Beat the Summer Heat with a Crockpot & Giveaways!

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It’s July and it’s hot. Those of us across much of the United States experiencing triple-digit temperatures are longing for winter already. While I cannot offer cooler days, I can announce that Mentoring Moments will be celebrating Christmas in July! Throughout the month there will be weekly giveaways giving everyone the opportunity to fill their Christmas list early. Or maybe an early present for yourself? You decide!

Spread the word! Share this post on Twitter, Facebook, and by forwarding to your family and friends. Let’s have a fun time sharing ideas for Christmas without the stress of the holidays bearing down on us. Each remaining Monday in July I’ll reveal a giveaway along with ideas for simple gift giving. Now, here’s where you come in… share your Christmas tips too. I know some of you out there are already rocking your Christmas mailing list–and the rest of us need to know how you do it! Look through your Christmas pictures saved on your computer and send in your ideas, recipes, and anything else you would like to share. Each Monday I will share what is sent in.

It’s not Monday yet, but we’re jumpstarting Christmas in July with a special giveaway today!

A white crockpot filled with food sitting on a counter surrounded by vegetables.

Beat the heat and save time in the kitchen by using a crockpot this summer, maybe even two of them! Cheryl is giving away a copy of her new crockpot cookbook that includes recipes for complete meals using two crockpots.

Cheryl says, “Using two slow cookers to make dinner gave me back my life and it can do the same for you. This plan is just perfect for a frazzled mom with no time in her day. It also works for my single friends that just want to cook once a week. In my book I not only give you perfect recipes, but I also plan your entire dinner menu. I’m a wife, mom, sister, daughter, granddaughter, cousin, niece, aunt, and friend just like you. I can’t make more time in my day; it just doesn’t exist. But, I can use Creative Slow-Cooker Meals to solve my dinner dilemma early in the day.”

Try out one of Cheryl’s scrumptious crockpot recipes this week: Italian Chicken Sandwich and Salmon on Gingered Carrots.

Here’s how to enter:
1.  Leave a comment here. Do you have a favorite crockpot recipe or tip?
2. “Like” Cheryl’s facebook page here. Come back and comment to let us know you did.
3.  Share this post on Twitter. Comment here to let us know you did.

You can enter once or all three times–it is up to you!  Winner is chosen randomly using And the Winner Is..

This giveaway is open from Thursday, July 5th through midnight Sunday, July 8th EST. Winner will be notified by email and have three business days to respond with mailing address. Cheryl will mail the cookbook directly to the winner.







About Kellie Renfroe

Kellie and her husband Greg have been married 27 years and have four children ranging in age from 12 to 22. She co-founded Mentoring Moments for Christian Women in 2005. Kellie is a homeschooling mom who enjoys reading and studying the Bible, writing, photography, and learning how to cook.

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About Kellie Renfroe

Kellie and her husband Greg have been married 27 years and have four children ranging in age from 12 to 22. She co-founded Mentoring Moments for Christian Women in 2005. Kellie is a homeschooling mom who enjoys reading and studying the Bible, writing, photography, and learning how to cook.


  1. Well, I am the fortunate owner of this great cookbook already. I absolutely love it. My daughters-in-law and I pour over it for Sunday dinners. I decided that since this is a Christmas in July idea that I would enter to win a copy for one of my daughters-in-law for this Christmas! Give yourself a break and enter to win. With all this hot weather crockpotting is the way to go.

  2. I have a WONDERFUL sloppy joe recipe for the crock pot and a delicious spaghetti sauce one too. I used to use the crock pot every Sunday, but have gotten out of the habit. May have to get back to it!

    I already like Cheryl’s page, so enter me twice, please. Thanks!

    • Joanne, please do me a favor. Enter a separate comment saying you have ‘liked’ Cheryl’s Facebook page. The system we use to randomly select winners, And The Winner Is, needs it in order to give you two entries. Sorry for the hassle. BTW, want to share your sloppy joe recipe? Blessings!

  3. Thanks for offering your cookbook for a giveaway.
    I enjoy using a crockpot for pulled pork and beef stew.

    I did stop by and like your page.

    Keep cool,

    Grandma Tea

  4. Sonia Plyler says:

    I just “Liked” Chery’s facebook page and am forwarding this on to my best friend who is newly married and in love with her crock-pot, too!

  5. Susan Frasch says:

    I have a wonderful Crockpot Lasagna recipe that doesn’t need the noodles to be precooked. It’s just as tasty as the original and so easy that I don’t make Lasagna the old way any more!

