Our young family are relocating from interstate and moving in with us until they find their own place (2 adults, 4 year old and 8 month old). I know it’s going to get pretty crazy at times!! Looking for some tried and tested slow cooker meals that can also be frozen. This grandma is trying to stay one step ahead of them.

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