I want you guys to meet my new best friend. I *think* she's a she. I *know* she is reliable, helps me out in a crunch and she smells awesome. Plus, my husband and sons LOVE her!
Without further ado, meet Crock Pot:
I am not kidding when I say life has taken it up a notch in the busy-ness department. I am finding that I roll in the door from work and the kids have to be somewhere in under an hour. This leaves barely any cook time, which leads to poor quality meals and lots of processed foods. Ick.
This is where Crock Pot comes in. If I can plan ahead (which I can), and if I can allow 5 to 10 extra minutes in the morning for prep time (let's face it, that amounts to me NOT pushing snooze), I can get Crock Pot going, and she will gladly cook my meal for me all day. I walk in that afternoon, make a quick salad and maybe an easy side and dinner is made.
It's a beautiful relationship indeed.
I have discovered many other busy moms who have a similar best friend and we like to share recipes. Check out these: Pepperoncini Beef (shout out goes to Jenn), Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie, and Chicken Taco Soup (thanks, Ali).
I would love to hear YOUR recipes... Look at it this way, it will only strengthen my relationship with my best friend. (And if I'm being honest, she has a complex about needing to be useful. Something about feeling like she's being put away on a shelf, blah, blah, blah). Plus, there is a handy comment section below just waiting to be filled with your culinary genius!
edit: one recipe I love but don't have a link for is pork chops: I use bone in pork chops, 4 to 5, put them in crock pot with equal parts Teriyaki sauce and Dr. Pepper, enough to cover. Cook on low all day and sprinkle with pepper when ready to serve. Really yummy...got the idea from my bro-in-law, who cooks his in a smoker.