Faltering Resolve, and a Recipe

My resolution to be a more engaged mother hit a snag Monday morning as I was trying to get dinner in the crock pot. 

Eve, 22 months, had abandoned the pots and wooden spoon I’d set on the kitchen floor for her to play with in favor of her toys in the adjacent living room. I heard the sounds of her quietly playing while I peeled potatoes and sautéed onions.

Then, in the middle of my chopping, she appeared in the open kitchen doorway, bare-bottomed. She’d left her pants — and one very poopy diaper — on the living room floor.

She had to go potty, she said.  Obviously, she hasn’t figured out the difference between “have to go” and “already went.”

I quickly abandoned the clam chowder ingredients for the bathroom and an impromptu bath and diaper change. Thankfully the onions didn’t burn before we finished.  I put her in her highchair for the rest of my meal preparation, pulling the opened cans of clams out of her reach just in the nick of time.

So much for engagement, at least while cooking.  Maybe I should just shoot for “more observant” 😛

But at least I can share a recipe with you!  It’s nice and hearty for cold winter days.(I used 2/3 of the ingredients for our family of three and it was plenty.)

6 strips bacon, diced
2 onions, finely chopped
6 medium red potatoes, cubed
5 cans (6.5 ounces each) clams, drained with liquid reserved
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon pepper
2 cans (12 ounces each) evaporated milk
Salt, to taste

Sauté bacon and onions in medium pan until onions are tender. Put in crock pot.

Add enough water to the liquid from the clams to make 3 cups. Pour in crock pot. Add potatoes, garlic and pepper. Cover; cook on low 5 to 8 hours, or high 1 to 3 hours.

Turn crock pot to low heat (if it isn’t already). Stir in milk and clams. Cover; cook on low for 1 hour. Season to taste with salt and additional pepper, if needed.

(Recipe from the Rival slow cooker cookbook (Best-Loved Slow Cooker Recipes) I got for Christmas)