I knew having a baby would disrupt what I considered to be my normal routine. And I was perfectly fine with that. My internal definition of returning to my normal routine would be when I was baking again. Little did I realize that even cooking could be a challenge…
Newborns apparently do not like to be left alone. Thomas is an easy going kiddo at all times, but he doesn’t much care for being left in his bouncy chair or play pen if he isn’t asleep. He likes being held and most times that is where I am happy to keep him. however, that makes it extraordinarily difficult to prepare food. For lunch I can usually plop him in his car seat long enough to make a sandwich, but it sometimes requires rocking it with my foot to hold off a melt down.
While I was still pregnant, I had a suspicion that a good slow cooker cookbook might come in handy – especially since America’s Test Kitchen just wrote one! I hadn’t made anything out of the book yet, but it seemed like now might be a good time to start. I could prep the ingredients during one of his morning naps and dinner would be ready whenever we felt like eating that night. (bless whoever invented the ‘Keep Warm’ function!)
And so far the recipes have been quite good. I only managed to take a picture of one, but I’ve made the Smoky Sausage and Bean Chili, Aloha Pork Chops, Shredded Barbecue Chicken and Sticky Chicken Wings:
This might be our new normal until Thomas decides he likes being in his bouncy chair. That’s ok though – between these meals, people bringing us food and Chinese take-out, we’ve eaten quite well. The highlight of the week was when I found time to make a dessert though! For some reason it was a sense of accomplishment more than 4 crock-pot dinners.
Blueberry Cobbler for two you made my week! =D