming Halloween or fall parties, family gatherings, or just an afternoon of fun. Check out these sweet and spooky easy Halloween food ideas are sure to be a hit!
25 Sweet & Spooky Halloween Treats
1. These Oreo Mummy Pops are the perfect spooky treat using yummy Oreos! Happy Hooligans
2. This Sweet and Salty Halloween Bark is a great favor for a party bag and so easy the kids can help make it. Crystal & Co
3. Make this Candy Corn Jello for a super cool afternoon treat! Cincy Shopper
4. Want a fun craft that you can eat? Try these Easy Mini Donut Spiders your kids can make and enjoy! It’s Always Autumn
5. These Witch’s Brooms are the perfect combination of sweet and salty. Couponing To Disney
6. You will impress your guests and family with this Halloween Bundt Cake that is super colorful. Love Bakes Good Cakes
7. All you need are 3 ingredients and your microwave for these fun Pretzel Bones. A Worthey Read
8. Make these Edible Pumpkin Candy Cups for your little treat goers and fill will all kinds of yummy treats! On Nuts!
9. These delicious Dracula’s Dentures are certainly something you can sink your teeth into and they are made with chocolate chip cookies. The Girl Who Ate Everything
10. This Halloween Bark is easy, quick, and perfectly tasty for your Halloween fun. Just A Taste
11. Want a perfect fall snack? This Harvest Hash Trail Mix is perfect for an afternoon snack or party. The House of Hendrix
12. Make these Candy Corn Pretzel Hugs are made super easy and will become your favorite sweet treat! Sally’s Baking Addiction
13. Check out this Halloween Muddy Muddy Recipe that includes salty goodness, chocolate, and candy. Boys Ahoy
14. Make this monsteriffic Frankenstein Rice Krispies that the kids will love! Clean and Sensible
15. Even this Candy Corn Punch can be a Halloween Treat and it tastes just like orange dreamsicle. Nellie Bellie
16. These Reese’s Frankenstein Cupcakes are goulishly cool and adorable. Your Cup of Cake
17. Who wouldn’t love these Jack Skellington Chocolate Apples made super easy! Wonky Wonderful
18. These Easy Spider Web Treats are super simple to make and super yummy. Delia Creates
19. Learn how to make Candy Apples Any Color with this simple tip. Rose Bakes
20. These Mini Caramel Apples are the perfect bite sized treat for the little ones. My Litter
21. Check out these Playful Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies that are easy to make with Halloween cookies. Pillsbury
22. These Witch Hat Cookies look so cute and are sure to be gone in a flash at your Halloween gathering. Princess Pinky Girl
23. Believe it or not these Halloween Marshmallow Pops look complicated but are seriously super easy to make! I Wash You Dry
24. These Pumpkin Bread Truffles are the secret to any fall party and super delicious. Better Homes and Gardens
25. With these Cheese and Pretzel Broomsticks Halloween treats don’t have to be all candy! One Little Project
Are you whipping up something wonderful for your Halloween festivities? Share your Halloween treat ideas here!
More Fun Halloween Ideas
Ever use STEM when teaching your children?
STEM refers to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics of curriculum. STEM is a very useful method of teaching for just about any age. It allows kids to really use imagination and other operations of learning to promote educational success. Plus, they are super fun!
Check out these 25 amazing STEM activities for preschoolers. These are perfect for homeschool families and parents wanting to supplement learning at home!
25 STEM Activities for Preschoolers
1. Experiment with the different dynamics of Gears! Gears! Gears! operation with this awesome Learning Resources toy that is different every time you build it!
2. This Tot Tube Playset is a great STEM toy and it works for almost any kind of car your child already has.
3. With this Trucky 3 Game your child will be challenged to make all of the pieces fit but also make the trucks functional. This is awesome for beginners?
4. You can inspire design, creativity, and value in play for those littles with tiny hands with this Green Toys Build a Bouquet Floral Arrangement.
5. Work through color recognition, sorting, and counting using this Peg Board Set that also maximizes hand-eye coordination.
6. This Design and Drill Socket To Me Set will give your little one the ability to learn mechanics of forward and reverse along with color assimilation.
7. It will be easy and fun to learn colors, shapes, and number skills with the Learning Resources Super Sorting Pie.
8. There are 8 cool shapes and lots of building options with a Magna Tiles Junior Set.
9. This Learning Resources Science Mix and Measure Set is perfect for little hands and great for examining visual quantities.
10. There are tons of variations with this Marble Run that maximizes hand-eye coordination and spatial skills.
11. These Wee Widgets are perfect for preschoolers, made of soft material in different shapes, and come in a handy carrying case.
12. Check out this Robot Turtles Game that sneakily teaches kids the science of robot programming and its a lot of fun!
13. If you want to include a fun game and influence your child’s spatial skills and logic then try this Camelot Jr. where kids can build with high quality wooden materials.
14. Practice those early math and money skills through pretend play with a Learning Resources Teaching Cash Register.
15. Observation is key to inference! With these Learning Resources Jumbo Magnifiers they will be able to examine all kinds of cool things whether you are exploring bugs or rocks!
