Getting My Groove Back With HamiltonBeachCA ! #Giveaway

School’s back!

I know, I said the “S” word.  The good news?  September is the perfect month to get re-organized, start anew and get your groove back!  During the school year my girls run me ragged.  From School to Dance classes.  From Volleyball practice to Cheer events.  I am not exaggerating when I say there is “something” every single night of the week.  How do I survive?  With the almighty calendar a little bit of help from my very pretty Hamilton Beach Programmable Right Size™ Multi Quart Slow Cooker! 


At least once a week I try and create a meal that is not only easy to prepare, but one I know will be well received and can be grabbed at different times of day as children, and adults, are running out the door! My Programmable Right Size™ Multi Quart Slow Cooker makes this easier than ever.

Equipped with  so many smart features like temperatures that automatically adjust to the quantity of food being cooked and an auto shut off from cooking to warm,  this small appliance makes it so you can’t help but have wild success in the kitchen. 


  • 3 sizes in 1 crock – 6, 4, or 2 quart – eliminates the need for multiple slow cookers
  • Temperature automatically adjusts to the quantity of food being cooked
  • Stoneware is marked for easy measuring
  • Easy-to-use control panel – LED display counts down the remaining time, then shifts to warm
  • Dishwasher safe removable stoneware and lid
  • Full-grip handles make carrying easier

As we run from activity to activity I’ve had to develop some go to family favourites.  One that screams comfort and love?  Creamy Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese.    Friends, meet the easiest, creamiest, most sinful mac and cheese you will ever eat.

Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese


  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese (or medium cheddar if you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 (10.75 oz) can condensed cheddar cheese soup
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk (I used 1%)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Boil the elbow macaroni in water for five to six minutes, drain and set aside. In a medium saucepan, mix butter and cheese.  Heat over medium high heat and stir until the cheese melts. Watch it carefully.  You want these ingredients to just melt, not cook!  Spray your slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Combine cheese mixture, sour cream, soup, salt, milk, mustard and pepper in your slow cooker. Add the drained macaroni and stir again. Cook on low for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally (I cooked mine for about 2 hours, checked it three times and stirred it twice and it was perfect).

Stir, serve and enjoy!


Want to really wow them?  Crumble some cooked bacon on top.  YUM! 

This recipe has been adapted from: Repeat Crafter Me

Note:  When I’m in a rush (aka forgot to get dinner organized) I can crank up the heat to high and have the Mac and Cheese ready in about 1 1/2 hours.  More organized than me?  Brilliant!  Make it ahead of time and then this fancy small appliance will shift to warm to keep dinner hot until you are ready! 

I love smelling  a roast simmering all day, get a kick at pulling off home made meat balls with some cheater spaghetti sauce, and have even tried my hand at some oatmeal, timing it so it’s ready just in time for breakfast!  The possibilities are endless with a slow cooker.  Huh, who knew you could be so excited about dinner?

As if sharing my secret to success in the kitchen and my fave Mac and Cheese recipe isn’t enough, I have even more good news!  It’s a giveaway!  One lucky reader of How To Survive Life In The Suburbs is going to win a Programmable Right Size™ Multi Quart Slow Cooker of their very own! Woot!


This giveaway is open to Canada Only and will close Friday September 26th.  Please enter by using the Rafflecopter form below.  Best of luck and be sure to find even more fabulous Hamilton Beach Canada products here, connect with them on Facebook and chat with them on Twitter!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Hamilton Beach Canada. In exchange this review, I have received special perks in the form of products and compensation. All opinions on this blog are my own.


  1. I love Chicken Vegetable soup or Pulled Pork.

  2. Stacey Dempsey says:

    I have never used a slow cooker but I would love to try and make homemade soups in it and roast beef meals and casseroles

  3. Amy Heffernan says:

    I love to make pulled pork in the slow cooker!

  4. Andrea Bilec says:

    I love slow cookers. My hubby whips up the most amazing stuffing at Thanksgiving in ours. Well, he did, but our slow cooker just died this summer and I am in need of a new one. Thank you for the opportunity!

  5. Sabrina Tong says:

    Pulled pork, Pepsi pot roast, turkey stew…. I love crockpots, if I had the counter space I’d have a crockpot buffet running 24/7 lol 🙂

  6. liked and shared your post on Facebook

  7. Stacey Dempsey says:

    I like and shared your facebook post

  8. I make a mean Pot Roast in mine but its a small old “no-name” version…would love one from this century lol 😉

  9. I shared on facebook !

  10. Pulled pork for sure!

  11. I liked the facebook post!

  12. Sabrina Tong says:

    I liked the post

  13. Liked and shared

  14. Sabrina Tong says:

    I shared the post

  15. I love this giveaway! Liked/ shared

  16. Have a great roast and veggie gravy recipe we love

  17. Beef stew!!

  18. Bailey Dexter says:

    I love cooking porketta roast in the slow cooker with potatoes and carrots, amazing flavor! Then with the left over porketta I make a pulled pork in the slowcooker so the zesty smoked bbq sauce slowly soaks into the meat. Delish!!!

