I’m a Little Crock Pot


Can you smell that from where you are? It’s a stew in the crockpot.

Seriously, I am using my Christmas present FINALLY and cooking up a beef stew! I had some veggies, some lean meat, and looked up “healthy beef crock pot recipes” (or something to that degree). Ta-da! I chose to make the first thing that popped up. The recipe asked for flour, which I substituted with ground oats. And it asked for dry red wine, which I substituted with even MORE dry red wine (see where it asks for water? Just more wine…). A girl who has given up alcohol for the sake of fitting into her wedding dress will take whatever she can get! And besides, it’s for the sake of MY HEALTH! 🙂

So, I mixed up all of the ingredients last night, and boy-oh-boy did it look GOOD! And crock pots are great for making meals that will last FOR DAYS.

Waking up to that aroma this morning was to die for. Instead of going to the gym at 6am, all I wanted to do was cradle that crock pot in bed with me. But that is disgusting, and I snapped out of it quickly.

That stew was on my mind to the gym, from the gym, and everywhere in between. And walking into the house from negative temperatures to warmth and yummy smells made the workout completely worth it.

I still refrained from gobbling it up as I got ready for work, making eggs and my morning tea. I admit to a little taste test as I ladled some out for my lunch today, and I AM SO EXCITED! Curious? Get the recipe HERE!

So, yes, using my crock pot is thrilling. Does that make me old? Heck no! It makes me happy to be working on myself and my health!

And, spending so much time looking into that Pensieve of a crock pot gave me a wonderful thought: I’M a Little Crock Pot!


I am saying that, just like the crock pot slow cooks the ingredients that are thrown into it, I, too, am slowly cooking. It took the crock pot 11 hours to cook this meal, where the oven would take an hour, and the microwave, 15 minutes! I can’t expect myself to change overnight, especially my self-perception or my body! I am a work in progress. But I also believe that slow cooked meals are richer, fuller. That is how I want to lead my life: slowly developing, learning, gaining consistency and richness. Why be a microwave dinner when you can be a soul-warming, hunger-eliminating stew?

Which would you rather be?

I know that change will come. I just need to work hard, even though I may not see physical results day to day. Just. Keep. Cooking.

❤ The RoaminTwin
MY STEW this morning! Might not be the prettiest, but it is pretty darn tasty!

I Love You

Good Morning, Happy People!

I know that if I were following the calendar correctly, today would be Happy Tweets Monday. I have plenty of those in store for you, but I would like to cut into our regularly scheduled programming to write about what matters most to me: love.

I’m not necessarily talking about the lovey-dovey, butterflies and hand-holding love (though I don’t complain about it), but instead that strong bond that is felt between family, friends, and friends that become family.

We lost a friend this weekend. It was sudden, and I could go on and on about how unfair it was, and how it happened too soon, but I won’t. Any death is too soon in my book. And nothing will justify it. It is time to remember our friend for who he was and who he will continue to be in our lives and our memories. We spent most of yesterday with a close-knit group of friends that I haven’t seen in awhile, and this is definitely not the reason I would want us to come together. I couldn’t put words together about how much all of these people mean to me until last evening:

Not only will I be marrying into a great family, but I am marrying into a wonderful family of friends who are so full of love, support, and care for one another. They have already welcomed me with open arms, and I only hope I am helping add to the support they need in this difficult time, and whenever they need it going forward. 

I know many thoughts will envelope my mind over the next few days as I process everything, but there are a few things that make me smile a bit (besides the funny and wonderful memories of our friend):

– Though it was for a short time, he was able to marry the love of his life

– That his family and friends were around him that same evening celebrating his marriage

– That my wonderful Tim was able to talk to his friend and congratulate him

– That this young man did anything and everything for the people he loved, and how I would love to be more like him in this area of my life

– How, no matter which story or memory of our friend comes to mind, it is always accompanied by a smile

Starting yesterday, every hug has been a little longer and tighter. Every hello and goodbye attached to an “I Love You”. And I hope to continue this. I want to challenge everyone to say “I Love You” as much as possible when that is how they feel. It may be implied between family and old friends, but the warmth that spreads and the friendships that continue to blossom when it is said makes every moment one better lived.

❤ The RoaminTwin

A gift we received from our friend & his lovely wife on Saturday evening before he passed early Sunday.