Kitchen Shenanigans

I’m going for the win today! I walked Harley early, did a load of laundry and even threw a meal in the crock pot. Cooking is not my favorite thing to do. I really wish it were. So I find, especially on days when the Engineer is away on a trip, I don’t feed myself as well as I should. I really, really don’t like figuring out what to cook at the end of a long day of work. Blah. And truthfully, it’s the coming up with what cook and not the cooking that I find the most painful. Is it just me, or do you feel the same? So, I’m trying to get some meals in the crock pot early in the day a few times a week. And for motivation, I’m taking these words of Julia Child as my mantra…

“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”  Julia Child

Oh, Julia, I do. I really do. I wonder if Julia Child ever used a crock pot to cook… Anyway, so with my “what the hell” attitude” in place, I thought I’d share my cooking shenanigans every so often.

coffee to go<—Here is my trusty, well-used crock pot. Eventually, when it dies, I’ll probably get one with a timer, but this does the trick. Since I’m on day 29 of my Whole30 (no sugar, alcohol, grains) today’s recipe is a modified chicken thigh recipe.

The recipe below is inspired by The Nourishing Home , and if you are a serious cook/foodie, you should go check out her site for her original recipe, as my recipe below is the “woman who isn’t into cooking + her pantry is bare” ugly cousin version of her recipe. Just sayin’. Onward brave souls…



Garlic Thyme Chicken {Slow Cooker Recipe}


  • sweet onion, peeled and sliced into thin rings
  • 3 lbs bone-­in chicken thighs, skin removed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • garlic
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • dried thyme
  • paprika
  • fresh ­ground black pepper

So, I took the “woman who isn’t into cooking + is in the eats to live camp” shortcuts in this recipe. I put the chicken thighs in the crock pot and drizzled them with (what looked like about) 1 Tbsp olive oil. Next I sprinkled on some dried minced garlic, salt, thyme, paprika and pepper. The actual recipe calls for cloves of garlic (better, I know!) and also has *actual* amounts for each spice, but I forgot to buy more garlic cloves at the store, and I’m a lazy cook free spirit and feel bound by the process of measuring. I threw the onions on top, because I forgot to put them under the chicken decided to try something different. I mean, “what the hell”, right? I set the crock pot to low, and it should be ready in 6-7 hours. Ta-da! IMG_1455

What is your favorite “go-to” crock pot recipe or trick/ shortcut that you use to keep meal-prep time down?