I love my crock pot. I’m a morning person, so I love that I can prepare dinner early in the day when I’m full of energy and raring to go. I also love that the house fills with the wonderful smells of a meal underway all. day. long.
In contrast, I am not so fond of starting dinner just before Jim and the girls walk through the door and multi-tasking through preparing the meal, helping with (or supervising) homework (including listening to Sapphire read, which is usually her only homework), all while trying to catch the stories of everybody’s day. I would much rather have my undivided attention on the day’s excitements and then direct the start of homework, etc., while dinner finishes getting itself ready.
Today, I am enjoying the aroma of Chicken and Dumplings, thanks to The Crockin’ Girls (and thanks to my friend Jenny P. for telling me about this site). This is the first time I’ve tried this particular recipe, but I’m looking forward to tasting tonight’s dinner.
One thing I learned already, though: If you’re like me and you like to have each step ready to go before you layer them together in the crock pot AND if you have cats, be sure not to have the bowl of self-rising flour mixed with milk sitting on the counter behind you as you mix the soup and broth into the sautéed veggies. You may turn around to see one resident feline sneaking a few slurps while the other contemplates jumping onto the counter to see what his housemate is slurping. * Other than that, it was super easy.
I’ll let you know how it turns out. If you have any favorite crock pot recipes that you’d like to share, I’d be most grateful.
*To all those who have wondered: The cat (Shadow) is fine. He was unceremoniously escorted off the counter, but not a single piece of fur was even ruffled. And I most definitely made the flour/milk mixture anew. 🙂