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January 11, 2011 by Becky Becky

Q My husband and I both work late. It's already dark when we get home! I would love an easy slow cooker recipe that I could start in the morning, so we could have a relaxing and enjoyable meal when we get home.


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There's nothing like walking into the house at the end of a long day, and smelling something wonderful cooking. Try any of these three comforting favorites — Make-Ahead Fajitas, Country-Style Chicken & Sausage Paella or Slow Cooker Hawaiian Beef.

It's amazing what a few extra minutes in the morning can do to produce an amazing dinner hours later. Or, assemble the ingredients the night before and simply put everything in the slow cooker in the morning.

Take advantage of your dark evenings, and have a relaxing dinner by candlelight — right when you get home!

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Whether you use the Land O Lakes brand or not the most important thing is eating with your family.
All people need food to survive. It is one of the basic necessities of life. Since everyone has to eat, take advantage and bring your family to the table. Coming around a table creates a unity among families. It brings a conversion about what’s for dinner and allows for open discussion on the events happening with your family. There are several important reasons to come to the table with food for your stomach and to receive fuel for your soul. For working families it is refreshing to come home to the smell of something delicious brewing in the crock pot. Crock pot meals prove to be the easiest way to serve dinner to a busy family. There are so many simple meals available from cook books, the internet, and from close family and friends. When we bring our family around the table to eat a meal it draws use closer as a family, food brings happiness and smiles. Even if it is Dominoes Pizza brought to your door, take advantage of your time and sit at the table. It may not be the healthiest choice but at least you will be together. Coming together at the table allows your children to talk openly about their day. Maybe they need to discuss something that happen with a friend or something that happened on the playground. If your family is too busy to take 30 minutes out of their day to be together without distractions, then you are missing out on something special. It is a special bond that is created with unity.

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