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When It’s Fall, I Sew (And Cook)!

by Beth Cooper

It may not be officially Fall, but at my house, I’m going to go ahead and call it. Fall has arrived! The mums are on the porch. It is official.

And when Fall arrives at my house, a couple of things happen. The sewing room becomes a happening place and the crockpot goes into overtime. Something about the weather just puts me in the mood to sew (more than usual). This past week I have mended some kids clothing and pieced two quilts. My goal for this week is to get both of those quilted on my longarm. Stay tuned for pictures.

I have mentioned before that my favorite sewing notion is my crockpot. Why do I consider it a notion? Because it allows me to sew without stopping to cook supper! I have a husband and three children at home, whom I cook for every. single. day. I love them all so much, but I admit, the cooking can be a real chore when I would rather be sewing. If the inventor of the crockpot was standing here right now, I would give him the biggest hug ever!!

The crock-pot, a kitchen innovation that has revolutionized cooking for countless households, owes its creation to a brilliant inventor named Irving Naxon. In the early 1930s, Naxon, inspired by his Lithuanian grandmother’s slow-cooked dishes, envisioned a way to make cooking more convenient and efficient. He invented the precursor to the modern crock-pot, originally called the “Naxon Beanery,” in 1936. Irving Naxon’s invention allowed for slow, even cooking by utilizing a low heat setting and a removable ceramic pot. He patented his invention in 1940. Naxon’s creation eventually evolved into the widely recognized crock-pot, which has since become a staple in kitchens worldwide, simplifying meal preparation and enhancing flavors with its timeless slow-cooking technology. Thank you, Irving Naxon!

An early Crock-Pot from 1974.

My other favorite thing in the kitchen is a good apron. I love vintage aprons but I also love making my own aprons. They are such fun, quick little projects. They make great gifts and you can personalize them to fit the person’s personality. Have you seen the new apron panels by Lori Holt? They are so stinkin’ cute and will sew together in no time flat. Check out the collection here.

One of the apron panels by Lori Holt.
See the collection here.

I plan on spending plenty of time soaking in all the fun Fall activities with my family this year (pumpkin patch, football games, etc), but I also plan on spending a lot of time sewing. My sewing room calls to me as the temperatures drop. Will you be sewing, as well? What are your plans for Fall? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments!

Happy sewing!

‘Til next time,


P.S. Want my favorite crockpot recipe?? Here ya go!

  • 3 cans of chicken broth (or one big box)
  • 2 cans of cream of chicken soup
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 bag of dried Amish noodles (any width)
  • Add first four ingredients to your crockpot and cook on low for six hours or high for four hours. Shred the chicken and add back to the crockpot. Add in the Amish noodles about 45 minutes before you are ready to eat. Salt and pepper to taste. They will taste like you spent all day rolling out homemade noodles and you will have done next to no work. Ha! It will be a hit! I promise.

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23 days ago

I think I’m going to try your recipe. Maybe both my husband AND my son will eat it.
Thanks Beth!

23 days ago

Recipe looks so yummy! Are any other favorites that are reduced in fat? Thank you!

Joan Shriver
Joan Shriver
23 days ago

I think that olive green crock pot did not have a removable crock – what a pain that was to clean!

Jim Wheeler
Jim Wheeler
22 days ago

I sew at any time during the year except tax season. I bring along my old machine in all my road trips and some years put more hours on the old machine than the new machine.
my most common projects are heart shaped hot pads with flaps and adult bibs. Also mending clothes or special projects when a need arises. Most recently I have been Disney reversible goody bags which my daughter will be giving out and trading on the two Disney cruises she is starting on today. If I can get a good picture of the ones I will be making for her next cruise (probably next year) I will be submitting to Sew & Tell.

Kris Valle
Kris Valle
16 days ago

I bought all the ingredients to try your recipe. Sounds great! Thank you!!

Sharon Hess
Sharon Hess
1 day ago
Reply to  Kris Valle

Of course the Rival Crockpot was the first one to my kitchen. As above, no it did not have a removable crock, but no matter, a necessary addition to the cupboard. Years later, another took it’s place as rust began. I now have #2, it s a Hamilton Beach WITH the removable crock. I use it at least every week, from main meals to desserts and it continually sits on the 4th burner of the stove. I have an extra oval atop the fridge but not sure if I have ever used it. Removable crock too. Thank you whomever for this marvelous invention. They keep the kitchen cool in the summer and the winter smells are marvelous.

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