  19. We do a lot of freezer meals, so the slow cooker is used all the time in our house. I think my favourite is cheesy chicken and rice. So tasty and goes over well with everyone.

  20. Bailey Dexter says:

    liked and shared

  21. My husband’s chili is our favorite slow cooker recipe!

  22. Don’t have a slow cooker but I think I would love to make chilli

  23. I “Like” your Giveaway announcement!

  24. Ribs!

  25. I love making beef stew in the slow cooker

  26. liked the FB post about the giveaway

  27. Homemade Chicken Soup is such a satisfying crock pot creation after a long and busy day.

  28. Beef stew or oxtail with little dumplings! I love the idea of having a meal ready when you get home.

  29. Slow-Cooker Beef Stroganoff would be perfect

  30. I Liked on FB.

  31. I liked your Facebook post about the giveaway

  32. i like making chili in a slow cooker

  33. Shared on FB.

  34. Treen Goodwin says:

    I love to make Chilli 🙂

  35. Love soups and chili and jerky

  36. Treen Goodwin says:

    I shared on Facebook 🙂

  37. Treen Goodwin says:

    I liked the giveaway post on Facebook 🙂

  38. Chilli!!! With the return of the cooler weather in Ontario I think it’s time to break out my old crockpot!

  39. Liked and shared your post on Facebook.

  40. Anne Taylor says:

    I love making Butter Chicken in the slowcooker

  41. Pat Drouillard says:

    porogie and pizza sauce with pepperoni

  42. Sweet and Sour Meatballs!

  43. I have never used a slow cooker but the first thing I would make would be a curry

  44. I’ve liked the Facebook post

  45. Pulled pork! I make it at least once a month

  46. Liked your fb post

  47. Darrah Bailey says:

    Sweet and Sour chicken

  48. liked and shared on FB

  49. Darrah Bailey says:

    Liked and Shared your facebook past 🙂 Thank you!

  50. I love to make whole chicken with potatoes; carrots and spices..the house smells wonderful

  51. Roast chicken!

  52. liked and shared on facebook 🙂

  53. Pulled pork and roast beef…great fall meals.

  54. It is my mission to start learning slow cooking recipes my kids will eat.

  55. LIked your FB post!

  56. I liked the Facebook post too.

  57. Robyn Bellefleur says:

    I love to make beef stew in my crock pot.

  58. Pulled pork of course!!! Best smell when you come home from work!

  59. I love making pulled pork in a slow cooker – mine died this’t had any. And the slow cooker is our dogs favourite way to prepare their meat too!

  60. Chris Stockford says:

    Beef Stew!

  61. Tammy Dalley says:

    chicken stew

  62. Shirley Hicks says:

    roast with carrots and potatoes!!

  63. I am a soup person – I love making chicken noodle soup with loads of veggies!

  64. Beef stew

  65. My fave is organic chicken stew with LOTS of fresh veggies!

  66. lisa bolduc says:

    omg I am sooo gonna make that tomorrow. we usually just do ribs in the slow cooker. I want more vegetarian friendly mreals

  67. lisa bolduc says:

    I liked and commented on ur fb post

  68. Elizabeth Vlug says:

    I love my slow cooker and would love to win one for my daughter. My fave meals to prepare in the slow cooker are pot roast and soups. Thanks for sharing your mac ‘n cheese recipe.

  69. Elizabeth Vlug says:
  70. Elizabeth Vlug says:

    Liked on FB too

  71. I love doing roasts in the slow cooker. Right now I have a pork tenderloin with potatoes and carrots in the slow cooker.

  72. Wendy hutton says:

    either chicken soup or beef stew

  73. Darlene Schuller says:

    For me.. it’s Beef Stew.. I can’t get enough of that stuff… yum!

  74. Ashley Lauren says:

    I love pulled pork in the slowcooker its delish!!!

  75. jasna malobabic says:

    Chicken soup

  76. jasna malobabic says:

    liked and shared

  77. Natalie Chizen says:

    I like cooking a whole chicken in my slow cooker.

  78. I love a pot roast!

  79. kayla schmitke says:

    Chicken and black bean tacos!! Yum!!

