Disclosure: I am a Hamilton Beach blogger ambassador and received some form of compensation to review this product.  However, all opinions remain my own.  

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Growing up, my mother made a home cooked meal daily. She whipped up everything from baked chicken and Salisbury steak to pot roast and stuffed salmon. Then, when I entered the first grade, she went back to work. Her stay at home days ended, but her kitchen didn’t close. Daily dinners, more like feasts, spread out on the table and quickly settled in our stomachs. How did she keep up the cooking? She bought a slow cooker!

Although I’m a working mom, a slow cooker wasn’t in my kitchen arsenal.  Heck, when I stayed at home, I still didn’t have one. I think anything beyond the stove and microwave intimidated me. That was until recently when Hamilton Beach shipped me a Set & Forget® Programmable Slow Cooker. As part of the company’s brand ambassador program and as a way to step up my culinary skills, I agreed to review the product. And I recruited a sous chef. We had a fun time making a delicious dish.

Here are some of the great features of Hamilton Beach’s Set & Forget® Programmable Slow Cooker:

  • Easy, automatic cooking: program, probe and manual
  • Thermometer probe reads the actual temperature of food as it cooks; the temperature is displayed on the slow cooker control panel
  • Travel-friendly design secures contents en route to parties, potlucks, family gatherings and tailgating
  • The lid securely seals in place with sturdy wire clips on each handle

After using the slow cooker, I slowly learned that I don’t have to be a top chef to feed my family. I can just Google a recipe or adapt my Hello Fresh deliveries. I also found out that I can prepare an easy, nutritious meal in little time. We can spend the time saved making more memories, like this cooking video.

Hey DFTM Fam–How has a slow cooker made your life less stressful? What are your favorite dishes to slow cook?

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

2 Responses

  1. MJ

    Now that looks like a slow cooker I would use! Great review and your sous chef is top notch!

  2. Marcelle Marie Alvarado
    Marcelle Marie Alvarado

    that’s a nice slow cooker!!! i need to get with the program and start using a slow cooker.


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