I genuinely can’t believe that it’s October already!
September is usually a month where I usually feel a bit all over the place as we settle into a routine after the Summer Holidays and this year was no different other than the fact that the older the kids seem to get, the more after school activities they seem to be doing. I love the activities they’re doing at the moment and I really feel like they are getting something out of them.
But…. It makes life pretty difficult as far as sitting down and eating together as a family most nights seeing as we have nights where activities cross over, nights where one is late in and the other one is too hungry to wait for them. Add to that the fact I work one later night at work each week and Mr Frugal usually works two nights and it’s a bit chaotic around here at meal times right now!
There is a solution though, I just need to be a little bit better organised and more creative!
I find nights where I use the slow cooker to make tea to be much easier though as the food is there, keeping warm and ready to be served whenever anyone is ready for it but I don’t have many slow cooker recipes so I either learn some new ones or we get bored of the ones I do know. Alternatively, I can just cook however many different teas every night and give up all hope of sitting down and relaxing until everyone has been dropped off, picked up and fed.
Can you guess which one I prefer? 😉
Bingo! I’m going to be learning some new slow cooker recipes!
Which fits in perfectly with the fact that Crock Pot UK have asked me to join in their ‘Crocktober’ campaign which is to encourage you all to get our your crock pots and slow cookers and get cooking. They’ve challenged me to use my crockpot (a spangly new one that they’ve sent me) EVERY day in October. They’ve even sent me a little lunch warmer for my meals so I can take my leftovers to work for lunch.
I’m not sure I’m going to be able to find enough recipes but I have an hour set aside today to Google them and then I’m off shopping with my crock pot friendly shopping list!
I’ll be updating you on my progress weekly on here but I’m going to be posting daily (I hope) on Meal Planning Made Easy if you want to pop over there too. You can also find lots of inspiration over the Crock-Pot UK Facebook page if you want to join in.
Disclosure – Part of my slow cooker shopping bill has been covered by Crock-Pot UK as well as them providing the crockpot and the lunch warmer.