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    Ever have those days when you wanted to tell your kids, "Get your own darn dinner!" I think we all know how that would end up: They'd grab themselves a nice, big bowl of ice cream and be done with it. But the next best thing is a slow-cooker meal all ready to go by the time the kids want to eat -- one they can literally serve themselves. Magic!

    These self-serve Crock-Pot recipes are also handy if you have children coming and going at different times, which is a reality for a lot of families -- especially during the school year.

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    With autumn fast approaching, moms everywhere are switching gears from planning warm-weather meals like grilled burgers and summery salads to easy, hearty comfort food dinners that practically cook themselves on those cool fall nights.

    And let's face it: Whether you've been working all day or running around with the kids, nothing is better than coming home to a dinner that's pretty much ready to serve when you walk in the door.

    I don't know about you, but even with a busy schedule, I still love to sit down to a really good meal that didn't just slide out of a box coated in icicles. But, after a long day, as much as I crave that marvelous dream dinner, I don't always feel up for preparing it. And that's where my trusted old friend the Crock-Pot comes in!

    Take the chill out of a crisp autumn night with one of these super easy, super tasty Crock-Pot comfort food recipes. Your kids will love them all, and bonus: One of them is a dessert! (You're welcome!)

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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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