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Every October Sustaining the Powers hosts Crocktober – a whole month of slow cooker recipes and slow cooker meal plans. By October, the weather has started cooling down and the schedules have started getting busier, so the Crocktober challenge is to use your slow cooker every day during the month to cook dinner.

This link up is here so you can share your best Crocktober recipes, old or new. It will be open for the whole month, so feel free to come back and continue linking up your recipes.

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A recipe for Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Pulled Pork and Crocktober 2015 Week 1 Meal Plan! 

Welcome back to Crocktober 2015 where I’m sharing new slow cooker recipes each week and challenging you to use your crockpot to cook for the month of October!

Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Pulled Pork made with Dr. Pepper! This was a huge hit with my family! There’s a restaurant in Fort Collins, CO called Cafe Mexicali. If you’re ever in the area, it’s definitely a place worth driving to. One of those places we make excuses to stop by any time we’re in Fort Collins because it is SOOOO good! When Hubby and I were in college, we frequented “Cafe Mex” with our friends after church on Sundays because they gave great student discounts and you could easily fit a large group at the seat yourself tables. We’d pile into our cars after the service and try to beat everyone else there so we didn’t have to wait in line behind them. Then we’d chow down on our sweet pork enchiladas and enjoy chatting for at least a couple hours. Such sweet times were spent at “Cafe Mex.”

Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Pulled Pork made with Dr. Pepper! This was a huge hit with my family!

We live in Denver now (about an hour south of Fort Collins), but we have some close friends who still live in FoCo. We’ve made it a habit to stay over with them every couple months or so, and we always take the opportunity to go out with them for Mexicali if we can. Sometimes they even go pick it up to-go on their way down to Denver and deliver it to us. (We have the best friends!) One thing we all agree on is that the sweet pork is always the way to go. 

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A recipe for Game Day Queso, the Secret to Melty Cheese, and a huge Crocktober Giveaway!


Crocktober is here!!!! I am SO excited! October is finally here which means Fall is (hopefully) in the air, life is getting busy, and everyone is getting ready to bust out their slow cookers for the cooler weather. I love to celebrate “Crocktober” with an entire month of slow cooker recipes and meal plans, and this year I’m kicking it off with a huge giveaway for a Crocktober starter kit. You can check that out at the bottom of the post. 

Game day queso and the culinary secret to perfectly melty cheese!

Since it’s football season, I thought you might love a great queso recipe to share with your friends. This one is extra special because I’m sharing my sister’s secret to always having amazing melty, melty cheese, even if you don’t use velveeta cheese. That secret is a salt called sodium citrate. It’s the salt formed from citric acid (lemon juice), so it’s not some crazy chemical additive.

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A recipe for Breakfast Sausage Bread, Meal Plan Monday, and a Fall Giveaway!!

I was so surprised by the ingredients in this bread! It's like a full breakfast plate in one loaf! Yum!

This week I’ve teamed up with A Savory Feast for Fall Welcome Week and I am bringing you one of my family’s favorite Fall recipes. I’m currently in Austin, TX for Texas Antiques Week with my friend Nichole from Vintage Frontier, so it doesn’t quite feel like Fall as we melt in the 90 degree heat, but it was definitely starting to be Fall back home in Denver when I baked up this amazing breakfast sausage bread. 

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Guess what I have for you today? Another giveaway!! I am so excited about these that I couldn’t help it and went giveaway crazy this month.  Today I’m excited to kick off Fall with some wonderful blogging friends of mine. We will all be posting Fall-themed posts this week. I have my favorite fall breakfast bread coming up on Monday, but in the meantime, you can enter below to win a welcome to Fall prize pack! Enjoy! 


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