Thursday, February 9, 2012

Meltdowns & Slow Cookers.

As you know, I went back to work {the office} part-time. The first week was going really well. I was cooking dinner every night {slow cooker style}, cleaning the house, working at the office in the morning, spending time with Caleb, making time for Mr. Big, and by Friday I thought that the transition going back to work was going really well. That didn't last long. By the end of Friday an employee quit {without notice}, and threw a big fat curve-ball in my plans. So, for the past 2 weeks I've been trying to keep up with all the extra work that I've had to cram into a half-day without quitting losing my sanity. It has been stressful, and the idea of quitting has come to mind every now and then {or every 30mins at work}.

The good news is that cooking dinner every night has been a breeze, and I'm so glad this chore hasn't been stressful during this time of chaos! I had received a slow cooker as a wedding gift, but in the past 3 years I've only used it 4-5 times. I didn't know what to cook in it, and I thought that you could only cook soup-type stuff in it...boy was I wrong! 

 {ignore my reflection}

As a new slow-cooker-user, I made some rules as I searched for recipes: 1. preparation needed to be less than 15min {who wants to spend a lot of time dumping the ingredients into the cooker when the point is to save time?}, 2. it had to use ingredients that I used frequently so food wouldn't spoil in the fridge {don't you hate buying food for one recipe and then they spoil in your fridge? so annoying}, 3. they had to sound yummy. Well, thankfully I found some good ideas from Pinterest and I'll share them with you, along with some notes:
1. Baked Potato from Stephanie {who knew you could cook a baked potato in a slow cooker!}

2. Sausage and Veggie Medley from Stephanie

3. Chicken Parmesan from Stephanie {I used half the amount of cheese to try to make it less fattening}
4. Mediterranean Chicken from Stephanie{do NOT add olives! the first time I cooked this Mr. Big said it smells like when he guts a hog--his hunting buddy came over the next day and I let him smell it and he was good, but I had to take the olives out the next time!}

5. Salsa Chicken from Stephanie{to make a healthy version, substitute the chunky salsa with salsa verde}

6. BBQ Shrimp from Stephanie{southern goodness!}

7. Apricot Chicken from Stephanie{Mr. Big's favorite! So good!}

Stephanie's blog is great...she used her crockpot every day for a year and shared her recipes {365 crockpot recipes!}, you should check her out!

Now, that I've mastered a few slow cooker recipes I want to look for healthy recipes to cook in the slow cooker! Do you know any? 

Oh! I almost forgot! Did you know you can use SlowCooker liners?? Ha! I have seriously been missing out! You can put these awesome little liners in the SlowCooker and then throw them away after cooking! I don't think I'll be using my oven Monday-Friday any more!!!


  1. Thanks for the recipes! There is nothing like coming home to a yummy fully cooked meal. Hope your work situation improves soon! Hang in there, Momma!

  2. THERE ARE SLOW COOKER LINERS?! brb, buying some.

  3. THERE ARE SLOW COOKER LINERS?! brb, buying some.


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