Today, with it being Sunday, I thought I’d share something that I’ve been trying to implement more and more into our system that has helped us immensely on Sundays!
Some practical ways to enable us to not show up to church stressed out and unable to focus:
Baths and showers the night before
Lay out clothes the night before
Go to bed on time
(Do you have anything that you do to make Sunday mornings easier?!
Please share them with us!!)
One thing that helps me be able to worship un-distracted is knowing that lunch is taken care of.
Now, when I was single, I didn’t think about that. I’d eat when I’d eat… but with a husband and two little ones that I’m responsible for, obviously, it’s something that could (and does) easily distract me during church.
It is rare for us to go out to eat, so that leaves me to throw lunch together when we get home. BUT, lately I’ve realized the just how valuable my crock pot is!
No, this is nothing new, but maybe a little inspiration will renew some interest in it!
There are ENDLESS recipes available online for the crock pot.
Soups, casseroles, chicken, chili, ribs, you name it, it’s out there… even bread!
And if it’s easier for you, a lot of them can even be prepped the night before.
One of my favorite things to throw in before we head out the door are red potatoes.
Even if you’re just having sandwiches, they make a good side…
or you can have them going in one slow cooker and throw some ribs in another…
and your entire lunch is ready when you walk in the door!
Just scrub as many Red Potatoes as you want and put them in the pot
(Red potatoes don’t need much scrubbing [Yippee!])
If they are larger Red potatoes, cut them up so that they’re all about the same size so they cook evenly.
Pour a little bit of Olive Oil over them and stir it up to get a little bit on all of them.
(Don’t over do it, though… they don’t need to swim in the oil, it’ll just hold the seasoning on.)
Shake some Garlic Powder (or use fresh garlic)
and Seasoned Salt over them and mix it all up again to evenly distribute that yummy goodness!
I had some fresh parsley in the fridge this time, so I chopped some up and threw it in there too… or, of course, you can use dried parsley too!
Turn it on high and forget about it!
I typically let these cook from 3-4 hours…
there is a lot of leeway with this because potatoes are hard to mess up.
If I’m around, I’ll stir them up every so often, if I’m not, they still turn out just fine.