Nothing says “welcome to adulthood” like purchasing your very own crock pot. Last January I was trudging through the snow, going to classes and college bars in South Bend, Indiana, and now I am wheeling carts around Target buying kitchen appliances that makes meals for families of 4-5.

I’m excited to put it to work, especially now that St. Louis has decided to get cold/snowy/icy/sleety, but I don’t have any good recipes. A college friend volunteered a french dip beef recipe (I’m glad to know I’m not the only 23-year-old-turned-seasoned-housewife) but I’d appreciate any additional ideas.