Getting Ready for Chilly Weather


The cooler fall weather always sneaks up on me.  One day we’re wearing flip flops and shorts and the next day I’m scrambling to find shoes and sweatshirts for my kids. I thought I would share a few of my favorite ways to prepare for winter and cooler weather that will be here before we know it!

One of my favorite parts about fall is having something delicious cooking in the crockpot throughout the day. There’s nothing better than a warm, savory smell coming from your crockpot on a chilly day.  My crockpot broke last year, which means I was in the market for a new one.  I was pleasantly surprised to find a replacement at Family Dollar


One of our favorite crock pot meals is called, “Mexican Crockpot Chicken.”  I thought I’d share the recipe with you today!


What you need:
Bag of frozen chicken breast tenderloins
8 oz package of cream cheese
Can of corn
Can of Rotel
Can of pinto beans (or black beans)
Good dash of salt and pepper
1 Tablespoon of cumin





What to do:

Step 1: Place your frozen chicken breasts in the bottom of your crockpot.

Step 2: Add your can of Rotel.

Step 3: Drain and add your corn.

Step 4: Add your whole can of beans.

Step 5: Place the block of cream cheese on top of it all.

Step 6: Cook on high for 5 hours. (Or you could also cook it on low for around 8 hours.)


You can either shred your chicken or leave the tenderloins whole. Here’s how I served our Mexican Chicken…A layer of rice, your Mexican chicken, a sprinkle of cumin, generous scoop of sour cream, cilantro and diced tomatoes. Absolutely DELICIOUS!!!


Another way that I like to prepare for the cooler weather, besides preparing the garden for winter and brushing up on winter safety tips, is to stock up on hand sanitizer as well as disinfectant wipes. It seems that as soon as the cool weather hits one of my kids comes down with a cold. I’m hoping to prevent that from happening this year with my hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes!


Finally, the last way I am preparing for the upcoming cooler weather is by getting cozy pajamas for my kids. There is nothing sweeter than tucking them into bed at night knowing their bellies are full from a yummy crockpot dinner and they’re warm and cozy in their new jammies.


What are some ways that you prepare for the cooler weather?!


By: Ashley of The Vanilla Tulip                                                 Featured Products: Food, Clothing, Kitchen