Granny with her siblings, her mother, and her grandmother.
Life in a vanstead can be much easier than it was for a large family on a farm in the 1920's... much easier indeed! When I want to make chicken and dumplings I turn to the crockette.
I keep the crockette in the sink where I can use it while we're driving. All I have to do is put a boneless-skinless chicken breast in the crockette and let it cook until it easily falls apart (several hours). Add a little chicken bullion and Bisquick dumplings to the crockette and let them cook another hour.
When we're ready to stop driving for the evening, dinner is waiting to be served!
I also use the crockette for doing dishes. It heats water very quickly. I've used it for many casseroles, heating soups, making coffee and teas with reusable tea bags... and more.
We got our crockette at Walgreens and it runs off 110. We're going to switch to the 12v version very soon. I had one before and it was great!
You can find the 12v model here: 12v Slow Cooker