At the end of the day …
we are tired. We all know we need to cook from scratch and eat healthy food — but there just isn’t enough time. I know. I get it. I’ve got your back.
This is why the slow cooker was invented.
Hi there. I’m Stephanie O’Dea and my passion is helping busy families get the “Have Tos” in life done and over with so there is more time for the “Want Tos.”
And cooking (for me) is a Have To. I’m not the kind of girl who is going to have a zen moment chopping an onion. I’m just not. I truly believe that if you are crushed on time and energy and motivation you can literally change your life just by starting to use your crockpot slow cooker.
Let me show you how.
The TL; DR version:
Stephanie O’Dea made a New Year’s Resolution to use her slow cooker every single day in 2008 and write about it online.
This simple idea resulted in a highly-trafficked website and several books, one of which spent six weeks on the New York Times best-sellers list. Stephanie has appeared on Good Morning America (three times), The Rachael Ray Show (four times), featured in Real Simple Magazine, Woman’s World, and Oprah.com. She is a contributing editor to Simply Gluten Free magazine and a recipe contributor to ABC.com. Further information can be found at stephanieodea.com.
or the even longer version:
Thank you for visiting my website. I can’t believe this is my life, and now my job, but somehow, miraculously, it is.
that was a lot of commas.
I used to not use my real name online, and instead used: The CrockPot Lady.
In 2008, I made a New Year’s Resolution to use my slow cooker every single day for a year. Was I nuts? Yes, probably. You can read my initial Resolution post, here, and you can see the entire year, in order, here.
In February of that year, I got gutsy and emailed the Rachael Ray Show. I pretty much broke all internet etiquette rules, and told her that I rocked and that she should have me on her show. So she did. You can read about that experience, here.
When the show aired, I began getting emails from book publishers. In 2009, my first cookbook: Make it Fast, Cook it Slow was printed, and it spent 6 weeks on the NYT best sellers list.
It was awesome.
Since then, I have had another baby and written another slow cooker cookbook, aptly named: More Make it Fast, Cook it Slow and a household cleaning guide/daily planner for busy moms: Totally Together– Shortcuts to an Organized Life.
My dinner slow cooker cookbook is called 365 Slow Cooker Suppers. Only 10% of the recipes have appeared on the site — the rest are all new.
The newest slow cooker cookbook is a 5 Ingredients or Less –– which was HIGHLY REQUESTED by my readers. 😉 Just like my other slow cooking cookbooks even though there are only 5 ingredients, I have tried my hardest to stick to natural and not-very-processed foods (gf, too!)
Maybe you’ve seen me in the middle of the night in the Ninja Cooking System infomercial. That was a pretty cool experience, and you can read more about it, here.
I’ve been on Good Morning America three times, and George Stephanopoulos called me a Slow Cooking Expert. And you know what they say —- if George Stephanopoulos calls you an expert, it must be true!
I run three websites: A Year of Slow Cooking, Simple Shortcuts to Peace, and StephanieODea.com
We are a gluten free family. All of the recipes on the site and in the cookbooks are completely gluten free. If you aren’t gluten free, simply ignore my notes or file them away in case you ever need to cook for someone with a gluten intolerance/allergy. For a bit more about our glutenfree-edness, click here.
here are some combined site stats:
4 million monthly impressions
75k RSS/email subscribers
7000 twitter followers
49,000 facebook fans
Blogging and my Peace Course for Moms Information:
I have written a book about how I started my site and included detailed information on how you, too (if you’d like) can start a kitchen table business with no money down.
If you would like more information about Blogging, you may find it, here.
I have a 6-week course on Life & Time Management for Moms at Simple Shortcuts to Peace. com
My passion is helping other moms. If you feel like you are struggling, please reach out and I will write back. You are not alone. Email me directly and I will reply personally.
I am available to speak.
Email me if you’d like even more! steph AT stephanieodea.com