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So what do you do when you gotta make dinner for the adults, but the baby wants to get into everything?  No, problem!  Plop him in his highchair and let him keep you company!  If your baby is the right age for baby puff snacks or rice crispy cereal, he can nibble on that while you work.  Just be sure he is close enough for you to watch him eat safely, but far enough from the stove so that he's safe from your working with grease and a knife etc.  It's simple, but such a necessary trick for getting dinner done!  

Anyone want to add your ideas and input on how you have entertained your baby when you are trying to make dinner?  Your comments and ideas are welcome!  :)

 
 
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 Hey all my fans who love to cook (and my not-so-much-cooks who are yelling "Help! Gimme some ideas!"), just wanted to share part of the meal I'm making for tonight.  Feel free to mimic!  :)

I found a pot roast at a decent price today.  It was about 2 pounds worth.  

Here's how I prepared it:  First, I fried 3 pieces of bacon slowly so that they would be crispy, then I set them aside in a paper towel.  Next, I turned up the temp of the bacon skillet to medium-high, and seared each side of the roast in the bacon grease (about 30-60 seconds on each side).  I chopped up an onion and 3 TBSP butter and put a third of it in the middle of my crockpot, placing the roast on top (and then pouring the leftover bacon grease over it).  The other two-thirds of the onion and butter went right on top of the roast.  I set my crockpot to HIGH.

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 After that, I peeled and chopped a few small potatoes and a few carrots, and placed them around the roast.  Two hours from now, I'll turn the roast over.  Then, an hour later (maybe), it should be ready for cutting into chunks or slices.  After I return those slices to the crockpot to finish cooking for 30 to 60 minutes, we should have a pretty delicious pot roast!

Last time I made pot roast this way, I had a bigger roast and more time for cooking, so I did it on LOW and for longer (maybe 7 hours?).  It turned out great! 

And what about the bacon?  After it cooled, I crumbled it and stored it in the frig to use on another day for potato soup.  
Some of the bacon landed in my mouth (BAD, BAD bacon!).

 
 
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Okay, so why is it that sometimes the most simple solutions are right there, and we just don't see it or think of it?  

I was making baked chicken this evening.  I put a little oil in the baking pan, and then began to make the flour mix (flour, salt, pepper, and old bay) on a plate.  Of course, the idea is that you dip the chicken into the mix and put it in the pan for baking.  When I make this meal, it seems that there's always flour mix left over, plus I don't enjoy trying to coat the chicken.  As I began this process this evening, all-of-a-sudden I remembered that 'ol "Shake 'n Bake" idea!  All it took was pulling out a gallon-sized disposable storage bag and pouring the flour mix into it.  Then it took putting the chicken pieces into it, one at a time, zippering it up each time, shaking it, taking the chicken out and then proceding with the next piece.  I suppose if they were smaller pieces, I could have even coated three at a time.  It was so simple, clean and less wasteful, that I just had to share this with you!  (I know, I know---you probably have been doing it that way already...)