The most dreaded time of the day used to be 5 pm for me. I’d wake up ready to conquer the day and seemed to be able to take on anything. Then before I knew it, it was 5 pm and everyone seemed to be starving!!! Can you relate? I was suddenly drained mentally and physically from just going all day. Homeschooling kids takes a lot of mental work somedays. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. We all have those days, knowing you have to do one more thing, when all you want to do is sit and decompress. It took me a little while but I finally found the solution to my problem. I no longer struggle when 5 pm comes around (most days LOL) and in fact sometimes I look forward to it. I can now attend those playdates and co-op meetings and sports and not feel pressured to rush home and cook dinner. The answer was a crockpot!!!
I own 4 crockpots now (LOL) but my favorite one by far is the Ninja Crockpot. It’s never burned my food and cooks everything just right. You can even use it as an oven or roaster and I’ve roasted a whole chicken and it’s come out great!
I found that I was most productive in the morning, and by preparing my meal in the morning, my evenings were so much smoother. I could hang out with that mom until 4 pm and know that when we got home supper would be ready to go. Who wouldn’t want their evenings to go smoother?
If you’re new to crock potting let me share a meal with you that is inexpensive and easy to do. Tonight I made “Slow Cooker Loaded Cheese Potato Casserole”
28oz of hashbrown potatoes, thawed
10oz can of cream of chicken or cheddar soup
1 1/2c sour cream
2c shredded cheddar cheese
3oz bacon bits
1/2-3/4c french fried onions
2lbs smoked sausage or ham steak.
Stir all ingredients together, except the French fried onions and smoked sausage. Put into a greased slow cooker. Top with onions. Wrap smoked sausage in foil and place on top of potatoes. Cook on low in a slow cooker for 5-6 hrs.
Serve with a salad of your choice as a side dish. I also added a nice runny egg to mine. (this recipe came from Eat at Home website) https://eatathom.samcart.com/referral/IWcwN1V2/TdhEbTTwn9A3hAk2
Don’t let your evenings cooking rob you of your time with your family. Go and pull that crockpot out and start experiencing the freedom I found.