  80. I too would try a roast if I ever got a slow cooker!

  81. like and shared

  82. Juliee Fitze says:

    BBQ BEEF done in the slow cooker.

  83. Tortellini with spicy Italian sausage and tomatos and mushrooms. It’s always a big hit!

  84. Carol M (Lushka S) says:

    So many, but I love it for making chicken broth. So easy

  85. Chili – I Love how you can just throw stuff in and it turns into dinner.

  86. Chandra Christine O'Connor says:

    I have so many, my homemade spaghetti sauce, my roast pork with marinade of honey, rosemary, garlic, dry mustard, old fashioned Dijon mustard, pepper, thyme, basil. and beer.

  87. Chandra Christine O'Connor says:

    I forgot to add cloves to mix.

  88. Chandra Christine O'Connor says:

    I shared post

  89. Chandra Christine O'Connor says:

    I liked post

  90. seham merzib says:

    beef stew

  91. I’d love to make chili

  92. Pork tenderloin with apples and sweet potatoes.

  93. I love making Chicken Stew with Dumplings in the Slow Cooker.

  94. Never used a slow cooker but I would love to make soups!

  95. Doris Calvert says:

    Lasagna or Stew!

  96. Liked post on facebook

  97. I love making stew in slow cookers, perfect winter meal.

  98. Jennifer P. says:

    My favourite slow cooker meal to whip up is called Wanda’s Chicken & Rice Casserole.

  99. Chili or pulled pork. So easy!

  100. our family loves pulled beef

  101. Belinda McNabb says:

    Pulled pork is one of our family favorites

  102. Belinda McNabb says:

    shared the facebook post

  103. Belinda McNabb says:

    liked the facebook post

  104. pulled pork

  105. There’s nothing I appreciate more than a slow cooker making supper for my family while I’m at work!

  106. chili. thanks

  107. forgot to added – FB post liked. thanks

  108. soup!

  109. Wayne Lecoy says:

    I am entering your giveaway.
    It would be great to win a Programmable Right Size Multi Quart Slow Cooker.
    In response to your question of What’s your favourite meal to whip up?
    My favourite meal to whip up is Chicken Stew with Dumplings.
    Thank you for having this giveaway!!!!!!!!!!!!

  110. I like making a stew in the crockpot.

  111. Liked on Facebook

  112. Wayne Lecoy says:

    I entered your giveaway.
    It would be great to win
    a Hamilton Beach Programmable Right Size Multi Quart Slow Cooker.
    On your Facebook Page i “Liked” your Giveaway announcement for another entry
    and i shared your Giveaway announcement for another entry.
    Thank you for having this giveaway!!!!!!!!!!!

  113. I have never used a slow cooker but it would be perfect for beef stew or chili.

  114. Love beef stew!

  115. Home made soup. Though I no longer have a slow cooker, so this contest is a must enter for me 🙂

  116. I love making stew in the slow cooker. It always turns out amazing. I’d really like to give bread a try too – just to see how it goes.

  117. Miranda Ryckman says:

    I love to cook my roasts in my slow cooker with tonnes of root vegetables.

  118. Miranda Ryckman says:

    Liked and shared as well!

  119. My favorite meal to whip up would be chili. <3

  120. Monique L.S. says:

    Previously I only made chili and soups, but I have since expanded to lasagna, taco chicken and even some desserts. You can do so much with a crockpot!

  121. Monique L.S. says:

    I liked the Facebook post.

  122. roast in the crock pot

  123. liked on fb

  124. Erika Letson says:

    I love to make beef, potatoes and carrots in the slow cooker!

  125. Chili & stew

  126. Alayne Langford says:

    We love using the slow cooker for a roast beef dinner! You can use a cheaper cut of beef and it still falls apart, Mmmm… 🙂 I would love this slow cooker for my son who has a baby, makes life easier 🙂

  127. I love to make beef stew in the slow cooker

  128. Brenda Glover says:

    moose stew!! us newfies love our moose!

  129. Beef stew is my favourite

  130. I commented and shared on your slow cooker giveaway post

  131. for my cooking skill nothing beats a PB and J!

  132. Courtney Dyson says:

    Roast Chicken

  133. I like to make chicken and vegetables.

  134. My absolute favourite to cook in a slow cooker is Chili. Yummy!

  135. I like making Chili.

  136. MELIA WHYTE says:

    pulled pork!

  137. Elizabeth Nicholson says:

    I do not have a slow cooker, but would like to try beef stew in one.

