After a five-year maternity leave, I went back to work last week. It’s a huge adjustment and we’re all trying our best to find our ways through the changing waters, but it’s exciting all the same. One thing that’s become crystal clear, however, is that I am going to have to ramp up my organizational skills when it comes to managing our household. No more procrastinating about chores or meal planning; I just have to have a plan and do it.
Last night I chopped up a bunch of fresh potatoes and carrots and tomatoes from the garden, tossed in some frozen venison stewing meat and lots of spices, then turned the crock pot in this morning before I left for the office. It’s such a great feeling to have dinner scratched off the to-do list before you’re even had your morning coffee. I think I’ll be using the ol’ crock pot more and more as my career unfolds, and this is where you come in. I have basically one recipe I use my crock pot for: stew.
What else can I make in there that’s easy, cheap, tasty and doesn’t just turn to brown goop after simmering all day? Do you have any great recipes or tips that will help this new working momma out?