Crock Potting Expert (Conclusive Evidence That My Life Is Exceptionally Boring)

Sara and I have been splitting cooking duties for a while now. We each take 2 or 3 nights per week, and we're able to eat at home almost always while only doing 1/2 the work! This has been one of the best benefits of our house-sharing living situation so far.

Before we moved in here, I hardly ever did any cooking at all. I wasn't inspired or confident, and it just seemed like too much effort to spend 2 hours preparing dinner for just the two of us, when half the time it didn't turn out tasting very good. But so much has changed! I started out slow, with 1 or 2 nights per week, and gradually gained more skill and knowledge as I practiced.

I wouldn't exactly say I get excited about cooking now, but I definitely don't dread it anymore. Some days I do put in 1.5-2 hours, but most of the time I can get dinner done much more quickly - mainly by being more familiar with the steps involved in certain recipes.

My favorite time-saving tool by far is the crock pot. This may sound just incredibly lame, but these things excite me now. Using the crock pot doesn't mean stew every night, by any means. It's just so nice to be able to spend only 20 minutes in the morning chopping and assembling ingredients, and having the main portion of dinner prep all finished. It's great to have only a few small things left to do around dinner time when I'm more tired and Miette is crankier.

Plus, it really frees up my afternoons for spot-cleaning spit-up, reading blogs, and occasionally showering or cleaning the toilet. Huzzah!


amandaleigh said… is a lady who did a whole year of meals from a crock pot...she uses a lot of packaged food, but, it is a good place to get timing and flavor combinations that do well in a crock pot :)
Alexis said…
Nice! I've looked at that a few times before but should check it out more often for ideas. I don't know if I could do it every day for a year, but I'm sure she came up with some good meals for the rest of us to try.
Anonymous said…
do you remember Wendy the neighbor?
She asked you what you wanted to do/be when you grew up...I do believe you are there, my dear darling daughter....

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