  6. Darlene Sokoloskis says:

    Pot Roast would have to be my favorite crockpot recipe.
    Cut up 4 potatos, 2 stalks celery, 1/2 onion, and 3 carrots. Place on bottom of crock pot. Mix some chopped garlic and creole seasoning and stuff into roast by slicing small slits into roast. Pan sear and place on top of veggies. Mix one can (I like the healthy request versions) of cream of mushroom soup with 1/2 can water or beef stock and cook on low 8 hours. Yum!!!
    Now I will go like on FB – be right back : )

  7. Darlene Sokoloskis says:

    I liked you on FB!!!! Thanks for the great site!!!

  8. Leslie ciszek says:

    I just started using the disposable bags that line the crockpot. What a cleanup time saver.

  9. Newest favorite crockpot recipe is this:
    2 frozen chicken breasts
    1 can of corn, drained
    1 can of Rotel tomatoes
    1 can of black beans, rinsed
    8 oz cream cheese
    Cook on low for 6 hours. Shred chicken with 2 forks and mix all ingredients together in pot. Let set until thickened.
    We love this either on taco chips or wrapped in a tortilla with sliced black olives. So yummy!

  10. And I “liked” your page!

  11. kimberlee says:

    My favorite recipe is throwing in chicken with salsa, corn, black beans and after it cooks serving it with shredded cheese and tortilla chips. I love how the chicken comes out.

  12. kimberlee says:

    Haha! It looks like I submitted the same recipe as Kelly! 😛
    Liked the fb page. 🙂

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  14. Linda S says:

    There’s nothing better than two slow cookers making your dinner while you do whatever you want! Cheryl’s recipes are delicious!

  15. Anita Faull says:

    I got a crock pot and look forward to using it this summer to beat the heat – great idea! The easiest crock recipe I know is meat and BBQ sauce. : )

  16. Great idea for the recipe submitted twice, I like to dredge the chicken first in taco seasoning, and then do as their recipe says.

  17. I have made three crock pot meals this week and my favorite is king ranch chicken which includes cooked chicken, tomatoes, cream of chicken, chicken broth, cheese and fritos. I served over rice because it was a little liquidy.

  18. I just liked Cheryl’s fb page.

  19. Beth T. says:

    Although I’m a vegetarian, I make shredded pork tacos for our meat-eating guests. So simple and delicious (I’m told): A pork shoulder or butt, browned in oil and garlic for about 8 minutes. A can of jalapenos, a chopped onion, and a quarter-cup of water in the crock pot. Deglaze the pan you browned the pork in and add that liquid to the crock pot on top of the meat. Cook on high for six hours, then reduce to low for anywhere from 2-6 hours depending on your schedule, then to Keep Warm. We serve it with tortillas, cheese, salsa, rice, and beans. (Most of which we pick up at the local taqueria. Easy as can be.

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  21. Theresa says:

    I use my crock pot all the time to let my homemade bread rise. This is really helpful in the winter when my house is too cool for it to rise properly. I turn it on the the lowest setting put a towel inside and then set my loaf pan in. Sure would like to win, thanks for the opportunity.

  22. I liked her on Facebook

  23. I LOVE using the crock pot for dinners! My favorite is Chicken breasts in the bottom, slice of onion on top, Tbsp. Ketchup on each breast, then Tbsp. of brown sugar, then lemon juice over all of it, cover and slow cook 6-7 hours, yummy and easy!

  24. I love to toss the ingredients for a simple beef stew in before I leave for work including beef cubes, broth, tomato sauce, potatoes and green beans. It makes the whole house smell good when we get home without heating up the kitchen in the summer.

  25. Fran carey says:

    My favorite crockpot recipe…… crockpot meatloaf……..simple as pie just 5 ingredients…

  26. Fran carey says:

    Loved the facebook page cheryl..u go girl

  27. My favorite crockpot recipe is 2 lbs. of round steak cut in strips mixed with 1-2 cans of cream of mushroom soup and 1 package of lipton onion soup mix. Cook on high for 4-5 hours and serve over wide egg noodles.

  28. I liked Cheryl’s facebook page!!

  29. Cris Cummings says:

    I have 3 fabulous crocks and my best tip is use the liner bags for the quickest clean-ups

  30. Joyce Cimijotti says:

    My best crock pot tip: Put your ingredients in the crock pot the night before. Refrigerate. Next morning take the pot out of frig, into the crock pot and turn it on. Dinner is ready when you return from work. No morning prep.