This is going to be a semi-crazy and very fun week for me. I’m heading out for a week filled with book signings. I’ll be beginning tonight in my hometown of Huntsville, Alabama, and then going to Oxford, Jackson, and Memphis. Click here for more information about where I’ll be traveling over the next few weeks. I’d love to meet you! *A lot of stores are selling out of our book.If you are planning on attending a book signing, you might want to go ahead and visit that store to pick up your copy of the book to ensure they have enough. You can also help ensure they have enough by clicking on the city names above of the ones you plan on attending to RSVP on FB.
My AMAZING Mother in Law has come to stay and take my place this week so the kids will be well taken care of but I’ve been trying to teach Ricky how to make a few slow cooker meals so supper won’t be a hassle for any of them. Let me tell you a little about my husband – he is an Engineer. He is one of the most intelligent people I know, can design entire space stations and such on his own, but when it comes to cooking his intelligence kinda gets in the way a bit. Just to show you how smart he is, below is something he designed from start to finish in CAD program called SolidWorks (we are sooooooo a SolidWorks Family. Even my eleven year old has been learning the software).
See? Takes a smart fella to make that. Can he cook supper though? We’ll be finding out this week!
His past cooking ventures have been kind of interesting. The perfect example of this is shortly after we were married. He said he was going to cook a special dish for me, a recipe he made up in college called “Beef Rice”. Beef Rice consists of beef flavored Rice-A-Roni and cooked ground beef stirred together. Now, don’t get me wrong, we still eat Beef Rice to this day, but it was how he went about cooking it that made me realize I was destined to be the cook in this family.
Apparently, he had always cooked the beef first and then washed and dried that pan before getting out a pot for the rice and cooking it next. Well, on this fateful day he had a brilliant idea!
What if he cooked the Beef in the skillet AND the rice in a pot AT THE SAME TIME!?
As this groundbreaking idea hit him he called me into the kitchen by yelling “Baby come here! You aren’t going to believe this!” I came into the kitchen half expecting to see the image of Jesus on his toast by the tone in his voice only to find him beaming like a school kid from the stove as he declared “I’m cooking SIMULTANEOUSLY!”
I had to wonder if he thought we started cooking our suppers first thing in the morning in order to have all of it done by dinner time but didn’t say anything. Instead, I congratulated him on his new found skill, went into the bedroom, and called Mama to tell her.
We still get a giggle out of that today. So in my attempt to expand Ricky’s cooking repertoire beyond PB&J and Beef Rice, here are some slow cooker recipes I’ve been trying to teach him.
P.S. There is no earthly way I could have spelled “repertoire” without spell check. I’m jes sayin…
Slow Cooker Chicken and Wild Rice
Ricky has been having cow fits over this stuff lately and has assured me he WILL be making it this week.
Ever make a pot roast and have it turn out dry? Dry roasts will be forever behind you now!
One Slow Cooker Recipe: 2 Different Meals
This is a great way to cook a roast and get two nights worth of suppers out of it!
Ricky’s Favorite Slow Cooker Pork Roast and Veggies
I can get ANYTHING I want just by offering to make this for my husband! This post includes the entire menu pictured.
I just love a good and hearty stew!
This is the type of BBQ we have in North Alabama with a tender and flavorful pork and a nice clear sauce to pour over it. YUM!
I think this one is my personal favorite 🙂
Valerie, thank you so much for today’s quote! I just love it!!!
If you wish to make an apple pie truly from scratch,
you must first invent the universe.
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Me again….husband is officially in love with you now, as is my 9 year old son! :)Niether of them love you as much as I do at this point though. Made the pulled pork yesterday (no big hopes that hubs would ever actually make this on his own) and YUMMMMERS!
I have been putting it off and putting it off but I think I am going to tackle the biscuits this week end (holding breath). I fear there are some things that a Yankee at birth just can’t learn but have decided no matter how many times I have failed, if anyone can show me the way it is you. (giggles) No pressure or anything!
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Have great book signing parties Christy. Just tried your Cheesy Chicken & Rice. Very simple and DELICIOUS! My husband loved it! He says HottyToddy and I say RollTide! Can’t wait to try a cookbook of yours.
I enjoyed meeting you at the book signing in Huntsville, AL Monday night, you are a very nice person and made everyone feel like family. (I am the dummy from Boaz that left her book behind and had to buy another one) I have used many of your receipes and all have been a hit. You cook like my Momma did when she was alive. Brings back happy memories.
Hope you have a wonderful tour. By the way what was the wesite your sister said we could view the pictures made that night?
And don’t we all need spellcheck once in a while? I intended to say “shred the bread.” Sorry.
Christy, that’s the best quote I’ve seen in a long long time. I’ve considered tracking back to planting the wheat – to make the bread – to shread into bread crumbs, but to be fair, we really should start at the beginning.
May I also point out how many engineers (and other assorted folks) have convinced others that they can’t cook, thus relieving themselves from kitchen duty? I have avoided the grill and barbeque pit for many years so that my men can take care of those chores (since I simply don’t know how). “Smart” takes on a whole new meaning if you think about it. =-)
I have made both of the chicken recipes. Both were delicious, but with the Cheesy chicken one, I added a can of diced green chiles. My husband like his food spicy and it give it a small kick and was awesome. Thanks for all your great recipes!