|Crock-Pot plugged in the garage, on the dryer|
We're doing a tiny bit of remodeling right now. Nothing fancy---- we're (and by we, I mean not me) tearing up the linoleum that came with the house and having tile installed in the kitchen.
This was my anniversary present to Adam. I promised that if he got me tile, I'd never again complain about the flooring.
I'm such a giver.
|the last of the nasty linoleum|
Because our kitchen has pretty much been rendered useless (the refrigerator is plugged in the dining room, and the stove/oven combo and dishwasher are under a sheet behind the couch) I've been needing to utilize my own advice and use the MANY MANY MANY slow cookers we own to get dinner on the table.
|Crock-Pot loaded with baked potatoes|
in an otherwise unusable kitchen
and it's been kind of fun.
The kids wanted a baked potato bar the first night. No problem. Then they wanted brown sugar chicken. Not an issue---I already had it frozen in a ziplock, so I thawed it in the fridge overnight then squeezed the contents into the slow cooker in the morning. Tonight, we're having baked sweet potatoes and foil-packet tilapia (the fish won't go on until later this afternoon).
and so far, so good.
|the coffee pot is also a necessity|
I get a lot of emails, and some of my favorites are from readers who use their cookers in non-traditional ways. Last night I got an email from a construction worker who leaves a crockpot plugged in the trailer so he doesn't have to rely on fastfood or soggy sandwiches for lunch and dinner.
I like hearing from people who travel with their crockpots and plug it in the hotel room while they are out sight-seeing for the day.
I have great kids, but after a long day of vacationing, sometimes they aren't up to "restaurant manners"--- and it's nice to come back to a pot full of Korean Ribs or BBQ Beef and Bean sandwiches.
We recently got back from a roadtrip to Oregon, and stopped at a few pioneer museums that were built along the Oregon Trail. Talk about hardships! A bit of rain, a torn up kitchen? That's nothing.
I even bring my crockpots camping. And no, that's not an oxymoron.
We are so lucky to be living in the time we are living----roughing it just really isn't roughing it anymore.
What about you? Do you have any odd or different uses for the slow cooker?
Have a wonderfully great day.