Martha Doesn’t Live Here


I’ve already confessed one domestic shortcoming, might as well confess an other.

I don’t like to cook. At all- unless I have the time to spare,  like on a Sunday afternoon.  Weeknights between 5, when I get off work, and 6, when we eat,  is not my favorite time to cook.

That said, I do it 4-5 nights a week as our budget doesn’t allow for a personal chef (although I’m saving for one!) or eating out all the time. I have a staple of recipes I pull from ranging from chicken parm to breakfast for dinner but my list of go-to dishes needs to expanded, that is for sure. During the summer it’s easy- throw some meat on the grill, toss up a salad and slice up some watermelon.  Cooking when it’s 50 degrees out (and getting colder every day) and raining isn’t as simple.

Tonight I decided to branch out a bit. I got an easy recipe for marinated steak tips that sounded good, so I figured I’d throw in some baked potatoes and make up a salad and everyone would be happy.  I was feeling pretty cocky and even posted about how I was channeling my inner Martha Stewart on Facebook.

The steak turned out great- even the kiddos loved it! But the potatoes? Not so much. How does one screw up wrapping potatoes in foil and letting them bake?!?  I think I undercooked them even though they baked for 1 hr and 20 min because we couldn’t eat them.

Combine that with my inability to hard boil an egg properly and I think it’s pretty clear I’d fail Cooking 101.


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I adore my family, writing, books, cats, lazy mornings in bed, and chocolate. I'll never say no to breakfast for dinner, long talks with friends and lazy summer days at the pool with family. My life is often crazy, always awesome and one I'm so happy to be living! My side hustle is editing and proofing work. Find out more at

5 responses »

  1. Oh sista, you need to make friends with your microwave. Baked potatoes in less than 10. I’m in no way ready to be your food sensei. So let’s commisserate together 😉

  2. 4 chicken breasts
    1 packet of Good Season’s Italian dressing
    frozen peas & carrots
    1 can cream of mushroom soup
    1 block of cream cheese

    put chicken, packet of dressing, and 1 cup of water in the crockpot to cook on low all day. About 1-2 hours before you’re going to eat add the vegetables, soup, and cream cheese. The chicken should be falling apart at this point (I kind of break it up with a fork if it needs help). Let it cook for another 1-2 hours and serve over rice.

    4 chicken breasts
    jar of salsa
    packet of taco seasoning
    1 can of black beans
    1 block of cream cheese

    Let the chicken, salsa, and taco seasoning cook on low all day. About an hour before eating add beans and cream cheese. Serve in tortilla wraps or over rice.

    1 pot roast
    baby carrots
    1 onion

    Cut up the onion and mix it with the baby carrots in the bottom of the crock pot. Put the pot roast on top of that and cook all day on low.

    I also do turkey breasts in there on low all day and beef stew. I’ll let you know if I remember more.

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