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This week I have gone absolutely pumpkin crazy.  I’ve been holding off on the pumpkin spice all the things craze, but I just had to jump on the bandwagon for the week of Halloween. It’s our family tradition!  What’s your favorite pumpkin recipe? I’ve got some Pumpkin Spice Kettle Corn and some Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spinach Mac and Cheese on the blog this week. 

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Slow Cooker Pumpkin Mac and Cheese -Crocktober Week 5. You'll never guess this mac and cheese contains pumpkin. It's all sorts of creamy, cheesey goodness, and the best part is you just dump it all into your slow cooker and walk away!

 

(Yep, you caught me. The same pumpkins are in both shots. Bloggers have to work with what we can get!)

In other news, I’ve also re-designed my blog with a new logo courtesy of designer Jessica Triggs. Don’t you just LOVE it?!

Do you have some great trick or treats planned for this week? Spooky recipes? Halloween party decorations and ideas? Last minute costumes or crafts? I can’t wait to see what you share with us down below in the linkup!   

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My favorite posts from last week are:

Pineapple Pork Carnitas Jonesinfortaste

 Slow Cooker Pineapple Pork Carnitas by Jonesin’ For Taste

In case you haven’t heard, I love my Crock-Pot! I also happen to love Mexican food. Here I have both, and it’s super easy to boot! I can’t wait to try this recipe! Street style tacos with little corn tortillas are the best. 

I also love:

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These Candy Corn Rice Krispies by Life is a Lullaby

Would you believe that I have never before tried making rice krispy treats? I know they’re probably the easiest thing in the world to make, but I’ve somehow never done it. Maybe it’s because I imagine the huge mess they make? Thankfully Life is a Lullaby has shown me the error of my ways and I plan to make my first ever rice krispy treat with this recipe on Friday.   

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The most popular recipe on my site just got better! Pumpkin Spice Kettle Corn is here!

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Sustaining the Powers has a new look!!!  

What do you think? I am so in LOVE with the logo that my friend Jessica Triggs designed for me. (I was actually so excited that I snuck it out early last week on a few photos when I wasn’t supposed to.) I had never intended to keep the old header as long as I did when I designed it as a placeholder. Since we just passed my Blogiversary, I figured it was time to finally replace it with something finished. I seriously can’t stop opening the page just to look at it again. Squee! I think everything is in working order, but let me know if there’s anything that broke with the new design implementation. 

Pumpkin Spice Kettle Corn - Making your own kettle corn on the stove is super easy and it just got better with the addition of Pumpkin Spice!!

In honor of my new look, I thought I’d update the most popular recipe on my site – my stove top kettle corn!  This time it’s topped with all the flavors of pumpkin spice. You can whip some up just in time for your Halloween party! I took some to a birthday party over the weekend and people started politely taking some in a small cup just to taste. This quickly morphed into each person dumping heaping mountains onto their plates and shoveling it in like crazy. (So be warned, and maybe make a second batch if you plan to share.)  

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 This is the fifth and final week of Crocktober for 2014. Recipes this week revolve around pumpkin: Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spinach Mac & Cheese, Pumpkin Maple Pulled Pork, Pumpkin Lentil Stew, and Spicy Pumpkin Chicken Corn Chowder.

In case you missed them, here’s Crocktober week 1, week 2week 3, and week 4.

Crocktober Week 5 featuring Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spinach Mac and Cheese, Pumpkin Maple Pulled Pork, Pumpkin Lentil Stew, and Spicy Pumpkin Chicken Corn Chowder. You'll never guess this mac and cheese contains pumpkin. It's all sorts of creamy, cheesey goodness, and the best part is you just dump it all into your slow cooker and walk away!

 

I’m pretty sad that Crocktober is coming to an end. I’ve really enjoyed putting together meal plans for you each week. Our budget is also pretty happy with all the cooking in and stocking the freezer with leftovers. Hubby loves that he doesn’t have to ask what’s for dinner each night or help me cook something – it’s already done for us when we get home! In case you’re just tuning in, this month is Crocktober in the Powers household. We’ve been cooking 4 meals a week in our slow cooker and this is the final week. If you’ve enjoyed these meal plans I’d love it if you left me a comment and let me know what you’ve tried and what you’ve liked.

