In order to manage my time more effectively, I took lessons from her. After all, she is a God-fearing woman who takes her responsibilities as seriously as I do. This wife of noble character had several servants helping manage her household, so I decided to employ a few reliable servants of my own: a grain grinder, a bread machine, and a slow cooker. Not only do they work hard, they save me TIME, they save me MONEY, and they don’t call in sick! You can’t beat a deal like that, and I’ve never regretted “hiring” them. Let me give you a list of their duties:
· Grain Grinder
o Grind hard red or white wheat breads and dough
o Grind soft white for cookies, cakes, crackers,
tortillas and pancakes
o Grind yellow or white popcorn for cornbread
and multigrain pancakes
· Bread Machine
o Mix yeast dough for buns and pizza crust
o Mix dough for crackers and tortillas
o Bake loaves of yeast bread
o Bakes loaves of sweet bread
o Bakes meatloaf
· Slow Cooker
o Cook ground meat to use in recipes
o Cook beef bones or a whole chicken for broth
to make soup
o Cook soup, stews, and chowders
o Bake potatoes
Each month, I grind grain to last several weeks. I store the flour in the freezer to keep it fresh.
Several times weekly, my bread machine bakes or mixes dough for upcoming meals. It also bakes sweet breads, cooks jam, makes sour dough starter, and bakes meatloaf.
Twice monthly, I cook several pounds of ground meat in my slow cooker. After the meat is cooked, I break it apart with a potato masher and mix in seasonings for tacos, chili, burritos, spaghetti or sloppy joes.
In addition, I use my slow cooker to bake large quantities of potatoes which is a great time saver. This allows me to have enough cooked potatoes on hand for cutting up and frying to serve with pancakes and sausage, or to top with butter and sour cream when we have a pot roast or meatloaf. They’re also a great lunch option when topped with chili and cheese.
I often use my bread machine and slow cooker in tandem. Here’s what a typical time management meal plan looks like:
~ Chili and cornbread
~ Spaghetti with garlic bread
~ Chicken noodle soup and homemade crackers
~ Beef stew with sour dough bread
~ Black bean and beef burritos with homemade
spinach and garlic tortillas
~ Tomato bisque and whole wheat crackers
~ Meatloaf and baked potatoes
Enlisting help allows me to work full-time outside the home, feed my family healthy homemade meals, and hear my husband and sons rise up and called me “blessed!”