That's a lot of Crock

Don't think you have time for a delicious home cooked meal? With a few simple steps and a reliable slow cooker, come home at the end of the day to ready-to-serve meals such as Sweet and Savory Pork Chops, Chicken Tetrazzini, and Apple Crisp Crunch. Stop leaving the decision of "What's for dinner?" to chance and enjoy the benefits of slow cooker meals!

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The Color of Snow

When a beautiful 16-year-old girl named Sophie is found sequestered in a cage-like room in a rundown house in the desolate hills of Arbon Valley, Idaho, the entire community is shocked to learn she is the legendary Callidora--a baby girl who was kidnapped from her crib almost seventeen years ago and canonized in missing posters with portraits of what the fabled girl might resemble. Authorities soon learn that the cage was there to protect people from Sophie, because her biological father believes she is cursed.

Sophie is discovered after the man she knows as Papa, shoots and injures Damien, a young man who is trying to rescue her. Now, unsocialized and thrust into the world, and into a family she has never met, Sophie must decide whether she should accept her Papa's claims that she is cursed and he was only trying to protect others, or trust the new people in her life who have their own agendas. Guided by a wise cousin, Sophie realizes that her most heartbreaking challenge is to decide if her love for Damien will destroy him like her Papa claims, or free her from past demons that haunt her mind.

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Like Ravens in Winter

When aggressive television network news producer, Elle McCord is assigned to Iraq at the beginning of the Gulf War, she feels her career is beginning to take off. But when her mother informs her that her elderly and ill aunt is about to give away the family farm, Elle takes a detour to try and stop the man who is at the heart of it all. On the rural Pennsylvania farm, Elle's horrific childhood memories surface and what she learns about the mysterious stranger who is swindling her aunt is nothing like what she expected. Elle finally leaves for Iraq, but when she arrives, she meets Faiza, an Iraqi translator who teaches her about the sacrifices of family and love and what home really means.

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I Am Nuchu

At age 17, Cal Burton, half Ute Indian, never gave much thought to his heritage. But when his parents suddenly divorce, Cal's mother uproots him and his siblings from Spokane, WA, to live with her on the Utah reservation where she grew up. Angry and resentful, Cal is at first put off by the poor standard of living on the reservation. Things only get worse and he's shocked when confronted with blatant racism in town. And here, people seem to recoil when he mentions his name. On top of it all, the bigoted local sheriff seems to have it in for him. When Cal's world is suddenly rocked by a terrible tragedy and he unearths several shocking facts surrounding his aunt's death at a nearby lake twenty years before, he vows to let nothing stop him from getting at the truth. Suspenseful and richly layered, I Am Nuchu is a coming-of-age story about a teen wrestling with his identity as he finds himself caught between two drastically different worlds.

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The Zucchini Houdini

Zucchini just can't seem to get any respect from its odd-sounding name to stories of people leaving bushels of the green stuff on unsuspecting neighbors doorsteps! The Zucchini Houdini is on a quest to change all of that! This book will revolutionize your perceptions of zucchini as you bake dozens of tasty and healthy recipes and read the humorous trivia and helpful tips. This modest green friend to gardeners everywhere is packed full of vitamins and fiber and can be used in everything from main dishes to soups to salads even in desserts. The Zucchini Houdini is sure to please all family members and bring honor to the long green vegetable.

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