Crockpots and Movies

What did people do before crockpots I’d like to know. I love my crockpot. Okay so I’m not really that swell of a housewife. In fact I totally suck but I think my husband keeps me around because of the kids and he likes my boobs. Still, using the crockpot makes me feel so accomplished. It’s the way the house smells, all savory and yummy. Like a woman who is good at this stuff lives in my house. And it’s easy, I love easy. Two of my favorite things to make are beef stew, and I can make some quick bisquik biscuits to go with (bisquik is another useful thing that makes me happy) and green chile chicken which has like four ingredients and I can use frozen chicken in the recipe so I don’t even need to worry about thawing anything.

I watched Aeon Flux today on DVD. I really enjoyed it. I know people panned it but I quite liked it. It wasn’t as amazing as the animated show on MTV (which is where I first got my love of the character) but I thought it was well done.

Also caught Wallace and Grommit and the Curse of the Wererabbit with the kiddos. Very cute and wholesome and loads of inside adult jokes that made me laugh. My sons thought it was the ultimate in hilarity. Win Win.

Other than finishing edits and getting back to Threat of Darkness, it’s been a lazy day today. Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend.

5 comments to “Crockpots and Movies”

  1. Lyn Cash
    June 4th, 2006 at 3:18 pm · Link

    Just had to come in and inhale my Lauren fix. You SLAYED me on the previous post…well, the one before that one. “(what? You thought it was all menages and werewolves around here?)”…ROFLMAO!

    I have a callous on my microwave index finger, and all 3 of my crock pots are in use at any given time: one on the countertop with food cooking in it, one in the frig’ from leftovers (usually a dip of some sort), and one in the sink filled with suds. I’m a writer, not a housekeeper. But I do love puttering in the garden when I have one. Nice to see someone else with that mentality.

    So c’mon…give it up. What’s this recipe for green chili chicken? Hmm??? *grin*

  2. Karen
    June 4th, 2006 at 3:24 pm · Link

    I love crockpots. But I am cursed with a family that doesn’t eat “mixed food”. That would be any food that is cooked with other foods.

    All meats, sides, and veggies must be cooked seperately, or they will be shunned.

    “Fine,” you may say. “Let them find their own dinner.”

    Unfortunately, that is just what they do. My husband hops in the car and drives down the road to Popeyes. Or Taco Bell. Or has Pizza Hut deliver.

    Tonight, I may just not cook at all *G*

  3. Charlene Teglia
    June 4th, 2006 at 3:49 pm · Link

    Next to the crockpot, the bread machine is the lousy housewife’s best friend! The aroma of fresh baking bread wafting through the house, it’s beautiful. And all you do is dump in the mix and the water and turn it on. : D

  4. Lauren Dane
    June 4th, 2006 at 6:19 pm · Link

    Aww, thanks, Lyn! That’s very sweet. The chicken is super easy – one small can of diced green chiles, one can of cream of chicken soup, two boneless, skinless chicken breasts – garlic, red pepper flakes (if you desire) and chicken broth. You combine the soup, chiles, garlic and red pepper and whisk in enough chicken broth to cover (I usually eye it). Pour it over the chicken and cook for either seven hours on low or four and a half to five on high (with frozen chicken, take an hour and a half off with fresh) I serve it on rice or egg noodles, the sauce is really yummy and I’ll often take some shredded cheddar cheese and put it on the top once I’ve turned it off and let it sit long enough to melt.

    Karen – I have very picky kids, I can totally relate. On top of it, both my sons are very skinny and keeping their weight up is a big issue so while I wish I could just say, “too bad, eat or don’t” it’s a health issue and I have to be careful what food battles I engage in.

    Charli – I’ve got a breadmaker too! I love it.

  5. Lynn Daniels
    June 5th, 2006 at 12:51 pm · Link

    I agree, crockpots are wonderful things. So are microwaves and anything else that makes it look like I actually know what I’m doing in the kitchen!

    Do you have a copy of the Fix it and Forget it Cookbook? I’ve found some great recipes in there, including a Steak Strogonoff that my family clamors for!