I love all seasons, but there is something extra special about the change from hot to cool weather that leaves me feeling refreshed and excited. Digging the warm sweaters out from the back of my closet, sitting around the fire pit with friends on a Saturday night and finding the slow cooker out from under the cabinet abyss are all hallmarks of the season. I realize that in a few months I will be complaining about the cold and yearning for Spring, but in this moment I am loving the chilly mornings.
During the Fall and Winter, our grill is allowed a rest as I rely heavily upon my slow cooker. As a busy working Mom, I appreciate that I can throw ingredients into a bowl in the morning and magically it morphs into a delicious concoction by dinner. The smells wafting through the house throughout the day feel welcoming and inviting when I return home after an especially long and exhausting afternoon of meetings.
My slow cooker simplifies dinner, which is one stress I am happy to relinquish. Don’t get me wrong, I love to cook. There is something wonderful about combining ingredients and creating something both delicious and satisfying for my family. Unfortunately having to do it every night has turned an enjoyable and relaxing activity into a chore. I am sure that my love of cooking would return if I didn’t have to do it every night!
Although I am healed from my re-amputation, I continue to struggle with bad leg moments. I remain cognizant of my movements, especially after I’ve been on my feet running around all day. By the time I am fixing dinner, my leg is usually starting to ache. The fact that I can do all of the prep work for dinner in the morning, while I am still feeling good, has been extremely beneficial.
In my opinion, the slow cooker is a valuable tool for every home cook. However, it wasn’t until my schedule started to become crunched that I fully appreciated the appliance. Before I became so busy, I would utilize my slow cooker a few times a month. Now it is a permanent fixture on my counter top because it is used so heavily.