What a crock of ... squid

I have Google alerts set to notify me anytime the term "giant squid" is mentioned in the news (I also have an alert set up for my own name. Why? Because I want to know the exact second Kelly Clarkson announces that she wants me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding). I was emailed yesterday about this story:

Giant Squid washes up on coast

Alrighty then. Marlborough, New Zealand: One more place I shan't be visiting. 

Ugh, I wouldn't even know what to do with myself if I was casually strolling along the beach and saw a rubbery, sun-dried giant squid carcass poking out of the sand. I'd probably light that beach on fire. Or cut that piece of land away from the rest of the shore and float it off towards China or something. 

Most likely, I wouldn't live to tell the tale because I would run into the ocean screaming and get eaten by something equally as terrifying ... like a lobster or some krill. 

For someone who LOVES visiting the ocean, I sure hate about 99% of what's actually in it. But its not all bad; I'm totally cool with dolphins, sea horses and certain types of whales. 

This post isn't really about giant squids, I promise. This post is actually more like a request. 

Clayton and I MAJORLY over-committed this summer with activities and we will be at the softball fields Monday through Thursday every week until July. Now, neither of us minds participating in this much softball because we get to play ball, coach little ones and spend a ton of time with our friends, but this schedule has completely obliterated my meal planning. 

On Monday night I was supposed to make a giant meatloaf that would feed us for a solid three days, but the 8 and Under softball game didn't end until almost 9 o'clock. I would have been pulling the meatloaf out of the oven around 11 p.m., so we scratched that idea and grabbed Subway instead. Since I don't want to keep spending exorabant amounts of money on eating out or groceries for meals I'll never have time to cook, I'm going to be relying heavily on my Crock Pot in the upcoming weeks (that and grilling a large tray of chicken breasts on Sunday night and eating them for several days). 

Now, here's where you guys come in. I have a fairly decent slow cooker cookbook called Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker, but I don't like it because 1) Out of the 300-hundred page book, there's only two recipes we enjoy and 2) of those two recipes we enjoy, both require expensive ingredients. 

If you have any healthy slow cooker recipes in your cooking repertoire, could you share them with me, please? I can easily search the internet for ideas, but I tend to gravitate more towards recipes that I KNOW people have had success with. I've had far too many little "mishaps" from trying recipes on a whim. 

Clay and I aren't picky eaters. I like to feed him veggie-dense meals that are low-calorie and packed with protein. So please, please, SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE WITH ME! 

P.S. Does your Crock Pot tend to burn everything? Mine only has two settings: high and low. I'm pretty sure that's common in most slow cookers, but both temperatures seem to TORCH whatever it is I'm making.  

Seriously, this is how 88% of my Crock Pot creations turn out:

Okay, looking at this pot roast and then scrolling back to the top of the page and seeing the picture of the giant squid just made me never, ever want to eat pot roast again.

What's your favorite Crock Pot recipe?!


  1. I have a borderline crazy fear of all bodies of water, due to the creatures living in it. Usually I think of sharks, jellyfish, baracudas, eels etc. Squid has never freaked me out. Until now. Not only am I never visiting New Zealand, but I probably won't be using the toilet for the rest of the day in fear that thing might get me.

    1. Oh goodness, your last comment about not using the toilet CRACKED ME UP. One night, after watching a squid documentary, I seriously couldn't fall asleep because I was afraid one was under the bed.

      Hooray for irrational fears!

  2. I have an arsenal of great crock pot recipes -- one of my favs is a beef & sausage stew. to.die.for. let me know if you want me to email you a couple that I have! tweet me!

    As for your crock pot torching food -- I would set the crock on low for the least amount of time the recipe calls for. That way, if it stays in a little longer (for whatever reason - if you don't get home in time, if it's just a smidge undercooked, etc.), it's no bigs, but you won't have the Griswold Christmas turkey come out of the pot, either.

    1. Thanks for the tip!

      And yay for the Christmas Vacation reference!

  3. PS - my irrational fear?? The entire insect kingdom. If it has an exoskeletonl? FORGET IT. I lose my mind, almost throw up, then somehow get it together before anyone around me has any idea what just happened.

    This is the year of the 17-year cicada. I'll be locking myself in my house until October.

    1. Oh man, do NOT come to my town this summer! One of the first summers Clayton and I were dating, I was at his parents house and was like, "What kind of plague is God showering upon us?" because there was seriously zero walking room in his driveway without kicking up a plethora of cicada corpses. It was SICK.

      And yeah, any bug that makes a crunching sound upon being squished is ICKY.


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