Slow Cooker Whole Chicken and Veggies

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken with Veggies - An easy and healthy weeknight dinner.

Between baseball games, multiple school drop offs and pick ups, working two part-time jobs, and pretending to keep up with laundry…I am ALL ABOUT my slow cooker these days.

For sure the best meals we have at this life stage tend to be ones that require opening the slow cooker lid (and maybe adding a quick veggie, fruit, and maybe some sort of quick starch to the table) at 5 p.m. That’s because I can enjoy my family during the dinner prep hour instead of getting frustrated at interruptions.

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken with Veggies - An easy and healthy weeknight dinner.

One of my family’s favorite meals over the years is this older Roasted Chicken with Veggies recipe. It’s to die for. Plus, whole chicken is one of the cheapest ways to enjoy chicken, especially when you try to buy the organic birds like I do. But, because of my infatuation with the slow cooker, I began researching what it takes to “set it and forget it”. Last night, I gave Slow Cooker Whole Chicken and Veggies a shot.

The chicken came out perfectly moist and flavorful!

DIY, All-Natural Hand Sanitizer

Homemade, DIY All-natural hand sanitizer

I’m not a germaphobe.

Just today my 3 year old proudly brought a huge earth worm in the house that she dug out of the ground herself (yes, I know, so many questions). When I saw the thing dangling for its dear life in her slimy, dirt caked hands, I quickly scooted her back out the door instructing her to put the worm back in the dirt and to wipe her hands off on the grass.

I might have forgotten to have her wash her hands when she came back into the house 30 minutes later.

(A small part of Rachel just shriveled up and died).

One story among many, but case in point: I’m not a germaphobe.

I laugh in the face of germs.

Until I get sick from them but now I have On Guard to help me with that. Alas, another post for another day.

Despite my lack of concern about the amount of germs my hands contract on a daily basis, it seems like everyone else and their mother is.

Antibacterial hand sanitizers are everywhere. It seems almost expected to have them at any public place: gyms, classrooms, churches, doctor’s offices, grocery stores… you get the point. Most parents I know even have a few bottles in their car, purse or house. Rachel has been known to give her kids baths in the stuff.

Just kidding.

Kind of.

I hate to be a kill-joy about the idea of killing off 99.9% of the germs on your hands in a matter of seconds, but the more I’m learning about the stuff, the less l’m wanting to slather my body or dip my kids in it. (I kid, I joke).

Kind of.

The reality is, the best way to clean your hands is simply using soap and water. However, the convenience of antibacterial gels has resulted in us using these WAY more than good ol’ soap. If you’re going to snub soap and water, you should be aware of a few things about antibacterial gels and consider switching to an all-natural version.

Reasons to Switch to an All Natural Hand Sanitizer

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