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September 2, 2014
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Douglas County Moms: Slow cooker saves busy moms in the fall

Every mom knows that one of the most stressful times of the day is when dinner time approaches.

Every day, you walk in the door after a long day at work and picking kids up from school/soccer/piano lessons, only to be inundated with ravenous cries of hunger from famished little ones.

Rather than anticipate quality time with our families, we soon are buried in a seemingly endless list of to-dos, which can include monitoring homework, signing permission slips and verifying that all have clean clothes for tomorrow. Not to mention having to figure out dinner because family members haven’t eaten in an hour, and no doubt they’re going into starvation mode.

So let’s imagine a whole new scenario — dinner having already cooked itself.

Picture walking through the front door to smells of fresh soups and stews ready to be served and nourish your family, stress-free.

A busy mom will find that a slow cooker can be become one of her best friends. It’s part of the perfect solution to long, dark, taxing evenings, offering hot, ready-to-eat soups and stews during the fall and winter months.

I’ve come to rely on my slow cooker more than most other kitchen appliances. It’s probably second only to the microwave. Let’s face it: If you’re a busy wife, home-school mom, child taxi driver, family appointment setter, 24-hour disciplinarian, and nonstop meal planner/preparer, you have to admit that having dinner cook itself sounds incredible. It’s almost like hiring a live-in chef. And it’s free.

There’s no better time to dust off that slow cooker than during the back-to-school season.

Here are two of my family’s fall and winter favorites.

Stephanie Wafer is a wife and mother who home schools her two children. She is a Douglas County Moms blogger and has her own blog at

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