My mother-in-law and father-in-law gave me money for Christmas. I wanted to buy something big with my money but at the same time practical. So I went shopping at Walmart and picked out a 6-quart slow cooker. My daughter Jacqueline went online immediately and downloaded a recipe for me from Canadian Living for "Hearty Beef Stew". I bought all of the ingredients at the store, including sweet potatoes, and set to work. Eight hours later, I had my stew. It was delicious! The following week I made Chicken Stew. This time however, I substituted the broth for water and although it was good, it didn't measure up to the beef stew. The third week I shopped at Zehrs and purchased pork tenderloin from the butcher. I dumped it in the slow cooker with a can of rootbeer and turned the machine on high. Four hours later, I added a bottle of barbecue sauce and voila! The pork separated easily with a fork. It was mouthwatering! The fourth week I made the beef stew again since it was such a success the first week. Now I am looking forward to more recipes in the slowcooker. What a great Christmas present!