Two Wednesdays ago I was dragging my tired self to my car after Wednesday night service at church. I spied my friend Luci across the parking lot with her daughter Tori knowing instantly that their weariness outmatched mine. They're currently camped out in their third residence post-Hurricane Harvey. It's about twenty-five minutes away from home.
We talked about how early she was having to get up in the morning to get Tori to school and about how late the nights were, being that she and her husband are working late at their house, putting up sheet rock every opportunity they get.
She then commented that a friend had gotten her a Crock Pot, but that she wasn't sure what to cook in it. And that's when the two fatigued but good-willed brain cells left staggering in my brain got a tiny idea.
The next day, Thursday, I got to have lunch with my buddy Miranda who's currently living the camper trailer life. I got caught up on how life is treating her, being that her daughter is a senior this year. Sad, but exciting stuff. We talked about how her house was coming along since flooding. It was then that those tired brain cells nudged me and said, "Hey, remember? We had a great idea about sharing some love through Crock Pots?"
On impulse, rather than having a plan, Miranda and I talked about having a dinner for friends whose homes have been damaged, and even lost because of Harvey. She sat at my table and helped me brainstorm even though her own kitchen is under major reconstruction.
Families are living in hotels and trailers, not to mention those who are living in tents. Others are living in their gutted houses while trying to carry on a normal life, whatever that means these days. Eating out gets expensive. Sandwiches get old.
Knowing little more other than it was an idea worth pursuing, I made a Facebook post asking for Crock Pot recipes. As Facebook always does, it obliged me generously with easy and delicious-sounding recipes for the Crock Pot.
I invited all of the gals from our church whose homes flooded, along with a few other friends I ran into, deciding to throw together a cookbook to give out at a Crock Pot dinner. Friends offered their recipes and to bring door prizes. Some brought a Crock Pot dish or a Crock Pot to give away.
What I'm getting around to (using an excessive amount of words) is that with the recipes I've collected, a cookbook has been put together that will hopefully make life a bit easier for those of you with wrecked kitchens, horrific schedules and brain cells that are more tired than mine.
So here are fifty recipes. This Easy Dinner Crockpot Cookbook was put together in hopes that your heart and belly might be filled.
If your kitchen or phone is in working order share some love with your neighbor through a crockpot meal, a crockpot or by sharing this post.