There is only one thing that makes country life difficult.

No pizza delivery.


I know. It’s like we live on the moon.

No pizza delivery means making dinner every night, or running back into town to pick something up … which will be Oldest’s job as soon as he gets his driver’s license.

But for now the job falls to me, and I don’t like to stress the SUV since she’s at almost 300,000 miles, so I cook.

Two weeks ago, I ran across a great make-ahead tip and I wanted to hug the blogger. She almost didn’t post the recipe since it was so simple, something she does without thinking. Something that rocked my world.

Shredded chicken in the Crockpot.

The chicken really does shred with the paddle attachment on your mixer. I was skeptical, but it worked. I put 2 cups of shredded chicken (that’s what most of my recipes call for) in each freezer sandwich bag, then store all the individual bags in one gallon-sized freezer bag. Obviously, in pure cheapskate country style, I wash and refill the freezer bags with more cooked chicken once they are empty.

shred chicken

Oh no, only three left!

I will never again neglect to store plastic bags of pre-cooked, pre-shredded chicken in my freezer. Just imagine pot pies, pesto sandwiches, casseroles, quesadillas, and soup at your frazzled fingertips!

It has changed my existence. You may think that’s sad, but I waved goodbye to pride with the birth of my third child. Life’s all yoga pants and shredded chicken for me, folks.