Crockpot Cooking and 4 Ingredient Crockpot Chicken Chili – HBHW Newsletter

October 13th, 2010


Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter.

Most families share two things each fall:  back to school and dinnertime chaos.  One solution I have found for those busy days is to have dinner ready and waiting at home when we get there.  For that reason, my crockpot gets a workout each fall.  Want to learn more about how crockpot cooking saves you from dinnertime chaos?  Be sure to scroll down and read this week’s featured article.

Once you’re convinced that crockpot cooking will save you time and money, you’ll want all the details about how to get started cooking in your crockpot.  But, perhaps even more importantly, you’ll want the recipes!  Please take a look at our crockpot cookbook featured this week.

My efforts to get a meal in the crockpot several mornings each week got me thinking about goals, especially meaningful goals.  The inspirational quote and story I’ve chosen this week reflect my thoughts about goal setting.  I hope you’ll take a moment or two out of your busy day to read this week’s quote and story.

As a little reminder, I want to tell you about a fun little contest. Front Porch Ideas and More is hosting an Autumn and Halloween Porch Decorating Contest during the month of October. If you like decorating your porch this time of the year, you will enjoy all the ideas that Mary and Dave have for your porch. You could win a $100 or $50 gift certificate from Plow & Hearth. Learn more about their fun contest here: Autumn and Halloween Porch Decorating Contest.

Those are my thoughts this week. As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. Feel free to email me at

Warm Regards,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

Inspirational Quote

The ability to concentrate and to use your time well is everything if you want to succeed in business… or almost anywhere else for that matter.
~Lee Iacocca~


I Highly Recommend Crockpot Cooking Made Simple

The crockpot has become indispensable in many busy households.  Why?

Picture coming home to a delicious and filling meal on one of those chaotic evenings after school and work.

Picture no more stopping at the grocery store in a rush after work to pick up something to cook for your hungry family.

Picture the money you’ll save by not ordering out pizza or driving through the fast food place on your way home after picking up the kids from soccer, piano lessons, theater, or whatever your busy days require.

Now we’ve got you thinking,  “this crockpot cooking thing could be good.”  Yes, crockpot cooking can be very very good, indeed.  Now that you are thinking about dragging your crockpot down from the pantry shelf, or even buying a new crockpot, you need some information.

How would you like ONE RESOURCE for everything you need to know about crockpot cooking like:

  • what to look for in a new crockpot
  • how to care for your crockpot
  • what cooking techniques can turn you into a crockpot pro
  • how to easily convert favorite recipes into crockpot recipes

Once you have all these basics down, you’ll be ready for the fun.  Of course we mean the Recipes!  In this resource, you’ll find almost 500 recipes plus tips to make your crockpot meals come out perfect every time.

Here are just a few of the recipes you’ll find in this incredible cookbook:

  • Take It from the Pantry Soup
  • Stew Meat Vegetable Soup
  • Cheddar, Ham and Broccoli Soup
  • Sautéed Curry Chicken Soup
  • Kid Favorite Alphabet Soup
  • Shepherds Crock Pot Casserole
  • Shoestring Potato and Tuna Casserole
  • Creamy Mushroom Beef Dinner

Are you ready to order your copy of Crockpot Cooking Made Simple yet?  There is no reason to wait because your order is totally risk free!  Click here to order this incredible e-book at absolutely no risk and start saving time and money TODAY with your copy of  Crockpot Cooking Made Simple.

Featured Article

If you haven’t been convinced yet that crockpot cooking is the way to go, this article is worth a read.  You’ll find well researched and thought out reasons exactly how and why crockpot cooking works to save you time and money.  Please take a moment to read this week’s featured article to find out more:

How Crockpot Cooking Saves Both Time And Money

Recipe Sharing

When you’re ready to fire up the crockpot, you’re going to want a couple family-pleasing recipes.  Here is one recipe that my family particularly enjoys, and I like too because it’s super easy with only 4 ingredients:

4 Ingredient Chicken Chili In The Crockpot

  • 2 lbs of chicken thighs, bones and skin removed, cut into cubes
  • 1 small package Taco seasoning mix
  • 2 cans Navy beans, drained
  • 3 cans diced tomatoes, chilies and garlic flavor – do not drain
  • 3 cans  water (use diced tomato cans)

In your crockpot (about 5 quart size) put the ingredients in and stir gently just to combine. Put cover on crockpot and set heat to low. Cook covered for 6 to 8 hours. Stir again gently to combine before serving.

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Inspirational Story

Meaningless Goals
~author unknown~

A farmer had a dog who used to sit by the roadside waiting for vehicles to come around.  As soon as one came he would run down the road, barking and trying to overtake it.

One day a neighbor asked the farmer “Do you think your dog is ever going to catch a car?”

The farmer replied, “That is not what bothers me. What bothers me is what he would do if he ever caught one.”

Old joke with a meaningful moral:

Many people in life behave like that dog; they go about pursuing meaningless goals.

Set meaningful goals.  Then the work you do to achieve your goals will be just as meaningful.

Final Thought

That’s it for this edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter. I hope you’ve had as much fun reading it as I had creating it for you. I also hope that you have found the information helpful and useful. And by all means feel free to forward the newsletter to family and friends or even better, encourage them to subscribe to it.

Do you have a question, a tip, a recipe or a story you’d like to share with us? Email it to me and I’ll include it in a future issue. Can’t wait to see what you have to say.

Warm Wishes,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

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