  138. Chicken Chili!

  139. I dont have a slow cooker. But I have seen some amazing pulled pork recipes online! I would love to try one.

  140. I have a crappy slow cooker but we have started doing up meals for the month in advance and freezing them so we just pull one out each night before. Easy peasy. My fave is the sausage and onions!

  141. Pulled pork! 🙂

  142. Sylvie Carpentier says:

    Boeuf Bourguignon

  143. Luc Lafreniere says:

    Poulet chasseur

  144. I have never used a Slow Cooker before and I think would make my life so much easier. There are so many amazing recipes too. I would love to do a Roast in one.

  145. Victoria Ess says:

    I love making chili and pulled pork!

  146. Liked & Shared on FB as Judy Cowan

  147. Roast Beef

  148. We would make chili such a nice warm meal with cooler weather

  149. Tricia Cooper says:

    One of our favourites in the slow cooker is ribs! So tender and they fall off the bone every time!

  150. my faves are pulled pork and chicken curry.

  151. Belgian beer stew

  152. kristen visser says:

    I LOVE roast beef stew. been craving it for a long time now

  153. kristen visser says:

    liked giveaway post on fb

  154. kristen visser says:

    shared giveaway post on fb

  155. Nathan Lapointe says:

    I love to make coconut chicken curry!

  156. Patrick Siu says:

    I love to make roast beef.

  157. Creamy chicken

  158. My favorite quick meal is chicken breast baked in mushroom soup, with a side of mash potato.

  159. I love to make roast pork with vegetables.

  160. seham merzib says:

    liked on FB

  161. seham merzib says:

    shared on FB

  162. Stew is nice in a slow cooker

  163. Pot roast,potatoes an carrots

  164. I like to make chili in the slow cooker.

  165. Kimmy Ripley says:

    I like to make pot roast!

  166. Liked the FB post about the giveaway

  167. Colleen Rose says:

    Pulled pork or roasts are great

  168. Debbie Conroy says:

    Pulled pork 🙂

  169. Love having pulled pork.

  170. I make a delicious chicken curry.

  171. I love to make Beef stew

  172. ivy pluchinsky says:

    roast chicken or chilli

  173. Would love to try this mac n cheese recipe!

  174. Texas chili!

  175. chicken chilli

  176. Chili by far. So simple and tasty.

  177. I love cooking ribs. It is nice and soft after cooking for a while. It is my husband’s favorite recipe.

  178. I liked on Facebook. 😀

  179. Shared on my facebook page.

  180. My fave slow cooker meal to whip up is veggie lasagna. Super easy and delicious!!

  181. Our fave slow cooker meal is Italian meatballs.

  182. Liked and shared!

  183. I like to make chili 🙂

  184. i prefer to make rice pudding

  185. Darlene Schuller says:

    I totally liked this on fb!!

  186. Darlene Schuller says:

    I shared this awesomeness on fb too!

  187. I love making homemade soups and pulled pork!

  188. I don’t really have a facourite, but the husband cooked up some great pulled moose in it recently. So many things to cook!

  189. crockpot lasanga is my fav

  190. Turkey Chili!

  191. I love good ol’ soups of all kinds. Probably the only vegetable-based meal I will ever get excited about. 😉 They’re truly best if simmered for hours so they’re perfect for slow cookers.

  192. Liked the contest post on FB!

  193. elishia bakle says:

    i love to put a roast in there with potatoes yummy!

  194. Chili!

  195. Kayla Gilbert says:

    I love making chicken noodle soup!

  196. Kayla Gilbert says:

    I liked your giveaway post.

  197. josee carpentier says:


  198. I like making anything I can in my crook, my favourite would be roast beef.

  199. I liked and shared on your facebook post.

  200. I love making pulled pork in my slow cooker!!

  201. Sarah Stickney says:

    roast beef

  202. Valerie Mallette says:

    My favourite thing to make in a slow cooker is a pot roast with a lot of veggies.

  203. Chili or roast

  204. Pork Roast , potatoes, carrots and gravy!

  205. nicolthepickle says:

    I like to make a beef and brown beans recipe.

  206. nicolthepickle says:
  207. I don’t have a slow cooker (which is why I am entering!!) – but the first thing I’d make is chili.

  208. Would like to make pulled pork with root veggies ! (Don’t have a slow cooker but always wanted one!) Fingers crossed. Thanks 4 this amazing giveaway.

  209. Victoria caster says:

    I could not live without my crock pot. Mine is just about had it .would so love to win this and try that amazing Mac n cheese recipe out .fingers crossed

  210. Turkey chili!! I make it all the time. 🙂

  211. Liked on FB!

  212. Beef Stroganoff and roast beef!

  213. taylor fladgate says:

    I want me some Creamy Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese


  215. Carin Harris says:

    I love that you can throw a combination of pretty much anything into the crockpot and it comes out great most times. We love stews – so easy.

