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Pot Roast Instant Pot Recipe

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In the Winter, Pot Roast is one of my favorite meals to make and enjoy. It is an easy, hearty meal that just hits the spot on a cold winter evening. With my recent obsession of my Instant Pot, I wanted to experiment with making my Pot Roast in the Pot. Let’s just say, I am super happy with how it turned out and I didn’t have to start it in the morning like the Crock Pot or pot on the stovetop!

One note that I am going to give you is for the amount of time to pressurize the roast, I approximated 20 minutes per pound. My roast was just under 3 pounds so I set it to 55 minutes and it came out perfect!

Pot Roast Instant Pot Recipe

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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An easy, delicious winter meal made in just a couple of hours with the Instant Pot.



  • 3 pounds beef roast
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup sliced carrots or 2 handfuls of baby carrots (my preferences)
  • 5 potatoes cubed
  • 1 14.5 oz can beef broth
  • seasoning spice, salt and pepper to taste


  1. Set the Instant Pot to saute, place the oil in the pot and let it warm up. Season the meat with seasoning spice, salt and pepper to liking.
  2. Brown the roast on each side for 2-3 minutes. Remove the roast and set aside.
  3. Saute the garlic and onion until tender.
  4. Add broth, carrots, potatoes and roast back into the pot.
  5. Set the Instant Pot to manual and enter the amount of minutes your roast will need (20 minutes per pound for the roast).
  6. Enjoy the smell of the roast while its cooking.
  7. Remember to take caution when releasing the pressure valve and opening the lid after its done releasing.
  8. Enjoy your meal!

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My Failed Drizzle Pretzel Rods Lesson

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Cooking and baking has taught me many lessons including that I love to try new foods, baking is therapeutic and that not everything I make needs to be perfect. This week’s Feed Me Friday is all about my failed drizzle pretzel rods and the lesson that not all short cuts are going to work and not everything I make is going to be perfect.

Danyella and I found these cool Candy Melt drizzle packs that we wanted to drizzle over pretzels to make chocolate covered pretzels. They were only $1.50 a pouch so we decided to try them out. I got pink and she got red. We had pretzel rods in the cabinet at home and decided to decorate with sprinkles. We were all set to make our drizzle rods.

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The directions stated to microwave the pouch on 50% heat starting at 1 minute, knead to encourage the melting process then continue to heat in 30 second intervals and knead the pouch. I kept doing this process for a total of 3 minutes. The pouch got hot and it felt like the contents were melted.

This is come up with the failed portion of this lesson…..

I begin to try to drizzle my rods with the melts and it just come out in globs! No drizzle to be found. Now that I opened the pouch, I can’t reheat it to melt more so I keep trying to drizzle my globs. Once the pouch is empty, I attempt to melt them more by heating the rods and globs in the microwave. After a total of 2 minutes worth of 30 second intervals, the globs just wouldn’t melt!

At this point I just transferred the rods and globs to a plate and sprinkle with red sprinkles. I ate one and they still tasted good just don’t look as pretty as I wanted them to be. I guess that is life, some moments are great and look ugly which is where you adjust your expectations and enjoy the sweet side.

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What cooking/baking fails have you had that still tasted wonderful?





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Organize Your Shopping Trip to Save Money



If you are anything like I was, you would mentally have a grocery shopping list but didn’t write anything down. If I had coupons, it would be a couple and not on sale items. I had no plan which ended up costing me three times the amount of money because I impulse shopped.

Impulse shopping is one of the worst things for a person/family living on a budget. You end up buying thing you THINK you need instead of buying what you KNOW you need. For over 15 years this is how I shopped but not anymore!

Going into the store with an organized game plan was a game changer for my spending habits and budget. I am going to show you my steps to Organizing My Shopping Trip to Save the Most Money….

1. Set aside a block of time to organize every week. Gather your coupons, coupon binder, flyers, meal plan and 2 sheets of paper to make your list.

2. Cut and organize your coupons into your binder. Don’t forget to throw out the expired coupons you have in your binder.