16. Your kiddos will have a blast practicing counting, stacking, and matching with this Lauri Tall Stacker Number Express.
17. Check out how things weigh and compare results with this Learning Resources Pan Balance.
18. Learning codes and robot assembly will be out of this world fun for your preschooler using this Wonder Workshop Dash and Dot Wonder Pack.
19. With a little parent assistance and supervision this My First Mind Blowing Science Kit will be enjoyable and give your kiddo the opportunity to explore the basics of science.
20. Build up your own magnetic structures with this awesome SmartMax Basic Set.
21. Learn all about plants with your won up close and personal DuneCraft Dome Terrarium filled with herbs you can use to cook!
22. Teaching math skills, patterns, and sequencing can be really fun and insightful with this Melissa & Doug Abacus.
23. Your kiddo will feel very special with their My First Microscope that helps them learn science from an up close view.
24. This interactive Tiggly Counts learning toy is great for your child’s tablet and works to help your little one with math.
25. Watch the entire life cycle of ladybugs with this Ladybug Land Insect Lore that begins with larvae and ends in adult ladybugs.
Do you have a favorite STEM activity for your preschooler? Share your ideas!
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Fall is near. Before we know it the weather will be changing, leaves will turn, and the produce aisle will be covered with apples.
We love recipes using apples. We use apples for snacks, added to dishes and of course in all the best apple desserts!
Do you have a favorite apple dessert? Something that you just can’t resist? Well if not you are bound to have one after you see all of the amazing apple desserts on this list that will make your fall dessert menu!
Recipes Using Apples
1. Instant Pot Apple Butter screams Fall. So many things you can do with this, including eating it by the spoonful. Crystal & Co
2. These Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls are a reason to have dessert for breakfast! Thrifty Jinxy
3. Want a sweet fix all to yourself? Try out this Dark Chocolate Apple Mug Cake. Crystal & Co
4. Get lost in this Apple Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting that will have your taste buds singing. Cookie Dough & Oven Mitt
5. Check out this Caramel Apple Poke Cake loaded with cinnamon, apples, and caramel goodness. Cincy Shopper
6. Try out this recipe for Apple Pie Turnovers that are done up in just 20 minutes. Savvy Saving Couple
7. These Apple Pie Cupcakes are to die for!! Crystal & Co.
8. Apple Butter Crescent Rolls are a perfect way to use some of that homemade apple butter. These are the perfect after dinner treat! Crystal & Co.
9. This Caramel Apple Cheesecake is absolutely drool worthy! Grandbaby Cakes
10. Give some Apple Zucchini Bread a try for a lighter fair to dessert but oh so tasty. Mom vs The Boys
11. Baked apples and sweet cream cheese glaze are mouthwatering in Apple Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread. Homemade Interest
12. Nachos for dessert? You got that right! Check out these Ambrosia Apple Dessert Nachos. Amazing! The Dinner Mom
13. These Mini Salted Caramel Apple Pies with completely melt in your mouth with sweetness. Busy Creating Memories
14. Have you ever baked a whole apple? These Easy Baked Apples are truly incredible! Family Food and Travel
15. It just doesn’t get any better than Grandma’s Apple Crisp! Mission to Save
16. You have to give these S’mores Apple Nachos a try. I promise you can’t resist! Dancing Through the Rain
17. Spiced Cider Glazed Apple Bars are all the flavors of fall in a wonderful treat. The View From Great Island
18. Creamy, delicious, and sweet is this Caramel Apple Ice Cream! Yum! Eating On A Dime
19. These Candy Apples will take you all the way back to childhood! The Flying Couponer
20. Want a perfect fall recipe? Try this recipe for Harvest Apple Cake that is wonderful! Savings Lifestyle
21. This Country Apple Fritter Bread is so good any it really won’t last long. The Baking Chocolatess
22. Pair these Apple Blondies with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an over the top dessert! Num’s the Word
23. Perfectly moist and smothered in caramel frosting this Caramel Apple Sheet Cake is amazing. Chef in Training
24. You just can’t go wrong with apples and shortbread in Apple Crisp Shortbread Bars. Life Straight Up
25. Check out this Caramel Apple Cobbler made from scratch! Wine and Glue
26. How can you resist this Caramel Apple Dump Cake that is beyond decadent! Simply Stacie
27. Apples, pecans, and cinnamon make all the flavors in Apple Blossom Bundt Cake. My Turn For Us
28. Only 6 ingredients needed for these Baby Apple Walnut Pies. Yum! Ann’s Entitled Life
What is your favorite recipe to create using apples?
Instant Pot recipes are a great way to make dinner fast and easy. These Buffalo Chicken Sliders are perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or when you’re hosting a crowd at home.
You won’t believe how easy they are to make and they taste better than take out!
Sliders are so easy and super versatile. My boys love them! Let me show you how to make them.
First, gather up everything you’re going to need.