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Mac and Cheese -Crocktober Week 5. You'll never guess this mac and cheese contains pumpkin. It's all sorts of creamy, cheesey goodness, and the best part is you just dump it all into your slow cooker and walk away!

In honor of Halloween on Friday, this week of Crocktober is all about pumpkin! I’ve created a slow cooker pumpkin spinach mac & cheese that you’ll never guess contains pumpkin. It’s all sorts of creamy, cheese goodness, and I can’t believe I didn’t have to make it on the stove then bake in in the oven. (It even got rave reviews by a Wisconsin friend who is a self-proclaimed connoisseur of macaroni and cheese. He doubted me and gave me lots of trouble when he saw me put it together, and then ate his words as he had 3 servings.) I also found you 3 other unique savory pumpkin slow cooker recipes that I’m completely in love with.… Continue reading

Welcome back to the Retro Re-pin Party! 

My post is a tad bit late today (Shhhh, please don’t tell anyone) because I just spent 5 hours driving around town in search of 5 sheets of plain white foam core board to make a DIY light box.  After lucking out at Joanns, Michaels, Office Max, Office Depot, Staples, and Walgreens I FINALLY found some at a Wal-Mart that was nowhere near where I started my search.  Then I got stuck in traffic all the way back from South Denver.  (I-25 is the worst at rush hour y’all.)  Have you ever had to search all over town for something?

I am super duper excited to see what you have to post this week! Do you have some great trick or treats, recipes, decorations, party ideas fall activities,, crafts, or how-tos for us today? I can’t wait to see what you share with us down below in the linkup!   

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Crocktober is still going strong around here.  (Though my Crock-Pot lid decided to pop its handle last week in protest against being used every day this month.)  This week I shared my favorite slow cooker chicken tortilla soup.  It doesn’t get any more Tex-Mex classic than that! 

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My favorite posts from last week have to be:

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These Avocado Milk Buns from Giovanna at Love, Thyme and Honey

I don’t know about you, but this time of year has me really wanting to bake from scratch.  Bread and pizza dough are some of my favorites. She substituted avocado for the butter in these healthier milk buns and I’m just fascinated that you can do that.  I can’t wait to try making them! 

 And: 

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 This clean eating Apple Pie With Caramel from Lucie at Win-Win Food

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 This is the fourth week of Crocktober recipes for 2014. Recipes for this week are: 
Chicken Tortilla Soup, Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice, Teriyaki Sliders, and Crockpot Artichokes

This is the 4th week of the Crocktober 2014 series.  Here’s week 1, week 2, and week 3.

slow cooker Chicken tortilla soup and crocktober

Can you believe we’re on week 4 of Crocktober already? I’m not sure I’m going to be able to go back to regular cooking after this month is over. Do you think we can make Crockember a thing? In case you’re just tuning in, this month is Crocktober in the Powers household. We’ve been cooking 4 meals a week in our slow cooker and I plan to continue for the rest of the month. Each Monday I will be posting 4 recipes along with a complete grocery shopping list.  

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

This week I have a slow cooker chicken tortilla soup for you. Over the weekend we had a whole house full of friends staying with us for our own version of Octoberfest. I was challenged to use my Crock-Pot to make dinner for 10 people, each of which has different spice preferences, one gluten-free eater, and one dairy allergy. I also didn’t want to have to go shopping. I scavenged my pantry and realized I didn’t make my chicken enchiladas a few weeks ago. Those were pretty much all the ingredients I needed to make this easy chicken tortilla soup! I love that you get all the classic Tex-Mex flavors of chicken enchiladas and then you get to add all sorts of yummy things on top of the soup. Can you say tons of cheese please? Everyone had a blast getting to add their own style to their soup and gobbling it up with chips. The whole table fell silent for a… Continue reading

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I'm a Texas native living in Colorado who blogs about my favorite Tex-Mex and travel-inspired recipe creations. I love the way food is tied to memories and makes friends out of strangers. I'm so glad y'all are here at my virtual table and I hope you stay a while!

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