The whole house smells of seasoned broth from a crock-pot of vegetables, chicken, and spices.
A crock-pot represents that glorious Unseen Hand that takes all the bits and pieces you can hardly stand separately and simmers them together into something nourishing.
I glance at my old crock-pot and think about all my life's fragments and frayed ends that--by God's grace and timing--simmer down and build this perfect recipe that makes sense.
Normally, I have no patience for things that take all day. But crock-pots not only make it a joy to wait, but there's this strange, cozy comfort in knowing that they sit there on the kitchen counter, working.
In this crock-pot of the heart, you wait it out and know that, at just the right time, He'll have made something of it all. There's a warmth and a fragrance in this beautiful waiting.
Crock-Pot Chicken and Pasta Soup
1. After breakfast, add frozen peas, carrots, and corn to a crock-pot.
2. Add one chopped onion and one chopped red pepper.
3. Add 3 frozen chicken breasts and season with salt, pepper, and anything you love. Add 3 cups of water.
4. Cook on high half of the day. Then, shred the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Stir the pot and continue cooking all day.
5. An hour before dinner, add your favorite kind of pasta and cook until tender. Enjoy as a soup, or add less liquid for a hearty pasta dish.
Don't you love that feeling of having dinner made by breakfast?