- 4 chicken breast
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 3/4 cup Buffalo sauce
- 2 tbsp. of butter, cut into small squares
- 1/2 packet dry ranch dressing mix
- 2 tbsp. minced garlic, I use the jarred stuff
- 1 cup of coleslaw mix
- 6 slices of Provolone cheese
- 3 green onions, diced
- 1/2 cup ranch dressing
- 12 sweet Hawaiian rolls
First, add the raw chicken breasts to the Instant Pot. This is the Instant Pot that I use.
Add the small butter pieces to the top of the chicken breasts. Sprinkle evenly with the dry ranch seasoning packet.
Evenly add the diced garlic over the breasts. Pour in the broth.
Put on the Instant Pot lid and turn to seal.
Set it for manual for 15 minutes.
Once it is done cooking, let the pressure release naturally.
When all of the pressure is released, open the lid.
If there is any access liquid in the pot, drain it.
Add your buffalo sauce to the chicken and stir to combine evenly.
Cover the bottom of the pan with the bottoms of the sandwiches. Add shredded chicken and cheese.
Turn your oven to broil.
Broil for 2 minutes to melt the cheese. Do not over broil.
Next add the coleslaw, ranch dressing and then green onions.
Top with the tops of the rolls.
- 4 chicken breast
- ½ cup chicken broth
- ¾ cup Buffalo sauce
- 2 tbsp. of butter, cut into small squares
- ½ packet dry ranch dressing mix
- 2 tbsp. minced garlic, I use the jarred stuff
- 1 cup of coleslaw mix
- 6 slices of Provolone cheese
- 3 green onions, diced
- ½ cup ranch dressing
- 12 sweet Hawaiian rolls
- First, add the raw chicken breasts to the Instant Pot.
- Add the small butter pieces to the top of the chicken breasts. Sprinkle evenly with the dry ranch seasoning packet.
- Evenly add the diced garlic over the breasts. Pour in the broth.
- Put on the Instant Pot lid and turn to seal.
- Set it for manual for 15 minutes.
- Once it is done cooking, let the pressure release naturally.
- When all of the pressure is released, open the lid.
- Grab two forks and shred the chicken.
- If there is any access liquid in the pot, drain it.
- Add your buffalo sauce to the chicken and stir to combine evenly.
- To assemble sandwiches, separate the tops of the rolls from the bottom.
- Cover the bottom of the pan with the bottoms of the sandwiches. Add shredded chicken and cheese.
- Turn your oven to broil.
- Broil for 2 minutes to melt the cheese. Do not over broil.
- Next add the coleslaw, ranch dressing and then green onions.
- Top with the tops of the rolls.
- Serve warm and enjoy!
More Instant Pot Recipes
Here are a few more things we love to make in the pressure cooker. They are perfect for busy families.
If you’re looking for large family meal planning ideas, you’ve come to the right place.
I’ve done lots of slow cooking, budget friendly meals and freezer meals this week.
This week I have avoided the grill after this happened last week. Entire dinner up in flames.
Ready to see what we’re making this week?
Large Family Meal Plan
Slow Cooker Lentil Tacos– my kids love this. You can get a bag of lentil for a buck. So good!! They cook in 4 hours on high in the slow cooker.
Sesame Ginger Chicken– served with broccoli, brown rice and a salad. So good!! This is also one of our freezer meals for the month of August. So good! If you watch our freezer assembly video I adding extra sesame ginger sauce and chicken to the freezer bag so I have about 3 breasts left. I am going to freeze the leftover chicken and use it later for stir fry another week.
Beans and Cornbread– again another super cheap meal. I do add some things to my beans with I cook them in the slow cooker. It’s a recipe I’ve been making for years. So good!! The 4 year old and 2 year old eat this stuff up!!
Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore– another meal from our August freezer meal plan. We assembled it with thighs- you can do drumsticks or breasts. Serving this with pasta and a veggie.
Taco Soup– using up some of the leftover pinto beans and some ground beef I bought for half off last week and put it in the freezer.
Leftover Buffet- use ’em up!
Meal Planning on a Budget
One way that I save on my grocery budget is shopping online with free grocery pickup. I do not pay for the service and it’s great to know the total of what you’re spending BEFORE you check out. Need to remove some things from your cart? No worries.
I also love that I do not have to get my kids out of the car to shop and online shopping prevents impulse shopping. It’s a win, win!!
If you have never given online grocery shopping a try, it is such a lifesaver for moms. I just cannot say this enough. Not only does it help me stay on budget, but I don’t have to wrangle kids while grocery shopping. I literally load up my kids, tell the Walmart app I am enroute, pull up, they come out and load me up and I am done!! You have to try it! And get $10 off your first order of $50 or more!
Make Ahead Freezer Meals
Did you see our freezer meal assembly for the month of August. Here are the seven meals we assembled in less than an hour. They are all perfect for back to schooL!!
Recipes that Won’t Heat the Kitchen
It is still super hot here in Texas. Here are 21 recipes that are perfect freezer meals for when you it’s too hot to cook. All of these recipes are made in the slow cooker, on the grill or on the stove or electric skillet. Nothing that heats up the house!