Meal Planning Monday ~ Fall is in the Air!


            This week’s post is by Leah Kelley.

            Fall is my favorite time of the year!  I love the cooler weather, fall decorations, apple picking, pumpkin farms, and crockpot cooking.  I tend to use my crockpot more during the cooler months.  There’s nothing like throwing a roast in it and having your whole house smell amazing all day.  The crockpot is extremely versatile and can make less expensive cuts of beef and pork fall-off-the-bone tender and delicious.  The crockpot is a great tool to make your meal planning even easier, especially on busy days.  I have yet to try any dessert recipes for the crockpot, so this week, I am going to make something new.  If you’re going apple-picking this fall, try out the recipe for Apple Pie Bread Pudding!  Here’s what my week of meals looks like:

Monday ~ Pot Roast
Tuesday ~ Chicken Fried Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes, and Bacon Green Beans 
Wednesday ~ Pot Roast Sandwiches and Mac & Cheese
Thursday ~ Pepperoni Pizza and Salad
Friday ~ Tuna Salad Sandwiches and Potato Salad
Saturday ~ Leftover Night, or as I like to call it, “Clean the Fridge Night”
Sunday ~ Roast Chicken, Glazed Carrots, Wilted Lettuce and leftover Mac & Cheese

Here’s the dessert recipe for the crockpot.  If you try it, please leave a comment and let me know how your family liked it!


Apple Pie Bread Pudding

12 slices white bread torn into medium size pieces

3 1/2 cups apples, peeled, cored, and chopped

1 cup unsweetened apple juice

1/2 cup lemon lime soda

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons apple pie spice

Spray slow cooker with butter-flavored nonstick spray.  Combine bread pieces and apples in slow cooker.  In small bowl combine apple juice, soda, sugar, and apple pie spice.  Drizzle evenly over bread mixture.  Mix gently to combine.  Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or until done.  Mix well before serving.

Christine recommends using Slow Cooker Liners, which make cleanup of your crockpot a snap!  Coupons should be coming out for these soon, and when combined with a sale, can be picked up for about a dollar a box.


  1. LORI WELLS says:

    I was wandering how you cook your pot roast in the crock pot? I tired and it tasted better when I cooked it in the oven. I would love to get a great recipe for my crock pot.