Start dinner right after breakfast. There are hundreds if not thousands of slow cooker beef and vegetable stew in a slow cooker online that will make preparation time short and sweet. Once the meal is placed in the slow cooker, you can walk away and by dinner time, your meal is ready.
It is really amazingly simple to prepare all of the old family specialties ranging from Barbecue beef sandwiches, slow cooker beef stew or even that timeless slow cooker pulled pork. One can find hundreds of simple crock pot dishes to try. You'll be able to be as innovative as you want. If you're entertaining guests you can get a much more innovative with mouth-watering selections such as Warm Blue Crab Bruschetta or Wild Mushroom Stew. You'll find it all rather easy using your slow cooker.
As far as free food, Catholic churches such as St. Ignatius parish serve donuts and coffee after some morning services. The freethinkers and atheists groups might serve cookies and juice or coffee during break or after the meeting. Or they congegate in an eatery a few blocks away after the meeting one Sunday afternoon per month.
Don't turn down favors. There are some items that you will want to buy brand new for your baby. Not all items need to be new to be useful, however. If friends or family members offer to let you borrow items, think about it before saying "no." Large pieces such as a rocking chair or glider or an infant swing are useful items that could easily be borrowed for the short amount of time you will need them for. And when you no longer need them, you can just give them back rather than having to find storage!
Some slow cooker beef and vegetable stew of these require more effort than others. The happiest families I know are those that incorporate most or all of these ideas into their lifestyles.
You don't have to cut it out completely, but limit the time you spend watching TV. To paraphrase Cheryl Richardson, author of Take Time for Your Life, every minute of your day should be spent in activities that lead you toward your goals.
The health advantages of cooking with a slow cooker are obvious, but make sure to read your recipes well so you know that you're getting a healthy recipe that your family will enjoy.