Slow Cooker Sunday

Yesterday was one the most important people in my life’s birthday! MY MOM!


We started the day off with homemade breakfast, cards, and gifts of course!

IMG_3384[banana walnut pancakes, a dusting of powdered sugar, and real maple syrup]card[handmade card...humor on the outside, heartfelt on the inside]

Then went to one of my family’s favorite restaurants for dinner!


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA appetizers[appetizers to start: seitan wings  and fried pickles]

dinner[started with a quinoa and mixed green salad, then vegan eggplant parm with a side of steamed squash for a side]

After dinner we headed home to try the homemade cake I made….one of my mom’s favorites: Italian Cassatta Cake! I think it’s also known as cannolli cake because the filling is basically the same as the filling of a cannolli! Got the recipe–> here. It was my first time making a multi-layer cake (more than two layers!) and although I had a bit of a snafu while attempting to slice the layers, it was nothing a little extra frosting couldn’t take care of. ;)



Overall it was a great day of celebration for a wonderful woman! And for some reason, I had an exceptionally good day as well! Maybe it had something to do with the 40 degree temps and the INCREDIBLE run I got in outdoors. But over the last few days, I’ve been feeling extra happy and positive! Don’t know what’s causing it…BUT I LIKE IT!


Just as quick as that heat wave (yes, 40 is a heat wave!) came in, we are already back to colder temps today. So I thought I’d share the dish I made for my family’s Christmas Eve party to warm everyone up! Well everyone that’s experiencing true Winter temps that is… ;)

This soup is hearty, flavorful, and oh-so comforting when the weather is less than ideal. Plus it includes one of my favorite ingredients as of late…BLACK-EYED PEAS! Maybe this could even be your New Year’s Eve/Day dinner?!



Black-eyed Pea and Cabbage Soup

by Healthy Helper



  • 1.5 cups zucchini, diced
  • 6 cups cabbage, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 cans no salt added diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup black-eyed peas
  • 2 cups frozen French style green beans
  • 32 oz veggie broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp fennel
  • ½ tsp rosemary
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice
  • parmesan cheese


Put crockpot on high. Saute garlic, onion, celery, carrots, zucchini, and cabbage until mostly cooked through. Add frozen green beans and black-eyed peas to the crockpot. Place cooked veggies on top, followed by broth, water, tomatoes, tomato paste, and the spices. Mix everything together. Cook on high for 3 hours.

Serve over brown rice and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

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The WHOLE crockpot was gone on Christmas Eve and everyone was begging for my recipe so I think it’s a good one! Let me know if you try it out for your New Year’s festivities!

What do you typically do for birthday celebrations? Big parties or small family dinners?
Favorite type of cake?
What’s your go-to comfort food for cold winter nights?


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  1. says

    Happy Birthday to your gorgeous momma!
    The dinner and cake both look unbelievable! Especially that bread…oh my goodness. And I love that you created your own card based off the one I posted- such a great idea!

    Love this recipe too, of course! I had been using my slow-cooker a lot and kind of forgot about it recently. I need to bust it out again!
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  2. says

    I’m glad your mom had such a great birthday. You did a wonderful job with the cake, too! I’m also super happy that you’re feeling so positive and good. Woo hoo!

    Your soup sounds delicious. I love anything made in a slow cooker, and it just sounds prefect for the cold weather the North East has been experiencing lately.
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