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    The new school year is just around the corner. And you may already be eyeing your slow cooker as the salvation that will keep your family fed through the busy months ahead. But ... how clean is that thing? They're great at cooking meals for you. And yet somehow, amazingly, they've yet to invent a self-cleaning Crock-Pot. There are new models with an inner dish you can lift right out and put into the dishwasher -- that's how mine is built (awesomeness!). But if you don't have one of those, here's how you can clean your slow cooker safely.

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    Here's a puzzle we face every morning. You want your kids to have a healthy, home-cooked breakfast to start the school day, and you'd also love for them to be able to serve it up themselves. But a) you don't have time to whip up a hot breakfast before work and school, and b) the best your kids can do on their own is pour a bowl of cereal or make a piece of toast or a frozen waffle.

    Save yourself some early-morning stress (and guilt) without resorting to the usual milk and cereal. Try one of these overnight slow cooker breakfast recipes

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    Has this ever happened to you? You have all the ingredients (and the best intentions) for preparing a delicious dinner in your Crock-Pot when, all of a sudden, you realize you were supposed to get cookin' three hours ago? If you're like me, you've probably wondered, "Instead of eight hours on low, can I just set it for four on high? Is there a difference?" 

    Crock-Pot guru and author of the soon-to-be released OATrageous Oatmeals Kathy Hester shares her insight into the mysteries of the slow cooker's high versus low settings.

    "In a modern slow cooker, if a general recipe says to cook for eight hours on low, you can usually cook it four hours on high instead if the timing works better for you," she explains.

    Good to know, but is that really all there is to it? Not so fast, Hester says. 

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    I love the taste of barbecue, but I don't always have time to fire up the grill for dinner. Fortunately we've got a little kitchen helper to fix that. Slow cooker to the rescue! Here are 7 Crock-Pot recipes for your barbecue favorites. It can all be waiting for you when your family comes home from a busy day working and playing. Grab some napkins!

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    There are two things we love about cooking with a Crock-Pot. The first is obvious: You can leave it plugged in all day and it basically does all the cooking for you. But the second reason is even better. It makes some of the ooey-gooieest, yummiest desserts. Here are 10 of the best slow-cooked sweet treats we could find. Which one will you try first?

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    Summertime, and the eating is easy ... who doesn't want to escape the stove once the hot weather takes over? When we think Crock-Pot cooking, we think warm winter stews and casseroles, but it's actually the steamy summer months when the slow cooker becomes a life-saver. That doesn't mean eating beef stew in July, though. Here are 10 lighter Crock-Pot recipes that are perfect for summer.

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    Bet you didn't know that you could make cupcakes in the Crock-Pot, did you? Yep, it's true! You can actually whip up a batch of your favorite cupcakes, pop them in the Crock-Pot, let them be for a few hours, and voila! Dessert is waiting for you! (Big bonus in the summer when you don't want to turn the oven on.)

    If you're looking to mix up your usual baking routine, I have the recipe -- and the method -- for you. Try this super delicious chocolate cupcake with strawberry frosting recipe. And amaze your family when you tell them how they were made!

    More From The Stir: 7 Sinfully Delicious Crock-Pot Dessert Recipes

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    Wouldn't you love to come home from work or picking up the kids from school and find dinner already waiting for you? That's why they invented crock-pots! But some slow cooker recipes can be a little daunting first thing in the morning with their long ingredients lists. It's not like you have SO MUCH time at the beginning of the day for prep work. That kind of defeats the purpose, right? So here are 5 simple crock-pot recipes that use just 5 ingredients, excluding salt, pepper, and garnishes, of course.

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    Your Crock-Pot is probably one of your favorite go-to kitchen tools. It's so easy -- just toss in some ingredients and come home from a long day to a tasty, warm dinner in a snap! But your Crock-Pot can do so much more than just knock great entrees right out of the park.

    Sure, you know it can handle desserts (Crock-Pot brownies anyone?), but did you know that when it comes to sides, the Crock-Pot can take your meal from a one-pot wonder to a veritable three-course culinary tour? I've made myself hungry just thinking about it. Though admittedly, it is lunchtime.

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    Hurray -- barbecue season is almost upon us, folks! Oh, but you don't have a grill? Or simply don't have time to run home from work, clean the grill, wait for it to be ready, wait for your meat to cook properly, AND THEN have to clean the grill again?

    No problem -- we have your solution. Crock-Pot BBQ Chicken isn't simply am amazing meal you can whip up in seconds and set cooking while you spend your day doing more important things. It's also an amazingly delish BBQ chicken recipe with a secret weapon guaranteed to impress even the most jaded chicken eater (in other words, your kids): it's packed with sweet, but spicy, fruity flavor that will make your family members run to the dinner table.

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