You’ve spent most of your day at the doctor’s office, then on to the pharmacy (which means getting the stroller out of the back of the car again), you’ve waited forever for the prescription,  placed 3 toys back on the shelf, pulled the Skittles out of your kid’s pocket and finally made it back to the parking lot.


You’ve just looked at your watch and it’s already 5:00 pm and any minute now you are going to hear, “I’m hunnnnnngry“.  Can you picture this?  Are you living this?  Are you sweating just reading this?

Well, sweet sister, the above conversation might not have taken place if you had strategically planned a little in advance.  Now wait, I know it’s hard to find time with a husband, special needs child and their siblings (not to mention the pets), but I’ve been there and can tell you that you don’t have to be a gourmet cook to adequately feed your family in timely manner.  What I’m saying is that there are some simple secrets that can have you doing other things like picking up little ‘reminders’ that you forgot to let the dog out while you were gone.  Sigh….

Enter your new BFF.  The Beloved Crockpot.  You know you have one….somewhere.  And if you don’t?  Hello, Amazon!  You can get your ingredients ready the night before if you like and throw everything in the next morning, after coffee, of course.

Here is a favorite recipe that doesn’t  have a lot of ingredients and will keep everyone happy!!

Mom’s Pot Roast (Yield 6 servings)

3lbs beef rump roast
1 onion, cut into 6 wedges
1 10 oz. bag baby carrots
3 baking potatoes, scrubbed and cut into wedges
1 celery stalk
1 envelope Onion Soup Mix
1/2 cup water or beef broth

Trim any visible fat from meat.  Place vegetables on bottom of slow cooker and place meat on top of vegetables.  Pour envelope of onion soup over all and add water. Cover and cook on LOW for 8-9 hours or until meat is tender.

Grab a bag of packaged salad mix and some cherry tomatoes and before you get to the cash register, grab a loaf of French bread.  Now imagine yourself walking into your house to the most fabulous smell and dinner practically ready!

Let your kids set the table….you know they can do it….and get ready to sit down to a wonderful meal of pot roast with vegetables, salad and toasted French bread.  Yummmmm.

Here are some quick tips for Slow Cooker Success:

  • Fill one half to three quarters full for best results
  • Keep the lid on.  A slow cooker can take as long as twenty minutes to regain the heat lost when the lid is removed.  So back off!
  • Cleaning is easy if you spray with a nonstick cooking spray before adding food.
  • Vegetables could take longer to cook than meats.  Cut vegetables into small, uniform pieces and place near the bottom of side of the slow cooker.
  • Once your dish is cooked, don’t keep in in the slow cooker too long.  This will help you to avoid harmful food bacteria.  Remove food to a clean container, cover and refrigerate as soon as possible.  Do not reheat leftovers in a slow cooker.

I have many more slow cooker recipes in my book, Special Kids – Chosen Moms which can be found on Amazon.  You should select your slow cooker AND get a copy of the book at the same time!  Win-Win!!

Let me know which recipe you like!

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