A Crockpot Kind of Day

We awoke this morning to dense fog.  It was the creepy kind that obscures traffic lights and hides morning walkers.  I rolled out of bed, less than enthusiastic, and shuffled to the gym.  Workout, check (wondering if I will be able to walk later??).  Thankfully it was done and the full day lay before me.  Then I headed home to find this…

My sick baby angel

How is it that our sweet ones can be so darn pathetic when under the weather?  I am usually all business in the morning, getting kids up, fed, and out the door.  But this morning, no, this morning meant sitting with my little one and rocking in the family room.  She napped and we rocked.  Our serenity matched the peaceful, foggy scene outside.

I had intended to be up and at ‘em this morning to report on a fabulous new book I’m reading and will be reviewing for Building Cathedrals in the near future.  I had planned to review it for today’s post, alas life and sick children happen.  I promise a thorough review will be forthcoming.  In the meantime, the book is an insightful, thought-provoking look at parenting written with acumen and humility by its authors.  It is a worthy read for all parents in the trenches.  You can bet my quiet morning will be full of reading, underlining, and earmarking passages that speak to me…

Ready, Set, Parent: Dr. Moms’ Guide to Parenting by Elizabeth Marsh Vantre, Ph.D. and Samantha Levine Dawson, Ph.D.

That’s after I fill this puppy with future dinner goodness…

Crockpot to the rescue!

Tonight we’ll be trying out a new crockpot recipe for Chicken Taco Chili thanks to Gina over at SkinnyTaste.  Doesn’t that sound good?  I can’t wait to smell it cooking while we hunker down and tend to sickness.  Cheers to autumn and warm things simmering in the crockpot!  Here is the recipe:

Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili

    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 16-oz can black beans
    • 1 16-oz can kidney beans
    • 1 8-oz can tomato sauce
    • 10 oz package frozen corn kernels
    • 2 14.5-oz cans diced tomatoes w/chilies
    • 1 packet taco seasoning
    • 1 tbsp cumin
    • 1 tbsp chili powder
    • 24 oz (3-4) boneless skinless chicken breasts
    • chili peppers, chopped (optional)
    • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Directions:

Combine beans, onion, chili peppers, corn, tomato sauce, cumin, chili powder and taco seasoning in a slow cooker. Place chicken on top and cover. Cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 6 hours. Half hour before serving, remove chicken and shred. Return chicken to slow cooker and stir in. Top with fresh cilantro. Also try it with low fat cheese and sour cream.  Enjoy!

From our warm (recovering) home to yours, have a blessed day!  -B

  • http://www.buildingcathedrals.com/ Kellie

    That recipe looks good. We make crock pot fajitas (thanks to MaryAlice), and I need a crock pot meal for tomorrow so perhaps I will try this out. Sorry to hear baby G is sick. My two little girls are sick too, and it is so pathetic. They seem a little better this morning, so I’m hoping it was just a 24 hour thing.

    • Juris Mater

      Kellie or MaryAlice, could you post your crockpot fajita recipe again? I’m going to use it this weekend. (Sorry I don’t save recipes in a good place and am constantly asking…)

      • http://www.buildingcathedrals.com/ Kellie

        4-6 Chicken breasts
        1 bell pepper diced
        1 onion diced
        1 can or 1 package black beans (add 2 cups of water with uncooked beans, add canned beans at end)
        Can of diced tomatoes
        2-3 T chilli powder
        1 t cumin
        1 t salt
        1/2 t cayenne pepper (optional)

        at end add 1/2 cup sour cream and shred chicken
        serve on fajitas with lettuce, tomato, salsa, cheese and any other fixings

        You can also layer this in a lasagna with cheese and tortilla shells for a mexican lasagna that reheats well.

  • MaryAlice

    How is your baby so well dressed when she is sick and you were at the gym? If GG gets up and dresses the baby for you, there will be a revolution in my house!

    • http://www.buildingcathedrals.com/ Kellie

      I need to know the answer to this as well! Did you get this baby dressed? And if not, what did you say to G to have him 1) dress her? and 2) pick out something that actually looks cute? LOL!

      • Bethany

        LOL–mama dresses her in cute clothes!

        • FYW

          Ok–these comments make me realize that I shouldn’t pick at my husband when he dresses our daughter in not-so-tasteful pairings of clothes. I guess I should feel fortunate that he dresses her most days! The one issue I can’t let go, however, is that he loves dressing her in summer clothes when it is no longer summer out. Guess the solution is to clean out the drawers…

          • Bethany

            FYW, I have been doing just that for the past two weeks. Every year the transition of clothing throws me for such a loop. Add in years of us stashing smaller sizes in a closet and we are at an organizational fork in the road. I WILL win and we WILL be more organized!! Good luck and give your resourceful husband a pat on the back. :)

    • Bethany

      MA, no worries– this was taken solely for the blog post, hours later. When I arrived home, the baby was still in jammies, full diaper, a sweatshirt, and heading out with GG to walk the dog. He has surprised me before, but not today. :)

  • Jennifer

    My baby sucks those two fingers too. :)
    This makes me want to get a crockpot. What do people think about leaving the crockpot cooking if you are out of the house for the day? Is that allowed or a no-no?

    • Bethany

      Cute about your little finger sucker! We have never had one before, but I also sucked my two fingers so I feel a special bond with this little one. As for leaving on the crock while gone, I do it!! My bigger worry is forgetting to plug it in! :)

  • Jen Minson

    I’m in the market for a new crockpot and was wondering if you really like that one? My last one was a real disappointment, which is why I left it behind when we moved.

    • Bethany

      I like this model for its capacity. Our last one was too small and this one has plenty of room. I like that I now have a countdown mode, but have wished for a little more control over start/stop times that you get with an upgraded model. For example, there have been times when I wanted it to turn on and warm while we’re at church and I haven’t been able to. I think the upgrade is worth the price, especially if you have programming/timing needs! Hope you get a good one!

  • buildingcathedralstexasmommy

    Good morning, B! Hope everyone is getting back to health!

    • Bethany

      Thanks Tex! Thankfully the baby is on the mend, while her brother and sister have all come down with it. Such is life with lots of children and germs everywhere–I know you get that. Hope you and your crew are hanging tough–you all amaze me with your fortitude dealing with a busy/traveling daddy!


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