3. Time to make your grocery list!

  • With your meal plan and 1 piece of paper, go through the flyer and write down the items you need that are on sale.
  • Add to the list the items you need for your household
  • Now, with your coupon binder out compare your list and flyer to the coupons you have. One thing I have learned with my couponing is that the coupon inserts or coupons from coincide with the weekly flyer so that you can maximize your savings.
  • This is where I get my 2nd sheet of paper out… In order to keep my shopping on track and stay on budget with my list, I reorganize my list to follow my way around the grocery store. Depending on what store I am going to depends on what section I start in. Shoprite (my go to grocery store) starts at the produce than bakery then meat, deli, dairy, frozen and so on. Walmart starts on the opposite side of grocery so once I get through the rest of the store, I start with household then dairy, meat, pantry, frozen etc.
    • Organizing my list by section has been super helpful in staying on track. Don’t get me wrong, I have still impulse shopped when I see a sale I might have missed in the flyer like the popcorn that was on clearance plus I had a coupon for so I got the box for $.70!
    • I prefer starting in the produce and meat sections because those are items that go by weight and if I need to skim my budget then I would rather take a pantry item off my list then a core item.
    • I organize my coupons by section as well so that I can easily pull them out and check the details of what I need to purchase for them.
    • I always have my binder and coupon binder with me in case they are out of something I need then I can get a rain check or chose something else and see if a coupon will work.
  • I always calculate what I am spending as I shop so that I am staying on track because with the weighed products, you can easily get off track. My most recent trip, I had calculated that I was going to spend $46 but when I got down checking out my total was only $38 because some items were a lower price then I had calculated. You can’t beat spending less than what you calculate and walking out with more money in my pocket!

**My weekly trip takeaway: Total Spent $38.56

Big Savings: Razors $0, Chobani $0, Gogurt $0, 2 boxes of cereal $3.50, coffee $4, diapers $4, blueberries $1, hummus $1, eggs $1.70, 2 boxes of waffles $2, sausage $1, 2 packs of wipes $1, Ghiradhelli brownie mix $1.50, vegetable oil $3, popcorn $.70 and alot more savings. Total savings $65!

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Spent $38 Saved $65!
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Instant Pot Chili Recipe with printable

With the Super Bowl only a few days away and my beloved Eagles playing for their first win, chili is a must to eat while we watch them play. Add my must have chili with my new Instant Pot with all its cool features and I had to try out a new function to make my recipe. With this recipe, I used the sauté and slow cooker functions!

Notes on the recipe: I prefer using ground turkey but any other ground meat will work. Also, I typically add diced peppers to my chili but you will notice in my photos that I omitted the peppers because my husband doesn’t like peppers and I had to feed him.

Instant Pot Chili Recipe

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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A delicious winter meal to share with friends.




  • 2 pounds ground meat
  • 1/2 diced onion
  • 1 diced pepper
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 clove diced garlic or 1 tablespoon diced garlic from jar
  • 1 (14.5) ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 (14.5) ounce can of tomato sauce
  • 1 bag of kidney beans soaked and cleaned or 2 cans of beans
  • 3 tablespoons of chili powder
  • garnish of your choice (I like cheese and sour cream)


  1. On saute setting, add the oil and brown the ground meat with the onions, peppers and garlic. Drain if preferred.
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  3. Add the tomatoes, sauce, beans and chili powder.
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  5. Change the Instant Pot setting to slow cooker (4 hours) and stir when needed (this setting doesn’t seal the pot closed).
  6. Enjoy with the garnishes of your choice!

What is your favorite superbowl food_

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Create your own Coupon Binder

It’s Savings Sunday and I am going to chat about my couponing best friend… my Coupon Binder! Through my research of extreme couponing, I learned that (after the coupons) a couponer needs to have a coupon binder to organize and keep track of their coupons. Each person has their own method to their couponing madness so I am going to share my Binder and madness with all of you!

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To create a simple coupon Binder you will need:

1 Binder (I am using a 1″ Binder but I know others that use wider binders)

Scotch tape that has a matte finish because the shiny finish will wipe the pen/marker off

Sharpie or pen (I prefer a sharpie because it’s easier to write)

Clear plastic sheet protectors (I have a set of 12 but could use more to break down my categories)

Coupons of course (yes I am being a total smart ass now)

Now my preference is to use full size sheet protectors because I print a lot of coupons from the internet which tend to be on the larger size. Alot of extreme couponers use baseball card protector sheets because you can group the multiple coupons together. I tried this way and didn’t like that the sleeves required me to fold the big coupons in odd ways to get them to fit.

I use the tape to create labels for my sheet protectors. My categories are household, beauty, medicine, beverages, breakfast, pantry, frozen, meat, dairy, produce, baby, and miscellaneous. Ideally, I will get another set of protectors and breakdown these categories even more for easier organization.

