How do you make slow cooker mini garlic potatoes? If you haven’t used those cute little red, yellow, and purple potatoes yet, you’ll like this easy slow cooker meal.
Those mini colorful potatoes are called fingerlings and go great in stews. I grew up mostly with Irish potatoes in stews and pot roasts. But the fingerlings make a nice root vegetable stew.
Funny Food Story
Speaking of stews, I have a funny memory of my oldest niece and nephew right after a holiday. Mother, my sisters-in-law, the two little ones, and I went on a shopping trip one day. On the way back, my niece, Michelle, (barely old enough to talk) said, “Bian (Brian), you like stew?”
I think Brian was unsure what he was supposed to say and was noncommittal.
“I don’t like stew!” Michelle said.
We must have all been hungry. If I remember correctly, my niece wanted to eat and her mom told her we would eat when we got back home, that her Nana had fixed stew.There was plenty of food after the holiday, so Michelle probably didn’t have to eat the stew.
Stew seemed to always be a Sunday meal at my family’s house and a typical southern meal. Daddy was the preacher. If you know anything about what it’s like for preachers’ families on Sundays, well, you’re the last one to leave the church. Mother didn’t bring us snacks to eat, either. We had to wait ’til we got home to eat the stew (or whatever she prepared for us).
Sunday Dinner Stories of Farm Fresh Meals
When I was growing up, the saints (or parishioners) would invite us over for Sunday dinner for farm fresh meals. In my earlier years, the church Daddy pastored had several farmers.
Boy howdy (that’s a common East Texas term), those farmers’ wives could cook up a storm with fresh everything.
Vegetables from the garden. Chickens from the chicken houses, bacon from the pigs, and steak from the cows.
It was fun going inside the chicken houses to see the cute little chicks. But I didn’t like it when they all swarmed around my feet.
Visiting one farm, I got too close to a barbed wire fence, and my arm was cut. I was stuck and couldn’t move until my friends’ mother came out to un-barb me. I still have the scar today.
Outdoor Play Kitchen
Want to create outdoor fun for your little girls? Make an outdoor play kitchen.
One of the church farmers and his wife made an old-fashioned outdoor kitchen play area for their two granddaughters. The kitchen was equipped with real old pots and pans and benches. It was the most fun place, and I loved going there.
I’ll never forget one Sunday dinner at their farm house. When we walked inside, I noticed one of the perfectly-iced white cakes placed on the middle of the table. All I could think of during the meal was the pretty white cake I would have for dessert.
Make Food Memories with Your Children and Grandchildren
Make sweet food memories with your children and grandchildren. We cherish memories of our parents and grandparents. What memories are you making with your kids and grandkids?
My little granddaughter and I made sweet food memories that night while I was babysitting. She ate some baby food but wanted my cereal. She wasn’t having it any other way but to eat my Cheerios.
Make food memories. Cook a stew, build an outdoor play kitchen, or eat your favorite cereal with your kids and grandkids.
A Sad Memory that Turned Into a Happy Moment
You know what it’s like when something triggers a memory of a loved one from the past, and you get all teary and choked up? This original post was written a few months after my dad passed away. While typing the blog post, I felt sad then thought of happy times with him and my mother.
All of a sudden, my little granddaughter who was learning to walk made it over to where I was typing. She reached up and tapped the following characters on my computer with her little hand:
“, 2q2`2w21q2wq1321.” I couldn’t erase it for anythng. It was the first time she had ever got the chance to get that close to my computer.
It’s amazing how even just the smell of certain foods can bring back a flood of memories. I don’t suppose you can make a coconut cake in your crock-pot, can you?
That is a great idea! If you find a recipe, let me know.