I use my bread machine to make the dough for my breads, then shape, rise and bake in the oven. I don't like the result of making bread totally in the bread machine, see below) I think food should look appetizing and taste good.
It is 80 degrees in our house, so no oven cooking today to heat it up even more! It sounds like a good crock pot day. My favorite recipe site is allrecipes.com. I like that they have user reviews, so you don't waste time or ingredients on something that isn't very good.