  216. Creamy Italian chicken! Chicken breasts, can of cream of chicken, block of cream cheese, one packet of Italian dressing mix. Slow cook 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low.

  217. Lori L. - @Miss_Elles says:

    When I had a slow cooker my fave meal to make & let simmer all day was a big pot of beef chili! YUMMY! Thanks for the chance to win a new slow cooker!

  218. I like to make a hearty spaghetti sauce with loads of veggies. With a 10month old and a little Christmas baby on the way I would love a slow cooker help me make tasty dinners. Thank you for the chance, twitter fan@plumerea

  219. I don’t own a slow cooker but my mom does and she makes the best beef and mushroom stew! Stew is our favourite for winter and fall!

  220. liked and shared on FB

  221. Tammy Dalley says:

    liked n shared on facebook

  222. Tammy Dalley says:

    liked on facebook

  223. Julie Bolduc says:

    I like putting together chicken tomato soup

  224. Elizabeth Friesen says:

    I love to make boeuf bourguignon! The aroma that fills my home is absolutely incredible!!! 😀

  225. Jeanette Jackson says:

    A roast beef dinner with potatoes. carrots and onions

  226. Keema Curry!

  227. I don’t have a slow cooker, but it would probably be chilli

  228. michelle policelli says:

    I love making chilli in a slow cooker

  229. michelle policelli says:

    liked and shared on facebook 🙂

  230. Shannon Jordan says:

    Never used one before!! But i LOVE pulled pork!

  231. We love making pulled pork but I would love to try making rice pudding sometime too.

  232. I’ve had lasagna casserole from a slow cooker that was fantastic!

  233. Jennifer P. says:

    I liked on facebook, thank you!

  234. Pulled pork, homemade spaghetti sauce, chili…so many favourites.

  235. Juliee Fitze says:

    Liked your post on FB.

  236. My favorite is seasoned chuck roast. It shreds up beautifully and is so versatile.

  237. Jen C AKA @JusticeSadie says:

    We love a Good Pot roast in a slow cooker. Fall apart tender!

  238. laura moschitto says:

    turkey chili

  239. MJ Gruenfeld says:

    I love a nice pot roast in the slow cooker and my kids love pulled pork

  240. Wow that’s a really neat idea..!! The times I used a slow cooker at my parents house I did a mix of veggies and meat pieces, but making macaroni – that’s a neat idea I didn’t think about!!

  241. I liked your FB contest post (Piroska B…)

  242. I liked and shared the post on facebook.

  243. Lentil soup!

  244. Jodi Mitrovic says:

    Nothing smells better to me than when I walk in the door and a pot roast is cooking!

  245. Liked your Giveaway announcement on Facebook Page.

  246. Beef Strogonoff

  247. Liked and shared!

  248. A family favourite: Chili

  249. Liked the Facebook post – name Jolie Zananiri

  250. turkey stew for me (:

  251. Love making pulled pork!

  252. My favourite thing to whip up in the crockpot is a beef stew or soup.

  253. I liked and shared on facebook

  254. Cranberry pot roast with onion soup mix. Yum

  255. Pulled Pork for sure

  256. My go to quick meals are pastas and chilis – usually have a wide assortment of dish friendly items in the pantry and fridge so they’re my don’t feel like cooking but need to cook dishes that the family all likes for dinner and for lunch leftovers

  257. Carol M (Lushka S) says:

    Liked and shared on FB

  258. I regularly make pulled pork

  259. Jessica Jaynes says:

    I usually make pulled pork or pot roast – but that mac and cheese looks delicious!

  260. I have never had a slow cooking, but I like the idea of it. The Mac & Cheese above looks really good

  261. My favorite meal to cook is lasagna (in the slow cooker)

  262. I love to make a great Chili

  263. I like to make chili and soups in my slow cooker.

  264. Beef & Tater Stew… yummm!!

  265. Dayna Wilson says:

    Probably just a simple pasta- spaghetti or th elike.

  266. Jeanette Jackson says:

    I liked your Facebook post about this giveaway.

  267. Jeanette Jackson says:

    I shared the giveaway post on Facebook

  268. I love to make pulled pork and pot roast

  269. Pot roast! 🙂

  270. I’m not a big cook but my slow cooker has started to make me look like one. I love to make Pulled Pork. Okay, it’s the only thing I can make. My family would love mac and cheese!

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

  271. a stew is my favourite

  272. liked on FB

  273. shared on FB

  274. A.J. Carano says:

    Beef Stew.

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