The inside binder pockets are used to store my new coupons before I get them cut, the store flyer (when I can find them because our town doesn’t have them delivered to us which is just stupid!) and my receipts (because I like to keep track of my savings).

I now keep my coupon binder in the diaper bag so it’s always with me in case I need to make an unexpected stop for something.

This week’s savings update: I made this week a small trip because I was given the heads up, in the couponing group I am in, that this coming week was going to have lots of coupons and our local store was going to have super coupons. Better to get what we need and save the money for next week. What did I get? My deals…. 2 Chobani yogurts for free (could have been 3 but I forgot to take the coupon off of the printer), Orange juice for $.99, 3 boxes of cereal for $4.50, 6 pack of flavored water for Danyella for $.88 and waffles for $1.19. In total, I bought 13 items for $15! I can’t complain about that at all!

I can’t wait to see what this coming weeks deals will be!!

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Brown Sugar Pork Chops Instant Pot Recipe

I’ve become obsessed with trying to create Instant Pot recipes since I received my Instant Pot for Christmas. Since I ordered the pot, along with other gifts for my mom since she doesn’t know how to really order online, I knew that I was getting this a month beforehand. I added Instant Pot tips and recipes to my Pinterest board so I had somewhere to start when I got it home.

That first time was a definite learning experience especially with timing and venting the Pot. After that initial first time I was on the go with dinners, making all kinds of meals. I was especially happy to be able to cook the meat frozen because I have the worst memory to actually take the meat out of the freezer and thaw it.

Today, I am sharing with you my simple Brown Sugar pork chop recipe for your Instant Pot. You only need a few ingredients and it’s simple to make. Add some noodles or mashed potatoes and a veggies and you have a delicious dinner!

On saute setting, add some oil and brown the chops on each side
Place the porkchops so that they are all in the juice you created

Instant Pot Brown Sugar Pork Chops

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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A simple, delicious pork chop recipe for your instant pot.



  • 8 boneless pork chops
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of diced onion or dried onion
  • seasoning or salt/pepper to season


  1. Set the Instant Pot to saute mode, add the oil and brown each side of the pork chop. Wipe the oil out of the pot.
  2. Add the apple cider vinegar, brown sugar and onions. Heat for a few minutes.
  3. Add the pork chops. I seasoned each pork chop as I placed it in the pot.
  4. Set the Instant Pot to manual for 20 minutes. Vent with caution!
  5. Serve with noodles or mashed potatoes and a veggie!

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Jumping Into The World of Couponing


Let’s be honest for a moment, the cost of food and household necessities are overpriced and most families can’t afford to buy what they need without setting an extreme budget and using different ways to save. For over 18 years, I have tried to get myself into couponing but it never stuck. Time and time again, I would get myself all psyched up to get into the world of couponing. I wanted to become like all the amazing stories I would read about or hear about on tv. Even before the Extreme Couponing tv shows, I wanted to find ways to use these coupons to save my family and I as much money as I could so we can use that extra money to enjoy the fun things in life.

I am not going to lie, the thought of jumping into this couponing world does overwhelm me. I joined a local couponing group to get the heads up on deals in the area. I watch these women purchase $100s of dollars worth of products for just a few dollars. I am in complete awe when they display the pictures of all the products they just brought home and the receipt of how much they paid and saved. Now to get to be like those women and save, save, save!

When I began couponing, the only coupons I knew about were the ones in the Sunday papers but now you can print them off at home as well. One thing I do need to be vigilant about is purchasing the weekly papers for the coupons. In my area, one paper comes out on Saturday and one on Sunday that covers the best coupon inserts. There has been multiple times, I completely forgot what day it was and never purchased my papers only to watch these other women show the great sales they just got from the coupons I missed out on. Now, I set an alert on my phone to remind myself to buy my weekly papers.

In addition to the weekend paper coupons, you can print coupons from various websites including the manufacturer sites which just amazes me because in less than 20 years things have changed so much in the couponing world. Anyway I can get a coupon to save money, I will use those ways and my ink/paper to spend less money at the grocery store.

With a new baby in the house, we will be needing to purchase diapers and other baby items so finding those coupons are going to be a must. Plus, the little shopping trips to Walmart or my grocery store for those items we run out of faster like milk, bread and fresh produce the coupons can come in handy. I love when I find coupons for the halo oranges because Danyella could eat a bag all by herself!

