With busy Fall schedules, I like to have a plan in place. Whenever I can have dinner going by the time the boys get home from school, I feel like it makes the evening go much smoother. I do not like it when I am rushing around because that prevents me from soaking up those precious hours from the time school ends until bedtime each night.
Utilizing my crock-pot seems to be very cyclical. I often use it to cook chicken for soups and casseroles, but I do not always cook a complete entree in it. However, when I do, I always wonder why I do not use it more often, as a weekly rotation.
This dish gave me the motivation that I needed to start looking for more crock-pot recipes for the fall. As the days get shorter, I like to have menus in place that allow for more pajama/movie/game/family time in the evenings. Because, as much as I like to cook, I love family time even more.