overnight slow cooker eggnog steel-cut oatmeal

I love fall so so much.  Every tiny little thing about it!  Of course, I especially look forward to the food…  and the eggnog!

As I sat there sipping my eggnog-laced coffee the other day, I couldn’t help but think about all the other ways I could possibly enjoy one of my favorite parts of the holiday season.

Eggnog lattes, and eggnog-latte sugar cookies…  eggnog-frosted nutmeg cookie logs and eggnog and coffee ice creams eaten at the same time

Have I mentioned I have a slight obsession with eggnog?

I have been thoroughly enjoying the early eggnog-latte season at all the local coffee shops this year.  The day eggnog leaves us for the year is always a sad day in my house!

So, naturally, I decided to take my favorite Slow Cooker Steel-Cut Oatmeal recipe and turned it into Eggnog Oatmeal.  Oh My Yum!!!  What a perfect breakfast!

overnight slow cooker eggnog steel-cut oatmeal | Sweet Anna's

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slow cooker pumpkin chili

Yep.  I said Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili.  Because…  you can never have too much pumpkin!

Or at least, I have never had too much pumpkin!

Sweet Anna's | Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili

I love making chili on crisp, fall days.  Ok, I love making chili pretty much all the time.  My family is not always impressed by my constant chili making, but hey…  I’m the boss!  (At least when it comes to the kitchen, I’m the boss!)

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hearty beef & bean soup… on the stovetop or in the slow cooker!

Tender, melt-in-your mouth chunks of beef, with a flavor-packed broth and a bunch of beans, veggies and potatoes.  This is a perfect hearty fall soup for these chilly evenings that are approaching!

I think I could eat soup every day and not get tired of it.  Soup is definitely near the top of my list of all-time favorite foods…  but oddly enough I always forget how much I love it until I am eating it.

I’m actually pretty sure I’ve never met a soup I didn’t like.  Obviously some are more loved than others, but I love soup in every form.  Thin, thick, creamy, brothy, meaty, light…  There are just so many amazing options, it never gets old for me.

This soup started out as a clean-out-the-fridge dinner, but as ingredients got thrown into the pot I realized how tasty it was getting.  By dinner time, I knew I had to share this with you and will definitely be making it again!

I absolutely love the beef in here.  Tender, juicy and packed full of flavor…  so comforting and satisfying!

Hearty Beef & Bean Soup Recipe

2 pounds beef stew meat, trimmed into bite-size pieces
2 tablespoons bacon fat or olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 large carrots, chopped
2 long celery stalks, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large baking potato, raw or leftover baked, chopped
3 cans beans, rinsed (I used 2 black & 1 garbanzo!)
4 cups beef or chicken stock
4 cups water
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
salt & pepper, to taste

In a large stockpot or dutch oven, heat the bacon fat (if you don’t have any, olive oil will work) over medium-high heat.  Sauté the onion, carrots and celery until soft and slightly browned.  Stir in the garlic and sauté for a minute or two until very fragrant.

Push the veggies all to the sides and dump the meat into the center to brown a little before adding in the rest of the ingredients.

Bring everything to a boil, then cover and reduce the heat to low.  Simmer for as long as possible for best results, but at least 6 hours if you are using regular stew meat.

This is a soup that tastes better the longer it simmers.  You could even start it one night and reheat it the next for amazing results!

OR brown all the veggies and meat and then dump it and everything else into the slow cooker on low for 8-12 hours for an almost hands-free meal.  Yum!