The world of couponing, not even extreme couponing, can be intense and overwhelming to start which is why I am going to do a couple of in-depth posts about couponing to fit around your schedule and some key tips on how to save the most money on those products you need to buy over and over again. Stayed tuned to next week’s post about what essential things you need to get started with couponing.



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Hungarian Walnut Kiffle Cookie Recipe with Printable #feedmefriday

Hungarian Kiffle cookies

I grew up eating these delicious cookies that my Austrian grandfather would bring home from a German bakery near his shop. It was always a special treat to eat these cookies around the holidays. Since that bakery closed down many years ago, I have never found another bakery that made them until today. Today, I was just browsing the bakery section at ShopRite and found them. Problem was…. they wanted $10 a pound for them which amounted to about 5 cookies. That is not acceptable for our budget at all. So I did some research and created my own Kiffle recipe to share with all of you.

I grew up eating the walnut filled cookies but you can use other fillings such as jams and jellies.

Hungarian Kiffle Cookies

  • Difficulty: intermediate
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A light, fluffy cookie with delicious filling inside.



  • 4 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Cookies
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • powdered sugar (optional)


  1. Starting with the filling: combine sugar, milk and walnuts together in a saucepan and heat over medium-low heat until the sugar is melted. Set aside until cookies are ready to be filled.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Mix the sugar and butter together until creamed. Set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients together.
  5. Add dry ingredients to the first bowl, a little at a time, mixing until combined. The mixture will be dry.
  6. In a new bowl, whisk the eggs, vanilla and sour cream together.
  7. In the other bowl, create a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and add a little of the egg mix. Mix together with a spoon or spatula. Continue to do this a little at a time until the dough becomes mixed. The dough will be sticky.
  8. On a large surface, dust with flour and have flour ready to dust on the dough and rolling-pin. I roll out little sections at a time. Place a damp towel over the bowl of the dough you are not working with. Roll out dough to a square piece. With a pizza or pastry roller, cut the dough into 3″ squares.
  9. Using a flour-dipped spatula, take the squares and turn them on an angle. Spread the walnut mixture in the middle. Dab a little water on the 2 opposite corners and pinch the corners together. Repeat with each square until done.
  10. Bake 25-30 minutes or until the bottoms are golden brown.
  11. Sprinkle with powered sugar and enjoy!

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Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Crockpot Recipe with Printable #feedmefriday

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This is one of the easiest crockpot recipes you will come across because all you do is put all the ingredients in the crockpot and go! We prefer to pair it with pair but egg noodles is a nice alternative as well. The only thing that we do different then the recipe is our cream of chicken soup is actually cream of chicken and mushroom soup because we like mushrooms.

Creamy Chicken and Brocoli Crockpot Recipe

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Super Easy Crockpot meal for families on the Go.


  • 1-2 pounds of boneless chicken tenderloin or breasts
  • 8 ounce can of Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 14 ounce can of Chicken Broth
  • 1/4 cup of chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of sour cream
  • 1 bag of frozen broccoli
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Pre-Heat the crockpot on high then add the soups. Whisk until the soup and broth are mixed. Add the chicken, onion and garlic. Cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours.
  2. About a half hour before serving, add the cheese and sour cream and mix well to blend it in. Then add the broccoli.
  3. Make your rice or noodles.
  4. Serve your delicious, easy dinner!

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Week of Eating Out #feedmefriday

bake breadWhen your week consists of being on the go between classes, mid-terms, doctors appointments, dance, family life and just life itself, being able to cook was not on the menu this week. We ended up eating out for most of our meals or eating the leftovers because we needed everything to be quick and easy.

So I will admit not all of our choices have been healthy ones…. Breakfast was between Dunkin Donuts or one of the two diners that we frequent. The diners are not as bad because I was able to order eggs BUT I had to have my crispy bacon with it which is not so healthy. Lunch was either a diner or fast food because we were on the go from one place to another and really didn’t have time sit for to long to eat. So this was a lot of sandwiches or burgers/fries. Not so healthy either. I did try to keep dinner a little healthier with salads and soup from Panera. I have been obsessed with the Fuji Apple salad and Chicken and Rice soup from Panera lately. The only downfall is that the soup is only available on specific days… that doesn’t work when a pregnant woman is craving something lol. My poor boyfriend has been stopping at Wawa for one of their bowls or ending up with late night cereal after a long day for dinner.

