Kendra’s note: Melinda is my Montlake Publishing sister and writes awesome romantic suspense. Even though we live on opposite coasts, we talk almost daily about writing squees and woes, the perils of raising teenagers, and the amount of taxation in New Jersey. Her latest novel, MIDNIGHT SACRIFICE, came out Tuesday.
Why is this my new favorite dinner? Because it’s fabulous? Yes, but also because I didn’t have to cook it. Our household has seen a role reversal of sorts brought about by my second (third?) career. A few weeks ago, my kids came running into my office after school.
“Did you see the underwater Harlem Shake?” My daughter thrust her phone under my nose for direct viewing.
No longer able to see anything unless it’s at least an arm’s length away, I pulled back and squinted. “What’s a Harlem Shake?”
There are worse things that not keeping up with the latest YouTube craze, right? But it gets worse. I had no idea a new Star Trek movie was coming out. I admit this bothered me. How could I not know? A second chance to watch Chris Pines as Captain Kirk is something I should have been eagerly anticipating all winter. Then again, when was the last time I went to a movie? The Hunger Games? Yikes.
December was a particularly rough month. I voluntarily moved up the deadline for my manuscript an entire month. I finished the book on time, but came out of the experience with a severe disconnect, like an animal crawling out of deep hibernation and blinking at the spring sunlight. Clearly, I’ve been working way too much. A fact that is very clear to my husband, who would like to spend some time with me on a daily basis. His solution: take over the cooking and most of the cleaning.
Huzzah! (No, none of you can have him!)
Can I say how wonderful the past month has been? Between banking and having my first book published, I was a stay at home mom. My husband used to be the one working a zillion hours a week. I’ve been doing the lion’s share of cooking and cleaning for over ten years. Can I say how tired I am of both? I especially hate to cook, a fact made clear by my lack of success and/or creativity in the kitchen. No doubt hubby’s decision also hinged on the same 5 boring dinners I’ve been rotating continuously through our kitchen for I-have-no-idea how log.
The best part of all this is that I’ve had at least an hour or two to spend with the family almost every evening since hubs lightened my load.
So today I’m sharing with you my new favorite recipe. It tastes great, and I didn’t have to cook it. My husband says it’s easy to make. <big grin>
Creamy Crock Pot Chicken
5 slices bacon
6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1 package pre-sliced fresh mushroom
10 oz can condensed cream of chicken soup
½ cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
In large skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon, drain on paper towels, crumble and set aside in refrigerator. Brown chicken breasts in bacon drippings. Place in crockpot. Top with mushrooms and soup.
Cover and cook on low 5 hours, until chicken reaches 160 degrees. Top with bacon and cheese. Cover, turn to high, and cook 15 more minutes.
Melinda Leigh is a fully recovered banker, wife, mom, lifelong dog lover, and second degree black belt in kenpo karate. She is a 2012 Thriller Award nominee and the bestselling author of romantic suspense novels. Her next book, Midnight Sacrifice, releases in April 2013. Find out more about Melinda: website / facebook / twitter
Kendra here again: What fabulous thing does your significant other do for you to make your life easier? No significant other? What would you love to have that imaginary person do for you?