My slow cooker is one the first things I think of when I’m thinking about fall.  Of course, I have favourite recipes, but I love trying out new crockpot ideas, too!  This time of year, I love spending every minute I can just enjoying family time and the outdoors. I’m not super-outdoorsy in the winter so I want to soak up every sunny fall day that comes along – bike rides, playgrounds, nature walks.  Also, I tend to get homey and crafty in the fall, canning, baking, fall decorating, Halloween, I love it all!

On days like these when I have so many things I’d love to be doing, out comes my slow cooker! My new slow cooker is at home and the old, slightly cracked one is in the RV which is great for potlucks and recipes for get-togethers we do there.

Besides meals, slow cookers are also great for desserts, hot drinks and breads. It’s also nice to have both a large and small slow cooker – size matters so your food cooks properly so having a small slow cooker for dips or hot drinks can be handy.

So to help you out with busy days or just for some good ideas for a crowd, here is a top-12 list of my favourites (no real reason for 12, that’s just what I came up with when looking through my favourites).  Enjoy!

1.  Slow Cooker Gingerbread Pumpkin Lattes

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http://www.kitchentreaty.com

Get the recipe here.

2.  Slow Cooker Balsamic Honey Pulled Pork

http://www.justataste.com

http://www.justataste.com

Get the recipe here.

3.  Slow Cooker Bourbon Baked Beans

http://spicysouthernkitchen.com

http://spicysouthernkitchen.com

Get the recipe here.

4.  Slow Cooker Sausage, Spinach and White Bean Soup

http://damndelicious.net

http://damndelicious.net

Get the recipe here.

5.  Seasoned Chicken, Potatoes and Green Beans

http://www.themagicalslowcooker.com

http://www.themagicalslowcooker.com

Get the recipe here.

6.  Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Quinoa

http://www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

http://www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

Get the recipe here.

7.  Slow Cooker Potato and Corn Chowder

http://damndelicious.net

http://damndelicious.net

Get the recipe here.

8.  Slow Cooker Lasagna

http://www.gimmesomeoven.com

http://www.gimmesomeoven.com

Get the recipe here.

9.  Slow Cooker Fudge

http://www.lecremedelacrumb.com

http://www.lecremedelacrumb.com

Get the recipe here.

10. Spicy Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs

http://www.yellowblissroad.com

http://www.yellowblissroad.com

Get the recipe here.

11. Spinach Artichoke Dip

http://www.raegunramblings.com

http://www.raegunramblings.com

Get the recipe here.

12. The Best Healthy Turkey Chili

http://www.ambitiouskitchen.com

http://www.ambitiouskitchen.com

Get the recipe here.