This just proves that I really need to start meal planning and meal prepping because when the baby comes, I won’t be able to just go out and pick up something for breakfast/lunch/dinner. Not to mention how much money we spent on eating out this week. It had to be twice as much as our typical grocery bill budget… that is scary!

With the holidays coming, it will get to easy to try to stop and eat out but I am determined to make meal plans and keep to them. Does anyone have any tips on easy meal planning?

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Cinnamon Apple Pull Apart Bread with Printable Recipe #feedmefriday

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Cinnamon Apple Pull Apart Bread Recipe 

This is a yummy recipe for easy breakfast mornings, especially in the fall and winter because it fills your home with the smell of delicious apples. Feeds 4-5 People


-1 can of Pillsbury biscuits (we use regular Flaky biscuits or the Honey biscuits)

-2 apples

1/2 cup of white sugar

1/4 cup of brown sugar

1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg

Baking dish of your choice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Note on my recipe: I use my ceramic bread baking dish which measures 9″x5″. You can increase the recipe by doubling the ingredients and using a larger baking dish or a bundt pan. Also, I use a covered bowl to more evenly coat the pieces with less mess.


Cinnamon Apple Pull Apart Bread Recipe

  • Servings: 4-5
  • Difficulty: easy
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This is a yummy recipe for easy breakfast mornings, especially in the fall and winter because it fills your home with the smell of delicious apples.


    -1 can of Pillsbury biscuits (we use regular Flaky biscuits or the Honey biscuits)
  • 2 apples
  • -1/2 cup of white sugar

    -1/4 cup of brown sugar

    -1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon

    -1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg

    -Baking Dish of your choice Preheat oven to 350 degrees

    Note on my recipe: I use my ceramic bread baking dish which measures 9″x5″. You can increase the recipe by doubling the ingredients and using a larger baking dish or a bundt pan. Also, I use a covered bowl to more evenly coat the pieces with less mess.


  1. Cut the Biscuits in Quarters
  2. Peel and dice the apples. Then add them to the biscuits bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the sugars, cinnamon and nutmeg together.
  4. Add a little bit of the biscuits/apples into the sugar mix.
  5. Put the lid on the mix and shake, shake, shake (kids would love this part). Place the pieces in the baking pan. Keep going until all of the bits are covered with sugar.
  6. Once all of the pieces are in the baking dish, Bake for 40 mins or until all the pieces look golden brown. I place on the bottom rack for 30 minutes and top rack for the last 10 minutes. Let the dish cool 10-15 minutes before serving.

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Cranberry Apple Porkchops Crockpot Printable Recipe #feedmefriday

CranberryApplePork Chops

I just love fall and all the flavors that come with it. This baby is loving apple everything so I decided to make some pork chops with apples but wanted to add something else to it. Why not try some cranberries? Plus, I needed to make an easy recipe because Wednesday nights are dance nights which means it is crockpot night.


This recipe is super super simple with pork chops (I chose boneless but you can you bone-in), slices of apples, cranberries, apple cider, balsamic vinager, brown sugar and onions. This is how I made it…. I placed a layer of cranberries, then the pork chops, sprinkled Tastefully Simples Onion Onion (I am not a fan of chopping onions and making my hands smell), added the vinegar and cider and let it sit for 4 hours. About an hour before serving, I added the sliced apples and brown sugar. I served this with egg noodles and wow the pork chops were so moist and just pulled apart! The only thing that I am changing for the recipe is less balsamic vinegar and more brown sugar because the fresh cranberries were still quite tart when I bit into them but still very yummy!

Cranberry Apple Pork Chops Crockpot Recipe

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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An easy crockpot recipe full of Fall flavors.


  • 2 pounds pork chops (boneless or bone-in)
  • 1 pound fresh cranberries (whole cranberries in a can work as well)
  • 5-6 apples (I used Golden apples because they were on sale)
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (or more if you like a sweeter dish)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion


  1. Place the crockpot on low and spray with non-stick spray (Easier clean up).
  2. Place a layer of onions, then cranberries, then pork chops.
  3. Add the balsamic vinegar and apple cider.
  4. One hour before you are ready to serve, add the brown sugar and apples. Mix the ingredients.
  5. When you are ready to serve, serve with noodles or rice and enjoy!